NOS Board Members:
|Kelly Novi - President
Curriculum Director, Humboldt County School District
|Briony Coleman - Vice President
Senior Environmental Coordinator
Newmont Mining Corporation
Briony Coleman arrived in Northern Nevada from Western Australia in mid 2011. Having spent plenty of time near the ocean and in Australia’s deserts, Briony has had a love of the natural environment and outdoor activities from an early age including throughout school, university and onwards. Since completing a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from University of Western Australia, focusing on arid zone land management, Briony has worked in the Environment and Social Responsibility Department of Newmont Mining at a number of their Australian operations, including in the areas of Central Australia, Kalgoorlie, Murchison and Perth. She now works for Newmont North America, and has a Masters in Community Relations from The University of Queensland, which had a focus on working with Indigenous Peoples. Briony is especially excited to assist NOS with encouraging Nevada’s children and the wider community to learn about and enjoy the natural sciences, with special focus on protecting and managing our environmental resources for the future.
|Russ Yowell - Treasurer
Manager, Ferguson -Winnemucca
Russ was born and raised in Pocatello Id. Growing up and living in southeast Idaho gave him a respect and great love for the great outdoors. Russ grew up loving to play and participate in whatever sport was in season. His favorite old time memories are singing at family gatherings, camping and fishing, and exploring the mountains of southeast Idaho. Russ moved to Winnemucca, with his wife Cori and two young boys, Casey and Chad, in 1997 for his work. Russ has worked for Ferguson Enterprises for the past 30 years. Russ’s favorite new time memories are family gatherings, pitching horseshoes, riding bike with his grandson, cooking, and being on the NOS board.
|Harvey Estes - Board Member
Century 21 Realty
Harvey is a long time resident of Nevada and the Battle Mountain and Winnemucca area. He has been involved in outdoor activities since he can remember. His interests are all outdoor activities including mountain biking, hiking, ATV riding, camping, fishing, big game hunting and upland game hunting. He has also raised two children to love the outdoors. Harvey previously served on the Nevada Chukar Association Board of Directors for seven years and is currently selling real estate for Century 21 Sonoma Realty.
Harvey graduated from Utah State University in Education and was in the Education system for 30 years. He knows how important the education system is in helping educate children in all aspects of their lives, including Outdoor Education. This is why he is a member of the Nevada Outdoor School Board. The NOS vision of “a world where all people have the opportunity to learn and grow outdoors and choose to do so,” is important to him.
Matt Hoffer - Board Member
Tony Lesperance - Board Member
Tony Lesperance retired from the University of Nevada in 1984 with the standing of Emeritus Professor, Animal & Range Science. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated an agriculture and mine supply business in Elko for 16 years, during which he was a county commissioner. He recently completed a three year tenure as Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture. They currently own and operate a small ranch in Paradise Valley. Tony is enthused by Nevada Outdoor School because of the opportunities it presents to our youth. He is a firm believer that every child that is exposed to the real "outback", no matter how brief that exposure is, will ultimately be a better and more knowledgeable citizen.