Our Board of Directors

Russ Yowell - Board President

Russ was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. 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.

Rue Chitwood Beyer - Board Secretary

Rue Beyer moved to Northern Nevada in 2012 after finishing her master’s thesis. She was born in Memphis, TN, but lived across the Mississippi River in a small farming town in Arkansas. Growing up along the Mississippi River, she and her dad spent a lot time collecting fossils and exploring the area. He inspired adventure and a love of the outdoors in her from an early age. In 1999, she and her family moved to Tifton, GA where she spent her middle and high school years heavily involved with track and field and cross country at her school as well as working in agriculture with UGA’s Tifton campus.

In 2006, she graduated high school and attended the University of Alabama where she competed for the Crimson Tide on the cross country and track team and earned her B.S. degree in Geology. After completing her undergrad, she went on to Auburn University to earn her M.Sc in Economic Geology. After graduating with her masters, she moved to Winnemucca where she worked as a geologist for Newmont Mining at the Vista Underground and Midas Mine. In October 2013, she and her husband moved to Elko after they were transferred to other Newmont projects in the area.

In the summer of 2014, she finally realized a long-held dream to get into mountaineering and climbed Mount Rainier with RMI Expeditions. She continued to pursue her climbing passion and went with RMI to do an expedition skills seminar on Denali the following year. In early 2016, she earned her Wilderness First Responder certification through NOLS in Salt Lake City and began ice climbing in Ouray, CO. She traveled again with RMI down to Ecuador that summer to climb and summited several volcanoes: Illiniza Norte (16,818’), Illiniza Sur (17,267’), and Cayambe (18,997’). She continued working on her ice climbing skills that winter and began doing multi-pitch routes in the Ouray, Silverton backcountry. She finished a 26 day expedition on Denali with RMI in May 2017, and intends to continue pursuing mountaineering. She has a great passion for the outdoors and valuable lesson it teaches people. She’s excited to help encourage and foster a love of the outdoors and help provide our local youth with programs that can teach them great life skills and a love and respect of life and the natural world.

Heather Nelson - Treasurer
Hecla Nevada; Northern Nevada Recreation Coalition

Heather Nelson has lived in Northern Nevada for the last 20 years, coming to the Winnemucca area from Montana. Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Heather embraced outdoor living. Her father taught her to hunt at 13, not to mention the many camping trips they took as a family. Outdoor adventures didn’t stop there, as Heather enjoyed hiking, skiing, fishing, biking, or just hanging out at the lake for the day just to name a few.

Moving to Winnemucca to start and grow her family, the outdoor adventures continued on.  Having all boys, they started family camp outs, hunting, recreation, along with riding their ATV’s at a young age.  Now that the boys are all grown, they continue their love for the outdoors of Northern Nevada, and are stewards of the lands.

Heather has her Associates in Nursing, however she joined the Newmont team five years ago to broaden her horizons.  She currently sits on the Legacy Fund Board of Directors as the Vice-President.  She is also the Vice-President of the Northern Nevada Recreation Coalition, their main project is the Yurt, along with cleaning up days for the outdoors.  She is excited to join NOS to support the opportunities to get the youth of Northern Nevada outdoors and understand and respect the lands.

Brett Worsham
Retired Contractor

Info coming soon!

Gene Hunt

Gene and his wife Chrissy moved to Northern Nevada in 2016, having been born and raised in Southern California. Gene's love of the outdoors started with camping and fishing trips with his Grandfather. That love of the outdoors led Gene to share his experiences with his children, and expanded to off road racing and riding all over California and Nevada.
After 30+ years in business, spanning Aerospace and Corporate Real Estate Services, Gene and his wife moved to Winnemucca in search of a rural lifestyle. One that would allow quick and easy access to nature, along with the trails and areas that would give them the opportunity to lead the lifestyle they desired.
Finding a home in Paradise Ranchos, they enjoy horseback riding, off road trails, and raising their horses, goats and chickens on a ranch surrounded by beautiful mountains, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
After participating in NOS events, Gene and his wife found the staff and volunteers friendly and engaging, with a passion to share the NOS philosophy.
Gene has joined NOS to help youth and adult alike, in getting the various benefits and enjoyment that the outdoors, and the NOS programs have to offer.

Shannon Scott
Elko County School District

Shannon has called Nevada home for the past 22 years and loves that our state has more public land than any other state in in the lower 48! She spends the bulk of her leisure time hiking with her McNab Shepherd, Scout, hunting with her partner, Rob, hitting mountain trails solo, or working on building projects around her home. 

Shannon originally hails from Napa, CA, and lived in western Montana for 16 years where she earned a B.A. in Education and M.A. in English Linguistics from the University of Montana. She teaches for Elko County Schools, is an Airbnb host, and author of, “Creating a Green Home: Planning and Design”. Together with her partner, Rob, she designed and built her own sustainable straw bale home, that no big, bad wolf has yet to blow down.

Joshua Borough

Prior to taking a communication position with Newmont and driving 3,000 miles in a VW van to Nevada, Joshua spent many years roaming the Final Frontier.

From the Kahiltna Glacier base camp on Denali to twelve days at minus-30-degree temperatures following the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, Joshua has spent more than 12 years photographing the tame and not-so-tame parts of Alaska. His first introduction into Alaska’s backcountry was a 28-day canoe trip through the western Brooks Range. During this adventure, he learned what it means to be truly alone in the wilderness.

Joshua grew up in the Colorado Rockies, worked in outdoor stores, taught climbing and skiing skills, guided students backpacking through the Rockies and was even a cowboy for a hot second. Basically, anything that could keep him outdoors kept his attention.

Alongside his Alaska touring, Joshua has traveled, climbed and hiked through the Lower 48, Canada, Vietnam, Bolivia, Costa Rica, Australia and Argentina. One of his favorite memories was hiking up 17,000 feet and camping next to Laguna Glacial under the towering peak of Mt. Illampu.

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