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Directors

Year-Round Staff

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.

Matty Cook

Executive Director

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Born and raised in New England, Matty followed his heart west after high school. With dreams of being an outdoor adventure instructor, Matty completed Colorado’s Outward Bound instructor course in 1989. This experience led him to Prescott College in Arizona where he studied outdoor education, eventually transferring to Northern Arizona University and graduating with a BS in psychology.

During the summers of 1992-93, Matty worked at Paul Newman’s Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, Connecticut. Matty earned a Masters in Social Work from Arizona State University in 2000. In 2001, Matty was hired as camp director at Hole in the Wall, a position he held for 13 years.

Matty is married to his best friend, Marcia, and they have three adventure loving children, Scarlette, Genevieve, and Thatcher. Matty and his family are thrilled to be apart of the TVRC community!

Mariana Silliman

Program Director

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Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Mariana arrived at the ranch in 2000 as a Yearling and completed the program through her Trailblazer summer. While attending The University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington, Mariana was a member of the Varsity Rowing and Lacrosse teams. She spent four summers back at the ranch as a counselor, trip leader, and a support staff member.

After graduating in 2011 with a B.A. in English Literature and a minor in U.S. History, Mariana moved to Denver, CO to pursue a teaching career. From 2011-2014, Mariana worked and taught at variety of schools and grade levels, and coached middle school lacrosse and basketball. In 2013 she earned a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction with dual concentrations in English Language Development and Urban Education from the University of Denver. Currently, Mariana is working on a Masters Degree in Social Work through the University of Southern California, specializing in children and families.

Mariana returned to TVRC in 2015, as the Program Director, and loves the way in which TVRC and the camp industry combines outdoor education, traditional education, and character development through meaningful challenges and experiences.

Ryan Combs

Financial Controller

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Ryan first came to TVRC in 1997 working as a counselor. After graduating from Vanderbilt University with an economics major and philosophy minor, Ryan joined Merrill Lynch as a private client advisor before the lure of the west drew him back to Jackson Hole.

In 2005 Ryan rejoined the TVRC family for the first summer on the new ranch working as trips coordinator. Following that summer, Ryan went to work for Aman Resorts in Jackson, where he worked as assistant financial controller. While there, he assisted in the management of the budget, weekly audits, payroll and was a key player on the team that helped a financially struggling Amangani Resort become an economically sustainable hotel.

Ryan enjoys the Jackson Hole lifestyle with his wife Sue and daughters Caitlin and Lexie.

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Jim Ligori

Operations Director

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Born and raised in Jackson Hole, Jim has had camping in his blood from a young age. Jim attended TVRC as a yearling at the Kelly campus in 1991. 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 and his exquisite wife Cora met at a summer camp near Ashville, North Carolina where they were both part of the leadership team. 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. Jim and Cora have three lovely children Elsie, George and Jamie.

Matthew McGee

Office Manager

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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 reading, playing guitar, cooking or tinkering with his motorcycle. With 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.