Willie is a native of Nevada and has a BS degree in Wildlife Management from Utah State University. He was employed by the Nevada Department of Wildlife for thirty years and was director of that agency for over sixteen years. He is a past president of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He was an original member of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation Board and a long serving member of the Intermountain West Joint Venture Board. He makes his home in Reno, Nevada, and continues to pursue his passion for productive and sustainable lands and wildlife.
Keiba Crear - Secretary
Keiba Crear is the Manager of the Environmental Monitoring and Management Division for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Ms. Crear has been working with SNWA for 19 years and manages a team of biologists responsible for native restoration and biological monitoring in the Las Vegas Wash. She also responsible for SNWA’s Sustainability initiatives.
While employed for SNWA, she has helped facilitate the formation of the 31-member Las Vegas Wash Coordination Committee and has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of the Las Vegas Wash Comprehensive Adaptive Management Plan. She developed the Las Vegas Wash Mainstream Water Quality Monitoring Plan, Wetland and Riparian Restoration and Enhancement Program, Las Vegas Wash Community Outreach Programs, and is involved in numerous other research projects.
She graduated from Howard University in Washington, DC, with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences. Keiba also believes in supporting her community as she serves as a Trustee on the Clark County Library District and the Library Foundation.
She is a native of New Orleans, Louisiana, and is married to Cedric Crear. They reside in West Las Vegas and have two beautiful daughters, Hagan and Kennedy.
Dana Hartley - Treasurer
Dana Hartley is a former employee of the Great Basin Bird Observatory who is currently servingas the Treasurer of the organization. He has a BS Degree in Business Management, BS in Computer Science, and is currently completing a MS in Geospatial Information Science and Technology.
Peter Brussard - Board Member
Peter is an Emeritus from the University of Nevada’s Biology Department. Prior to this position, he was also a professor at Stanford University, Cornell University, and Montana State University. Throughout his career, he has served on boards of many other non-profit conservation organizations, as well as editorial boards of conservation science publications such as Conservation Biology. Aside from conservation biology, his interests include ecosystem assessment and management, habitat conservation planning, and biogeography and ecological history of the Great Basin.
Terry Rich - Board Member
Terry has a BS in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, an MS in Zoology from Idaho State University, and is currently pursuing a PhD in Public Policy from Boise State University on the values of birders in the U.S. He served as the national Migratory Bird Program Coordinator for the Bureau of Land Management from 1992-2000, and as Partners in Flight National Coordinator from 2000-2014. Terry is an Honorary Member of the Cooper Ornithological Society and a Fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union.
Patricia Bakker - Board Member
Patti Bakker has been a Wildlife Biologist and Project Manager for more than 20 years. She managed large-scale restoration projects for The Nature Conservancy, as well as various natural resource projects for Washoe County Community Development and Public Resource Associates. She has a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from the University of California, Davis, and spent seven years as a Wildlife Biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, managing the wildlife crew as well as the project, survey and NEPA needs for the District wildlife programs on the three Districts for which she worked.
Jim Eidel - Board Member
A co-founder of GBBO, Jim Eidel retired from a career as a USGS geologist specializing in world-wide exploration of metals. He is an avid birder who was active in the Lahontan Audubon Society chapter for many years and has also served as their president and conservation chair at different times, where he made his mark by helping initiate the Important Bird Areas program of Nevada. In his retirement, he took up bird banding with GBBO and Audubon and contributed to the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship program.
Robin Wilson - Board Member
Robin Wilson was a career biologist for 15+ years and recently transitioned to a high school teaching career in college-level biology and chemistry. Prior to teaching, Robin spent seven years as the Nevada Director of Bird Conservation for the National Audubon and Lahontan Audubon societies in Nevada where she directed the Important Bird Areas Program. During her tenure as director of the Audubon program, she focused on habitat conservation, invasive species, and educational initiatives. She has also worked in various management capacities in environmental, habitat conservation, and educational programs for various wildlife species and habitat types across the Great Basin landscape.
Paul Hurtado - Board Member
In addition to being an avid birder and father of three, Paul is a faculty member at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) in the department of Mathematics & Statistics. He is also a faculty member of the Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology (EECB) graduate program at UNR. Paul has a B.S. degree in Mathematics and another B.S. in Biology and Chemistry, both from the University of Southern Colorado (now Colorado State University – Pueblo), and a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from Cornell University. Prior to moving to Reno in 2015, Paul was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Biosciences Institute at The Ohio State University. Paul’s interest in birds has its roots in a childhood spent exploring the diverse habitats surrounding his hometown of Pueblo, CO. During his late teens, Paul’s birding interests continued to grow while he served on the board of the Arkansas Valley Audubon Society, and this trend continued through graduate school thanks to the strong birding community in Ithaca, NY. Paul has helped lead field trips for various organizations, and in May 2016 Paul was part of a team of four Reno-area birders who set a new state “Big Day” record of 171 species. Paul also currently serves on the Nevada Bird Records Committee.