Our Board

Only 5% of the entire United States, including Alaska, is protected as wilderness.

Karen Fisher


Karen is a retired molecular biologist and project manager in the biotechnology industry. She has spent over 30 years at Genentech, most recently preparing strategies and business cases for cancer drug development projects.  She has published over 20 peer-reviewed manuscripts in scientific journals and holds two US patents. She led the whitewater kayak program for Outdoors Unlimited, a group dedicated to sharing their outdoor expertise with others. She lives with her husband in Mammoth Lakes, CA exploring wild places on foot, in boats and through the viewfinder of her camera.

Jean Hocker

Vice Chair

Jean is president of Conservation Service Co., LLC, a consulting firm in Alexandria. Drawing on more than 30 years experience, she advises organizations and agencies across the country on management and conservation issues. She was president and CEO of the national Land Trust Alliance from 1987 to 2002, during which time she helped it become a force for conservation, tripling the open space protected by its member land trusts. Before that, she was the founding executive director of the Jackson Hole Land Trust in Wyoming. She served on the Land Trust Accreditation Commission for five years and boards of other conservation-related organizations.

Denise Schlener


Denise Schlener is Chief of Staff to the COO at Humane Society of the United States. Previously, she served as Vice President of Strategic Advancement at Island Press, an environmental book publisher. Over a three decade career in land conservation and environmental advocacy, Denise has served in a variety of roles ranging from co-founding the Connecticut League of Conservation Voters and leading the Connecticut Chapter of The Nature Conservancy, to more recently serving as National Director of the Land Trust Alliance where she led programs to strengthen the nation’s 1600 land trusts. She serves on the boards of the Tregaron Conservancy in Washington, DC and the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Rice Center for Environmental Life Sciences.

Andy Wiessner


Since 1988, Andy has worked for Western Land Group, which specializes in public and nonprofit land transactions. His extensive experience in legislative affairs includes serving as counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Public Lands and National Parks, and the Subcommittee on Mines and Mining. Andy serves on the boards of the Wilderness Workshop and High Country News.

Jim Babbitt

Jim has been a trustee of the Grand Canyon Trust since 1993, working to preserve and protect the landscapes and Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau. He is also a longtime advisor to the National Trust for Historic Preservation, helping to preserve our country’s historic buildings, neighborhoods and communities. Jim is an Arizona native, recently retired as a retailer of outdoor apparel and equipment, and as a wholesale distributor for Pendleton Woolen Mills.

Jim Blomquist

Jim is a consultant to nonprofit groups in campaign strategy and lobbying. He worked for Sierra Club for 25 years as the regional representative in the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, and as a representative in Washington, D.C. specializing in national forest and national park issues during the legislative fights over the endangered spotted owl. Jim also worked on the legislation establishing the Smith River National Recreation Area in California. He served on the board of the Smith River Alliance. He is an avid fisherman.

Danna Bowers

Danna grew up in Bellingham, WA with a passion for science.  It all started with observing polliwogs during backpacking trips as a kid and evolved to researching nudibranchs while getting her degree in marine biology at UC Santa Cruz. Danna followed her passion for science across the ocean, spending two years in Australia playing with fish in the GBR and kangaroos in the Outback while earning her Masters in Conservation Biology. After school, Danna followed in her family’s footsteps, moving into fundraising for the cause she is most passionate about- conservation, at the non-profit Forterra and is now the Corporate Relations Officer at the Seattle Aquarium. A true weekend warrior, Danna can be found anywhere in nature- diving, climbing, and hiking with her puppy, Huck, in tow.

Bill Pope

Bill is a recovering attorney, born and raised in Seattle but now living in Mazama, WA. He has served on the boards of Earthjustice, the Nature Conservancy of Washington, and the Washington Trails Association. In addition to the WLT, Bill is currently a board member of Washington Conservation Voters. He is a longtime outdoorsman and wilderness advocate, and the owner of the Mazama Country Inn, a rustic mountain lodge located in the Methow Valley in Washington State. He formerly served as corporate counsel at Microsoft.

Doug Scott

Doug began his career in 1968 with The Wilderness Society in Washington, DC. For 17 years, Doug served as conservation director and associate executive director of the Sierra Club. Doug was involved in the enactment of the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act (1975), the Endangered American Wilderness Act (1978), the Frank Church-River of No Return Wilderness (1980), the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (1980) and the California Desert Protection Act (1994) among many other wilderness designation statutes.  He is the author of The Enduring Wilderness: Protecting our Natural Heritage through the Wilderness Act (Fulcrum Publishing, 2004).

Sarah Chase Shaw

Sarah Chase Shaw grew up in Flagstaff, Arizona. She is a graduate of Smith College, and received a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University. She moved to Aspen, Colorado in 1993 to join Design Workshop, Inc., a planning and landscape architecture firm. While at DW, she worked on several conservation-based development plans with The Conservation Fund, including the I-25 Corridor between Colorado Springs and Denver, Barr Lake State Park (adjacent to Denver Int’l Airport) and the Lake Fork of the Gunnison River. Sarah is the author of two books on the residential gardens of Design Workshop, Inc.;  New Gardens of the American West (2004) and Garden Legacy (2010).  In September 2018, her most recent book Living Beneath the Colorado Peaks: the Story of Knapp Ranch was released.  Sarah has served in a leadership capacity and as a board member on several non-profit boards including the Aspen Education Foundation, the Aspen Valley Land Trust, Roaring Fork Leadership, the Museum of Northern Arizona, and Aspen Words.  She and her husband, Richard, have a son, Spencer, who attends Colorado College.

Mark Trautwein

Mark served on the staff of the U.S. House Interior Committee from 1979 until 1995 under Chairmen Mo Udall and George Miller. He was responsible for the committee’s jurisdiction over parks, public lands and wilderness. During that time, the Committee led Congress to double the size of the National Parks System, triple the lands in the National Wilderness System and enact landmark conservation laws including the Alaska Lands Act. Previously, he was a staff writer for Congress’s Environmental Study Conference. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, and worked as a newspaper reporter in the San Francisco Bay Area. He is now an independent consultant and editor at KQED Public Radio in San Francisco.

Jacqueline Van Dine

Jacqueline is the Vice President of Merchandising at Birkenstock, leading all product development and portfolio management functions. Jacqueline was the co-founder and brand director for Ahnu Footwear. She was awarded Sporting Goods Business “Top 40 under 40” in recognition during Ahnu’s first year in business. She previously managed product design and developed trade and consumer marketing strategies for Birkenstock and Keen Footwear.

Liz Wilson

Liz is 20-year veteran of the active apparel industry. Liz Braund is the Vice President of Product for Outdoor Research. Previously, Liz served as the Vice President of Merchandising and Design at Royal Robbins and is responsible for product development and innovation worldwide.  Liz was the global director of outdoor apparel at The North Face creating business strategies and leading the collaboration between world-class athletes and the product creation team. She also worked at Nike building partnerships with such renowned sports figures as Lance Armstrong and Serena Williams. Liz is an active mentor and member of Camber, teaching women to take charge of their careers, encouraging them to excel. She lives in Seattle and often runs the trails with her four-legged friend Remy.

Jon Mulford, Emeritus

Jon is an attorney and is founder and past president of The Wilderness Land Trust. He formerly practiced law in Denver and Aspen, specializing in federal public land law. He is a fellow of the University of Colorado Natural Resources Law Center.

Past Board Members

John Fielder
Lucy Hibberd
Thomas Hoots
Sydney Macy
Linda McNulty
Christine McRoy
Buck Parker
Giles Toll
Paul Torrence
John Toth
Eleanor Towns
Jay Watson