Thank you to our 2019 Gala Speakers!

Suzanne Asha Stone


Suzanne Asha Stone has worked in wolf restoration in the northern Rockies since 1988, including serving as a member of the 1995/1996 USA/Canadian wolf reintroduction team. She currently oversees Defender’s wolf conservation programs in the Pacific Northwest with an emphasis on co-existence programs. She works directly with ranchers and farmers to devise and implement strategies to minimize wolf and livestock depredation conflicts.
Suzanne is the lead author of the first landscape-level public lands grazing study documenting nonlethal wolf and livestock management methods success over predator control measures. She has presented her research at conferences, symposia and briefings including Oxford University, the Smithsonian and the US Senate.

Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston

Wolf biologists Nathan Varley and Linda Thurston of Yellowstone Wolf Tracker met in 1996 working on the Yellowstone Wolf Restoration Project in its earliest stage. Following their years with the wolf project, they created The Wild Side, LLC for their ecological research and university-level field programs.
Over a decade ago, Yellowstone Wolf Tracker was developed as Yellowstone’s premier wildlife guiding service, providing services for hundreds of guests throughout the year, and setting the standard for professional service in the industry today.
Check out daily naturalist reports in Yellowstone.

When “True Blood” actress Kristin Bauer honeymooned in northern Wisconsin, she and her husband took along her entire family!

Kristin Bauer

American film and television actress Kristin Bauer, who has been in the business since her early 20′s, is most known for her role as Pam, the vampire co-owner of Bon Temps’ Fangtasia bar, in HBO’s True Blood and Maleficent from ABC’s Once Upon a Time. Born and raised in Wisconsin, Kristin had an idyllic childhood centered around nature and animals. In junior high she got interested in the arts, specifically drawing and painting, and after graduating high school Kristin completed three years of art school before moving to Los Angeles, California to pursue a career in acting.


Two years later she was hired to portray flight attendant Maggie Reynolds on the FOX comedy The Crew, which lasted for one season.


In 1996, Kristin appeared in one of her most memorable guest roles as “Man Hands” Gillian, Jerry’s girlfriend, on Seinfeld. Throughout the years, she has played a few other series regular characters including the Geneva Renault, the buxom secretary of a high-tech security agency, on the short-lived action drama Total Security, Candy Cooper in the CBS family drama That’s Life, and the softball mom on the NBC comedy Hidden Hills. In 2008, Alan Ball tapped her to co-manage the vampire bar Fangtasia with formidable Viking Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) on HBO’s original drama True Blood.


Today she lives in Los Angeles with her musician, South African husband, Abri van Straten, two rescued dogs and two rescued cats. She splits her time between shooting, painting and trying to bring light to things that should not be happening. She works with IFAW, The Amanda Foundation, Oceana, PCRM and other charities. Nature and animals are her greatest passion as they “Have always given selflessly to me, so much more than I ever could have dreamed or given back. Mother nature is the greatest, most magical artist I have ever seen.”