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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
2814 Brooks St., Box 442
Missoula, MT 59801

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OWAA Headquarters Staff

Dr. Brandon Shuler
Executive Director

Dr. Brandon D. Shuler has a PhD in literature from Texas Tech University. He has dedicated his career to the service of the outdoors, coming recently from the Ocean Conservancy where he worked on marine policy issues affecting recreational fisheries. Dr. Shuler is a writer, authoring and editing a number of books, publishing short stories, writing popular magazine pieces ranging from the outdoors to current events and serving as a book review editor for a number of literary magazines. When not writing about the outdoors or managing the day-to-day finances of the OWAA, Brandon can be found on the nearest mountain bike trail, in the nearest road bike lane or tossing flies to pesky snook and tarpon. Dr. Shuler serves on the boards of the American Fly Fishing Trade Association, the Marine Fish Conservation Network, Anglers Bettering Louisiana’s Estuaries, and serves on numerous theses committees at the University of South Florida, where he teaches in the environmental science and policy program. Taking the OWAA’s mission seriously, Brandon takes his three kids into field as often as possible to bestow the very love in them that drives our profession and defines his lifestyle. Contact Brandon Shuler at brandon[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 rehabbing her 1920 house. She and her husband Tucker love exploring the outdoors with their dog Moose and new baby Elizabeth. 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: Paul Queneau, Montana


  • 1st Vice President: Tim Mead, North Carolina
  • 2nd Vice President: Pat Wray, Oregon
  • Secretary: Colleen Miniuk-Sperry, Arizona
  • Treasurer: Tom Sadler, Virginia


  • Bob Ford, Pennsylvania
  • Ruth Hoyt, Texas
  • Ken Keffer, Iowa
  • John Kruse, Washington
  • Karen Loke, Texas
  • Shawn Perich, Minnesota
  • Christine Peterson, Wyoming
  • Ann Simpson, Virginia
  • Danielle Taylor, Pennsylvania


  • 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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