Rick is a professional wildlife biologist with a BS in Wildlife Science from Utah State University and an Associate degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Technology from the State University of New York. Formerly the wildlife manager at Deseret Western Ranches, he is now a private consultant (Basin Wildlife Consulting) leading the Wildlife and Range Programs for the Western Landowners Alliance. Board and other affiliations include the BLM National Wild Horse and Burro Advisory Committee, the Utah Wildlife Board, the Cooperative Wildlife Management Unit Association, the Utah Foundation for Quality Resource Management, the Wildlife Society, the Society for Range Management, the Quivira Coalition, and the Center for Holistic Resource Management.
Avery is Executive Director of the Quivira Coalition. Avery has a BA in Geoarchaeology from Hamilton College (2003) in Clinton, NY, and a Master’s of Environmental Management (MEM) from the Yale University School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (2008) in New Haven, CT. She served as Quivira’s New Agrarian Program Director from 2008 to 2012, and has now transitioned into the role of Executive Director for the organization. Avery is a graduate of Dave Rosgen’s Level I Fluvial Geomorphology class. She is also Wyss Conservation Scholar, an Audubon TogetherGreen Fellow and a recipient of the 2011 New Mexico Business Weekly’s “40 Under 40” Award. She serves on the Board of the National Young Farmers’ Coalition.
Robin Knox most recently served as the Coordinator for the Western Native Trout Initiative, one of the original five National Fish Habitat Partnerships. He had been with the Initiative from its official start in July 2006. Robin left the then Colorado Division of Wildlife to assume the WNTI position after 27 years as a fishery biologist and most recently as the assistant chief of fisheries for Colorado sportfish programs. From 1974 to 1979, he was the watershed habitat specialist for the Indiana Division of Wildlife. Robin has been actively involved with the sport-fishing industry for over 15 years. He serves on the government affairs committee of both the American Sport-fishing Association and the American Fly Fishing Trades Association, which are the fishing tackle manufacturers trade associations. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in zoology from the University of Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Fishery Science from the University of Missouri. He lives in the foothills of Colorado west of Denver with his wife Laurel, and loves to fish from his Hobie kayak.
Monique is Executive Director of the Chama Peak Land Alliance. Monique began her career as a field ornithologist and then moved into the non-profit world and found she had a proclivity for building small organizations from the ground up. Bringing individuals of differing perspectives together to find common ground has been at the heart of many of the conservation projects she has catalyzed across the West. Monique has worked in both the Southern and Northern Rockies on wildlife and private lands conservation. Monique was instrumental in working with the Chama Peak Land Alliance since its inception to develop and finalize a charter, mission statement, board of directors, and program and budget. Monique holds a B.S. in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.
A consultant for foundations and nonprofits, Katie most recently served as executive director of the Turner Foundation, a conservation foundation established by Ted Turner, where she oversaw all aspects of the foundation’s giving and developed strategic funding agendas that enhanced the foundation’s mission. Before joining Turner, Katie worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, directing programmatic and financial management of a $35 million conservation grant portfolio. Katie has also served as the chairman of the board of the Teddy Roosevelt Conservation Partnership. An avid outdoorswoman with a passion for fly-fishing, she lives in Winston-Salem, N.C., with her husband and two young children.
Recently retired as New Mexico BLM Director, Jesse grew up in El Paso and began his career as a wildlife biological aid with the Forest Service before joining the BLM as a wildlife biologist in New Mexico’s Roswell area office. He has held positions throughout New Mexico and Arizona, as well as serving as deputy assistant director for the BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System office in Washington, D.C.
Whit is the director of the Land and Wildlife Conservation for the Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation and Mountain Sky Guest Ranch. Throughout his career Whitney has focused on conservation, working on a wide range of natural resource issues from Colorado River water allocations and black-footed ferret recovery to Asian tiger conservation and evaluation of federal fisheries programs. He has worked for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, Sonoran Institute and National Audubon Society, among others. When not working in natural resource conservation, Whitney is out fly-fishing, hiking, bird hunting or otherwise enjoying the Northern Rockies.
Luther founded the Sonoran Institute in 1991 and served as executive director until December 2012. The Institute is recognized as a leading practitioner in the North American West of community-based, collaborative, and innovative efforts to advance conservation and to ground conservation in an understanding of economic values and implications.
Previously, Luther worked for World Wildlife Fund in Washington DC, and practiced law, where he represented local governments, landowners, and organizations nationwide in land-use matters. Luther received his law degree and master’s in regional planning, as well as his undergraduate degree, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
George is a Senior Vice President at Forbes-Tate and leads the firm’s natural resource and outdoor recreation government affairs work. Prior to joining Forbes-Tate, Mr. Cooper served as the President and CEO of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, a groundbreaking coalition of the nation’s leading hunting, fishing and conservation organizations founded to give the sportsman-conservationist voice greater resonance in federal policymaking. Throughout his seven years at TRCP, both as CEO and as Vice President for Policy and Communications, Mr. Cooper helped create a new strategic advocacy niche for the nation’s 40-million hunters and anglers with an emphasis on highly effective communications around issues including marine resources management, participation and access, western public lands management, public land and offshore energy development, private lands agricultural policy, and wetlands conservation.