New board members and more changes at OWAA

Please welcome and congratulate OWAA’s newest board members, elected by the membership to serve three-year terms. Listed alphabetically: Mark Freeman (Oregon), Brett Prettyman (Utah) and Paul Queneau (Montana). All three Active members will take their board seats on June 13, in conjunction with OWAA’s annual conference in Rochester, Minn., June 10-13. Read more about the candidates at
The May 7 election took place at the Missoula Senior Service Center. Ballots were opened, tabulated and certified by tellers Marlene Waylett, Shirley Lanfear and Shirley Williams, volunteers from Missoula Senior Services.

More changes at OWAA

It is with much gratitude and sadness that we say so long to Kevin Rhoades. Originally hired as Publications Editor in 1999, Rhoades assumed the role of Executive Director in 2004.
He lead the organization through many changes during the past four and a half years, helped stabilize OWAA’s budget, produced two updated publications, and oversaw the transition of Outdoors Unlimited to a monthly online publication and quarterly print edition, to name but a few of his successes.
We wish him luck in his new adventures and look forward to seeing him at upcoming conferences as an OWAA member.
In Kevin’s place, Robin Giner has been promoted to Acting Executive Director. After re-joining OWAA in 2007, Giner coordinated three annual conferences and headed up the membership side of the organization.
Interns come and go at OWAA with each passing semester. In May, intern Margo Whitmire left OWAA after earning her graduate degree in environmental studies from the University of Montana, where she also served as the non-fiction editor for the University of Montana’s literary magazine, Camas. We send Margo off with our best as she moves to Portland, Ore., to get married and begin her new post-college life. In Whitmire’s place, we welcome Breeana Laughlin. Her duties will include crafting Character Sketch articles, compiling Supporting Group News Tips, News Briefs, Bookshelf items and Outdoor Market listings for Outdoors Unlimited.
May also saw the addition of Jessica Pollett to the OWAA staff as the new Membership and Conference Services Apprentice. A recent graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., Pollett moved to Missoula in early 2010 where she volunteered for the Ronald McDonald house, helping coordinate events and fundraisers. Pollett is looking forward to the Rochester conference, meeting OWAA’s members and beginning her work on the 2011 Salt Lake City conference.
With so many changes at OWAA’s headquarters, please rest assured that we remain dedicated to the membership and mission of the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Any ideas you have to improve the organization, or membership benefits, can be forwarded to the OWAA staff at


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