Vince Lee came to the valley in 1967, following graduate school at Princeton and a tour in the far east with the U.S. Marines. He joined long-time Wilson resident, John Morgan, as a partner in the firm of Design Associates architects in 1969 and led the firm for 30 years following Morgan’s retirement in 1972. During the same period, Vince was a seasonal mountain guide and owner of High Country West, Alpine Adventures, the first local representative of The Nature Conservancy, and a three-term member of the Wyoming Quality Council in Cheyenne. He was a founding board member of the Jackson Hole Land Trust and served as President from 1981-1986. His son, Christopher, took over Design Associates in 2002, and Vince and his wife Nancy now live in McElmo Canyon, near Cortez, Colorado.
Rod Moorhead is retired from Warburg Pincus, a private equity and venture capital firm in New York, where he was employed since 1973. He currently serves as a director of Coventry Health Care, Inc. and Proximity Learning. Mr. Moorhead is Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Taft School, a member of the Oversees Committee on University Resources, Harvard College, a member of the Harvard Medical School Board of Fellows, Co-Chairman of The Stroud Water Research Center, and a trustee of the Brandywine Conservancy. He holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in economics from Harvard University. He and his wife, Alice, split their time between New York City, Unionville, PA and Wilson. In his free time Rod enjoys fishing, fox hunting, golf and skiing.
Gil Ordway’s participation in the work of the Land Trust has been valued for many years. He first joined the Land Trust Board in 1982, two years after the Land Trust was founded, and has served as a Board or advisory council member every year since that time. After graduating from the University of Colorado Law School, Gil moved to the valley in 1953; he and his wife, Marge, own the spectacular Fish Creek Ranch, most of which was protected in 1975 by one of the first conservation easements in Wyoming. The Ordways’ dedication to land preservation has been an inspiration to all associated with the Land Trust.
Allan Tessler is an emeritus board member, past board member and past president of the Jackson Hole Land Trust. He and his wife, Frances, reside in Jackson. An attorney and specialist in investment banking and turnaround financing, Allan has offices in both Jackson and New York. He founded International Financial Group, Inc., an international merchant banking firm, in 1987 and has served as its chairman and CEO since that time. He also serves as co-CEO, chairman and director of several other companies. // Allan started his career in the law firm of Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton. He has also served as counsel to Spengler, Carlson, Gubar & Churchill, and was senior managing partner of Shea & Gould. He supports his alma mater as co-chairman of the Cornell Law School Capital Campaign and as an emeritus trustee and Presidential Counselor of Cornell University. Allan is also Vice Chair of the Hudson Institute.
Mike Wardell is currently a Jackson Hole Land Trust (JHLT) emeritus board member. In the past, he has served the Land Trust as a board member, president, and member of various committees. A lifelong Jackson Hole resident, Mike developed a passion for the land as a skier, rancher, hiker, fisherman, and businessman. He was one of the early supporters of the concept of preserving open lands in the valley. His family has protected several hundred acres in Jackson Hole with easement donations on land in the South Park area. // A familiar face in the community, Mike is now a partner at Real Estate of Jackson Hole and in the past he was an owner of Jackson Sporting Goods Company and Teton Village Sports. His first career was at the Highlands Lodge in Grand Teton National Park, which he and his family owned and operated from the late 1940’s to the early 1970’s. Mike also served as vice president of the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum and is a past board member of the Jackson Hole Community Housing Trust.
The Jackson Hole Land Trust works to protect and steward the treasured landscapes of Northwest Wyoming
Our vision is a legacy of protected open spaces, wildlife habitat, working lands and community spaces across Northwest Wyoming that inspire current and future generations.
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