Executive Director
Erik Schlenker-Goodrich

Erik joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2003 and became executive director in 2012. He has fought in court to safeguard our climate from dirty fossil fuels, promote our transition to a clean energy future, and protect the American West’s rivers and wildlands. An expert in issues related to oil and gas development, Erik leads WELC’s campaigns to reduce methane pollution and build climate resilience. Prior to joining WELC, he worked as a public lands attorney for The Wilderness Society. Erik is a graduate of Cornell University with a B.S. in natural resources, and earned his law degree and a certificate in environmental & natural resources law from the University of Oregon School of Law. Learn why Erik is dedicated to defending the West. Erik works from our Southwest Office, 575-751-0351 x137.

Wildlands Program Associate
Kyle Ashby

Kyle joined WELC as our Wildlands Program Associate in 2017. Kyle has spent more than five years working with environmental attorneys, scientists, and activists from San Diego to Seattle, and everywhere in between. He has worked to successfully advance policy on sustainable fishing practices, public lands protection, mining reform, clean energy, industrial agriculture, and arts education. Kyle holds a B.S. in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and spent a lot of his life growing up along the Appalachian Trail. Kyle works from our Northwest office and can be reached at 310-975-5298.

Attorney, Rocky Mountains Office Director
Matthew Bishop


Matt joined WELC as a staff attorney in 1998 and spent his first decade working from our Southwest office in Taos, New Mexico. He returned to his hometown of Helena, Montana in 2008 and established WELC’s Rocky Mountains office. Matt leads WELC’s efforts to protect iconic Western predators including wolverines, Canada lynx, and Mexican wolves. He is a graduate of Whitman College with a B.A. in history and earned his J.D. at Vermont Law School. Learn why Matt is dedicated to defending the West. Matt is the director of our Rocky Mountains office, 406-443-3501 x125.

Attorney, Wildlands & Wildlife Program Director
Susan Jane Brown

Susan Jane joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2009 and is our Wildlands & Wildlife Program director. She joined WELC after serving as Natural Resources Counsel for Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) in Washington, D.C. She also worked as a staff attorney with the Pacific Environmental Advocacy Center, Lewis and Clark Law School’s environmental law clinic. A nationally recognized expert on forest law, she has twice been appointed by the Secretary of Agriculture to co-chair the Federal Advisory Committee on the National Forest Management Act. She also served as executive director of the Gifford Pinchot Task Force from 2000-2003. Susan Jane graduated from Vanderbilt University and earned her law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. Learn why Susan Jane is dedicated to defending the West. Susan Jane works from our Northwest office and can be reached at 503-914-1323.

Pete Frost

Pete joined WELC as a staff attorney in 1999. For more than two decades he has litigated in federal courts to preserve the West’s forests, rivers, wildlife, and wilderness. Through legal advocacy, Pete has successfully reformed fish hatchery operations and removed barriers to fish migration with the aim of preserving wild salmon and steelhead. In 2000, he received the David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award for environmental litigation. Pete graduated from Stanford University and earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law, where he served as editor of the Oregon Law Review. Learn why Pete is dedicated to defending the West. Pete works from our Northwest office, 541-485-2471 x109.

Administrative Coordinator
Dina Gonzales

Dina joined WELC as our administrative coordinator in 1999. She received her B.S. with honors in environmental biology from Northern Arizona University. During her undergraduate studies, Dina was chosen as the recipient of several academic scholarships, notably, as the first recipient of the Environmental Fund for a Sustainable Future Scholarship. Learn why Dina is dedicated to defending the West. Dina works from our Southwest office, 575-751-0351 x136.

Resilience Attorney
Pam Hardy

Pam joined WELC as our Resilience Attorney in 2017. In her new role, Pam will work to shift local paradigms of public lands management away from resource extraction and toward a broader, more durable suite of ecosystem and community services. She joins WELC with more than a decade of experience in collaborative negotiation on behalf of environmental interests as well as several years of litigation experience. Prior to WELC she worked for Oregon Wild and 1000 Friends of Oregon. Pam graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 1991, spent a decade as a backcountry guide in the American West, and earned her law degree at the University of Oregon in 2006. Pam works from our Northwest office and can be reached at 541-914-9698.

Andrew Hawley

Andrew joined WELC in 2017 as a staff attorney. Originally from Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, Andrew earned B.S. in biology from the Pennsylvania State University and his law degree from Lewis and Clark Law School. From 2004 to 2008, Andrew was the Walter Kulman Legal Fellow and then Staff Attorney at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, DC, working to protect North Atlantic right whales, Florida panthers, bald eagles, wolverine, and lynx among other wildlife. In 2008, Andrew returned to Oregon to join the Northwest Environmental Defense Center as the organization’s first staff attorney, where he focused on Clean Water Act enforcement and protecting the wildlife of the Pacific Northwest. Andrew works from our Seattle office, 206-487-7207 x142.

Shiloh Hernandez

Shiloh joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2011. Previously he clerked for the 18th Judicial District Court of Montana and the Montana Supreme Court, after which he represented criminal defendants at the Montana Appellate Defender’s Office. His docket focuses on moving the West away from polluting fossil fuels, specifically coal, and toward clean energy sources. Shiloh graduated with a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Montana and received his J.D. from Vermont Law School. Shiloh works from our Northern Rockies office, 406-443-3501 x127.

Laura King

Laura joined WELC in 2013 as a Maria, Gabriella and Robert A. Skirnick Public Interest Law Fellow and became a staff attorney the following year. Prior to joining WELC, she received her B.A. in English at U.C. Berkeley and received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. While at Harvard, Laura worked for the Emmett Environmental Law & Policy Clinic, interned for the Northern Rockies Office of Earthjustice, was senior editor of the Harvard Environmental Law Review, and taught environmental law at Boston College. Her diverse docket includes legal advocacy aimed at protecting wildlife, public lands, and our climate. Learn why Laura is dedicated to defending the West. Laura works from our Northern Rockies office, 406-443-3501 x129.   

Shannon Laun

Shannon joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2017. She previously worked at Environmental Defense Fund, the Environmental Law Institute, and Connecticut Fund for the Environment. Shannon holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and a J.D. from Harvard Law School. She is licensed to practice law in New York and is awaiting admission to the Washington State Bar (application pending). Shannon works from our Seattle office, 206-487-7207 x143.

Director of Development
David Lawlor

David joined WELC as our director of development in 2013. He works to strengthen relationships with WELC’s supporters and to secure funding for the organization. Previously, David worked in a development and communications capacity for Earthjustice, the Environmental Protection Information Center, and Humboldt State University. David received his B.A. in journalism from San Francisco State University and earned his M.A. in social science, with a specialization in environmental policy and law, from Humboldt State University. His work exploring deep ecology philosophy and other environmental issues has been published in academic journals including the European Journal of Ecopsychology. David works from our Northwest office, 541-485-2471 x117.

Individual Gifts Coordinator
Michelle Loth

Michelle joined WELC in 2016. She received her B.A. in environmental policy with a cognate in sociology and specialization in environmental studies from Michigan State University. Prior to joining WELC, Michelle worked for the Kane-DuPage Soil and Water Conservation District and interned for The Nature Conservancy and Midwest Pesticide Action Center. She enjoys traveling, spending time outdoors, and is an advocate for the zero waste lifestyle. Michelle works from our Northwest Office, 541-485-2471 x118.

Development and Communications Coordinator
Jackie Marlette

Jackie joined WELC as our development and communications coordinator in 2008. She updates supporters with our victories and their impact by doing graphic design and editing of our newsletters, reports, website, mailings, emails, and other materials. Prior to WELC, she did membership, fundraising, and outreach for Pacific Rivers Council and Greater Flagstaff Forests Partnership, was an outdoor educator and wilderness guide for City of Eugene and Appalachian Mountain Club, and did GIS for Grand Canyon Trust. She graduated summa cum laude from Northern Arizona University with a B.S. in environmental science and emphasis in ecosystem management. She won the Arizona-Nevada Academy of Science Hydrology Presentation Award, Lowell Observatory Achievement Award, and was the University’s Standard Bearer. Jackie works from our Northwest office, 541-485-2471 x111.

John Mellgren

John joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2011. Prior to WELC, John worked for Earthjustice, Fiscalía del Medio Ambiente, Our Children's Trust, and as a legislative aide for a Michigan state senator. His docket includes legal advocacy to protect Western predators including wolves, wolverines, and lynx, and litigation aimed at preserving Western forests. John holds a B.A. in economics and political science from the University of Michigan and a J.D. with a certificate in environmental & natural resources law from the University of Oregon, where he served as co-director of the 2010 Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Learn why John is dedicated to defending the West. John works from our Northwest office, 541-485-2471 x116.

Finance Officer
Lyndee Prill

Lyndee joined WELC as our finance officer in 2014. She has more than 12 years of diverse accounting and business experience. Lyndee graduated from the School of Business at the University of Montana. Her desire to work for WELC is fueled by a love of the outdoors, which began in her youth as a native of Montana. Lyndee works from our Northwest office, 541-485-2471 x113.

Senior Policy Advisor
Tom Singer

Tom joined WELC as a senior policy advisor in 2013. He previously served as senior advocate for the Natural Resources Defense Council and as the director of research for the Western Governors’ Association. Tom works on policy development, advocacy, and litigation support to address the environmental impacts of oil and natural gas development with an emphasis on reducing methane pollution. Tom holds a B.A. from Harvard University, an M.B.A. from Stanford University’s School of Business, and a Ph.D. in international business from George Washington University. Tom works from our Southwest office and can be reached at 505-231-1070.

Communications Director
Brian Sweeney

Brian joined WELC in 2015 as our communications director. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a B.S. in agricultural journalism and an environmental studies certificate. Before joining WELC, he worked on environmental issues with the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, D.C. Brian works from our Southwest office and can be reached at 262-914-1113.

Attorney, Climate & Energy Program Director
Kyle Tisdel

Kyle joined WELC as a staff attorney in 2011 and is our Climate & Energy Program director. His docket focuses on protecting the West’s environment and communities from the harms of oil and gas development. He previously practiced law in Washington and Colorado where his work focused on environmental, land use, and real property issues. He has traveled to India on several occasions to contribute to a variety of public service projects. Kyle received a B.A. in international relations from Michigan State University and earned his law degree from Vermont Law School. Learn why Kyle is dedicated to defending the West. Kyle works from our Southwest office and can be reached at 575-751-0351 x134.

Of Counsel
Matt Kenna

Matt represents citizen groups in court to implement environmental laws with a special emphasis on protecting wildlife using the Endangered Species Act. Along with Geoff Hickcox, Matt received the 2003 Kerry L. Rydberg Award for excellence in public-interest environmental litigation. Matt is a graduate of the University of Vermont and earned his J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law. Matt can be reached at 970-749-9149.

Of Counsel
Andrea Rodgers

Andrea worked at WELC as a staff attorney from 2003-2006 and rejoined the organization in 2013. She clerked for the Hon. John C. Gemmill on the Arizona Court of Appeals and worked as an honors attorney for the U.S. Department of Transportation. Andrea served as legal counsel for the Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and in 2010 opened her own law firm practicing in the fields of environmental and Indian law. She leads our campaign to reform industrial agriculture operations in Washington state to protect rivers, aquatic wildlife, drinking water, and the Puget Sound. Andrea received her J.D. from Arizona State University where she was co-executive editor of Jurimetrics: The Journal of Law, Science and Technology. Learn why Andrea is dedicated to defending the West. Andrea can be reached at 206-696-2851.