"In North America there is one large animal that belongs almost entirely to the realm of towering rock and unmelting snow. Pressing hard against the upper limit of life's possibilities, it exists higher and steeper throughout the year than any other big beast on the continent. It is possibly the best and most complete mountaineer that ever existed on any continent. Oreamnos americanus is its scientific name. Its common name is mountain goat." -Douglas H. Chadwick

June 2016 Board of Directors Election

By Peter Muennich, Founder, President on June 9, 2016 in Goat Alliance News
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This month, we have six openings on the board of directors. There are four current directors running for re-election, Rachel Ahtila, Chris Blaskowski, Adam Foss, and Peter Muennich. We also received two new nominees, Abe Henderson and Jason Haskell. Below you will find the bios and questionnaire answers from the two new nominees. We have six nominations for six openings on the board. No positions are being contested. In order to complete the election, please submit your approval for this slate of candidates no later than June 15th to info@goatalliance.org. We appreciate your participation and approval of these directors and nominees 

 

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Abe Henderson

Spokane, Washington

I grew up hunting, fishing and mountain climbing in the Umpqua River valley of southwestern Oregon.  All my life I’ve loved the outdoors.  I met my wife in college in the Seattle area and we now have five awesome kiddos.  My two oldest are of hunting age and  I’ve taken them both backpacking into some of the west’s finest mountain habitats.  They’ve had the privilege to observe high country mule deer, elk, bear, bighorn sheep and mountain goats in their natural habitats.  I want my children to have the opportunity to pass those same life-enriching experiences to their children and their children’s children.  It’s important that we, as sportsmen and women today, join in that legacy to ensure that when we pass the baton to the next generation we pass on even better habitat, more robust game herds and a stronger, richer hunting heritage than what we were given.  That is why the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance is so important and why I desire to become more involved in shaping the future for goats and goat habitat by becoming a member of the RMGA Board of Directors.

 

1) Describe why you wish to serve as an RMGA Board member.

 

Mountain goats are an icon of our continent’s most rugged, uninhabitable mountain landscapes.  I remember clearly my first encounter with these incredible animals.  I rounded the corner of a trail in the Chugach range of Alaska to see two goats clinging to the cliff face of a waterfall with a rainbow arching over their backs.  The sight made me stop in my tracks!  Later, as a hunting guide in Alaska, a client and I witnessed a herd of goats on Kodiak Island dodge repeated attempts by a mature brown bear to try and earn a meal.  Goats and goat habitat have had a siren-like call to the hunter-adventurer in me ever since.  The moment I learned about the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance I joined the organization and signed up to volunteer for the Alpine Lakes goat survey.  I wanted to be a part of improving the future of America’s mountain goats by getting involved in boots-on-the-ground volunteer efforts.  If you’ve ever walked a high ridge and peeked over a rocky outcropping to see a herd of goats below as the sun sets over the valley far below, you know how sacred those places and those animals are.  They deserve an organization of impassioned and committed advocates to bring not only their inherent value but also the challenges they face as a species into razor sharp focus until the future of the goats is secure.  I want to be a leader in those efforts by serving on the Board of Directors of the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance.

 

2) List the particular skills/attributes you would bring to the RMGA Board.

 

 I’m just an average guy who believes in hard work and the power of collaborating with good folks.  I have an MA in Organization Leadership from Gonzaga University and I currently work in manufacturing.  Previously I worked as a hunting guide in Alaska which  drove home the importance of habitat, management and conservation.I hunted six different mountain ranges throughout the state and I experienced firsthand the tremendous effect that those aspects have on our game herds.  Guiding also broadened my understanding of the hunting community and I was able to meet people from all walks of life who love wildlife and donate time and money to conserve them.  These are exactly the types of folks that we need to enlist to benefit mountain goats.  Finally, I have an understanding and supportive wife (most critical!) and a beautiful family that is actively involved in the outdoors.

 

3) Describe your anticipated ability and willingness to actively participate in RMGA monthly Board meetings (via Internet chat).

 

I have a flexible work schedule and I do not anticipate any problems attending any Board Meetings.In fact, that’s why I’d like to join the board – to participate and work towards a bright future for our goats.

 

4) Describe your past volunteer efforts for wildlife conservation organization(s), and how your volunteer efforts would assist in achieving the RMGA mission.

 

Most of my volunteer efforts in the past have been church related, but last year I volunteered for the RMGA in the Alpine Lakes survey.  Also, my 10-year-old son and I recently helped with a project for the Washington Dept Fish and Wildlife.Now that my youngest kids (twins!) are three years old, my wife and I have recently discussed volunteer projects that we can get the whole family involved in.  

 

 

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Jason Haskell

Aberdeen, South Dakota

My name is Jason Haskell and am a lifelong outdoorsman and adventurer. Organized sports helped build the desire and motivation to hone a craft, but the lure of the outdoors was never far away. What started as a love for backpacking, scenery, adventure racing and immersion in experience gave way to a more intimate way to interact with my surroundings. I wasn’t exposed to hunting until after the age of 30 when I decided to pursue whitetail for the first time. That hunt forever connected me with the land and it’s inhabitants in a way that I had never experienced before.  I knew right then and there that this was more than a hobby this was my life’s passion. This passion has pushed me deeper and higher into the unknown. That search took to lands where I came across Mt. Goats.  Chasing elk and mule deer and watching these amazing animals has grown a passion for knowing more about them and how to make sure the never leave the rightful place atop the mountains. I have since participated in numerous RMGA field surveys and help in any way possible to further it’s cause locally and regionally.

 

1) Describe why you wish to serve as an RMGA Board member.

 

I can’t think of any other way to take my passion for these animals to another level.  I would love to learn more about them and actively participate in the processes to make sure that they proliferate in their natural habitat.

 

2) List the particular skills/attributes you would bring to the RMGA Board.

 

My current role as stay-at-home dad requires me to plan out my day yet be willing to change at a moment’s notice. As a business analyst for iExplore I had to review and interpret all forms of data and determine how to maximize our call center’s performance based on that data. I am currently an elder at our church and am used to working in a board setting and working with others to set and accomplish common goals.

 

3) Describe your anticipated ability and willingness to actively participate in RMGA monthly Board meetings (via Internet chat).

 

I see no reason why I couldn’t participate in any meetings. As a parent of 4 young kids there may be an activity here or there that may interfere, but I would make my board membership a priority.

 

4) Describe your past volunteer efforts for wildlife conservation organization(s), and how your volunteer efforts would assist in achieving the RMGA mission.

 

I financially am active in supporting many organizations (RMEF, RMGA, Pheasants Forever, Duck Unlimited and Wild Sheep).  I have also participated in RMGA field surveys in the Black Hills.  I would love to us this  opportunity with RMGA to take my volunteer efforts to another level.

 

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