Association Update: February 2011

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January brought monetary gifts from generous donors. These tax-deductible donations are dedicated to funds designed to boost OWAA efforts ranging from education programs to reducing the loan on our headquarters building. For details about OWAA funds, contact OWAA headquarters at 406-728-7434.


Thomas M. Dillon
Dennis Dunn
Martin H. Garrell
Katherine K. McKalip
Sal Pitera


Peter Anastasi
Chris Madson


Paul Brouha
Paula J. Del Giudice
Martin H. Garrell
F. Eugene Hester
William F. Hollister
Chris Madson
Rich Patterson
Kevin Rhoades
Craig L. Rieben
Tom Wharton


R. W. Altman
F. Eugene Hester


James Card
Walter Hodges
Dr. Brian Irwin


Theresa A. Gates, 8075 E. Morgan Trail, Suite 1-B, Scottsdale, AZ 85258. (H) 480-600-0754, (W) 480-451-1684, (F) 480-664-2902, Lifelong experience in outdoor sports, activities and travel, including hiking, camping, water and snow skiing, sailing, canoeing, biking and nature-related travel throughout most of the western U.S., Hawaii, Canada and Australia. Currently focused on the history of women explorers. Worked as an editor for nearly 30 years and published a doctoral dissertation. Has also written scripts and performed voiceovers for health, political and biographical projects. Member of Arizona Historical Society, League of Conservation Voters and Scottsdale Society of Women Writers. Currently working on a multimedia project about the migration of sandhill cranes to southeast Arizona as well as personal and organizational biography projects for a start-up business called Blue Dragonfly Biographies. Applying for Associate Membership; sponsored by Mary J. Nickum.
Barbara Nixon, 8844 E. Cholla St., Scottsdale, AZ 85260. (H) 480-200-2026, (F) 480-664-2902, Avid outdoor enthusiast participating in activities that include photography, videography, backpacking, hiking, spelunking and writing. Applying for Associate Membership; sponsored by Mary J. Nickum.
LeAnn M. Schmitt, Enjoy Communications, 6329 Falcon Ridge Lane, McKinney, TX 75071. (H) 214-548-4197, Currently starting a public relations consulting business specializing in the outdoor recreation industry. Previously worked for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks and the Kansas Travel and Tourism Division. Currently living in the Dallas, Texas, metro area. (Tony) Applying for Associate Membership; sponsored by Bill Graham.
Nathan J. Silverman, Nathan J. Silverman Co., 1830 Sherman Ave, Suite 401, Evanston, IL 60201-3774. (H) 847-542-7916, (W) 847-328-4292, (F) 847-328-4317, Owner and president of Nathan J. Silverman Co., Public Relations, a public relations firm established in 1983. Since December 2008, the Outdoor Division of Travel Manitoba, title tourism promotion arm for the central Canadian providence, has been a client. (Mary Dawson) Applying for Associate Membership; sponsored by Bill Graham.
Mike Wintroath, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, 4209 Sugar Maple Lane, Little Rock, AR 72223. (H) 501-258-3117, (W) 501-352-8586, (F) 501-223-6447, Staff photographer, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (December 2009-present). Stringer photographer, Associated Press (January 1994-2008). Assistant photographer, University of Arkansas at Little Rock Communications Division (August 1992-1994). (Shonda) Applying for Active Membership; sponsored by Jeff Williams.


Ken White, (Senior-Active Member) 16996 E. 524 Rd., Stockton, MO 65785. (H) 417-276-6235, (W) 417-276-6235, (F) 417-276-6235, kdwhite7@windstream net. Outdoor writer and photographer, Nevada Daily Mail, Branson Daily News, St. Clair Courier, Cedar County Republican, Grain Valley P.O.I.N.T.E., Carrollton Democrat, Windsor Review, Humansville Star-Leader, Independence Examiner, Appleton City Journal.
Ronald M. Tussel, (Active Member) 118 Navajo Court, Hawley, PA 18428. H) 570-237-6454, (W) 570-685-7333, (F) 570-685-7333, rontussel@ltis net, Regional contributor, Pennsylvania Outdoor Times, Pennsylvania Outdoor News. Columnist, Pike County Dispatch (weekly), The Pocono Record (weekly). Freelance videographer. Producer and host, “The Pennsylvania Sportsman” TV series.


The following members successfully passed review of their member credentials:
John W. Hayes
S. Chris Hunt


Dan C. Cook
Clifford L. Netherton


Goal Zero, 14864 Pony Express Road, Bluffdale, UT 84065. Contact: Adam Nicosia, sales/marketing. (W) 801-545-7542, (F) 801-303-8695,, Portable solar power systems that can provide electricity anywhere., 9 West Washington St, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60602. Contact: Chris Callahan, lead developer. (W) 646-789-2995,, Gun news, reviews and community site.
Trillium Solutions, 570 Davis St., Ebeemee Twp., ME 04414. Contact: Scott Lee, president. (W) 207-465-8733, (F) 207-965-8773, Develop and manufacture products for the shooting industry, military and police. Provide consulting services in sales, marketing and operations to the industry.


Rocky Brands, 144 Southeast Parkway, Suite 250, Franklin, TN 37064. Contact: Mike Alday, public relations representative, Alday Communications. (W) 615-791-1535, ext. 22,, Rocky Manufactures and markets high quality hunting and outdoor apparel, boots and accessories.
Camp Safe, c/o Portable Propane Product Safety News Bureau, P.O. Box 45002, Cleveland, OH 44145. Contact: Denny Pavan, coordinator. (W) 216-875-8860, (F) 216-875-8870,, Founded to increase awareness of the importance of using outdoor products safely, to help make outdoor activities an enjoyable and Injury-free experience.


John J. Davis,
Bob Lamb,♦

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