Board Members

Board Members

Kay Yeager

Kay Yeager

Kay Yeager (Chairman), formerly Mayor of Wichita Falls, Texas, currently serves as Chairman of the Sheppard Military Affairs Committee, Chairman of Presbyterian Manor and the Presbyterian Manor Foundation, and Chairman of the Trustees and Foundation of First United Methodist Church. She is an Alumnus member and Mentor of the Air Force Chief of Staff Civic Leaders Group—a group representing the major commands of the Air Force. She also serves on the Executive Board of Perkins School of Theology at Southern Methodist University, and was a co-chair of the Theology School portion of the SMU Unbridled Capital Campaign. She is a board member and chairman-elect of the Texas Methodist Foundation. Previously, Kay was Chairman of the Board of Regents of Midwestern State University, and Chairman of the Wichita Falls/Wichita County Multi-Purpose Events Center.

Edna Johnson

Edna Johnson

Edna Johnson (Vice Chairman) is the head of communications and brands at Michelin North America. As such, she is responsible for all communication and brand activities as well as government affairs and community relations for Michelin products and services in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. Edna joined Michelin in 2010. She reports to Michelin North America Chairman and President Pete Selleck. Her previous roles include serving as the global head of communications for Burger King Corporation and as the vice president of communications for The CNN News Group. Edna began her career as a newspaper reporter and editor. She then served for more than a decade as a professor of journalism at Auburn University. During her time at Auburn University, she was the principal in a communications consulting business whose clients included a number of Fortune 500 companies.

John Walda

John Walda

John Walda (Treasurer) is President and CEO of the National Association of College and University Business Officers. He served as president of the Indiana University Board of Trustees, and as chair of the Indiana Lottery Commission, the Association of Governing Boards, and the Steering Committee for the Washington Higher Education Secretariat. He is a trustee for Carroll College and Stetson University, and former board member of the American Council on Education and the Indiana University Foundation. Prior to his career in the higher education sector, Walda was a practicing lawyer for 27 years, where he was a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He was a partner in the Indiana law firm Bose McKinney & Evans and was Senior VP for Federal Relations at Bose Treacy Associates LLC. He has been a member of the NCAA Presidential Task Force on the Future of Division I Intercollegiate Athletics and the AAU Council on Federal Relations. Walda received his BA and JD from Indiana University.

Tom Detmer

Tom Detmer

Tom Detmer (Secretary) is CEO and President of CenterStone Technologies, Inc. Previously, he was president of Experian eMarketing Services Group, which was formed when Tom sold the email marketing division of 24/7 Media to Experian. Tom is the former President and CEO of Exactis, Inc. which he brought public in 1999 and in 2000 merged with 24/7 Media (now part of WPP). A venture partner of Boulder Ventures in Boulder, Tom co-founded Atlantes and operated it from 1991 to 1997 when it merged with Metromail. Thereafter, until January 1999, he served as President of Behavior Bank/Atlantes as a division of Metromail. Tom has served on the boards of SafeRent (merged to TransAmerica Title) and Market Force Information, Inc.  He currently serves on the boards of CenterStone, PepPod and StyleSelect Technologies.

Kevin Butt

Kevin Butt

Kevin Butt is the Environmental Sustainability Director for Toyota North America, Inc. He is responsible for the development of Environmental Sustainability Programs and Regulatory/Legislative development for all of Toyota’s North American operations. Kevin serves on the boards of the National Wildlife Habitat Council, Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Foundation, World Wildlife Fund National Council, and the North American Great Plains Advisory Board. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science from Georgetown College.

John Costello

John Costello

John Costello has over thirty years of general management, marketing, and digital experience in consumer products, technology, and retail. He is current Global Chairman of the Mobile Marketing Association, and was President of Global Marketing and Innovation at Dunkin’ Brands, Inc. before his retirement in 2016. Since beginning his career at Procter & Gamble, John has served as Executive VP of The Home Depot, Senior VP of Pepsi-Cola U.S., Chief Global Marketing Officer of Yahoo, CEO of MVP.com, and President and COO of Nielsen Marketing Research U.S. John, who was elected to the Retail Advertising Hall of Fame, is a past director of Quaker Oats and Ace Hardware Corporation, a current director of Ring, Inc.; xAd, Inc.; and the Grand Teton Music Festival; and past Chairman of both the Association of National Advertisers and The Advertising Council.

Annie Graham

Annie Graham serves on several conservation organization boards, including the Advisory Council of The Gorilla Doctors, the Conservation Committee of the Houston Zoo, and the Houston SPCA. She splits time between homes in Texas and Montana, and spends a lot of her time in Yellowstone, where she is deeply committed to the Yellowstone Wolf Project. Annie and her husband, Bob, have two children.

Carolyn Heppel

Carolyn Heppel

Carolyn Heppel is active in numerous environmental causes. A life member of the Sierra Club, she served for many years on the board of a local Sierra Club chapter, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award. Carolyn is a retired administrative assistant to the Dean of the Upper School at St. Mary’s Episcopal School in Memphis. She is a native of Memphis and graduated from the University of Tennessee. She and her husband, Scott, have a home in Big Sky, Montana, where they pursue interests in fly fishing, cross-country skiing, backpacking, and photography.

Charles Kauffman

Charles Kaufmann

Charlie Kaufmann is a partner of Shipman & Goodwin, LLP, which he joined in 2005 when his predecessor firm, Holland Kaufmann & Bartels, became the firm’s Greenwich office. He was previously associated with Simpson Thacher & Bartlett LLP, and served as a law clerk to Justice Charles S. House of the Connecticut Supreme Court. He received a BA degree from Yale and a JD degree from Columbia Law School. Charles has served as president of the Yale Glee Club Associates and of the Yale Alumni Association of Greenwich. He presently serves as director of Greenwich Emergency Medical Services and also president and director of the Cornelia Cogswell Rossi Foundation. He previously served on the boards of Child Guidance Center of Southern Connecticut and the United Way of Greenwich.

Joseph Marushack

Joseph P. Marushack

Joseph P. (Joe) Marushack is president, ConocoPhillips Alaska. He began his career with Phillips Petroleum Company in 1982 as a staff engineer in Casper, Wyoming. He has held numerous oil and gas operating and commercial leadership roles in upstream, refining, treasury and planning groups. In April 2015, he was named to his current position following previous roles as President, ConocoPhillips Canada, and President, ConocoPhillips Asia Pacific and Middle East. Marushack currently serves on the boards of United Way of Anchorage and The Nature Conservancy Alaska. He was born in Norman, Oklahoma and grew up in Rock Springs, Wyoming. Marushack received a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering from the University of Wyoming an MBA from the University of Utah.

Susan Roeder

Susan Roeder has enjoyed more than twenty years in the building industry with Andersen Corporation, the largest window and door manufacturer in North America. She has led a variety of programs at Andersen focused on community outreach to nonprofit organizations through donations, sponsorships, and in-kind products. Susan’s current role focuses on partnerships with nonprofits in need of windows and doors, and Andersen recently committed $1 million in funds and products to the new Yellowstone Youth Campus being built in Mammoth Hot Springs. She also serves as Board Chair at Como Zoo & Conservatory in St. Paul, an organization deeply committed to conservation education. Susan graduated from St. Catherine University with a degree in Communication. She and her family reside in Stillwater, Minnesota.

Jacqueline Rooney

Jacqueline Rooney is currently on Facebook’s Internal and Corporate Communications team in San Francisco. Her background is in politics where she served as Chief of Staff to the Campaign Manager for Governor Mitt Romney’s 2012 Presidential Campaign. Along with serving on the San Francisco Zoo II’s Board, she is Founder and Chair of Yellowstone Forever’s Young Patron’s Committee. Rooney received her Bachelor of Science degree in International Affairs from John Hopkins University.

Bob Rowe

Bob Rowe

Bob Rowe has been President & CEO of NorthWestern Corporation since 2008. He is Co-Chair of the Institute for Electric Innovation, part of the Edison Electric Institute; a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors; and past chair and current executive committee member of the Western Energy Institute. Previously, he was a senior partner at Balhoff, Rowe & Williams, LLC, a firm he co-founded that provides financial and policy advice to clients in the telecommunications and energy industries. Bob holds a BA from Lewis and Clark College and a JD from the University of Oregon. He completed the Kennedy School Senior Executives’ Program, and has been active in various professional and university-based organizations. He is currently a senior fellow at the University of Florida Public Utility Research Center.

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer

Doug Spencer is the sole proprietor of Spencer Associates, a management consulting firm in Evergreen, Colorado. He spent  almost 20 years as a fundraising professional, first with Mile High United Way, then later with Friendship Bridge and Water for People. In between, he co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of a small manufacturing business specializing in custom, single-shot rifles. Currently he serves on the boards of Jibuco in East Africa, Mt. Evans Home Health and Hospice, Center for Rural Development-Uganda, and Guatemalan-based Namaste Direct. He also serves on the loan committee for MCE Social Capital, which has 46 microfinance clients in 23 developing countries. He and his wife, Kathleen, live in Evergreen and have two daughters, one a nurse and the other a school teacher.

Elizabeth H. Webb

Elizabeth H. Webb is a senior fashion executive with more than 40 years of industry experience, managing a chain of high-end department stores in the San Francisco Bay Area and consulting for clothing manufacturers in New York City. While she grew up in Northern California, her family roots are in Montana. This connection inspired Elizabeth and her husband, Carl, to own and operate a working 8,000-acre cattle ranch for two decades in Paradise Valley, just on the outskirts of Yellowstone. Working with the Montana Land Reliance, they became dedicated stewards of the land, preserving this unique home for wildlife in perpetuity. Elizabeth consistently devotes her time and passion for wildlife preservation around the world, and also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Laura W. Bush Institute for Women’s Health.

Heather White

Heather’s role as President & CEO of Yellowstone Forever is to achieve the organization’s mission of connecting people to Yellowstone through outstanding visitor experiences and educational programs, and translating those experiences into lifelong support and philanthropic investment. She oversees an annual budget of $20 million and a staff of 65 year-round and 75 seasonal employees, in two offices and 11 educational Park Stores. Previously, Heather was the executive director of Environmental Working Group (EWG), director of education advocacy for National Wildlife Federation, and counsel to U.S. Senator Russ Feingold. She first visited Yellowstone when she was 11 as part of a cross-country national park tour with her dad, sparking a deep, lifelong commitment to conservation. She is an avid hiker and backpacker. Read full bio here >>