Management Board

The Playa Lakes Joint Venture (PLJV) Management Board provides a venue for the larger partnership to have input on the overall direction of the joint venture and approve funding for conservation projects. Members also serve as ambassadors for their organizations and other public, private and political leaders. The Management Board meets twice each year in January and June.

Matt Smith, Chairman
Farm Bill Coordinator
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism

Tammy VerCauteren, Vice-chair
Executive Director
Bird Conservancy of the Rockies

Jeff Ver Steeg, Treasurer
Assistant Director of Research, Policy & Planning
Colorado Parks & Wildlife

Scott Parry, Secretary
Northwest Region Supervisor
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation

Scott Carleton
Chief, Division of Migratory Birds
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Southwest Region

Kari Gibson
Director, State Government Affairs

Elise Goldstein
Assistant Chief, Wildlife Management Division
New Mexico Department of Game & Fish

Alicia Hardin
Wildlife Division Administrator
Nebraska Game & Parks Commission

Karen Woodrich
State Conservationist
Kansas Natural Resources Conservation Service

Matt Hough
Manager of Conservation Programs for Kansas
Ducks Unlimited

Jared McJunkin
Conservation Field Manager, Northwest
National Wild Turkey Federation

Todd Merendino
Manager of Conservation Programs for Oklahoma, Texas and New Mexico
Ducks Unlimited

John Sherman
Wildlife, Riparian, and CCS Program Lead, New Mexico State Office

Bureau of Land Management

Brian Smith
Chief of the Division of Migratory Bird Management
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Mountain-Prairie Region

Dan Snodgrass
Director of Land and Agriculture
The Nature Conservancy

Billy Tarrant
Regional Director, Trans Pecos and Panhandle Region
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

Rick Truex
Regional Wildlife Program Leader, Rocky Mountain Region
U.S. Forest Service

Rod Winkler
Director of Conservation Programs, Kansas
USDA Farm Service Agency

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