President: Brian Mealor
President-Elect: Windy Kelley
Past President: Michelle Buzalsky
Secretary/Treasurer: Marji Patz
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Newsletter Editor: Brian Sebade
NE Council Rep: Mark Lambert
NW Council Rep: Katelyn Schade
SE Council Rep: Rachel Mealor
SW Council Rep: Mae Smith
Brian A. Mealor – President
In looking back over my relationship with the SRM, I have had the good fortune of being involved at many different levels: student, land manager, producer and academic. Each of these situations comes with its own set of opportunities and challenges, and I found that SRM had something positive to offer at each stage. Because of the benefit I have received from SRM through my career thus far, and because I see the great potential for SRM to continue enhancing and improving skills and opportunities for current and future rangeland professionals, I would be honored to serve as Wyoming Section President.
When compared to many other professional organizations, SRM’s commitment to students is unmatched. I believe working with students is an important investment in the future of range management, and hope the Wyoming Section will continue this commitment to students. However, SRM does not exist solely as an outlet for student training and competition. We should also provide science-based information to rangeland managers and work together as a group of lifelong learners who continually seek a better understanding of how to manage these complex ecosystems.
Education: B.S. Biology, North Georgia College and State University (1999), M.S. Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming (2003), Ph.D. Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management, University of Wyoming (2006)
Employment Experience: Assistant Professor and Invasive Weed Extension Specialist, University of Wyoming (since 2009); Director of Stewardship, The Nature Conservancy in Wyoming (2006-2009), Postdoctoral Research Scientist and Lecturer, University of Wyoming (2006), Graduate Research Assistant, University of Wyoming (2001-2006)
SRM Activities: Life member of SRM (member since 2001); Developer and co-chair of the Rangeland Cup competition, SRM Student Activities Committee (since 2004), Wyoming Section SRM Graduate Student Scholarship (2002-2003), UW Range Club Outstanding Graduate Student (2005), Wyoming Resource Education Days (WyRED) volunteer instructor, UW URME Coach (2005-2007), Certificate of Appreciation for Outstanding Support – UW Range Club (2010), Rangeland Invasive Species Committee member and chair (2013)
Other Professional Service: Western Society for Weed Science Finance Committee (2012-2014), Wyoming Weed Management Association Ex-officio board member (since 2009), Wyoming Cooperative Agricultural Pest Survey Advisory Group (since 2009), Wyoming State Weed Team (since 2009), Wyoming CRM Executive Committee (since 2008), Wyoming Plant Materials Committee (since 2007), Wyoming Non-Point Source Task Force (2008-2001)
Windy Kelley – President-Elect
My name is Windy Kelley. As my name suggests, I am a Wyoming native born and raised in Campbell County. I graduated from Colorado State University with a B.S. in Natural Resources Recreation and Tourism with a concentration in Management (2006), & an M.S. in Rangeland Ecosystem Science (2010). I worked for the Larimer County (Colorado) Department of Natural Resources Open Lands Program as an Open Lands Technician between earning my degrees.
I moved to Sublette County in 2010 to work for the Wyoming Department of Agriculture as the Jonah Interagency and Pinedale Anticline Project offices Agriculture Program Coordinator. I started working for the University of Wyoming Extension as the West Area Range Educator in December of 2012.
I joined the Society for Range Management in 2008. I appreciate the opportunity to be a member of an organization that fosters our current and future generations of rangeland stewards. I have had the pleasure to assist with the high school youth and college programs the last few years at the section and parent society meetings. I have presented at the Wyoming Section Range School, and I have helped to facilitate and teach at WyRED. I hope to see us continue to mentor rangeland stewards, novice and experienced alike. I think it is imperative to build a strong network of rangeland stewards to ensure we are able to disseminate sound information and skills about the art and science of rangeland management. I look forward to continue to work with and learn from fellow land managers and those interested in our natural resources, specifically rangelands.
Michelle Buzalsky – Past President
I grew up on cattle ranches in South-central Colorado and Northeastern Oregon. I took my love of the outdoors and the land as the basis for my education. I attended Northeastern Junior College in Sterling Colorado before moving on to Colorado State University where I earned a B.S. in Range Ecology with a minor in Wildlife Biology. All thru college I worked as a range student trainee with the NRCS then as a Range Tech seasonal for the Forest Service on the Rio Grande National Forest.
I currently work on the Shoshone National Forest where I have been for the past 11 years as a Range Technician. My biggest achievement so far is building and maintaining a monitoring program on the Wind River and Washakie Ranger Districts and having a high percentage of permittee participation in the process. I am also on the Wyoming Riparian Services team where I help teach the riparian vegetation portion of PFC classes. I am the current chairman of the Red Canyon CRM and have been on the CRM since 2001. I also participate in the Dubois-Crowheart Weed Management Area and helped to form and am the current chairman of the Popo Agie Weed Management Area. In relation to the Wyoming Section of SRM I have been on the Range School teaching cadre since its beginning in 2003. My main contribution is teaching the Rangeland Monitoring sections of the schools but have filled in and taught the Riparian and watershed portion as well.
I was a Student member of the SRM from 89-93 and have been a regular member since. I enjoy the student activities and prepping the younger generation for careers in range management. I also value the opportunities to know, associate with, mentor, or be mentored by fellow range professionals from around the state of Wyoming.
My time away from work is also spent being in the great outdoors. I do this thru my hobbies of Horseback riding, Snowmobiling, photography, hunting, fishing, and camping.
Marji Patz – Secretary/Treasurer
I am a Wyoming Native, raised on a ranch north of Gillette, Wyoming. I graduated with a Bachelor of Arts from Chadron State College in Rangeland Management with an emphasis in Animal Science and Agronomy. I then went on to graduate with a Masters of Science in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management with an emphasis in water resources and bioremediation.
Through my Masters project, I was able to gain a Co-op position (student career intern) with the NRCS in Nebraska/Wyoming Joint venture. I worked one summer in Valentine Nebraska and the next in Buffalo Wyoming. I was placed in Ogallala, NE as a Rangeland Management Specialist from 2002 to 2004. I then became a Resource Conservationist/District Conservationist in Medicine Bow, WY from 2004 to 2010 where I was then transferred to Powell, WY where I am the Ecological Site Inventory Specialist (Rangeland Management Specialist) for the MLRA 32 Soil Survey Office (2010-current).
I am currently serving as the Secretary/Treasurer for the Wyoming Section, Society for Range Management. I served as president in 2010 for the chapter and have been involved in WyRED youth camp or served as co-chairman since 2005.
Outside of Rangeland planning and ESD development, I love collecting, photographing and studying the plants in the area. I am active with the Cub Scouts locally, and assist with coordinating their outdoor activities. I am involved in different groups/activities through church and in any other spare time enjoy crafting, quilting, quilling, scrapbooking, hiking with my dogs, hunting and fishing.
Brian Sebade – Newsletter Editor
Hi my name is Brian Sebade. I have worked for the University of Wyoming Extension since 2011. My office is located in Sundance, WY where I help cover the five county area of Weston, Crook, Campbell, Sheridan, and Johnson Counties with my Extension Colleagues. My focus for UW Extension is sustainable management of rangeland resources. I also spend a small portion of my job assignment working with 4-H and youth development and horticulture.
Mark Lambert – NE Council Rep
My name is Mark Lambert and I am employed by the USFS on the Black Hills National Forest in Sundance Wyoming. I have been a Range Technician on the Bearlodge Ranger District since 1987.
I was raised on a family ranch near Sedalia, Colorado and after graduating from High School attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colorado. In 1976, I received a BA in Business from WSC. After graduating from college, my work experience included working for a retail livestock feed and supply business for 8 years, working as a carpenter for a couple years, moving to Belle Fourche, SD and working at a livestock sale barn and on a few ranches. In 1987, I moved to Wyoming and purchased a small ranch near Sundance. At this time I was able to get a seasonal job working for the USFS and in 1989 received a permanent Range Technician position.
My experience and involvement in SRM has only been for approximately the last 10 years. Since joining SRM, I have been impressed with the organization as a great way to be exposed to and learn about rangeland management and science. I am proud to be a member of the Wyoming Section of SRM and would like to see it continue to be a strong and viable organization. In my opinion, it is very important to maintain this organization for our young, up and coming range managers and professionals. I have always been proud of how well our younger Wyoming Section SRM members have represented themselves in Wyoming, and at the International SRM conferences.
I am honored to have been asked to run for this Committee Member position and will try to represent the Wyoming Section SRM to the best of my abilities.
Katelyn Schade – NW Council Rep
I grew up on a cattle ranch in New Mexico. After High School I attended the University of Wyoming where I pursued my love for ranching and agriculture in general by double majoring in Rangeland Ecology and Watershed Management / Environment and Natural Resources.
After graduation I was hired on full time with the NRCS in Worland, Wyoming. I am currently a Rangeland Management Specialist for Washakie County. Along with being the NW Council Representative for the Wyoming section of SRM I am also Chair of the Student Activities Committee for Wyoming and the National SRM. I am thankful for the opportunity to be a member of a society that promotes agriculture not only in our state but also internationally.
My hobbies include: Hiking, reading, fishing, horseback riding, photography, and dancing.
Rachel Mealor – SE Council Rep
I have been working for the University of Wyoming as a Range Extension Specialist for six years. One of the greatest pleasures in my position is the opportunity to work with private landowners and managers, agency representatives and researchers on a wide variety of rangeland management issues.
I attended both undergraduate and graduate school at the University of Wyoming and went to my first SRM meeting as a sophomore. The student activities were one of the best experiences and networking opportunities I have received, and, for that reason, I have continued my involvement in student activities as a professional. I have served on the Student Activities Committee (both National and WY Section) since 2004; co-developed and currently co-chair the Rangeland Cup competition, have served as the plant identification co-coach for UW, and am currently one of the advisors for the Student Chapter for the Wyoming Section of the SRM, the UW Range Club.
I have never forgotten my WyRED experience and introduction into range management, and, in paying it forward, have volunteered as an instructor at every WyRED camp I can attend. My past and current experiences in the field of rangeland management and the opportunity to work alongside other range professionals have only increased my interest and passion in working in this field. I hope you will consider selecting me as Southeast Council Representative. I look forward to this opportunity to serve the society!
Mae Smith – SW Council Rep
I work for University of Wyoming Extension as an educator in range management. My favorite part about this position is being able to work with and assist those involved in resource management in Wyoming.
I grew up in Pinedale where my family leased a ranch and ran cows. Both of my parents have careers in resource management. I caught the bug early in life and knew I wanted to continue as a steward of the land. I look forward to serving Southwest Wyoming.