Spring 2012 Please join the executive board in welcoming Karen Dallett as our new
Executive Director. She comes to us from The Pachamama Alliance in
San Francisco and the Indigenous Environmental Network. Karen has
an extensive non-profit background in grant writing and programming
and loves the high desert mountain terrain. She has been an executive
leader in many projects such as the Santa Fe Film Festival, programming
at the Sundance Resort, established the Park City Literary Festival
and created and was the Executive Producer and on-air host for NPR's,
"This Green Earth". She has also owned a successful bookstore/cafe',
and winebar in Park City, Utah and now comes to our organization with
the highest of recommendations.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Debbie Lassiter grew up in Elko County in a railroad and mining family
that loved hunting, camping and rock hounding throughout Northern
Nevada. She is currently the Vice President of Environmental Affairs for
Allied Nevada Gold and spends much of her time at the Hycroft Mine in
the Black Rock. She is a member of the BLM Sierra Front Resource Advisory
Council, serves on the board of directors of the Nevada Mining Association
and is participating in the BLM Great Basin Landscape Conservation
Committee. Debbie’s background in environmental science and experience
in Nevada support her participation in resource management activities. She
lives in Reno with her husband Patric and their two children. She needs
more time to ride her motorcycle and do some serious cycling.
Will Roger Peterson
Will Roger is currently a member of the board of directors of Black Rock
City LLC (Burning Man) and on the board of the Black Rock Arts Foundation.
He also serves on the Sierra Front - Northwest Great Basin Resource
Advisory Council. Will's background in science, fine art,
education and management support his broad interests that range
from environmental issues to interactive public art. He splits his
time between his studio in Oakland, CA and his outpost in Gerlach,
NV. Will's other interests include motorcycle riding, sailing, wind
surfing, hiking, underwater photography, aerial photography,
astronomy, green and alternative energy and preserving Nevada's
wilderness. Will is also a member of the NRA, ACLU and SAC.
Wayne de Geere III
Wayne is a big guy who does everything on a large scale,
especially when it comes to his Prevost rolling palace.
A long time desert dweller,
he brings entrpreneurial vision and technical know-how to the organization.
Wayne also has a lovely wife Breanna, and they have a young son, Wayne IV.
Self proclaimed Desert Rat David Book has been with Friends for
nearly 10 years. Dave's been scouring the deserts of Arizona,
California, and Nevada since the 1970's. He's an active member of
Washoe Country Search & Rescue, Friends of Nevada Wilderness,
Oregon California Trail Association, Sierra Club member and trip
leader, does amateur radio and has been a Burning Man attendee since
1993. Dave has also been a BLM volunteer since the mid 1990's.
When he's not at meetings, he's out poking around in ghost towns,
mining camps and deserted backroads. His favorite motto's: "I
don't care where I go or what I do, I just want to go" and
"When you're in the desert, you always have a view"
Born and raised in Western Pennsylvania, Sue enjoyed back packing and
hiking in the Allegheny foothills. She left the east coast for the high
desert in the early 80’s and enjoys exploring the vastness and
beauty it has to offer. Along with her husband Dave, who is an amateur
telescope observer, they appreciate that the National Conservation Area
offers some of the best pristine dark skies viewing in the western states.
Sue has been active with Friends of Black Rock for over 10 years,
volunteering numerous hours in conservation grassroots projects and
Dave Cooper came to the Black Rock Desert in 2001 as the first BLM Manager
for the Black Rock Desert - High Rock Canyon Emigrant Trails National
Conservation Area and 10 associated wilderness areas. He led the effort
to develop the first award winning collaborative Resource Management
Plan for the 1.2 million acres of public lands that make up the NCA
and wilderness areas. He also authorized special recreation permits for
numerous activities and events that take place in the Black Rock country
such as the annual Burning Man event. Dave retired in 2009 after 33 ½
years of federal government service and providing visitor services to
the public in Illinois, Idaho, Oregon, Colorado and finally Nevada.
He now makes his home in Gerlach NV, the gateway to the Black Rock
Desert. "Now I have time to explore this vast remote region, hike the
canyons, traverse the mountain ranges, learn more of the emigrant history,
continue to provide visitor services and soak in the hot springs".
Rebecca Gasca of Reno NV
Rebecca's passion for the Black Rock Desert began at Burning Man and
continues to expand with each new adventure in the area. As the
principal and founder of Pistil and Stigma, a government and public
relations consulting group, Rebecca is proud to provide her area of
policy and community relations expertise to the Friends and its members.