Center for Jackson Hole Adds New Board Members, Staff

As part of its effort to empower past and future Emerging Leaders Program participants to run SHIFT and the Emerging Leaders Program, The Center for Jackson Hole has welcomed a number of new members to its board and staff.

2016 Emerging Leader Alfonso Orozco is the new Center for Jackson Hole Board Chair, replacing past board chair Luther Propst, who, along with former board member Ted Staryk, has moved to the Advisory Council. 2017 Emerging Leader Len Necefer has also joined the board, as has longtime Advisory Council member José Gonzaléz. They are joined on the board by Frederick Reimers, who wrote the October 2017 article on The Emerging Leaders in Outside Magazine.

2016 Emerging Leader Grace Anderson will coordinate The 2018 Emerging Leaders Program and The 2018 SHIFT Awards. 2017 Emerging Leader Gerben Scherpbier is compiling a manual that documents the organization’s institutional knowledge. They will be joined on staff by Francesca Weikert, the former creative director for the women’s collective AndShesDopeToo.

“We recognize that we need to do more than talk about empowering the next generation,” said Center for Jackson Hole Executive Director Christian Beckwith. “We need to support them in their work—and part of that support means helping them lead.”

Len Necefer

Len Necefer is a member of the Navajo Nation and the founder and owner of NativesOutdoors, which shares the photos and stories of indigenous people outdoors and in outdoor recreation. Len holds a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon University, a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Kansas, and is a graduate of the United World College of the American West. His current research focuses upon the intersection of society, culture, and technical environmental and energy system modeling. In his free time Len is an avid mountaineer, climber, cyclist, and amateur race car driver and mechanic.

José Gonzaléz

José González is the founder of Latino Outdoors and an experienced educator in formal and informal education settings with an array of associated interests in the arts, education, conservation, and the environment. He has broad experience as a K-12 public education teacher, environmental education advisor, outdoor education instructor and coordinator, and university adjunct faculty. In his capacity developing LO, José developed opportunities and collaborations with organizations seeking to diversify their outdoor and conservation programs.

Frederick Reimers

Frederick Reimers is a correspondent for Outside magazine, writing on such topics as the political impact of the outdoor industry and the health benefits of being outdoors. He is the former editor of Canoe and Kayak magazine and has contributed to Men’s Journal, Sports Illustrated, Powder, and Bloomberg Business. He grew up at century-old canoe tripping camp Keewaydin in Temagami, Ontario, where his father was the director, and spent nine years leading expeditions for Outward Bound in Utah, Colorado, Alaska, and Mexico. He helped pioneer whitewater runs in Peru, India and Washington state.

Francesca Weikert

Francesca Weikert’s deep-rooted love for the mountains and their healing qualities was fostered early in the German Alps and later in the Tetons. At Huxley College of the Environment at Western Washington University, her research explored topics such as adventure therapy for women in marginalized countries, regenerative business in Jackson Hole and the impact of both culture and religion on sustainability in the UAE. As part of her work for AndShesDopeToo, she directed their feature-length mountain bike film Moksha, which highlights female Nepali athletes and their journey towards a more equitable nation.

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