Kahle Becker, President, Boise
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.
Bryan Moore, Treasurer, Idaho City
Bryan is a commercial banker for US Bank based in downtown Boise. He works with a wide variety of commercial businesses in the Treasure Valley. Bryan’s passions (besides economics) are focused around the outdoors where he hikes, fishes, hunts, backpacks and camps with his family. He looks for wilderness adventures where his cell phone is silent. He is married to his college sweetheart Jennifer and is the father of three children. He has spent the last few years playing guide and Sherpa for his kid’s hunts.
Bryan has served on the boards of Safari Club International – Treasure Valley, Idaho Wild Sheep Foundation and is currently the Board Chair for Sage International School of Boise.
Bryan joined the IWF’s board as he saw IWF become the leading voice for Idaho sportsmen. He is a strong advocate for public lands, equal outdoor opportunities for sportsmen and he wants his children (and other sportsmen) to have the ability to enjoy Idaho outdoor adventures in the future.
Tom Page, Secretary, Hailey
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 wife and 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.
Elizabeth Swisher, Boise
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
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
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
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
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
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.
Maggie Heumann, Victor
Maggie was born and raised in the Appalachian foothills of North Alabama and was drawn to the outdoors from as far back as she can remember. She grew up on a farm, where she had hundreds of acres to freely roam, and it was there she discovered her passion for insects and the natural world. At the age of 8, her father told her that if she truly loved insects, that she needed to learn to fly fish. They drove out West that summer, stopping at Cabela’s in Nebraska, where she got her first fly rod. Maggie has been “hooked” on fly fishing ever since.
Upon graduation from Auburn University, Maggie followed her heart West, by way of Fort Collins, Colorado, and Jackson Hole, Wyoming, ultimately landing in Victor, Idaho. In Victor, all aspects of the outdoors continue to be a part of her everyday life, whether it be fishing, hunting, skiing or hiking. Since moving West, her appreciation for, and access to, public lands has increased exponentially.
Maggie’s husband is a Navy Veteran and fly-fishing guide in Idaho, and she is the buyer for a local outdoor store in Jackson Hole. Their lives are completely entwined with conservation and public land use. She is currently finishing up her Master’s Degree in Entomology at the University of Nebraska and working on a guidebook to insects of the Teton River Drainage. She volunteers several times a summer to teach entomology classes throughout the Jackson and Teton Valley areas. She is excited to be a part of the IWF board to help promote invertebrate conservation and promote public lands and access on the Eastern side of the state.
Mark Doerr, Kimberly
Mark was born in Twin Falls, Idaho and has been married to his wife Vicki since 1994. They have two adult children. He is a commercial pilot and owner of Precision Aviation, Inc. in Twin Falls Idaho. He started ﬂying in 1984 and obtained his commercial license in 1985. Over the next 15 years he worked in a variety of flying and flight operations management positions before starting Precision Aviation in 2002. Precision Aviation is based in Twin Falls, Idaho and provides a variety of aviation services including chartered ﬂights, aircraft management, ﬂight instruction and maintenance. Mark has over 18,000 hours of flight time in many aircraft from primary trainers to the Boeing 737.
He was appointed by the Governor of Idaho to serve on the Idaho Fish and Game Commission in 2013. During his first term he served as Region 4 Commissioner, Vice-Chair and a full year as Chairman. He served as the commission liaison to the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation and liaison to the Paciﬁc States Marine Fisheries Commission. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited and donates his time to many Fish and Game related volunteer projects. He is currently a board member of the Idaho Fish and Wildlife Foundation. Professionally he is a member of the National Business Aircraft Association and the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. Mark has been active in many local clubs and church related aﬃliations in Twin Falls.
As a lifelong Idaho resident, he has been an active sportsman involved in hunting, fishing and trapping since his youth. He joined the Idaho Wildlife Federation to be part of an organization that promotes wildlife conservation and sportsman representation on a variety of hunting and fishing issues.