WSF Welcomes New Board of Directors Members

April 18, 2017
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Bozeman, Montana – April 18, 2017: Bozeman, Montana based Wild Sheep Foundation, the international leader in the conservation and restoration of wild sheep, welcomes the appointment of four new members to the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
During a special Board call held April 3, 2017, Darryl Williams of Chatsworth, California and Dr. Peregrine Wolff of Reno, Nevada were appointed to fulfill the remaining two-year terms vacated by Directors Doug Sayer and Ryan Foutz who resigned April 1 and March 15, 2017, respectively. Darryl Williams, a U.S. Navy veteran and an executive with Northrop Grumman has served on the Boards of the Eastern Chapter of WSF and the Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep and currently serves on the Board of the California Chapter of WSF. Darryl was also appointed WSF Interim Recording Secretary and at WSF’s Board meeting in Anchorage April 8th was elected as WSF Recording Secretary with his elected term beginning May 1st. Dr. Peregrine (Peri) Wolff is the Wildlife Veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Wildlife and has served as President of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians. Peri is a world-renowned expert on wild sheep pathology and disease transmission between domestic sheep/goats and wild sheep and serves as an advisor and expert to the Western Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies on the topic. Also during the April 3rd Board call, three-term WSF Recording Secretary and Immediate Past President of the Fraternity of the Desert Bighorn Brett Jefferson was appointed WSF Interim Chairman. WSF Director and Past President of Eastern Chapter of WSF Jim Wilson was appointed Interim Vice Chairman. Both Jefferson’s and Wilson’s elected terms as Chairman and Vice Chairman begin May 1, 2017.
Two additional appointments were made by the Board of Directors during their meeting held April 9th in Anchorage to fulfill the remaining one-year terms vacated by Directors Marc Hansen and Lanny Rominger who also resigned April 1st. Emilio Rangel W. of Monterrey, Mexico, and Larry Jacobs of Sherwood, Oregon, were appointed after an exhaustive and comprehensive review of 26 talented potential directors. Emilio Rangel, a former Ducks Unlimited Mexico Executive and current real estate developer is an owner of Rancho La Palmosa and together with his partners is responsible for the repatriation of more than 500 free-range desert bighorn sheep to their native range in Coahuila. Rangel is the first Mexican citizen to serve on WSF’s Board. Larry Jacobs, owner of a custom home & light commercial construction company, a rancher and dedicated wild sheep conservationist is the current President of Oregon FNAWS and has been instrumental in the trap and transplant of hundreds of bighorns in Oregon, Washington and the Hells Canyon region of Idaho and overall enhancement and conservation of bighorns in the Tri-State area.
“WSF’s strength comes from the unparalleled dedication, altruism and passion of our membership. These exceptional Board additions bring not only a wealth of talent and experience to WSF’s leadership team but also the traits that has made what WSF is today and what we can become tomorrow. I am privileged to serve alongside our entire Board team and honored to serve as their Chairman,” Brett Jefferson, WSF Interim Chairman of the Board stated.
“While sorry to lose four fine and talented directors, it was my personal mission and duty to recruit an “A-Team” of board talent to ensure that the momentum WSF has enjoyed continues and is enhanced. The Board accomplished this objective and I am thrilled with these four blue-chip appointments – WSF’s future has never been brighter,” stated Gray N. Thornton, WSF’s President & CEO.
Biographies of the newly appointed Directors will be on WSF’s website and published in the summer issue of Wild Sheep® magazine.
The Wild Sheep Foundation, formerly the Foundation for North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS,) was founded in 1977 by wild sheep conservationists and enthusiasts. WSF’s Mission is to enhance wild sheep populations, promote scientific wildlife management, and educate the public and youth on sustainable use and the conservation benefits of hunting while promoting the interests of the hunter. With a membership of 7,000 worldwide and a Chapter and Affiliate network in North America and Europe, WSF is the premier advocate for wild sheep, other mountain wildlife, their habitat, and their conservation. Since forming in 1977, the Wild Sheep Foundation and its chapters and affiliates have raised and expended more than $110 million on conservation, education and conservation advocacy programs in North America, Europe and Asia towards its Purpose to “Put and Keep Wild Sheep On the Mountain®”. These and other efforts have resulted in a three-fold increase in bighorn sheep populations in North America from their historic 1950-60s lows of ~25,000 to ~85,000 today. WSF, our Chapters and Affiliates and agencies partners are also working together to ensure thinhorn sheep thrive in their northern mountain realms for generations to enjoy.


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