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Brett Jefferson

Brett Jefferson

Chairman | 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.

bkjefferson@tristateltd.com

Jim   Wilson

Jim Wilson

Vice Chairman | 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.

wilson1367@gmail.com
 


Darryl  Williams

Darryl Williams

Recording Secretary | Chatsworth , CA

Darryl grew up in Texas and started hunting with his father when he was 5 years old. After a 25-year career in the U.S. Navy serving in the Diving and Submarine communities, Darryl began working in the Defense Industry. He is currently an executive with Northrop Grumman in Southern California. Darryl holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in business from Pepperdine University and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University School of Law – Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution.
 
Darryl first became interested in wild sheep in 2006 and made his first sheep hunt to Alaska in 2008. After seeing his first Dall’s Sheep, he knew he wanted to get involved in the conservation of this very special resource. Since 2008, Darryl has served on the boards of the Eastern Chapter WSF, California Chapter WSF, The Society for the Conservation of Bighorn Sheep, Co-Chaired the WSF Life Member Breakfast, and served on numerous WSF committees. Darryl is a Summit Life Member and he and is wife, Cassie Shafer, are Chadwick Ram Society Members.

dwilliams1959@aol.com

 

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 (1997-2008) and Chapter & Membership Director for Safari Club International (1990-1997.) During his tenure, he has produced record results for membership growth, fundraising and mission funding for all three 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 was the first 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 North American 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 numerous WSF chapters and affiliates as well as many industry and guide/outfitter associations.
 
An avid hunter as well as salt and freshwater fly fisherman, Gray has hunted and fly fished throughout North America and internationally, including nearly 20 African safaris. He has hunted in New Zealand, Germany, Mexico and Canada and completed his FNAWS with a desert bighorn sheep in February of 2017.
 
Gray received a Bachelor of Science degree in management and marketing from California State University at Fresno and has earned advanced credits in wildlife management from Colorado State University at Fort Collins. He and his wife Kelli reside in Bozeman, Montana with their Weimaraner, Sage and Vizsla, Sienna. Kelli was kicked out of WSF’s <1 Club for taking her first wild sheep in 2015– a Stone’s in British Columbia.

gthornton@wildsheepfoundation.org

 


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.

ChrisBarker@shaw.ca

 

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.

rondcarey@hotmail.com

 


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.

kgordon@mosquitonet.com

 

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.

henappram@hotmail.com

 


Larry  Jacobs

Larry Jacobs

Sherwood, OR

Born and raised on a farm/ranch in North Dakota provided Larry Jacobs the opportunity to build a strong work ethics at a young age. He has always been passionate about new adventures and opportunities in life. He traveled to Oregon for summer work, to earn his way through college, and started a Custom Construction Co. the at age 20.  He still owns and operates this business forty-seven year later, building custom homes and light commercial projects. Larry also operates a farm and ranch business.

Larry has always spent time volunteering to local, county, state and regional non-profit groups so after drawing an Oregon bighorn tag in 2002 he joined OR-FNAWS for an opportunity to give back. He became a board member in 2003, served as VP in 2004 and as President in 2005,2006, 2016 and is the current Oregon President. He has initiated numerous hands on projects in Oregon- including guzzlers, spring projects, weed projects and juniper cutting to name a few.  Larry has actively participated in the Hells Canyon Initiative as the OR-FNAWS representative since 2004. He has also participated in public land management planning in OR, WA and ID since 2004. Larry takes a leading role in the chapter fundraisers each year. The Oregon Chapter presented their Jo Josephson Lifetime Achievement award to Larry in 2007. The WSF Gordon Eastman award was presented to Larry in 2010 and the WSF Outstanding Achievement award was presented to him in 2016. He is dedicated to bighorn sheep and passionate about the future of our public lands and wildlife management strategies for these lands.

lljacobs4@aol.com

 

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.

ramslamvideo@gmail.com



 


Emilio  Rangel W.

Emilio Rangel W.

Monterrey, MX

Emilio Rangel W. is CEO of Monterrey, Mexico based Ecumene Desarrollos a real estate investing firm and brings more than 25 years of NGO, private sector and governmental agency leadership experience to the WSF board. Rangel, a former Ducks Unlimited Mexico Executive has served as President of the Wildlife Management Trust, National Association of Water Works Institutions of Mexico, CEO of Water Works for the state of Nuevo Leon and Director General of the National Rural Registry of Land. Rangel received a Master of Science degree in Wildlife Management and a BS in Agricultural Engineering. Emilio and his son Emilio, Jr. and business partner Rene Hernandez are owners of Rancho La Palmosa and are responsible for the repatriation of more than 500 free-range desert bighorn sheep to their native range in Coahuila. La Palmosa received WSF’s Special Conservation Award in 2016 for their work to put and keep desert bighorn sheep back on Coahuila’s mountains. Rangel is the first Mexican citizen to serve on WSF’s Board

emilio.rangel@gmail.com

 

Peregrine L.  Wolff, DVM

Peregrine L. Wolff, DVM

Reno, Nevada

Peregrine has cared for members of the animal kingdom ranging from tarantulas to elephants and currently serves as the wildlife veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.  After graduating from the NY State College of Veterinary Medicine (Cornell) she worked for government agencies, large corporations and owned her own practice specializing in small ruminants and exotics. 

Passionate about sharing her knowledge and advancing the field of conservation, and wildlife medicine and welfare she has taught students and colleagues around the globe and volunteered her leadership skills and experience for numerous organizations and committees.  She is a past board member of the Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and currently serves as the President of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and as co-chair for the US Animal Health Association, Committee on Wildlife Disease. 

As Nevada’s wildlife veterinarian, Peregrine is involved in wild sheep health and conservation programs.  She has worked with agency biologists, managers and veterinarians across western states and provinces to develop standardized protocols and conduct hands-on trainings for capture, handling, translocation and disease investigation in wild sheep.

In 2017 she was the recipient of the WSF State Statesmen Award.

pwolff@ndow.org

 


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