Protecting Wyoming’s Quality of Life Since 1973
OUR VISION AND GOALS
Powder River Basin Resource Council was founded by ranchers and townspeople concerned about the impacts of strip mining on landscapes, communities, and freshwater aquifers. For 45 years, we have advocated for the responsible development of Wyoming’s energy resources.
Using community organizing, connections with scientific, policy, and legal experts, and coalitions with other organizations, we wage effective campaigns to protect Wyoming’s air, land, and water quality and to promote sustainable agricultural practices and policies in the state.
OUR MISSION AND COMMITMENT
The preservation and enrichment of our agricultural heritage and rural lifestyle.
The conservation of our unique land, mineral, water, and clean air resources, consistent with responsible use of those resources to sustain the livelihood of present and future generations.
The education and empowerment of our citizens to raise a coherent voice in the decisions that will impact their environment and lifestyle.
Jill Morrison, Executive Director
Jill Morrison joined Powder River as an organizer in 1990. She advises, supervises, and helps organize Powder River’s work in Wyoming. She received a B.A. in English from Arizona State University and is a former investigative journalist including television documentaries. Jill has over 30 years of experience in organizing and is recognized regionally and nationally for her expertise on energy development issues. Jill received the Ford Foundation Leadership for a Changing World award in 2004. She is the mother of two grown daughters and when not working at the Resource Council you can find Jill working with her husband on the family ranch.
Stephanie Avey, Executive Administrator
Stephanie holds an Associate of Science in General Business from Sheridan College and credits towards a BS in business administration. Stephanie has been integral in handling Powder River’s day to day operations for over 20 years. She is responsible for all administrative operations including bookkeeping, federal reporting, maintaining our database, webpage and coordinates and organizes our annual meeting auction fundraiser. In her free time she enjoys spending time outdoors and with her family, especially her grandbabies.
Casey Quinn, Organizer
Casey Quinn graduated from the University of Wyoming in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work. He participated in an internship at the Equality State Policy Center where he developed skills in community organizing, lobbying in politics, and statewide agencies. Casey began work with the Powder River Basin Resource Council as a community organizer the summer of 2015. He has since engaged in various campaigns, member outreach, lobbying, has attended and testified at Wyoming State Legislative committees, and has worked on a myriad of other issues related to non-profits, environmental and energy sector work, and government agencies.
Shannon Anderson, Staff Attorney/Organizer
Since joining the organization in 2007, Shannon has served as Powder River’s main staff working to address the impacts of coal mining and power plants and uranium mining on people and places in Wyoming. She also provides legal and organizing support on other energy issues, including oil and gas development. Shannon is a graduate of Grinnell College, and she received her J.D., cum laude, from Lewis & Clark Law School in 2005. She also has a certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from Lewis & Clark, and she is a member of the Wyoming Bar. Prior to joining the Resource Council, Shannon worked as a Community Economic Development Staff Attorney at the Public Law Center in Orange County, California. Shannon has extensive volunteer and professional experience in environmental advocacy and community organizing. Shannon lives in her hometown of Sheridan with her dog Henry, and she spends her free-time enjoying the beauty and solace of Wyoming’s public lands.
Megan Taylor, Organizer
Megan joined the Powder River Basin Resource Council team in August 2014 and works on issues related to energy development, regenerative agriculture, ranching, and local food systems. She holds a M.S. in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and a Masters in Public Administration and Environment and Natural Resources from the University of Wyoming. Megan staffs our Gillette Office where she is assisted by her three rescue cats Emma, Penny, and Luna.
Hesid Brandow, Organizer
In August of 2017, Hesid joined Powder River as an Organizer. Hesid earned a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology with a Certificate in Native American Studies from Southern Oregon University in 2008. During school, Hesid had her first experiences with community organizing when she headed a student and community effort to change a road name offensive to native people in the area. Hesid also worked throughout her school career to lay the groundwork for a Native American Longhouse on campus (a common structure on college campuses along the west coast). Both efforts are ongoing under new student leadership. In 2012, Hesid earned an M.A.T. from Walden University in Early Childhood Education. Hesid worked in the areas of child advocacy and education from 2012 to 2017.
Powder River Basin Resource Council believes that power comes from the people and that our voices are stronger when we stand together. Our Board Members provide critical expertise and experience to guide how our organization takes action. Members of the Board are elected for two-year terms by our members at our Annual Meeting. The Board meets six times a year, in various locations around Wyoming.
OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS:
Joyce Evans, Chair – Fort Laramie
Bob LeResche, Vice-Chair – Sheridan
Christy Gerrits, Secretary – Gillette
Roger Davidson, Treasurer – Buffalo
Wayne Lax – Cheyenne
Judy Leggett – Gillette
Carol LeResche – Sheridan
Gillian Malone – Big Horn
D.J. Purcell – Big Horn
Stacy Page – Sheridan
Wilma Tope – Aladdin
Marcia Westkott - Sheridan
Joan Tellez - Sheridan