OFFICERS & DIRECTORS
WSF Directors Candidates 2023
Chair | Anatone, WA
TERM EXPIRES 2025
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.
Vice Chair | Victoria, BC
TERM EXPIRES 2024
Kyle Stelter grew up in a farming and ranching community and was always connected to the land and wildlife. At a young age he was in the field with his father and grandfather looking after the land and the animals it inhabited. During that time, wildlife was abundant and Kyle had a strong connection to both the wild and domestic animals that shared the landscape.
Coming from the rolling hills of Southern Alberta wild sheep were something that were only seen on the rare drive through British Columbia. Moving to the west coast and embarking on his first sheep hunt in 2011, Kyle fell in love with the mountains and in particular the curly horned inhabitants nestled ominously in the craggy peaks towering above.
Kyle’s passion for wildlife conservation began to manifest itself with the Wild Sheep Jurassic Classic. Focusing on collaborative efforts to raise wild sheep awareness, advocacy and fund raising became a priority. This led to greater involvement at the affiliate level particularly with the Wild Sheep Society of BC. Kyle has served as a Director and President for the Wild Sheep Society and has chaired the Membership and Communications committee. He is also WSSBC’s representative on WSF’s Chapters and Affiliates Committee.
Kyle is a Wild Sheep Foundation Summit and Life member as well as a Chadwick Ram Society member. Kyle is a Wild Sheep Society of BC Life and Monarch Member as well as a Life Member with WSF Yukon, WSF Midwest, Eastern WSF and WSF California. Kyle is currently Chairman of Wild Sheep Foundation’s Membership Committee and the WSF 1Campfire Initiative Committee and serves on the Chadwick Ram Society Committee.
Professionally Kyle is an Airline Captain that is often on the other side of the world thinking about wild sheep conservation. He currently resides in Victoria, British Columbia with his wife Melanie and two sons.
Secretary | Sherwood, OR
TERM EXPIRES 2024
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.
Treasurer | Phoenix, AZ
TERM EXPIRES 2023
Charlie Kelly was born in Phoenix, and spent his childhood growing up in a family that spent their free time enjoying the best that Arizona has to offer in outdoor activities that included camping, fishing and hunting. In 1998 he was drawn for an Arizona desert bighorn sheep hunt, and although he came up empty on his first sheep hunt, it was the catalyst behind his lifelong fascination with this majestic animal. Charlie went on to hunt sheep in Utah, Colorado, Alaska, Alberta, British Columbia and Mexico, completing his FNAWS in 2005. He also spent time sheep hunting with his son Danny, who completed his FNAWS in 2008 at the age of 18. One of his greatest joys has been the opportunity to accompany his wife, daughter, son and brother on their sheep hunts over the years.
In 2003 he became involved with the Arizona Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, by volunteering on their Fundraiser Committee. Since then, he has chaired their annual fundraiser twice, served several terms as Treasurer, and was their 2019 President. He currently serves as their WSF and Legislative Chair.
He also became involved with the Arizona Big Game Super Raffle in 2006 when it was formed, serving several terms as President, and continues today serving as it's Treasurer and Marketing Director. During this time, it has raised over 8 million dollars for wildlife conservation work in Arizona. He is currently serving his second term on the Arizona Game and Fish Commission Recommendation Board that interviews and recommends candidates for the Arizona Game and Fish Commission to the Governor for final selection and appointment.
He also serves on the Arizona Livestock Loss Board that supports the reintroduction of the Mexican Gray Wolf program by compensating livestock producers for predation losses and providing support for wolf predation avoidance programs. He currently serves as a Board Member and Treasurer for both the Arizona Sportsmen for Wildlife Conservation and Conserve and Protect Arizona. Charlie is a life member of the Az. Antelope Foundation, the Az. Desert Bighorn Sheep Society, the Rocky Mountain Bighorn Society, and is a WSF life and Chadwick Ram Society member.
Charlie and his wife Linda formed a precast manufacturing business in Phoenix in 1992, and following it's sale and acquisition in 2018, has been able to devote more of his time to wildlife conservation by serving with several wildlife non-profits in Arizona. He looks forward to working hard as a WSF Director and has been serving on their Legislative Affairs, Bylaws and Policy, and Membership committees.
TERM EXPIRES 2024
An Iowa native, Tony Caligiuri has had a passion for the outdoors and conservation since childhood. He fulfilled a life long dream of becoming an outdoor writer at an early age, earning national and international awards for writing, photography and film production.
He has been president and C.E.O. of Boyt Harness Company since 1993. Boyt is a long time supporter of the Wild Sheep Foundation and is one of the oldest names in the hunting industry operating multiple brands worldwide.
“ I have a tremendous passion for North American sheep in general and WSF in particular. I believe that my passion for sheep and sheep hunting combined with more then 20 years of volunteering in various grass roots and national conservation leadership positions gives me a background that would benefit WSF’s roles as a conservation leader for wild sheep and as an advocate for hunter conservationists across North America.
I would be proud and honored to serve on the foundations’s board of directors and would dedicate the time and resources that the position deserves”
Caligiuri has served in various volunteer roles for several conservation organizations and is a past Chairman and board member of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation and a regular member of the Boone and Crockett Club, currently serving on the club’s board of the directors. He is also a director for the Jack O’Connor Center, Bear Trust International and the Iowa Preserves Advisory Board. He serves on the WSF conservation committee, the Iowa FNAW’s chapter’s auction committee and donates his time as a columnist for Wild Sheep magazine. He is WSF Summit Life member and a member of the Chadwick Ram Society.
He went on his first sheep hunt in 1989 and has since hunted sheep in Alaska, British Columbia, the Yukon, Northwest Territories, Arizona and Mexico. Past hunting awards include a WSF Gold Medal Ram award along with multiple SCI major awards and top ten awards for North American big game animals.
He lives on a farm near Osceola, Iowa with his wife Ginny, also an avid hunter, and their 12 dogs.
“Passion” is something very evident when describing Julie! An Indiana native, Julie has had a passion for living life to the fullest and has excelled in many different endeavors. While earning her bachelor’s in business administration from the University of Missouri she found time to have a record setting career as a 4-year starter for the women’s basketball program. Following her college career, she married her high school sweetheart, Brandon and together they have passed down the love and respect for hunting to their two children, John and Madison.
TERM EXPIRES 2023
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.
I was born into a U.S. Navy family, as my father was a career Naval Officer, growing up on a Navy installation ranging from Ship Docking facilities to Naval air stations. I joined the U.S. Navy shortly after High School and became a U.S. Navy Corpsman in 1963.
Glen Pyne, DVM
Yorba Linda, CA
TERM EXPIRES 2023
Glen Pyne was born and raised in Southern California. He received his BS in Animal Science from Cal Poly, Pomona and his DVM degree from Ross University. Although primarily a small animal surgeon today, Glen began his career as a mixed animal practitioner in Ohio. Glen and his wife Caroline, also a veterinarian, opened Paws n Claws Veterinary Hospital in Yorba Linda, California. They have been working side-by-side for over 20 years.
Southern California is not known to be a hunting mecca, either politically or from opportunity, but his uncle introduced him to hunting in Utah the last year of high school. College and work separated him from the outdoors for many years, but the intrinsic draw that nature provides brought him back to the sport he now holds dear. Today, Glen is able to call himself an avid hunter. He has hunted most of the western United States as well as Canada, Europe, and Africa. Retrospectively Glen realized the lost opportunities from an absence of hunting tradition normally passed down from generation to generation. Trying to right the wrong Glen introduced his 3 children to hunting. Regretfully, Caroline has also become a hunter. Now getting time away from the practice takes a challenging game of Rock-Paper-Scissors although Caroline usually lets Glen win. Glen also realized other forces were encroaching on his beloved sport. From political and societal shifts to diminishing game and habitat external forces were chipping away the very foundation of hunting. To further make things right he started getting involved.
Today Glen is a member of the board for the California Chapter of WSF and serves as the Youth Committee Chair. He is a Life Member of the Midwestern Chapter, a Distinguished Life Member of the California Chapter, Summit Life Member and Chadwick Ram Society Member. He has served on the Wild Sheep Foundations Solicitation and Ethics Committees.
Emilio Rangel W.
TERM EXPIRES 2024
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
Peregrine L. Wolff, DVM
TERM EXPIRES 2025
Peregrine’s is a veterinarian who has focused her career on the health and conservation of wildlife. After graduating from Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine in 1984 she worked for city and state agencies, large corporations and owned her own practice. She has spent the last 10 years as the veterinarian for the Nevada Department of Wildlife. Peregrine has recently taken a new position as the Executive Manager of the Wildlife Disease Association, an international organization focused on wildlife health and conservation. Passionate about sharing her knowledge and advancing the field of conservation, 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 president of the American Associations of Wildlife Veterinarians and the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians. She has served on the boards of the American Association of Small Ruminant Practitioners and the Wildlife Disease Association and chaired committees for the American Veterinary Medical Association and the US Animal Health Association. As Nevada’s wildlife veterinarian, Peregrine was involved in wild sheep disease research and conservation programs. She worked with agency biologists, managers and veterinarians across western states and provinces to develop standardized handling and disease testing protocols and conduct hands-on trainings for capture, handling, translocation and disease investigation in wild sheep. During her tenure in WSF she has served on the Executive Committee as secretary as well as on the following committees: Budget and Finance, Bylaws, Chapter and Affiliates, Compensation, Legislative Affairs, 1 Campfire Initiative, Conservation Committee – Disease Initiative and Women Hunt. She has been active in both the North American and International Conservation Visions. In 2017 she was the recipient of the WSF State Statesmen Award.
Gray N. Thornton
President/CEO | Manhattan, MT
Gray N. Thornton serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Wild Sheep Foundation (WSF), the premier sheep and mountain game conservation organization in the world dedicated to “Putting and Keeping Wild Sheep on the Mountain®.”
Prior to joining the Wild Sheep Foundation in 2008, Thornton served as Executive Director of the Dallas Safari Club from 1997-2008 and Chapter & Membership Director for Safari Club International from 1990 – 1997 producing record results for membership growth, fundraising and mission funding for both organizations. Thornton followed his passion to the conservation/hunting industry after a successful sales career with Unisys and Xerox corporations.
As a public speaker he has been invited to present keynote addresses on wildlife conservation and hunting and angling ethics internationally to diverse audiences ranging from civic and sportsmen’s groups, to international associations, the Serbian Parliament and former Presidents of the United States of America, 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, and the Coenraad Vermaak Distinguished Service Award and was the first non-South African to be so recognized. Thornton has 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 USA for the best Outdoor Story of the Year with “Iron Horse Fly Fishing.”
Thornton serves on the Board of Directors of Bear Trust International where he serves as Vice-Chairman of Board. He has also served on the Boards of the Conservation Fund, the Professional Hunters Association of South Africa Conservation and Empowerment Fund, the Ballot Issues Coalition, the Banovich Wildscape Fund, and the Lone Star Outdoor News Foundation.
He is a Summit Life Member of WSF, a Chadwick Ram Society Member, a WSF Legacy Society Member, and a Life Member of numerous WSF chapters and affiliates. Thornton is also a Life Member of SCI, NRA, DSC, TU, a Monarch Life Member of Wild Sheep Society of BC, and a Life Member of many guide/outfitter associations.
He is an avid hunter as well as salt and freshwater fly fisherman and has hunted and fly fished throughout North America and internationally including 17 safaris to Africa and has hunted in New Zealand, Germany, Mexico and Canada. As a mountain hunter, he has taken all Four North American Wild Sheep (FNAWS), a Rocky Mountain goat as well as tahr and chamois.
He 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.
Thornton resides in Manhattan, Montana with his wife Renée, and Vizsla Sienna.