The NWSA Board
Andrew Downs, NWSA Board Chair
Andrew works as the Central and Southwest Virginia Regional Director at Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
Andrew is a "born and breaded" North Carolinian who holds a degree in Cultural Resource management from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina and a Masters in Natural Resource Management from NC State University in Raleigh.
NWSA Vice Chair - vacant
Anne Sentz – NWSA Secretary
Anne is the landscape partnership manager for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, where she works to advance the pace of conservation within the Appalachian Trail landscape. She loves her job because it allows her to connect with public and private organizations across the East Coast.
Originally from Asheville, North Carolina, Anne holds undergraduate degrees in journalism and technical photography from Appalachian State University and a master's degree in Rhetoric and Composition from Western Carolina University. She now lives in West Virginia, where she enjoys exploring the beautiful scenery that makes up the Wild and Wonderful state.
Anne joined the NWSA Board in October 2016, and she is excited to spread the word about the incredible work being accomplished by NWSA partner organizations.
David Cantrell, NWSA Board Member
Dave grew up in the woods and lakes of North West Pennsylvania, a land his parents helped him learn to love and respect. His passion for wild places now finds a center in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is a Poudre Wilderness Volunteer, helping maintain the wilderness areas of the Northern Colorado Front Range, which are much loved and always in danger of being much trammeled without the support of volunteers.
Dave chairs the Programs Committee, helping create an allied constituency for wilderness by connecting stewardship organizations nationwide with each other, linking our efforts and experiences, directing groups to resources, and fostering new organizations.
In 2012 Dave was recognized by the United States Forest Service with the Bob Marshall Award as Individual Champion for Wilderness Stewardship. Dave was the founding Chair of NWSA, and returned to the Board in 2016.
Katie Currier, NWSA Board Member
Katie is a Program Manager with Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards overseeing Field Crew and Volunteer Operations. She is a Leave No Trace Master Educator and is a C-certified crosscut sawyer.
A New York native, Katie is a graduate of Ithaca College with a degree in Outdoor Adventure Leadership. She has worked as a Wilderness Ranger in the Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness and spent a couple years training and coordinating field crews for the Utah Conservation Corps.
Katie joined the NWSA board in November 2016 and is looking forward to providing a boots on the ground perspective and working with the many partner organizations.
Randy Rasmussen, NWSA Board Member
Director for Public Lands & Recreation Back Country Horsemen of America
Since 2012, Randy has represented Back Country Horsemen of America—a widely respected national, non-profit volunteer service organization.
Randy assists BCHA’s 31 state organizations to advance initiatives and strengthen partnerships to ensure that current and future generations will continue to enjoy access to back country and Wilderness experiences. He was a key player in the development and promotion of concepts contained in the National Forest System Trails Stewardship Act, which gained widespread bipartisan support and was signed into law in November 2016.
Prior to joining BCHA, Randy was senior policy manager for American Hiking Society. He was a founding board member of Trailkeepers of Oregon, a non-profit volunteer trail maintenance organization.
Sandy Compton, NWSA Board Member
Sandy grew up in Montana, near the Cabinet Mountains Wilderness and the proposed Scotchman Peaks Wilderness, on the property where he lives still. He is author of several book of fiction and nonfiction and hundreds of essays and articles, many dealing with the beauty and sanctity of our natural world. Sandy has been program coordinator for Friends of Scotchman Peaks Wilderness since October, 2009. He recently received the Keith and Pat Axline Award for Environmental Activism, Idaho Conservation League's highest annual honor.
Zack Bumgarner, NWSA Board Member
Zack works with the New Mexico Wilderness Alliance
Ian Nelson, NWSA Board Member
Ian works with the Pacific Crest Trail Association as the Southern Oregon Regional Representative.
Ann Baker-Easley, NWSA Board Member
Ann Baker Easley is a Colorado native who grew up in Boulder. There, she first discovered the joys of the outdoors through family camping trips, backpacking and hiking. Today she helps thousands who share her love for the outdoors get involved in outdoor stewardship volunteer efforts across Colorado through Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado (VOC).
Baker Easley has led numerous environmental, volunteer, and youth-development oriented nonprofit organizations, with a focus on strengthening their programs and helping them grow to new levels. During that time, she founded or helped start 7 different youth and civilian service corps programs, both in Colorado and nationally. Prior to VOC, she founded the Colorado Youth Corps Association where she served as its Executive Director for 11 years.
Baker Easley joined VOC as Executive Director in March 2007. At VOC, she is focused on recruiting a new generation of outdoor volunteers and leaders, and expanding VOC’s programs to pioneer a new era of outdoor stewardship. Under her leadership, VOC recently received the “Making a Difference Award” for exceptional contributions to conservation and management of public lands, the highest national award from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).
Baker Easley presently is a member of the Colorado Non-Profit Association’s Leadership Advisory Committee and was recognized by the Denver Business Journal as one of Denver’s 2017 Thought Leaders. She graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major in Psychology and Social Work, attended Duke Divinity School, and earned a Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan.
David Kallenbach, NWSA Board Member
David Kallenbach feels professionally fortunate to have made a career working in close association with many of the wildest and most beautiful places across the West. Currently the Executive Director of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness Foundation based in Red Lodge, Montana, he takes a lot of pride in his role helping create and build the ABWF, a “Friends-Of” non-profit group dedicated to promoting, educating, and encouraging greater stewardship for one of this country’s wildest places.
Wilderness—its rugged, pristine beauty, its solitude, and its absence of human impacts—captured the imagination of David from the earliest age. He first came to Montana and encountered the A-B Wilderness back in 1996 while working for the Voyageur Outward Bound School, leading groups of adults and kids on backpacking voyages of self-discovery in the mountains of Montana. Prior to this he’d been a high school biology teacher in the Denver metro area, and before that a Park Ranger in far-flung, wilderness kinds of places like Death Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Denali, where they actually paid you to lead hikes, give historic tours and campfire talks to others wanting to know more about nature & wild places! Wherever he has lived & worked, David has always looked to share his love of nature with those around him.
David was born and raised in Kentucky, but grew up in Colorado in a family that loved to camp and hike and travel, visiting public lands all over the country. Colorado was the source of his love of mountains and wilderness. He now owns a home in the quiet mountain town of Red Lodge, Montana that he shares with his faithful dog Puck!
Chelsea Phillippe, NWSA Board Member
Chelsea Phillippe expresses her passion for public lands as a wilderness ranger practicing stewardship in the field and educating local communities. After a decade of guiding visitors down Wild and Scenic Rivers, she decided to give back to public lands through a career with the US Forest Service. To complement her six seasons in land management, Chelsea has completed Graduate Certificates in Wilderness Management and Natural Resource Conflict Resolution. She is using her offseason to complete a graduate degree at the University of Montana in Resource Conservation with a focus on Human Dimensions to help improve visitor behaviors.
Michael Splain, NWSA Board Member
Michael Splain is the Executive Director for the Ventana Wilderness Alliance.
Dusty Vaughn - USDA Forest Service
Randy Welsh, Executive Director
Recently retired from the US Forest Service after a 36 year career, Randy is enjoying his new found freedom to serve as a executive director of NWSA.
“Having served in protected area management with emphasis on wilderness and rivers most of my career I am especially aware of the need for strong partner stewardship organizations. I hope I can help NWSA achieve it’s mission of a stewardship group for every wilderness area.”
Randy spent time in Washington DC as the National Program Leader for Wild and Scenic Rivers and as Assistant Director of Recreation, Heritage and Volunteer Resources. He was a Regional Wilderness Specialist in the Intermountain Region working on wilderness and rivers issues for over 16 years before moving to Washington. Married, with two grown daughters, Randy lives in Oregon and enjoys river trips, wilderness hikes, and visits with friends and family. Let him know what you would like NWSA to become.
Past Board Members
Darcy Shepard, past NWSA Treasurer, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, 2012-2018
Jennifer Tripp, Pacific Crest Trail Association, 2016-2018
Bill Hodge, past NWSA Chair, 2011-2016
Bill Hodge is the new Executive Director of the Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
Doug Scott, NWSA Board Member, 2013-2017
Doug has devoted his career to Wilderness. He helped pass many wilderness bills, including the Eastern Wilderness Areas Act (1975) and the Alaska National Interest Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA, 1980), as well as Alpine Lakes Wilderness in his home state of Washington.
He worked for The Wilderness Society, the Sierra Club, and the Campaign for America's Wilderness.
He served as the Club’s national conservation director and associate executive director. He was honored with the organization’s prestigious John Muir Award.
Scott has written several books, including The Enduring Wilderness and Our Wilderness: America's Common Ground. He is a past chair of the NWSA Board.
Hawk Metheny, Appalachian Trail Conservancy, 2010-2016
Shaaron Netherton, Friends of Nevada Wilderness, 2010-2016
Eric Melson, Montana Land Trust, 2016-2018
Celina Montorfano, Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics, 2010-2016
Adam Andis, Sitka Conservation Society, 2010-2016
Elaine Dermody, Friends of Wilderness, past NWSA Vice-Chair 2010-2012
Heather Day, 2010-2011
Margaret Shaklee, 2011-2013
Jerome Wilson, 2010-2012
Daven Hafey, 2014
Bob Hazelton, San Gorgonio Volunteers, 2012-2016
Stuart Dodd, Indian Peaks Wilderness Alliance, 2016-2019
Andrew Schurr - 2012 - 2019