About Our Board of Directors
Harry Reid pays high praise to four Friends of Nevada Wilderness
board members: Marge Sill, John Hiatt, Hermi Hiatt and Roger Scholl (click the link
to read the PDF document).
Roger Scholl, State Chair / Founding Board Member
years ago I wished Nevada, with millions of acres of largely
unrecognized wilderness, could have one full-time person working
to protect this legacy. Today I am filled with gratitude for the
marvelous staff of Friends of Nevada Wilderness and those who
support their work. It is deeply satisfying knowing dozens of
magnificent protected areas are home to countless fellow
creatures, hold answers to questions we have yet to ask, and
offer a taste of my early experiences of discovery to my family,
grandchildren and thousands of others.
Take a look at Roger's video:
for future generations.
As an avid outdoorsman Roger has explored
most of Nevada's wild places - something he continues to do.
Dr. Scholl served as Deputy Executive
Director of the Wilderness Society in Washington D.C. for
several years and was a founder of Friends of Nevada Wilderness.
He has been a leader on Nevada wilderness issues since 1969 and
was instrumental in the passage of the Nevada Wilderness Bill in
Hermi Hiatt, Southern Nevada Vice Chair
from Switzerland, a country where almost all landscapes below
timberline have been sculpted by man, I deeply appreciate wild
lands where man's hand is not much in evidence. Preservation of
unique habitats and open space for flora and fauna is very
important to me.
Hermi Hiatt, a volunteer with Friends of
Nevada Wilderness since 1987, has been involved with almost
every piece of wilderness legislation in the state. Her
on-the-ground knowledge, mapping and inventory work especially
in Clark County has had direct payoff with more areas protected
Hermi is a professional plant ecologist who has
worked extensively in the Mojave Desert and across the Great
Basin. Her professionalism has brought a strong science-based
component to Friends of Nevada Wilderness’ work. Hermi’s wealth
of knowledge, big heart and willingness to volunteer have been
instrumental to Friends’ success in conserving over three
million acres of Nevada’s Wilderness.
Karen Boeger, Rural Vice Chair / Founding Board Member
was so fortunate to grow up at a time when much of the west was
still wild and the dominant recreational uses were traditional:
hiking, fishing, hunting and horseback riding. Within a
generation, those opportunities have vastly diminished. I want
to do all that I can to ensure that my grandchildren and their
grandchildren will always have the same wilderness opportunities
and life benefits that I was able to enjoy.
Karen, a retired school teacher and
Nevadan "Desert Rat" and volunteer conservation activist for
over 30 years, is a founding member of Friends Of Nevada
Larry Dwyer, Treasurer
Wilderness has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. Growing up on the
slopes of Mt. Tamalpais, I considered the entire mountain to be part of my own personal
"backyard," and, as a student at UNR, I began to explore Nevada's vast
variety of unspoiled wilderness. Over the last several years, I learned of the amazing
work Friends is doing to turn these areas into designated wilderness so they'll
be protected in perpetuity.
Larry, with a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the University of
Nevada, spent most of his career developing human and veterinary diagnostic tests.
He has also worked with an environmental analytical laboratory and a solar installation
company. Now, fully retired from regular work, he wants to spend more time helping
Friends preserve and protect wilderness.
John Hiatt, Issues Chair
devote my time and energy working for wilderness preservation
because I greatly enjoy large open spaces which are not greatly
modified by man's activities. I also believe wilderness areas
are some of the best areas to view wildlife.
John Hiatt has been working on
conservation issues primarily in southern Nevada for almost 30
years. He played a large part in wilderness protection for
Forest Service lands in the 1980s and then focused his attention
on BLM managed lands. He helped to both create and expand the
Red Rock National Conservation Area outside of Las Vegas.
John is well versed in Las Vegas civic affairs having served as a
member and chairman of the Enterprise Town Advisory Board since
1979; served on the Las Vegas Valley Citizens Groundwater
Management Advisory Committee since its inception in 1998; and
served on the Integrated Joint Water Planning Citizens Advisory
Committee. John is currently serving as chairman of the BLM's
Resource Advisory Council for the Mojave-Southern Great Basin
An organic chemist by training, with a Ph.D. from Yale
University, John has been employed as a clinical and forensic
chemist since 1973. John has been a member of the Board of
Directors of Friends of Nevada Wilderness since 1995 where his
extensive knowledge of a broad array of subjects has been
invaluable in steering Board policy.
Meghan Wolf, Secretary
learned to love the outdoors growing up in North Carolina hiking, climbing trees
and swimming in lakes, rivers and oceans. There was always an inner urge for me to
move west. Nevada's wide open spaces, beautiful, rugged landscape and sparkling
desert air touched every nerve in me on my first visit to Nevada and the Black Rock
desert on a restoration trip.
Being in the wilderness connects me to a part of life that feels severed in a
world increasingly dominated by the global human footprint. The wild land is a
part of my being. Wilderness deserves my attention and respect, and I, in turn,
need it to feel whole again.
Watch Meghan's video:
a deep connection to the land.
Meghan brings an eclectic background to Friends' board. Prior
to her current position as Assistant Manager at Patagonia's Reno outlet store, Meghan
traveled widely and taught English to inter-generational, multi-cultural
communities in far-flung locales like the Czech Republic and Turkey. She also has
worked in corporate and media communications.
Peter Bradley, Board Member
perhaps than food and water, music, the love of family and
wilderness are essential to my well-being. Without them, I
simply would shrivel up and blow away.
Pete is a wildlife biologist stationed in
Elko, where he works to protect populations of Nevada's wild
birds, mammals and reptiles and their habitats. His expertise in
wildlife is essential to showing the importance of wild places
for protecting our wildlife populations.
Bart Patterson, Board Member
wilderness areas, including a number of areas close to a large
metropolitan area like Las Vegas, is critical to our quality of
life. There is always a feeling of serenity in spending time in
these unspoiled areas, and this is a value I want my children to
Bart has always had a great love of the
outdoors growing up in central Idaho along the Salmon River.
This passion has continued with frequent hiking trips throughout
Nevada and other western states. He was past president of the
Arizona Heritage Alliance before moving to Nevada. An attorney,
Bart is the Chief Counsel for Nevada System of Higher Education.
Marge Sill, Founding Board Member
I have always been happiest when I could feel at one with the
natural world. I hope that wilderness and wild things will
always be a part of the life of my extended family for
generations to come.
Here is Marge's video:
protecting the wild.
Marge is a full-time volunteer
conservationist. Her particular interests are wilderness,
national parks, national forests, and wild rivers. She worked
for and helped make every acre of Nevada's 3.37 million acres of
wilderness a reality. Marge is lovingly known as the Grandmother
of Nevada Wilderness and is an inspiration for several
generations of wilderness advocates.