J.J. Goicoechea, Chair
Local Government Representative
J.J. Goicoechea is a fourth generation rancher in Nevada’s Newark Valley. As a seated Eureka County commissioner, Goicoechea brings his understanding of public lands to his role as local government representative on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council. He currently serves on the NACO Public Lands Task Force, and is past president of the Nevada Cattlemen’s Association. Goicoechea is a practicing veterinarian specializing in large-animal care, and serves as a board member on Nevada’s Veterinary Medical Association. Goicoechea attended University of Nevada, Reno, where he studied Veterinary Sciences, and received his D.V.M. from Colorado State University at Fort Collins.
Chris MacKenzie, Vice-Chair
Board of Wildlife Representative
Chris MacKenzie, a fourth generation Nevadan, grew up enjoying the bounty that the Nevada outdoors offers—with work experience as a ranch-hand, fishing guide, bar bouncer and other seasonal jobs—until going astray by attending law school after graduating with a finance degree from the University of Nevada, Reno. Today, MacKenzie is a partner in the law firm of Allison, MacKenzie, Pavlakis, Wright & Fagan, Ltd., in Carson City. His areas of focus include business, administrative, estate, real property, and water law. MacKenzie served on the Wildlife Commission from 2001-2007 (Chairman, 2005-2007), and active member and Vice Chairman of the Nevada Dream Tags Advisory Board since its inception.
Allen Biaggi is a third generation Nevadan. He is a consultant with more than 30 years of experience in conservation and natural resources. Biaggi served on the Bi-State Fire Commission in the wake of the Angora Fire. Biaggi is a graduate of the University of Nevada, Reno with degrees in Hydrology and Architectural Engineering Design.
A native Nevadan, Steve Boies is a rancher and cattleman with operations near Wells in the far northeastern corner of the state. Boies understands the issues family-run cattle ranches face today. In addition to representing ranching on the Sagebrush Ecosystem Council, he serves as N-1 and central Committee Chair for the state Grazing Board. He has been an active participant in industry and resource issues during the past several decades. Boies attended Universityof Nevada, Reno, where he studied Agricultural Sciences.
Tribal Nations Representative
Gerry Emm is the Deputy Superintendent- Trust Services at the Bureau of Indian Affairs Western Nevada Agency in Carson City. He has more than 20 years of experience working with various Tribes in western Nevada in agriculture, environmental, resource and economic development areas. Emm has worked on various water, resource and land issues in western and central Nevada as a member of resource teams including the Walker, Carson, and Truckee River systems. He served on the Intertribal Agriculture Council board and as a member of Sierra Nevada RAC (BLM). Emm holds a Bachelor’s degree in Agriculture from University of Nevada, Reno.
Lacy leads NV Energy's Environmental and Safety Department. She has more than
20 years of experience working in the environmental field. Lacy joined NV Energy in 2006 from Dynegy,
an independent power generation company based in Houston, Texas. Lacy is the current Board President for
Western Energy Supply and Transmission Association, a consortium of
western-based electric utilities that focus on environmental issues. Lacy holds
a Master’s degree in Environmental Management and an undergraduate degree in
Bevan Lister manages his family's farming operations raising Alfalfa hay and beef cattle. Lister is an experienced water driller and contractor. He has served on boards and commissions dealing with natural resources, including 11 years as a volunteer leader with the Farm Bureau. Lister holds a Bachelor’s degree
in Irrigation Engineering from Utah State University.
Conservation and Environmental Representative
William Molini is retired from the Nevada Department of Wildlife, where he worked for thirty years and served as the Director from 1982 to 1998. Mr. Molini presently serves as President of the Nevada Waterfowl Association and President of the Great Basin Bird Observatory. Mr. Molini also serves on the Board of the Coalition for Nevada Wildlife and is a member of the Sierra Forest Northwestern Great Basin Resource Advisory Council for the Bureau of Land Management. Mr. Molini, a Reno native, attended Utah State University on a football scholarship where he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife Management.
Dr. Sherm Swanson is a range and riparian specialist for the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension Service and associate professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Nevada, Reno. Swanson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Resources from the University of Idaho, and earned his Master’s and Ph.D. in Resource Geography and Rangeland Resources from Oregon State University.
Humboldt-Toiyabe Forest Supervisor
Bill Dunkelberger serves as the Forest Supervisor for the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest, U.S. Forest Service. He brings extensive experience in building relationships between the Forest Service, other federal land management agencies, and communities dependent upon the National Forests. Dunkelberger holds a Bachelor’s degree in Recreation and Park Administration from Washington State University.
Carolyn Swed is the Field Supervisor for the Reno Fish and
Wildlife Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Carolyn brings more than
18 years of experience in natural resource management and endangered species
conservation, having worked with a broad array of agencies, organizations and
landowners across the country. Carolyn holds a Bachelor's degree in Biology
from the University of North Carolina at Asheville, and a Doctorate in Botany
from the University of Tennessee.
John Ruhs began his duties as the State Director for the Bureau of Land Management in November 2015. Ruhs previously served as the director of BLM’s eastern states and had been the acting state director for Nevada from April 2015 through September 2015. Ruhs leads the management of 48 million acres of public land in Nevada and 59 million acres of Federal mineral resources. The State Office oversees six district offices in Carson City, Winnemucca, Battle Mountain, Elko, Ely and Las Vegas. Ruhs received his Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Idaho.
State Conservationist, Nevada
Ray Dotson began his tenure as Nevada State Conservationist
for Natural Resources Conservation Service on August 10, 2015. Dotson oversees the agency’s 60 employees in
11 offices throughout Nevada. Dotson came to Nevada from Arizona, where he was Assistant
State Conservationist for Field Operations. With NRCS experience working in the
Southeast, Midwest, and West regions, he broadened his agricultural scope and
his ability to carry out the agency’s mission by working with producers and
partners to get more conservation on the ground. He began working with NRCS as
an intern, which led to his career with the agency.
Bradley Crowell was appointed as the Director of the Nevada Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Governor Brian Sandoval in December 2016. As Director, Mr. Crowell oversees ten state agencies and programs including the Divisions of Environmental Protection, Water Resources, and Division of Forestry. A native of Carson City, Nevada, Crowell has nearly 20 years of experience in energy, environment, and natural resource policy at the state and federal level. His professional experience includes working for multiple Members of Congress on Capitol Hill, including former Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator Richard Bryan; and for the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington D.C. Most recently, Crowell held a Senate confirmed role at the U.S. Department of Energy, serving as Assistant Secretary for Congressional, Intergovernmental, and External Affairs under Secretaries Steven Chu and Ernest Moniz.
Director Jennifer Ott previously worked as the administrator
of the Nevada Department of Agriculture’s Plant Industry division since January
2018, where she oversaw all plant programs in the state. Prior to joining the
NDA, she served as operations director for the Desert Farming Initiative at the
University of Nevada, Reno and as a consultant with the Nevada Small Business
Development Center. Ott began her career in the wine industry, first as a
chemist and later as a marketing director. She holds a master’s degree in
business administration from UNR and a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the
University of Texas at Austin.
Tony Wasley was appointed to head the Nevada Department of Wildlife in 2013. He has managed statewide programs, worked as an area biologist, participated in research, restoration, enhancement and protection projects for species such as the sage-grouse, mule deer, elk, and bighorn sheep. Tony holds a Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences and Wildlife Management from California State University and earned his Master’s in Biology from Idaho State University.