President: Jessica Crowder
President-Elect: Mae Smith
Past President: Windy Kelley
Secretary/Treasurer: Marji Patz
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Newsletter Editor: Brian Sebade
NE Council Rep: Kassie Bales
NW Council Rep: Curtis Bryan
SE Council Rep: Sarah Kauer
SW Council Rep: Bryan Christensen
Jessica Crowder – 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.
Mae Smith – President-Elect
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.
Windy Kelley – Past-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.
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.
Curtis Bryan – NW Council Rep
Bio and photo coming soon. . .
Kassie Bales – NE Council Rep
Kassie Bales is currently a Rangeland Management Specialist with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) in the Buffalo Field Office. She is a Wyoming native that grew up in the Cody area on her family’s farm and ranch. She did not truly appreciate the upbringing the ranch allowed her until she moved off of the ranch to attend college. Kassie recognizes the values and work ethic her family instilled in her and enjoys every opportunity to return to Cody to help on the purebred operation.
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.