Kahle Becker, President, Boise Idaho
Kahle is an attorney in private practice focusing on general litigation. He has worked as the Deputy Attorney General for the Idaho Department of Lands where he focused on forest fire cost recovery litigation and navigable waterway issues. In his free time he enjoys hunting, fishing, rafting, mountain biking, and camping. He is a proud father and looks forward to taking his children out in the field for their first hunts.
Kahle has also served on the boards of Idaho Conservation League, the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley, the Idaho State Bar Environment and Natural Resource Law Section, Hidden Springs Open Space Committee, and Boise Young Professionals.
Kahle joined the IWF board because he saw the need for sportsmen to have a seat at the table on issues impacting our constitutional rights to hunt and fish and our access to public lands. With the push to privatize our public lands, it is necessary for us to stand united to oppose any efforts that would rob our children of the same opportunities we enjoy.
Tom Page, Hailey ID
Tom splits his time between Hailey and the Pahsimeroi Valley, where he is the co-owner of Big Creek Ranch, a conservation-oriented cattle and hay operation. In the Upper Salmon Basin, Tom works to restore and enhance habitat for several species of concern including Chinook Salmon and Greater Sage Grouse, in addition to the many big game animals that live there.
He is a member of the Central Idaho Rangelands Network, and formerly served on the Blaine County Land, Water and Wildlife Levy Advisory Board. Tom can be found in the mountains of Central Idaho in the fall, and enjoys fishing for our native trout with his two children in the summertime.
Tom joined the IWF board to maintain public ownership of our mountains and rivers, and preserve for all Idahoans the unmatched hunting and fishing opportunities that exist within them.
Lynn Scott Seibold, Boise ID
Lynn completed a bachelor’s degree at George Fox University and an MBA degree in 2009. Lynn specializes in Operations Management and has taught Operations Management as an adjunct professor at George Fox Universities’ Meridian campus.
Lynn is married to his best friend (Jackie); together they are celebrating 29 years of marriage. Blessed with two wonderful children, who both recently graduated from Idaho colleges. Lynn and Jackie are both Idaho natives and enjoy spending time with their family, outdoor activities including snow skiing, hunting, hiking, and fishing.
Lynn holds a VFR Private Pilot rating from the FFA, and PMP (Project Management Professional) certificate from PMI (Project Management Institute). Lynn has volunteered for past 7 years as non-paid hunter education instructor for Idaho Fish and Game and is currently on the Board of Directors for Idaho Hunters Education Association and Idaho Wildlife Federation.
Lynn joined the IWF board to help assure the future of Idaho’s hunting and fishing opportunities. Using sound biological data and proven wildlife management practices will provide the best opportunity for all Idahoan’s and visitors to enjoy time in Idaho’s outdoors.
Elizabeth Swisher, Boise ID
Elizabeth joined the IWF board because she is committed to helping hunters, anglers, and all outdoor enthusiasts present a united voice and advocate for conservation of Idaho’s public lands, wildlife and natural resources. She appreciates wildness and understands the important roles that sound research, community education, and responsible management play in long term conservation.
Growing up in northwest Pennsylvania, her love and respect for the outdoors was instilled at a young age through many days of hunting, fishing, and exploring in the forests, rivers, and mountains. She and her husband are laying that same foundation for their son, who started enjoying nights under the stars at five months old.
Elizabeth fell in love with the Idaho wilderness during a summer spent working as a ranger and hiking guide at Craters of the Moon National Monument. She returned to Idaho after completing both a master’s degree in environmental law and a law degree at Vermont Law School, and is currently an attorney in Boise.
Elizabeth enjoys Idaho’s public lands and natural wonders through many means including fishing, hunting, camping, rafting, and skiing, and is motivated to help preserve Idaho adventures for all generations.
Neil Thagard, Lewiston ID
Neil grew up in Asheville, North Carolina where his family instilled a love of hunting and the outdoors. Following several years playing professional baseball (which brought him to the Rocky Mountain Region), Neil’s wildlife career included Director of Operations and Policy for the Wild Sheep Foundation, where he worked closely with the Nez Perce Tribe on the Payette National Forest domestic and wild sheep conflicts. Later, Neil became the Western Outreach Director for the Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership located in Washington, D.C. where he worked on NEPA related issues that impact wildlife and sportsmen.
Neil has developed a career bridging the traditional gap between science-based state and federal agencies and the policy-based legislative bodies that make decisions impacting fish, wildlife and habitats across the West. In early 2015 he accepted an appointment to the Directorship of the Nez Perce Tribe’s Wildlife Division, a move that provided him the opportunity to contribute to the Tribe’s long history of wildlife and habitat stewardship.
Neil’s interests outside of his work also reflect his passion for wildlife and wild places. Not only is he a volunteer with organizations that provide hunting opportunities for youth with terminal illnesses and disabled veterans, he is also an ultra-marathon trail runner, where he had 20 finishes in 50K and 50 mile races by the time he was 50 years old. The combination of these abilities has twice earned him a position on the podium as a state finalist (and an invitation to the national finals) in the “Train to Hunt Challenge”, a two-day extreme physical fitness, hunting skills and endurance event.
Neil is an avid bowhunter and a firm believer in the philosophy that hunting is an essential component of conservation. He has taken, all with archery equipment and under fair chase conditions, nearly 130 North American big game animals including: more than ½ of the North American big game species, and over 30 record book-qualifying animals.
George McQuiston Challis, Idaho
George lives in Challis, Idaho with his sweetheart Kelly and their 2 kids Wyley and Tia. They outfit, farm, raise high quality mules, horses and oddly enough, pasture pigs on their ranch at the foothills of the famous Frank Church River of No Return Wilderness.
They spend over 120 nights a year in a tent, ride mile after mile on a good horse or mule and know very well the amazing value that public land and the “opportunity” to pursue wild game in this vast wilderness of central Idaho provides.
He is a strong advocate for the outdoor and outfitting specific industry and sits on 2 outfitter boards including the Idaho Outfitters and Guides Licensing board (IOGLB), a governor appointed position, and is a current board member of the Idaho outfitters and Guides Association (IOGA) where he represents fellow hunting outfitters involving land based issues.
He joined the IWF board because of his experience of having “opportunity” to hunt in Utah growing up and has experienced that same opportunity here in Idaho where tags are still readily available in an “over the counter” format where anyone who wants to hunt still can, but is seeing an amazing amount of pressure from those who would prefer, it seems, to sell off Idaho wildlife to the highest bidder. He sees a trend in the western world of an apparent leaning towards a European style of hunting where it would appear that only the wealthy can afford to play. George wants to keep hunting a family tradition for all to enjoy.
Michael Gibson, Boise, Idaho
Michael is the Idaho Field Coordinator for Trout Unlimited’s Sportsmen Conservation Project. Michael works on a number of landscape campaigns in Idaho including the High Divide Planning effort in the upper Salmon River drainage and serves on the Payette Forest coalition. He is also an advocate for public lands, trout and sportsmen issues in the Idaho State Legislature. Michael moved to Boise from Missoula, Montana where he was a fishing guide, outdoor television producer and, for nine years, the Outreach Director for Montana Trout Unlimited. Upon moving to Boise, Michael worked on contract for the Idaho Wildlife Federation on campaigns in the Boulder-White Clouds as well as protecting bighorn sheep populations and their habitat. He holds a BA in Zoology from the University of Montana. Go Griz!
Greg McReynolds, Pocatello, Idaho
Greg is the Intermountain Director for the Sportsmen’s Conservation Project for Trout Unlimited. Greg hunts big game in the prairies and mountains of Idaho, and chases game birds down hillsides and across water. Greg joined IWF to honor the tradition of Idaho’s sporting heritage.
Will Nailon, Challis, Idaho
Board Member Will Naillon is a sixth generation Idaho native and lifelong sportsman. Will was born in Salmon Idaho in 1967 and was raised in the Treasure Valley. He moved the Challis area in 1993 to be close to family and closer to the outdoors. Will has worked for Hecla Mining Company since 1994 as an environmental specialist. He has been married to his wife Myla since 1994 and they have one son (Wyatt) who is now seventeen and looking forward to his senior year of high school.
Will has affiliations with many sportsmen’s groups but is mostly active in his local group, the Central Idaho Wildlife Group and has been a hunter’s education instructor for ten years. Their small family spends their time (when not following Wyatt’s extra-curricular activities) enjoying spring and fall hunting trips, Trail rides to mountain lakes on their horses or spending time at their family cabin near Lowman.