John Sullivan, Co-Chair
John has been working in the outdoor/hunting/fishing industry since he was 16, starting as an assistant (more like a pack mule dropping off equipment at various locations) for a fly fishing outfitter in the Swan Valley. While attending The University of Montana for degrees in Resource Conservation and Economics, he worked at a local hunting shop and was a river guide leading multi-day wilderness trips out of West Glacier in the summers. After graduating, he moved to southeast Alaska to help develop new fly fishing channels of business for various salmon fishing lodges.
He began to miss Montana too much, so he returned to Missoula and is active in Montana's hunting and fishing communities. John has firsthand experience watching smart policy protect and improve habitat, wildlife populations and opportunities for hunting and fishing. He is passionate about protecting backcountry, restoring degraded habitat and working with the state and private landowners to improve access.
Hannah Ryan, Co-Chair
Hannah grew up in asmall Wyoming town (but who are we kidding, all Wyoming towns are pretty small). Though she attempted to stray, her hook and bullet father drew her back from the dark side (vegetarianism) and made sure she dedicated a good portion of her life to hiking and hunting the state's sagebrush flats and mountains.
In college, Hannah obtained a degree in journalism from the University of Montana but spent her social hours in the College of Forestry and Conservation student organizations. Today, she works as a communications specialist for a bird habitat conservation organization in Missoula. Her present passion is training and hiking with her wirehaired pointing griffon, Rye, and figuring out the wily ways of grouse and pheasant. Otherwise, you can find her experimenting with new ways to make wild game taste better and trying to touch her toes with this thing called yoga. Dedicated to the preservation of wild lands, Hannah is a willing disciple who is eager to follow in the boot tracks of those currently speaking out for the protection of public lands.
Chad Sivertsen, Treasurer/Secretary
After traveling the U.S. as an electronic design consultants for several years, Chad and his wife Kyle moved to northwest Montana in 1984. He hunted, fished and hiked the dark timber throughout the area. While bow hunting has been the driving force in his life he also enjoys bird hunting, fishing, and hiking with Kyle and their labs Amber and Pearl.
Many areas he has enjoyed in the past are now suffering from human abuse, both commercial and recreational. Chad longs to see our remaining backcountry areas protected for future generations to enjoy, whether it is for hunting, fishing, camping or simply viewing wildlife and scenery. He believes BHA can help secure that much-needed protection.