A Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem
We envision a Wyoming that leads the nation in exceptional and innovative wildlife management; all stakeholders are valued equally, and management decisions are driven by the best available science. As stewards of some of the most pristine wild habitat in the world, we believe that ecosystems must be managed to maximize biodiversity.
Wyoming Wildlife Advocates informs, educates and empowers communities to preserve our wild legacy, protect our shared wildlife and modernize wildlife management across the state.
Wyoming Wildlife Advocates is a 501 (c) (3) organization.
B.S. Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management, M.Ed. Curriculum and Instruction, M.S. Science Education
Science and education have dominated Kristin’s life. With eight years of non-profit administration experience and three and a half years working in public science education, she has made science more accessible and enjoyable for thousands of individuals. Kristin has mentored youth in science and confidence-building programs such as the Idaho Science and Aerospace Scholars and Girls Actively Participating. Kristin serves on the Board of Directors for the Teton Wildlife Rehabilitation Center as compassion and a love for all animals are central to her personal credo. Born and raised in the Midwest, she and her husband have been happy to claim the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem as their home for more than 15 years.
phone: (307) 413-4116
Board of Directors
Founder & Board President
Kent is a retired businessman who worked for many years in the music industry as a music producer and engineer and was the founder and owner of two concert sound and light production companies. He now works as a wildlife photographer and travels extensively to practice his craft. He has lived his entire adult life in the Northern Rockies and is also a past board member and officer of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative, a pioneer in large-landscape conservation. He and his wife Ann live in Jackson Hole.
A lifelong resident of Wyoming, Jim credits his adventurous parents with his outdoor lifestyle and appreciation of Wyoming’s wildlife. Jim’s most important education was received on his family’s weekend pilgrimages to Wyoming’s great outdoors. No matter the weather, the wilderness was explored; hiking, climbing, biking, canoeing, hunting, skiing and observing our fantastic wildlife.
Jim was mentored by legendary mountaineer Finis Mitchell, affectionately known as Lord of the Winds. Jim was incredibly fortunate to join Finis’on his adventures exploring the Wind River Range; backpacking, mountain climbing and taking in the expansive views of Wyoming’s wildest places. The Laybourn family and Finis climbed Mitchell Peak together, a mountain named in Finis’s honor; this made a lasting impression on Jim. Under Finis’ guidance, Jim learned the difference one man could make raising awareness of the sacredness of wild places and wildlife that inhabit them. Jim endeavors to make a difference himself, outspoken about protecting the Wild that makes Wyoming so unique and allows for forging one’s path to happiness.
Living the last twenty years in Jackson, Buffalo Valley, and on Togwotee Pass; Jim has worked as a home builder, wildlife guide, and filmmaker. Jim has an extraordinary passion for grizzly bears. First drawn to film-making after a surprise weekend encounter with Grizzly 399 years ago, this encounter left Jim inspired to take up videography spending thousands of hours in the field observing the secretive nature of grizzly bears.
Jim is intent on replacing the fear and misunderstanding of the grizzly as a ferocious predator with that of an extremely intelligent, charismatic being. Jim believes that a robust predator population may be Wyoming’s best chance to limit the spread of CWD, and as a lifelong hunter, respects predators rather than fears them.
Photo caption- An unforgettable encounter with a wild wolf after Jim ran into a WGFD wolf collaring team in his Buffalo Valley neighborhood.
Roger has lived in Jackson Hole for 26 years. A talented journalist, he has written for daily and weekly newspapers in Oregon and Washington State and was with the Jackson Hole News and Guide for four years. Some years ago, Roger traded the pen for a hammer and worked 12 years as a carpenter, owning his own business. He worked as a wildlife guide in Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and has also spent several years as a photography guide and photography workshop teacher.
Roger helped to found two wildlife advocacy organizations, Wyoming Untrapped and Wyoming Wildlife Advocates and served as Executive Director and a board member of both organizations to help get them off the ground.
Roger has enjoyed all types of skiing, climbing, mountain biking, and bicycle road racing, running marathons and martial arts, in which he has a black belt.