Joselin Matkins, Executive Director
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
As 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.
Babette Thorpe, Major Gifts Manager
Babette Thorpe is the Major Gifts Director position for Teton Regional Land Trust. She served as the Land Protection Director for 8 years, working with landowners to protect thousands of acres in Eastern Idaho. Babette’s passion for land conservation has bolstered her work with donors to Teton Regional Land Trust. She is excited to help Teton Regional Land Trust grow and plan for the future through annual gifts as well as legacy and planned gifts.
She has a degree in literature from Mary Washington College and worked for the Piedmont Environmental Council, a land trust that has helped place more than 175,000 acres under easement in Virginia. She also has planning experience, having worked four years for a county planning and zoning department, done post graduate work in planning at the University of Virginia, and served on the planning commission for a small Virginia town.
Renee Hiebert, Conservation Specialist
Renee 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.
Savannah Wake, Operations Manager
Savannah Wake joined the Teton Regional Land Trust team in October, 2013 as the Operations Manager. She coordinates the efforts of the development team, including the data management for membership as well as grant writing and event planning and support.
Savannah comes to the Land Trust from Salt Lake City where she recently served as the city’s Volunteer Services Coordinator. She has also worked for the Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter in Park City and spent time as an Interpretive Park Ranger in several national parks throughout the United States. Wake studied at the University of Utah where she received her BS in Parks, Recreation and Tourism.
Holly Wolgamott, Communications Manager
In July of 2014, Holly Wolgamott joined the Teton Regional Land Trust as the Communcations Manager. Wolgamott works closely with the Board and staff of the Land Trust to share the stories of the amazing landowners the Land Trust helps. Wolgamott also plans and facilitate events which serve to educate conservation efforts of the Teton Regional Land Trust.
Holly returns to Teton Valley after a five year stay in Valdez, Alaska where she served as the City of Valdez Public Information Officer. Prior to moving to Alaska, Holly lived in Teton Valley Idaho and worked as a Public Information Officer and Officer Manager for the Town of Jackson.
Bill Dell'Isola, Resource Specialist
In 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.