Our Team

Lisa Upson, Executive Director of People and Carnivores, brings a background in law, organizational development, and wildlife conservation. Prior to joining P&C, Lisa was a wildlife advocate with a national group working on grizzly bear and wolf coexistence and conservation. Lisa is also adjunct faculty in the University of Montana’s Master of Public Administration program. She has a Juris Doctorate from New England School of Law and is a volunteer mediator for the Community Mediation Center and County Court in Bozeman, Montana.

Contact: lupson@peopleandcarnivores.org, 406-587-3389

Bryce Andrews, Field Director, has worked as a ranch manager and land steward for more than a decade. Following his work on the Sun Ranch in the Madison Valley in Montana, he co-owned and managed the Oxbow Ranch and now owns a small farm in dense carnivore country. Bryce teaches sustainable ranching at the university level, and has written and spoken extensively on issues related to coexistence and sustainable agriculture. His book, Badluck Way (Simon and Schuster, 2014), describes the complex realities of ranching on the edge of Yellowstone, and has won several awards.

Contact: bandrews@peopleandcarnivores.org

Kim Johnston, Field Project Manager, will lead P&C’s conflict prevention efforts in the High Divide area of Southwest Montana. Prior to joining P&C Kim was a bear management technician with Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks. Before FWP, Kim worked for the Grizzly & Wolf Discovery Center in West Yellowstone, MT, giving presentations on large carnivore biology, behavior, ecological importance, and conservation efforts. In addition to her work experience, Kim has traveled to Alaska, South America, and South Africa to observe wildlife and better understand how people in different regions are coexisting with carnivores. Born in Whitefish, MT, Kim earned a BS from Montana State University in Wildlife Management.

Contact: kjohnston@peopleandcarnivores.org

Ben Wickham, Development and Communications Manager, coordinates P&C’s fundraising efforts and communications strategies. Ben holds a B.S. in History and a M.S. in Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. He has guided in Yosemite and Yellowstone National Parks, taught outdoor education, and as Communications Manager for Friends of the Inyo in Bishop, California, connected communities to the public lands of the Eastern Sierra Nevada to create long term stewards and advocates. Originally from Boise, Idaho, Ben first moved to Montana in 2002 and now lives in Bozeman.

Contact: bwickham@peopleandcarnivores.org

Gillian Thornton Andrews, Communications Coordinator, holds a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Oregon and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. In addition to her work with People and Carnivores, Gillian is an educator; she teaches place-based education at the Clark Fork School in Missoula and has worked as an adjunct instructor at the University of Montana, including for a field-based course on sustainable ranching. Originally from the Flathead Valley, she lives in Arlee, MT.


Stephanie Barron, Field Assistant, comes to P&C with a diverse background in conservation field work. From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia to the Redwood forests of Northern California, Stephanie has worked in the areas of botany, forestry, fisheries, and wildlife. Her passion for human-wildlife conflict mitigation was sparked while studying abroad in Tanzania and will bolster her studies in the Natural Resource Conflict Resolution certificate program at the University of Montana in fall of 2020. Stephanie also works at Ecology Project International where she coordinates the logistics necessary to operate the Yellowstone Program. Whether for work or recreation, Stephanie enjoys being outside, often with her own little carnivore Ziggy Starcat. 



Lacy Kowalski; Columbia Falls, MT – President and Acting Secretary
Diane Eagleson; Belgrade, MT – Treasurer
Bryan Haywood; Bozeman, MT 
Charlotte Heldstab; Whitefish, MT
Elisa Fiaschetti; Helena, MT
Mike Wood; Boston, MA