The Alliance is happy to welcome two new faces to the office
First off we have our new Civic Engagement Manager, Kelsey Persyn.
Q: Hey Kelsey! Do you mind telling us what your job entails?
A: My job is to empower and mobilize Alliance supporters, the community and constituents to advance our mission of protecting the wildlife, wild places, and community character of Jackson Hole. That means reaching out to a diverse range of our community in local policy and local elections and hold elected representatives accountable to our community values. My goal is to develop leaders in the community who can support conservation and effectively represent their beliefs in voting and policy.
Q: Wow sounds great. What did you do before you worked at the Alliance?
A: I started my career in conservation as a Field Technician for Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge where I studied survival rate for Cinnamon Teal Ducks. I then transitioned to the N.P.S as a Park Ranger in interpretation, providing programs and education for visitors for six seasons at Rocky Mountain National Park, Glacier National Park and Grand Teton National Park. I also taught 9th grade Earth Science and Astronomy in Estes Park, Colorado and have been a ski patroller, instructor and more since I’ve been in Jackson.
Welcome to the Alliance team, Kelsey!
Next we have our new Outreach Manager, Kaya Patten-Fusselman
A: Hey, thanks for asking. My job is to support our fundraising work while managing marketing and communications to sustain our organization and mission by building a strong, wide, and diverse base for the Alliance. I lead our programs in membership, outreach & events, volunteers, and engagement.
Q: Awesome, thanks. What did you do before you worked here?
A: I spent nearly a decade living at the northern end of the GYE where I worked as a ski instructor, a trip leader for the Outdoor Recreation Program at MSU, a Montana Conservation Corps crew member, and most recently as the Inventory and Procurement Manager at the Livingston Food Resource Center in Livingston, Montana.
Q: What are you looking forward to most in your new role?
A: I’m excited to continue to share the Alliance’s mission and narrative of how people who love this place can sustainably coexist with wild places and wildlife.