Seniority Milestones

Congratulations to employees celebrating seasonal seniority milestones with Grand Teton Lodge Company | Flagg Ranch Company. Expand their name below to learn more about each individual.

Celebrating 25 years

Shannon Whalen

What other areas or jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Counting this year’s re-assignment I have had 11 positions! Although I love to work with Alex, campgrounds are my favorite.

  • Pioneer Grill Busser

  • JLL Front Desk

  • Reservations Asst Manager

  • Reservations Manager

  • Conference Planning Manager

  • Gros Ventre Campground Assistant Manager

  • Gros Ventre Campground Manager

  • Jenny Lake Campground Manager

  • Executive Assistant

  • Interpretation Manager

  • RV Park Supervisor

What keeps you coming back?

I worked for GTLC when I was in college – came back just for one summer to take a break from my corporate sales job and decide what my next life steps would be……25 years later I am still here!

GTLC, the park and the universe have aligned to provide me with the most wonderful life and I am so thankful.

There is always something new to look forward to – opening, closing, new faces, new adventures. Probably most of all – I get to live where people vacation.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

Living in my Volkswagon van down by the river, or maybe in Moab, Utah.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

  • The surprise milestone birthday party that Alex Klein threw for me last year (with A LOT of help from Amy Allen!!). It is pretty hard to pull anything over on me, but I was TRULY surprised!

  • Watching the eclipse from the roof of Jackson Lake Lodge – shhhhhh, don’t tell!

  • Hiking the Teton Crest Trail and spending the last night of the trip in the backcountry SOLO!

  • Countless walks in the park with my dog Sheba.

  • Spending time with Mary McKinney.

  • Attending seniority parties throughout the years and hearing all the stories about our employees– always gives me warm fuzzies!

  • Living in my tiny house in the woods.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

  • 2020 pandemic and Jackson Lake Lodge being closed for the first summer since it opened in 1955.

  • Protesters during the Federal Reserve Meeting right outside my office window.

  • Everything about the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival.

  • One of our groups built an ice skating rink in the parking lot at Jackson Lake Lodge during their convention.

  • A military fly-by over the SW Terrace during a wedding. (Parents of the bride had some connections with GTNP!)

  • People who forget their hand guns in rooms when they check-out.

  • Snakes under my desk in the Executive Office.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Employees:

  • GTLC is not perfect, but we never stop trying!

  • Once a GTLC-er, always a GTLC-er.

  • Can’t tell you how many people I have met over the years in Jackson that came to GTLC for “just one summer”, and never left.

  • You are guaranteed to meet friends that you will keep in touch with for all your life.

Visitors:

  • Spend more days in Grand Teton than Yellowstone.

  • Cascade Canyon is where all the magic happens! If you only do one hike – leave the crowds behind at Inspiration Point and just keep going.

  • Don’t look too hard for wildlife – they tend to appear when you least expect it.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Until this summer it was always – corndogs!!!! But after I had Spencer’s Butter Chicken in the CBV EDR there is a new contender!

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Celebrating 20 years

Mike O'Neil

What other areas or jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

I have worked in 4 departments at GTLC with Float Trips as my favorite.

What keeps you coming back?

The people and the scenery

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

It would have been a lot more boring.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

There are too many to count.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Getting charged by a grizzly bear while on a raft trip.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Have fun and make sure to take advantage of living inside the park.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Tacos!

Baker Salsbury

The man, the myth, the legend.

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Celebrating 15 years

Josh Gayer (Chef Farmer)

What other areas or jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • JNY EDR Cook

  • JNY Garde Manger Cook

  • JNY Sautee Cook

  • JNY Sous Chef

  • JNY Location Chef

  • JLL Executive Sous Chef

  • CBV Location Chef (2020 reassignment)

What keeps you coming back?

The people and the scenery

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I can’t fathom how much different my life would be. I cut my teeth here, have made most of my career here. Met my wife here, and my daughter was born here.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Greeting the returners at the beginning of the season.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Angela Beaumont telling me to grab two egg pans and chase a bear!

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

You will remember it forever. You will make friends that last a lifetime. People I worked with for one season in 2001 came to my wedding in 2019.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Yesterday it was the beef stew!

Celebrating 10 Years

Jeff Jensen

What other areas or jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • JHGTC Foreman

  • JHGTC Assistant Superintendent

  • JHTC Superintendent

What keeps you coming back?

One of the coolest golf courses I have ever seen.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would have never met the love of my life, Gabrielle.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

The 2017 solar eclipse.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Got married and had a baby!

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

I have heard some say you come to Jackson Hole for the winters and stay for the summers; for us, I think it is the opposite.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

I have never been to the EDR… I’ll have anything Chef Stephanie makes!

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James Lewis

What other areas or jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

3 with my current my favorite

What keeps you coming back?

The management

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I don't know how to answer other than I wouldn't be in Jackson.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Seeing the wild life every day.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

At my age I try to stay away from doing anything crazy.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Go with the flow and enjoy the scenery.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Haven't been to the EDR in 10 years.

James Sullivan

Assistant Golf Pro

Celebrating 5 years

Emily Dominguez

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • Activities Desk Agent at JLL

  • Activities Desk Manager at JLL (2 years)

  • Banquet Server at JLL

  • Cabin Office Supervisor at CBV

What keeps you coming back?

I couldn't possibly narrow it down to just one reason. The friends I have made here have become family and I look forward to returning every summer knowing I´ll get to spend nights around a campfire with such a fun crew. I also never get tired of sharing this park with our guests. I love telling guests about the park and getting them as excited as I am about spending time in such a unique place. The views aren't bad either!

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would likely still be living in Georgia and that's enough to convince me I made the right decision :)

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Without a doubt, my favorite memory here was winning the Experience of a Lifetime and climbing the Grand Teton with my now-husband, Javi. It was one of the most incredible (and hardest) things I have ever done.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

The constant fear that we were going to be evacuated when the Berry Fire was raging just north of us in 2016. A close runner up would be walking out of my dorm early one morning this summer and stumbling upon 399 and all four of her cubs right outside my door. That was quite the surprise for both me and her.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Just go for it. I came out here on a whim after graduating college and it turned out to be a great decision. Take it as an opportunity to learn a lot, explore a beautiful part of our country and meet wonderful new people.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Desserts at the JLL EDR!

Casey & Brenda Dossey

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Casey: Mechanical Manager and Director of Engineering.
Brenda: Housekeeping and Laundry Attendant

What keeps you coming back?

Casey: my wife works here.
Brenda: my husband works here.

Seriously though, we both love it here. We have the best bosses.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

We would both still be working in Yellowstone.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Riding bikes with my lovely wife/ husband around property.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Plunging a toilet and something hitting my lip. Listening to Bob organizing the recycling during the winter.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Bring your own RV, and the engineering department is the best department to work in.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Hamburgers and chick wings.

Sue Drummer

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Cashier in the Pioneer Grill, Reservations agent, private tour guide and interpretive guide

What keeps you coming back?

The people and the beautiful scenery

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I wouldn't know as many wonderful people as I do now.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Going to breakfast with Kooper Jensen and two other "old ladies" at the Hatchet motel. About halfway through we realized that we must look like an odd group but nobody cared. We had a fun morning driving around in the forest afterwards.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

While taking a tour group out we went down the road behind the bison pastures and witnessed a row of pronghorn mamas march a coyote off of their territory.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Be prepared for living conditions that are not the best. Just remember that this is your opportunity to make a lot of really good friends so get out there and enjoy yourself.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Shrimp and grits; I can only remember it being served once in my 5 years here.

Jon Dyer

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

I think I’m in the 4th iteration/evolution of my position each of which has always been related to our environmental sustainability efforts. Each version gets better! Working recycling this summer takes a close second place.

What keeps you coming back?

Endless opportunities for inner growth and outer exploration. A great team and big mountains.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I highly doubt it would be this great!

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Non-work related….skiing Mt. Moran.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Uh…have you heard of the coronavirus?

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Dream big and get after it.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

WINGS! Although I went vegan so I don’t eat them anymore.

Shane Hawkins

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Golf Operations and Public Areas.

What keeps you coming back?

The experience.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would not have my appreciation of hard work.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Golfing on our beautiful golf course.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Working during the solar eclipse!

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Get out and enjoy the employee privileges.

Hector Ibarra

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • 2016 and 2017 - Public Safety FRC

  • 2018 - Dorm Staff CBV

  • 2019 and 2020 - RV Park Staff

What keeps you coming back?

I keep returning to enjoy the beauty of the region and the GTLC community.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

If I didn't work here, My life would not be enriched by the wonderful co workers and guests from all over the world.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

My fondest memory is when my wife, Donna, finally joined me on this work/camping adventure.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

The craziest thing that has happened to me, was evacuating Flagg Ranch during the Berry Creek fire in 2016.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

My advise to anyone considering working here would be, "Try it, you'll like it". Oh, and bring winter clothes.😁

Kooper Jensen

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Mailroom and Reservations Supervisor.

What keeps you coming back?

The people. Everyone loves the mountains, but I love the community here.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would have never met the people I now consider my best friends. And I’d probably be working a boring 9-5 in a city surround by noise and cars and buildings. I can’t think of anything worse than that now that I’ve been out here for a while.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

It’s really hard to beat the eclipse.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Bushwhacking through 500 yards of 8 foot tall willow flats to avoid a grizzly and her cub. I still have scars all over my legs from it.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Meet as many people as possible. The people make this place and the more people you know the more opportunities you have for lifelong friendships.

Taylor Lambert

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Corrals, Retail, and Human Resources (but reassigned back to Retail this season).

What keeps you coming back?

The unpredictability of every season; it keeps me intrigued.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would have never met the love of my life.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

This question is entirely too hard because there are so many. Therefore I am going to give you a few….

  1. The day that a bird flew into Sam York’s back in the grocery manager office.

  2. Evie’s face when she went fast on a horse for the first time.

  3. The day the wranglers tried to put the pony in my dorm.

  4. Pickle Ball breaks with Becky Favre in the dead of winter.

  5. Jumping out of a box in the warehouse and scaring the crap out of Anna.

  6. When Alex played Michael Scott in the GTLC’s version of The Office with Frank King.

  7. When Amanda pranked me and put googley eyes all over my photos in my office.

  8. Snakes falling from the ceiling in pre-receiving.

  9. Hiding in a feedbunk from 399 and her cubs and her cub sniffed my knee.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Other than coronavirus…. It would have to be when 399’s cub sniffed my knee

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Enjoy it while it lasts; its only temporary.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Potato wedges and lemonade….yummmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Darcy Luer

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Over the past 5 years I have worked In Reservations, Activities and now the RV Park. While I have really enjoyed all of the roles, my favorite is Activities. This role provides direct guest contact and lets me help guest make the most of their visit to the Tetons. I have also gotten to know and work with some outstanding river guides, wranglers and others who work to enhance our guests' experience.

What keeps you coming back?

My truck, a 2016 Chevy Colorado

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

If we had not come to GTLC I would most likely still be working in High Tech Marketing in the Seattle area. Not a bad way to go, but it isn't the Tetons.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

In 2017 I hike the Teton Crest Trail with Carl, our daughter Hannah and a couple of friends for back east. It was one of the best hikes I have ever done.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Recently, Carl and I hiked Hermitage Point when we heard a popping noise and a large tree came crashing down on the trail, almost taking Carl out. I have never seen Carl move that fast. And it was an incredibly calm day. WIERD

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

DO IT!!!!

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Chef Non's Chicken and Waffles.

Sheree Pardee

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

I worked in 2 different places. 4 years at JLL in Apparel and 1 in General Store at Colter Bay. I think JLL was my favorite as I got to see the mountains every day.

What keeps you coming back?

People and the animals. Plus I get out of the TX heat and humidity.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would not have the wonderful memories I have now.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Seeing 399 and her 4 cubs.

Also, last season when I found out I had a heart problem everyone was very supportive of and helpful to me.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

COVID 19 and having to wear a mask every day. Especially for on who hates anything on her face.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Relax, enjoy and follow the rules even if you don't quite agree.

Justin Peterson (JP)

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

JLL Dorm Attendant, Colter Bay Rec Coordinator, Assistant Employee Village Village Manager, Dock Attendant, Interpretive Specialist, Housekeeper.

What keeps you coming back?

There's always more to do! Another hike, another adventure. And there's always new people to meet and old friends to catch up with.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I'd be either a enterprise car salesman, work at a community rec center or at a golf course.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

There are so many hikes I've been on with amazing people its hard to choose one! But hiking to the top of Sleeping Indian is my favorite.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Forming the band The Mudslingers and reuniting for 3 summers. Who forms a band in the Tetons? And what are the odds that it keeps going for 3 summers??

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Hope you like to hike or at least the outdoors!

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

The Bulgarians made something called musika once that was amazing!

Tina Robinson

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • Summer 2015- Front Desk Supervisor at Flagg Ranch

  • Summer 2017 – Rooms Division Supervisor at Flagg Ranch

  • Winter 2017 – Reservations agent at JLL

  • Summer 2018 to current – Tour Specialist

I love my job as a Tour Specialist. It’s a challenging position that has helped me grow professionally through the support and encouragement of the Sales & Marketing Team.

What keeps you coming back?

Most people in the world work to make a living and don’t enjoy what they do, or sometimes even where they live. I’m passionate about my career path and the area we live in. I love sharing that passion with my neighbors, seasonal employees, and our guests.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

Who knows? I do know it wouldn’t be as amazing as my life is right now. I’m happy that I took the risk and made the changes that needed to happen.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Opening Day at JLL, seeing the hustle and bustle of the lodge, welcoming old friends back, and clapping and cheering as we open the doors for our first visitors.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Every year has their own exciting, insane, and crazy stories that make this place so unique and memorable. In 2017 I summited Table Mountain solo with Delilah (my dog). It was a clear sunny day when a lightning storm suddenly formed above us. We tried to outrun the storm but were stuck on the ridge when it hit. The lightning was so powerful I could feel the electricity throughout my legs, and the hail made running across the shale field icy and challenging. Fortunately, we did make it to the fork and slid down the steep muddy trail into the safety of the tree-line.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

In an age of constant movement and social connection take a moment to slow down, enjoy a quiet place, and unplug. If you open your heart and your mind, this place will transform you in a positive way.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

Any day with loaded tots is the best day!

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Greg Viera

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

Have always been a cook but this year I am in the SUDS department.

What keeps you coming back?

Wyoming is a fun state and there is so much to see here. In 5th grade I did a report on WY and that’s why I chose this place.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I would have never met some awesome people and go on crazy adventures.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

Chef Farmer and Leo are awesome parents, meeting their daughter was heartwarming.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

Getting punched in the face was the craziest thing to have happen.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Have fun and never be afraid to try new things. Make new friends and grow out of your shell.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

I am a huge fan of pizza so any pizza day is my favorite. Also whenever Frankie makes dessert it’s always gonna be good.

Amanda Wood

What jobs have you worked in during your time in the Tetons?

  • JLL EDR Line Cook

  • JLL Pool Line Cook

  • JLL Garde Manger (Cold Kitchen) Prep Cook

  • CBV Activities Desk Agent

  • JLL Retail Warehouse Stockperson

  • Winter Retail Stockperson

  • Retail Warehouse Manager

  • Retail Operations Manager

What keeps you coming back?

The magic of the mountains and the silence of the winter.

If you hadn't worked here, how would your life be different?

I’ve been able to find myself here and am beginning to understand what it really takes to be happy. I would have been unhappy working in a law firm and wondering what I could have done differently the rest of my life.

What is your fondest memory of working in the Tetons?

My first summer was full of tons of crazy memories, but I will always think fondly of the annual golf trip we take in August for Wyatt’s birthday.

What is the craziest thing that has happened in your time here?

That I can actually share with higher management? Hmmm… Just a couple weeks ago, actually, my employee and I got stuck at the CBV Marina while pulling some product out for the Gift Shop because there were 3 black bear cubs playing in a tree and the rangers wouldn’t let us leave because we would be walking right past them. So we got to watch them play for a while.

What advise do you have for anyone who is considering coming to work or visit?

Do it! Watch that video by Shai LaBeouf where he tells you to do it and just do it! It is seriously an amazing place to work and spend time in the mountains. Be prepared for some random things, like animals coming out of nowhere at any time, and you’ll be fine.

What is your favorite EDR (Employee Dining Room) menu item?

The eggrolls man! You can never go wrong with the eggrolls.