December 4, 2022

New Chairman, Members Added to RMEF Board

Press Release from the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce Philip Barrett as the new chairman of its Board of Directors. An avid hunter, RMEF life member and conservationist, Barrett is also vice president of finance for Chick-fil-A.

“I am very honored to be asked to serve RMEF in this capacity,” said Barrett. “It will be a joy to continue to work with such an outstanding group of board members and staff. They all have great passion for our mission and a strong willingness to be a part of the continued growth of the foundation.”

Barrett succeeds Chuck Roady as the 18th chairman to lead RMEF. The new board members are Mark Baker and Lewis Stapley.

Among his goals, Barrett says RMEF will remain relevant and loyal to membership while continuing to protect public lands and hunting’s tradition and heritage. He will also focus on maintaining RMEF’s financial health while putting a high percentage of each dollar toward the organization’s on-the-ground conservation work.

“Philip brings significant business and life experience to our board,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “He is also a deep believer in furthering our conservation mission.”

Barrett began his career at Chick-fil-A as a corporate accounting manager in 1980. He has been responsible for all financial aspects of the company. Barrett also serves as chairman of the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Outdoor Ministry and as a national board member for the Catch-A-Dream Foundation.

“RMEF is among the very best of conservation organizations. Our past accomplishments in the areas of land protection and elk reintroductions are well-known but we continue to have a great opportunity and responsibility to help shape the future of our public lands and wildlife management strategies in our great country,” added Barrett.

He and wife Peggy have two children and five grandchildren.

New RMEF board member bios:

Mark Baker
• Helena, Montana
• Managing Partner ABS Legal, PLLC
• Special Counsel to Mercury public strategy firm
• Past counsel/staff director for U.S. Senator Conrad Burns
• RMEF life member

Lewis Stapley
• Schroon Lake, New York
• Owner/operator Drake Lumber Corporation (1989-2003)
• Founded first volunteer emergency ambulance service in Schroon Lake, NY
• RMEF life member, sponsor member, Habitat Council & Trails Society
• RMEF Olympic Chapter (NY) co-founder and chairman & member of the New York State Leadership Team


New Chairman, Members Named to RMEF Board

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to announce that natural resource professional and hunter-conservationist Chuck Roady is the new chairman of its Board of Directors.

“I am honored to have been selected by my fellow board members to lead a national organization of the great reputation of RMEF that is made up of such an incredibly dedicated group of volunteers, members and employees,” said Roady. “I visualize very exciting times for our organization as we move forward to keep promoting the mission that we all believe in and trying to build on all we have accomplished in the first 30 years.”

Roady succeeds Lee Swanson as the 17th chairman to lead RMEF. The new board members are Scott Chester, T.W. Garrett, Eric Johnson, Fred Lekse, Diana Rupp and Bob Wellman.

“The new leadership and diverse experience of our board will provide RMEF with invaluable wisdom and direction,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “Chuck himself brings a lot to the table. He spent his entire life and professional career involved in managing our natural resources.”

Roady is vice president and general manager of F.H. Stoltze Land & Lumber Company in Columbia Falls, Mont. He has worked in the forest products industry for almost four decades across Montana, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. He also has experience with land acquisition and exchanges, conservation projects, government affairs and managing private timberlands.

Roady’s goals include continuing RMEF’s focus of securing access to public and private lands for people to hunt and enjoy wildlife. He also wants to maintain an active role for RMEF in national and regional policies that impact conservation as well as building on the recruitment, engagement and retention of youth in our hunting heritage, wildlife conservation and the active management of all our natural resources.

“It never ceases to amaze and motivate me whenever I attend any RMEF function anywhere in this great nation, that I continually witness a close family culture, a patriotic attitude and a deep dedication of our membership to do not only what is best for elk and wildlife, but what is best for our country,” added Roady.

When Roady is not at his job, he and his wife Gayla enjoy spending their free time living, working and recreating in the forests of western Montana and northern Idaho.

New RMEF board member bios:

Scott Chester (Laurel, Mont.)

Co-owner & president of CMG Construction & associated companies

RMEF Life Member, past District Chair, Bronze Habitat Partner, past Beartooth Chapter committee member, Presidents Council

Board member of Full Draw Youth Camps

T.W. Garrett (Cleveland, Texas)

Retired geologist, Exxon Mobil Corporation and timber land owner

RMEF Life Member, Sponsor Member, Habitat Council

Mayor of Plum Grove, Texas

Volunteer Board Chairman of Health Center of Southeast Texas Non-Profit Health Care Centers & Board Vice-Chairman of Discover Life in America Non-Profit

Eric Johnson (Jackson, Wyo. & Los Altos, Calif.)

BS in Wildlife Management University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Software engineer at various Silicon Valley companies

RMEF Life Member, Habitat Partner, Habitat Council, Jackson Hole Chapter committee member

Fred Lekse (Charlotte, N.C.)

President of Kevin Harvick, Inc.

Board member and treasurer of Kevin Harvick Foundation

RMEF Life Member, Habitat Council, President’s Council, Development Committee

Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation – Chairman’s Club

Diana Rupp (Torrance, Calif.)

Editor in chief of Sports Afield magazine

Editor and writer for a variety of national and regional outdoor publications

Book author

RMEF Life Member, committee member

Bob Wellman (Chewelah, Wash.)

Retired commercial lender & branch manager of Bank of America and American West Bank

RMEF Life Member, past RMEF Board member, Vice Chair, Finance Committee chair, Habitat Council

President of N.E. Washington Health Programs Governing Board


Five New Members Join RMEF Board of Directors

MISSOULA, Mont.—The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation welcomes five new members to its Board of Directors. They are Phillip Barrett, Mike Baugh, Andrew Hoxsey, Bill Madison and Don Moss.

“The incoming members offer a wide skill set that will benefit our organization as a whole,” said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. “The success in their individual professional fields translates well to our shared goal of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.”

“These five men not only showed their dedication and allegiance to RMEF’s mission in the past but already stepped up for its future,” said Lee Swanson, RMEF chairman of the board. “They recently offered valuable input and guidance as the board mapped out RMEF’s strategic plan for the next five years.”

RMEF Board of Director bios:

Philip Barrett is the vice president of Finance for Chick-fil-A, Inc. An RMEF member for more than 25 years, Barrett went on his first elk in 1984. Since then, he became a Life Member, Habitat Council member and currently serves as a volunteer. He is also the chairman of the board of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes’ Outdoors Ministry and serves as a national board member of the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. Barrett lives in Newnan, Georgia.

“RMEF is the premier conservation organization created to ensure that future generations will be able to view and enjoy the magnificent beauty of God’s creation,” said Barrett. “I will work to continue the growth of our endowments and increase the membership by not only telling the story but by finding more ways to show the benefits to elk and habitat that have been achieved in traditional elk states as well as areas that have and will become new elk territory.”

Mike Baugh is the president of Darcova Inc. and Rocky Mountain Rod Inc. He is an avid outdoorsman and hunter. Baugh has a lengthy RMEF resume dating back to the organization’s founding in 1984. As a 30-year member Baugh served as a committee volunteer, district chair, Montana state co-chair, regional chair and chairman of the state and regional chairs. He is also an RMEF Life Member and a long-time volunteer bowhunter education instructor. He lives in Molt, Montana.

“I’m really excited to serve in this new role and I will always remain an outspoken advocate for the volunteers and their mission fundraising efforts,” said Baugh. “Our legacy should be to leave more elk country for all future generations and to ensure that their habitat is in better condition tomorrow than today. Just as important is to continue to educate people about conservation and our hunting heritage.”

Andrew Hoxsey is the managing partner of the Napa Wine Company and Yount Mill Vineyards. A fourth generation grape grower, he also enjoys spending time hunting. Hoxsey is a Life Member and Habitat Council member who served two previous terms on the RMEF Board of Directors (2002-2005 and 2005-2008) and will now serve as a past board member representative. He also serves in several other business and community positions. He lives in Oakville, California.

“RMEF is a premiere wildlife group and a proven leader in placing dollars on the ground and the management of donated easements. I am proud to be associated with the industry leader in this area,” said Hoxsey. “The Board has changed substantially over the last seven years and I would like to add inputs from previous boards about what worked really well and where we can do better.”

Bill Madison has more than 38 years of experience in the insurance business and is the owner of Modoc Insurance. He joined RMEF shortly after his first elk hunt in 1985. Madison founded the RMEF Warner Mountain Chapter and served as its chair until 2001. He is also a Life Member and a member of the Habitat Council. He also served on numerous local boards and organizations. Madison lives in Alturas, California.

“I am thrilled to serve on the board of one of this nation’s premier conservation organizations,” said Madison. “During the past year, while serving on the Lands and Conservation Committee, I have honestly reflected on how Teddy Roosevelt, Aldo Leopold and many others felt in the infancy of conserving the lands of our nation. I look forward to working with a group that not only focuses on habitat and conservation funding, but also understands and addresses the issues faced by today’s sportsman.”

Don Moss is the owner of Don Moss Enterprises General Contractor, Strike Back wildlife fire services and is co-owner of S Bar S Ranches Inc. A hunter and outdoorsman, Moss spent years as an RMEF volunteer including service as founder, past chair and committee member of the Central Oregon Chapter and was the first Oregon state chair. He is also an RMEF Life Member and a Habitat Council member. Moss lives in Dayville, Oregon.

“It is a great honor to be appointed as a board of director’s member to the RMEF and to be in the company of the individuals who have a voice in the direction and guidance of one of the greatest wildlife conservation organizations ever,” said Moss. “RMEF is about friendship and camaraderie built over nearly thirty years of involvement in the organization. It is about people with such diverse backgrounds and a wide variety of geographic locations. All of whom have made personal commitments to support the mission of the organization.”

RMEF currently has 26 board members who live in 13 different states. The new board members began their terms in February 2014.


Award-winning TV Hunting Host among New RMEF Board Members

MISSOULA, Mont. – ?The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to welcome six new members to its board of directors. Among them is Randy Newberg, host of the popular television hunting show, ?On Your Own Adventures.?

“?Randy is a longtime friend to RMEF,”? said David Allen, RMEF president and CEO. ?”But even more than that, his passion for conservation, public access and wildlife management, and his leadership will offer a clear, wise direction for our organization for years to come.”?

“?My vision is the RMEF will continue the valuable conservation work that has made such a difference in my life, all while adding to access efforts RMEF has provided for those of us who use these public lands,”? said Newberg. “?My vision is also that RMEF will provide leadership on important land and habitat issues during a time when funding for conservation is being cut, when public lands are being looked at as a liability, and when hunting can be even more valuable to our society. The ultimate vision being that all Americans understand that Hunting is Conservation.”?

In his role as host and producer of ?On Your Own Adventures,? Newberg is an avid self-guided public lands hunter from Bozeman, Mont. While filming, he hunts all Western states for all species; researching and planning his hunts, then heading to the hills like most hunters, on his own. Newberg?’s passion is sharing those experiences with others while also teaching them tactics and strategies to increase their success, and hopefully giving them the encouragement and enthusiasm to go and create their own hunting adventures.

Newberg serves as a volunteer for many conservation organizations. In addition to his work for RMEF, he is also an advisory member to the chairman of the Congressional Sportsmen?s Caucus in Washington, D.C., and a fundraising volunteer for local hunting and fishing groups. He is involved in national and regional policy efforts to improve and protect public land access, specifically access important to hunters.

“?I am excited for the opportunity to be of service to a group I have been a part of for more than 20 years, yet balanced by my realization that great responsibility comes with the position,”? added Newberg. “?I have great enthusiasm to make a difference on behalf of the many hunters, much like me, who if not for public lands and conservation work on those lands, probably would have never had the chance to become an elk hunter.”?

Randy and his wife, Kim, live in Bozeman, Mont. Randy is a certified public accountant by vocation and, more importantly, a hunter and conservation volunteer by passion. Sportsman Channel recently named him the Sportsman of the Year at the 2012 Sportsman Choice Awards in Las Vegas.

RMEF will announce other additions to its board of directors in the near future.