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Meet the Team

Our staff and board members unite and amplify our partners’ voices to advance America’s legacy of conservation, habitat, and access.

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Marcel Gaztambide

Marcel Gaztambide

Southwest Field Manager

Marcel Gaztambide

Marcel Gaztambide

Southwest Field Manager

Marcel joined the TRCP as the Southwest Field Manager in October of 2023. Marcel most recently worked as the Assistant Director of the Environmental Center at Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO Prior to that, he was Animas Riverkeeper/Water Program Director at San Juan Citizens Alliance in Durango, CO, a Geologist at the US Geological Survey in Columbia, South Carolia, and an editorial assistant at the Journal of the American Chemical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah. Marcel received a BS in Environmental Geoscience from the University of Utah.

Born in Salt Lake City, Marcel grew up hunting and fishing with his family and friends in the Wasatch Mountains, the Uintah, and the wilderness areas of Southern Wyoming, where his family maintains a small ranch. Southwest Colorado has been his home for the last 6 years, where he and his wife, Bria, have spent their time exploring the mountains and rivers of the 4 Corners region.

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Joshua Walters

Joshua Walters

Director of Program Development

Joshua Walters

Joshua Walters

Director of Program Development

Joshua Walters joined the TRCP as its director of program development in October 2021.

Joshua is an experienced nonprofit fundraising and financial management professional, and he has worked in higher education fundraising and financial services in Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and Morgantown, W. Va.

A native of West Virginia, Joshua is a passionate outdoorsman and conservationist. He volunteers with the Ruffed Grouse Society and the National Wild Turkey Federation. In his spare time, you’ll find him at his cabin surrounded by the Monongahela National Forest and with his English setter, Berkeley, hunting ruffed grouse in the Appalachian Mountains.

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Shawn Gorman

Shawn Gorman

Board of Directors

Shawn Gorman

Shawn Gorman

Board of Directors

Shawn Gorman’s L.L. Bean career began in 1991, when he joined the company’s Marketing department as an analyst. He went on to hold several leadership positions in Marketing, International, E-Commerce, Partnership Marketing and Creative. His accomplishments include introducing the company to online and email marketing, integrating L.L. Bean’s brand strategies across channels, and leading L.L. Bean’s cobranded credit card program – one of the most successful in the country.

Rue Mapp

Rue Mapp

Board of Directors

Rue Mapp

Rue Mapp

Board of Directors

Rue Mapp is the Founder and CEO of Outdoor Afro. From its grassroots beginning, Outdoor Afro is now recognized by organizations for its role in addressing the ongoing need for greater diversity in the outdoors.

In 2010, Rue was invited to the Obama White House to participate in the America’s Great Outdoors Conference, and subsequently to take part in a think-tank to inform the launch of the First Lady’s “Let’s Move” initiative. She was appointed program officer for the Stewardship Council’s Foundation for Youth Investment to oversee its grant-making program from 2010-2012. Her work has also been recognized with numerous awards and distinctions, including: The Root 100 as one of the most influential African Americans in the country (2012 and 2016), Outdoor Industry Inspiration Award, National Wildlife Federation Communication Award, and Family Circle Magazine selected Rue as one of America’s 20 Most Influential Moms. In 2014, she was appointed to the California State Parks Commission by Governor Jerry Brown. She was named a National Geographic fellow, and is a lifetime member of Delta Sigma Theta, Incorporated.

Howard K. Vincent

Howard K. Vincent

Board of Directors

Howard K. Vincent

Howard K. Vincent

Board of Directors

Howard originally came from Duluth, Minnesota where he graduated from the University of Minnesota, Duluth with a Bachelor of Accounting degree in 1979.

He worked in public accounting for 7 years including his time with the national accounting firm of KPMG where he was the Supervisor in charge of Business Advisory Services for the Twin Cities area.

He came to Pheasants Forever (PF) in 1987 as their first Director of Finance.  He held the position of Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer before he became the President and CEO from 2000 until his retirement in 2023.  In his time with PF, it grew from a $1 million to an $100 million dollar organization with 750 chapters in 40 states and 400,000 supporters.  In his time with the Organization, it impacted over 22 million acres of wildlife habitat.

Howard is a National Board of Director of the Wildlife Management Institute.  He also served on the boards for the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, the American Wildlife Conservation Partners, and was a Member of the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.

Howard and his wife Wendy have been married for 43 years and live in White Bear Lake, Minnesota where he enjoys chasing the wily ringneck with his two sons as well as chasing three young grandchildren.

Tristan Henry

Tristan Henry

Oregon Field Representative

Tristan Henry

Tristan Henry

Oregon Field Representative

Tristan is a lifelong Oregonian, who grew up on a soggy piece of ground in the Willamette Valley. On his family farm he cultivated a persistent sense of curiosity of and commitment to the natural side of the world’s order. His work life started early in that rural setting and after graduating from Oregon State University it has run the gamut from major metropolitan areas to mountain towns, all the while maintaining an abiding and demonstrable commitment to Oregon’s conservation community, eventually bringing him to the TRCP team.

He currently lives in Central Oregon with his wife, Samantha, where they spend their free time hunting,
foraging and otherwise enjoying the richness of Oregon’s varied wildlife.
As TRCP’s Oregon Field Representative, he works to build a durable appreciation for and commitment to the resources and institutions that furnish so many Oregonians’ ways of life.

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Rita Hite

Rita Hite

Board of Directors

Rita Hite

Rita Hite

Board of Directors

As president and CEO of the American Forest Foundation, Rita Hite leads the foundation’s ambitious conservation agenda. Her work centers on scaling AFF’s efforts to empower family forest owners from all walks of life to address the most pressing conservation challenges facing our nation today: namely, increasing carbon storage, mitigating catastrophic wildfires, and improving fish and wildlife habitat.     

In her more than 20-year career in forest conservation, Rita has staffed congressional leaders on the House Committee on Agriculture, built and curated coalitions and partnerships including the Forest Climate Working Group, the Forests in the Farm Bill Coalition and the Women’s Forest Congress, and served as a nonprofit leader. She has shaped strategy, programs, and public policies that have unlocked billions in support for family forest stewardship and have had a significant impact on climate change, wildfire resilience and forest sustainability across the United States.  She finds energy in tackling difficult conservation challenges and bringing together diverse teams, coalitions and resources to create market-relevant solutions.  

Rita is a graduate of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She felt the call to champion natural resource conservation having grown up on a beef cattle farm in Upstate New York, where hunting and fishing were a natural part of life.   

When not working, she’s likely chasing her five-year-old son, BBQing with her husband Matt, tending to her garden, or snuggling with her dogs at her home in Alexandria, Virginia. While she’d call herself an amateur, she enjoys fishing today with her husband and son when they can get away in nature.  

Becky Humphries

Becky Humphries

Interim CEO

Becky Humphries

Becky Humphries

Interim CEO

Becky Humphries started her career in wildlife as an employee of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and joined the Michigan Department of Natural Resources in 1978. Her 32-year career with the agency was a progression from field biologist positions to Wildlife Division Chief and culminated with her last seven years as Director.

In 2011, Becky left public service and joined Ducks Unlimited as Director of Conservation Programs. In 2013, The National Wild Turkey Federation enticed her to join them in South Carolina as the Chief Conservation Officer. In 2016, Becky was named Chief Operations Officer and in April of 2017, she was named as the CEO for NWTF.

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Bill Henagan

Bill Henagan

Board of Directors

Bill Henagan

Bill Henagan

Board of Directors

Like his outdoor adventures, Bill’s professional interests stay broad and varied. As a young engineer for Texas Instruments, he manufactured DoD guidance systems, then spent the next fifteen years pioneering “Big Change Fast” for the Fortune 1000 in the emerging Systems Integration industry with CSC/Index and Deloitte. Over the past 20 years he has sought to provide thoughtful advice and private equity to positively impact family owned, southeastern companies as Managing Director of Henagan Spencer Capital Partners. In both the for-profit and non-profit worlds, Bill works to harness collective wisdom and ambition to solve complex governance challenges. 

Complementing his investment portfolio, Bill stays deeply committed to actively giving back to his community on boards such as Visiting Nurse Health System, Breakthrough Atlanta, The Lovett School and The Rotary Club of Atlanta. 

Bill and his wife Babette enjoy traveling to hunt and fish and have consistently support worthy conservation organizations. Along with their grand puppy, Boone the Bloodhound, they call Atlanta and the Low Country of South Carolina home and are blessed with two, fully grown, gainfully employed sons, William and Darby.   

Liz Rose

Liz Rose

Colorado Field Representative

Liz Rose

Liz Rose

Colorado Field Representative

As the Colorado Field Representative for the TRCP, Liz focuses on federal and state policy and planning initiatives that will affect Colorado’s high-value wildlife habitat and opportunities to hunt and fish. In order to effectively track important processes and develop well-informed positions, Lizcoordinates with state and federal agencies’ staff; participates in Colorado-focused cooperatives, working groups, and alliances; and communicates regularly with staff and volunteers from numerous local, state, and national organizations representing a wide range of interests.

In Colorado and nationally, TRCP’s mission is to guarantee all Americans quality places to hunt and fish, and Liz’s input into USFS Forest Management Plans, BLM Resource Management Plans, energy leasing and development proposals, regulation changes, recreation development proposals, state and Congressional legislation, state and federal rulemakings, and state plans is all intended to achieve this important mission.

Liz’s curiosity about public land access and how decisions are made inspired her to earn a Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy at the University of Colorado Boulder. Her curiosity about why the natural world is the way it is led her to earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Geology at the University of California Santa Cruz. She lives in Denver but feels very lucky to also spend a lot of time in Grand County.

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Liz Ogilvie

Liz Ogilvie

Chief Communications & Operations Officer

Liz Ogilvie

Liz Ogilvie

Chief Communications & Operations Officer

Liz Ogilvie is our chief communications and operations officer. She leads the communications team on marketing, public relations, and partner outreach. She also oversees the operations of our three offices, staff, and finance. Before joining the TRCP in 2021, she worked in various segments of the recreational fishing industry—from retail to television to nonprofits—for more than 25 years. Her work on the national industry initiative to Recruit, Retain, and Reactivate anglers was honored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies as well as corporate partners, Lew’s Fishing and Fishing League Worldwide. She was also featured in the report “The Outdoors Drives Jobs: Career Paths in the Outdoor Recreation Economy,” published by the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable.

Fly fishing is Liz’s passion, and she loves to share her global adventures in the hopes to inspire more women in their own travel. She also spent seven years as a fly fishing instructor with L.L.Bean and continues to volunteer with local and national charities to bring more enthusiasts to the sport.

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Michael O’Casey

Michael O’Casey

Deputy Director Forest Policy & Northwest Program

Michael O’Casey

Michael O’Casey

Deputy Director Forest Policy & Northwest Program

Michael joined the TRCP in the summer of 2018. He is a native Oregonian who grew up on a small farm just a stone’s throw from the mouth of the mighty Columbia River. Early childhood trips salmon fishing on the Columbia and learning to stalk elk in the mossy forests of the Pacific Northwest hooked him with a passion for hunting and fishing in his home state.

Michael attended the University of Montana, where he received a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Biology, and has since worked for federal agencies and nonprofits. Most recently, he led the development and implementation of public and private land stewardship projects throughout eastern Oregon.

He currently lives outside of Sisters, Oregon, with his wife and two boys. In his time off, you can find him with his family, camping, fishing, and hunting in the many diverse landscapes of Oregon’s wild country.

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Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes

Board of Directors

Glenn Hughes

Glenn Hughes

Board of Directors

Glenn Hughes is the president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA), the sportfishing industry’s trade association. His responsibilities include fulfilling the association’s mission of looking out for the interests of the sportfishing industry and the entire recreational fishing community. That includes leading the government affairs team to ensure the industry remains strong while providing sound policy for clean water, abundant fisheries, access to fish, as well as strong trade and commerce.

“I am proud to serve on the TRCP Board because of the incredibly valuable partnership our two organizations have regarding access to water and conservation of our nation’s fisheries.”

Prior to joining ASA, Glenn worked for more than 20 years in Florida as VP/Group Publisher of the Bonnier Marine Group, where he lead iconic brands such as Salt Water Sportsman, Marlin and Sport Fishing magazines and related properties.

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin

Andrew Martin has been an advisor to and advocate and enthusiast of the sporting world for over 25 years. He co-founded Baird’s Enthusiast Brands in 2009 and leads the firm’s global coverage efforts across the outdoor industry, inclusive of work in the hunting, shooting sports and fishing segments. Andrew has had the good fortune to advise corporate leaders in the sporting world, iconic brands and the industry’s premier growth platforms. He and Baird have also been and are committed supporters to other organizations such as the Outdoor Foundation and the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation. 

Andrew holds an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University and an MBA from Duke University. An avid outdoorsman himself, Andrew enjoys spending time with friends and family both close to home in the Carolinas and the Blue Ridge Mountains, as well as at sporting destinations far afield.

Clarke Ohrstrom

Clarke Ohrstrom

Board of Directors

Clarke Ohrstrom

Clarke Ohrstrom

Board of Directors

Clarke Ohrstrom is the founder and CEO of Finest Butcher and Primalurge Foods and the CEO of Whitewood Stable, Inc., a cattle and horse farm in The Plains, Virginia. He is also the founding Partner of Whitewood Farm Mitigation Bank, Northern Virginia’s largest wetlands and riparian credit bank. Clarke is the Co-Executive Director of The Ohrstrom Foundation, and serves on the board of the National Sporting Library and Museum in Middleburg, Virginia.

Noah Davis

Noah Davis

Communications Manager, Western Conservation

Noah Davis

Noah Davis

Communications Manager, Western Conservation

Noah Davis joined the TRCP team as Communications Manager, Western Conservation in February 2023.

The former conservation and wildlife editor for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Noah is also an active freelancer who has published work focused on hunting, fishing, and conservation in the country’s top publications for the last decade. He’s excited to share the stories that will engage hunters and anglers to fight for and conserve the animals, landscapes, and access points they hold dear.

Raised in central Pennsylvania where he learned to fly fish for native brook trout and hunt big-woods whitetails, Noah now lives in Missoula, Montana, where he chases Westslope cutthroats and mountain mule deer with his wife Nikea.

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Rob Thornberry

Rob Thornberry

Idaho Field Representative

Rob Thornberry

Rob Thornberry

Idaho Field Representative

Rob Thornberry, who joined the TRCP in February 2016 as the Idaho Field Representative, has spent his life chasing animals and fish across the West’s stunning public lands. A journalism graduate from the University of Colorado, Rob reported on outdoor issues for nearly three decades and wrote a weekly outdoor column for The Post Register in Idaho.

Public lands have been his playground since he first started chasing sage grouse across the rolling hills of northwestern Colorado. When not working to ensure sportsmen’s access to public lands, Rob can be found swinging a steelhead fly, busting through rapids, or hunting for elk in his beloved eastern Idaho. He and his wife Margaret are proud parents of two grown children.

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Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan

Director of Communications

Dan Morgan

Dan Morgan

Director of Communications

Daniel Morgan joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership as Director of Communications in May 2023.

Daniel is a life-long outdoorsman and fly-fishing enthusiast. His love for the outdoors originates from the time spent with his grandfather exploring the woods and streams of upstate NY each summer during his youth. He attended college at St. Lawrence University in Canton, NY and following graduation, Daniel pursued his passion for the outdoors professionally.

Most recently, Daniel spent five years as Vice President of Marketing at Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing, a national non-profit serving military personnel and veterans through the sport of fly fishing. During his tenure, he was responsible for the organization’s marketing, communications, and partnerships supporting over 200 program locations serving thousands of veterans in need annually.

In 2016, Daniel was selected to serve on Facebook’s prestigious U.S. Small-Medium Business Council and currently serves as a founding member of Meta’s Boost Leaders Network. He is a long-time volunteer in his community with Trout Unlimited, the Cazenovia Lake Association, and Madison County Watershed Council.

Daniel resides in upstate New York with his wife and two sons. When not at work, you can find him prowling his nearby woods and trout streams with fly-rod in hand.

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K.C. Walsh

K.C. Walsh

Board of Directors

K.C. Walsh

K.C. Walsh

Board of Directors

K.C. Walsh is a lifelong angler and was the President and majority owner of Simms Fishing Products for nearly 30 years. K.C. also serves on the boards of the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) and the Property Environmental Research Center (PERC).  He was appointed as a Commissioner to the Montana Fish & Wildlife Commission in January 2020.

K.C. and his wife live in Martinsdale, Montana.

Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson

Board of Directors

Rod Nelson

Rod Nelson

Board of Directors

Rod Nelson is a retired Schlumberger, Ltd. executive, having worked 35 years for the international company, the last 20 of which were in global roles. At Schlumberger, he was an officer of the corporation and Chairman of Schlumberger Technology Corporation, the US subsidiary.

Rod was most recently President and Managing Director of Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas, a joint venture between Schlumberger and Liquid Robotics, Inc., and was previously on the board of Vitruvian Exploration and Airswift, Inc. He is currently Chairman of Ashmin Holding, Ltd. and a board member of Premier Oilfield Group.

He enjoys most outdoor pursuits including hunting, fishing, and golfing and is passionate about expanding participation in our outdoor heritage.

Tiffany Turner

Tiffany Turner

Director of Climate Solutions

Tiffany Turner

Tiffany Turner

Director of Climate Solutions

Tiffany joined the TRCP as director of climate solutions in February 2021.

She has over 15 years of experience in environmental health, most recently at Chevron, where she had the opportunity to shape environmental and sustainability strategies and build partnerships for careful stewardship of the environment.

Originally from Kentucky, and with limited entertainment options in rural Appalachia, she quickly learned to appreciate the gift of having a national park for a backyard.

Turner holds a B.S. in Environmental Health Science from Eastern Kentucky University and an M.P.H. in Environmental Health Science from the University of Michigan. She loves hiking, kayaking, camping (just don’t ask her to build a fire), and helping her children fill up their national park passports.

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Carlina Croston

Carlina Croston

Special Projects Manager

Carlina Croston

Carlina Croston

Special Projects Manager

Carlina has worked in various facets of the non-profit industry – from healthcare to foundation work. Most recently she worked as the Development Operations Officer for a healthcare non-profit in Ohio. There she over saw the planning and execution of two large donor-focused events and lead the optimization the internal donor database.

Croston is excited to bring her project management and event planning experience to the TRCP. She looks forward to curating events that further the TRCP’s mission, to preserve our nation’s wild spaces and to preserve public access to these spaces.

Croston grew up spending her summers in Southern Ohio swimming in creeks, riding ATVs, and getting lost in the woods – pastimes she is currently passing on to her daughter. Most spring and summer days you’ll find her kayaking the Cuyahoga River or hiking in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

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Bill Demmer

Bill Demmer

Board of Directors

Bill Demmer

Bill Demmer

Board of Directors

Born and raised in Lansing, Michigan, Bill Demmer is the CEO of Demmer Corporation – a manufacturer of tools, dyes, and special machinery. Mr. Demmer graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering in 1970, and has spent his entire career with Demmer Corporation. He is also the CEO of River Caddis Development, LLC, a real estate acquisition and development firm.

Formerly the president of the Boone and Crockett Club,Bill is also heavily involved with Michigan State. Through Boone and Crockett, he began the William A. Demmer Scholars Program as a partnership between the club and the school, which encompasses a senior-level class on advocacy in natural resources and an internship in Washington, D.C. (the TRCP has been a lucky recipient of a Demmer Scholar for the past 5 years). He has also been instrumental in starting the MSU Fly Gals program, which introduced female undergrad, graduate, and PhD students to the art of fly fishing, as well as raising funds for the Demmer Shooting Sports, Education, and Training Center. Through a generous donation, Bill and his wife Linda have endowed the Chief Conservation Officer position at the TRCP.

Jen Leahy

Jen Leahy

Senior Alaska Program Manager

Jen Leahy

Jen Leahy

Senior Alaska Program Manager

Jen Leahy enjoys working collaboratively to secure durable conservation safeguards for Alaska’s finest hunting and fishing grounds. She helps shape complex land management decisions by amplifying the priorities of hunters and anglers.

Jen’s portfolio spans approximately 50 million acres of public lands and waters, from the coastal rainforest of Southeast Alaska to the Arctic tundra. She is proud to support the continuation of Alaska’s unique hunting, fishing, and trapping traditions.

Prior to joining the TRCP in January 2020, Jen served as the communications director at the Seward Chamber of Commerce, where she brought fresh perspectives to her work in sustainable tourism and rural economic development. Previously, she worked with fishing interests to reduce the bycatch of valuable species like Chinook salmon and halibut in Alaska’s federal fisheries.

Jen holds a bachelor’s degree from Washington State University with an emphasis in political science and sustainable development. She lives in Anchorage and on Prince of Wales Island.

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Alston Watt

Alston Watt

Board Chair

Alston Watt

Alston Watt

Board Chair

As Director of the Williams Family Foundation, Alston Watt leads the Board’s ambitious agenda to promote vibrant community and improve the quality of life in Thomas County, Southwest Georgia, and the State of Georgia. Her work centers on scaling the Foundation’s efforts for economic vitality in rural communities and landscapes through private public partnerships in conservation, preservation, education, and human well-being.

Alston’s background includes working in community development and health for CARE, both Haiti and Bangladesh. Alston and her husband also worked for the North Luangwa Conservation Project in Zambia, scaling health systems and economic opportunities for the Zambians living in villages on the periphery of the National Park.

She is current board chair of Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership and immediate past board chair of Archibold Medical Center, a regional medical system serving southwest Georgia and north Florida.  She also serves on the Thomasville Community Development Corporation board.

An avid outdoorswoman, she is happiest when she is hiking, fishing or hunting with her husband, Philip and their two sons. She is grateful to live in a rural community that values conservation and close relationships.  A fun fact about Alston is that she was in the first class of women at Washington and Lee University.

Brian Yablonski

Brian Yablonski

Board of Directors

Brian Yablonski

Brian Yablonski

Board of Directors

Brian Yablonski is the executive director of the Property and Environment Research Center (PERC). Previously, he was a PERC board member as well as an adjunct fellow since 2003. In his work for PERC, he has published research articles on wildlife as well as public and private land management.

Prior to PERC, he was the director of external affairs for the Gulf Power Company and the vice president of public affairs for the St. Joe Company. Early in his career, Brian served as director of policy and deputy chief of staff for Florida Governor Jeb Bush, where he helped craft the administration’s major policy initiatives, including Everglades restoration. He was policy director for Governor Bush’s successful 1998 gubernatorial campaign, and in 1996 co-authored a book with Mr. Bush, Profiles in Character. From 1989 to 1990, he worked as a personal staff assistant to President George H.W. Bush.

An avid outdoorsman, Brian splits his time between Bozeman and a cabin in Emigrant, Montana, where he enjoys hiking, hunting, fly fishing, and mountain biking.

Rees Wilson

Rees Wilson

Development Manager

Rees Wilson

Rees Wilson

Development Manager

Rees is TRCP’s Development Coordinator. She assists the development team in various fundraising efforts including individual giving, foundation grants, and the annual Capital Conservation Awards Dinner.

Prior to joining TRCP in the beginning of 2022, Rees worked in development and client services for various art institutions and nonprofits. She holds a BA in Arts Administration from the University of Virginia and an MA in Art Business from Sotheby’s Institute in London.

Rees’ passion for the outdoors led her to TRCP. In her free time, Rees enjoys skiing, playing tennis, golfing, and participating in various watersports. She has recently taken up fly fishing after fellow TRCP staff members taught her how at an all-staff retreat. She currently resides in Washington, DC.

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Joel Webster

Joel Webster

Vice President of Western Conservation

Joel Webster

Joel Webster

Vice President of Western Conservation

Joel Webster has spent the past two decades working alongside hunting and fishing groups, wildlife managers, decision makers, and agency leaders to conserve fish and wildlife habitat and enhance access for sportsmen and women.

During his time with TRCP, Webster has successfully worked to advance a wide range of federal and state policies, including those focused on wildlife migration and winter range conservation, forest management, backcountry area conservation, energy policy, special places conservation, and expanded public access.

Webster represents TRCP on the federal Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Council, where he advises the secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture on habitat and access policy. He also serves on the steering committee of American Wildlife Conservation Partners, a coalition of 50 leading hunting organizations.

Webster lives in Missoula, Mont., and earned a Master of Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. He is a passionate big game hunter, and he enjoys camping and fishing with his family.

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Christian Fauser

Christian Fauser

Western Water Policy Associate

Christian Fauser

Christian Fauser

Western Water Policy Associate

Christian Fauser joined the TRCP in July 2023 as its Western Water Policy Associate.

Christian recently graduated from Northern Arizona University with an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Within this role, Christian served as a researcher with the University’s “Free-Flowing Rivers Lab.” His research worked to inform State and Federal invasive fish management efforts on the Upper Verde River in Central Arizona; the only remaining perennial, free-flowing stretch of river in the arid State. He has spent the past two years working with a coalition of local and national NGOs, academics, and land management agencies who are seeking to secure a Wild and Scenic Rivers Act designation for the river. An early career water policy and conservation professional, Christian has worked on a wide-array of projects focused on conserving rivers and aquatic species through for the benefit of present and future generations in the Southwestern United States. Upon graduation, Christian received a River Studies & Leadership Certificate from the River Management Society.

Prior to moving to Arizona, Christian completed his B.S. in Resource Conservation and Climate Change Studies at the University of Montana. During his time in Missoula, Christian developed a passion for water policy and conservation through his coursework and volunteer roles with local water conservation and educational organizations. During this time, Christian also served as a representative to the Montana Governor’s Climate Council in supporting the state’s mission to adequately prepare communities for the impact of climate change on water availability. Last he gained valuable experience through his research which identified what aspects of water adjudications could help water users in the state secure adequate water supplies into the future. During his final year in Missoula, Christian was selected into the William A. Demmer Scholars Program which provides individuals with experience in policy making on a national level related to natural resources and conservation.

When not hard at work, you will likely find Christian biking, foraging, boating, and fishing in the diverse and beautiful ecosystems that makeup the state of Arizona. Christian resides in Tucson, Arizona.

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Ian Nakayama

Ian Nakayama

Government Relations Manager

Ian Nakayama

Ian Nakayama

Government Relations Manager

Ian Nakayama joined the TRCP in June 2021 as its government relations associate.

He has worked in legislative offices since 2019, previously as an intern in Congresswoman Jennifer Wexton’s office, and for Delegate Paul Krizek in the Virginia General Assembly.

A native Virginian, Nakayama studied Physics at the University of Virginia. He grew up fishing with his family and enjoys running, backpacking, and golfing in his free time.

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Zach Bodhane

Zach Bodhane

Director of Government Relations

Zach Bodhane

Zach Bodhane

Director of Government Relations

Zach joined TRCP as the director of government relations in July 2023. 

Prior to joining TRCP, he spent nearly three years as the policy director for the Western Landowners Alliance. In this role, he led WLA’s government relations, policy development and advocacy work spanning a range of public and working lands conservation issues. Before that, Bodhane spent six years as the policy advisor for conservation and wildlife at the Western Governors’ Association. At WGA, he led broad stakeholder initiatives aimed at developing common ground solutions through the WGA Species Conservation and ESA Initiative and the WGA Working Lands Roundtable. 

Bodhane holds a B.S. in Natural Resources Management with a double minor in Fishery Biology and Watershed Science from Colorado State University. 

Originally from Colorado, Zach now lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, son and dog. Despite missing the West, he enjoys the opportunity to get out of the city to mountain bike, hike and fish.

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Chris Macaluso

Chris Macaluso

Director, Center for Marine Fisheries

Chris Macaluso

Chris Macaluso

Director, Center for Marine Fisheries

Chris Macaluso is the Center for Marine Fisheries Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. He works with a host of advocacy and conservation organizations to advance habitat restoration efforts across the Gulf and improve federal fisheries management law and policy.

Macaluso is an avid angler and duck hunter and a lifelong Louisiana resident who has worked in the outdoors communication field for more than 20 years, hosting hunting and fishing radio shows and working as a freelance outdoor and sports writer, radio and TV host. He became the first-ever communications director for the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority in 2006 and handled media relations for the Authority during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill.

He left state-government in late 2010 to work as the Coastal Outreach Coordinator for the non-profit Louisiana Wildlife Federation helping to start the Vanishing Paradise Campaign that worked with outdoorsmen and the hunting and fishing industry to pass the RESTORE Act in 2012 before taking his current role at TRCP in 2013.

He and his wife Katie have a young son and daughter who both enjoy spending time in the swamps and marshes of Louisiana and the beaches along the Gulf Coast.

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Sam Kasner

Sam Kasner

Development and Events Manager

Sam Kasner

Sam Kasner

Development and Events Manager

Sam Kasner joined the TRCP as its development and events manager in March 2022.

Prior to working with the TRCP, Sam worked as an events coordinator for the World Wildlife Fund, where she managed donor events across the country. Sam earned her MBA at the University of Mary Washington while working as a graduate assistant for new student orientation. She also earned her BS in Psychology from UMW.

Born in New York City, Sam grew up in Northern Virginia playing soccer, reading, hiking, and camping. Sam currently resides in DC and can be found at various sporting events, trying different restaurants, or on long walks with her dog, Kanto.

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Alexandra Kozak

Alexandra Kozak

Pennsylvania Field Manager

Alexandra Kozak

Alexandra Kozak

Pennsylvania Field Manager

Alexandra Kozak joined the TRCP in October 2021 as its Pennsylvania field manager.

Alex was most recently a government relations and grant writing consultant with Aspire Grant & Development LLC, working on a variety of clients’ funding needs. She has over 14 years of experience in public policy and political outreach. Previously, Alex served as manager of government and community relations in Duquesne University’s Office of Community Engagement. As district director for former Congressman Keith Rothfus, she oversaw the Representative’s Western Pennsylvania operations. Prior to joining Rothfus’ staff, she lobbied on local, state, and federal issues in Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney’s Pittsburgh office. Alex also worked for the former Secretary of Health and Human Services, Dr. Tom Price, as his legislative director while he was vice chair of the House Budget Committee and a member of the House Ways and Means and Education and Workforce committees. Prior to that, Alex was finance and budget director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, where she was responsible for the committee’s quarterly reporting to the Federal Election Commission. Off Capitol Hill, she has also worked for The Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Alex earned her B.S. from Saint Vincent College and her M.S. from California University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a Certificate of Study in British Politics from the University of Cambridge. Alex has participated in congressional fellowships with the Cato Institute, Foreign Policy Initiative, and Partnership for a Secure America. In 2018, Alex was named one of The Incline’s Who’s Next in Politics and a finalist for Junior Achievement’s Inspiring Success Non-Profit Award.

Alex resides in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, Pa., with her husband and son.

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Mark Ray

Mark Ray

Board of Directors

Mark Ray

Mark Ray

Board of Directors

Mark W. Ray is a native Texan, and grew up in the coastal city of Corpus Christi, Texas. He attended Southwest Texas State University (Texas State University) on a golf scholarship, ultimately graduating with a BBA in Marketing. Mark then began a successful career in the Property and Casualty Insurance business, specializing in blowout insurance for the oil and gas exploration industry. Having served on numerous in-surance company advisory councils and boards during his career, he was ultimately elected Chairman of the Board of the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas, the largest professional agent’s association in the nation. After merging with Higginbotham Insurance in 2020, Mark is still active in advising his clients on risk management issues.

A lifelong, avid outdoorsman, Mark began volunteering at the local level of the Gulf Coast Conservation As-sociation in 1986, serving as Chapter President from 1995 to 1997. During this time, Mark was appointed to the Management Committee of GCCA Texas, which ultimately became the Coastal Conservation Associa-tion, Texas. In 2007, Mark was elected Chairman of the Board of CCA Texas, a role in which he served until April of 2022. In June of 2022, Mark was elected Chairman of CCA National.

In addition to his CCA affiliation, Mark serves as Chairman of the Center for Sportfish Science and Conser-vation which is an entity housed in the Texas A&M University System, serves as Board of Director member of the Center for Sportfish Policy, Trustee of the Texas Foundation for Conservation and Board member of Building Conservation Trust (the national habitat initiative of CCA). Previously, Mark has served on the South Texas Advisory Council of National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, and The Texas Advisory Board of The Nature Conservancy. He is a Life Member of CCA, Texas Wildlife Association, Ducks Unlimited and the International Game Fish Association. In 2018, Mark was honored to receive the prestigious Harvey Weil Sportsman Conservationist of the Year award.

Alex Aguirre

Alex Aguirre

Wyoming Community Partnerships Coordinator

Alex Aguirre

Alex Aguirre

Wyoming Community Partnerships Coordinator

Alex Aguirre joined the TRCP as the Wyoming Community Partnerships Coordinator in May of 2023.

Prior to joining the TRCP, Alex directed Dano Youth Camp, a nonprofit located in Park County, Wyoming whose mission is to develop young leaders by taking youth on extended backpacking trips. His duties included participant recruitment, staff hiring, public outreach, fundraising, and leading trips. Alex graduated from the University of Wyoming with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management in May of 2020.

Growing up in northwest Wyoming, Alex was introduced to spending time outdoors from a young age, and his appreciation for wildlife and nature only grew. He spends his free time outside and enjoys many activities including skiing, fishing, hunting, and camping. Bowhunting is his passion, and he especially enjoys accompanying family and friends on their own hunts. High country mule deer have his heart, but he still believes archery elk hunting is hard to beat. Alex resides in Powell, Wyoming with his dog, Mitty, who accompanies him on his many adventures.

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Alex Funk

Alex Funk

Director of Water Resources and Senior Counsel

Alex Funk

Alex Funk

Director of Water Resources and Senior Counsel

Alex Funk joined the TRCP in August 2021 as its director of water resources and senior counsel.

In his role with the TRCP, Funk focuses on water policy and strategy. Funk previously served as the Agricultural and Rural Resiliency Policy Specialist at the Colorado Water Conservation Board, where he acted as the agency’s liaison to agricultural stakeholders on federal and state water policy issues. In this role, he also assisted with the implementation of the Colorado Water Plan and represented CWCB in multiple venues, including Colorado’s Natural Working Lands Task Force and the Colorado River Basin Salinity Forum. Previously, Funk was the Western policy director for the National Young Farmers Coalition, focusing on Farm Bill policy, and a fellow with American Rivers.

Funk earned his Juris Doctorate from Vermont Law School and his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy and Planning from Virginia Tech. He serves on the South Platte Forum Board and the Colorado State University Food-Energy-Water Graduate Program external advisory board. He lives in Denver, Colo., with his family and can frequently be found mountain biking, backpacking, climbing fourteeners, and paddling his kayak around the West.

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Nick Wiley

Nick Wiley

Board of Directors

Nick Wiley

Nick Wiley

Board of Directors

Nick serves as Chief Operating Officer for Ducks Unlimited, Inc., headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee. His participation on the TRCP board serves to further galvanize a long-standing, strong, and productive partnership between DU and TRCP. Prior to his work at DU, Nick served in several roles over a 30-year career with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission including eight years as the agency’s Executive Director. He is a past president for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies; a fellow of and board member for the National Conservation Leadership Institute; professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club; and board member for the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. Nick is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with a Bachelor of Science Degree in biology from Georgia Southern University and a Master of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Auburn University, and he serves on advisory committees for wildlife/biology/science programs at both Universities. He enjoys hunting, fishing, hiking, camping, and boating with family and friends.

Emily Forkey

Emily Forkey

Digital Coordinator

Emily Forkey

Emily Forkey

Digital Coordinator

Emily Forkey joined TRCP as Digital Coordinator in February of 2024. After graduating from Niagara University with a BS in Marketing + Communication Studies, she moved from her hometown in Buffalo, NY to Northern Virginia to pursue her digital marketing career.

Emily has always been a nature lover who is passionate about sustainability and conservation. She spent her childhood outside fishing with her family, boating and camping.

In her free time, you can find her in nature, hiking and camping in beautiful places. She currently resides in Herndon, VA with her two cats, Rootie and Frankie.

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Christy Plumer

Christy Plumer

Bill & Linda Demmer Chief Conservation Officer

Christy Plumer

Christy Plumer

Bill & Linda Demmer Chief Conservation Officer

Christy Plumer joined the TRCP as the chief conservation officer in September 2016.

Previously, she spent a year working to advance solar and renewable energy policy with SolarCity as their northeast campaign director. As director of federal land programs at The Nature Conservancy, Plumer lobbied for improving conservation funding levels through the federal appropriations process, enhancing natural resources policy, and creating proactive solutions for fish and wildlife habitat conservation. She also spent two years as director of government relations for The Conservation Fund and seven years on Capitol Hill working for moderate Republicans, including Sen. John Chafee and Sen. Bob Smith. Plumer also served as staff director for the Senate Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water under then-chairman Sen. Lincoln Chafee.

She holds a B.A. in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. in Environmental Studies from Brown University. She loves to flyfish, kayak, hike, and photograph beautiful spots in the great American outdoors.​

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Greg Booth

Greg Booth

Controller

Greg Booth

Greg Booth

Controller

Greg Booth joined the TRCP team as Controller in May 2023.

After receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Administration from California State University, Fullerton, Greg began his career with Ernst & Young in southern California where he became a licensed CPA. It was after relocating to Missouri that his interest of flyfishing and turkey hunting was born and has since flourished. It was not until Greg took a position at the world headquarters of an international church that he found his nonprofit calling. After 22 years, he continues to uphold the fiduciary obligation of all nonprofits to be good stewards over the resources entrusted to them to support the organization’s mission.

Greg spent the last five years as the Director of Finance and Administration at the national headquarters Camp Fire, one of the oldest youth development organizations in the country. It was during that time that he saw the critical importance of an affirming organizational culture and actively upholding values that recognize and appreciate the worth of all persons, not just for the work they perform but for the people they are.

Having been privileged to have parents who provided outdoor opportunities whether in the woods, on the water, or in the desert, Greg has come to appreciate the opportunity to enjoy the beautiful environment in which we live. He also recognizes the responsibility to protect that environment and those opportunities for future generations. When not playing with spreadsheets, hunting or fishing, Greg spends his free time cycling or sailing. He and his wife enjoy their two dogs and their growing family, which now includes two grandchildren.

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Jagger Jones

Jagger Jones

Demmer Scholar

Jagger Jones

Jagger Jones

Demmer Scholar

Jagger is an upcoming senior at the University of Mississippi where he is studying Political Science and Rhetoric. He is from Mississippi and will be spending the summer in Washington D.C. where he is a part of the Demmers Scholars Program. When Jagger is not working or studying, he enjoys spending time with family, spending time outdoors, bass fishing, and turkey hunting.

Lynn Gill

Lynn Gill

Director of Operations and People

Lynn Gill

Lynn Gill

Director of Operations and People

Lynn Gill joined the TRCP as its director of operations and people in June 2022.

Gill has over twenty years of experience in human resources and operations, including 11 years in nonprofit Human Resources.  Most recently she was the Director of Human Resources at Jefferson Consulting Group, a K street professional services firm.  At TRCP, Gill oversees all human resources and office operations.

Originally from Latrobe, Pennsylvania, she grew up spending time at her family cabin on the banks of the South Branch of the Tionesta Creek in Warren County.  Some of her fondest memories are her father teaching her how to fish, shoot, and helping him paint and tie the lead jigs he poured.  Hiking, boating on the Alleghany reservoir, and tubing on the creek were all popular pastimes.

Gill graduated with her bachelor’s degree from The American University in Washington, DC and holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification.  She currently resides in DC with her husband Hal and spends her free time reading and tending to her herb garden.

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Terry Hamby

Terry Hamby

Board of Directors

Terry Hamby

Terry Hamby

Board of Directors

Early on, Terry Hamby developed a keen interest in conservation and the preservation of public lands as he grew up enjoying hunting and fishing in the bio-diverse regions of Western Kentucky. His experience on public lands and reclaimed strip mines fostered a keen interested in accessibility and the management of public lands, as well as conserving our resources for future generations’ enjoyment. Terry is an advocate for sustainable land management practices through the utilization of cover crops, adaptive grazing, compost, no- till, and soil health improvement practices.

Terry is a fifth-generation soldier, a Vietnam veteran, and retired from the U.S. Army Reserves. After his retirement for military service, he founded a company providing complex logistic and support services to the U.S. Armed Forces.

Terry is a long-time member and supporter of the TRCP and its partners, Ducks Unlimited, National Wild Turkey Federation, and Quality Deer Management Association.

Aaron Field

Aaron Field

Director of Private Lands Conservation

Aaron Field

Aaron Field

Director of Private Lands Conservation

Aaron Field joined the TRCP as director of private lands conservation in June of 2022.

Previously, Aaron worked with North Dakota State University Extension and the North Dakota State Soil Conservation Committee as a leadership development specialist focusing on Soil Conservation District supervisors and staff. Aaron also spent four years as an assistant professor in the Agriculture and Rangeland Management program at Chadron State College in western Nebraska, where he taught courses in rangeland ecology and management.

Aaron earned his PhD in range science and an MS in natural resources management from North Dakota State University. His research there focused on monitoring changes in rangeland plant communities under different combinations of livestock and wildlife grazing. He also holds a BS in biology from the University of Jamestown.

Aaron resides in western Minnesota, where he enjoys fishing and hunting, especially for upland birds and waterfowl with his American Water Spaniels.

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Meredith Keyse

Meredith Keyse

Chief Development Officer

Meredith Keyse

Meredith Keyse

Chief Development Officer

Meredith joined TRCP in November 2023 as the Chief Development Officer, where she works to build meaningful philanthropic partnerships that advance TRCP’s mission. Previously, she served in leadership fundraising roles at Trout Unlimited, NPR and other cultural organizations in Washington, D.C.

Meredith holds two bachelor’s degrees from Emory & Henry College and a master’s in nonprofit management from Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs.

Meredith spent her childhood recreating in and around the Great Lakes and continues to find great happiness and solace while outside in our shared wild spaces. Away from the office, Meredith and her husband, Jason, can be found hiking, biking, running, paddling, and adventuring the world in search of delicious food and beautiful scenery. Meredith also shares her life (and couch) with two rescue dogs, Ceci and Ruby.

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Tod Sedgwick

Tod Sedgwick

Board of Directors

Tod Sedgwick

Tod Sedgwick

Board of Directors

After graduating with Honors from Harvard College, Tod Sedgwick became a journalist, publisher, entrepreneur, Ambassador, and has been active in the nonprofit sector. As U.S. Ambassador to the Slovak Republic, Tod brought the bilateral relationship to the highest levels. Prior to his appointment as Ambassador, he was the President & CEO of Sedgwick Publishing Company, as well as the founder of both IO Energy, LLC and Pasha Publications. Tod also served as Director of the Sedgwick Land Company and the President & CEO of Red Hills Lumber Company.
Tod is also involved with the Winous Point Conservancy, which preserves wetlands habitat on the Lake Erie marshes, and Tall Timbers in north Florida, which he works with to preserve the quail and turkey habitat at Mill Pond Plantation in Thomasville, GA.

Jamelle Ellis

Jamelle Ellis

Senior Scientist

Jamelle Ellis

Jamelle Ellis

Senior Scientist

Jamelle Ellis joined the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership in 2022.

Jamelle spent the last three years as an environmental sustainability consultant specializing in developing mitigation strategies and environmental science research models for public and private organizations. She has more than 20 years of research experience focused on environmental contaminant delineation, exposures, and human health impacts. Jamelle has a broad range of experience in the environmental field, with engineering and science roles in academia, private, and public sectors. She has served as the technical liaison for remediation of hazardous waste at DOD sites and has extensive knowledge of federal environmental regulations including RCRA, CWA, NEPA, and MSFCMA.  She has also served as the principal investigator on a National Institutes of Health grant to establish and evaluate baseline health assessments related to environmental exposures associated with port expansion.

Jamelle earned her M.S. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University where she studied spectral evaluation of petroleum products in-ground at a DOE Site. She earned her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from the University of South Carolina where she studied exposures to methylmercury through fishing and fish consumption patterns.

She is a native of Charleston, SC and enjoys bicycling, water sports, gardening, and going on new adventures with her family.

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Carl Erquiaga

Carl Erquiaga

Nevada Field Representative

Carl Erquiaga

Carl Erquiaga

Nevada Field Representative

Carl Erquiaga is a native Nevadan with a passion for hunting, fishing, wildlife, and spending time in the outdoors. Born and raised on the family farm, Erquiaga says his first memory of participating in practical wildlife management was protecting pheasant nests in the hay fields as a young boy.

Erquiaga enjoys upland bird hunting and the occasional fishing trip, but his real love is big-game hunting. In the fall, he can be found in the arid mountains and deserts of Nevada in pursuit of mule deer, pronghorns, or bighorn sheep—a lifelong devotion. He has served for nearly three decades on the board of directors for the Fallon Chapter of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited, where he assists in trapping, transporting, and releasing wild sheep. He has also helped construct water developments all over Nevada.

Erquiaga is excited to play an even more active role in the wildlife and habitat conservation arena with the TRCP. Having served as an elected county commissioner, Erquiaga brings a unique perspective and deep understanding of local government priorities in relation to state and federal agencies, public lands management, and the on-the-ground economic benefits of hunting and fishing in Nevada communities. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Nevada-Reno and lives in Fallon, Nevada, with his wife, Lisa. They have three grown children who were raised with the same love of the outdoors.

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Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins

Board of Directors

Simon Perkins

Simon Perkins

Board of Directors

Simon Perkins is President of Orvis and is the third generation of the Perkins family to lead the company since 1856. He joined Orvis in 2012 and has filled leadership roles across merchandising, adventures, and brand marketing teams, serving as vice president of brand marketing, and chief operating officer overseeing the execution of the company’s long-term strategic planning.

Before joining Orvis, Simon spent 11 years as an upland hunting and fly fishing guide in Montana, sharing his love of the outdoors, fishing, and hunting with clients. In his time at Orvis, he has championed projects aimed at diversifying the sport of fly fishing, such as the 50/50 On the Water initiative and the Breaking Barriers Award, which highlights individuals broadening the fly fishing audience.

Jaclyn Higgins

Jaclyn Higgins

Forage Fish Manager

Jaclyn Higgins

Jaclyn Higgins

Forage Fish Manager

Jaclyn Higgins joined the TRCP in September 2021 as its forage fish associate. She became forage fish program manager in January 2023.

Jaclyn’s work focuses on menhaden conservation in the Gulf and Atlantic, as well as on federal forage fish management issues and Atlantic herring advocacy. Her primary efforts involve working with national and local partners to create science-based solutions to forage fish management, in order to enhance the health of sportfish populations. Originally from Missouri, Jaclyn earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and marine science from the University of Alabama. She later became a scuba diving instructor in Panama and managed a diving company while working on coral reef conservation and community outreach initiatives. Jaclyn received her Master’s in Marine Conservation from the University of Oviedo in Spain, where she worked on state-level policy for the Asturian algae fishery. In her free time, Jaclyn enjoys scuba diving, water sports, hiking, and spending time with friends and family.

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Elle Benson

Elle Benson

Rio Grande Program Manager

Elle Benson

Elle Benson

Rio Grande Program Manager

Elle Benson joined the TRCP as a contractor in July 2022 and became the full-time Southwestern water program coordinator in January 2023. She works on water policy in New Mexico, with an emphasis on the Rio Grande, Gila, and San Juan rivers.

Before serving in this role, Elle was a legislative correspondent for Senator Ben Ray Luján, working on the environment and natural resources portfolio. In this position, she facilitated stakeholder relationship building, recommended legislative action, participated in drafting legislation, and managed a constituent outreach portfolio.

Previously, Elle conducted her master’s thesis in Gila, New Mexico, working with irrigators to identify various policy priorities related to drought mitigation and response. In graduate school, she held internships in Xochitil Torres Small’s congressional office and at Lawrence Berkeley National Labs, where she did research on global desalination policies.

Born and raised in southwestern New Mexico, Elle developed an early relationship with the outdoors by horseback riding through the Gila. In her free time, she can be found hiking, backpacking, and taking her dog on strolls near the bosque.

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Steven Rinella

Steven Rinella

Board of Directors

Steven Rinella

Steven Rinella

Board of Directors

Steve Rinella is the host of the Netflix Original series MeatEater and The MeatEater Podcast. He’s also the author of six books dealing with wildlife, hunting, fishing, and wild game cooking, including the bestselling MeatEater Fish and Game Cookbook: Recipes and Techniques for Every Hunter and Angler.

Less concerned with trophies and killshots, Steve’s work largely focuses on the culture, process, and history of hunting and game animals. Most importantly, he is known for his efforts to convey the value of hunting to a general audience and for his efforts to promote the work of conservation organizations and the preservation of public land.

Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook

Vice Chair

Matthew Cook

Matthew Cook

Vice Chair

As the CEO of LBP Manufacturing, Matt Cook brings more than 20 years of global foodservice industry expertise to the company. He leads LBP with a wealth of industry knowledge and a collaborative leadership style. LBP continues to spearhead revolutionary, sustainable packaging concepts in markets where their customers operate, and Matt unlocks opportunities to fuel strategic growth.

I Ling Thompson

I Ling Thompson

Board of Directors

I Ling Thompson

I Ling Thompson

Board of Directors

I Ling Thompson is the inaugural CEO of the Foundation for America’s Public Lands, the Congressionally chartered charitable partner for the Bureau of Land Management. I Ling has dedicated her career to fostering people’s love, connection and stewardship of the outdoors, having spent the last 20+ years in leadership roles with Trust for Public Land, The Nature Conservancy, and the Outdoor Industry Association.

I Ling has long believed in the power of America’s public lands to unite, benefit and transform people. She’s a mountain biker, hiker, whitewater SUPer, skier and novice fly fisher. She makes it a regular practice to explore outdoor places she’s never been with her husband, two dogs and gear in tow. She lives in Grand Junction with her husband, an avid hunter and angler, and their two dogs.

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Board of Directors

Aileen Lee

Aileen Lee

Board of Directors

Aileen Lee is the Chief Program Officer leading the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation’s Environmental Conservation Program.

Prior to joining the foundation, Aileen was an associate principal at McKinsey & Company. She currently serves on the boards of the Windward Fund and the Climate and Land Use Alliance. She has previously served as chair of the board of the Environmental Grantmakers Association and treasurer of the Western Conservation Foundation. Aileen also volunteers in her hometown of Los Altos Hills as co-chair of the Environmental Initiatives Committee.

Chris Metz

Chris Metz

Board of Directors

Chris Metz

Chris Metz

Board of Directors

Chris Metz is the President and CEO of Solo Brands, a collection of adventurous lifestyle brands built around creating and enhancing great moments and greater memories.  Prior to his time with Solo Brands, Chris served as president and CEO of outdoor sports and recreation products manufacturers Vista Outdoor Inc. and Arctic Cat Inc. He also currently serves on the board of Central Garden & Pet Company, a producer and distributor of lawn, garden, and pet supplies. Chris graduated from the University of Delaware with a BS in Business Administration and Management and from the University of North Carolina with a Master of Business Administration. He is an avid angler, hunter, cyclist, and skier.

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

Board of Directors

Joe Anderson

Joe Anderson

Board of Directors

Joe Anderson is the Chairman and CEO of Tag Holdings, LLC, which has owned several manufacturing companies in North America and Asia. These businesses have served a variety of industries including automotive, heavy equipment, aerospace, and defense.  

A graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, Joe and the infantry platoon he commanded in Vietnam were subjects of the highly acclaimed documentary film “The Anderson Platoon” which has won several awards to include the Oscar of the Academy Awards and an Emmy. Mr. Anderson’s military awards include two silver stars, five bronze stars, three Army Commendation Medals and eleven Air Medals.  

 Joe also serves on boards of several public and private companies. He is a past chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago-Detroit Branch as well as a past chairman of the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council. 

Joe started fishing as a child with his dad in Topeka, Kansas. They raised English Pointers and hunted pheasant and quail throughout the state. He currently lives in Michigan and continues as an avid wing shooter hunting birds throughout the United States and Canada. He also fishes for salmon and halibut in Alaska.   

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Treasurer

Sanjay Patel

Sanjay Patel

Treasurer

Sanjay Patel is chairman international and senior partner of Private Equity at Apollo Management. He was formerly managing partner of Apollo European Principal Finance based in London. He joined Apollo Management in 2010 as head of International Private Equity. He is a member of the firm’s management and investment committees.

Sanjay was previously a partner at Goldman, Sachs & Co. and was co-head of European and Indian Private Equity for the Principal Investment Area. He was a member of the Goldman Sachs Partnership Committee and a member of the Investment Committee of the Goldman Sachs Foundation.

Madeleine West

Madeleine West

Director, Center for Public Lands

Madeleine West

Madeleine West

Director, Center for Public Lands

Madeleine West joined the TRCP in January 2019.

Previously, West served as assistant director for parks, wildlife, and lands at the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. In this capacity, she developed state-level policy primarily related to wildlife, outdoor recreation, state lands, and forestry issues. She also led DNR’s engagement in federal policies related to sage grouse and mitigation. She had been with the agency since 2013.

West has also served as wildlife program director at the Western Governors’ Association, lobbied in the Colorado State legislature, consulted as a mediator/facilitator in Washington, D.C., and liaised with Congress while with the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Oceans, Environment, and Science.

West holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Colorado Denver’s School of Public Affairs and a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental and natural resource policy from Bates College. She resides in Denver, Colorado and enjoys spending time outside with her family.

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Scott Laird

Scott Laird

Montana Field Representative

Scott Laird

Scott Laird

Montana Field Representative

Scott Laird joined the TRCP as Montana Field Representative in February 2016 after working for more than 25 years in natural resource conservation work across the West.

Scott earned a master’s degree in Veterinary Parasitology from Oklahoma State University and started his natural resource work as a conservation officer for the state of New Mexico. He then joined the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation where he worked for the next 14 years in several different conservation roles, most recently as director of private land stewardship. Scott also spent several years with the American Prairie Reserve as director of land acquisition.

Based out of the TRCP’s new office in Missoula, Mont., Scott works on behalf of sportsmen and women to protect the wildlife resources that we all love. He enjoys hunting and fishing in and around his home in Lolo, Mont., and spending time outdoors with his two children, Ali and Simms.

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John Redpath

John Redpath

Board of Directors

John Redpath

John Redpath

Board of Directors

John Redpath is the Chief Executive Officer of TrailStone, LLC, a global energy merchant focused on trading and providing risk management services to wind and solar asset owners. TrailStone employs 130 staff with offices in Austin, New York, London, and Berlin. The company trades physical and financial energy products in all major markets, and currently manages over 5 gigawatts of renewable power generation on electricity grids in Germany, Italy, France, Belgium, Spain, and the United States.

Prior to founding TrailStone with four partners in 2013, Joh had a 20-year career on Wall Street as a commodity trader and trading manager, with particular focus on energy and agricultural markets.

John currently serves as a director to a number of small GreenTech start-up ventures and is also on the board of Trout Unlimited’s Clearwater Conservation Fund.

Ryan Lockwood

Ryan Lockwood

Marine Fisheries Communications Manager

Ryan Lockwood

Ryan Lockwood

Marine Fisheries Communications Manager

Ryan Lockwood joined the TRCP as its marine fisheries communications manager in April 2023. He oversees communications and public relations for campaigns centered on marine fisheries conservation, the Florida Everglades, and aquatic invasive species.

His prior background blends communications expertise with a passion for natural resources conservation. He dedicated 10 years to managing communications, wildfire information, and public relations for a state forestry agency, and prior to that served as an editor and digital communications professional in the private sector. Holding degrees in both environmental science and technical journalism, Lockwood also has garnered experience working in the environmental science, wildlife management, and ecological research arenas.

Always eager to convey the importance of scientific research, he has published works related to watershed health, wildlife ecology, and the calibration of NASA satellite imagery. On the other end of the writing spectrum, his innate drive as a storyteller has resulted in authoring two published ocean-thriller novels.

Lockwood is a lifelong sportsman. He grew up hunting elk and pheasants in Colorado, and now stalks invasive wild boars and tries (but often fails) to land slot redfish and spotted seatrout in the inshore waters near his home in coastal Florida. He enjoys scuba diving and surfing, and prefers to spend his weekends outside with his wife and two kids.

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Jamie Baker

Jamie Baker

Board Secretary

Jamie Baker

Jamie Baker

Board Secretary

Jamie Baker is a partner in the Washington office of Baker Botts, LLP, where he is Co-Chair of the firm’s Global Projects Department and serves as its International Partner, with responsibility for the development and coordination of their international practice across its foreign offices. Additionally, he sits on the firm’s ten-member executive committee. From 1982 to 1985, prior to joining Baker Botts, Jamie served as counsel to the U.S. Senate Majority Leader.

James Wicks

James Wicks

Digital Marketing Manager

James Wicks

James Wicks

Digital Marketing Manager

James Wicks joined the TRCP team as Digital Marketing Manager in May 2023.

Formerly the Digital Media Specialist for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, James worked in still image, video production and digital media marketing. James is also a freelance photographer who’s been published in some of the country’s leading hunting and fly fishing publications. He studied Media Arts at the University of Montana.

A lifelong outdoorsman, James firmly believes in the mission of the TRCP and hopes to highlight the stories of conservation work, policy and the individuals who work to ensure the future of hunting and fishing. James Lives with his wife Susanna and son Jackson in Missoula, MT. On the weekends they spend time outdoors, rafting, hiking, skiing, hunting and fishing.

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Kendra Davis

Kendra Davis

Director of Foundation Relations

Kendra Davis

Kendra Davis

Director of Foundation Relations

Kendra Davis joined the TRCP in January 2012. She has an undergraduate degree in Sociology and Anthropology from Middlebury College. Before joining the TRCP, Kendra worked in development for Trout Unlimited. Her affinity for the outdoors stems from a childhood spent camping and skiing in the Adirondacks. Outside of work, Kendra enjoys singing in an a cappella group and exploring the mountains and coast of Maine with her family.

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David Pelikan

David Pelikan

Climate Solutions Coordinator

David Pelikan

David Pelikan

Climate Solutions Coordinator

David Pelikan is the Climate Solutions Coordinator at the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. In this role, he focuses on advancing nature-based approaches to climate challenges, engaging partners and members in initiatives that champion climate mitigation, adaptation, and resilience.

Before joining TRCP in October 2023, David worked as a policy associate and lobbyist with Conservation Minnesota, a state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters. In Minnesota, he helped advocate for constitutionally dedicated conservation funding, Tribal-led elk reintroduction, lead service line replacement, carbon-free energy standards, PFAS prevention, and more.

David earned his bachelor’s degree in political science and environmental studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison before completing a master’s in sustainable development at the University of St Andrews. While studying, David took on internships with pro-environment campaigns, nonprofits, and elected officials – including Conservation South Africa, former Wisconsin Secretary of State Doug La Follette, Kohl for Congress, Kaul for Attorney General, and others.

Born and raised in Wisconsin, David’s passion for conservation grew on the shores of Lake Michigan, the hills of the Kettle Moraine, and the islands of the Apostles. Now based in Washington, D.C., he’s taking the time to explore the public lands and waters of the DMV.

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Josh Metten

Josh Metten

Wyoming Field Manager

Josh Metten

Josh Metten

Wyoming Field Manager

Josh joined the TRCP as its Wyoming community partnerships coordinator in November 2021. He became Wyoming field manager in February 2023.

Prior to joining the TRCP, Josh worked as a Professional Naturalist in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem for over a decade, seeking to instill a conservation ethos in visitors from all over the world. With a background in Natural Resources Management from Colorado State University, Josh is also an avid photographer and film producer, including the recent conservation film Denizens of the Steep.

When not working with diverse stakeholders to ensure a future for Wyoming’s wildlife, Josh enjoys pursuing high country mule deer and elk, fly fishing, whitewater rafting, backpacking, backcountry skiing, and many of the other outdoor activities that make Wyoming special. Josh and his lab mutt Ollie live in Cody, Wyoming.

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CHEERS TO CONSERVATION

Theodore Roosevelt’s experiences hunting and fishing certainly fueled his passion for conservation, but it seems that a passion for coffee may have powered his mornings. In fact, Roosevelt’s son once said that his father’s coffee cup was “more in the nature of a bathtub.” TRCP has partnered with Afuera Coffee Co. to bring together his two loves: a strong morning brew and a dedication to conservation. With your purchase, you’ll not only enjoy waking up to the rich aroma of this bolder roast—you’ll be supporting the important work of preserving hunting and fishing opportunities for all.

$4 from each bag is donated to the TRCP, to help continue their efforts of safeguarding critical habitats, productive hunting grounds, and favorite fishing holes for future generations.

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