Washington Board

Cameron Lankhaar

West Co-Chair, Events & Fundraising Leader – Sultan

Cameron_Lankhaar.jpgCameron is a Washington native who currently resides in the heart of the Cascade mountains amidst the Mt Baker/Snoqualmie National Forst in Sultan, Washington. From a very young age, he spent most of his time outdoors from hiking and camping to snowboarding to ORV recreation. During his 20’s he discovered a passion for hunting, beginning with the thrill of waterfowl and upland bird, then developing into a desire to chase big game such as elk, bear, and deer. His obsession with blacktail deer and upland birds has fueled his desire to become immersed in public lands and the wild places they inhabit. He explores all options from rifle to archery, seizing any opportunity to set foot afield.

With the motivational words of Aldo Leopold, Theodore Roosevelt, Gifford Pinchot, and others he developed a passion and sense of responsibility to help preserve and protect the public places for his two sons and all others who enjoy them.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

I love to chase both elk AND upland birds, as they both lead me to explore beautiful places that require immense physicality.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

The Your mountain podcast.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Alaskan Caribou or Southeast Alaska Sitka Blacktail hunt.

 


Carmen Vanbianchi

East Co-Chair, Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 3) – Twisp

carmenphoto.jpgBorn and raised on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington where she spent her childhood in the woods, Carmen always knew that she wanted work outdoors as a wildlife biologist when she grew up. To realize this dream she attended Humboldt State University studying wildlife management and conservation, and after graduating worked in the US and Canada on various wildlife biology projects, focusing on carnivore biology. Spending so much time tracking, trapping for research, and studying wildlife naturally led Carmen’s interest to hunting, and in her early twenties she set about teaching herself to hunt.

Carmen eventually settled down in the Methow Valley of Washington and received her MS degree from the University of British Columbia, Okanagan, researching Washington lynx habitat. Currently, Carmen spends most of her time working as a field biologist or scouting nooks and crannies in the mountains in anticipation of fall mule deer hunting.

As someone who works and plays on public lands, Carmen feels a deep responsibility to help protect them. For this reason she is rolling up her sleeves and joining BHA in the fight to “keep public land in public hands”.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Mule deer.  My favorite way is to have steaks with morel risotto.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Right now I'll listen to anything cooking related, I'm trying to get better in the kitchen.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Bighorn sheep in the Canadian Rockies.

 


Ryan Los

Treasurer – Wenatchee

ryan_los.JPGRyan lives in Wenatchee, WA with his wife and two kids.  Ryan and his wife love getting out on our public lands and waters hunting and fishing, with both young kids in tow.  Ryan has a Bachelors degree in Environmental Policy, which he doesn't currently use for work instead using his knowledge in volunteering his time with groups like BHA.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

My favorite wild game to pursue is by far elk with my bow but I’m starting to develop a love hate relationship with the challenge of getting a mature mule deer on a backcountry hunt.  I cook elk and any game meat in a wide variety of ways, from tongue tacos, shank Ossobuco, and your normal steaks and roasts.  I love cooking especially when its something in depth and gathered around with a group of people.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

My favorite podcast would have to be Joe Rogan, the array of guests he has on and the varied topics is great, plus he is a very good interviewer/conversationalist.  I listen to a lot of podcast so always have something hunting related on my list, Meat eater, Cal's Week, Remi Warren, THC and good ol Hal Herring.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

My dream hunt would be to go chase moose and woodland caribou in the Yukon.  I have read so many books about the area and just getting to see the area would be spectacular.  

 


Dan Wilson

Secretary – Spokane

wilson.JPGDan grew up on Washington’s Hood Canal before relocating to Eastern Washington in 2006. After a few years working overseas, he came home with a deeper appreciation for the unique experience of American public lands and a reinvigorated interest in hunting and fishing. Whether crashing his Dad’s deer camp, discovering his own morel honey hole or picking up fly fishing in the last few years, his desire to be an outdoor generalist keeps him in the field year-round. An academic background in anthropology informs his perspective that through food, development and culture, hunting is intrinsic to the human experience.

Dan resides in Spokane with his wife and son, as well as two dogs that couldn’t hunt their way out of a paper bag. He is deeply committed to advancing recruitment, retention and reactivation in hunting and angling, especially reaching out to develop new participants from diverse backgrounds.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

A perfectly seared pronghorn backstrap with a huckleberry balsamic reduction is about as good as it gets.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

For hunting I really enjoy the Average Conservationist to get an idea of how other people are giving back to the outdoors. Wild Thing is a great long-form podcast on the enduring cultural impact and relevance of bigfoot that I enjoyed more than I would have ever expected and anyone who cares about public lands should listen to Bundyville.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

A free-range Aoudad hunt in Texas or New Mexico.

 


Lauren Ling

East Events & Fundraising Leader – Spokane

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Lauren discovered hunting as an adult, it seemed an almost natural extension of her love for the wild places and a desire to know her food. Hunting quickly became a doorway to exploring different ways of processing, preserving and preparing food, and inspired Lauren to start canning. Now Lauren lives on a small 10 acre farm outside of Spokane, and spends as much time as she can foraging, gardening, cooking, canning, hunting and tending to the farm. The connection with food and wild places is a driving factor in her life, inspiring her to go farther and try harder. As a member of the Washington chapter board, Lauren enjoys working with fellow Public Land Owners to help guide events and boots on the ground efforts.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Growing up in Colorado, Lauren has had a life-long love affair with Mule Deer. She is never happier than when she is combing the mountainsides hoping for a flash of white to catch her eye. Favorite mule deer meal: Potato waffles with smoked blackstrap and raspberry chipotle sauce. 

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

The Plain People’s Podcast, stories of survival from former members of the plain churches. 

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

It’s a toss up between Alaskan Moose or Tahr in New Zealand. 

 


Keith O'Toole

East Events & Fundraising Leader

otoole.jpgKeith O’Toole is our new Eastside events and fundraising board member. Keith is new to Washington having recently relocated from SE Idaho. Being a ‘late onset’ hunter, he’s done his best to hone his skills chasing elk and deer with his bow (or rifle, but usually bow!). You can also find him on the local rivers with a fly rod in hand, though he’s recently started to learn how to fish the deeper waters of the Columbia in his new backyard. Keith originally hails from the East Coast (NY/FL) but has been out west his entire adult life and the only thing he’s missing is the salt water.

Keith was originally introduced to BHA through fundraising events in Jackson Hole and looks forward to growing our membership in Eastern Washington.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

There’s nothing more exciting to me than hunting elk during bow season. It’s usually a tough go, but just those close encounters are enough to keep me coming back. As far as cooking goes, it’s all cast iron, sometimes in the oven, but the Traeger does a mean job, too.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Hate to sound like a groupie, but Rogan is doing a bang up job with the variety of guests and I really like the long form interviews. For hunting specific, I usually listen to Meateater.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Alaska moose. I had a trip lined up a couple of years ago and it fell apart at the last minute. Can’t wait to give it a go!

 

 


Tessa Rath

West Events & Fundraising Leader – Seattle

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Born and raised in Western Washington, Tessa first discovered her love for the great outdoors after getting into backpacking after college. She was soon spending many of her free weekends traversing snowfields, swimming in alpine lakes, and watching sunrises in Washington’s backcountry. As an adult, Tessa was inspired to learn to hunt after developing an appreciation for the healthy, delicious, and ethical meat that hunting provides. Her passion for nutrition, love of putting miles on her boots, and drive to reconnect with nature made hunting a natural pursuit for her.  

Tessa currently works as a legislative aide at the King County Council, where she has helped advocate for the designation of the Mountains to Sound Greenway as a National Heritage Area and for the Great American Outdoors Act. Through the hunting community, Tessa has gained a greater awareness of the need to preserve wild places for future generations and to help make hunting and fishing more accessible. With a professional background in public policy, political campaigns, and non-profit administration, she is honored to contribute to BHA’s work to protect public lands in her home state. 

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Answer coming soon.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Answer coming soon.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Answer coming soon.

 


Clarence Rushing

West Events & Fundraising Leader – Port Orchard

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I grew up in the Pcaific Northwest and am an avid public land hunter who enjoys nothing more than pursuing big game with my bow or birds with a shotgun. I am blessed to have an amazing wife who supports my outdoor passions and joins me on many outdoor adventures. We also enjoy spending time on the Hood Canal, where we harvesting crab, spot prawn, salmon, and a variety of shellfish. I began my career at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard shortly after high school, then transferred to Trident Refit Facility Bangor to work on various submarine pumps, eventually changing carriers to being an Occupational Safety and Health Speciallist at that same location.
Access to public lands and water is the only way I am able to experience the outdoors in a way that makes sense to me, and the driving force behind my desire to get involved with BHA.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Elk with a bow. I like to cut the ribs and backstrap into tomahawk steaks, salt and coat in cracked pepper then braze in a mix of olive oil and butter with fresh thyme, rosemary, and whole garlic cloves. Serve rare with fried onion, mushrooms, fresh tomato, and Coors Banquet.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Big fan of "The Meateater Podcast", and "Closing the Distance" with Remi Warren.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Pack in on horseback to chase rutting bull elk with my bow in the Montana backcountry.

 


Bryce Levin

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 1) – Lake Stevens

levin.jpgwas born and raised in Everett, WA. I earned a degree in business and economics from the University of Puget Sound while playing basketball. I currently live in Lake Stevens with my wife Megan, daughter Nova, and golden retriever Gus. I am a Housing Developer for Housing Hope, a non-profit affordable housing provider, helping move low-income families and individuals into housing and homeownership.

I grew up on the saltwater fishing salmon, crabbing, shrimping, and clamming. As a teenager I got into fly fishing and after college spent time in Montana and Alaska as a fishing guide. When I was home I spent most of my free time chasing steelhead in Washington and Oregon. More recently I became and “adult onset hunter” and was able to harvest a mule deer in 2019. 
I love Washington for the diversity of opportunity that each season offers. My experiences chasing fish and game have opened my eyes to how unique and special the North American Model of Wildlife Conservation and our public lands and waters truly are. This wasn’t by accident, it was the result of forward thinking an great leadership. I feel very fortunate to be working with BHA to continue to be a forward thinking, to be a leader and advocate for our public lands, and to ensure that the opportunities that shaped me are available to future generations.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Since you can’t bonk wild steelhead, I’d have to say high country Mule deer. It’s a mix of a backcountry trip with the chance at a real quality buck. My favorite way to cook venison is in the sous vide with herbs seasoning, finished in cast iron with butter.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

All MeatEater stuff is great, but I’d have to say biologists John McMillans “The OP Fishing Podcast.”

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

A pack trip with a solid group into a Wilderness Area like The Bob or Frank Church for deer and elk.
 

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Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 2) - Whatcom, Skagit, Snohomish, King, Pierce County

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Mike Lithgow

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 4) – Spokane

Mike_Lithgow_(1).jpgMike is a fourth generation resident of Pend Oreille County in Northeast Washington. After high school he attended Western Washington University’s Huxley School of Environmental Studies where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Policy and Planning. After a few years of working as a Community Planner, Mike enrolled at Eastern Washington University, where he received a Master’s in Public Administration.

When not working as the Information and outreach coordinator for the Kalispel Tribe, Mike is playing the upright bass in the band Shedroof Divide, and recreating on the public lands of the West. Flyfishing, bow hunting, waterfowl hunting and horseback riding are some his favorite ourdoor hobbies. “ I go to nature to be soothed and healed, and to have my senses put in order” (John Burroughs).

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

I love to pursue Elk in September. I like cooking elk steaks on my pellet grill.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I really like “Podcast and Blast” with Hal Herring.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

What is your dream hunt (species and location)? I would love to hunt Interior Grizzly in Alaska.

 


Matt Little

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 5) – Fern Prairie

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Matt is a passionate public lands hunter and angler who grew up in Minnesota and has been working on conservation from a sportsman’s angle ever since. Matt started his career in Washington, DC working on wetlands issues and then became senior advisor to the late Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan of New York and, later, at a bipartisan congressional coalition -- focused on agriculture and conservation issues.

In 2003, Matt moved to the Pacific Northwest to be a Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park; followed by leading various regional conservation groups, including the National Wildlife Federation and SW Washington’s Cascade Forest Conservancy. Matt loves to find the middle ground on natural resources issues and has served on many resource advisory groups in Oregon and Washington. 

Matt currently lives north of Camas, WA in a sportsman’s paradise with his wife Paula and two little hunting and fishing companions, Brooke and Sabrina.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

My favorite species to chase are salmon, ducks, and elk. Anything with Adobo is good with him!

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

My favorite podcast is Randy Newberg

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

His dream hunt is to chase moose and caribou in Alaska as far away from a road as possible.

 


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Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 6) - Kittitas, Yakima, Benton, Klickitat County

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Sam Kimmell

Conservation & Policy Leader (Region 7) – Endicott

kimmell.jpgI grew up in Northern Idaho on my family’s wheat and barley farm, cutting my teeth at age 8 on quail and partridge hunting with a New England Firearms .410, then graduating to a Ruger 10/22 at age 10. As kids we were always outside. We lived on the edge of a large block of National forest and that truly became my backyard. I moved off the farm at 18 and joined the U.S. Navy as a hospital corpsman and spent 6 years east of the Mississippi and 2.5 of those years in Europe. At some point during my time hunting on the East coast, struggling to find small slivers of accessible public land, I realized how fortunate I was growing up where I did. A passion for public land fired up inside me. 

My wife and I moved back to the PNW and currently live outside of Colfax, WA with two daughters and a son. I am a Certified Agronomist and work with farmers in Eastern WA and Northern Idaho as well as local conservation organizations on habitat management and CRP establishment. A huge passion of mine is bow hunting for mule deer along the Snake River Breaks and more recently Coues deer in southern Arizona. I enjoy getting the kids in the outdoors to hunt and fish every opportunity I get. I feel a deep responsibility to do whatever I can to protect our public lands as well as educate new hunters on how to use them in order that we may have them for generations to come.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Really anything with a bow. Elk in september is obviously up there but archery Coues Deer has climbed to the top of my list in the last few years. I like to cut the back-straps into 8" loins and smoke them at 225deg until they reach an internal temperature of 120deg and then sear them in butter and garlic. Serve it over mashed cauliflower or potatoes....so good.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

Joe Rogan, MeatEater, Hunt Backcountry, Born and Raised

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Axis deer with a bow and a Bighorn in Hell's Canyon are at the top of my list right now.



Jenn Cordz

Communications Coordinator – Spokane

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Jenn has deep roots in the Pacific Northwest and was fortunate to have the opportunity to travel the world from a very young age. She continues her nomadic ways but her current home base is in Spokane with her teenage son, Ethan and German shepherd, Gus. Professionally, Jenn works with high-growth startups creating & scaling their revenue operations processes & managing their digital footprint, she affectionately calls this her “nerd work”.


As passionate as Jenn is about technology, she is equally as passionate about the environment, sustainability and protecting our natural treasures for future generations. As a child playing sports and constantly being outdoors, blossomed into a love of wild spaces. She is an avid fly angler & guide, enjoys hiking to remote high alpine streams and lakes, camping and rowing. Spending time in public spaces “off-the-grid” provides life balance and fuels her drive both personally and professionally.


Jenn is co-Chair of Communications and looks forward to getting more women involved in our Chapter, expanding the reach and engagement with the community on important initiatives and supporting our public lands.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

Most of my fishing is catch and release but I do enjoy pursuing Salmon in Alaska. I love a lightly seasoned grilled salmon. 

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I love podcasts and listen to them often, some favorites are: MFCEO Project, Real AF, Anchored, Jocko Podcast, The Fly Fishing Insider, Food in Session, Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

I’d love to fly fish in New Zealand (March 2022, was supposed to be 2021), Iceland for Arctic Char, and Patagonia, specifically Jurassic Lake.

 


Joshua Messer

Communications Coordinator - Issaquah

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Born and raised in the Hoosier state, Joshua spent his childhood tramping through the woods with various tools in hand, most of which he still doesn’t fully understand why he was allowed to "play" with.  He was introduced to hunting and fishing by his eldest brother at an early age but had separated from these sports until late in his twenties.  As an adult onset hunter and fisherman, especially within a new environment, Joshua has a deep respect for these recreational activities and the public lands on which they are practiced.

Growing up reading and following the works of John Krakauer, Louis L'Amour (guilty pleasure), Aldo Leopold, and Jack London, Joshua developed a strong desire to venture out West.  In 2018, he had the opportunity to move to Washington where he immediately felt a deep connection to the Cascades and the challenges they offer.  Outside of hunting and angling, you can find Joshua backpacking and climbing throughout the state.

 

What is your favorite wild game to pursue, and how do you cook it?

I spend many of my weekends backpacking through the Cascades, and I always bring my high lake trout outfit.  Cook the fish whole with olive oil, salt, pepper, and lemon juice.

What is your favorite podcast (not hunting inclusive)?

I spend more time listening to Audible, but I always get my weekly dose of Meateater, Cal's Week in Review, Cutting the Distance, and American History Tellers.

What is your dream hunt (species and location)?

Any big game in Alaska, but moose and caribou are at the top of the list.

 



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