WYOMING WILDLIFE FEDERATION – staff
Dwayne Meadows – Executive Director
Steve Kilpatrick – Field Scientist
Steve lives in Jackson, Wyoming where he has resided and raised three children for the past 27 years. He grew up in Nebraska and earned a BS and MS in Wildlife Management from the University of Nebraska. His passion for wildlife and the backcountry come from working as a habitat biologist for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department for the past 33 years in the Torrington and Jackson areas. Steve is a member of several conservation and professional organizations and has been frequently recognized for his collaborative team building efforts. He engages in the plethora of outdoor amenities offered in the Jackson area: horse packing, hunting, hiking, back country skiing, rafting, and camping. His personal goal is to sleep on the ground 5-6 weeks and cover several hundred miles on mule/horseback per year. His professional goals are to continue representing our silent constituents (wildlife), and conserve the future of our natural resources by advocating for habitat integrity and youth involvement.
Joy Bannon – Field Director
Joy grew up in Iowa where she gained her appreciation for nature through the backwoods and farms of Sioux City. After studying agriculture at the University of Iowa, she received her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Wyoming through an inter-disciplinary program in Environment and Natural Resources as well as Political Science. Joy is a policy advisor, analyst, and advocate for wildlife, habitat, and outdoor recreation throughout Wyoming. She has worked for Wyoming Wildlife Federation since 2007, and is dedicated to conserving landscapes and waterways for hunters and anglers. As a sportswoman and a mom, Joy enjoys sharing the great outdoors with her children through hunting, long hikes, camping, fishing, rock climbing, skiing, and relishing in nature’s diversity.
Jessi Johnson – Public Lands Coordinator and NWF Sportswomen’s Coalition leader (Artemis)
Jessi is our coordinator for the Wyoming Sportsmen’s Alliance on the Wyoming Public Lands Initiative. She also works on behalf of NWF’s Sportswomen’s Coaltion, Artemis. Jessie grew up ranching in Montana, Northern California and Wyoming. She has a deep appreciation for wildlife and wild lands. Since moving back to Wyoming six years ago, and has spent most of her free time exploring our public lands. She is an avid archery hunter. Jessi has also worked with the Muley Fanatic Foundation as well as 10 Country Chapter to raise funds for the Wyoming Migration Initiative in the eastern Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. She is also involved in the Wyoming Chapter of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers.
Wyoming Wildlife Federation – Members of the Board
Shane Cross (President)
Shane Cross serves as Trout Unlimited’s Western Energy Counsel. He was raised on his family’s cattle ranch near the Laramie Mountains in Wyoming, received a BA in Sociology from Stanford University, and a law degree from University of Virginia School of Law. Following law school, Shane practiced as a litigation attorney at Holme, Roberts, and Owen LLP, and is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Wyoming. Prior to law school, Shane managed a cow/calf operation in Southeastern Wyoming, worked in Nepal as a volunteer legal assistant advocating for human and environmental rights, and was a National Outdoor Leadership School instructor. Shane embraces opportunities to work closely with ranchers, land managers, sportsmen, and the energy industry to promote healthy and sustainable communities in the West.
Phoebe Stoner (Secretary)
Having a background in biology and a love for the natural world, Phoebe moved to Wyoming for its open spaces, wildlife, and unique ecology. Environmental education is what brought her to Jackson in 2012, and she has since grown keen on grassroots activism and community organizing. She resides in Hoback with her boyfriend Mike and pudelpointer Sota and is a proud female hunter and angler.
Blake has called Wyoming home for his entire life, born in Laramie and raised in Wheatland. He earned his BS in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming in 2015. Blake returned to Wheatland & continues to dabble in Agriculture. His passion for hunting, fishing, and the outdoors keeps him exploring throughout Wyoming.
Chuck Butterfield (Vice President)
Conservation is a state of harmony between man and land – Aldo Leopold.
Without habitat we have no wildlife. Development is going to occur whether we like it or not. My goal in returning to Wyoming is to make a difference and mitigate this development so that we can still have wild places and meet our growing world’s needs in a responsible manner. Remember farmers and ranchers are the largest wildlife habitat managers in the world. If we work with them to do it right, we all win!
Rob has lived in Wyoming his entire life and was lucky enough to grow up near the East Gate of Yellowstone National Park. He is a 2012 graduate from the University of Wyoming (BS in Business Administration), and has worked in the oil/gas industry for the last four years. He enjoys fly fishing, hunting elk, and as much skiing as possible. Rob is also a proud public lands advocate.
Wyoming’s wide open spaces has been a passion for Bri since her early childhood in Wheatland. She’s a 2009 graduate of the University of Wyoming with a BA in International Studies and Political Science. She’s worked across the country with various organizations and campaigns before returning to her home state in 2015 to head up the Equality State Policy Center. In her spare time, you’ll find Bri enjoying the Wyoming outdoors and dabbling in photography and she takes every opportunity to travel the world. Bri also serves on the board of the National Wildlife Federation representing Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho.
Janet lives in Cheyenne, WY, where she spends time with her horses, miniature donkey and several dogs and cats. She has had a rewarding 30 year career as a General Contractor/Real Estate Developer and a CPA. An avid big game hunter, bird hunter, fly fisherwoman, and trap shooter, Janet also enjoys spending time with her horse Prairie in the WY backcountry. She is an active member of the Wyoming community serving on several non-profit boards and volunteers as a Hunter Education Instructor for WY Game & Fish and travels globally for Habitat for Humanity. Janet is devoted to mentoring youth in enjoying Wyoming’s outdoors. She is an advocate for Wyoming’s wildlife and public lands for future generations to enjoy hunting, fishing, and hiking.
Rich has lived in Cheyenne, Wyoming for the last 23 years. He recently retired from the United States Air Force after 24 years of active duty service. Rich has two boys – Kevin, 20 and Brian, 17 along with a stepdaughter, MacKenzie, 8. Rich’s interest for the outdoors began with fishing trips with his father and grandfather on the banks of Lake Michigan in Illinois and has become an avid big game and waterfowl hunter since his arrival in Wyoming in 1986. He now enjoys trips to the field with his sons, stepdaughter, and wife, Betsy.
Reg Rothwell received his Bachelor’s degree in Pre-Medicine from Westminster College in 1971. He received his Master’s degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Wyoming in 1977. He retired in June 2010 after serving several positions in the Wyoming Game and Fish Department including Special Projects Biologist, Region Wildlife Biologist for SE Wyoming, Staff Biologist in Cheyenne, and Supervisor of Biological Services. He chaired the All Wildlife Committee of the Wyoming Governor’s Big Game License Coalition, the Yellowstone Ecosystem Grizzly Bear Committee, The Wyoming Black-tailed Prairie Dog Conservation Team, and the WLCI Science Committee. Reg received the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director’s Award in 2002. He is an avid hunter, hiker and skier. His WWF interests include growing its membership, strengthening the Federation’s relationship and collaboration with the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and the federal land management agencies, providing better information to the public on conservation issues and the WWF’s position on and involvement in those issues.
Chris Simonds (Treasurer)
Chris moved to Centennial, Wyo after years of enjoying Wyoming’s vast wide open spaces as a visitor. He earned a BA from Yale University and an MBA from the University of Virginia leading to a career in marketing and financial services. Chris also formed and directed an industry-shaping fuel distribution business aimed at minimizing impact of diesel fuel delivery at environmentally sensitive construction sites. Chris comes from a long line of outdoor enthusiasts and raised three children with these values. His love of outdoor lifestyle began with fresh and salt water fishing adventures, and annual trips to Canada’s remote backcountry wilderness, public land which was later mismanaged by the provincial government and no longer provides the same recreation opportunities. Today, Chris divides his spare time exploring our state’s vast public spaces for fishing, skiing, hunting and camping adventures.
Siva Sundaresan (NWF Affiliate Representative)
Siva is a wildlife biologist with a passion for using good science to achieve effective wildlife conservation. He worked for several years on wildlife conservation and research projects in Asia and Africa. Siva moved to and settled in Jackson, Wyoming with his wife and two young sons because of everything that makes Wyoming special: open spaces, access to public lands, and abundant wildlife. He is excited to work with other board members and staff at WWF to best protect wildlife in Wyoming. Siva holds a PhD in Ecology from Princeton University and maintains an affiliate faculty position with the Human Dimensions of Natural Resources Department at Colorado State University.
Steve Martin (Affiliate Director)
National Wildlife Federation:
Craig Benjamin (Regional Representative)
(206) 713 6204
Kathy Hadley (Western Vice Chair) Montana Wildlife Federation
1016 Eastside Road
Deer Lodge, MT 59722