Our Board of Directors and Officers


Jim Stuart – Chair

photo-james-stuart-2016-octJim, a materials engineer, serves as the sales and marketing manager for a local technical business. He divides his time between Idaho and Jackson, and has a long family history of public service in Wyoming. He has worked in Teton County for four years.

“You can find a commonality with anyone, if you try.”





Derek Schaefer, Treasurer

derek-headshotDerek is an experienced financial controller with extensive international experience. He has called Jackson home since 2001.

“I have been able to return the favor – the fortunes gained from my own travels – by helping through Global Ties Wyoming to show international visitors Jackson Hole and the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.”



Yvette Betancourt, Board Member

YevetteYvette is a Florida native and entrepreneur with over 25 years of business experience. She launched two successful companies, “The Kid Mover”, followed by, “The Closing Company Title & Escrow”. She received her Bachelor of Business from Florida International University. During her career as a Licensed Title Agent and Paralegal, she closed over 4,000 real estate transactions in Florida. She is actively involved with Rotary International and leads her entrepreneurial project supporting small business start ups in Ecuador. She currently resides in Wyoming where she has continued to pursue her career in the title industry.


Diana Waycott, Board Member


Diana is a business owner and a lifelong resident of Teton County. She is active in the community and with several local nonprofits, and has traveled extensively throughout the world.


Rebecca Bextel, Executive Director

photo-rebecca-bextel-2016-octRebecca is a business owner serving a global clientele, and brings extensive international experience to Global Ties Wyoming. Rebecca is also on the board of the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, and she has lived and worked in Jackson Hole for more than 15 years.

“I’ve seen lives change in front of me because of the face-to-face encounters that Global Ties WY creates.”