President: Windy Kelley
President-Elect: Jessica Crowder
Past President: Brian Mealor
Secretary/Treasurer: Marji Patz
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Newsletter Editor: Brian Sebade
NE Council Rep: Kassie Bales
NW Council Rep: Katelyn Schade
SE Council Rep: Rachel Mealor
SW Council Rep: Bryan Christensen
Windy Kelley – President
My name is Windy Kelley. As my name suggests, I am a Wyoming native born and raised in Campbell County. I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism with a concentration in Management (2006), & an M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science (2010). I worked for the Larimer County (Colorado) Department of Natural Resources Open Lands Program as an Open Lands Technician between earning my degrees.
I moved to Sublette County in 2010 to work for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture as the Jonah Interagency and Pinedale Anticline Project offices Agriculture Program Coordinator. I started working for the University of Wyoming Extension as the West Area Range Educator in December of 2012.
I joined the Society for Range Management in 2008. I appreciate the opportunity to be a member of an organization that fosters our current and future generations of rangeland stewards. I have had the pleasure to assist with the high school youth and college programs the last few years at the section and parent society meetings. I have presented at the Wyoming Section Range School, and I have helped to facilitate and teach at WyRED. I hope to see us continue to mentor rangeland stewards, novice and experienced alike. I think it is imperative to build a strong network of rangeland stewards to ensure we are able to disseminate sound information and skills about the art and science of rangeland management. I look forward to continue to work with and learn from fellow land managers and those interested in our natural resources, specifically rangelands.
Brian A. Mealor – Past-President
In looking back over my relationship with the SRM, I have had the good fortune of being involved at many different levels: student, land manager, producer and academic. Each of these situations comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges, and I found that SRM had something positive to offer at each stage. Because of the benefit I have received from SRM through my career thus far, and because I see the great potential for SRM to continue enhancing and improving skills and opportunities for current and future rangeland professionals, I would be honored to serve as Wyoming Section President.
When compared to many other professional organizations, SRM’s commitment to students is unmatched. I believe working with students is an important investment in the future of range management, and hope the Wyoming Section will continue this commitment to students. However, SRM does not exist solely as an outlet for student training and competition. We should also provide science-based information to rangeland managers and work together as a group of lifelong learners who continually seek a better understanding of how to manage these complex ecosystems.
Education: B.S. Biology, North Georgia College and State University (1999), M.S. Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming (2003), Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming (2006)
Employment Experience: Assistant Professor and Invasive Weed Extension Specialist, University of Wyoming (since 2009); Director of Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming (2006-2009), Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Lecturer, University of Wyoming (2006), Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wyoming (2001-2006)
SRM Activities: Life member of SRM (member since 2001); Developer and co-chair of the Rangeland Cup competition, SRM Student Activities Committee (since 2004), Wyoming Section SRM Graduate Student Scholarship (2002-2003), UW Range Club Outstanding Graduate Student (2005), Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED) volunteer instructor, UW URME Coach (2005-2007), Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support – UW Range Club (2010), Rangeland Invasive Species Committee member and chair (2013)
Other Professional Service: Western Society for Weed Science Finance Committee (2012-2014), Wyoming Weed Management Association Ex-officio board member (since 2009), Wyoming Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Advisory Group (since 2009), Wyoming State Weed Team (since 2009), Wyoming CRM Executive Committee (since 2008), Wyoming Plant Materials Committee (since 2007), Wyoming Non-Point Source Task Force (2008-2001)
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. I then became a Resource Conservationist/District Conservationist in Medicine Bow, WY from 2004 to 2010 where I was then transferred to Powell, WY where I am the Ecological Site Inventory Specialist (Rangeland Management Specialist) for the MLRA 32 Soil Survey Office (2010-current).
I am currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Wyoming Section, Society for Range Management. I served as president in 2010 for the chapter and have been involved in WyRED youth camp or served as co-chairman since 2005.
Outside of Rangeland planning and ESD development, I love collecting, photographing and studying the plants in the area. I am active with the Cub Scouts locally, and assist with coordinating their outdoor activities. I am involved in different groups/activities through church and in any other spare time enjoy crafting, quilting, quilling, scrapbooking, hiking with my dogs, hunting and fishing.
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.
Katelyn Schade – NW Council Rep
I grew up on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. After High School I attended the University of Wyoming where I pursued my love for ranching and agriculture in general by double majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management / Environment and Natural Resources.
While at the University I interned for the Natural Resources Conservation Service for two summers. I was a member of the UW College Republicans, the Food Science Club, secretary for the UW Range Club in 2009 and an active member after that. I was also and Ag Ambassador for the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I was President of the Society for Range Management Student Conclave in 2011-2012. I then received my masters in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management and a certificate in Reclamation and Restoration Ecology.After graduation I was hired on full time with the NRCS in Worland, Wyoming. I am currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for Washakie County. Along with being the NW Council Representative for the Wyoming section of SRM I am also Chair of the Student Activities Committee for Wyoming and the National SRM. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of a society that promotes agriculture not only in our state but also internationally.
My hobbies include: Hiking, reading, fishing, horseback riding, photography, and dancing.
Rachel Mealor – SE Council Rep
I have been working for the University of Wyoming as a Range Extension Specialist for six years. One of the greatest pleasures in my position is the opportunity to work with private landowners and managers, agency representatives and researchers on a wide variety of rangeland management issues.
My interest in rangeland management was sparked at Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED) when I was about 15 years old. I had such a great time at that camp, and the enthusiasm expressed by many of the instructors (especially Dr. Dan Rodgers) was absolutely contagious! At that point, I was hooked and knew I wanted to pursue a career in land management.I attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wyoming and went to my first SRM meeting as a sophomore. The student activities were one of the best experiences and networking opportunities I have received, and, for that reason, I have continued my involvement in student activities as a professional. I have served on the Student Activities Committee (both National and WY Section) since 2004; co-developed and currently co-chair the Rangeland Cup competition, have served as the plant identification co-coach for UW, and am currently one of the advisors for the Student Chapter for the Wyoming Section of the SRM, the UW Range Club.
I have never forgotten my WyRED experience and introduction into range management, and, in paying it forward, have volunteered as an instructor at every WyRED camp I can attend. My past and current experiences in the field of rangeland management and the opportunity to work alongside other range professionals have only increased my interest and passion in working in this field. I hope you will consider selecting me as Southeast Council Representative. I look forward to this opportunity to serve the society!