Staff

Laurie Andrews

Laurie has led the Jackson Hole Land Trust as President since 2005. During her time as President, she has successfully completed numerous land protection projects, placing nearly 6,000 acres in permanent protection to date. She has spearheaded two 5-Year Strategic Plans which currently guide the direction of the Land Trust, and expanded the reach of the Land Trust further into the Greater Yellowstone Area with the launch of the Wind River Program in 2007. Looking ahead, she continues to focus on land conservation in the priority areas of the Greater Yellowstone, and the integral role the Land Trust plays in the health of this ecosystem.

Prior to joining the Land Trust, Laurie held fundraising and program director roles at The Nature Conservancy (TNC) for seven years. As Southern Yellowstone Program Director, Laurie launched complex land projects and completed numerous land deals with federal, state, non-profit, and private stakeholders, monitoring many easements on foot and horseback with local landowners. As Director of Philanthropy for the Washington state office of TNC, Laurie raised over $12 million annually from individuals, foundations and corporations. Laurie’s previous work history includes experience in corporate, major gifts, and special event fundraising at Saint John’s Hospital and Health Center Foundation in Santa Monica, California. She holds a B.S. degree from Pepperdine University. An avid trail runner, skier, and angler, she enjoys exploring destinations near and far with her husband Perk Perkins and their four dogs. Laurie grew up on a peach orchard in northern California. Her passion for land conservation in Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone is in part fueled by the memory of the open spaces and rolling agricultural landscapes of her childhood that are now gone forever.

Pam Case

Pam joined the Land Trust in February of 2001. She has been helping specifically with cultivating and maintaining new donors to the Land Trust. She has previously worked in the fields of education, travel and sales. Prior to moving to Jackson, Pam resided in Coconut Grove, Florida. She is originally from Iowa and received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts degrees from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. She enjoys traveling, cooking, hiking and skiing.

Derek Ellis

Derek joined the Land Trust team as Land Steward & Staff Biologist in February of 2016. Derek grew up in Ohio, but after gaining as B.S. in Botany from Miami University, he traded the flat-lands of the Midwest for the alluring landscapes of the West. After 22 years working in ecology and habitat enhancement for a number of federal, non-profit, and consulting entities, Derek is excited to help uphold the conservation vision of easement donors and landowners. Above all, Derek enjoys sharing the wonders of the Greater Yellowstone Area with his wife, Jen, and two little girls, Lila and Quinn.

Steffan Freeman

Steffan was born and raised on Colorado’s Front Range. He holds a B.A. in Biology and a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota, and a Master’s of Natural Resources Stewardship from Colorado State University. Steffan has previously worked at the Aldo Leopold Foundation and in Minnesota for The Nature Conservancy on grassland conservation and management, as well as for the Institute of Ecosystem Studies and the USGS. He draws inspiration from Aldo Leopold’s Land Ethic.

Erica Hansen

Erica joined the Jackson Hole Land Trust as a Land Steward and Staff Biologist in the winter of 2017. She holds a B.S. degree in Zoology with Honors from Colorado State University, and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Utah State University. She has conducted research in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem since 2007, and brings experience working for diverse stakeholders including research institutions, consulting firms, and the National Park Service. Erica specializes in the spatial ecology of wildlife, and has worked with a number of iconic western species including mule deer, pronghorn, elk, bison, and Greater sage-grouse. She is passionate about understanding how animals move across our landscape, and how that might change as more people come to enjoy the beauty of the Jackson area. When she’s not in the field, you can find her backcountry skiing, birding, trail running, and trying not to crash on her mountain bike.

Amy Hemenway

Amy joined the JHLT team in January of 2018 as a Conservation Manager for the Green River Valley Program. Growing up in Cheney, Washington, Amy learned to treasure the diverse ecosystems around her. Her love for nature lead her to earn a B.S. degree in Biology from Eastern Washington University. In 2005, Amy moved to Laramie, Wyoming, where she worked for various University laboratories conducting research in plant evolutionary genetics and fungal population genetics. In the spring of 2010 she relocated to Pinedale, Wyoming. Amy has worked in Sublette county as an Ecologist doing reclamation monitoring in the gas field and as a water-quality laboratory technician in industrial wastewater reclamation.

She has a passion for volunteering and has assisted the BLM range and wildlife program with vegetation monitoring, as well as mid-winter eagle surveys and sage grouse capture for tracking collar placement, the Wyoming Game and Fish with elk VIT tracking, and participated in National Public Lands Day for a number of years.

Amy enjoys sharing her love of nature with others. Her hobbies include fishing, hunting, camping, hiking, plant identification, and woodworking.

Liz Long

Liz Long joined the Land Trust in July of 2012 as Protection Manager. Liz was born and raised Birmingham, Alabama and holds a BA from the University of Georgia in Philosophy. She moved to Wyoming upon graduation and fell in love with the Tetons and the community of Jackson. She then returned to the University of Georgia to earn her law degree where she focused in environmental and land use law and gained experience with governmental agencies and numerous non-profits, hoping to return to Jackson. Outside of work Liz enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, yoga, music and time with her two pups, Murphy and Bella.

Rachael Mayer

Growing up in Alaska and Wyoming, Rachael developed an appreciation for open spaces and healthy ecosystems. The outdoors have oriented her throughout her life and played a huge role in her landing in the Tetons in 2014. Rachael graduated from the University of Montana with a BA in Rural and Environmental Change. She has been working in the restoration ecology field for the past ten years throughout Montana and the Greater Yellowstone. During her free time, Rachael enjoys bicycles, backcountry ski tours, trail runs, alpine flowers, old growth forests, canines, and donuts.

Holly McKoy

Holly joined the Land Trust in April 2013. She has been fortunate to call Jackson home for over 30 years. Holly brings experience from the fields of banking, real estate and sales to her position. She graduated from the University of Minnesota at Moorhead State with a teaching degree in Speech Communications and Theater. In her spare time, she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking and traveling with her husband Wade.

Betsy Neal

Betsy joined the Land Trust in July of 2018. Raised in Jackson Hole, she followed her love of ski racing to Middlebury College where she graduated with a degree in Economics. Having worked closely with brand development at a high end fashion firm and with both community engagement and parks management at the NYC Parks Department, Betsy is excited to use her experience to help protect the lands she grew up in. She loves to spend her free time skiing, hiking, and fishing with her dad.