Utah BHA Board

Michael "Finnegan" Anderson - Co-Chair


Michael "Finnegan" Anderson grew up in a small town in central Utah where hunting and fishing was about subsistence as well as sport. His parents started taking him along on fishing and hunting trips when he was only two years old and he's been chasing fur, feathers and scales ever since. His primary passion these days is archery and big game bowhunting.  He's a NBEF Bowhunter Education instructor and received a 2013 Stewardship Award from the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources for his efforts in the National Archery in the Schools Program. He's been a member and served on the boards of several conservation organizations in the past, but now focuses his attention on BHA due to the threats posed by privatization of public lands and booming energy development in the state of Utah.

Jay Banta - Utah Co-Chairman - Torrey, Utah


Jay was raised in the farm country of the Salinas Valley of California. He developed a passion for things outdoors at a very early age and was engaged in studying birds of all kinds by the time he was 7 or 8 years old. He fondly remembers his early hunting forays, riding his bike across his small community and going down to the river to chase quail, cottontails and an occasional duck.

Chris Crockett - Secretary/Treasurer - Springville, UT


Chris has been involved in fisheries and natural resource management for over 15 years. He grew up in Western Tennessee where his outdoor ethics were formed roaming 170,000 acres of the Land Between the Lakes Recreational Area. Six seasons on the North Slope of Alaska conducting fisheries research further influenced his appreciation of wild places and the vital need for sustainable resource management. In his current position as an Aquatic Biologist for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources he passionately protects and restores the state’s aquatic habitats and educates the public about the value of native fish and amphibians.

Ken Theis, Utah State Coordinator


Ken is a Colorado native, has lived in Utah for the past 25 years.  He has a B.S. degree in Outdoor Recreation/Natural Resources from Colorado State University and a Master's of Landscape Architecture/Environmental Planning from Utah State University.  Professional background includes work with county, state, and federal agencies as a park planner, environmental consultant, and soil conservationist.  He enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities including flyfishing, upland and waterfowl hunting, dog training and traditional archery.

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