April joined the Grand Teton Association (GTA) as Executive Director in early 2018. She will oversee the execution of GTA's mission, enhancing outreach programming and retail operations in support of education and research for Grand Teton National Park, Bridger Teton National Forest and the National Elk Refuge. Prior to joining GTA, April spent over 25 years in non-profit educational program development and administration. In the past April has served as Academic Director for the School for International Training in Cairns, Australia and was a founding faculty member at both Landmark College in Putney Vermont and the Teton Science Schools (TSS) Graduate Program in Kelly, Wyoming. She most recently served as Associate Executive Director and Vice President for Educator Development for TSS.
Marjie first connected with GTA as a trail box volunteer and part-time administrative assistant in 2015. She was hired as the Director of Operations in June 2016. Marjie spent the bulk of her career working in municipal government, retiring as City Manager after 28 years of public service. Her experience has given her an understanding of government systems, management practices and financial accountability. A Wyoming native, Marjie has always had a deep appreciation for Grand Teton National Park. As a member of the GTA team she is able to work in support of the public lands she cherishes.
Erin’s affiliation with GTA began in May of 1992 when she spent a summer working as a sales associate. During that summer, Erin met people who were passionate about protecting public lands. She recognized that a career with GTA provided an outlet to express her creative side through interpretive products and merchandising. Since then Erin has advanced within the organization to serve in her current capacity as Director of Retail Operations. Before landing with GTA Erin was a volunteer English teacher in China and created merchandise for musicians. Erin is now surrounded by nature, which she uses as inspiration while developing GTA’s retail business.
Lori’s employment with GTA began in the summer of 2015. Her time was split between working as a seasonal administrative assistant and sales associate at the Craig Thomas Discovery & Visitor Center. She then worked as year-round administrative assistant before promoting to Inventory Manager in the fall of 2017. Lori’s background working with numbers in bookkeeping and problem solving gives her a solid foundation for inventory management. She is committed to providing support for her coworkers and appreciates having opportunities to advance her career within the Association.
Judy came on board as Accounting Manager in March of 2009. She was seeking a new challenge and was drawn to GTA because of its diversity. Working with partnering agencies and a variety of funding sources appealed to her interest in professional development. Judy brought 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience working with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. Judy feels a connection to all of GTA’s partners and their missions. She is honored to be part of protecting the beauty of, and recreating on, our public lands.
Jacob left the National Park Service in 2013 to join the GTA team. His former experience performing IT duties in business offices, coupled with his understanding of government networks and security measures, has proven invaluable in maintaining GTA systems. As IT Administrator he provides critical support to retail operations by ensuring GTA’s point of sale and inventory programs are functioning. Jacob strives to use his skills for the greater good and not just shareholders.
Bridget joined GTA in 2013 as a seasonal store supervisor. She was promoted to Events and Outreach Coordinator in 2017. Her prior experience in sales and event coordination instilled strong interactive skills that have enabled her to easily connect with others. Bridget is excited by the creativity this position provides and enjoys connecting people with public lands. Her fond memories of family vacations in Jackson and the Tetons motivate and inspire her work.
Sarah was born and raised in sunny Southern California, where she was used to a fast paced, hectic lifestyle. When her husband accepted a Park Service job, they moved to Wyoming. Although she was skeptical at first, she found it a refreshing and life-altering experience. The first time she laid eyes on the Tetons, she fell in love. That same day she sighted her first grizzly bear. At the end of that day, she was in awe of the wildness and beauty of Jackson Hole. Her love affair with the valley soon led her to work for the Grand Teton Association. She now has the pleasure of working with a wonderful group of individuals within an organization that helps preserve a place that is deeply precious to her.
Jay Koeppel grew up in northern Wisconsin and double-majored in History and Political Science at UW-Stevens Point. Jay worked for 10 years as an interpretive ranger and visitor use assistant at six national parks, including Grand Teton.
Elizabeth Gardner joined GTA as the webstore associate in June of 2018. Elizabeth moved to Grand Teton after her husband accepted a job with the National Park Service in 2017. Before joining GTA, Elizabeth worked mostly in the environmental field with government and non-profit organizations. She is excited to join an organization that helps support our public lands and provides educational materials that help foster a sense of stewardship among visitors.
Danielle joined GTA as a seasonal warehouse worker in 2014. After completing the summer season, she decided to spend the winter as a sales associate at the Jackson Hole Greater Yellowstone Visitor Center. Danielle returned to the warehouse in 2015 and subsequently worked her way up to Lead Warehouse Worker. Her knowledge of inventory systems and merchandise allocation enables her to provide valuable support to retail locations. Danielle looks forward to growing with GTA as the organization evolves.