Board Members

The Coalition is guided by a dedicated group of volunteer board members.

Basil Barna has lived in Idaho Falls, Idaho since 1977 when he moved from Columbus, Ohio to work at the Idaho National Laboratory. He and his wife and three teenage children make the most of the Idaho, Wyoming, Montana outdoors by kayaking, skiing, and backpacking as much as they can. Because of this exposure to the riches of the region, Basil is dedicated to promoting the concept of regional citizenship and its importance to building a sustainable future for the Greater Yellowstone.He is a physicist whose 40 plus years of work in energy and transportation research has spanned such diverse topics as the Space Shuttle, nuclear reactors, light rail transit, hydrogen powered vehicles, and energy efficient urban development in China. In 2001 he founded Wilderness Systems and Technologies to focus on the interface between technology and the natural environment. During his 25 year career with the Department of Energy’s National Laboratory system, he has served as the Vice Chairman of the Next Generation Vehicle Coordinating Committee, Chairman of the Joint Army, Navy, NASA, Air Force (JANNAF) Space Systems NDE Panel, the Idaho Governor’s Task Force on Intermodal Transportation, and leader of the Idaho National Laboratory’s Transportation Industry Group. Currently he is Board President of the Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition and the Teton Area Advisory Forum. He also serves as a consultant on sustainable practices in the construction industry. The major emphasis of his work is the development of energy efficient, sustainable systems that fit the social realities of today’s complex world. President, Wilderness Systems Technology
Janice Brown became the Executive Director of the Yellowstone Business Partnership in July 2003. Since her hire, YBP has brought together more than 150 businesses in the Greater Yellowstone region that are seeking to enhance its environmental, social and economic well-being. Jan holds a B.S. in Resource Recreation Management from Oregon State University and has more than 35 years of professional experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors – mostly in Idaho.  She was executive director of the Henry’s Fork Foundation in Ashton, Idaho, from 1991-2000 and prior to that was owner/operator of Lucky Dog Retreat, a small guest lodge and Nordic ski center in Island Park.  Her government service has included two tours of duty at the INL in ecological sciences and radioactive waste management; natural resource advisor to former Idaho Governor John V. Evans; and serving as the first interpretive naturalist at Harriman State Park. On January 1, 2000, the editorial board of The Idaho Statesman identified Jan Brown as one of 10 Idahoans predicted to be catalysts for change in the 21st century.  Jan says she continues to strive to fulfill that prediction. Executive Director, Yellowstone Business Partnership
George Erb has lived in Jackson Hole since his retirement in 1993. Prior to that time, he spent his 38 year career as an officer and director of a multi-state retail lumber chain, based in the Detroit, Michigan area. Having spent three summers as a camper in Jackson Hole in the mid forties, and most of his summer vacations here, this was the place George wanted to retire to.  Shortly after relocating to Wilson, WY, he started a small natural pet food distribution business which he still is engaged in. With a strong desire to give back to the community that he so loves, George began volunteer work in 2000.  At that time he became a board member of the Southern Teton Area Rapid Transit system, known as START Bus.  He was Board Chairman for several years at the time START expanded into the system it is today.  He continues to be a board member. About that same time George joined the group that was to become the current Yellowstone-Teton Clean Energy Coalition and has served as a director of the organization since its inception. He also served as a director on the Jackson Hole Airport Board for five years. George serves as a member of the Teton Area Wildfire Protection Coalition and is an officer and director of his home-owners association. Board Member, START Bus
JuliAnne H Forrest has lived in Jackson, WY off and on throughout her life and permanently moved back in 2010 after spending 14 years in Washington, DC.  JuliAnne is the Director of Marketing for MetWest Terra Hospitality.  She has worked in the advertising, public relations and government relations areas for over 25 years.  Some of her clients have included USEC, Nissan North America, UPS, MCI, the National 4-H Council, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association and the USO. JuliAnne’s love of Jackson Hole and exploring the outdoors began at a young age when her family vacationed regularly in the Pinedale area.  In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors fly fishing, kayaking, hiking and skiing.  A native Iowan, JuliAnne received her B.A. in Mass Communications and Journalism from Iowa State University. Director of Marketing, MetWest Terra Hospitality
Dylan Hoffman recently transplanted himself from the mountains of Colorado to engage in his new role as the Director of Environmental Affairs for Xanterra Parks & Resorts at Yellowstone.  In this position, Dylan has the privilege of leading the charge to develop, implement, and maintain comprehensive environmental strategies and programs in the park’s lodging, retail, restaurant, transportation, and hospitality operations. Built on the back of Ecologix, its ISO 14001-certified Environmental Management System, Xanterra prides itself on being a leader in the industry by providing legendary hospitality with a softer footprint. Dylan is thrilled to have the opportunity to live and work in the world’s first national park and get to know his new 2.2 million acre backyard. When he is able to eke out some free time, Dylan can usually be found, fly rod in hand, scouring Yellowstone’s famous water for monster browns (but usually settles for an 8 inch brookie), brewing beer, or spending time with his special lady and their two badly-behaved dogs. Director of Environmental Affairs, Xanterra Parks & Resorts
Gina MacIlwraith currently directs the Environmental, Health, and Safety programs for Grand Teton Lodge Company and Flagg Ranch Company.  Ms. MacIlwraith is responsible for the EHS performance of the concessioner operations at Grand Teton National Park and John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway, including management of the ISO 14001 certified environmental management system and the first Voluntary Protection Program Star certified health and safety program in the hospitality industry. Additional focus areas include maximizing operation sustainability, developing interpretive programs, ensuring guest safety and security, and maintaining overall regulatory compliance. Prior to joining GTLC, she gained significant air, water, and solid waste technical environmental experience as a senior environmental engineer in a manufacturing setting.  This background was complimented by positions in manufacturing plant and ESH department management in both small and large operations along with directing the EHS department for the concessioner at the Grand Canyon National Park – South Rim.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental engineering from Montana Tech. An avid trail runner and snowboarder, Gina enjoys national park life with her husband and son. Director, Environmental Health & Safety, Grand Teton Lodge Company
Tad Pearson is the Manager of Transportation and Fleet Management Support Services at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL).  He is a graduate of Idaho State University with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education.  After 6 years of teaching school and coaching, Tad has spent the past 20 years working at the INL. He is responsible for all the support systems and personnel responsible for keeping INL fleet vehicles and equipment available for service.  Tad was tasked with implementation of Executive Order 13514 for the INL fleet.  These efforts have resulted in the INL receiving several sustainability awards including the 2010 Green Gov Presidential Award for Leadership in Environmental, Energy, and Economic Performance Lean, Clean, and Green, a 2010 Estar Award from the Department of Energy, and the number 19 Government Green Fleet in North America. Tad was awarded the 2011 Department of Energy Management Award for recognition of outstanding energy, water, and fleet management in DOE Facilities. Tad has been instrumental in the increasing use of biodiesel and E85 in Southeast Idaho, working with a local vendor to supply both products commercially.  The INL fleet of 100 buses uses B20 all year round. Tad is a native Idahoan and he and his wife Allyson love spending their time following their boys athletic activities. Manager, Transportation and Fleet Management Support Services, Idaho National Laboratory
Brian Spangler is the Manager of the Energy Planning and Renewable Energy Program in the Energy and Pollution Prevention Bureau at the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ). He is a graduate of the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management and was an U.S. Army Officer (ROTC) distinguished Military Graduate.  Brian has over twenty-five years of experience in sales, marketing, operations and management with the US Army as an officer and an employee of a Fortune 50 company before being employed at the DEQ. He has received numerous awards from the Army and Corporate America. In September 2004, he received the “Top Performer” award at the DEQ and the Governor’s “Performance Excellence” award for his efforts in business development. Manager, Energy Planning and Renewable Energy, Montana Department of Environmental Quality
Michael Wackerly was born and raised in Canton, Ohio. He graduated from the University of Akron with a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering.  He has worked in transportation for over thirty five years. He has been the director for START Bus in Jackson Hole, Wyoming since September of 2002.  Michael spent the preceding 25 years as the director of the Richland County Transit Board in Mansfield, Ohio. Mr Wackerly is a registered professional engineer and served as president of the Ohio Public Transit Association from 1995 to 1997. He has two grown sons. Director, START Bus Transportation
Jim Evanoff Yellowstone National Park
D.D. Witzen Bridger-Teton National Forest
Linda Milam Board Emeritus
Sandy Shuptrine Governance Commitee
Lisa Ballard Director, Current Transportation Solutions
Winslow Bent Director, Legacy Classic Trucks