Laura is the CEO of Wild Sky, and Director of Corporate Partnerships at American Prairie Reserve. Laura focuses on shaping and promoting Wild Sky, new producer recruitment, and business development. Laura is also a former research fellow at the Property and Environment Research Center and at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University. She has published several books including Environmental Entrepreneurship: Markets Meet the Environment in Unexpected Places (2013). She holds an MS in Public Policy and a BS in Political Science and Environmental Studies from Utah State University. Additionally, she serves on the Temple Fork Outfitters Board. Laura has studied private conservation efforts across the globe and is thrilled to be part of one of the world’s largest conservation ventures—right here in Montana!
Janna is the COO of Wild Sky and has been with the company since its inception. She runs the daily operations of the beef business and provides support to the wildlife-friendly ranching program. Janna's experience in the meat industry began while working for a family-owned meat processing plant and attending college at Montana State University Northern. With an appreciation for agriculture and a passion for wildlife, she is proud to be a part of the conservation efforts of American Prairie Reserve. In addition to her involvement with Wild Sky, Janna is working towards a Master's in Professional Accountancy at Montana State University.
Dr. Kyran Kunkel, American Prairie Reserve’s Director of Wildlife Restoration and Science, is a familiar face for visitors and science partners. After more than a decade of involvement in the building of the Reserve and the region’s wildlife populations, Kyran officially joined APR in 2014. His role involves working with Wild Sky ranchers and a wide range of collaborators to restore the natural abundance of the Northern Great Plains--creating the largest wildlife restoration project in U.S. history. This includes restoring APR lands according to the Freese Scale for Grassland Biodiversity, which he co-created with Dr. Curt Freese and Dr. Sam Fuhlendorf, and directing an innovative program of research, conservation, and citizen science activity.
Dr. Daniel Kinka's primary responsibilities as Wildlife Restoration Specialist, are restoring and monitoring wildlife on Wild Sky Ranches and the Reserve, as well as acting as a liaison to neighbors, NGOs, government agencies, and other external entities. He joined American Prairie Reserve in 2018, shortly after completing his doctoral degree in ecology at Utah State University where he studied the use of livestock guardian dogs to promote coexistence between carnivores and ranchers. Prior to completing his doctorate, Daniel worked at Grand Teton National Park as a wolf biologist and a ranger naturalist. He believes that emphasizing shared values of stewardship and love of the land is the best way to foster lasting conservation.
Christina is the Coordinator of Economic Initiatives for American Prairie Reserve, working closely with the Wild Sky Team. Her focus is on the success of the Wild Sky brand, products and ranching partners; as well as working with corporate partners to create mutually beneficial collaborations. Following Christina's graduation from Wheaton College, she discovered her drive came from supporting causes that inspire her. She has worked to support missions that included The Food Project, The Irish Immigration Center and the Boettcher Foundation. Her professional life has moved her from Boston to the U.S. Virgin Islands, to Denver, and finally, Bozeman in 2015 when she joined the organization. Christina is motivated by the people she works with and the inspiring cause both Wild Sky and American Prairie Reserve are advancing!
Heather's primary responsibilties as Media Producer and Programs Assistant is focused on video and still photography, facilities support and assistance with wildlife restoration on the Reserve. Heather is a 2016 graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a B.A. in Media Studies and a background in documentary filmmaking at San Jose State University. During her collegiate experience, she was first introduced to the importance of conservation while living in Tanzania. Heather resides on the Reserve and appreciates being surrounded by the vast landscapes of the grasslands and doing her part to conserve it.
Gary is a consultant for Wild Sky. Gary brings a lifetime of experience in the meat business to the office. He started out cutting beef in Missoula, Montana, and soon leapt into a career with John R. Daily's, where he gained experience in cutting and sausage making. He transitioned into retail with K&C Meats, where he became a journeyman meat cutter. Between owning his own shop and working for local retail meat markets, Gary honed his craft, rounding out his meat career as supervisor of IBP. After going on to design commercial kitchens for restaurants and institutions, he returned to Montana to work in sales.