Board & Staff Members

Mary Erickson

Mary Erickson

Co-Founder and Board Chair; she/her/hers

Mary moved to Teton County from rural South Dakota in 2006 with her husband, Bruce, and two children, Adele and Oscar. She grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in English Literature, and later went on to get a Master of Divinity from Harvard University. Mary became an ordained Episcopal Priest in 2009.

Mary currently serves as an Associate Rector at St. John’s Episcopal Church. For three years, she was the Executive Director of Coombs Outdoors, and previously served as the Executive Director of One22. She is known in the community as a vocal advocate for social justice, seeking always to come from a foundation of love, respect, and compassion, combined with a healthy dose of righteous indignation. Mary studied community organizing with the Industrial Areas Foundation in Chicago, founded by the father of community organizing, Saul Alinsky, and made famous again for launching the career of a young Barack Obama.

The Erickson family is blessed to own a home in East Jackson, and Mary never forgets what an extraordinary privilege housing security is in Jackson. While at One22, she came to understand that housing insecurity is the primary cause of crisis and instability for members of our community, so she helped to co-found Shelter JH with friends Jorge Moreno and Skye Schell. Shelter JH was founded with the traditional community organizing philosophy that real change can happen through focused, committed grassroots advocacy and organizing.

Nikki Kaufman

Nikki Kaufman

Vice Chair/Secretary; she/her/hers

Nikki moved to Jackson in 2015 for perhaps the same reason you did: to be a ski bum. Thinking she’d only be here for a year, she was soon drawn to the incredible community of the valley and the passionate advocacy work being done here. She has served on the Integrated Solid Waste and Recycling Board, the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance Advisory Council, and is a trained Community Safety Network Advocate.

Six years (and seven moves) later, Nikki now works in Wyoming politics and community organizing with the goal of breaking down barriers to participation and helping create an informed and engaged citizenry. She believes it is imperative that the diverse working class currently keeping Teton County afloat can access one of the most basic human rights: secure and affordable housing.

When not bothering her friends to make public comment at Town Council and County Commission meetings, she can be found taking her dog Molly Parton on backcountry ski or mountain bike adventures.

Skye Schell

Skye Schell

Co-Founder, Policy Chair, and Treasurer; he/him/his

Skye got involved in housing advocacy in Brooklyn NY in the early 2000s, working first as a case manager in a soup kitchen and then in street outreach, building relationships with people living on the street and working with them to obtain supportive housing through the Housing First model. He later worked on a variety of pro-housing campaigns in the greater Seattle area while working at a land trust and as a volunteer on the Great City non-profit board.

Skye came to Jackson in 2014 to lead civic engagement work at the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. He joined the Teton County Housing Authority board in 2015 and served until it was dissolved by the County Commission. After seeing a severe gap in political will to build homes for all our community members and workers, Skye joined with a few other passionate locals to start ShelterJH - a membership-based 501c4 that can get political.

Skye was executive director of the Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance from 2017 to early 2022, and now runs his own consulting firm focused on policy change and grassroots organizing. When not working he enjoys being outside with friends, family, and his dog Luna.

Iván Jiménez

Iván Jiménez

Secretary; he/him/él

Originally from Puerto Rico, Iván grew up in Washington state before moving to Jackson in 2019 with the intention of one frivolous winter. Two years and seven moves later, his time in Jackson has consisted of operating the Tram, running No Cost Grocery Programs at Hole Food Rescue and community organizing. ⁠

In 2020, Iván worked as a member of Act Now JH to push the county to launch their "Task Force on Law Enforcement & Public Interaction" and served on the task force representing ANJH. He has been involved with several of ShelterJH’s initiatives including the Northern South Park process, Ordinance 473, the 2020 Candidate Election Forum, and the 2021 Story Slam. ⁠

He believes in multiracial, working-class politics to turn the tide on the housing crisis. When not reading the News&Guide, he can be found looking for a parking spot on Teton Pass or on his bike pedaling up Ferrins.⁠

Elizabeth Hutchings

Elizabeth Hutchings

Communications Chair; she/her/hers

Elizabeth grew up with frequently bare feet and perpetually tangled hair exploring the woods and streams of Southeastern Pennsylvania. She attended Northeastern University in Boston where she started two profitable companies and fell in love with the White Mountains. Later, she spent 10 months living out of a backpack across 7 countries.

When she moved out to Jackson three years ago, she recognized that Teton County is a microcosm of the stressors of affordable housing, land development, and zoning challenges that are playing out across the US. She has been a van dweller, forest camper, Idaho commuter, and housing insecure tenant in East Jackson. She has worked for JHMR, a conservation non-profit, multiple restaurants, local business owners, and families who needed childcare. These experiences have shaped her fierce desire to ensure Jackson is a place that a variety of people can afford to live and build a life long term.

Currently, Elizabeth is a business mentor through Silicon Couloir and an affordable housing advocate. She has driven across the state to testify at a State Senate committee, given numerous public comments, and mobilized locals to give comment and vote. She fights for those who call Jackson home but continue to struggle with a house.

In her free time you can find her swimming long distances, shutting down the dance floor, writing, and enjoying a variety of uphill athletics.

Kelsey Wotzka

Kelsey Wotzka

Development Chair; she/her/hers

Kelsey found her next step in the wilds of Jackson Hole in June 2021. Hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota, she developed a passion for housing issues at a young age, volunteering through local housing organizations for many years. She earned her B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, and she still has an abiding love for the Gophers, especially the hockey teams!

Her career truly began with interpretive guiding positions in Yellowstone and Denali National Parks, where she gained valuable skill in building meaningful relationships with visitors. Subsequently shifting into program management with the Minnesota parks, Kelsey built multiple programs that removed barriers and created opportunities for underserved communities to enjoy the bountiful natural resources in the area. This allowed her to develop a deep knowledge of accessibility issues and policy pitfalls that cause housing and equity issues in communities all over the country, including Jackson. Prior to joining the National Museum of Wildlife Art as the Development Coordinator, she worked in development at Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity and was able to fan the flames of her passion for housing issues and community building. As she struggled with finding housing to accommodate her own move to Jackson, Kelsey knew she had to find a way to use her skills and experience to work towards a solution to this issue.

Kelsey spends her time in the summer hiking, paddling, and camping, and she loves various snow sports and playing board games in the winter.

Whitney Oppenhuizen

Whitney Oppenhuizen

Board member; she/her/hers

At birth, Whitney‘s connection to the Jackson community was given to her, fortunate to have grandparents who first lived in the valley in the mid-1940s. Immediately her love for the place grew, and she followed in her grandfather’s footsteps attending and working for Teton Valley Ranch Camp, hoping to honor the version of Jackson she had heard in stories. She’s since lived in Jackson seasonally (like many) and moved to the valley full-time first in 2010.

Whitney’s background is in non-profit and corporate marketing, having held many management and project development roles over the last decade-plus. She was the Marketing and Development Director of Teton Valley Ranch Camp most recently before moving to the Marketing Director role at The Center for the Arts.⁠

This valley has always been more home than any other place she‘s lived. Since moving back for the second time in 2018, the desire to ensure that Jackson remains accessible for all who wish to live in this beautiful place has taken the forefront in Whitney’s mind. ⁠

Her goal is to use her background in marketing and development to continue growing awareness of the housing crisis, share tools available to combat this issue, and create sustainable change to end housing insecurity in Jackson altogether. ⁠

In her free time, Whitney enjoys horseback riding, hiking, backcountry skiing, and the occasional board game with friends and family.⁠

Clare Stumpf

Clare Stumpf

Coordinator; she/her/hers

Clare Stumpf grew up in Oakland, California. For reasons beyond her, she left the sunny West Coast and attended the University of Rochester in upstate New York where she earned a B.A. in psychology and philosophy. She moved to Jackson after graduation for “one fun summer” and has spent every summer in the valley since working as a raft guide and living in her van.

After a few winter seasons globe-hopping, Clare decided to return to school and moved to Boulder, Colorado. She earned a M.S. in Environmental Policy from the University of Colorado, where she worked on municipalizing Boulder’s energy supply, registering young voters, and interning for a food justice non-profit.

Clare decided to stay one fall (and luckily found winter housing!) for a local grassroots organizing training program and has lived here full-time ever since working in the non-profit sector. She has traveled to Cheyenne to testify in support of housing mitigation, lobbied Town Councilors and County Commissioners to approve developing homes that locals can afford, and gathered grassroots support for a variety of causes in Jackson Hole.

Living in a van for seven summers has familiarized Clare with the housing challenges so many Jackson locals face and fuels her passion for housing justice. Clare is thankful that she has the opportunity to park her mobile home in this incredible valley while working on critical issues with great friends and colleagues. When Clare is not advocating for responsible planning at northern South Park or recruiting new ShelterJH members, she is probably on the water or daydreaming about post-COVID-19 international ventures.

Blanca Moye

Blanca Moye

Bilingual Coordinator

Blanca was born in Mexico City and has worked in the Jackson area for over 23 years. She has completed different trainings for nutrition, parenting classes, child development, and community needs. She is also a parent educator for a national program called "Parents as Teachers and Abriendo Puertas."

Blanca is a Certified Medical Translator and a National and International CPR and First Aid Instructor of the American Heart Association. She worked for 13 years for the federal Early Head Start program as a health coordinator and home visitor for families in the program and was also the coordinator of events for the Consulate of Mexico and different programs of the Latino Resource Center.

Blanca started her own Innova Systems business in 2014 to provide support and resources to the Latinx community. In 2018, she was the coordinator of the Gear Up program at Central Wyoming College supporting high school students with college preparation.

At this moment Blanca continues running Opening Doors, a parenting class. She is also a part of the Voices JH team and a member of the Competitive Grants Committee for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole and Education Foundation of Teton Valley.