Gerry Mauriello, Co-Chair
Gerry was born in Central New Jersey and grew up fishing the state’s streams and coastal waters. He fished wherever his bicycle would take him, exploring the coast from Sandy Hook to Island Beach State Park south to Cape May. His father and grandfather were his mentors and helped me develop my life-long love of the outdoors. Later in life Gerry developed a love of hunting, and hopes to pass along his passion to his children, Gianna and Henry. He received a BA in Psychology from Rutgers University, a Mastersin Health Education from Columbia University and Doctorate from The New York College of Podiatric Medicine.In this small and most densely populated state, public land, hunting and fishing access is of paramount importance. Gerry’s eye looks west and longs to explore it’s wonderous landscape, but his heart is here in New Jersey. He is proud to represent the amazing organization that is Backcountry Hunters & Anglers here in the Garden State and is committed to improving access to our public lands, increasing opportunity and passing on the legacy of hunting and fishing.
Steve was raised in suburban central NJ, but developed a passion for public lands at a youngage, fueled by his weekend excursions to the Delaware Water Gap and the Pocono Mountains with his father and grandfather. From these experiences, Steve was drawn to the rolling farmlands and hardwoods of northwest New Jersey, where he currently resides with his wife, kids and dogs. An accountant by trade, Steve also volunteers as a hunter education instructor and is a self-described “outdoor generalist,” partaking in a multitude of the hunting, fishing and trapping seasons that New Jersey has to offer. In the last few years, Steve’s love of wild places has lead him to explore public lands outside of NJ, hunting and fishing in neighboring New York, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and Montana. These experiences have driven Steve to become an even stronger advocate for protecting and preserving our public lands for current and future generations.
Adam is an architectural engineer who developed his love for the outdoors at a young age on the lakes and in the forests of Northern NJ where he grew up. His earliest exposure to public lands and waters was in the form of hiking and camping with the Boy Scouts of America. Fishing the many waterways of Sussex County, became a passion of Adam’s as a child and into young adulthood. With two non-hunting parents, it wouldn’t be until his late twenties when he purchased his first compound bow, became a licensed hunter and discovered the world of bow hunting whitetail deer. Hunting endeavors now include; Turkey, Pheasant, small game, and most recently, waterfowl. Outside of his professional life, Adam has volunteered his time to local land use boards, recreation boards and the historical preservation society with an acute interest in open public space preservation. Adam aspires to one day retire tothe mountains of Alaska with his dog, and a good rifle. And his wife.
Joe is an outdoor enthusiast and law enforcement professional hailing from central New Jersey. He grew up in rural Burlington County in an agricultural family where he spent his time farming, hunting deer, upland game, and turkey. He received his bachelor’s in Natural Resource Management from Cook College, Rutgers University and took up employment with the New Jersey State Police shortly after. He spends his time volunteering for nonprofit organizations and is an experienced DIY western hunter. Joe believes in supporting organizations that share a common interest in keeping “Wild Places” wild and accessible to all.
John is a lifelong New Jersey sportsmen. His passion since childhood has been making primitive and traditional archery gear. He hunts big and small game each fall with his hand-crafted equipment. His stories and how-to articles have been published in Traditional Bowhunter and Primitive Archer magazines. He also enjoys fishing, foraging, camping, hiking and taxidermy. John grew up in northwestern New Jersey but now resides in west central New Jersey with his wife and two children. He graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a bachelor’s degree in wood product science and has worked in the wood products industry intermittently between raising children. John became involved with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers to ensure that his children would have the opportunity to come to love his treasured public grounds as much as he does and have the opportunity access new wild places decades from now.
Growing up in Northern New Jersey and spending his formative years exploring the woods surrounding his parents’ hippie commune, Shawn developed a healthy appreciation for the natural world. Never fully at peace until fireside in the wilderness, Shawn spends as much time as possible hunting, musky fishing, camping, and hiking on the public lands and waters of New Jersey, New York, and Canada. Other interests include musky bait making, playing bass guitar, and video production. He received his bachelor’s degree in biology from East Stroudsburg University and, in between his outdoor jaunts, works as a clinical trial manager by day and owner of a small digital production company by night. Now more than ever, our public lands are being threatened and compromised… Shawn joined the BHA to be one more voice in defense of them.