Idaho Chapter Board

Samantha Flowers, Co-Chair (North Idaho)

Samantha lives in Grangeville, ID and has previously served as a Capital Region Chair for BHA during her 3 year stay in the DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia) where she gained an intimate knowledge of our legislative system and developed a successful framework for a thriving BHA Chapter in a region at the heart of decision making. Her knowledge of the natural world led her to serve as a Certified Master Naturalist in Maryland and Idaho specializing in water quality analysis, macroinvertebrate education, and general natural history education. When Samantha isn’t busy mothering her three children you can find her in the woods pursuing big game or wetting a line on the water. In addition to hunting and fishing at home in Idaho, Samantha and her family spend their summers operating their family's 30 year commercial salmon fishery in Southeast Alaska. With hunting, fishing, and foraging in her blood, Samantha holds the gift of our public lands near to her heart and considers herself compelled to fight for access and opportunity for those who follow in her boot tracks. 


Ed Rebman, Co-Chair (Southwest Idaho)

Ed grew up in Michigan hunting, fishing and backpacking from an early age.  After discovering the mountains during westerly vacations, Ed and his wife Lisa moved to Idaho in 2014.  They picked Idaho specifically because of the available public land opportunities.  Ed enjoys hunting for elk, deer and grouse, and backpacking to trout fishing locations.  Ed and Lisa spend much of their leisure time hiking and snowshoeing with their dogs on public land. 


Jeff Klausmann, Co-Chair (East Idaho) 

Originally an East Coaster, Jeff moved to Idaho in 1993 for the fish and wildlife.  He started out as a fishing guide on the Snake River and now owns a environmental consulting company and native plant nursery focused on fish and wildlife habitat restoration.  Jeff is a leader in the conservation community in eastern Idaho and is dedicated to maintaining high environmental stewardship and conservation values.  Jeff has designed over 30 wildlife habitat projects throughout the west that have benefited fish, waterfowl, songbirds and big game species.  Jeff also has some remarkable culinary skills and his mallard recipes are especially amazing.  When not at work, Jeff enjoys getting outside with his family, particularly hunting with his 3 boys and their friends

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Steve Gale, Treasurer

Steve grew up on a dairy farm south of Meridian and has lived in Idaho all his life enjoying fishing and hunting with family and friends, and now relishes the time spent with his grandkids in the great outdoors. His son John (BHA Conservation director) introduced him and his wife Debbie to BHA about 8 years ago and they have been involved since that time. BHA appealed to Steve because of its support of multiple use of our public lands and the desire to increase access and promote conservation. Retired after 42 years working in management at Lactalis Cheese factory in Nampa Idaho, he now finds more enjoyment spending time in the outdoor environments while hunting and fishing than the actual harvest.


Logan Eres, Secretary

Logan grew up hunting and fishing in Washington. After graduating with her MBA from Washington State University, she moved to Boise to work at Micron. At Micron, Logan works as a Business Process Analyst and is excited to bring her structured thinking and facilitation skills to the team. Logan loves the challenges and rewards that Idaho public lands have to offer. After participating in a BHA Hunting For Sustainability program by taking the Idaho BHA "Learn to Hunt" course, Logan harvested her first public land mule deer. When not at work or volunteering for BHA Logan enjoys spending time with her horse, hunting, hiking, or enjoying a nice meal with friends and family.  Logan joined the Idaho board in early 2020.    


sean_carriere_ID.jpgSean Carriere, Board Member (Stewardship Committee Chair)

Sean lives in Middleton, Idaho with his wife Lisa and two daughters Maria and Rebecca. Sean works in the high tech industry but spends his free time hunting, fishing, and camping throughout Idaho and the US. He enjoys introducing his daughters to the joys of the outdoor lifestyle. A member of a number of wildlife organizations, and a former Vice President and Board Member of the Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation, Sean has a long history of working for our wildlife, habitat, and land so we can pursue our passions.


Todd Syruws, Board Member (Membership/Events/Fundraising Committee Chair)

Todd grew up in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia, hunting and fishing on public lands. This is where he began to greatly cherish and value public lands. Todd and his family have lived across the U.S. and Todd has traveled across the globe while engaging in missionary efforts. He presently lives in the mountains between Boise and Idaho City. Todd loves chasing turkeys in the spring and finds consistent success using only voice-calling techniques. He also filled his once-in-a-lifetime Idaho bull moose tag in 2019.  Todd has been active with Idaho BHA since 2017 and joined the board in early 2020.

 

Nick Fasciano, Board Member (Policy Committee Chair)

 Nick lives in Boise and has been actively involved with BHA for a number of years. He was born and raised in Georgia and lived in various places up and down the East Coast, along with a few years in Africa, before migrating to the West. Nick learned to hunt as an adult and found in BHA not only an ardent advocacy organization for the public land opportunities that have become such a central part of his life, but also a thriving community of dedicated conservationists that enables everyone from lifelong outdoors-folk to those just starting out to meet and learn from one another. 

A former Vice Chair and Policy Chair of the California Chapter of BHA, Nick is accustomed to wading into the waters of conservation policy and is committed to helping ensure that the public land hunting and fishing opportunities we have here in Idaho are maintained for future generations. He is an avid hunter of elk, deer, turkey, bear, pronghorn, and grouse - though that list does continue to grow. 


Regional Reps - Committed BHA members who monitor and report on important BHA-related issues, opportunities and threats in their area of the state.

Region 1 (Panhandle) - Cody Montgomery

Region 2 (Clearwater) - Dean Ferguson, Seth Bynum

Region 3 (Southwest) - Mike Lipps, Nicole Swafford, Katie Oelrich

Region 4 (Magic Valley) - Ford VanFossan

Region 5 (Southeast) - Vacant

Region 6 (Upper Snake) - Hunter Johnstone

Region 7 (Salmon) - Chad Fealko

 

Hunter Johnstone, Region 6 Rep

A first-generation Idahoan, Hunter grew up in Indiana hunting whitetails, turkey, and small game on his family’s homestead forest and river bottoms as well as Indiana’s few public parcels. After graduating from Purdue University where he and his partner earned Wildlife and Forestry degrees, the two of them moved to Idaho for the abundance of public land, Wilderness, foraging, and hunting opportunities. Since coming to Idaho, Hunter has worked across the state with sagebrush-grassland songbirds, Sage-grouse, mule deer, wolves, and now elk. Hunter has a passion for wild game cooking, sharing the harvest and mentoring new hunters of all ages. 

 

Jeff-elk1.JPGJeff Barney, Special Advisor

Jeff Barney served as the Idaho chapter secretary for the first 9 years of the Idaho chapter's existence.  Jeff turned over his official board duties in early 2020 but remains an active contributor to the Idaho BHA chapter.  Jeff became involved to help protect public access and to stand against those interests attempting to eliminate public lands.   

Jeff enjoys bird hunting (especially for chukars), bow hunting, fly fishing for trout and steelhead, trail running and wildlife photography. He also serves on his local Trout Unlimited chapter board and works as a state park ranger.

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