President: Mae Smith
President-Elect: Bryan Christensen
Past-President: Jessica Crowder
Secretary/Treasurer: Marji Patz
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Newsletter Editor: Brian Sebade
NE Council Rep: Clay Wood
NW Council Rep: Curtis Bryan
SE Council Rep: Sarah Kauer
SW Council Rep: Shari Meeks
Mae Smith – President
Mae grew up in Pinedale and became immersed in natural resources at a young age. Having parents with natural resource careers made camping, hunting and road trips interesting as challenges of plant identification were common activities. Her family also leased a ranch in their “spare time” so it was all-hands-on-deck at all times. Before graduating from high school, she knew that she was going to major in range management. Her studies brought her to UW for a bachelor’s in range immediately followed by a master’s in range at CSU. She was involved in SRM and the UW and CSU range clubs during this time.
Jessica Crowder – Past-President
Jessica Crowder is a policy advisor for Wyoming Governor Matt Mead. She has held this position for two years and has focused on natural resource management with an emphasis on federal land management. A large portion of her duties include providing policy guidance and participating in management of public lands. Jessica works closely with federal partners, state agencies, local governments and multiple non-governmental organizations and citizens to develop policy and management of natural resources to benefit Wyoming citizens and Wyoming landscapes.
Marji Patz – Secretary/Treasurer
I am a Wyoming Native, raised on a ranch north of Gillette, Wyoming. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Chadron State College in Rangeland Management with an emphasis in Animal Science and Agronomy. I then went on to graduate with a Masters of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with an emphasis in water resources and bioremediation.
Brian Sebade – Newsletter Editor
Hi my name is Brian Sebade. I have worked for the University of Wyoming Extension since 2011. My office is located in Sundance, WY where I help cover the five county area of Weston, Crook, Campbell, Sheridan, and Johnson Counties with my Extension Colleagues. My focus for UW Extension is sustainable management of rangeland resources. I also spend a small portion of my job assignment working with 4-H and youth development and horticulture.
Sarah Kauer-Griffith – SE Council Rep
I currently live in Laramie and work within the department of Ecosystem Science and Management at the University of Wyoming. I am a Wyoming transplant originally from Durango, Colorado.
Growing up I had a passion for FFA and anything Ag related. I completed my first two years of College at Fort Lewis College in Durango before transferring to the University of Wyoming in 2010 where I completed my Bachelors in Ag Business. During my time at the University, I was active in the Food Science Club, served as the UW Range Club Secretary and Vice President, and competed yearly in the URME competition at State and National levels.