Get to know the WWA team

Mark Menlove headshotMark Menlove, Executive Director

A seasoned conservationist, backcountry ski guide and outdoor writer, Mark is the former president of the Utah Ski Association and Ski Utah where he led successful legislative, membership and fundraising campaigns. He has been a leading voice for quiet recreation and is a co-founder of the Outdoor Alliance, a coalition of national human-powered recreation organizations. His background includes communications positions with the U.S. Ski Team and the 2002 Winter Olympic Games. He holds an M.F.A degree in Nonfiction Writing from the University of Arizona and a B.A. degree in Mass Communications from the University of Utah. Mark joined WWA in 2004. mmenlove@winterwildlands.org


Hilary Eisen, Recreation Planning and Policy Manager

bio photoHilary is an avid backcountry skier and climber with a passion for wild landscapes.  As the WWA Recreation Planning and Policy Manager, 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 a Masters of Science degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana and a B.A. degree in Biology and Environmental Studies from Middlebury College.  Hilary works for Winter Wildlands Alliance from her home in Bozeman, MT.  heisen@winterwildlands.org


David Page PhotoDavid Page, Advocacy Manager

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


Keili Bell, Events and Outreach Coordinator

From Maui waves to Wyoming mountains, Keili calls the wide-open West her home. Before joining WintBioer Wildlands Alliance, Keili served as program developer and coordinator with the Center for Civic Engagement and Service-Learning at Utah State University. Some of her favorite projects included developing an all-ability youth outdoor adventure leadership program, organizing state-wide food security and food waste recovery networks, and setting up international gardening circles on the Mexico/US border. Keili loves bringing the outdoor community and WWA members together through the Backcountry Film Festival. She holds a B.S. in Middle Eastern Community and Environmental Health from Boise State University, and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management Excellence from University of Utah. kbell@winterwildlands.org


Kerry-McClay-Photo-300x225Kerry 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). kmcclay@winterwildlands.org


 

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Brittany Jones, Program Administrator

Brittany Jones has worked, lived and played in Idaho for the last decade. She is an avid outdoor enthusiast and much of her free time is spent traversing through the backcountry with a backpack. She highly values wild places and the importance of preserving those places for future generations. Prior to joining Winter Wildlands Alliance, Brittany worked as a Park Manager coordinating outdoor educational programs for students in Canyon Country, Idaho. She is grateful for the opportunity to work with the WWA crew as the Program Administrator and has been enjoying her commute on foot. Brittany oversees the WWA Membership Program and also serves as office manager and helps coordinate outreach and events. bjones@winterwildlands.org