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Staff

Christine Ford

Operations Manager

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chris staff photoChris comes to Teton Regional Land Trust as Operations Manager. She works to coordinate financial management and administrative operations of TRLT. She ensures organizational effectiveness by providing leadership for the organization's financial and administrative functions. Chris will also offer support to the Trust’s Board of Directors.

Chris has 15 years of office managerial experience. She graduated from Colgate University with a double major in Anthropology and Peace Studies. She moved to Teton Valley from Truckee, CA, where she was the office manager for a wind farm development company. Before coming to the Land Trust, Chris managed the office at High Mountain Group in Jackson, WY and owned and managed Teton Valley Trading Post in Victor, ID.

Chris and her husband enjoy spending any time they can with her grandkids, who live in Teton Valley and Idaho Falls. She is also an avid white water rafter and downhill skier.  

Hannah Van Arsdell is our new Membership & Outreach Coordinator. She will be responsible for the coordination of communications, membership, and events, as well as various outreach and volunteer activities. Hannah will help to foster an appreciation for conservation of working and wildlands through a commitment to inspire and engage our supporters.
Hannah hails from Salt Lake City, UT. She attended The University of Montana in Missoula where she earned her BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wilderness Studies. During her time in school, she worked for several non-profit organizations, and held the position of Board Chair for Montana Public Interest Research Group. 
Since moving to Teton Valley a year ago, she has been enamored of these mountains. She loves to teleski, mountain bike, fly fish, and hike around the Tetons, as well as garden, cook, practice yoga, and get outside with her dogs, Sage and Lily.

Joselin Matkins

DSC 4206Executive Director

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 Matkins brings over 14 years of land trust experience to TRLT. She served for five years as the Executive Director of Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust in Pocatello, Idaho and for has served as the president of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts (ICOLT) since 2009. Previously, Joselin worked for TRLT as the Land Protection Director where she established strong relationships with landowners, supporters, and partners, completed several conservation projects, and led the organization’s reaccreditation application which was awarded in February 2015. 

Matkins received her undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Colorado and worked as an ecologist at various field stations across the Southern Rockies. Matkins started her land trust journey as an intern with the Wood River Land Trust before returning to graduate school at Oregon State University. After graduate school, she worked for the Placer Land Trust in Northern California as the staff scientist and land manager before taking the Executive Director position at Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust. Matkins also worked as the Lemhi Regional Land Trust Conservation Easement Stewardship Consultant.

Matkins is an avid outdoor enthusiast and especially enjoys hiking, mountain biking, horseback riding, and floating local rivers.

Tamara Sperber

Conservation Director

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Tamara 2As TRLT's Conservation Director, Tamara stewards conservation easements and TRLT owned properties, oversees restoration projects and land management projects and monitors ecological resources.

Tamara received her B.S. in Ecology from Idaho State University and her M.S. in Land Rehabilitation from Montana State University. She has over 5 years of habitat restoration experience, including planning, managing, and monitoring large-scale riparian restoration projects.

Diane Temple

Diane Temple 2015Development Director

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Diane now leads our development team by overseeing our fundraising program, cultivating and developing donor relationships, and managing our grants program. 

Originally from Braham, Minnesota, Diane was raised on a dairy farm and continued living in Minnesota until relocating to Teton Valley about 10 years ago. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration from the University of Minnesota and comes to TRLT with many years of experience working for non-profit organizations. She worked for the Teton County Planning and Zoning Department for four years and for six years served as the Executive Director for the Teton Valley Hospital Foundation and also the Teton Valley Education Foundation. 

In her spare time, Diane enjoys various outdoor activities including being on the river, golfing, bird watching, hobby farming, local foods, and running. She has two children and enjoys doing activities to support her children’s interests that include physics science projects, fishing, pheasant hunting, and science fiction movies and novels. 

Renee Hiebert

Conservation Specialist

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Renee1Renee spends her time at the Land Trust working with landowners to conserve their land.  She also assists the Stewardship Program with stewarding conservation easements. Renee received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Kansas in 1998. She worked for the US Forest Service, National Park Service and the Targhee Institute as an archaeologist, wilderness trail worker and naturalist in the Teton, Wind River and Eastern Sierra mountains before joining the Land Trust staff in 2004.

Bill Dell'Isola

Resource Specialist

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Bill croppedIn August of 2014, Bill Dell'Isola joined the Teton Regional Land Trust as a Resource Specialist.  Dell’Isola is the newest member of the Stewardship Team. He will work closely with over 120 landowners to monitor the land they have willingly committed to conserve and protect for future generations.

Dell’Isola joins the Land Trust team after completing an internship with the Trumpeter Swan Society. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Science from the State University of New York in the College of Environmental Science and Forestry. He also served as a wildlife technician for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. Dell’Isola’s work in the wildlife field sparked an interest in the bigger picture of land conservation and motivated him to pursue a position with the Land Trust.

Josh Holmes

Josh Holmes 2015Land Protection Specialist

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 Josh is the Land Protection Specialist at Teton Regional Land Trust. He  works with willing landowners to draft and negotiate conservation easements which allow for farming and ranching on properties but permanently restricts the type and amount of future development. Josh also evaluates and administers community and landscape-level land protection projects and will contribute to conservation plans for priority landscapes in TRLT's service area.  Josh received his B.A. and M.A. in American History from Jacksonville State University.  Before moving to Teton Valley Josh worked as the Director of Land Protection for Alabama and Gerogia Land Trusts. In his free time, he enjoys any time spent outdoors along with spending time with his wife, Kimberly and dog, Ava.

Paul Wendland

Paul Wendland 2015Stewardship Coordinator

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Paul is the Stewardship Coordinator at Teton Regional Land Trust. He coordinates TRLT’s stewardship program by monitoring approximately 130 conservation easement properties totaling about 29,000 acres. He also completes preliminary assessments and baseline studies to identify conservation values for potential easement or property acquisitions. Paul administers landscape-scale habitat restoration and enhancement projects as well. Paul received his B.A. in Political Science and International Studies from Michigan State University and also received his M.A. in Public Administration from Rutgers University in New Jersey.  In his free time Paul enjoys moutnain biking, back country skiing, hiking, fishing hunting and spending time with his dog, Boone.  

Anthony Gunnell

Land Manager

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anthony gunnellAnthony works with the TRLT conservation team to complete land management and conservation-related duties including weed management, grazing, fencing, and watering on approximately 1,350 acres in Teton Valley. He also assists with the stewardship of conservation easement properties. Anthony will be helping with baseline studies for potential conservation easements and will also be involved with habitat restoration projects as well. 

Anthony has a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science with a concentration in Ecology. He comes to TRLT with years of applicable experience ranging from research work in the Frank Church Wilderness to working for the Fish and Wildlife Service in Kansas, to performing wetland mapping in Alaska. 


Hannah Van Arsdell

Membership and Outreach Coordinator

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600509Hannah Van Arsdell is our new Membership & Outreach Coordinator. She will be responsible for the coordination of communications, membership, and events, as well as various outreach and volunteer activities. Hannah will help to foster an appreciation for conservation of working and wildlands through a commitment to inspire and engage our supporters.

Hannah hails from Salt Lake City, UT. She attended The University of Montana in Missoula where she earned her BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wilderness Studies. During her time in school, she worked for several non-profit organizations, and held the position of Board Chair for Montana Public Interest Research Group. 

Since moving to Teton Valley a year ago, she has been enamored of these mountains. She loves to teleski, mountain bike, fly fish, and hike around the Tetons, as well as garden, cook, practice yoga, and get outside with her dogs, Sage and Lily. 

Hannah Van Arsdell is our new Membership & Outreach Coordinator. She will be responsible for the coordination of communications, membership, and events, as well as various outreach and volunteer activities. Hannah will help to foster an appreciation for conservation of working and wildlands through a commitment to inspire and engage our supporters.
Hannah hails from Salt Lake City, UT. She attended The University of Montana in Missoula where she earned her BA in Environmental Studies and a minor in Wilderness Studies. During her time in school, she worked for several non-profit organizations, and held the position of Board Chair for Montana Public Interest Research Group. 
Since moving to Teton Valley a year ago, she has been enamored of these mountains. She loves to teleski, mountain bike, fly fish, and hike around the Tetons, as well as garden, cook, practice yoga, and get outside with her dogs, Sage and Lily.