After traveling to the Bridger-Teton National Forest in Wyoming and Colorado's Mount Zirkel Wilderness in pursuit of elk and mule deer, along with floating the Blackfoot River to catch cutthroat on a fly, Matt joined BHA to protect the places where those incredible experiences can happen. He figured out that the rural hunting/fishing way of life that he holds so dear needed protecting closer to home, too. A big woods deer tracker needs big woods to roam in; he realized the value that conservation easements allowing public access on North Country timberlands plays in guaranteeing long-term access to hunting and fishing. Matt hails from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom where he lives with Lori and a pack of pets. Trained as a Physical Therapist by the U.S.Army, he continues to work as a PT in his civilian life. In his time off, he likes to run, hike, hunt, fish and paddle in quiet places. He plans to continue his western pursuits when he can and track down a buck in the mountains of northern New England every November.
Rob Bryan, Co-Chair
Rob Bryan is a licensed forester and ecologist based in Harpswell, Maine, with a business that focuses on integrating management for timber and biological diversity. When not working with forestry clients in Maine and across the country, Rob and his wife Tulle Frazer enjoy canoeing the remote lakes and rivers of northern Maine and eastern Canada or hiking at home and in Europe. Come autumn, archery, rifle, and black powder hunting for local ungulates with occasional forays for Western game species occupy as much time as possible. More information is available here.
Christopher Borgatti teaches Biology and AP Environmental Science at a Massachusetts prep school. Outside the classroom, he leads students on outdoor adventure trips, typically with a heavy dose of backcountry fishing. He has taken students to some of America’s best public lands in the East, West, and Alaska, plus destinations in Central and South America, and Europe. A lifelong angler and a relatively new hunter, his passion is getting as far off the beaten path as possible throughout the region’s public lands. A lover of wild proteins from land and sea, an avid surfer, and competitive endurance athlete, Chris lives on the North Shore of Massachusetts with his wife, and three children.
Jenna Rozelle-Darcy, Outreach Coordinator
Jenna Rozelle-Darcy is an outdoor enthusiast, born and raised in Maine. She makes her living as a forager, supplying wild edible, medicinal, and utilitarian plants to people and businesses. She offers classes for individuals or groups who want to learn how to safely and ethically incorporate wild foods into their lives. Beyond food, she is focused on fostering relationships between people and their local landscape, aiming to erase that imaginary line between human and environment. She waded slowly into becoming a hunter in her 20s, being largely self-taught and motivated by food. She currently homesteads in southwestern Maine in the foothills of the White Mountains and enjoys a healthy dose of cold streams and brook trout.
David Larson, Co-Chair
David Larson is a science teacher in Central Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Science. He grew up in Connecticut, where access to public lands is limited. Introduced to hunting and fishing at a young age by his father, he has a deep love for the woods and waters of New England and a passion to protect and enhance them through sound stewardship. Currently living in Massachusetts, he attempts to instill a shared appreciation for our fish, wildlife and wild places in all he meets.
Heather Kusmierz, Treasurer
Heather Kusmierz grew up playing in a patch of woods near Quonset Base while fishing the freshwater brooks, brackish marshes, and saltwater bays of Rhode Island. She spent her 20's braving the urban jungle of NYC to work in finance, but ultimately decided that lifestyle wasn't for her. She left to travel, re-skill herself in all things tech, and reconnect with her prior outdoor activities. Her interest in archery led her to BHA and recently becoming a newly-minted bowhunter. Heather now works as a freelancer in New Hampshire while she learns the arts of data science and explores the public lands around her. She hopes to put her tech skills to use to promote science-based policy, management, and decision-making processes in the conservation world.
Ethan Dreissigacker grew up exploring the woods of northern Vermont as an avid birder, tracker, and nordic skier. He didn’t start hunting until age 15 when he somehow convinced his mom to buy him a Remington 870 so that he could hunt turkeys, grouse and rabbits in the woods behind his family’s house. He went on to study Engineering at Dartmouth College where, through the mentorship of a few friends, he became obsessed with hunting and fishing. In parallel to his introduction to hunting, he also got into the sport of Biathlon. He would go on to compete in the sport for over 12 years, representing the US in international competition for much of that time. Today Ethan lives in Craftsbury, Vermont where he coaches biathlon, builds biathlon rifles, hunts, fishes, and plays outside.
Alex lives in central CT with his wife, Jessica (also a BHA member.). He has been fishing for as long as he can remember but only got into hunting in his early 20s. A passion for the outdoors and an interest in wild food got him hooked. He pursues deer, waterfowl and turkey primarily on CT's State forests and WMAs, flyfishes for brookies, and chases stripers in the spring.
Alex notes that he is a passionate supporter of, and really aligns with, the culture that BHA inspires. He thinks that if we're going to continue, and hopefully expand, participation in our pursuits well into the future it needs to be in the responsible, conservation-focused ways that BHA promotes. He enjoys talking to people about it and especially enjoy encouraging folks to join and get involved.
Mike is hunter from Rhode Island. Being outdoors has always important to him, and he grew up fishing, camping and backpacking in New Jersey. After graduating from Brown University he took an interest in hunting, and after taking his first deer he was hooked for life. Part of his journey as an outdoorsman has been realizing the extreme importance of protecting and preserving our public lands and waters, so he joined up with BHA to become a part of a community that focused on that task. When he isn’t hunting of fishing, Mike works as an engineer developing consumer and industrial products, and also enjoys home brewing and running.
Dave Furman: Co-Chair, Vermont Leadership Team