Montana Chapter Board


John Sullivan imageJohn 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 ChairJared_Frasier.jpg 

 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_ryan.jpg 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.

Appel imageChristian Appel, Region 3 Board Member
Christian was born and raised in eastern Montana where his parents exposed him to the great outdoors. His love of Montana began as a child while "camping" in his tree house in an old cottonwood. Christian marveled at the Big Sky sunsets, the thunderstorms rolling across the plains, and the critters that would land or wander by while he was perched in the tree house. He spent his childhood exploring the plains searching for arrowheads and in pursuit of deer, antelope and birds. Weekends were spent backpacking in the Beartooths to fly fish for cutthroats and brookies. 
Christian is a graduate of the University of Montana and is the owner of Great Northern Physical Therapy in Bozeman, Montana. He is an avid archer and fly fisher. Christian is a life member of BHA, the Montana Bow Hunters Association, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Mule Deer Foundation, and conservation of our wild lands and watersheds has become a passion of his. He receives great pleasure in sharing the splendors of our wild lands with his family and friends. "I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love. And it's difficult to analyze love when you're in it."--John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

doug_krings.jpg 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


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