Barry Whitehill, Chair
Growing up in eastern Washington I was fortunate to have public lands close at hand. Starting with my first elk at age 14, it became obvious to me that deep, dark holes on public lands were places to be consistently successful as a hunter. Also they were a place where I could rejuvenate my soul. That has been repeatedly validated when I lived in Idaho, northern Nevada, and, since 1992, in Fairbanks, Alaska.
Ryan Schryver, Vice Chair
Ryan grew up in Wisconsin where he first started hunting and fishing on public lands. After moving to Alaska he truly fell in love with hunting as another way to explore Alaska's mountains, rivers and lands. The satisfaction of filling the freezer is rivaled only by his deep appreciation of the extra time spent outside. Along with his wife and dog, Ryan calls Anchorage home but tries to make sure that few weekends are spent inside the city limits. Instead, he tries to spend as much time as he can exploring every nook and cranny Alaska has to offer.
Jason Croft, Treasurer
Jason discovered his passion for food working different jobs such as, line cook, bread baker, fish cutter, coffee roaster, and sales and restaurant manager. Today, he is able to combine his passion for food with his love of hunting and the outdoors. Jason works as the Sales and Marketing manager at Arctic Harvest in Anchorage and splits his free time between training his hunting dog and several volunteer efforts. Along with being a proud member of the Alaska BHA Board, Jason is the Alaska State Director for the First Hunt Foundation. Jason also runs his own start-up business, The Alaska Hunting Collective. Through his business and volunteer efforts, Jason works as an R3 advocate to provide fresh, engaging and potent educational opportunities for new hunters in Alaska.
Joe Eisaguirre, Secretary
Joe was born and raised on the public lands of Southern California. Growing up, he and his family took annual migrations to Alaska to hunt, fish and camp in the backcountry, these experiences solidified Joe's future. Now a full time Alaska resident, Joe has built his life around the vast tracts of state and federal lands and the fish and wildlife that inhabit them. He works as a wildlife ecologist and statistician and spends his free time as a hunter, fisherman, birder, skier and pilot. Joe is proud to serve on the Alaska BHA Board.
Dan Kirkwood, Policy Chair
Dan lives in southeast Alaska. He grew up in western Pennsylvania, dreaming of exploring the wilderness up North. Since moving to Juneau, putting wild meat on the table has become become a priority and a passion, particularly blacktail deer. Dan also recently started moose hunting, which he says has been awesome. His main interest in working with BHA is working on conserving wild places, maintaining our close contact with the land and having prosperous communities.
Rory O'hanrahan, Social Media Manager
Rory Grew up in Kona, Hawai'i and moved to Alaska for the variety of seasons and incredible fly fishing. When the weather gets colder, he follows his dogs chasing upland birds in the mountains around Anchorage. Rory is a self-described adult onset hunter but what he lacks in experience, he makes up for in enthusiasm. He is always striving to learn something new, most recently, archery. Rarely without his family in tow, Rory sees all of his time spent outside as an opportunity to learn and share new life lessons. Exploring and promoting public lands is something Rory plans on doing for a very long time.
Dave May, Armed Forces Initiative Liaison
Dave is the proud father of three daughters and devoted husband to his wife, Marissa. He was born and raised in Western Pennsylvania where he learned to hunt and fish on PA’s public Game Lands. His adventurous spirit led him into an Enlistment with the U.S. Navy at the early age of 18, where he has served for 20 years. His worldly travel finally deposited him in Eagle River, AK in 2017, where he was introduced to BHA. Throughout his travel, it became apparent to Dave just how special public land is and just how critical preserving its existence is to both the present and future generations of outdoor enthusiast. Dave is a dedicated woodsman and committed servant to BHA’s mission as the Alaska Chapter, Armed Forces Initiative Liaison
Brad Hurd, Board Member at Large
Brad grew up in small-town Craig, Colorado. As a child, he could often be found at Fortification Creek with a fishing rod and pack of bacon in hand-- ready to catch a haul of crawfish. Throughout his upbringing, he was fortunate to be included in many hunting and fishing trips with his father, which would go on to influence his life like he never imagined. Today, he still enjoys fishing, hunting, rock climbing, backpacking and other outdoor recreation on public lands. Embracing the outdoor lifestyle, Brad works alongside his partner at Heather's Choice-- a company that creates and sells dehydrated meals and snacks for outdoor adventures. One of Brad's most memorable experiences to date was a 100-mile sea kayaking excursion from Whittier, AK to Valdez, AK over eight days.
Patti Picha, Board Member at Large
Being raised on a farm in the Pacific Northwest and hiking the Cascade Mountains at an early age provided a deep appreciation of eating healthy foods and being outdoors. My career has included working for two university outdoor programs in Washington and Colorado introducing students to hiking, climbing, backcountry skiing and rafting. Sharing wild lands and the importance of their preservation has been a lifelong pursuit. During the past 17 years, my husband and I have had the privilege of hunting and rafting on some of the remote rivers of Alaska. We are grateful for the opportunity to have wild game on our table. I am deeply committed to the BHA vision "to stand up for wild country and the fish and wildlife that depend on it."
Larry Landry, Board Member at Large
Larry pursues a semi-subsistence life in the rural community of Gustavus in Southeast Alaska. He and his wife run a market garden from which they sell vegetables, root crops, preserves and medicinal and culinary herbs. They eat fish and game from public lands, 365 days a year.
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