Staff

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. twalton@winterwildlands.org


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.  heisen@winterwildlands.org


Kerry McClay, National SnowSchool Director

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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). kmcclay@winterwildlands.org


David Page, Advocacy Director

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David is a national award-winning journalist and senior correspondent for Powder Magazine based in Mammoth Lakes, in the heart of California’s High Sierra. His multimedia series on decision making in avalanche terrain, The Human Factor, was nominated for a National Magazine Award. Author of the popular Explorer’s Guide to Yosemite and the Southern Sierra Nevada, he’s also written for the Discovery Channel, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times MagazineMen’s JournalSkiSkiingSki JournalOutsideWilderness, and many other publications. As co-founder and former executive director of Mammoth Medical Missions, a non-profit international medical relief organization, and a co-founding board member of Mammoth Lakes Recreation, he brings significant local nonprofit experience to Winter Wildlands Alliance. dpage@winterwildlands.org


Jay Peery, Membership Director

A NW native, Jay is an avid traveler, climber, fly angler, skier, backpacker, and a 20-year veteran of the outdoor, cycling and consumer packaged goods industries. “Joining the staff at Winter Wildlands Alliance fulfills a long-held aspiration of mine to work with a nonprofit focused on protecting access to public lands, conserving the environment, and advocating for wild places.” jpeery@winterwildlands.org


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. mquick@winterwildlands.org


Ilyse Sakamoto, Program Administrator

Ilyse comes to Winter Wildlands Alliance from Bogus Basin where she served as Outdoor Education Coordinator, leading Bogus Basin SnowSchool and Mountain Discovery Camp. After graduating from Providence College in Rhode Island she served two terms with AmeriCorps in Boise and was introduced to environmental education. It was through this work she started to learn just how crucial and necessary it is to recognize the innate relationships we share with nature. Excited to continue her studies on education through nature she enrolled at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland where she studied Outdoor Education. Ilyse is humbled to join the Winter Wildlands Alliance team and be part of such a supportive network that works hard to promote, encourage, and advocate for places where individuals can explore and connect with the natural world. isakamoto@winterwildlands.org

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