Gray  Thornton

Gray Thornton

President/CEO | Bozeman, MT

Gray Thornton serves as president and chief executive officer of the Wild Sheep Foundation. Prior to joining WSF in 2008, he served as executive director of the Dallas Safari Club in 1997-2008 and chapter & membership director for Safari Club International from 1990 to 1997. During his tenure, he produced record results for membership growth, fundraising and mission funding for both organizations. He followed his passion to the conservation/hunting industry after a successful sales career with Unisys and Xerox corporations.
As a public speaker, Gray has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences. These audiences range from civic and sportsmen’s groups to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former presidents of the US, France and South Africa.
Gray was awarded the Wildlife Utilisation Award by the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa (PHASA), the association’s highest conservation honor. He also received PHASA’s highest service honor, the Coenraad Vermaak Distinguished Service Award and is the only non-South African to be so recognized. He received the President’s Award from the Guide Outfitter Association of British Columbia for his years of dedicated service to the hunting and conservation community. As an outdoor writer, he received a Katie Award from the Press Club of Dallas, representing the southern US for the best outdoor story of the year with “Iron Horse Fly Fishing.”
He is a Summit Life member of WSF, a Chadwick Ram Society member, and a Life member of Idaho WSF, Washington WSF, Wyoming WSF, Texas Bighorn Society, SCI, NRA, PHASA and other organizations. He is also a member of numerous guide/outfitter associations.

Doug Sayer

Doug Sayer

Chairman | Pocatello, ID

Doug Sayer and his wife Shelly share a passion for conservation and hunting and have been both business partners and hunting companions. Their goal is to raise their family, including their grandchildren, as ethical sheep hunters and conservationists. After guiding in Montana for several years, in 1993 Doug and Shelly started an outfitting business, which they operated for over a decade. They currently own a large manufacturing company that supplies equipment to several large industries, including food processing, mining, nuclear power and the Department of Energy. Over his years in business, he has been recognized as one of the top 100 Most Influential People and Idaho’s Business Leader of the Year and Entrepreneur of the Year, Utah Region.
Doug has served as a board member of a local technical college and as an executive board member at Idaho State University and ISU’s Bengal Pharmacy. The governor of Idaho appointed him to serve on several state-based councils, including the Idaho Science and Technology Council and Workforce Development Council, and he has chaired the Idaho Innovation Council and Idaho Global Entrepreneurial Mission Council.
A Summit Life member, Doug has hunted sheep successfully across North America and Asia. On the WSF board of directors, he has served as vice chair and also as chair of the Ethics and Legislative Affairs Committees in addition to service on the board of trustees. He and Shelly are members of WSF’s Marco Polo Society.

Brett Jefferson

Brett Jefferson

Secretary | Las Vegas, NV

Brett Jefferson grew up in Boulder City, Nev., where seeing bighorn sheep was a daily occurrence and marked the beginning of Brett’s passion for wild sheep. Brett attended Denver College, where he received an Associate of Science degree and later attended California State University-Fresno’s Surveying and Photogrammetry program. Brett is a licensed professional land surveyor in Nevada, California and Arizona and for the last seventeen years has been the executive vice president/chief operations officer for Tri State Surveying, Ltd., with offices in Reno/Sparks and Las Vegas.
When Brett relocated back to Southern Nevada in 2013, he became more involved with the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn and was elected president in April 2015. Brett has served on the banquet committee and participated in water developments, trap and transplant projects and disease investigations in Southern Nevada. Since 1998, Brett has been a member of Nevada Bighorns Unlimited-Reno and served as a director and treasurer for his last three years on the board. Among his highly active service, he was chair of the Membership and External Relations Committees, volunteered at youth outreach events and edited the NBU Journal.
Brett has served as secretary to the WSF board of directors and chaired or vice-chaired several key committees, in addition to working on several initiatives vital to WSF’s growth and future. Brett is a Summit Life member and a member of the Chadwick Ram Society.


Marc Hansen

Marc Hansen

Vice Chairman | Chester Springs, PA

Familiar to Wild Sheep readers as the author of the “Chairman's Corner,” Marc Hansen is a standard at WSF’s Sheep Show™ and at Chapter & Affiliate events. A member of WSF’s Marco Polo Society and a Summit Life member, he is a passionate hunter now retired from his career in the aerospace industry. As the former chairman of the WSF board of directors, he has focused on WSF’s financial stability and fundraising, conservation initiatives, youth outreach and strategic relationships with WSF’s sister organizations.
Marc is the former president of Lockheed Martin Management & Data Systems, a $2.5 billion business unit of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. He is a graduate of Pennsylvania State University (1968) with a B.S. in science (mathematics and physics) and earned a master’s degree in industrial administration from Purdue University in 1986. He serves on the advisory boards for Penn State’s College of Information Sciences and Technology and Eberly College of Science.  In 2000, he was presented PSU’s Eberly College Outstanding Science Alumni Award and in 2003 was selected as a Penn State Alumni Fellow.


Chris  Barker

Chris Barker

Sannich, BC

Chris Barker was born in the United Kingdom in 1963. His family immigrated to Canada when he was eleven and moved to Prince George, British Columbia, which is where his interest in the outdoors began. He started hunting deer when he turned 20 and switched to bow hunting exclusively eight years later. Today, Chris lives in Victoria, B.C. with his wife and children and has worked in the construction industry for the past 30 years.
His involvement in conservation started with the Victoria Chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. After volunteering for several years, he became co-chair for two years. Meanwhile, Chris found his interest in wild sheep would lead him to attend a Wild Sheep Society of B.C. convention 15 years ago, and he has not missed one since. Two years later, he was elected treasurer, then president. As president, he found the biggest issue his organization faced was the contact between domestic and wild sheep in B.C. He continues to be involved with the wild sheep separation steering committee in his home province as well as on the special sheep permit committee and the Churn Creek Junction bighorn recovery project. A Life member of WSF, Chris has attended many WSF Chapter & Affiliate Summits and several WSF conventions.

Ron  Carey

Ron Carey

Calgary, Alberta

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Ron began his working life in the oil drilling industry, becoming a rig master then hired on by Dresser Industries, a large US oil drilling service company, to sell drill bits to the oil and gas industry. After eight years of driving 80,000-100,000 miles per year, he decided to start his own business. In the early 1970s, he took a share option with Bralorne Resources in the down-hole drilling business and built a multi-million dollar operation. Over time, he diversified his business into a drilling and oil and gas company. Today, he is the CEO of a $100,000,000 drill-bit company.
Ron’s interest in sheep hunting began when he was 16 years old, when his uncle took him on a successful bighorn sheep hunt. Later on, while living in British Columbia, he hunted Stone sheep in the Cassiar Mountains. In 1989, his friend and sheep-hunting mentor suggested hunting overseas for sheep. Since then, Ron has climbed the world’s toughest sheep mountains, whether they be the Pamirs of Tajikistan, the Caucasus Mountains of Azerbaijan, the mighty Himalayas in Pakistan, or the Canadian Rockies. From those expeditions, he has been fortunate enough to collect 36 species of the sheep family and 22 different species of the goat family. A tenacious hunter and conservation advocate, he is a member of WSF’s Marco Polo Society and a Summit Life member.

Karen Gordon

Karen Gordon

Fairbanks, AK

Karen Gordon grew up with an interest in wild sheep inherited from her grandfather, who was a sheep hunter in Alaska. One of his rams hung in her family home as she was growing up. She started shooting competitively when she was 14 and shot on the University of Alaska Rifle Team for three years. Karen holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Alaska.
In her professional life, she has worked in banking and public administration, with Alaska Native Corporations, and with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. She ultimately became a self-taught and biologist-tutored Dall sheep biologist. She is employed as an administrator and wildlife support specialist for the Alaska Department of Natural Resources. In all, she has worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the Department of Natural Resources for three decades.
A WSF Summit Life member and Chadwick Ram Society member, Karen has been active in the Alaska FNAWS/WSF Chapter for about a decade as a board member and officer and has served on the WSF Professional Resources Advisory Board (PRAB) for almost that long. She has served on WSF’s board of directors as vice president, secretary and treasurer, and she has been a grants reviewer for the foundation since 2005. Active in fundraising for WSF and at the Sheep Show™, she has represented the Alaska Chapter at Chapter & Affiliate Summits and was the logistical coordinator of the 2004 Northern Wild Sheep and Goat Council Biennial Symposium in Canada and Alaska’s Inside Passage. She has also written a variety of wildlife conservation/hunting-oriented stories for magazines including Wild Sheep.

Wayne  Henderson

Wayne Henderson

Lodgepole, SD

Wayne Henderson grew up on a cattle ranch in northwestern South Dakota. After college, he married Diane and the couple moved to
Buffalo, WY, for 12 years. They subsequently moved back to the family ranch in South Dakota, where they remain today. He is still married to the same woman after 37 years and they have been blessed with three sons, all sportsmen, and four grandchildren.
In addition to ranching, Wayne is a licensed real estate appraiser in both
North and South Dakota. He runs a small outfitting business called Paradise Outfitters, which leads hunts for upland birds, antelope and both whitetail and mule deer. During the last 35 years, he has donated
over 20 hunts/trips to help raise money for conservation efforts to benefit wild sheep and other wildlife. These include donated hunts to WSF; the Eastern, California, and Midwest Chapters of WSF; and the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society. A Life member of WSF, Wayne and his wife Diane are members of WSF’s Chadwick Ram Society. In his personal hunting life, Wayne has embarked on several sheep hunts, taken rams and hopes to someday achieve his FNAWS.
Active in his home community, he has been a volunteer EMT for the local ambulance service, a member of a local rural volunteer fire department, an emergency manager, the habitat chairman for several years of Cedar Creek Pheasants Forever, and a hunter safety instructor. He has also served as vice-chairman of the Perkins County Commission.

Ryan Foutz

Ryan Foutz

North Salt Lake, UT

Ryan Foutz has been involved with wildlife conservation for the past 20 years. For the same amount of time, he has worked in sales, marketing and outfitting and is currently a managing partner in his business. He is a past president of the Utah Foundation for North American Wild Sheep, where he led the organization for nearly a decade and is regarded as a leader in Utah’s successful wild sheep recovery. A Summit Life member, Ryan and his wife Tiffany are also members of WSF’s Chadwick Ram Society.
In his rewarding work as a WSF director, Ryan has focused on strengthening the foundations of wild-sheep conservation while advancing the foundation’s financial stability and protecting our hunting heritage. He has served on several committees within the foundation and been a familiar face at Sheep Show™ conventions. Ryan and his wife have two sons, who inspire him to work for the benefit of the next generation of hunters and conservationists.

Glen  Landrus

Glen Landrus

Clarkston, WA

Twenty years ago, Glen Landrus was selected for a Washington bighorn sheep hunt, which sparked his passion to be involved in giving back to promote the future of wild sheep and their habitat. After his Washington sheep hunt, he learned about the Wild Sheep Foundation (then FNAWS) and joined at the state level. He was elected to the board of the Washington chapter in the late 1990s, later serving as secretary and then more than ten years as the chapter president. The chapter’s board developed recruitment and banquet programs that increased both membership and banquet profit by 400%, while keeping administrative costs to 4%. More importantly, he reports, they inspired the membership with excitement, hope and a desire to give back to the wild-sheep resource. Today, he is a Summit Life member of WSF.
For more than two decades, Glen has served as a high-school agricultural education instructor. Most of this teaching experience was at a small school at the gateway of Hells Canyon in southeastern Washington. Glen’s students have won 13 state competitions and gone on to national competitions in everything from livestock evaluation to parliamentary procedure. In 2002, he was recognized as the Outstanding Agriculture Teacher for the 11 Western states. In 2015, he was selected as a regional Teacher of the Year in Washington state and one of nine finalists for Washington state Teacher of the Year.


Lanny  Rominger

Lanny Rominger

Albuquerque, NM

A native New Mexican, Lanny is proud to say he has spent almost all of his life in the Land of Enchantment. He attended the University of New Mexico for both his graduate and undergraduate studies and completed his graduate degree at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. His professional life in the financial services industry has featured 37 years with Morgan Stanley in Albuquerque. He retired in September 2009. Lanny and his wife Susan have four grown daughters.

When he was eight years old, Lanny began big game hunting with his maternal grandfather, who impressed upon him the importance of fair chase. This hunting relationship engendered a passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors, which became a focal point for his entire life beyond family and career. He has hunted throughout North America and, in 2005, completed the 29 North American big game species pursuit when he took his desert bighorn in Sonora. Involved in other conservation organizations, Lanny found his interest in wild sheep had evolved into an obsession that ultimately led him to join WSF, then known as FNAWS. Today, he is a Summit Life member. He and his wife Susan are also members of WSF’s Chadwick Ram Society.


Jim   Wilson

Jim Wilson

Franklin, NJ

Jim and his wife Paula recently relocated to N.J. to be closer to the primary customers of the sheet metal company he owns and operates, serving the pharmaceutical industry—in 2014, the company celebrated 20 years in business. Jim and Paula are WSF Summit Life members and members of the Chadwick Ram Society. As a member of the WSF board, he has chaired the Chapter/Affiliates Committee and co-chaired the Life Member Breakfast for three years. He served for three years as president of WSF’s Eastern Chapter and its vice president for two years. During his tenure, the chapter increased membership 100% to over 1,000. He also served as Eastern Chapter representative at six WSF Chapter & Affiliate Summits.

Jim has been blessed to hunt throughout North America and also Asia. In 2013, he was awarded his second FNAWS. He has attended every Sheep Show™ convention since 2000 and has witnessed first-hand WSF’s growth and ascent to its stature as a leading conservation organization.

Sierra  Amundson

Sierra Amundson

Intern | Wheatland, WY

Sierra Amundson of Wheatland, WY, serves as intern on the WSF board of directors. Her interests are diverse, including bringing a young woman’s perspective and vision to the board to increase WSF membership, public interest and knowledge of conservation and hunting. After graduating in the top five percent of her Wheatland High School class, she went on to attend the University of Wyoming, where she is pursuing a degree in veterinary science (wildlife/livestock).

In her working life, she has been a bighorn sheep research technician for the Wyoming Game & Fish Department’s Tom Thorne and Beth Williams Wildlife Research Center and has also served as a disease surveillance technician and game check station attendant for the WGFD’s Wyoming State Veterinary Lab. She has also volunteered as a veterinary assistant intern in her hometown. She is a Life member of WSF.

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