A native of Parkville, MO. Ryan spent a great deal of his youth hunting on private lands in the Ozarks of Missouri. In addition, Ryan has always been active on public lands through his involvement in the Boy Scouts of America hiking, floating and exploring. After living out west in California for six years and getting to explore the vast open high country of Northern California and the Sierra's, his passion to ensure that public lands remain available for future generations to come was solidified. Ryan returned to Missouri in 2009 to attend graduate school, and it was during this time that he worked as a campus recreation director taking students out into the national forests of Missouri and Arkansas. It was this that made him become more aware of what was happening with the attempts to erode the protections of public lands. He was raised with an understanding of the world that is best summed up by the words of President Theodore Roosevelt when he said, "We have fallen heirs to the most glorious heritage a people ever received, and each one must do his part if we wish to show that the nation is worthy of its good fortune."
Paul Keeven, Vice Chair
Raised in northern Lincoln County Missouri, eating local was just a way of life that one never really thought about, it was just normal for Dad to bring home deer meat and grow a garden. After graduation Paul moved to the city, the disconnect between people and how they get their food became very evident.
Paul spent years in the local food scene running a farm to table kitchen, managing an organic farm and founding a local farmers market. It was very encouraging to see how involved folks can get when it comes to eating local veggies, but very discouraging to see how society turns a blind eye to where they get their protein.
After spending time in the western states hunting on public lands, Paul has gained a desire to educate and advocate for the amazing natural protein resources we have available in our own back yards here in Missouri and on our public lands across the country.
Paul brings a passion for outreach, networking and bringing new folks to the table so we can continue to grow as a chapter & organization and continue to protect our amazing public lands.
Ryan Price, Treasurer
Ryan grew up in STL, MO fishing, hunting, and camping. Hunting whitetail in Missouri became a revived passion in 2015, however access to hunting grounds was no longer an option. A few tags later and Public Land Proud has become the Price family mantra, so being involved locally with Missouri BHA was a natural fit. Being involved with BHA provided the opportunity to connect with western hunters, which has now led to three consecutive years of elk hunting in WY and CO. Growing up living on Lake Saint Louis, Missouri, Ryan had a steady diet of catfish, as any person should growing up near the Mississippi River, but also enjoys cooking and serving wild game. Most days you can find Ryan archery hunting for deer in Missouri conservation areas or fly fishing for rainbow and brown trout throughout the state. Professionally, Ryan graduated from Westminster College, with degrees in accounting and business administration and now works at Ernst & Young (EY) in Clayton, Missouri.
Matt Wilson -
Matt Wilson was born and raised in Cape Girardeau, and grew up prowling all over southeast Missouri for everything from blue cats to whitetails. He now lives in Springfield and spends his free time fishing and chasing deer and turkeys all over the Ozarks. After Matt got married in 2010, he and his wife merged their mutual interest in cooking with Matt's lifelong passion for the outdoors. One of their favorite past times is transforming Matt's wild harvests into beautiful meals that even their non-hunting friends and family appreciate.
Matt's first western big game hunt was on public land in Colorado, and it opened his eyes to the tremendous opportunities available to all Americans as "public land owners." Through involvement in BHA, he hopes to educate people not only about the right to use and enjoy their public land, but also about what it takes to keep those areas open and accessible.
Matt has a business degree from Ole Miss, and graduated from UMKC School of Law in 2007. He is a practicing attorney specializing in government entity liability and employment law.
Frank Petraglia, Secretary
Frank grew up in western Pennsylvania just outside of Pittsburgh. He spent much of his time in the fall and winter on public land with his brother and cousins hunting whitetails, pheasants and squirrels. In the spring, he, his brother and father would shift their focus to the local streams fly fishing for trout. After completing biomedical engineering and chemistry degrees at the University of Pittsburgh, Frank traveled to North Carolina to attend medical school at Duke University. In the summer of 2017, Frank moved to St. Louis with his fiancé Katy to pursue a Radiology residency. When Frank isn’t working in the hospital, he can be found in the woods participating in his favorite pastime, still-hunting squirrels. Frank now realizes how lucky he was to spend much of his childhood outside with his family. Because of this, he is now a champion of conservation and protecting public lands in the hopes that his future children can enjoy similar adventures.
Jared was born and raised on a farm in Central Missouri. Hunting, fishing and being outdoors has always been his passion from childhood into adulthood. He extensively hunts public lands for waterfowl, upland game, small game and turkey. During the fall, you will find Jared throwing duck decoys somewhere in our Missouri public land wetlands or traveling to northern states for DIY pheasant hunts with his Labrador Retriever, Jet. Jared and his wife Jennifer live on their family farm in Hallsville, a small town just a few miles north of Columbia. He works in Human Resources for an outdoor retailer. In addition to his passion for the shooting sports industry, Jared is an active member of several conservation organizations including BHA, Ducks Unlimited, RMEF, Quail & Pheasants Forever and others.