|Briony Coleman - 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.
Ron Leiken - Vice President
Leiken has been in Northern Nevada for the last 13 years, previously in
the Lake Tahoe area and other parts of Northern and Eastern California.
He grew up on family camping trips as part of four wheel drive groups
but grew more fond of self-powered outdoor recreation such as hiking,
backpacking, mountain bicycling, road bicycling, cross country skiing,
He is raising a child who has also become active in
these activities, starting with his first rugged camping trip at six
months old, and now running cross country across Nevada. Professionally,
Ron has a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Management from Cal
Poly, San Luis Obispo; spent his early career years with the US Forest
Service and State Parks in environmental and historical
education/interpretation, then worked in environmental science,
management, and permitting with consulting firms, manufacturing,
geothermal energy (Ormat), and most recently in mining (Comstock and
currently with Marigold).
He also teaches an environmental regulations
class at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno. Ron is therefore
well experienced and passionate about responsibility for mature
stewardship of the natural world of Nevada, for both as individuals and
as corporate citizens. This passion for the outdoors and sharing it
responsibly, teaching children of all ages, and for being an experienced
environmental professional and business manager, aligns well with the
mission of NOS. Ron appreciates all the industries, lifestyles, and
culture of Nevada, and very happy to bring his experience to the Board
of NOS to contribute to the success of NOS’s mission.
|Russ Yowell - Treasurer
Manager, Ferguson -Winnemucca
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.
Tony Lesperance - Board Member
Retired UNR Professor and Rancher
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.
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.
Tiffany Bengoa - Board Member
Tiffany Bengoa is originally from southeastern Idaho. Her
earliest memories are of following her older brothers through the
fields, creeks and wide open spaces that surrounded her home.
her family moved to McDermitt after purchasing a farm north of Orovada.
In 1996 after completing a year of college in ID, she returned to NV to
attend UNR where she received a B.S. degree in Speech Language Pathology
In 2000, she moved to western OR with her husband (a
Northern NV native), who was beginning Optometry School. While in OR,
Tiffany worked as an Educational Assistant in Early Childhood Special
Education and attended Pacific University to earn her Master of Arts in
Teaching degree. After her husband completed Optometry School, they
returned to Reno where her husband began practicing and Tiffany worked
for the Washoe County School District.
Shortly after their first child
was born, they moved to Winnemucca where her husband joined a practice
and Tiffany became a full-time stay-at-home mom. Tiffany is so grateful
for the opportunity to be at home with her kids and is always on the
lookout for fun and enriching activities. She greatly appreciates the
resources and experiences provided by NOS and the ways in which they
encourage children’s innate curiosity and love for the outdoors while
fostering an understanding of the importance of our connection with and
responsibility to the environment.
Julie Hughes - Board Member
Julie Hughes came to Elko, Nevada in
1994. With her family in Texas and Florida, she still considers NE
Nevada her true home. Growing up on the back of a horse and on soccer
and softball fields, Julie's first genuine taste of the outdoors was a
summer job, in her senior year, at a week long wilderness camp in the
Wenatchee Mountains of central Washington.
Mentoring and teaching
horsemanship skills while sleeping in wahl tents and cooking on camp
fires sparked a love that eventually turned into a passion. Julie has
two adult children, one a professional fire fighter and the other a
recent graduate with a BS in Agribusiness.
She has been a volunteer
Hunter Education Instructor for NDOW since 2001, a contributing writer
and pro staff member for WomenHunters.com since 2005, the Vice Chair for
BLM's NorthEast Great Basin RAC - representing dispersed recreation
since 2012, and at one time, a sponsored field shooter for Archery
Research (PSE) and a sub-guide/owner/operator of a guide service in Elko
She also holds a B.A. in Marketing and Public Relations and is
currently the General Manager and morning show host for 95.3 KRJC in
Elko, where she shares her adventures and passion with the community she
embraces. An advocate for getting our youth outdoors and encouraging
ethical behavior, Julie was excited to see the programs and activities
that NOS offers the community.