Jarrett Babincsak, Chair
Jarrett hails from the Hoosier State and now resides in Sandia Park with his wife Kelly and daughters Savannah and Grace. He spent his formative years chasing whitetails in northern Indiana, fishing local ponds and lakes and bow-shooting carp. His connection with the outdoors began early, thanks to the influences of his great-grandfather and dad, but his passion for backcountry sprouted during his first rite of passage fishing trip, with his grandfather and uncles, to the Boundary Waters. He’s a life member of BHA and is committed to protecting access to public land hunting, fishing and recreation for his daughters and “those still in the womb of time.”
Scott Ishihara, Treasurer
Scott grew up in rural northern California and frequently camped and fished in the Sierra Nevada mountains with his family. After attending college and living in Los Angeles for eight years he moved to Santa Fe, where he started hunting. As his desire to hunt and fish the backcountry of New Mexico increased, he knew it was time to start giving back and that's when he connected with the great group of people who are NM BHA.
Dan Foster, Secretary
Dan grew up hunting the woodlots and fishing the trout streams of southern Minnesota. A love of the outdoors and open spaces drew him to the Southwest, where he earned his BA in political science at Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colo., and his MA in political science with an emphasis in public policy at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Ariz. For the last decade Dan has made his career in community development and affordable housing development finance.
Joel Gay, Policy Coordinator
Joel grew up in Albuquerque and learned to love the backcountry while fishing, skiing and hiking around New Mexico with his family. After graduating from UNM he moved to Alaska and stayed nearly 30 years, working as a journalist and commercial fisherman and enjoying the state’s great outdoors. After returning to New Mexico in 2005, he was hired as communications director for the New Mexico Wildlife Federation. Now retired, Joel is an avid bow hunter and fly fisherman who would rather walk miles into the backcountry than hunt or fish among the crowds.
Brandon Wynn, Policy Coordinator
Brandon grew up hunting and fishing the backcountry of New Mexico and Colorado and in recent years expanded his hunting and fishing activities to other western states, Alaska and Canada. He especially enjoys wild sheep hunts with friends and family who manage to draw permits, as well as a few sheep hunts for himself in Alaska and Canada. Brandon sees his role at Backcountry Hunters and Anglers as working to preserve for future generations the miracle that is the vast American public lands and wildlife.
Michael Cox, Southwest Region Coordinator
Michael is a native New Mexican, born and raised in Las Cruces. He spent nine years in middle Tennessee and another four years in Indiana. Michael returned to the Land of Enchantment in 2003 and currently is a Lieutenant-Paramedic for the Las Cruces Fire Department. He is a third-generation New Mexico outdoorsman with a passion for hunting and fishing in the southern part of the state.
Kelly Hampton, Community Outreach Chair
I wear many hats in this life, and like many, am a hard-working American. My wish—like many of you—is that I can spend more of my time in the great outdoors. The support of conservation is important to me and my family. Protecting our lands for hunters and non-hunters alike for future generations to enjoy. I grew up loving the outdoors, and am an avid hunter, pursuing big game in New Mexico and other states whenever I can.
Another passion is what lands me in the kitchen, where no one leaves the table hungry. I worked as a camp cook with an outfitting business for many years. As a mother, I enjoy knowing that I can provide good organic meals and try new recipes to share with my family and friends.
Lance Hough, Board Member at Large
Born and raised in the desert region of Southern California, Lance grew up fishing throughout the Rocky Mountains to escape the hot summers. With family roots in Colorado and Montana, Lance spent most of his time fishing large stillwaters for trout. Lance picked up hunting during his college years, spending his winter breaks chasing Quail and Chukar. After finishing college, he moved to New Mexico to attend law school and take advantage of the state's outdoor opportunities. While attending the University of New Mexico School of Law, Lance received a Natural Resources & Environmental Law Certificate and the Albert E. Utton Natural Resources Law Award, and served as the Editor in Chief for the Natural Resources Journal. After a few years of quail and duck hunting in New Mexico, Lance picked up a bow and the rest is history. Lance now spends his free time archery hunting and fly-fishing. With a passion for conservation, he became involved with NM BHA to ensure our hunting and fishing traditions are preserved for generations to come.