Wyoming Leaders & Discoverers (WYLD) are the emerging voices of conservation in Northwest Wyoming. Their dedication supports inclusive, holistic programs that offer opportunities for all members of our community to connect to open space at JHLT community conservation properties like R Park, the Greenspace on the Block, Karns Meadow, and more.

WYLD Advisory Council members drive future community conservation protection efforts through strategy and fundraising, develop youth education opportunities, and steer programming and events that will continue to bring this community together.

WYLD Advisory Council

After growing up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Molly moved to Jackson upon completing her Bachelor’s degree in Geology at Colorado College. Inspired by the vastness of the landscape and the deep snow, Molly worked in conservation at the Land Trust and teaches skiing. She is inspired to include all people in land protection to create ecosystem and community resilience. Molly’s favorite Jackson activities include looking for owls, riding bikes, finding deep snow & planting food in her community garden.

Laura grew up in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains in Boulder, CO where she spent her time learning to love and care for the natural world through skiing, mountain biking, and backpacking. She went on to get a dual degree from the University of Colorado in Sociology and Spanish Literature and Language, both of which took her on travels around the world. After spending time working and living on the Roaring Fork River near Aspen, CO she found herself in Jackson trying her best to ski every day there is snow on the ground. Like many in Teton Valley, she was attracted to the area for its unmatched access to outdoor recreation and natural beauty, but really what has kept her here is the community built around these wild places. She is currently the Senior Program Manager of Coombs Outdoors where she is able to share her love for the outdoors with youth in the community hoping to inspire them to love and care for the land we recreate on.

Mekki graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Financial Engineering: Operations Research. After a four-year stint trading currency options for the Royal Bank of Scotland, Mekki moved to Jackson Hole in 2014 to start Outpost. While the vast landscapes and recreational activities in Jackson Hole inspired Mekki’s move out West, it’s the people that make up the community that Mekki has come to love most. Mekki, his wife Jane, and two daughters frequent JHLT’s community spaces and enjoy the interactive aspect of community conservation. Mekki loves the energy inspired by community conservation and strongly believes in its ability to inspire our future generations.

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 horsepacking in the Winds and rock climbing in the Tetons.

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Dan Visosky moved to Jackson Hole in 1998 for his love of the mountains. Born and raised at a small ski resort near Pittsburgh, Dan grew up fishing, skiing, riding bikes, and the dream of moving to a ski town out West. After graduating from Penn State University with a degree in Environmental Education, Dan fulfilled this dream and hasn’t looked back. Dan is an Associate Broker at Prugh Real Estate and has been involved in the community in the following areas: President of the Teton Board of Realtors, Dancing with the Jackson Hole Stars, The American Cancer Society, JH Food and Wine, Kiwanis, and the Teton Literacy Center. Dan, his wife, and two daughters spend their time in the outdoors and love the open spaces that Jackson Hole offers to locals and visitors.

After completing a B.S. in Physical Geography at the University of Colorado, Hal moved to Jackson to pursue his love of the mountains. He has held many jobs in the 15 years he’s lived here. He has been a foreman for a construction company, a bartender, a furniture maker, a tandem paragliding instructor, and a musician. Hal now owns The Hub Bicycles, a bike shop with deep roots in the local community. The Hub sponsors many community fundraisers including the annual bike swap and The Run and Ride for the Cure with The St. John’s Hospital Foundation. Hal meets regularly with a task force of local politicians working on community issues. In his free time, Hal enjoys skiing and biking with his wife and two sons and playing music in his basement with local rock stars.