John Sullivan, Chairman
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.
Jared Frasier, Vice Chair
Jared, like many Montana BHA members, has spent the better part of his life outdoors chasing hunting and fishing adventures. As a child, he grew up hunting and fishing avidly in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. As an young adult, he logged several thousand hours of teaching outdoor education classes to students across the Midwestern states. In 2007, he attended a one year school just outside of Augusta, MT. The Rocky Mountain Front ruined him forever - he was immediately hooked on Montana and it’s many outdoor opportunities.
Jared lives just outside Bozeman and loves hunting and fishing around the area with his wife, son and daughter. Though his day-job puts him behind a desk, he is aggressively active in promoting conservation and the rights of hunters and anglers. In addition to being a Life Member of BHA, Jared is also a Life Member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a member of the Wild Sheep Foundation, the Rocky Mountain Goat Alliance, the Montana Wilderness Association, and and active member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association.
Hannah Nikonow, Region 2 Board Member
Hannah grew up in a small 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.
Christian Appel, Region 3 Board Member
Doug Krings, Region 4 Board Member
Born and raised in central Montana, Doug's travels around the country were enough to convince him that Montana truly is the Last Best Place. He lives in Lewistown with his family, and when he's not chasing elk with his stick bow he works for a structural steel fabricator.
For the last 15 or so years, when not hunting, Doug has volunteered with conservation organizations dedicated to preserving our outdoor heritage and protecting traditional uses. Specifically, his work has focused on public access to great elk habitat in central & eastern Montana. Doug is a former board member of the Traditional Bowhunters of Montana, Montana Bowhunters Association and a handful of FWP Committees. He's also currently on the board of the Lewistown Bowhunters Association and Central Montana Outdoors. Recently, Doug and his daughter, Emma, were featured on The Durfees, a film by Mission: Montana.
John Sullivan: Board Chair - Missoula
Jared Frasier: Board Vice Chair - Manhattan
Greg Munther: Board Conservation Director - Missoula
Rick Potts: Board Treasurer - Missoula
Tom Healy: Region 1 Board Member - Whitefish
Hannah Nikonow: Region 2 Board Member - Missoula
Christian Appel: Region 3 Board Member - Bozeman
Doug Krings: Region 4 Board Member - Lewistown
Vacant: Region 5 Board Member - TBD
Justin Schaaf: Region 6 Board Member - Fort Peck
Vacant: Region 7 Board Member - TBD
Steve Platt: Montana Capital Board Member – Helena
Frank Vitale: Region 1 Board Conservation Committee Director - Whitefish
Roy Jacobs: Region 4 Board Conservation Committee Director - Pendroy
Nick Siebrasse: Region 6 Board Conservation Committee Director - Havre