Oregon Board


Ian Isaacson

Co-Chair

Born and raised in Michigan, Ian now calls Bend home where with a degree in Landscape Architecture, works for the Bend Park & Recreation District as a Landscape Architect. Like so many sportsmen and women across this state, he grew up hunting and fishing primarily on public lands and waters. In 2012, after reading an Outdoor Life magazine article naming Bend the #1 town for sportsmen, his sense of adventure took over and he, his now wife Devin and their Springer Spaniel Archer packed up and made the 2,300 mile trip to Bend that Summer. Since taking the biggest, scariest and most amazing chance of their lives, many of Ian and Devin’s most cherished memories have come while hunting, camping and exploring some of Oregon’s most wild and scenic places.

In the Spring and Summer months, you will find Ian on weekend adventures with Devin, wetting a line in the nearest stream, chasing gobbling Toms and continuously talking about the upcoming fall hunting season (Devin can verify this). Come fall and winter, Ian will be doing one of three things; chasing deer and elk, trying to keep up with Archer and Atlas (his Yellow Labrador Retriever and the only native born Oregonian in the family) as they find and flush birds and playing ice hockey.

No matter the season, one common thread weaves many of Ian’s passions and loves together, our wild public lands and waters. Fighting to maintain and enhance access to, and the habitat of, these wild places for all citizens and wildlife is why Ian is proud to serve as the Board Co-Chair for the Oregon Chapter of Backcountry Hunters & Anglers.


Tristan Henry

Co-Chair

Tristan grew up on a farm in Oregon’s Yamhill Valley. In the wetlands and in the woods every day after school, he was free to explore, hunt and fish and learn on his own the natural side of the world's order. He cultivated a passion for the natural world that is as persistent now as ever.

Upon graduating from Oregon State University, Tristan moved to central Oregon to work in the Outdoor Industry. Now, still in Bend, he is the Managing Member of a small Digital Marketing Agency. He and his wife, Samantha find great pleasure in hunting and foraging and have been living off the land for several years. In all his pursuits, Tristan is fascinated by the learning process and he expresses that enthusiastically in the mountains and in the kitchen and hopes to help others realize the richness we share when we take the time to appreciate our place in the world.

Like many, Tristan relies largely on #PublicLands his hunting, fishing, and other assorted outdoor endeavors, and he's proud to help lead Oregon BHA in protecting and improving the public ecologies and institutions we all depend on.


Chelsea Cassens

Treasurer

Chelsea was born in Eastern Oregon where she was raised on public lands and wild places. Her passion for public lands comes from previous generations of parents and grandparents who exposed her to the beauty of the outdoors and built memories to last a lifetime.  

After spending 9 years in the Portland area attending the School of Nursing at the University of Portland and beginning her nursing career, her and her husband Tanner were lucky enough to move back home to Eastern Oregon where they are raising their two children Brynlee and Lane. As a family they enjoy hunting big game and upland birds during the fall. During the winter you can find them chasing waterfowl and steelhead fishing. In spring and summer they are enjoying multiple public land activities whether it is trying to outsmart the elusive Rio Grande turkey, to mushroom and huckleberry picking, to spending time in the woods scouting and camping with friends and family.  As a family the Cassens’ crew is a Life Time Member of Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, members of Oregon Hunters Association, Wild Sheep Foundation, Mule Deer Foundation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a sustaining member of the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, and 2% for Conservation. They enjoy being active in their small community and being an advocate for the public land their livelihood depends on.

Chelsea is also the Oregon Ambassador for Artemis Sportswomen, a non-profit organization of women protecting sporting traditions, supporting women as leaders in the conservation movement, and fostering the next generation of conservationists. She also enjoys photography and capturing the memories of her time spent on public lands with her family to cherish forever.  Chelsea believes that everyone at some level cares for fish and wildlife as well as clean air and clean water, and joining a bipartisan organization like BHA brings us the most common sense solution to get the most realistic outcomes for our future generations.


Nic Callero

Policy Director

A Pacific NW native and University of Oregon graduate, Nic has worked the majority of his professional career in the non-profit conservation field working to protect wildlife and the large swaths of public lands they call home. Working 7 years for the National Wildlife Federation Nic organized sportsmen and women on conservation issues dealing with renewable energy, LWCF funding, protecting public lands and impacts to ESA listed species from proposed development and changing climates. It was not uncommon to find Nic wandering the halls of the Senate and House buildings in Washington DC with Oregonian hunters and anglers in tow bird dogging Members of Congress. Currently Nic works for a non profit that focusses specifically on protecting BLM land across the west.

When he is not in the office he is either backcountry salmon and steelhead fishing somewhere in the coastal rainforest, chasing stupid blacktail deer, elk hunting, dreaming about elk hunting, rock climbing in the Pacific Cascades, while preparing to soon teach all of these to his newborn daughter Mia.


Bill Welch

Volunteer Director

He holds an Associate’s Degree from Central Oregon Community College and attended Central Washington University. Bill has been a firefighter for 25 years.

Bill is an avid archery hunter. Credit for becoming an archery hunter goes to his oldest daughter who did archery through our local 4H chapter. When not chasing elk, Bill and his family enjoy mountain biking, hiking and fishing.

Bill is fairly new to Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and has found its mission to protect special places and keep public lands public to resonate with him. Wanting to do more than just pay dues, Bill sought an opportunity to bring his leadership strengths to serve BHA.

Bill, his wife and three children live in Redmond.

 


Morgan Olson

Conservation/Habitat Director

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Born and raised in Oregon.  Grew up in the Gresham area and then moved to LaGrande to attend college at Eastern Oregon University.  Graduated from Oregon State University with a degree Range Management and Crop Science.

Morgan is involved in a number of outdoor related groups which support public access for hunting and fishing...

  • President of the Union/Wallowa County Chapter of the Oregon Hunters Association
  • Chairmen of ODFW Access and Habitat East Region
  • ODFW Bear and Cougar Agent
  • Member of Wallow Mountains Hells Canyon Trails Association

Morgan is a strong supporter of multi-use on public land, sustainable forestry and grazing management, and ensuring that public land stays public.  “Everyone needs to have their place to recreate on public lands…I choose to spend most of my time in the backcountry so it’s important to me that we preserve these resources for current and future generations to experience”.

In his spare time you will find Morgan in a drift boat stocking trout and steelhead, leading a pack string, running his hounds, hunting and fishing across the Western US and around the world.


Joel Strimling

Communications Director

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Joel Strimling is a lifelong Oregonian who grew up fishing and exploring the wilds.  His first memory of a hunt fish forage lifestyle was catching a 17-inch trout with his dad when he was three.  From then he was hooked (pun intended).  He became heavily involved in fishing and fisheries conservation working for fly shops, with online groups, and ODFW.  After shedding his trout bum exterior, he began to exclusively pursue salmon and steelhead mostly on the fly rod.

He proudly wears the badge of “adult onset hunter” starting pursue of all prey large and small in his adult years to be better involved in his food, wilderness, and conservation.  When you don’t find him in the river or afield, you’ll often find him either in the kitchen crafting up new wild game recipes or behind a camera trying to capture elusive moments of others pushing their limits of their craft.  He has been featured in Carnivore Magazine and has articles and photos in a number of periodicals.

Joel is a passionate advocate of public lands and the hunter’s voice and lifestyle.


Jamie Dawson

Secretary

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Jamie was born in the (original) State of Jefferson, somewhere between the volcanoes of the Cascades and the salty forests of the coast. She's fished for as long as she can remember and cherishes those still moments on the water, especially during the summertime golden hour in canyon country. She was introduced to hunting in Alaska, where nearly everyone seamlessly transitions between fishing for reds, picking mushrooms, and stalking caribou, moose, and dall sheep.

Jamie has been fortunate to live and work in some of the West’s most beautiful and remote landscapes, including northwestern Montana and Alaska’s Copper River basin. Many of her most important moments in life have taken place on public lands and waters. For that reason and many others, she has a deep commitment to fighting for wild places, the waters that run through them, and the critters that depend on them. She lives in Bend with her partner Tyler and their dog Beans.



Sara McClendon

Northwest Region Director I

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Sara McClendon was born and raised in the one and only Tillamook, Oregon; land of cheese, trees and ocean breeze. Along with the beauty and unique location of this incredible part of Oregon comes the bounties that await the outdoor lover in Sara.

As a child, Sara was greatly involved in the local 4H clubs, always baking delicious handpicked blackberry pies in the summertime with mom, hunting Grouse with dad in the fall, and camping at the lake with her family for 9 days catching Bluegill, Bass, Trout and Crawdads from the time she was old enough to stand and hold a fishing rod.

Now, an avid Steelhead fisherman, Blacktail Deer and newly acclaimed Roosevelt Elk archery hunter, she still spends most of her free time in the backcountry. Being only 10 minutes away from prime hiking, hunting, fishing, crabbing and loads of other outdoor activities, it’s easy to disappear from the rest of the world and pretty difficult to stay home. With her husband of 8 years (and high school sweetheart) Russell, and beloved German Shorthaired Pointer, Sawyer, they all enjoy soaking in and exploring all the amazing opportunities these beautiful public lands have to offer them.

“We are so blessed to live and thrive in this special place we call home. I know that someday when we decide to start a family, we will be spending every free moment we have teaching our kids to love, respect & cherish these public lands that we spend so much of our precious outdoor time in, just like our families did with us. That is one of the biggest reasons why I wanted to represent BHA in the first place, to keep those family traditions alive in this fast-paced, digital world we live in and never forgotten about.”

Sara holds an Associate’s degree in Science and is also a Forestry student at OSU and excited to graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Natural Resources. She is proud to serve as being “a voice for our wild public lands, waters & wildlife” with Backcountry Hunters & Anglers and will continue to pursue her dream in making sure that the land she loves is well-taken care of and protected for future generations to come.


Jack Lander

Northwest Region Director II

jack_lander_2019.jpgMy name is Jack Lander. I am on the board of the Oregon chapter of BHA. I grew up in Gold Beach Oregon. My favorite things to do growing up included playing football, wrestling, hunting, and fishing. I grew up hunting private timber lands chasing Roosevelt elk, Blacktail deer, and black bear. As I got older, the timber lands that we hunted began closing down to public use and it made it very difficult to hunt. We had limited access to public land.

I began to realize how important it is to stand up and fight for public lands. I joined BHA in 2017 because I wanted my voice to be heard. I have been blessed to be a part of the board for a year now. I love helping others and I love being able to help make a difference in the world. Standing up for our land is something that I am passionate about and I look forward to what the coming years have in store for us at BHA. 

 


Chris Hager

Northwest Region Director III

Bio coming soon.


Justin Gindlesperger

Southwest Region Director I

Justin was born and raised in western Pennsylvania; although, a few centuries behind the westward expansion he began his own westward journey after college. His love of adventure and wild places led him first to Colorado and then on to Oregon. With ample places to roam, Justin is a 4-season athlete and you can find him hunting, fishing, hiking, running or skiing – sometimes combining more than 1 on a single trip – in the mountains of Southern Oregon where he calls home.

He’s been fortunate to call several states home and soon realized that hunting, fishing and an understanding of the outdoors is not a given.  But there’s a common thread that can unite a lot of different groups – public lands. When he saw an ad for Backcountry Hunters and Anglers, he found an exciting group of sportsmen and women lending a new voice for conservation.

Justin is eager to share his passion with others and he’s happy to teach new hunters the ropes or share the harvest with his skeptical, largely vegetarian, neighbors. He’s been fortunate to share many great memories hunting with his dad and his wife, and looks forward to passing the torch to his 4 kids. 


Danny Miller

Southwest Region Director II

Danny and his family and make their home outside Coburg, Oregon. As an Oregon native, he spent a good part of childhood exploring the back 40 with his brother and their dog. Their track record for being home on time for dinner was not good. 

His father frequently had them out in the backcountry on hiking, ski, snowshoe, rock climbing, or mountain climbing trips. Those early adventures led to a great volunteer experience with Eugene Mountain Rescue where he was able to improve his backcountry skill set and most importantly, was able to serve others in meaningful way. 

Danny enjoys hunting for elk, deer, grouse and turkey all over Oregon. Over the years he has witnessed the rules around access and the quality of that access change making a quote from Doug Duran ring true, “It’s not ours, it’s just our turn”. That mindset is what drives his service today. 



Ryan Hibler

Central Region Director I

Ryan’s introduction to hunting was bouncing on the back of a horse at the age of three in the rugged roadless areas of the Oquirrh Mountains in Utah.  Twenty-five years, a couple states, and many hunts later he found himself visiting Bend, Oregon.  The close proximity of public land to hike, ski, bike, fish, and hunt convinced him to invest his future in the beautiful state of Oregon.

Ryan has always held not just the animals he hunts but the land and environment they call home in high regard.   An understanding that our impacts on wild places continue well after we have left the field has lead him to install solar, invest in energy efficiency upgrades on his home, and to minimize wasteful use of resources.  

After moving to Oregon, Ryan traded in hooves for boots but loves the backcountry all the same (but misses those hooves dearly on successful hunts far from the truck).  Through BHA he looks forward to protecting the quality and integrity of the wild places that belong to every American.



OPEN

Eastern Region Director I

Please contact us at oregon@backcountryhunters.org to apply.



OPEN COMMITTEE POSITIONS

Ambassador Level Volunteers

Do you have experience or expertise in communications, policy, conservation or organizing volunteers? 

We are currently looking to fill our newly developed committees with super volunteers from each region (Northwest, Southwest, Central, Eastern).

For more information on our Ambassador program and committees, please reach out to us at oregon@backcountryhunters.org.


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