TCSAR Foundation welcomes three new hires

JACKSON, WY – There are three new faces in the Teton County Search and Rescue hangar.

The Teton County Search and Rescue Foundation announced three new hires yesterday. Liz King joins the team as the new Preventative SAR Manager, Caryn Flanagan is the new Volunteer Services Coordinator, and Matt Hansen is the new Communications Manager.

All three joined the team this summer and have already made their marks on numerous Foundation projects.

Liz King (courtesy photo)

Liz King comes to the Foundation from the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) where she spent the last 11 years teaching horse packing, backcountry skiing, backpacking, and instructor development courses. Most recently, King has been supervising programming at NOLS Teton Valley and working as a ski guide/avalanche educator for Yostmark Backcountry Tours. Originally from Houston, King has been in the region since graduating from the University of Montana and now lives in Victor, Idaho, with her husband, their three mustang horses, and a pup named Clover. Depending on the season, King spends most of her time skiing, mountain biking, and training horses.

Caryn Flanagan joins the Foundation as the new Volunteer Services Coordinator, where she is delighted to organize gear and food for TCSAR members. A familiar face in area nonprofits, Flanagan previously served as Executive Director for Womentum and Artistic Director for Off Square Theatre Company. Her work in the outdoor industry includes co-founding Black Dog Mountaineering and serving as managing director of SkiGearTV (both projects with her husband, Tim Flanagan). In her free time, you can find Flanagan chasing waves on her standup paddleboard, exploring the woods on her skis, and making guest appearances in local theatre productions.

Matt Hansen (courtesy photo)

Matt Hansen spent the last 15 years as an editor for Powder Magazine, and comes to the Foundation after being a guest speaker for three years at the Wyoming Snow and Avalanche Workshop. After growing up in Salt Lake City and graduating from the University of Utah, he moved to Jackson in 1998 and became a reporter with the Jackson Hole Guide. Five years later, he moved to Steamboat Springs, Colorado, to be an editor with Paddler Magazine. In 2004, he moved to Southern California to work out of the Powder home office, which, ironically, was the first time he’d ever lived farther than 20 minutes from world-class skiing. While at Powder, he helped elevate the topic of heuristic traps to the national level, and became deeply entwined with how skiers approach mountains and adventurous terrain. He and his wife moved back to Jackson in 2013, and spend time with their dog enjoying the mountains, rivers, and canyons of the American West.

The three new staffers join Executive Director Stephanie Thomas and Operations and Donor Relations Director Casey Lewis at the TCSAR hangar at 300 South Batch Plant Road. They look forward to contributing to the proud legacy of Teton County Search and Rescue.

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