Jason Meekhof, Chair - Jason grew up in rural northern Michigan near the small town of Mcbain, and now lives in Metro Detroit with his wife Jennifer, and his daughter Lydia. He has hunted and fished nearly his entire life, and his earliest memories are deer hunting, and trout fishing with his father. When not running his furniture company, He is spending much of his time hunting and fishing with his daughter or camping with his wife. He and his daughter have been hunting together since she was 1 year old and he had to carry her to the deer blind with him. Few things make him more proud than his daughters love and compassion for the outdoors.
Drew YoungeDyke, Secretary - Drew YoungeDyke is the Chief Information Officer for Michigan United Conservation Clubs, an outdoor writer and future editor for Michigan Out-of-Doors Magazine and a columnist for Michigan Outdoor News. He backpack bowhunts and still-hunts for whitetails, turkeys and squirrels, attempts to fly-fish for brook, rainbow and brown trout and camps in the Pigeon River Country (aka The Big Wild), the largest tract of contiguous state land in Michigan and home to Michigan's elk herd, a tag for which Drew religiously applies but has not yet drawn. He lives in Ann Arbor with his wife Michele and graduated from Michigan State University College of Law and Michigan State University with a degree in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy. In addition to BHA, Drew is a member of Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the Big Wild Bunch Deer Camp, Tomahawk Archers, Spartan CrossFit, the Michigan Outdoor Writers Association, the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Quality Deer Management Association, the National Deer Alliance, Trout Unlimited and the National Rifle Association. He currently serves appointments to the Pigeon River Country Advisory Council as chair of the Wildlife Committee and on the Michigan Trails Advisory Council.
Don Goris, Treasurer - Don Goris lives in Holland with his wife, Emilie, and one-year-old son, Henry. He is the founder and president of Campaign Resource Group, a small political consulting and fundraising firm. He grew up fishing, camping, and hiking throughout Michigan and Ontario. He acquired the hunting bug in his late twenties, an ailment that shows no signs of subsiding. Most of his time outdoors is spent in Michigan either in a driftboat or a treestand, with the occasional jaunt out west. When not involved in the aforementioned activities, he spends time keeping a flock of chickens, fiddling with his tractor, lamenting the sale of his motorcycle and daydreaming about starting a hobby farm.
As a new father, he's thoroughly excited about the prospect of spending time outdoors with his son, and is involved in BHA to help make sure his kids have the same access to public lands and waters that he has enjoyed.
Allen Crater, Board of Directors - Allen Crater, President, Stevens Advertising: Recently recognized by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of the top 40 West Michigan business leaders under the age of 40, Allen Crater is the President of Stevens Advertising. Allen came to Stevens Advertising in 1998 from Ross and Associates, where he served as an Account Executive. Shortly after joining Stevens, he made partner and was named President in 2005, affecting a 2,000% increase in bottom-line profitability within the first year.
Over the years, he has coordinated the development of brand marketing strategies and the resulting creative execution, in addition to acting as internal project manager for a variety of clients including: Yamaha Corporation, McDonald’s Corporation, National Heritage Academies, Crystal Mountain Resort and Spa, American Education Group, YMCA and Heckler and Koch
Allen is a husband and father of two boys ages 13 and 16. He is a passionate outdoorsmen and enjoys all types of hunting, angling, backpacking and watersports. He is active with his local chapter of Trout Unlimited.
In addition to being active with his local chapter of Trout Unlimited, Crater has served on the Grand Rapids Rotary board as its youngest member, was a former board member for Indian Trails Camp and the West Michigan American Marketing Association. More recently he has directed his attention to work on the board of West Michigan AAF – serving as President and The Salvation Army Public Relations Committee, among others.
Mark Kenyon, Board of Directors - Mark Kenyon is the CEO/Founder of WiredToHunt.com and host of the Wired To Hunt Podcast, a nationally published outdoor writer, and the Director of Digital Content for the National Deer Alliance.
Kyle Burleson, Board of Directors - Kyle is a relative newcomer to hunting and angling, introduced to the outdoors primarily by friends in the sailing world who put him in a layout boat on Lake St. Clair during duck season. He now spends his autumns chasing ducks, grouse, woodcock, and deer wherever he can in the Great Lakes State, as well as cheering on the Wolverines from the Big House. In the spring, Kyle can be found jigging for walleye on the Detroit River and summers are spent racing sailboats all over the Great Lakes, fishing on Lake St. Clair, and learning how to fly fish on the Manistee and Au Sable rivers. As a licensed attorney, Kyle has spent most of his career working in various levels of government from Capitol Hill to state and local government agencies and aims to use his skills to advocate for BHA’s objectives at all levels. When escaping from metro Detroit, Kyle prefers to spend his time in northern Michigan.
Drew Vincent, Board of Directors - Architect, trout bum, traditional & primitive bowyer and archer, mule deer junkie, and pheasant fanatic. Owned and tolerated by my wonderful wife Tracy, my two sons Chase and Caleb, and the reason I drink - my German shorthair pointer "Diesel".
Ryan Tucker, Board of Directors - Ryan is currently working on his Master's thesis in American History and getting out and into the wilds as often as he can. Ryan’s 10 year anniversary is this July with the most amazing woman to which they have a beautiful daughter who is the center of their life. Ryan is 42 and has been hunting and fishing since the age of 12. He is also a Freemason and active in many community and statewide charities. Ryan’s goal, through this amazing organization, is to see that those areas in Michigan that are "public wild places" stay both public and wild for his daughter and all the future generations of anglers and hunters by eliminating sales of such and minimizing power equipment (ORVs) from damaging them.
Bob Busch, Board of Directors - Bob is an outdoor professional whose business is predicated on access to clear clean water. Bob is a paddler, fisherman, skier, hunter, musician, dad, not necessarily in that order. Access to public land and water is a basic right for all people, and he is here to help in it’s defense.