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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

Roger Scholl photoThirty-five 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 1989.

Hermi Hiatt, Southern Nevada Vice Chair

Hermi Hiatt photoComing 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 as wilderness.

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

Karen Boeger photoI 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 Wilderness.

Larry Dwyer, Treasurer

Larry Dwyer photoWilderness 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

John Hiatt photoI 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 region.

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

Meghan Sural photoI 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

Peter Bradley photoMore 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

Bart Patterson photoHaving 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 experience.

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

Marge Sill photoI 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.


Black Canyon Wilderness by kayak © Brian Beffort

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