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New Team Members to Raise Funds, Awareness for Conservation

Heather Wisniewski and Cat Petersen join philanthropy team.

Lander, WY | April 28, 2014

The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming is pleased to announce two new members of its philanthropy team. Heather Wisniewski joins as an Associate Director of Philanthropy. In her role, Wisniewski will build on long-term relationships with donors in northern Wyoming while cultivating new partnerships with supporters. Cat Petersen will serve as the chapter’s new Philanthropy Coordinator. In this post, Petersen supports the fundraising team in a variety of ways including administrative, grant writing and event planning. 

“We’re thrilled to have Heather and Cat on board!” says Molly Hampton, the Conservancy in Wyoming’s philanthropy director. “They bring lots of experience and enthusiasm to match.” 

Wisniewski has loved the outdoors since volunteering with The Nature Conservancy when she was a teenager, leading to a degree in outdoor adventure education. She also has a master’s degree in nonprofit management and philanthropy. A long-time Lander resident, Wisniewski is excited to return to Wyoming and its open spaces after spending a year with The Nature Conservancy in Illinois.

“The work in Wyoming is unlike most Conservancy chapters,” says Wisniewski. “Habitat is mostly intact and people have such a strong connection to the land and its history. With my past experiences and passion for people, I feel like I can truly make difference in helping to conserve what makes this state special.” 

Petersen hopes to make a difference too. She has a master’s degree in archaeology and brings extensive administrative experience to the table. The avid outdoor recreationist has been a Conservancy supporter since high school. She and her husband, Stefan, are pleased to return to his hometown of Lander. 

“I believe in the Conservancy’s mission to protect the lands and waters we all depend on, and the way it does business,” says Petersen. “I’m excited to be part of an organization that works cooperatively to positively impact our quality of life and sustain our environment. I feel fortunate to be able to do this work, raise our kids close to their grandparents, and live in such a beautiful community.” 

Heather and her husband Chris live in Lander and enjoy taking advantage of the many outdoor recreational opportunities Wyoming provides.    

Cat, Stefan, and their two children make their home in Lander where they can be close to family and the mountains. 

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