Episode 187 – Enhancing The Grand Teton National Park with Leslie Mattson

Leslie Mattson is the President of The Grand Teton National Park Foundation. She has over 35 years of experience in nonprofit administration and fundraising. Since 2004, Leslie has helped raise over $80 million from private sector donors for park projects, including the renewal of the trails and educational elements at Jenny Lake, partnering with the National Park Service on the construction of the Craig Thomas Discovery and Visitor Center, and supporting wildlife conservation, youth engagement, and cultural resource improvement projects in Grand Teton National Park.

In this episode, Leslie shares why she left the northeast and made her way out to Jackson over 32 years ago. She talks about how the Jackson Hole non-profit community has changed and developed over the decades. Stephan and Leslie then discuss the impact that The Grand Teton National Park Foundation has had in shaping the inspiring park we love today.

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Episode 183 – Helping Our Four Legged Friends featuring Amy Moore of PAWS

Amy Moore is the Executive Director at PAWS of Jackson Hole. She moved to Jackson in 2004 from Boston, MA where she spent 13 years in corporate marketing. After working in the service industry after moving out to Jackson, she took the chance at joining the nonprofit community at PAWS and she hasn’t looked back. 

In this episode, Amy talks about the work that the PAWS organization does for the community. She shares how much has changed in the past 40 years with regard to saving rescued animals and controlling the pet population. Stephan and Amy also talk about the importance of cleaning up after your pet and how social media has made an impact on finding our furry friends their forever home. 

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Episode 181 – Becoming a Horse Warrior featuring Priscilla Marden

Priscilla Marden is the co-founder of Horse Warriors and co-owner of Diamondfly Ranch. She first came out to Jackson Hole in the 70s to work at a dude ranch just outside of The Grand Teton National Park. Priscilla has helped numerous non-profits in the community including the Teton Science School and the Art Association. She now operates Horse Warriors, a equine facilitated leadership and empowerment program.

In this episode, Priscila reminisces about what it was like to live and work in Jackson Hole in the 70s. She talks about the impactful work that Horse Warriors does to help make the world a better place, one relationship at a time by connecting people with horses, nature and art.

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Episode 179 – The Real Parks and Recreation featuring Steve Ashworth

Steve Ashworth is a father, husband, landscape architect and the Director of Teton County/Jackson Parks and Recreation Department.

Whether you swim at the Rec Center, play broomball, watch moose hockey, or play with your kids on the playground, the parks and rec department makes an impact in your daily life. Listen to this episode to learn about all that goes into operating one of the most important organizations in Teton County. You’ll also find out the interesting history behind the parks and how some of our most beloved parks were formed. Stephan and Steve also chat about the new developments happening at the Rec Center and the complications of managing playground safety.

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Episode 177 – Skating Through Life with Akop Manoukian

Akop is a Professional Figure Skater, coach, husband, father, performer, actor, stunt double in Will Farrell’s Blades of Glory, and the President/CEO and Executive Director of the Grand Teton Skating Association. Originally from Armenia, Akop has traveled and performed with some of the best figure skaters in our time. After performing all over the world, Akop made Jackson his home in 1999.

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