Wyoming Natural Resource Foundation

 
             


BOARD OF TRUSTEES



Jack Berger, Saratoga


Wayne Garman, Sundance


Brian Lovett, Cheyenne


Karen Budd-Falen, Cheyenne


Dru Bower-Moore, Worland


Robert Brug, Sheridan



Dennis Sun, Casper


Reg Phillips, Dubois



Robert Davis, Baggs


Kelly Crane, Laramie


Levi Clark, Wheatland


Brenda Younkin, Jackson


Bobby Rolston,
Cheyenne


Dennis Thaler,
LaGrange




President - Jack Berger, Saratoga, Wyoming
Jack is a District supervisor for the Saratoga-Encampment-Rawlins Conservation District. He was appointed in 2004 and currently serves as Chairman. He is active in the Carbon County Stock Growers and the Wyoming Stock Growers Association Elected as Region IV Vice President in 2011. Berger is a member of the South Central Sage Grouse working group. Berger and his family reside in the Saratoga area and run a cow/calf operation. Berger earned a Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wyoming in Ranch Management.

Vice President - Wayne Garman, Sundance, Wyoming
Garman is currently the Chairman of the Crook County Natural Resource District. He served on the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts Board of Directors since April 2008. He also serves on the Crook County Fair Board. Wayne, and his brother Ross, are partners in a commercial cow/calf operation near Sundance. Wayne earned an Associate’s degree in criminal Justice from Sheridan Community College and a Bachelor’s in Agriculture Economics from the University of Wyoming. Wayne likes to hunt and fish, has announced for local rodeos, is a 4-H leader and on the county 4-H horse advisory committee. He has also works as a ringman for a local auction company. He and wife, Dixie, have a 16 year old daughter, Peggy Sue.

Secretary - Brian Lovett, Cheyenne, Wyoming
Brian Lovett was elected to the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts’ Board in 2012.  Lovett has been a supervisor on the Laramie County Conservation District since 2004.  He currently serves as Treasurer and is responsible for water quality and water quantity issues.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Friday Food Bag Foundation in Cheyenne and is active in the Kiwanis Club of Cheyenne.

Brian is the Industrial Siting Administrator for the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality.  He and his wife Kim live west of Cheyenne.

Treasurer - Karen Budd-Falen, Cheyenne, Wyomin
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aren Budd-Falen is an attorney, and with her husband Frank Falen, is the owner of the Budd-Falen Law Offices, L.L.C. located in Cheyenne, Wyoming. Before moving back to Wyoming, Karen served for three years in the Reagan Administration, U.S. Department of the Interior, Washington, D.C., as a Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Land and Minerals Management. She later served as a law clerk to the Assistant Solicitor for Water and Power. Karen has also worked as an attorney at Mountain States Legal Foundation, a conservative public interest legal foundation in Denver, Colorado. Karen is an active volunteer and mentor for Future Farmers of America (“FFA”) and We the People competitions. Karen grew up as a fifth generation rancher on a family-owned ranch in Big Piney, Wyoming. She received her undergraduate degrees and her law degree from the University of Wyoming. Karen and Frank have two children, Isaac and Sarah.

Dru Bower-Moore, Worland, Wyoming
Dru grew up on a family farm/ranch in Worland, Wyo. and graduated from the University of Wyoming in 1990 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication.  Shortly thereafter, she went on to Washington D.C. and became the assistant chief-of-staff for Senator Malcolm Wallop (R-Wyo.). 

 From 1994 to the fall of 2000, Dru represented People for the USA (formerly People for the West) and served the multiple use organization as the Mountain States field director and national director of development.  From there Dru went to work for a gilsonite mining company in northeastern Utah (Lexco, Inc.), where she managed daily operations and oversaw production for all domestic and export markets.  Dru then became the vice president of the Petroleum Association of Wyoming where she specialized in public land and access issues.   

She established DRU Consulting, LLC in 2005 which provides consulting services to energy companies regarding policy, regulatory, and legislative issues pertaining to federal land planning in Wyoming.  In addition, Dru owns several small businesses in Worland.

 In 2006, Dru accepted a job with Devon Energy where she supervises regulatory affairs, permitting and compliance for Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, Utah and New Mexico. She also volunteers her time on several boards to provide service to her community and state. 

Robert Brug, Sheridan, Wyoming
Robert Brug and his wife, Sandra, own Brug Land and Livestock in Recluse. They reside in Sheridan Wyoming. Robert serves on the Northeast Wyoming Sage Grouse Working Group, the Wyoming Non Point Source Task Force, Sheridan County Conservation District Associate member and Coalbed Methane Produced Water Working Group. Brug has also served on the Campbell County and Sheridan County Conservation Districts, Missouri River Recovery Implementation Committee, the Wyoming Association of Conservation District Districts Board of Directors, Stock Growers Association Water Committee, Campbell County Joint Powers Fire Board, Weed & Pest board, Wyoming Artificial Insemination Association and Sheridan County Predator Board. Robert served in the Army and is a graduate of the Northwest Institute of Medical Technology in Minnesota.

Dennis Sun, Casper, Wyoming
Dennis ranches west of Casper and also is the publisher of the
Wyoming Livestock Roundup.  Currently he is serving as a Regional Vice President for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association, Board member of the Wyoming Stock Growers Land Trust and Wyoming Director of the Wyoming Public Lands Council.  In the past he has served on numerous boards associated with livestock and public lands, church, local school education, health care along with being a Board member of Natrona County Conservation District and Wyoming AG in the Classroom.  

Reg Phillips, Dubois, Wyoming
Reg has since 1981 has been Ranch Manager of the Diamond D Cattle Company, a cow/calf/yearling operation near Dubois Wyoming. Reg is a native of Arizona. He earned a BS in Animal Science from Kansas State where he also met his wife Aline.  Reg has been a supervisor on the Dubois-Crowheart Conservation District for over 25 years. He provided leadership to the Districts water quality monitoring program and also is a member of the founding group for the Dubois-Crowheart Weed Management Area to address noxious weeds.  Reg is a member of the Society for Range Management, Wyoming Section; past board member for the Wyoming Association of Conservation Districts, Wyoming Private Grazing Lands Team. He is a member of the Fremont County Cattleman’s Association; Wyoming Stock Growers and several civic organizations.

Robert Davis, Baggs, Wyoming
Robert Davis has been on the Board of Supervisors for the Little Snake River Conservation District since 2008.  He is the President of the Savery Little Snake Conservancy District, a member of the WSC Irrigation Ditch, the Little Snake River Lions Club, Carbon County Economic Development Commission, and served on the Board of the Noyes Health Clinic.

Robert owns Davis Construction, an oilfield service company; the Cowboy Inn hotel and restaurant and Purple Sage LLC.  Robert and his wife, Lexine, live near Baggs. 

Kelly Crane, Laramie, Wyoming
Kelly Crane is an Associate Director for University of Wyoming Extension (UWE).  In this position he supervises Extension Educators in western Wyoming and provides administrative guidance to the Agriculture and Horticulture, 4-H Youth Development, and Sustainable Management of Rangeland Resources initiative teams.  Kelly received his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming, and his undergraduate degree in rangeland resources from the University of Idaho.  Kelly’s applied research and educational outputs focused on plant community assessment protocols; wildlife-livestock interactions; and developing practical rangeland management strategies to enhance livestock grazing opportunities.  His extension career began at the University of Wyoming where he served as an area educator and state range specialist.  Kelly also owned and operated a successful rangeland consulting firm, and served as an Assistant Professor/Range Extension Specialist for the University of Idaho before returning to Wyoming in 2011. 

Levi Clark, Wheatland, Wyoming
Levi Clark was appointed as a District Supervisor on the Platte County Resource District Board in 2014.  He is an Agricultural and Commercial Lender at Platte Valley Bank in Wheatland.  He has a small commercial cow/calf operation.  Levi was born and raised in Wheatland, is the past Secretary and a member of the Chug Creek Pheasants Forever.  He obtained a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agricultural Business from the University of Wyoming.  He is engaged to Skye Dunlap and has a step daughter, Kaidyn, with her. 

Brenda Younkin, Jackson Wyoming
Brenda Younkin is the owner of Y2 Consultants, LLC in Jackson, Wyoming.  Y2 Consultants is a full service engineering and natural resources management firm.  Brenda holds a M.S. Degree in Rangeland Resources from Utah State University, a B.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln, and an A.S. in Biology from McCook Community College.  She is a member of the Lion's and Elks Clubs, the current Treasurer for the Jackson Hole Juggernauts Roller Derby,  and is a member of the Society for Range Management. Brenda's background includes development and management of range monitoring programs on more than 4 million acres of public lands in the Western United States, conducting Environmental Assessments to reauthorize term grazing permits, collection of data for, and development of Standard and Guidelines Assessments, coordination and communication with private landowners and BLM/Forest Service staff and grazing permittees, litigation support and expert witness testimony. 

Bobby Rolston, Cheyenne Wyoming
Bobby Rolston was born in Huntsville, Alabama and lived in Dallas, Texas for nearly 20 years. He graduated from high school in Dallas and then attended Texas A&M University in both College Station and Galveston, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Biology. Bobby then moved to Midland, Texas and earned a Master of Business Administration in Marketing from the University of Texas at the Permian Basin. Bobby has worked in the Oil and Gas industry since 1989 concentrating on State and Local Tax Policy in Colorado, Louisiana, New Mexico, Texas, Utah and Wyoming. In 2007 Bobby had the opportunity to move to the Rocky Mountain Region and finally settled in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 2015. Bobby is active in multiple trade associations including serving as Chairman of the Taxation Committee for The Petroleum Association of Wyoming, the Executive Committee of the Wyoming Taxpayers Association and the Executive Committee of the Utah Taxpayers Association. Bobby is a member of the Public Relations Committee at Cheyenne Frontier Days and serves as Chairman of the Fundraising Committee for CFD Western Art Show. Bobby’s personal interests include international travel to Italy and Mexico, fishing and golf. Bobby was also involved in Thoroughbred Racing as an owner and breeder of race horses. Bobby is married to his wife and high school sweetheart, Suzanne. They have been married for 36 years.

Dennis Thaler, LaGrange Wyoming
Dennis Thaler was raised on the family ranch in LaGrange, WY.  The ranch has been in the family for 102 years.  Dennis was a supervisor on South Goshen Conservation District for 30 years and on the WACD board for 8 years during which time the WNRF was formed.  Dennis is a past board member of the Goshen County Weed & Pest for 17 years and was involved in the formation of the Goshen County Weed Management Project, which was the first weed CRM in the state.  Dennis was in LEAD class 5, on the Wyoming private grazing lands team, Region II Vice President for the Wyoming Stock Growers Association in 2012 and 2013 and has served on many more boards. 

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