Grand Teton National Park Foundation adds board members

November 25, 2017 GMT

A crowd of new people has joined the board and the resource council of the Grand Teton National Park Foundation.

The four new board members are Kirk Davenport, Bob Hartman, Doug Mackenzie and Kitty Ordway. Seven new members of the resource council are Lynne Davis, Rich Dean, Leslie Jones, Jim Kitendaugh, Gretchen Long, Charlie Ross and Scott Spector.

The 11 bring decades of experience in business, conservation and leadership to the park foundation as it builds on 20 years of providing private funding for projects in Grand Teton National Park, said foundation President Leslie Mattson.

“We are very pleased to welcome such a talented and passionate group of individuals to our team,” Mattson said. “Their extensive backgrounds in private business, law and the arts will provide the foundation with diverse perspectives and approaches to our work on behalf of Grand Teton.”

Among the foundation efforts on which the new volunteers will work during 2018 are youth programs, historic preservation and wildlife protection. They will also “support the development of new programs to further enhance and protect Grand Teton’s treasured resources and improve visitor experience at a time when park visitation continues to rise,” Mattson said.

Davenport was a member of the corporate department of the New York office of Latham and Watkins, and is a member of the board of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance.

Hartman was president and CEO of Universal Technical Institute for 20 years before retiring in 2006. He previously served three terms on the foundation board, including three years as chairman.

Mackenzie is founder and partner at Radar Partners, a private equity venture capital firm. He is an advisor to the Stanford Engineering School, a board member of the Monterey Peninsula Foundation and a trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation.

Ordway is a longtime supporter of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation, the Western Rivers Conservancy, the Montana Wilderness Association and High Country News. She is a longtime seasonal resident of Jackson Hole.

On the resource council, Davis is a retired attorney with a history of work on church and mental health programs; Dean is a managing partner of Robeson Partners and supports a variety of community efforts, including Our Next Generation Inc.; Jones is owner of an interior design firm in Chicago and a board member for Chicago Openlands; Kitendaugh was president of Wayland Group for 30 years; Long is a 25-year Jackson resident who has worked with NOLS, Teton Science Schools and the Murie Center; Ross is a resident of Jackson since 1975 who has traveled the world operating expedition companies and works at Sotheby’s International Realty; and Spector is cofounder of Kodiak Properties, has worked in real estate for 40 years and is a supporter of Friends of Pathways and Grand Teton Music Festival.

Board member Jeff Willemain will become chairman of the board, and Tom Saylak will become the vice chairman.

The foundation, founded in 1997, has raised more than $65 million for capital projects and programs that support the park.