Lisa Samford, Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org Lisa Samford left a career in journalism to become a documentary filmmaker, specializing in difficult and remote expedition projects. She has filmed across five continents on a diverse collection of projects exploring topics ranging from violent crime, espionage, and ethnographic/scientific exploration to intimate portraits of author Wallace Stegner, conservation pioneer Mardy Murie, and His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Joining the ranks of the urban refugee, Samford returned to her native Wyoming to raise her son with paleontologist Wallace Ulrich. Executive Director of the internationally renowned Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival since 2002, Samford holds a BS and MA degrees in Communication.
Christie Quinn, Operations & Marketing Director email@example.com After spending most of her life on the east coast, Christie followed the call of the mountains to Jackson, WY in the spring of 2012 where she found the Festival. She began as a production associate, shortly moving into the role of Film Competition Coordinator. She directed the Festival's 2012 film One Day In Jackson Hole, worked as the Festival's Marketing & Design Director, and now is the Director of Operations. A lover of videography, photography and travel, Christie spends her time outside of the office exploring the beautiful surroundings in Jackson - always with a camera in hand. She graduated from Elon University with a degree in Media Arts & Entertainment and Spanish.
Dana Grant, Film Competition Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Raised on a farm in the woods of Connecticut, Dana gained an early appreciation for nature and living, growing things. She is a graduate of the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in Archaeology and Studio Art with a photography focus. A drive to explore has led her to a number of adventurous occupations such as training polo horses in Hawaii, leading dogsled tours through the Wyoming wilderness, and even washing dishes at a science station in Antarctica. Having made Jackson her home and begun work with Jackson Hole WILD, Dana is grateful for the chance to pursue an interest in media, expand her skills, and ultimately help benefit wild places and animals around the world.
Melanie Judd, Jackson Hole WILD On Tour email@example.com Born and raised in Nashville Tennessee, Mel enjoyed exploring the countless hills and waterfalls surrounding her hometown and spent most summers on her grandparents’ farm. After moving to the Grand Tetons, the hills seemed more like stepping-stones. With a BS in Environmental Science from Belmont University and being an animal lover since childhood, Mel is passionate about habitat conservation and species preservation. She is a conservation photography enthusiast and cant help trying to capture the magnificent beauty of the natural world with her camera. Her favorite book is The Botany of Desire by Michael Pollan, and she fills her spare time exploring the nearby national parks and snowboarding in the backcountry.
Phoebe Cooper, Production Associate firstname.lastname@example.org Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Phoebe has always loved being outdoors. Credit is owed to her parents, who, in the summer of 2001 packed her, bother Will and dog Rocky in their minivan and went on an eight-week cross-country camping trip. It was on that trip where she was first introduced to Jackson Hole and would return many times until finally moving there in the spring of 2016. After graduating from Union College in 2013 with a BA in History and a minor in Film and Theater, Phoebe moved to New York City where she worked for NBC News in the Archives Department for three years. Phoebe is passionate about travel, conservation and is always down for an adventure!
Kirstie Montgomery, Event and Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com Kirstie first began with the JHWFF staff in 2015 as an event intern. Since her time with the festival she has worked as the event coordinator for the city of Covington, Louisiana. Taking advantage of every opportunity to work in large scale events she has managed races, parades, concerts and festivals throughout south Louisiana. With a passion for people and engaging communities she was drawn to the Jackson Hole once again to contribute to the conservation community and aid in reaching an international and local audience through Jackson Hole Wild.
Abbey Greene, Production Associate Abbey comes to us from the east coast after graduating in Vermont with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism. While at school, she focused on reporting on environmental issues and took several science classes for background knowledge to fuel her stories. She spent her summers interning at ecoRI as an environmental reporter for southern New England and at the coastal nonprofit Save The Bay in their communications department. She is excited about coming here to explore the Jackson area and dive into world of nature filmography. In her free time, she loves hiking, volleyball, and getting outside as much as she can.
Rachel Mahrt, Production Associate Hailing from the heart of the Midwest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Rachel was raised on lake trips up north where she developed a love for adventure and exploring the outdoors. She is a graduate from the University of Iowa, with a B.A in English and Ancient Civilizations with a Certificate in Museum Studies. Her love of adventure has led to event planning and program coordination with festivals, museums and nonprofits locally and internationally. She is an avid traveler, music lover and yogi, and so excited to work with Jackson Hole Wild to bring creative and meaningful initiatives to the community!
James Fiske, Production Associate After spending his entire life on the southern coast of Rhode Island, James traded in the scenic Ocean State coastline for the majestic mountainsides of Wyoming. A soon-to-be graduate of University of Rhode Island with a B.A. in Film/Media and Public Relations, he aims to spend the rest of his life pointing his camera at all things beautiful. In his spare time, he has been known to walk the forest in search of the perfect shot for one of his upcoming documentary or narrative films. His childhood passion for wildlife film, combined with his adulthood experience with event management on the east coast, make Jackson Hole Wild the perfect place for him to continue pursuing his passions.
Tara Ramsey, Production Associate Originally from an island near Olympia, Washington, Tara developed a love of nature at a young age, spending her childhood exploring mountains, forests and tidal life in the Puget Sound area. After graduating from Western Washington University with her bachelor of arts in creative writing and Spanish, she followed her passion for nature, culture and adventure and lived abroad as a teacher in Spain and Vietnam. Jackson Hole presents a whole new adventure for her and she cannot wait to get out and explore. She is fascinated by the potential to promote conservation through creative media and she is beyond excited to be a part of the Jackson Hole Wild team!
Jack Sieber, Production Associate Born and raised in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jack spent the summers of his youth cultivating his love for the outdoors through hiking and exploring around the beautiful lakes and mountains of New Hampshire. Having received his B.A. in both Environmental Studies and Communication from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Jackson Hole WILD presents the perfect opportunity for him to develop his skills in the environmental sector of the media industry to create a positive change in the world. He enjoys playing the guitar, skiing, traveling, and exploring the great outdoors. Jack is looking forward to taking advantage of everything this beautiful place has to offer!