Matt Baker-White

March 21, 2022
Matt joined WRFI in 2022 after spending a decade leading field programs and administrating outdoor education nonprofits. Matt grew up in Texas and Massachusetts, exploring the desert scrublands of the southwest and the boreal forests of the northeast with his family as a child. Matt holds a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration of studies

Zoe Transtrum

March 1, 2022
Zoe first became involved with the Wild Rockies Field Institute when she attended the Restoration Ecology course in 2021. While trekking across the backcountry of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, she fell in love with identifying native flora, stargazing, wolf watching, and summiting peaks. Wanting to keep those bits of magic in her life, Zoe joined

Gail Gutsche

December 21, 2021
Gail joined WRFI in January 2022 to serve as Interim Executive Director and has remained on board as a development consultant for the organization. A former WRFI Board member, Gail has a long history with the organization, is committed to its mission and invested in a successful transition. Originally from Minnesota, Gail grew up waterskiing,

Eliza Maleski

October 29, 2021
Eliza’s journey with WRFI began on the Colorado Plateau in the spring of 2021. The longer she navigated, studied and rolled around in the desert, the more she became motivated to continue her involvement with the non-profit. She believes WRFI courses challenge students physically, mentally and emotionally, and will talk anyone’s ear off about the value

Maisie Powell

November 13, 2018
Maisie’s roots are back in the deciduous hardwood forests of the East Coast, but she always felt drawn to the vast, open landscapes and craggy mountains of the West. During her time in undergrad at the University of Vermont, she found herself lucky enough to experience a field semester with the Wild Rockies Field Institute

Eric Siegel

May 7, 2018
Eric fell for Montana (especially Missoula) while bicycling cross country from Providence RI to Seattle, raising money for affordable housing with the organization Bike & Build. But before that, at the University of Vermont, Eric earned a B.A. in English and Geography, a combination which taught him to analyze landscapes as a form of writing

Mel Buzzard

May 7, 2018
Mel initially joined WRFI as a field instructor in 2017 and served as the organization’s Outreach Manager from 2019-2022. She grew up on the Hawaiian island of Kauaʻi with perpetually sandy toes and salty hair, but she eventually found her way to the mainland, where she discovered a fondness for craggy mountains and temperate rainforest