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To contact OWAA headquarters, please send an email to info[at] You can also call our office at 406-728-7434. And for postal mail, our address is:

Outdoor Writers Association of America
615 Oak St., Ste. 201
Missoula, MT 59801

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OWAA Headquarters Staff

Colleen Miniuk-Sperry
Interim Executive Director

After the departure of Executive Director Tom Sadler in December 2016, Colleen was named interim Executive Director starting in January 2017.  After graduating from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor Business School with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree (focused on Computer Information Systems), Colleen worked as a Software Engineer Project/Program Manager for Intel Corporation in Chandler, Arizona for almost ten years.  In February 2007, left Intel to pursue her freelance outdoor photography, writing, and publishing aspirations. She has been an OWAA member since 2010, served on the Board of Directors from 2013-2016, and elected Secretary in 2016. She enjoys wondering and wandering about nature, stand-up paddle boarding, hiking, camping, skiing, and will try just about any outdoor pursuit at least once (except bungy-jumping and sky-diving). Contact Colleen Miniuk-Sperry at cms[at]

Jessica (Pollett) Seitz
Membership & Conference Director

Jessica Seitz grew up outside of Seattle before heading out East to get her bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. She moved to Missoula in January 2010, before joining the OWAA team in May 2010. Seitz has volunteered in nonprofit event planning with the American Red Cross and the Ronald McDonald House of Missoula. She enjoys camping, visiting National Parks, kickboxing and reading. She and her husband Tucker love exploring the outdoors with their dog Moose. Contact Jessica Seitz at jseitz[at]


Kelsey Dayton
Outdoors Unlimited Editor

Kelsey Dayton joined the OWAA team on Oct. 1, 2013. She solicits and works with editorial submissions for Outdoors Unlimited and edits, designs and oversees its publication. Originally from Missoula, Montana, Dayton earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri, where she focused on outdoor and environmental issue reporting. After graduating she wanted to return to the West and took a newspaper job in Wyoming. Since then she’s worked for several Wyoming newspapers, including covering the environmental beat for the statewide paper, before she began freelancing full time. When she’s not seeking and pitching stories that will get her outside, she loves to ski, hike, bike and camp. She writes a weekly outdoor focused blog called Peaks to Plains for Contact Kelsey Dayton at kdayton[at]

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OWAA Officers, Board Members and Counsels

PRESIDENT: Phil Bloom, Indiana


  • 1st Vice President: Paul Queneau, Montana
  • 2nd Vice President: Tim Mead, North Carolina
  • Secretary: Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Arizona
  • Treasurer: Tom Sadler, Virginia


  • Bob Ford, Pennsylvania
  • Becky Jones Mahlum, North Dakota
  • Karen Loke, Texas
  • Vicki J. Mountz, Ohio
  • Christine Peterson, Wyoming
  • Ann Simpson, Virginia
  • Matt Soberg, Minnesota
  • Danielle Taylor, Pennsylvania
  • Paul F. Vang, Montana


  • Attorney: William Jay Powell, Missouri
  • Medical: William W. Forgey, Indiana
  • Supporting Group Liaison: Katie McKalip, Montana

OWAA board members are elected each spring by the active membership. Board members serve three-year terms. The slate of candidates for the board is determined by the Board Nominating Committee. If you would like to nominate an OWAA member for consideration by the Board Nominating Committee, or if you are interested in running yourself, contact the Executive Director. She will put you in touch with the committee chair. Nominations should be provided to the committee by Oct. 15.

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OWAA Individual Members

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