Sam Lawry | executive director

Sam Lawry grew up in Northern California where he earned a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State in 1981.  He then began a career with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) where  he held several positions over a 23 year period.  During his career with Arizona, he maintained a Law Enforcement Certification enforcing State Fish and Wildlife laws.  Sam served as Chairman of the staff for the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Staff for the Pacific Flyway Council as well as numerous committees for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Following his career with AZGFD he served as the Coordinator for the Intermountain West Joint Venture , promoting bird conservation in 11 western states.  He then joined Teller Wildlife Refuge in 2006 as the Director of Conservation and Education where he was involved with numerous Teller projects before taking on a new role in 2010 as the Western Director for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.  After 6 years  the call to return to Teller fell upon him and in December of 2017 he returned as the Executive Director.  Sam and his wife Gwen reside in Hamilton where they have raised a family of four daughters all of which have a passion for conservation..


Karen Zumwalt | education coordinator

Karen graduated (many years ago) from U.C. Berkeley with a degree in English Literature. After raising her three children and seeing them successfully through college, she decided to leave the wine country of of Northern California and move to the Bitterroot Valley. Having always been interested in conservation, Karen considers it a privilege to be a part of the team at Teller Wildlife Refuge and is looking forward  to contributing to their mission.

Karen enjoys research and is interested in anything to do with hunting, training dogs, and butchering and cooking wild game. When she travels she likes to collect diner mugs from around the country.



heather tellock | director of communications

Heather is a Minnesota native, graduating from University of Wisconsin – Stout with a degree in Graphic Communications Management in 2010. As a photographer and artist she was drawn to the canvas of Western Montana. Since moving from the Midwest, she has worked with non-profits including The Daly Hospital Foundation and B.E.A.R., and is excited to be a part of a team passionate about conserving our beautiful backdrop.

She and her husband, Ryan, take pride in calling the Bitterroot Valley home and love that their son will have the opportunity to grow up enjoying all it has to offer.  In her free time, Heather enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, and spending time with her family.


David Whitmoyer | Lands Manager

David joined the Teller team in February of 2019 as the Lands Manager.  He grew up and attended high school in Helena. A North Dakota State attendee, David received his AA from the College of Science in Business Management and his BA from Carroll College in Business Management.  While attending both colleges David earned “All American” status as a punter and tight end for both football teams, winning two National Championships. Following graduation he pursued a career as a rodeo entertainer, traveling the country attending over 50 rodeos annually. Settling in the Bitterroot in 2014, David and his wife Kelly have a 2 year old daughter, Annabelle.  They live in Corvallis where they raise cattle and tend to their family farm. David enjoys the outdoors and looks forward to a long career with Teller.