David Lien, Chairman
David grew up in the small northern Minnesota town of Grand Rapids and started fishing at the age of four. He shot his first squirrel when he was eight, was hunting ruffed grouse at age eleven and started deer hunting the next fall. At thirteen David killed his first deer with a Ruger .44 Magnum rifle handed down to him by his grandfather, WW II/U.S. Navy veteran John Boyce.
After completing high school, David was offered an Air Force ROTC scholarship at the University of Minnesota-Duluth and went on to graduate with a BA in political science and second lieutenant bars. He completed four years of military service as an Air Force missile launch officer while also completing a MS in administration. After completing his service commitment and another undergraduate degree, David accepted another government job and moved to Colorado.
David is chairman of BHA’s Colorado chapter, the founder and co-chair of the Minnesota BHA chapter, and a Life Member of both the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association (MDHA) and Trout Unlimited (TU). In addition, David has climbed all 54 of Colorado’s fourteeners (peaks over 14,000 feet), six of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each continent), and has set foot on each of the fifty state highpoints. He has also traveled to thirty-six countries and been to all seven continents.
David is a member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and has contributed stories, articles, essays, letters and photos to numerous periodicals, books and newspapers, including Bugle, American Hunter and Fur-Fish-Game. He has also published six books, including (most recently): Hunting for Experience II: Tales of Hunting & Habitat Conservation, published by Outskirts Press: http://outskirtspress.com/huntforexperience.
In 2014 David was recognized by Field & Stream as a “Hero of Conservation.” David currently lives in Colorado Springs and works as a federal financial institution examiner for the National Credit Union Administration (NCUA).
Matt Kenna, Vice Chair/Treasurer
Although too modest to admit it, CO BHA Treasurer Matt Kenna is among the top attorneys in America specializing in public-lands conservation issues. Matt, his wife Janet, and their two sons live in Durango, Colorado, where he has practiced law since 1992, defending the wild places we all love, and increasingly need, to enjoy traditional-values hunting and angling.
A native New Englander, Matt fell in love with the West when he worked as a seasonal ranger for the BLM at Grand Gulch in southeast Utah during the 1980s. An avid foot-powered elk hunter, Matt also plays a mean blues harp and is an expert skier. Until recently, for three generations, the Kenna family owned and operated Marlin Firearms, Matt's grandfather having bought the famous lever-action sporting arms manufacturer during the depression for $100 down and a large mortgage. "I’ve always seen hunting and conservation as two fingers of the same hand" says Matt, "I feel privileged to be able to promote those twin goals as a board member of Colorado BHA."
Dan Parkinson, Southwest Regional Director
Colorado BHA Southwest Regional Director (& BHA Life Member), Dan Parkinson, was born and raised in Denver and some of his fondest early memories are of family camping and fishing trips in the mountains of Colorado and the West. “Mom and Dad planted the seed of appreciation for wild places and wild things in me and it is a gift that I hope to share with others,” Dan says.
Dan really didn’t start hunting seriously until a college buddy got him hooked on archery elk hunting. It has now been his passion for more than thirty years. For Dan, “traditional bow hunting for elk is the perfect combination of wild backcountry challenge, adventure and an opportunity to put delicious, healthy food on the table”. In addition, Dan feels that quiet, strenuous outdoor adventures like hunting and fishing “provide an opportunity for some necessary personal introspection – to take stock, be thankful and spend some time in the 'wilderness within.'" Dan’s angling preferences have changed from bait fishing for “anything that you could eat” as a kid to mostly small stream fly fishing for wild trout.
Dan worked for years as a small-animal house-call veterinarian serving a large area of southwest Colorado. Later, as owner and managing veterinarian of Riverview Animal Hospital in Durango, Dan developed a special interest in pain management. He lectured around the country, assisting veterinarians in efforts to improve patient comfort and safety. Mostly retired now, Dan still does some consulting work in veterinary medicine and related fields.
Dan and his wife Laurie moved to Durango in 1982, where they raised two children, Tommy and Erin, and built a family cabin on the nearby Pine River. Today Dan and Laurie live on the Pine River near Vallecito where Dan hunts elk, deer, turkey and occasionally grouse, ducks and geese and big trout (with a fly rod!).
Dan is a proud life member of BHA because he is “highly aligned with BHA’s traditional values of quiet use, muscle-powered access, and ethical, fair-chase sportsmanship”. Dan believes and participates in BHA’s efforts in education, advocacy, cooperation, and hard work to promote conservation of public-lands fish and wildlife habitat, science-based stewardship of fish and wildlife, and fair and equitable access for all.
Craig Grother, West Central Regional Director
Craig retired from the U.S. Forest Service in 2009 after 33 years of service as a wildlife biologist on various ranger districts in Idaho, Nevada and
Craig joined BHA in 2007 and has served as a Habitat Watchman for the Uncompahgre National Forest since 2009. During 2013, Craig received one of BHA’s highest national awards, the Aldo Leopold Award, which recognizes significant contributions made towards preserving wildlife habitat.Colorado. He worked the last 20 years of his career for the Norwood and Ouray Ranger Districts of the Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison (GMUG) National Forests and continues to live in the Norwood area with his wife, Sheila.
And during 2015, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell Appointed Craig to the Dominguez-Escalante National Conservation Area Advisory Council. The council consists of 10 members who advise the BLM on the development of a long-range management plan for the Dominguez-Escalante NCA.
Adam Gall, Assistant West Central Regional Director
Adam was born and raised in a small farm town in southwest Michigan, and moved to northcentral Idaho at age 20. He never wanted to leave the mountains after that, and hasn’t. Adam has worked as a firefighter/forestry tech for the U.S. Forest Service in Idaho, a wolf biologist for the Nez Perce Tribe, also in Idaho, and a science teacher at Hotchkiss High School in Colorado.
In his early teens Adam started hunting whitetails, cottontails and pheasant. Today he lives in Paonia, Colorado, and hunts mule deer and elk, usually with a bow. Adam is also “married to the most wonderful woman on the planet who supports my hunting interests,” he says. Adam and Anastacia feel blessed to call the Gunnison country home and love sharing it with their daughter, Penelope.
Adam currently works as a fishing guide on the Gunnison River and, along with Anastacia, runs Timber to Table Guide Service (timbertotableguideservice.com), an elk and mule deer hunting/outfitting business with a focus on the food and educational aspects of big game hunting. Additionally, Adam is a Backcountry Hunters & Anglers (BHA) Life Member and Colorado BHA Habitat Watch Volunteer for the Gunnison National Forest.
Bob Shettel, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Liaison-West Slope
Bob Shettel, 4.5 lb. goldenBob, is a Colorado BHA Habitat Watchman for the White River National Forest, he serves on the Colorado Wildlife Council as the West Slope Angler Representative, and (most recently) volunteered to be Colorado BHA’s first Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Liaison. As CPW Liaison, Bob will ensure we’re up-to-speed on the myriad of issues impacting CPW, and vice versa, and will serve as the chapter’s contact for most CPW-related issues.
As an avid outdoorsman, experienced teacher and passionate backcountry enthusiast, Bob brings a unique perspective to Colorado BHA. He’s a retired schoolteacher originally from western Pennsylvania who started fishing at 5 and deer hunting in his teens. Bob moved to Colorado in 1975, learned fly-fishing and has been an avid user of the local gold medal waters around the Roaring Fork Valley ever since.
In 1987 Bob took his first venture into the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming in search of golden trout. That year, he caught an IFGA 2 lb. line class world record golden. Two years later, he eclipsed that record, and garnered 3 more line classes. These records still stand today. As Bob says, “I developed a real love of fishing the timberline and tundra lakes of the Rockies, both in Wyoming and here at home in Colorado.”
Since Bob holds four International Game Fish Association line class world records for golden trout, he spends at least a week each year stomping around the Wind River Mountains in search of still bigger golden trout. “I’m retired, I hunt big game, I fish as often as possible (meaning: never enough) and fish not only streams, but high mountain lakes,” he says.
Brad Nicol, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) Liaison-Front Range
Brad was born and raised in Texas, where he started hunting and learned traditional bass fishing, followed by fly fishing. Today Brad calls Denver home (along with his wife and three dogs) and hunts both big and small game. Although he’s primarily a rifle hunter, Brad is fixing to make the jump to bow hunting as soon as another hobby is “allowed into the home.” Brad is a commercial photographer (www.bradnicolphotography.com/) and was introduced to the outdoors by his father, who has “always been my best fishing buddy and mentor.”
Rick Seymour, Sponsor/Events Coordinator
Rick Seymour was born in Michigan and raised in northern Illinois, then Indiana, but lives in Silt, Colorado today. He hunts with a rifle, shotgun and trad bow, and says: “I started hunting at about 10 years old with a pump pellet gun searching for the local cottontails in Illinois. I started fly fishing in 1985 after first learning to tie flies from a book I checked out numerous times from the local library.”
He’s hunted for cottontail and snowshoe rabbits, squirrels, ducks, geese, pheasant, elk, mule deer, whitetail deer, pronghorn, bear and bighorn sheep. And he’s fished for lake trout, brook trout, bluegill, crappy, northern pike and marlin. Rick adds: “My father always subscribed to Outdoor Life magazine which I read over and over. Outdoor Life taught me a considerable amount concerning ethics, fair chase, game care, weapon handling and the adventures that awaited me in the West.”
Rick graduated from Alpena College in Michigan, compliments of the GI Bill (he served in the U.S. Air Force, both stateside and overseas), and soon thereafter moved to Colorado, where he worked as a Construction Quality Control Manager—servicing primarily, Vail, Aspen, Steamboat Springs and Glenwood Springs—for the largest construction materials supplier in the world. Rick is also a BHA Life Member and serves on the Colorado Forest Health Service Council.
Matt Anderson, Front Range Sponsor/Events Coordinator
Matt Anderson is a Colorado native who grew up with the Roosevelt National Forest in his backyard. Matt’s Father taught him how to fish as a youngster, and he independently began hunting waterfowl at age 14 with a family heirloom, a beautiful Parker Brothers double barrel side by side that, Matt says: “Should have never left a display case.”
Later Matt’s passion for hunting expanded to upland and big game and he enjoys hunting public lands in Colorado, Idaho, and Wyoming. Matt hunts big game with a .300 Winchester and plans to take up archery hunting. And prior to joining the Colorado BHA chapter leadership team, Matt was already taking the initiative to help BHA continue growing and expanding on its work as the sportsmen’s voice for our wild public lands, waters, and wildlife—he was recognized as BHA’s Member of the Month for September 2016.
Matt graduated with a Business Administration degree from Regis University in 2011 and works as a Construction Project Manager. Matt, his wife, and kids live in Mead, Colorado, and “treasure public land access.” He climbed his first 14er in 2015 (Long’s Peak) and has been “hiking Colorado’s wild places ever since.” As a BHA member and volunteer, Matt “hopes his contributions broadcast the important BHA mission and shape lasting public support and legislation that protect public lands, water and wildlife across the United States.”
Don Holmstrom, Habitat Watch Volunteer Coordinator
Don was born and raised in Southern California near Pasadena. He started fishing at the age of 5 in the salt water of California and in the trout streams of New Mexico. His grandfather, who lived in New Mexico, started taking him hunting for doves and waterfowl at the age of 10. His big game hunting started when he moved to Colorado in the mid-70s. Don says: “I transitioned to bow in the early 1980s. Today I primarily hunt/fish in Colorado and the greater Rockies.”
He hunts both small and big game–elk, deer antelope, buffalo, grouse, turkeys, waterfowl and pheasants; and fishes primarily for trout, but also bass, salmon, and catfish. Don was one of the BHA’s early members, joining in 2005, the same year the Colorado chapter (BHA’s first official state chapter) formed. He was also one of the chapter’s first Habitat Watch Volunteers (HWVs), joining the ranks of HWVs in September 2009, the same month the program started.
Don went to college at Stanford University and Law School at the University of Colorado. He worked for a French oil company for 19 years and the U.S. Chemical Safety Board for 16 years as Director of the Western Regional Office. He has a legal background in occupational safety and health, environmental law, toxic tort and administrative law. Don currently lives in Boulder County, east of Boulder, and is one of Colorado BHA’s most active, engaged volunteers.