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.
A passion for teaching coupled with a love for range management led her to a career working for University of Wyoming Extension. She began as an educator specializing in sustainable management of rangeland resources in Southeast Wyoming in 2011. In 2014, she and her husband made the move to the Big Horn Basin where she was able to continue her career with UW Extension in Northwest Wyoming. They are lucky to live on a ranch at the base of the Big Horns.
Bryan Christensen – President-Elect
Hello, I’m Bryan Christensen, and I am the Ecological Site Specialist with NRCS in Pinedale. My position allows me to work in many locations, in many landscapes and with many knowledgeable folks from many different disciplines.
I grew up in southwestern Wyoming/northeast Utah farming and ranching, attended the University of Wyoming, and later stated working in rangelands with NRCS. I became a member of SRM while attending UW in 2004, and have been active ever since.
I am currently serving as the chair of the ESD committee and am on my way out as Southwest Council Rep. While serving in the council I gained new perspectives in regards to the operation of the section, from the budget and business end to public relations and the importance of visibility of the section for future growth. I have enjoyed serving on the council and look forward to more.
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.
Through my Masters project, I was able to gain a Co-op position (student career intern) with the NRCS in Nebraska/Wyoming Joint venture. I worked one summer in Valentine Nebraska and the next in Buffalo Wyoming. I was placed in Ogallala, NE as a Rangeland Management Specialist from 2002 to 2004.
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.
Clay Wood – NE Council Rep
I grew up on the family ranch near Sundance Wyoming. Upon graduation from high school I attended the University of Wyoming and received a Bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with a minor in Reclamation and Restoration Ecology. While in college I was an active member of the University of Wyoming Range Club and the Wyoming Student Alumni Association.
After graduating from UW I began working as a Vegetation Ecologist with BKS Environmental Associates, Inc. of Gillette and worked on many projects across Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, and Utah. In this position I had the opportunity to lead various projects, typically consisting of environmental baseline studies and reclamation monitoring for multiple energy industries.
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.
Shari Meeks – SW Council Rep
I grew up in southwest Minnesota- in the heart of agriculture. Much of my childhood was spent on my Grandparents’ Century Farm, helping with livestock and growing row crops. My Grandmother had a huge garden…and I was just the girl to jump in and get my hands dirty! This is where my passion for agriculture and natural resources started. I focused my classes in high school around natural resources and worked on several wetland and tall grass prairie restoration projects in and around my hometown. I continued my endeavors at South Dakota State University where I obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Rangeland Management and participated in Range Club and on the Collegiate Soils Judging Team. My senior year I took First Place Individual in the Region 5 Soils Judging Contest.