Lisa Samford, Executive Director email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Cindy Harger, Community Partnerships & Events Director email@example.com A passion for wildlife, the environment and storytelling brought Cindy Harger to Jackson Hole WILD in the spring of 2017. She had the organization on her list of desired work places for years, having experienced the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival for the first time as a newcomers’ film competition finalist more than a decade ago. A diverse work history includes newspaper & broadcast journalism, nonprofit management and organizational communications. Raised mostly in Wyoming, Cindy loves to travel, hike, cross-country ski, scuba dive, read, write, and explore the outdoors with a camera in hand. She has a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and a Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology.
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!
Abbey Greene, Media Communications Manager 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.