Staff & Contact Information
Joanna Campbell is the Director of Education Programs at the Wilderness Institute. She is an alumna of the Wilderness Institute's Wilderness and Civilization Program from 2000-2001 and graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. and M.S. in Resource Conservation. She was a recipient of a Ford Foundation Community Forestry Research Fellowship for her graduate research in the Swan Valley, Montana. She also holds an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from Seattle Pacific University. An Orion Bread Loaf alumna, Joanna’s essays can be found in numerous anthologies as well as Orion Magazine, Arkansas Review, Farming Magazine, Art House America, and Relief Journal. Joanna returned to the post oaks and pines of Arkansas in 2007 to facilitate community-based projects in restoration ecology, small farm education, and sustainable agriculture, including statewide sustainability education festivals. In her spare time, Joanna enjoys photography and walking aimlessly.
Lisa Ronald is Wildlands Communications Coordinator at the Wilderness Institute where she has managed the Wilderness Connect program for more than 15 years. Her work includes leading key conservation communications projects with diverse national and local partners. Lisa creates compelling wildlands outreach, organizes events, runs media campaigns, and integrates cutting-edge practical conservation information into student work. She led national efforts for the 50th anniversaries of the Wild & Scenic Rivers (2018) and Wilderness Acts (2014). She also serves as coordinator of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Coalition, board president for Tango Missoula (a local Argentine Tango dance group), and is an avid whitewater kayaker and organizer of Ladies on the Lochsa (an annual ladies paddling event).
Lisa Gerloff is the Director for WI's Citizen Science Program - getting volunteers (community members and students) out to help with monitoring on our public lands. She is also the Executive Coordinator for the Rocky Mountains Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Unit (university/federal agency partnership facilitating research, technical assistance and education projects for the federal resource management agencies). Lisa has a B.A. (with honors) in geology from the University of Minnesota, Morris. and a M.Sc. in geology from the University of Calgary, where she studied late Pleistocene/Holocene environmental change in the Mission Mountain Wilderness in Montana. She was a founding board member of Selway-Bitterroot Frank Church Foundation and served as its chair for the first 10 years. She loves bringing her program development, management and back-country skills to work for the Citizen Science Program. When not in the office, you can find Lisa hiking or skiing with her two adventure pups, being creative in some way, or pouring over maps planning her next wilderness trip.
Kari Gunderson is the Education Coordinator and Instructor for the Wilderness Management Distance Education Program, Wilderness Institute, College of Forestry and Conservation at the University of Montana (UM). She also teaches recreation and wilderness management courses at UM and at Salish-Kootenai College on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Kari received her B.A. in Elementary Education and Special Education and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She has a Ph.D. in Recreation, Park, & Wilderness Management from the University of Minnesota. Kari completed her post-doctorate at the Aldo Leopold Wilderness Research Institute where she conducted research on mapping place meanings for landscape level fuel reduction projects on the Bitterroot National Forest and the Flathead Indian Reservation. She serves as an Associate Editor for The International Journal of Wilderness. Kari makes her home in the Swan Valley of northwestern Montana, where she recently retired after 35 years working as a wilderness ranger in the Mission Mountains Wilderness. Her passion in life is to teach in, about and for Wilderness.