Staff

Max Ludington

Max comes to the Jackson Hole Land Trust following a career leading conservation in the Western US. Max first moved to the Tetons in 2001 to work seasonally for Grand Teton National Park. Inspired by the open views and wild character of Northwest Wyoming, he has dedicated his professional career to preserving the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem. Most recently, Max launched and led Teton LegacyWorks where he directed large-scale, collaborative conservation projects targeting critical regional concerns such as water availability and migrations. Max has extensive experience building and implementing collaborative strategies, developing environmental markets, developing partnerships with farmers and ranchers, and leading community conservation initiatives.

Max holds a Masters in Environmental Science and Management from UC Santa Barbara’s Bren School and a BA from the University of Virginia, with distinction. He is a Switzer Fellow, recipient of the Bren School’s Academic Achievement Award, and a recipient of the Gary Hunt Prize in Environmental Policy. Max lives with his wife Maria Hayashida, his daughter Joy, and their three dogs. He enjoys hiking, biking, backcountry skiing, fishing, hunting, and any other excuse he can find to get outside and enjoy the Tetons.

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.

Kathryn Tolley

Kathryn Tolley joined the Land Trust in June 2018 as an Advancement Associate for the Green River Valley Program. While growing up in Cincinnati, Ohio, Kathryn fell in love with the landscapes and wildlife of Northwest Wyoming during annual summer trips to the area. With a Bachelor’s from Gettysburg College and a Master’s degree in Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, Kathryn has worked at an education center in Alaska, and also with the Snake River Fund in Jackson. Kathryn enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, hiking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, hunting, and target shooting. She also enjoys baking, playing board games, watching movies, and reading.

Shawn Smith

Shawn Smith is the founder of Silver Sage Capital, LLC, an impact capital company focused on conservation values coupled with the financing and investment in socially responsible real estate development. Previous to Silver Sage, Shawn was President of Convergence Management Co. and a member of Convergence Investments, LLC, a real estate development and investment firm located in Jackson, WY. // An avid angler and outdoorsman, Shawn can be found spending his free time exploring streams and duck marshes with his wife, Beverly, and daughters, Virginia and Harriet. He achieved his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL and received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.

Lori Fields

Lori and her husband, Marlin Risinger, joined the Jackson Hole community in 2005. Lori and Marlin raised their three sons in London, where they lived for 17 years. In January 2016 they returned to the US, and now reside in Jackson.
In her early career, Lori worked as a trial attorney at the US Department of Justice, and later became Assistant Special Counsel to the US House of Representatives’ Committee on the Judiciary.
Lori has been actively involved in education related charities. Currently she serves on two non-profit education boards. In addition, for many years she served as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the American School in London, a K-12 independent school in central London.
Lori studied as an undergraduate at Stanford University and received her law degree from the University of Virginia.

Mike Fenn

Mike is an avid outdoorsman who lives and works in Pinedale. He attended the Air Force Academy and earned a degree at the University of Wyoming. Mike has over 30 years of experience in construction management and has developed and operated several business ventures in the energy industry. He owns two ranches outside of Pinedale; one of which was recently conserved through The Nature Conservancy with help from the Green River Valley Land Trust. Mike previously served on the GRVLT board and was the Lands Committee Chair. He is an active member of the community and is passionate about conservation and wildlife.

Michael Schrotz

Recently retired after 38 years of federal service with the Forest Service, Michael has a long career of land and resource management, and many years of volunteer work.

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Science Landscape Architecture (1974), from the University of Wisconsin. He entered private practice, working with many Wisconsin communities, helping residents and elected officials develop parkland systems; early years of collaboration. Michael moved to public service, beginning at the county-level as liaison between parks and freeway departments. He worked with neighborhood groups to locate and develop freeway systems. Michael moved to city-level public service, again working with neighborhood groups, developing parks and resolving recreation and land use issues.

Michael entered federal government as Landscape Architect for the Forest Service in northern Minnesota. He moved to Vermont as District Ranger; and then to the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming as Ecology Resource Group Leader. At the time of his retirement, he served as Planning and Lands Staff Officer, preparing for Forest Plan revision.

In his “free time” Michael and his wife Claudia spend many hours giving back to our community by volunteering. He has served on the Board of the Community Resource Center, and Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole. In his early years in Jackson, he volunteered with Ducks Unlimited, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Trout Unlimited. Later he joined The Jackson Hole Lions Club, where he has served several times as President. Today he and Claudia are active with the Grand Teton Music Festival, the Center for Arts, and Lions activities.

Even after retiring, Michael remains active, working behind the scenes, on land adjustment cases, and meeting with private landowners to help them move their private land to public land.

Michael has positive energy, always working to resolve issues and concerns.  He believes the glass is always half-full.

Kelly Davis

Kelly Davis is an avid equestrian and owner of Old Oak Farm, LLC and international show jumping stable. She is married to George Davis. They have two children, Lucy and Clay. Kelly and George are past Chairs of the Stanford Parents Advisory Board. Kelly was on the Board of the Sullivan Canyon Preservation Association for 8 years. Kelly currently serves on the California Committee South for Human Rights Watch and the Director’s Circle at the Los Angeles County Art Museum. When not riding horses, Kelly enjoys skiing, mountain biking, fly fishing and running, and has recently taken on the big challenge of learning golf.

Jan Davis

Jan Phillips Davis has been coming to Jackson Hole since her college days in the 1980’s. Born and raised in New York City, Jan has called Pacific Palisades, CA home for the last 24 years. Jan received her BA in History from Brown University and MBA from Columbia University and is an Outward Bound graduate.

Jan serves on the Resource Council of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation. She also spends time counseling first generation inner city students through CollegeMatch in Los Angeles and is a member of Women Helping Youth, an LA philanthropic group providing after school activities for local youth.  She is also a member of the Director’s Circle at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

Jan, her husband Chuck, and children Jared and Jenna (all Brown graduates) support scholarship students at Brown from Africa and inner city Los Angeles.  Jan enjoys skiing, snow shoeing, hiking, horseshoes, yoga, and vegetarian cooking.

Cody Lockhart