Get to know the WWA team

Todd Walton, Executive Director

Todd brings over 20 years of outdoor industry experience as a global brand communications and marketing leader, business owner, and trade executive for brands that include Outdoor Research, Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Snowsports Industries America, and Outdoor Industry Association. Additionally, he has served on the board of numerous conservation, recreation, and tourism nonprofits, notably as president of Washington Trails Association. His passion is backcountry adventure, no matter what season…but winter is best.

Hilary Eisen, Policy Director

Hilary is an avid backcountry skier and climber with a passion for wild landscapes.  Hilary works on National Forest winter travel management and other policy issues that affect backcountry skiers.  She previously worked on public lands conservation in Wyoming and Montana for the Greater Yellowstone Coalition and Wilderness Society.  She holds degrees in wildlife biology and conservation biology and works for Winter Wildlands Alliance from Bozeman, MT.

Kerry McClay, National SnowSchool Director

Kerry comes to the Winter Wildlands Alliance after helping establish the flagship SnowSchool site at Bogus Basin Mountain Recreation Area and serving as its first-ever director. Kerry is a graduate of the University of Montana, Prescott College and recently completed a doctorate in educational leadership at Boise State University. A backcountry enthusiast, Kerry focuses on enhancing the quality and scope of the SnowSchool program nationally, and each winter works to introduce thousands of students to the magic of on-snow exploration. In his own mind Kerry’s claim to winter-fame is that he invented “belly sliding” (ask for a demo the next time you see him).

David Page, Advocacy Director

David has worked closely with environmental partners, grassroots winter recreation groups and forest service staff on numerous land management and winter travel plans in California and beyond, as well as on other issues that impact backcountry skiers and human-powered winter adventurers. He also serves as Policy Director for Outdoor Alliance California (OACA), working with climbers, paddlers, skiers, mountain bikers and others to improve land protections, climate resilience, and equitable access to quality recreation on public lands in California. David is also a national award-winning journalist and a finalist for a 2015 National Magazine Award. He lives in Mammoth Lakes and spends as much time as he can in all seasons on the Inyo National Forest.

Melinda Quick, Events and Marketing Director

As a born and raised Idaho spud, Melinda holds a BA in Film and Literature from Sarah Lawrence College and enjoys bringing people together over great films, great causes, and great beer. One of her favorite indoor activities is organizing her email inbox, but you can usually find her outside floating the Boise river, hiking, skiing or snowshoeing with her dog, Harley. As the Events and Marketing Director, Melinda runs our Backcountry Film Festival as well as all other wild events and marketing campaigns.

Kate Thorpe, Membership Director

Kate is the Membership Director for Winter Wildlands Alliance. Prior to joining WWA, Kate worked for 8.5 years as the Deputy Director at Conservation Voters for Idaho. She has worked for the Energy Policy Institute at Boise State, the Idaho Conservation League, the Idaho Nonprofit Center, the New York State Department of Environment Conservation, Environment Connecticut, and served on the board of the Snake River Alliance. She holds a Masters of Public Administration with an emphasis in environmental and natural resource policy from Boise State University. Kate is a Long Trail end-to-ender, avid whitewater kayaker, mountain biker, skier, and loves animals. She resides in Boise with her partner Tj and their two dogs and two cats.

Winter Wildlands Alliance is a national nonprofit organization promoting and
preserving winter wildlands and a quality human-powered snowsports
experience on public lands.