The year-round staff at TVRC is a dedicated group of individuals, who on a daily basis devote themselves to providing a fun-filled summer for everyone who takes part in the TVRC experience. Their areas of expertise and talents differ, but their dedication to the education of children is constant.
Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Jim has had the outdoors and camping in his blood from a young age. Jim attended TVRC as a yearling at the Kelly campus in the early 90s. He has worked at other camps in Idaho, Wyoming, Algonquin Park Canada, and North Carolina as a lifeguard, cabin counselor, fishing instructor, and program director. Jim graduated from the University of Montana in Missoula with a Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management and a focus on Nature-Based Tourism. Jim brings enthusiasm and love for the camp that is evident through his leadership and vision for the future.
Jim has also worked as a fishing guide, snowmobile guide, and outfitter all in the Jackson Hole area. He spearheaded the start of a nonprofit outdoor program in Boulder, Wyoming. Most recently Jim comes to us from the Teton County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson, where he was the supervisor for the 911 emergency call center; while at the Sheriff ’s Office, Jim received a Lifesaving Commendation for saving the life of an individual. Jim enjoys sharing ideas and networking with other camp professionals through participation in the American Camp Association (ACA), Western Association of Independent Camps (WAIC) and Wilderness Risk Management Programs.
Jim met his wife Cora at a summer camp near Asheville, North Carolina where they were both parts of the management team. Jim and Cora have three high spirited children; Elsie, George, and Jamie. Their Shetland Sheepdog named Huck rounds out the mix. Jim and his family enjoy all things outdoors, and when camp isn’t in season, they can be found hiking, camping, fishing, skiing, and sledding!
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Cora grew up in the small North Carolina town of Shelby in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains… famous for its BBQ and Bluegrass. Summer camp was a huge part of her younger life. She attended Camp Greystone, in Tuxedo, NC, as a camper. She then worked 6 summers at Greystone serving as staff in the kitchen and as a counselor. While attending UNC Chapel Hill, she was hired for the summers as the Kitchen Program Director at Camp Arrowhead, a camp down the road from Camp Greystone. She worked in that position for three summers. While at Camp Arrowhead, she met her best friend, Jim Ligori. Their friendship turned romantic and they were married in 2007. Following their wedding, the couple moved to Jim’s hometown of Jackson, WY.
Cora knew she would love living in Jackson. As a senior at UNC Chapel Hill Dental school, studying to be a dental hygienist, she spent a month working on the Wind River Reservation near Lander, Wyoming. This was her first trip to Wyoming and to Jackson. Since moving to Jackson in 2007, she truly feels this valley is home. Cora loves to ski, but in recent years she loves cross country skiing the best. Her favorite thing to do is spend time outside, doing almost anything, with her young family. She and Jim have three children, Elsie, George and Jamie.
Before joining the TVRC leadership team, she worked as a Registered Dental Hygienist at Larsen Family Dentistry in Jackson for 13 years. Her office was voted best dentist in the Best of Jackson Hole for the last 12 years consecutively. Although she loved her coworkers and patients at Larsen Family, working alongside Jim in a camp setting once again is a dream come true. “Jim and I always hoped we would once again work at camp together. We love the daily adventure it brings and believe there is no better place to raise our kids.”
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Teton Valley Ranch Camp has a place in Bo’s heart like nothing else. 2020 was his fifth summer as a staff member and supposedly was going to be his last. But they say timing is everything… When the opportunity to become Program Director for one year before law school came about this fall, it was an instant yes. 2022: Bo’s last summer, take two.
The Phillips Family had a long history with TVRC before Bo. His father, John, was a camper then trip leader in the 60s and 70s. Between 1991 and 2020, at least one of Bo’s cousins, siblings, or himself spent their summer on a TVRC ranch. Bo is thankful to have that shared history with his family, but he is also proud of the TVRC experience that is unique to him. “Everybody’s time at camp is different. The trails and traditions are everlasting, but each wrangle and rite are fleeting.”
Outside of working seasonally for TVRC, Bo attended Vanderbilt University then moved to Denver in 2018. He enjoys living with two roommates that also served on TVRC staffs in 2015-2017. Although he grew up in Lexington, Kentucky, Bo now considers the Rocky Mountains his home. He hopes they continue to be a fixture in his life when he attends law school. Colorado Law in Boulder and University of Denver Law are at the top of his list. “There’s lots of fun to be had anywhere,” he says, but the active, outdoor lifestyle in Denver can’t be beat. Bo loves biking, volleyball, hunting, skiing, basketball, and soccer. When he isn’t outside, you can usually find him in a theater or on his couch watching a movie.
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Marshall immersed himself in the world of camp throughout his childhood years at the Battle Creek Outdoor Education Center in Dowling, MI. At the age of 12, he ventured off with his brother to Wyoming for his Rough Rider summer at Teton Valley Ranch Camp. Despite crying for the first ten days due to homesickness, Marshall returned for summer after summer, fostering an unshakable love for, and belief in, TVRC along the way. Marshall returns for his tenth summer at TVRC as the Assistant Program Director with much joy and gratitude.
Marshall’s mother, Amy, (the 1974 Rodeo Queen of Kelly) and brother, Alex, both attended TVRC as campers and staff members in their respective eras. Several of Marshall’s cousins and family friends have also spent time at the Ranch in some form. Marshall believes that the sharing experiences and memories of TVRC with his loved ones further adds to the magical quality of time spent at the Ranch.
Marshall formerly studied at the University of Michigan to earn a BSE in Chemical Engineering and a Minor in Music. During his collegiate summers, Marshall worked at TVRC as a Counselor, Trip Leader and “Lapidary Cherry” with much fondness. Marshall most recently worked as a waste and recycling consultant in Massachusetts prior to his return to TVRC.
Marshall relishes time spent outdoors, especially when hiking, mountaineering, skiing, disc golfing or playing various lifelong sports. Marshall finds outdoor activities all the more enjoyable when he shares them with his older brother, and best friend, Alex. Marshall has also spent much of his time making music with various choirs, marching bands, theater companies, and a cappella groups. Of all his musical pursuits, Marshall enjoys singing and playing guitar at the Ranch’s campfire ring the most.
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Whitney was born and raised in West Michigan and has always had a strong tie to Jackson Hole. She started visiting her grandparents in the valley as an young child and her fascination with the valley and her family’s history here was born. Her grandfather, Jack Cornelius, worked for Weenie Wilson in the early to mid 1940’s wrangling under Jack Davis, among other roles.
Whitney was a Rough Rider in 2000 and went through her Trailblazer year in 2003. While attending Northern Michigan University she majored in Communications and Public Relations and minored in Outdoor Recreation Leadership and Management. During this time she came back to the ranch as a summer staff member from ’07 to ’09.
After graduating from Northern in 2010 Whitney worked in multiple capacities as a marketing specialist. Her professional experience started out in freelance and moved to boutique marketing and advertising agencies as a project manager for a variety of clients; including non-profit, health care and furniture. After several years on the agency side Whitney transitioned to the corporate world working in the grocery and consumer packaged goods industry as a Marketing Manager.
Whitney returned to TVRC in 2018 as the Director of Development and Marketing and is excited to continue to use her skills in marketing and development to support the organization. She loves seeing how generation after generation TVRC welcomes in children to the wilds of Wyoming for experiences that will not only change them but leave a lasting positive mark in their hearts and souls.
Matthew was born and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Virginia and first experienced the wonders of Wyoming on a NOLS course in the Absaroka Wilderness. He moved west and studied at the University of Montana where he earned a B.S. in Wildlife Biology.
Matthew worked as a ranger-naturalist in Grand Teton National Park, spent a year as a graduate student at the Teton Science Schools, and then earned an M.S. in Zoology from the University of Wyoming where he investigated coyote habitat use patterns in Jackson Hole, WY. He also spent a summer working with the Murie Science and Learning Center in Alaska studying wolves in Denali National Park. Upon returning to Wyoming, he earned an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Montana State University, where he studied culturally relevant, project based learning, while teaching high school science to Northern Arapaho students on the Wind River Indian Reservation. Matthew most recently worked as an outdoor educator with K-12 students and adult learners during his time at Teton Science Schools. He also teaches wilderness medicine courses for NOLS.
Matthew is a wild lands enthusiast, mountain biker, climber and backcountry skier, and loves discovering new places to explore with family and friends. When he is not working at TVRC you will find him exploring in the mountains, reading, playing guitar, cooking or riding his motorcycle. Along with his wonderful wife, Lisa and adventurous son, Dylan he enjoys his quality of life in Jackson, where he is inspired daily by this beautiful place and the community.