Each year NOHVCC State Partners elect NOHVCC’s Board of Directors at the Annual Conference (register here). As a result, all interested NOHVCC State Partners are eligible to run for open positions on the Board. Again, ONLY NOHVCC State Partners in good standing are eligible to run.

If you are a NOHVCC State Partner and are interested in serving on NOHVCC’s Board of Directors, you can nominate yourself at the Annual Conference in Reno during the time set aside for elections. If you do not plan to attend the Conference, but would like to be nominated for a position, please email us at trailhead@nohvcc.org and let us know, and someone will nominate you in absentia in Reno.

There are three ways to serve on the Board:


There are three officers who serve staggered two-year terms on NOHVCC’s Board – Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. This year the Treasurer position is up for election. NOTE: To run for the Treasurer position you must have at least six months of prior service on the NOHVCC Board of Directors.

Issue Area Representative (IAR)

Issue Area Representatives (IAR) serve staggered two-year terms and are expected to maintain knowledge and expertise on relevant issue area. The issue areas are Public Lands, Private Lands, Youth and Education, Clubs and Associations, as well as the IAR representative to the Network Development Team which is responsible for recruiting NOHVCC Partners and other volunteer efforts. Any Partner can request the formation of an ad hoc Committee to be approved by the Board of Directors. Ad hoc Committees will be Chaired by the appropriate IAR and can be formed for a variety of reasons. The Network Development Team will be a Standing Committee comprised of Partners who volunteer to serve on the Committee.

At Large

There are three members of the Board who are elected by NOHVCC Partners to serve staggered two-year terms as At-Large members, which essentially means they are not an Officer or an Issue Area Representative.

Current Board of Directors – Those up for election this year in bold


Chairman – Dan Kleen (IA) (current term expires in 2020)
Treasurer – Tom Umphress (MN) (current term expires this year)
Secretary – Lew Shuler (MI) (current term expires in 2020)

Issue Area Representatives:

Private Lands – Danny Hale (VT) (current term expires in 2020)
Public Lands – Barrett Brown (OR) (current term expires this year)
Youth and Education – Carol Smith (TX) (current term expires this year)
Clubs and Associations – Harry Brown (NH) (current term expires in 2020)
Network Development Team – Jim Barrett (LA) (current term expires this year)

At Large Members:

Scott Jones (CO) (current term expires this year)
Tom Cowher (OH) (current term expires this year)
Clif Koontz (UT) (current term expires in 2020)

Voting Procedure

Each STATE will be allowed to cast one vote in NOHVCC elections. In the event there are multiple Partners attending the annual conference from the same State, the Partners from the State in question shall decide amongst themselves by straw vote for whom their State’s sole vote (for each vacancy) shall be cast. In the unlikely event that a State’s Partners cannot decide amongst themselves, a Network Development Team representative will oversee a coin toss to break a tie.

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