Montana Chapter Board


John Sullivan imageJohn Sullivan, Co-Chair

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, Co-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. 

Sivertsen imageChad Sivertsen, Treasurer/Secretary

After traveling the U.S. as an electronic design consultants for several years, Chad and his wife Kyle moved to northwest Montana in 1984. He hunted, fished and hiked the dark timber throughout the area. While bow hunting has been the driving force in his life he also enjoys bird hunting, fishing, and hiking with Kyle and their labs Amber and Pearl.

Many areas he has enjoyed in the past are now suffering from human abuse, both commercial and recreational. Chad longs to see our remaining backcountry areas protected for future generations to enjoy, whether it is for hunting, fishing, camping or simply viewing wildlife and scenery. He believes BHA can help secure that much-needed protection.


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

hannah_ryan.jpg Hannah Ryan, 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.

John Sullivan: Board Chair - Missoula

Jared Frasier:             Board Vice-Chair - Manhattan

Greg Munther:            Board Conservation Director - Missoula

Chad Siversten:          Board Treasurer - Superior

Frank Vitale:               Region 1 Board Member - Whitefish

Hannah Ryan:             Region 2 Board Member - Missoula

Christian Appel:          Region 3 Board Member - Bozeman

Doug Krings:              Region 4 Board Member - Lewiston

Roy Jacobs:                Region 4 Board Member - Pendroy

Nick Siebrasse:           Region 5 Board Member - Havre

Justin Schaaf:             Region 6 Board Member - Fort Peck

Vacant:                      Region 7 Board Member - TBD

Steve Platt:                Montana Capital Board Member – Helena

Ron Moody:                Emeritus Board Member – Lewiston


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