Drew YoungeDyke, Chair - Drew YoungeDyke has been amember of BHA since 2012 and a founding board member of he Michigan BHA chapter, serving as secretary and now chair. Professionally, he is the Great Lakes Communications Coordinator for the National Wildlife Federation and a freelance outdoor writer, frequently contributing to Woods and Water Magazine, among others. He also founded the Michigan Outside blog in 2010.
Bob Busch, Vice Chair - 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.
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.
Neil Summers, Secretary - Neil is one of the founding board members of the michigan BHA chapter. His main reason for joining is because his roots are strongly planted in the Manistee National Forest and as such has a deep respect for our public lands. He also wants his son Wyatt to have the same, if not more opportunities than had to foster his enthusiasm for the great outdoors.
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.
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.
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.
Amber Casey, Board of Directors - Amber was born and raised near Grand Rapids, MI. She works for the Michigan Department of Transportation as a Transportation Technician which gives her ample vacation time to enjoy the outdoors. She’s not only an avid bow hunter, but also loves spending time on the river. Amber grew up around hunting and fishing, but didn’t really catch the bug until her late teens. Archery is her true passion, but fly fishing quickly became an obsession as well. Amber and her partner in crime Patrick, who’s also known as her husband, are newlyweds and spent their honeymoon last year out in the Colorado Rockies fly fishing for cutthroat, brookies, and rainbows. Who needs a beach?
Elk hunting had always been on her bucket list, so a couple years ago she made it happen. Her best hunt was fall of 2017 in Montana. No meat was brought home, but drawing back on a 5x5 screaming bull at 20 yards was a success in her eyes. Elk hunting has trumped everything thus far and has become a true addiction.
If she’s not chasing elk in September, she’s hunting whitetail October-December, chasing turkeys April-May, and trying to land anything from steelhead to pan fish in the summer. In her “downtime” she loves hiking, attempting to out-shoot her husband in archery, craft beer, photography and spending time with family. Amber and Patrick don’t have any children, but her pride and joy is her hound mix dog, Zia. When her husband hits the gym, they hit the trails with a loaded down pack to hike away the busy work day.
She has goals, dreams and many planned adventures. BHA really opened her eyes on how important public lands really are; not only for hunting and fishing, but the habitat in general. One of those planned adventures is to spend time in the Pigeon River Forest, along with spending as much time in Michigan’s beautiful public lands as she can. Amber is looking forward gaining as much knowledge as she can to help protect our public lands not just for Michigan, but throughout the nation.
Stephen Daugherty, Board of Directors - Stephen is a self taught and first generation hunter in his family. He values the importance of public lands because without them he would have never been exposed to the outdoor lifestyle. Now he is passing on the tradition to his son and hopefully future generations.
Ryan Cavanaugh, Board of Directors - Ryan grew up in Southwest Michigan surrounded by the Allegan State Game Area where he has been an avid Outdoorsman, and hunter all his life. Ryan was very fortunate to have grown up in a family that embraced the field to table lifestyle. During that time is when he developed a deep appreciation, and rapport for not only the game he was harvesting, but more importantly for the lands, waters, and wild places where game thrive.
After attending Western Michigan University, and living in Kalamazoo, Ryan moved north across the bridge to Michigan's Upper Peninsula. During his time here he has seen how extremely important our public lands are to the people, and the local economies of the UP. From Black Bear, or fishing guides, to leech trappers, and small business owners, they all rely on our public locales to bring people in from all over the world.
He has been involved with other outdoor organizations, and volunteer programs all his life, but the passion that Backcountry Hunters & Anglers brings is unlike any he has ever seen, or been a part of. Ryan looks forward to working with other Michiganders, and future members to Keep Michigan's public lands in public hands.
Dustin Nichols, Board of Directors -Dustin lives in Mid-Michigan, but the Upper Peninsula is where he calls home. Both of his parents hail from the U.P. and his roots are deeply planted north of the Mackinac Bridge. In the vast public wilderness of the Hiawatha National Forest and its intertwined streams and rivers is where Dustin cut his teeth and continues to hunt and fish.
Professionally, Dustin works for a large property management company, and is a licensed real estate salesperson. He is also the Co-founder of Lifestyle Lost, an outdoor lifestyle apparel company who donates 100% of its profits to conservation efforts. In addition, Lifestyle Lost coordinates volunteer public land and water clean-up efforts statewide to help maintain pristine areas and keep access to them open.
For Dustin, BHA’s mission reverberates loudly and his driving motivation is to ensure that the privileges and places that have so greatly influenced him remain available for his children and the generations after them.
Landon Dekeyser, Board of Directors - Landon was born in Michigan’s upper peninsula in the small town of Saint Ignace surrounded by deep woods and water. His love of the great outdoors is rooted deeply in his blood having many generations of outdoorsmen on both sides of his family. He enjoys a wide variety of outdoor activities, but what he cherishes most is trout fishing and deer hunting.
He learned at a very early age the value of public lands. His family moved to the southernmost part of Michigan when he was 7 years old. In this area, there is little to no public land. Moving from an area with an abundance of public land, to farm land with fences and posted signs, it had a drastic impact on how much time was spent in the woods with his dad.
Landon considers himself an animal lover of all kinds. He values the life of every living creature and feels it is the duty of mankind to manage and protect them for the future. Combining this with his passion for the outdoors, his single life goal is to be known not as a hunter or angler, but as a conservationist.