Denny Iverson


Dave Hillary

Vice President

Kristin Troy


Karen Rice


Brian Bean

Gary Wolfe

Jim Owens

Katie Cox

Jessica Crowder

Max Ludington


Amy Katz

Conservation and GIS Coordinator

Amy has worked with Heart of the Rockies Initiative since summer 2021. She is trained as a cartographer, and uses her skills to make maps that artistically express the places people love. She also uses those skills at Heart of the Rockies to bring people together to uncover and connect over commonalities as humans. And that is what she loves most about her work: cultivating community and strong relationships between people and landscapes. Amy’s colleagues appreciate her appetite for stimulating, intellectual challenge and problem solving, as well as the compassion she shows everyone with whom she interacts. Amy is passionate about all types of skiing – skate, classic, backcountry, or a powder day at the ‘bowl. Her passion extends to other mountain sports like trail running, and really any super hard endurance activity.

Bray Beltrán

Conservation and Equity Director
Washington D.C.

Bray Beltrán was born and raised in Colombia, and moved to the U.S in 2000. He is an ecologist by training and is motivated most at work by making sure that conservation benefits people’s well-being in addition to wildlife and land. He sees humans as an integral part of ecosystems, and firmly believes collaborative bottom-up conservation can help people find the balance between the long-term well-being of local communities (and us humans as a global agent of change), and the resources we use to maintain our quality of life. At Heart of the Rockies Initiative he supports the long-term sustainability of socio-ecological systems in the Intermountain West by developing a strong science program that informs private and public land protection and stewardship and that is inclusive of all people and cultures living in the region. Outside of work, you can find Bray ripping on his new e-bike with his two daughters or picking wine purely based on the label, which he claims he is “excellent” at. Bray lived in the Intermountain West from 2013 – 2022 but moved to Maryland with his spouse and two children in September 2022.

Emily Harkness

High Divide Program Manager

Emily has worked with Heart of the Rockies Initiative since she interned in 2017. In her work, Emily is inspired by our partners in the High Divide, who are incredible people doing great work. She loves taking the time to listen and get to know each individual partner, then bring them all together in community during field trips or any sort of workshop that gets people outside on the ground. Emily brings her love of building and supporting community into all facets of her life by making a meal for a friend, shoveling a neighbors driveway, driving folks to the airport, or any small gesture that shows care and appreciation. Emily’s colleagues appreciate that she is a humble, hard worker who, despite her busy schedule, always makes time for dog-related conversation.

Emma Gjullin

Development and Communications Coordinator

Emma joined Heart of the Rockies in 2020. Emma is trained as a mathematician and philosopher, and loves learning how to do things well, then better. She uses those skills at Heart of the Rockies to think deeply about what it means to actively shape the west, in collaboration with the land, and all the beings who reside here, to be a place in which we may all love being alive. Much of the work Emma does for Heart of the Rockies is abstract, so outside of work, she loves to make someone’s day tangibly better. Usually, that someone is a dog at a shelter looking for a forever home. Indeed, her dearest passion is developing and fostering humane relationships with nonhuman animals. Emma’s colleagues appreciate her as “the dog-hugging voice of youth” – she keeps the team grounded with Harry Potter references and cute puppy anecdotes.

Gary Burnett

Managing Director
Blackfoot Valley

Gary has been working in conservation for more than 40 years, dedicated to retaining access to natural resources. He has been with Heart of the Rockies since 2017, where he has been building momentum for private land conservation in our region to make a durable impact and help others make a difference in this special place. On the land, Gary loves birding, building, skiing, and cherishing his family. Gary’s colleagues appreciate that he is a “man of action”, and is eager to move past planning into action.

Heidi Anderson

Southwest Montana Sagebrush Partnership Program Manager

Heidi has been with Heart of the Rockies Initiatives since 2021. Heidi works to produce on the ground, tangible conservation outcomes that are rooted in local community values. And that’s what she enjoys most about her work: getting outside and meeting and working with folks to reach a common goal, especially when she gets to work with and mentor young ecologists. Getting outside in beautiful places is something she also loves doing with friends and family. Heidi colleagues appreciate her dedication to on-the-ground work, her companionable presence, and her willingness to talk dogs.

Jim Williams

Partnerships Manager Whitefish

Jim came to Heart of the Rockies in 2022 after a long career as a biologist for Montana Fish, WIldlife and Parks. Other notable achievements and talents of his include writing and publishing a book, The Path of the Puma, alligator wrestling, surfing, and being able to make friends with anyone. The latter is important for his work as well, where people and connections motivate him. Jim loves storytelling and mentoring younger professionals, and is excited to work with rural and local communities to conserve wild things and wild places.

JoAnn Grant

Managing Director

JoAnn has been with us since 2011, where she is thought of as the fairy Godmother of Heart of the Rockies. Beyond managing finances and land trust relationships, she also leads the communications team and is most passionate about the creativity involved in branding, storytelling, and problem solving. She reflects on times she has been out on the landscape with landowners and partners as a rewarding aspect of her job, where she witnesses the emotional connection people have with the landscape. Outside of work, Jo expresses her creativity through painting and cooking up a mean Chile Relleno for friends and family.

Kali Hannon

Managing Director

Kali started working with Heart of the Rockies Initiative in 2018. Though trained as a dancer, Kali makes our organizational culture welcoming and inclusive, a place where each of us is valued and invited to show up as a full human. She ensures our strategies and visions are well planned, but easily and creatively adapts when those plans go sideways. Kali is committed to conservation not only to protect wildlife, but also to ensure that the world remains habitable for her child and future generations. People are her motivation in her work and her life – Helping people with whatever they need help with, big or small – solving a problem, cooking them a meal, organizing around a neighborhood issue, or just listening. She is passionate about ensuring all people can have agency in their lives and meaningfully contribute to solving problems that affect them. Kali’s colleagues appreciate that she is ambitious, focused, and wicked smart, with a delightful sense of humor and enviable taste.

Kara Maplethorpe

Rural Development Manager

Kara recently came to Heart of the Rockies from the Centennial Valley Association. She is known for her homemade orange rolls and her ability to boil water in a paper cup over a campfire, which comes in handy more often than you might think. At work, she enjoys listening, learning, and collaborating with people of various perspectives, as well as finding opportunities to amplify community voices while setting the stage for future generations. To Kara, every day is a new adventure with a lesson to learn, a river to canoe, or a book to read. She emphasizes this belief by commonly quoting the movie UP: “Adventure is out there!”

Nate Owens

Policy Director
Salt Lake City

Nate joined our team in 2022 from the Utah Division of WIldlife Resources. Nate moves through life determined to leave things better than he found them: in conservation this means helping communities and individuals adapt to change, and on the trails during his long training runs in the mountains this means practicing stellar Leave No Trace principles. He enjoys the challenge of trying to understand how pieces of a complex issue fit together, which ultimately will help shape how the landscape he loves will look moving forward. Nate relishes the simple daily actions of opening the door for someone or smiling at people on the trails as an easy way to give back. The ultimate test of his compassion came when he was smacked on the back by a baby mountain gorilla in Rwanda, but even then, Nate managed to smile.


Bear River Land Conservancy

Logan, UT
Gabriel Murray, Operations Manager
LTA Accreditation in process
Established in 2011
Region: Bear River Watershed, Utah

Bitter Root Land Trust

Hamilton, MT
Gavin H. Ricklefs, Executive Director  
LTA Accredited
Established in 1996
Region: Bitterroot Valley, Montana

The Conservation Fund

Sun Valley, ID

Mark Elsbree, Montana and Northwest Director

Gates Watson, Montana State Director
Dan Schlager, Wyoming State Director

LTA Accredited
Established in 1985
Region: National

Flathead Land Trust

Kallispell, MT
Paul Travis, Executive  Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1985
Region: Flathead Valley, Montana

Five Valleys Land Trust

Missoula, MT
Whitney Schwab, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1972
Region: Southwest Montana – Clark Fork, Blackfoot, Mission, Bitterroot, and Rock Creek river valleys

Gallatin Valley Land Trust

Bozeman, MT
Chet Work, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1990
Region: Montana headwaters of the Missouri and Upper Yellowstone Rivers

Inland NW Land Conservancy

Spokane, WA
Dave Schuab, Executive Director
Chris DeForest, Conservation Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1991
Region: five counties in eastern Washington (Spokane, Lincoln, Pend Oreille, Stevens, and Adams) and two counties in northern Idaho (Kootenai and Bonner)

Jackson Hole Land Trust

Jackson, WY
Max Ludington,  President
LTA Accredited
Established in 1980
Region: Teton, Sublette and Fremont counties, Wyoming

Kaniksu Land Trust

Sandpoint, ID

Katie Cox, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 2002
Region: Sanders County, Montana, and Bonner County, Idaho

Land Trust of the Treasure Valley

Boise, ID

Eric Grace, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1996
Region: Treasure Valley, Idaho

Lemhi Regional Land Trust

Salmon, ID
Jennifer Smith, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 2005
Region: Lemhi County, Idaho

Montana Land Reliance

Helena, MT
Kendall VanDyk, Jordan Vana, Managing Directors
LTA Accredited
Established in 1978
Region: Montana statewide

The Nature Conservancy of Idaho

Idaho Falls, ID

Tess O’Sullivan, Land Conservation Strategy Lead
LTA Accredited
Established in 1951
Region: state-wide chapters

The Nature Conservancy of Montana

Bozeman, MT

Jim Berkey, High Divide Headwaters Director

LTA Accredited

Established in 1962
Region: state-wide chapters

The Nature Conservancy of Wyoming

Lander, WY

Abby Scott, NW Wyoming Program Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1951
Region: state-wide chapters

The Nature Conservancy of Canada

Invermere, BC
Richard Klafki, Rocky Mountain Program Manager
Established in 1962
Region: National

Palouse Land Trust

Moscow, ID
Lovina Englund, Executive Director 
LTA Accredited
Established in 1996
Region: Benewah, Clearwater, Idaho, Latah, Lewis, Nez Perce, Shoshone counties in Idaho; Whitman county, Washington

Payette Land Trust

McCall, ID
Craig Utter, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1994
Region: Adams, Idaho, Valley, and Washington counties, Idaho

Prickly Pear Land Trust

Helena, MT

Mary Hollow, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1995
Region: Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Jefferson Counties in Montana.


Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

Missoula, MT
Jennifer Doherty, Director of Lands
RMEF  MT – Mike Mueller, Sr. Lands Program Manager
RMEF  ID – Aaron Swift, Lands Program Manager
Region: National
Established in 1984
Region: National

Sagebrush Steppe Land Trust

Pocatello, ID
Matt Lucia, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 2004
Region: Southeastern Idaho Counties of Bannock, Bear Lake, Bingham, Caribou, Franklin, Onieda, and Power

Teton Regional Land Trust

Driggs, ID
Kim Trotter, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1990
Region: Upper Snake River Watershed in eastern Idaho

The Trust for Public Land

Bozeman, MT
Dick Dolan, Montana Program Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1972
Region: National

The Vital Ground Foundation

Missoula, MT
Ryan Lutey, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1990
Region: International

Wood River Land Trust

Hailey, ID
Scott Boettger, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 1994
Region: Blaine, Butte, Camas, Custer, Elmore, Gooding, Jerome, Lincoln, Minidoka counties, Idaho

Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust

Cheyenne, WY
Jessica Crowder, Executive Director
LTA Accredited
Established in 2000
Region: State-wide