Chet Work, Executive Director
Chet joined the Teton Regional Land Trust in the summer of 2010. Prior to coming to TRLT, Chet was the local conservation manager for the Idaho Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Chet’s responsibilities at TRLT include managing the staff, representing the Land Trust in the many partnerships we have formed and fundraising for our work. Chet’s experience in regional conservation with both the Land Trust and the Nature Conservancy has given him a strong knowledge of the landscapes in which we work, the partners and agencies we work with and the suite of conservation techniques available for our efforts.
Chet holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and conducted post-graduate study in local ecology and education at the Teton Science School in Jackson, WY. He brings a strong knowledge of and passion for the Greater Yellowstone Region and has experience with land trust work, strategic planning and donor relations.
Chet is an avid outdoorsman who loves to explore local rivers and trails. He has lived in Teton Valley for five years with his wife Leigh and twin daughters. Chet’s passion for conservation is fuelled by a desire to see his daughters enjoy the same wildlife, open space and scenic views he has enjoyed throughout his life.
Joselin Matkins, Land Protection Director
Joselin Matkins joined the Teton Regional Land Trust team as Land Protection Director in early March, 2013. Matkins comes to the Teton Regional Land Trust after five years as the Executive Director of the Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust in Pocatello and has served as the Chair of the Idaho Coalition of Land Trusts since 2009.
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, Stewardship Director
As TRLT's Stewardship Director, Tamara stewards conservation easements and TRLT owned properties, oversees restoration 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, Land Protection 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.
Mari Castello, Stewardship Associate
Mari is the Stewardship Associate at Teton Regional Land Trust. Mari works in the Stewardship Department using her resource knowledge preparing baselines, stewarding conservation easements and managing TRLT owned properties. Mari received her B.S. in Natural Resource Conservation from The University of Montana and is currently pursuing her M.A.S. in Environmental Policy and Management from The University of Denver. After completing her degree at The University of Montana she worked as a wildland firefighter on the Lolo National Forest in Montana. Before moving to the Teton Valley Mari worked for Southwestern Illinois Resource Conservation and Development as a Land Conservationist and Forest Health Technician. In her free time, she enjoys any time spent outdoors especially those activities that include her dogs, Dixie and Boone.
Eddie Shea, Resource Specialist
In May 2013, Eddie Shea joined the Teton Regional Land Trust as the newest member of the stewardship team. Eddie moves to Teton Valley from Ames, IA where he recently finished his master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology. He currently serves as the Resource Specialist position where he works closely with landowners to steward their property.
This stewardship position also focuses heavily on the natural resources of our region. Eddie has a strong background in avian and forest ecology and habitat management. He has spent time in Alaska, Monana, Utah and Idaho over the past few years gaining skills and knowledge that will benefit Teton Regional Land Trust.
Savannah Wake, Development Coordinator
Savannah Wake joined the Teton Regional Land Trust team in October, 2013 as the Development and Membership Coordinator. 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.
Emily Nichols, Outreach Coordinator
Emily's responsibilities include outreach, communications, volunteer coordination and event planning. Emily helps to spread the Teton Regional Land Trust message through media contact, press releases and newsletters. She also manages the recruitment of volunteers and employs their help for many projects.
Emily, a Montana native, has lived in Teton Valley since 2004. She worked closely with the community during her time as a photographer and writer at the Teton Valley News. Emily earned her photography and writing degree from Montana State University in 2003. She is excited to share her experiences and extend the Teton Regional Land Trust’s message to the six counties in its service area.
Bonnie Self, Staff Accountant
Bonnie Self is Teton Regional Land Trust's Staff Accountant.
Bonnie moved to Teton Valley to work for Friends of the Teton River as the Finance and Development Director after completing her Master of Public Administration at Cornell University. Prior to graduate school, Bonnie resided in Gunnison County, Colorado where she worked as a non-profit fundraiser, administrator and outreach director for several local conservation groups. Before settling in the non-profit sector, Bonnie received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with honors from Washington University and worked as an accountant for a large Certified Public Accountant firm.
Bonnie continues Teton Regional Land Trust’s strong fiscal accountability to its donors and grantors. Bonnie resides in Teton County with her husband, Douglas Self and their daughter Zoella. In her free time, she enjoys the local hiking and biking trails and powder mornings.