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Wyoming Outdoor Council Staff

Gary Wilmot, Executive Director

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 21

photo: Gary WilmotBased in Lander since the late 1980’s, Gary was hired as the development director of the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 2008. He became associate director in 2009, and accepted the position of executive director in 2013. Gary holds a bachelor’s degree in geology as well as a teaching certification from James Madison University. Prior to his work at the Outdoor Council, Gary worked at the National Outdoor Leadership School for 20 years. During his tenure he was a senior field instructor, a program coordinator, an associate director, and a major gifts officer. Gary was part of the first single season ascent of the three highest peaks in Alaska. He summited Denali, Mount Foraker, and Mount Hunter. Gary is also an avid marathoner and he serves on the board of the Lander Community Foundation. 

Stefani Farris, Development Communications Coordinator

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 12

photo: Stefani FarrisAside from brief stints in Alaska and Washington State, Stefani has lived in Wyoming since the mid-1990s, when she transferred to the University of Wyoming to finish her bachelor’s degree in English. Stefani holds an M.F.A. in creative writing, and has been a writing resident at Wyoming’s Ucross Foundation and the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska. She has been awarded two literature fellowships from the Wyoming Arts Council, as well as that organization’s Doubleday Award for women writers and its Blanchan Award for nature writing. Her work appears in a number of literary journals around the country. In addition to working at various Wyoming nonprofits over the years, Stefani has also volunteered in the field with the National Park Service’s Yellowstone Wolf Project, spending two months tracking and studying the park’s wolves. She lives in Lander with her husband and son.

Richard Garrett, Energy Policy Analyst and Legislative Advocate

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 18

photo: Richard GarrettAfter being a member (and admirer) of the Wyoming Outdoor Council for many years, Richard became its contract lobbyist for the 59th session of the Wyoming State Legislature in 2008. After the session he joined the staff as the legislative and outreach advocate. Born in Casper, he has lived in Wyoming, Colorado, New Jersey, and Kentucky. Richard has extensive experience in local, regional, state, and national political campaigns and was a staff member for U.S. Senator Gary Hart of Colorado. He also worked as a sales engineer for Enron Broadband Services and as a full-time volunteer for Habitat for Humanity in Lexington, Kentucky. Richard lives in Lander where he invests in and manages a small residential real estate portfolio.

Bonnie Hofbauer, Office Manager

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 17

photo: Bonnie HofbauerBonnie and her husband moved to Wyoming in 1978. Bonnie’s involvement with the Wyoming Outdoor Council began as a volunteer for the organization’s local recycling program, and she started working full time for the Council in 1991. She brought a “can do” attitude to the office and has become the go-to person for technical support for computers, telecommunications systems, and office machinery. Bonnie manages the membership database and tends to the many needs of the organization. Her love of the outdoors takes her on regular horse packing and hunting adventures.

Lisa McGee, Program Director

phone: (307) 733-3845

photo: Lisa McGeeLisa moved to Wyoming in 1996 after earning an undergraduate degree from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She worked for several seasons as a ranger naturalist in both Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks. These experiences inspired her to pursue a career helping to safeguard wild places. In 2004, she graduated with honors from the University of Wyoming College of Law, where she focused on public lands and natural resource law. She served as a law clerk for a superior court judge in Anchorage, Alaska before returning to Wyoming in June 2005 to direct the Wyoming Outdoor Council's national parks and forests program. The majority of Lisa's work in this capacity focused on oil and gas leasing and development proposals on Wyoming's national forests, including the Wyoming Range in the Bridger-Teton National Forest. Lisa accepted the position of program director in 2013. She lives in Jackson with her husband and son.

Chris Merrill, Associate Director

phone: (307) 223-0071

photo: Chris MerrillChris joined the staff as communications director in March 2009, and accepted the position of associate director in 2013. An award-winning journalist, he came to the Wyoming Outdoor Council after holding the post of environment reporter for the Casper Star-Tribune. He also covered politics, health care, and the environment for the Idaho State Journal. Before becoming a journalist he lived and worked in Ecuador, Bolivia, and South Korea, where he taught English. Chris has a master’s degree in English from Colorado State University and an undergraduate degree in political science. He lives in Laramie with his wife and son.

Bruce Pendery, Chief Legal Counsel

phone: (435) 752-2111

photo: Bruce PenderyBruce joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council staff as director of public lands in 2003, and became program director in November 2005. He accepted the position of chief legal counsel in 2013. He holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife biology from Colorado State University, a master’s degree in range science from Utah State University, and a law degree from the University of Utah College of Law. Prior to law school, Bruce worked for 11 years as a range scientist for Utah State University and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. As a range scientist he designed, conducted, analyzed, and published scientific studies regarding arid-land plant breeding, ecology, and rangeland management. More recently he worked for Defenders of Wildlife as a government relations associate. In that role, Bruce evaluated the impacts of the Bush-Cheney National Energy Policy on wildlife and public lands in the western United States, and he worked on advocacy efforts related to those issues.

Linda Sisco, Administrative Coordinator

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 10

photo: Linda SiscoLinda joined staff the Wyoming Outdoor Council staff as administrative assistant in April 2008. She accepted the position of administrative coordinator in 2012. She grew up on an 80-acre farm in southwest Iowa and she came to Wyoming for the first time in 1978, after earning her bachelor’s degree in recreation and art from the College of St. Mary’s in Omaha, Nebraska. She moved to Lander in 1993 after owning and operating a successful commercial greenhouse and landscaping company in Marlboro, Vermont. Although she had never previously worked in conservation, she supported wilderness-based education programs through work with the National Outdoor Leadership School, and she has been active in promoting environmental practices in the workplace.   

Julia Stuble, Land Conservation Coordinator

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 11

photo: Julia StubleJulia joined the Wyoming Outdoor Council in 2012 as the Land Conservation Coordinator, a position focused on improving BLM and Forest Service land-use plans. For many years her professional and academic careers have been grounded by Wyoming land and resource issues. She was born and raised in Green River and Pinedale, Wyoming, and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in English (she continues to be happily typified by Garrison Keillor’s riffs on “English Majors”). Julia spent a year working as an environmental journalist in Pinedale and then three years in environmental education in Jackson and Pinedale. In 2010, she completed a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at Prescott College; her thesis research focused on western Wyoming ranchers and the language they use to express their attachment to place. In 2012, she completed a master’s in American Studies and Environment and Natural Resources at UW. This thesis research focused on the community of Pinedale and the social responses to natural gas development. Based in Lander, Julia enjoys using public lands with her companion, Josh, and their two stockdogs whenever possible.

Amber Wilson, Environmental Quality Coordinator

phone: (307) 332-7031 ext. 20

photo: Amber WilsonAmber was born in Laramie, Wyoming, but grew up living off of the grid on her family’s small ranch in the Red Desert. She graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and environment and natural resources. Amber worked as a research assistant for UW’s Ruckelshaus Institute of Environment and Natural Resources, as well as for the Natural Resources Law Center in Boulder, Colorado. She served as an AmeriCorps crew leader for the Wyoming Conservation Corps, and as a board member for the Wyoming Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council. Amber has a master’s degree in environmental science and policy from Northern Arizona University, where her research focused on Wyoming groundwater use policy and oil and gas development. At NAU, Amber was named a 2012 Wyss Scholar for the Conservation of the American West. Amber’s work at the Wyoming Outdoor Council focuses on Wyoming water policies as they relate to energy development. She is an avid trail runner and aspiring ultra-runner, climber, and rafter. Amber lives in Lander with her Labrador retriever mix, Liam. 

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