JOHN PARRINELLO (aka "JP"), President
- AFFILIATIONS: NOHVCC-State Partner, New Jersey Off Highway Vehicle Association- Founder ,VP & Advocacy Director, NJ Trail Council- Motorized Rep ,NJ Trails Plan Steering Committee, NJ Trails Council ORV Sub-Committee, AMA,ATVA,NRA ASI Safety Instructor, Tread Lightly Tread Trainer. National President – Wheelers for the Wounded, Team Leader – Wheelers for the Wounded NJ, Founder - Northeast OHV Congress (a collaboration of northeast trail users) North Jersey Jeep Club- Land Use Chair.
- RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Wheeling, ATV/Motorcycle riding, Softball, Target Shooting, camping. Working with our nations wounded warriors.
- HOME STATE: New Jersey
- FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Too many to mention. Never met a trail I didn`t like.
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: I have been riding dirt bikes then quads for about 40 plus years and wheeling for more than 20 and have been involved with access issues for a good part of them. As I had been working issues in NJ, I realized we didn`t have a state association so after beating my head against the wall for years pretty much by myself, I reached out to BRC, NOHVCC, AMA and other groups for help and they all came up big for us in New Jersey, helping us start a state association which is a key element to preserving trails.
- COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Board member for the past five years with two as VP and one plus as President there is much work still to be done here at BRC. BRC has done so much over the years, and I would like to help that continue and to help collaborative efforts with all trail users in jeopardy of losing trails. The access issues we suffer are the same all over and we need to join together to save our trails. I want to be sure our members know that they have somewhere to turn when their trails are at risk of being shut down and that is the BlueRibbon Coalition.
GLEN ZUMWALT, Vice President
In his own words...
I am a retired 70-year-old and live in Leeds, UT (near St. George) with my wife Judy. I have a BS in Civil Engineering from the University of Illinois and during my career have worked for Boeing in Seattle as an aerospace engineer; Stauffer Chemical in Green River, WY as a mining engineer, maintenance superintendent, and mining superintendent; and for Coastal States Energy in Utah and Virginia as mining superintendent, general manager, vice president and senior vice president for coal development. I have been the owner of Big Pine Sports in Fairview, a motorsports and sporting goods dealership since 1990.
I enjoy snowmobiling, 4 wheeling, hunting, fishing camping, hiking, biking and horseback riding. I am past president of the Utah Snowmobile Assn.. and have been a member of the ACSA board as well as a delegate to ISC. I was a founding member of the Utah Shared Access Alliance and served as a board member and vice president. I was also a founding member of the Utah Multiple Access conservation Coalition. Judy and I are trail stewards for the Red Cliffs Desert Reserve in St. George.
I have been appointed to the Governor's Outdoor Recreation Task Force by the Utah governor and the Diesel Advisory Committee by the U.S. Secretary of Labor. Presently I am vice chair of the Sanpete County Access Committee and chairman of the Manti-LaSal National Forest Resource Advisory Committee.
Currently I am a life member of the BlueRibbon Coaltion, the Tri-State ATV club, Utah Snowmobile Assn., Skyline Sno-Riders, Back Country Horsemen (Southwest chapter), Hurricane Valley Lions and am a life member of the National Rifle Assn.. and the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.
For the past 20 years I have worked to preserve and improve access for public recreation on public lands. I am interested in serving on the BlueRibbon board because I believe I can benefit the organization by improving its ability to network with other organization, its effectiveness in influencing agency policy and building a better internal teamwork process.
JONI MOGSTAD, Treasurer
- AFFILIATIONS: Oregon State Snowmobile Association, Oregon Lands Coalition, Oregon Recreation Coalition, Bureau of Land Management Resource Advisory Committee
- RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, fishing, adventure travel
- HOME STATE: Oregon
- FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Trails and Coastal rivers in Oregon.
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Joani DuFord enlisted my help with the annual conference when it was held in Portland, Oregon
- COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: Through the last 12 years, I've helped BlueRibbon grow from a fledgling Western states organization to a Nationally recognized force in the recreational access arena. I've done that by helping others stay focused on fiscal responsibility and professionalism and by offering my experience in these areas whenever the opportunity presents itself. My goals for the BlueRibbon Coalition's future ore to continue ordered growth , maintain a sound financial base, remember our mission, fight for access and attend to the needs of our members. An ability to put a BlueRibbon presence on the ground in areas where members are not prepared or unable to respond to local threats is a long term goal.
TODD OCKERT, Secretary
Born: Redlands California.
Raised in: Traverse City Michigan
Years off-roading: 37 years
In his own words...
I grew up in a middle sized town in Michigan, where my parents went off-roading in the back roads of Michigan for years, and still do, but in Nevada with warmer weather.
I continued the tradition of taking my family camping and off-roading after I joined the Navy in 1984, where I was stationed north of Seattle Washington. Since moving to California in 2000 when the Navy relocated me, I continued to off-road to this day, and take my family camping and just enjoying the outdoors as much as possible. I retired from the Navy in 2009 and immediately went to work for Chevron in the Coalinga California oil fields as a fieldman.
I am the current Secretary of my local club, Trail Busters of Kings County, and they are a Cal4Wheel affiliated club. We support Cal4Wheel at different events around the state. I am also on the Board of Trustees for the Cal4Wheel Conservation and Education Foundation in a spot nominated by Cal4Wheel. I have helped Del Albright at different events highlighting BlueRibbon Coalition and their achievements across the nation.
Along with owning a Jeep, I also own a dual sport motorcycle that I have taken off-road a couple of times. It is fun to experience a different level of adventure off-road on the bike.
Education wise, I currently hold an BA in general education, with a minor in business and computer information systems. I am also in the process of completing my MBA in business. All of my course work has been complete with Columbia College of Missouri and their distance learning here in Lemoore California. My current class is in Marketing Strategy, BUSI 544, and my class project paper is a marketing paper on a non-profit business and off-road business. It should be an interesting compilation to say the least, and look forward to completing this paper, and using BRC as my general guideline for information.
CHAD BOOTH, Board Member
I have been active in land use issues in the west since the year 2000, and aware of the land access issues since the passage of FLPMA in 1976. I now feel that it is time for me to lend my talents and resources to help secure and protect access to public lands in the west. I have served on various boards and committees such as the Multiple Access and Conservation Coalition, Take Back Utah movement and have produced several television news stories about access including a 1 hour and a half hour documentary revealing the true nature of wilderness designations.
I believe with my knowledge and background of non-profit groups, land access and media that I can bring a great deal to the table as a board member of BRC.
Danny Hale, Board Member
My passion for ATVing has lead to a career in trail management. I am currently the Executive Director of the Vermont ATV Sportsman's Association (VASA). I also serve as a volunteer in several different capacities.
- I also sit on several sub-committees and boards at the local, state, and national level, allowing me to gain a wealth of knowledge involving recreation in Vermont.
I often describe myself as a "true multi-use guy." My philosophy is simple; there is not enough land, time or money for each user group to build their own trail system, so let's all work together and do what is best for everyone. With that in mind, I have worked hard to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding all trails and recreation. I am very familiar with Federal, State, and Local recreation plans along with a fair recollection of Vermont Statutes pertaining to trails. Vermont does not currently support motorized use on public lands, and I am very anxious to expand my knowledge in this area in an effort to further educate Vermont to the many benefits of legal motorized and multi-use trails.
I feel that I am a very qualified candidate for a position on the board of the Blue Ribbon Coalition. I feel that my knowledge of trails, recreation, and laws, combined with my years of experience in the trail industry would make me a valuable asset.
Executive Director, Vermont All-Terrain Vehicle Sportsman's Association (VASA)
- (see Danny's full resume here)
PAT HARRIS, Board Member
- AFFILIATIONS: Member of both Pacific Northwest 4WD Association and California Association of 4WD Clubs; Chair for Oregon State ATV Account Allocation Committee and member for 12 years; member of Committee for Federal RTP for State of Oregon.
- RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Four-wheel Drive
- HOME STATE: Oregon
- FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: High Desert Oregon, Nevada, California and Idaho
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Introduced to the organization by a member 14 years ago and immediately became involved because of access issues.
- COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: BRC with its diverse representation provides 'one-stop shopping' for public land managers. It is fitting that BRC is a leader in applying practical environmentalism across our recreational landscape. This will secure a legacy of motorized access for future generations.
KAY LLOYD, Board Member
- AFFILIATIONS (Current/Recent): Board Member of the Upper Kittitas County Senior Center, Secretary of the Kittitas Grooming Council, Secretary/Treasurer of the Nimpo Lake Homeowners (B.C., Canada), Secretary of the Summerside Homeowners, and Secretary/Volunteer Coordinator of the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Rails to Ales Brewfest in South Cle Elum. Secretary of the Yellowstone Task Force to keep Yellowstone open for snowmobiling.
(Previous): Former President of Washington State Snowmobile Association (WSSA, 1986-1988). Former Chair of the International Snowmobile Council (ISC, 1994-1996). Worked with a committee formed the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1995-1997). Former Chair of American Trails (1997-2002). Appointed by President & Mrs Clinton to the Millennium Trail Committee (1998-2000). Elected the 1st President of the American Council of Snowmobile Associations (1998-2000). Inducted into the International Snowmobile Hall of Fame (1999).
- RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, jeeping, going to the ocean. traveling in my 5th Wheel, going on Cruises, watching professional football (Seahawks) and baseball (Mariners) games, movies, attending concerts, watching a sunset, enjoying a sunrise, traveling and just living life as an adventure. Gardening, travel, & grandkids!
- HOME STATE: Washington
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: In 1987 I helped start the BlueRibbon Coalition at the Harris Cabin in Island Park. Sat on the first Board of Directors meeting.
JOHN STEWART, Board Member
- AFFILIATIONS: 4x4Wire.com and muirnet.net, United Four Wheel Drive Associations, California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, Tierra del Sol Four Wheel Drive Club of San Diego
- HOME STATE: California
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: Advocating access to public lands carries a responsibility to be part of the solution for managing the lands. As a strong proponent for participation to make a difference, I moved from working in the public sector to being a full time advocate for recreation. Participated on Collaborative Action Team (CAT) with Inyo National Forest on travel management and forest plan revision. The CAT received a "Spirit of the Inyo" award from the Inyo Forest Supervisor for participation in developing a "community based" alternative for travel management.
- COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: I have a strong professional background in planning and analysis, simplifying large amounts of details, preparing written documentation of complex projects, and development of strategic plans. Committed to the highest levels of professionalism and fairness.
DAN THOMAS, Board Member
I am interested in being a BlueRibbon Coalition board member so I can have a more direct involvement in fund-raising and membership drives that protect our recreational access. I feel like I can leverage the resources I have at my company, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC, to create innovative campaigns for improved response rates when contacting the members of BlueRibbon Coalition.
Rocky Mountain ATV/MC
Jack Welch, Board Member
AFFILIATIONS: Colorado Off-Highway Vehicle Association, COHVCO, Coloroado Snowmobile Association Director of Land Use and Legislative Activities, BlueRibbon Western Region Representative, Former President of the BlueRibbon Coalition (1996-2007).
- RECREATIONAL INTERESTS: Snowmobiling, Personal Watercraft, some 4WD use.
- HOME STATE: Colorado & Wyoming
- FAVORITE TRAIL/AREA: Rabbit Ears Pass, Colorado; Snowy Range, Wyoming; Iditarod Trail, Nome to Anchorage, Alaska.
- HOW YOU GOT INVOLVED: BRC was founded at the same time as COHVCO, and I joined BRC just after COHVCO got off the ground.
- COMMENTS/GOALS FOR BRC: I feel we have made a lot of progress, and look forward to another period of growth over the years to come.
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