Joel joined the Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) board in the spring of 2008 after spending two years contributing to the organization’s mission through issues involvement and development. A born and raised westerner and lifelong sportsman, Joel has been committed to hunter/angler issues since he was first old enough to carry a rifle.
After completing his bachelor’s degree at the University of Idaho in 2000, Joel moved to his current home of Missoula, MT where he earned a master’s degree in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana. Joel works professionally as the Director for western programs for the Theodore Roosevelt Partnership where he engages sportsmen to conserve western public lands.
A strong believer in the old saying, “those who show up make the rules,” Joel is heavily involved as a volunteer working to protect our hunting and fishing heritage. Joel has served on both the Executive Board of the Montana Wildlife Federation and Hellgate Hunters and Anglers, a local rod and gun club near his home.
When not building relationships and empowering sportsmen on behalf of our hunting and fishing heritage, Joel spends his time fishing clear mountain streams for cutthroat trout in the summer and pursuing deer, elk, and game birds in the fall. Spending more than 40 days afield each year, there is nothing Joel likes better than stalking buck mule deer in the rugged high country of the Northern Rockies.