Greg Whalin - Chair
Greg came to his love of the outdoors via the Boy Scouts (rising to the rank of Eagle Scout) running around in the wilderness of Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota (Boundary Waters is still his favorite place to spend a week or two). As an adult, he moved from the Midwest to NYC to pursue a career in tech startups. As a co-founder of Meetup, he developed a respect for the power of small local community groups to effect change. Now Greg lives in the lower Hudson Valley where he spends most of his free time exploring, hiking, backpacking, hunting, foraging, and fishing in New York's public lands. His passion for conservation led him to BHA where he is a life member.
Ted Krueger - Secretary
A native of Western New York, Ted grew up hunting, fishing, and camping with his family. Whether it was on their family tree farm or on summer trips to the Adirondacks, the best memories from his childhood were those spent outside. Of all the outside activities hunting definitely stuck the most. Ted has been lucky enough to call Missouri and Idaho home at different times in his life, which offered up new hunting experiences. It was the time spent in the mountains of Idaho that really opened his eyes to the value of public lands. Ted and his wife took every available opportunity to explore them and spent many a weekend searching for the elusive elk or floating and fly fishing on the Teton River. Ted thought the first step and the least he could do to ensure the stability of public lands and keep these areas accessible for future generations was to join BHA. After moving home to NY Ted was eager to volunteer with his local chapter. These days you might find Ted hiking a high peak, paddling the Moose River, or skiing the trails near his home in the Mohawk Valley.
Frank DeSantis Jr. - Treasurer
Frank grew up tramping the southern Adirondacks which fostered an appreciation of public lands and waters. He currently resides in Central New York where he works as an environmental scientist involved in the remediation of contaminated sites across the USA. While not working or chauffeuring his two children, he awaits the time he can be back in the Adirondacks pursuing wilderness whitetails. Frank's interest in BHA stems from his belief that wild places offer an opportunity for all of us to counterbalance our lives to the accelerating pace of technological change and are essential to maintaining the planet's ecological integrity. He thinks BHA's culture of inclusiveness is an important tool to develop similar beliefs among groups who may not otherwise be exposed to these wonderful natural resources. Many of us take for granted the existence of public lands and seem to forget that they are protected based on signatures on paper and can just as easily be unprotected in the future. He fervently believes society must continue to place value on these resources to ensure their existence for future generations.
Brandon grew up in South Louisiana, camping, kayaking, hunting and fishing. After moving to New England for college, he is now an avid multispecies fly-fisherman. Now living in NYC for medical school, he finds solace in the woods and waters of the Hudson Valley, Southern CT, the Catskills and Long Island. He enjoys all outdoor pursuits, but chasing deer and brook trout captivate most of his mind space… When he’s not studying or in the lab, you can find him in the mountain ridges, bowhunting urban bucks or waist-deep wading for trout. Brandon is committed to conserving and passing along the traditions of the land, especially for underrepresented hunters and anglers. As an NYC resident, he’s passionate about increasing land access, public-land knowledge and community among NYC and Tri-State area hunters and anglers.
Bill grew up on his family’s farm in Western NY. His earliest memories of hunting were laying prone in the hayfields shooting woodchucks with his dad who was an avid long-range shooter, engraver and gunsmith. Squirrels, turkey and deer were Bill’s fall pursuits throughout his teens, before joining the Marines at 18. After serving four years, Bill attended the University at Buffalo, receiving a BA in Communication. After pursuing a second BA in Political Science and working on Capitol Hill for a semester in 2010, Bill became a father, which is what brought him back to his passion for hunting and the outdoors. Being a single dad, he realized the best example he could set for his son involved following his passions. After attending BHA’s Muster in 2021, Bill realized he’d found his tribe, and an opportunity to merge his passions with his experience. The family farm has been sold off and he now hunts the State Forests of Western NY. Bill brings to the board a wide range of skills from his career in sales and logistics, as well as his passion for hunting, fitness and, more so, preserving our public lands for future generations.
Raul “Rocci” Aguirre
Rocci has spent the past 27 plus years using his career in the conservation field as cover for fishing, hunting, foraging, and generally exploring public lands across the country. Starting as a wilderness ranger and firefighter with the USFS and NPS, Rocci has managed to stay gainfully employed while pursuing a life that prioritized a love of wild places, wild creatures, and filling the freezer with whatever unlucky game or fish that he could chase down or put on a hook. Living in the High Peaks region of the Adirondacks allows for plenty of reflection about the true challenges of hunting and fishing the high country and that the reward is almost never about a punched tag or full creel.
Tim is a landscape architect and program director at The Nature Conservancy. Originally from Easton, Connecticut, he first fell in love with the woods and waters of New England while chasing wild brook trout. That love led him to pursue a career focused on connecting people with intact, functioning ecosystems. Despite a failed foray into bowhunting at 14, Tim got into deer and turkey hunting while living in Brooklyn, where he still resides and can be found smoking, curing, and cooking the spoils of his time in the field. Outside of city limits, Tim is chasing anything with fur, feathers, or fins. If he’s not doing that, he’s probably on a sailboat.
Val grew up in a small town in Upstate NY and was an outdoors enthusiast at an early age. From the time she could say "zoologist", she knew she wanted to work with wildlife and conservation. She spent much of her time hunting and fishing with her family, who instilled an appreciation for wilderness in her and encouraged her love for wildlife. Following her PhD from Binghamton University, she has made a career as an environmental educator at the collegiate level and is now the program coordinator for Natural Resources Conservation and Management at Paul Smith's College. She has been a certified Hunter's Safety Instructor for both archery and firearms. She has taught courses on Hunting History, Ethics, and Management, Game Management, and Wild Game Preparation and is an instructor for the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow program. She is also on the executive committee for The Wildlife Society’s Hunting and Trapping Conservation working group. She has been a BHA volunteer for the last several years, most recently serving on the Ohio board in 2022 and assisting with the 2023 Muster in the Marsh. She lives in the beautiful Adirondacks with her husband, 2 kids, and 5 dogs.