John Patrick Rice, PhD, has lived in rural Nevada for over 20 years. In 1996 he moved from Bluff, Utah to Elko, Nevada and Great Basin College, where he is a Professor of Fine Arts and Humanities, and the director of the Great Basin College Theatre Program. In addition, he served as the Executive Director of Great Basin College Foundation, providing substantial alternative funding for higher education in rural Nevada. He was elected to the Elko City Council in 2007, and finishes his service to his community in 2018. Rice is intimately familiar with the people and the landscape of rural Nevada. He is passionate about both. He is currently serving his first term as a member of the board of directors of the Library of Congress American Folklife Center. He was nominated to that position by U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and appointed by the U.S. Congress. Rice is married to broadcast journalist Lori Gilbert. Together they have a daughter, Olivia.
Sudeep Chandra, PhD, loves to engage professionals, students, policy makers and concerned citizens in the importance of using science based information to protect and restore aquatic resources. Sudeep graduated in 2003 with a Ph.D. in ecology from the University of California- Davis with Dr. Charles Goldman. He moved to the Center for Limnology, University of Wisconsin- Madison to conduct a postdoctoral research with Dr. Jake Vander Zanden. Currently, Sudeep is an Associate Professor of Limnology and Conservation Ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno, he serves as Director of the University’s new initiative the Global Water Center: Solutions for Sustainability. Sudeep and his colleague and friend, Dr. Zeb Hogan, host of the globally watched National Geographic show Monster Fish.
Kathryn Landreth is a conservationist and former United States Attorney for the District of Nevada where she made a priority of protecting Nevada's public lands. Following more than twenty years of practicing law, she has devoted her time to conservation, serving 11 years with The Nature Conservancy. She is a member for the Nevada Environmental Commission.
Holly Bamford, PhD, is a leader in ocean and coastal conservation and management. Currently, Dr. Bamford is the chief conservation officer for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF), responsible for advancing the Foundation’s outcome-based approaches to conservation priorities that cover many ecosystems and address significant conservation challenges in oceans, coasts, forests, grasslands and freshwater environments. Prior to joining NFWF Dr. Bamford was the acting Assistant Secretary for Conservation and Management at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) where she strategically drove Administration policy, programming, and investments for NOAA coastal and fisheries management related programs in support of ecological, economic, and community resilience. Dr. Bamford was also the Assistant Administrator for NOAA’s National Ocean Service (NOS), where she was responsible for over $500 million in ocean and coastal observations, research, mapping, coastal management and marine sanctuaries in support of healthy ecosystems and the economies that depend on them. Dr. Bamford education background includes BA in Business Management from Franklin and Marshall Colleges, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in organic environmental chemistry from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her work has been published in over 30 publications widely referenced in the field of environmental chemistry, natural resources, and water quality.
Tokunbo “TK” Falayi is a leader in non-profit financial management and governance. He currently serves as the Corporate Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer for the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, providing leadership and oversight for the Corporate Finance, Budgeting, Treasury, Investment, and Accounting functions.
Before NFWF, Mr. Falayi was a Senior Accounting Manager at Special Olympics and prior to that Mr. Falayi worked in public accounting with Arthur Andersen as a Senior Consultant on multiple business and financial consulting engagements.
Mr. Falayi is a Certified Public Accountant and a Chartered Accountant. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and obtained his Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park.
Robert “Rob” Holley is a family farmer in Northern Nevada, and the District Manager of the Dayton Valley Conservation District (Carson River Watershed). Holley served 24 years as a Nevada State Park Ranger before retiring. The Nevada Division of State Parks is one of the Conservancy’s major agency partners.