Staff

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.

Derek Schaefer

Derek joined the Land Trust in September 2013 after many years in the ski industry. Born in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, he was raised in Phoenix, AZ. Derek attended Santa Clara University, earning a BS in Finance, and holds an MBA in International Management from Thunderbird School of Global Management. When not out walking with his golden retriever, Derek enjoys travel, skiing, and more travel.

Mika Burdette

Mika joined the JHLT in April of 2021. Originally from West Virginia, Mika developed a love for conserving wild and open spaces while exploring the Appalachian Mountains. She holds a B.S. in wildlife and fisheries resources from West Virginia University and has held a variety of positions in both government agencies and nonprofit environmental organizations ranging from teaching outdoor education to volunteer coordination and office management.  Mika relocated to Jackson during the fall of 2017 and enjoys snowboarding, nordic skiing, mountain biking, and petting cats.

Jill Callahan

Jill joined the JHLT in December 2020. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, she discovered her love of the outdoors as a student at St. Lawrence University, exploring the Adirondack Park. Jill graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2006 with a B.S. in psychology. 
 
Jill has worked in advancement for nearly 15 years. She brings experience in major gift solicitation, donor stewardship, grant writing, event management, and board relations to the role. In her 10 years in Jackson, she has worked for organizations including the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Community School, and the Art Association of Jackson Hole. 
 
Jill serves as a board member for the Jackson Hole Babe Force, an organization committed to empowering all women to seek adventure in the mountains. She also serves on the Old Bill’s Fun Run committee and is an active member of the Thursday Roundtable Group. In her free time, she enjoys skiing, biking, hiking, and getting outdoors as much as possible with her husband, two dogs, and young son. 
 
She is thrilled to be supporting the important work of the JHLT in a time when access to open spaces is more critical than ever for our mental and physical well-being.

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.

Ellen Incelli

Ellen joined the Land Trust in July 2019. Originally from Boise, Idaho, she gained an early appreciation for open spaces while exploring the most remote parts of Idaho through camping, skiing and hot springs hunting with friends and family. Ellen received a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University and spent a decade discovering the old-growth forests and Cascade Range volcanoes of the Pacific Northwest. She brings business management and fieldwork experience to the Land Trust, and has worked with nonprofits and government agencies teaching outdoor education and conducting ecological assessments. As many before her did, she found the Tetons by way of her unwavering, perhaps obsessive, love of long, cold, deep winters. Ellen enjoys skiing, mountain biking, yard games, painting with watercolors and exploring with her dogs.

Katie Jarve

Katie grew up in Northern California where her love for the outdoors was fostered through backcountry skiing, backpacking, and fly fishing in the Sierras. She received her BA from Stanford University and her MA from Harvard University. Katie is passionate about land conservation, education, and equity in the outdoors. In 2018, Katie moved to Jackson to work for Grand Teton National Park Foundation, she spent two years honing her skills in development and event planning. In her free time, Katie can be found horse packing in the Winds and rock climbing in the Tetons.

Lindsay Jones

Lindsay joined the Land Trust in December of 2019. She believes in the power of story sharing to positively impact the environment, our communities and the relationships between them. Before moving to Jackson in 2018, Lindsay spent 5 years working to connect people to the wild lands of eastern Oregon and offer them meaningful opportunities to engage on public lands issues. Originally from California, Lindsay grew up in the Bay Area and earned her B.A. in environmental studies at University of California Santa Barbara. Outside of the office, Lindsay enjoys exploring Northwest Wyoming by foot, ski and bike.

Roxanne Rosales

Roxanne joined the Land Trust team in early January of 2020 after completing Climb Wyoming’s Office Careers program. Originally from Colorado, Roxanne has grown up with a constant appreciation and adoration for the breathtaking mountainous landscapes of the West. She has lived in and out of Wyoming since 2007 and immediately fell in love with the unique Jackson Hole community. She is excited to expand within Jackson Hole’s nonprofit community while working for an organization with a mission she values. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, paddle boarding, the occasional Spartan race and exploring the outdoors with her family.