RMEF LeadershipOur Team

Board of Directors

Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation Board members are elected annually by our Board of Directors, to serve as the RMEF’s key policymakers. Board members may serve two, three-year terms. Their primary role is to ensure the RMEF maximizes its charge to protect and enhance elk habitat, restore elk to native ranges, and educate others about wildlife, habitat conservation and our hunting heritage.

Officers

Chair
Fred Lekse
Collbran, CO
(2021)

Vice Chair
Mark Baker
Helena, MT
(2023)

Board of Directors

Charlie Decker
Libby, MT
(2023)

Tim Delaney
Mayfield, NY
(2022)

T.W. Garrett
Grove Hill, AL
(2021)

Nancy Hadley
Sandpoint, ID
(2022)

Nancy Holland
Cedar Hill, MO
(2022)

Eric Johnson
Jackson, WY
(2022)

Kent Johnson
Big Lake, MN
(2021)

Donna McDonald
Alder, MT
(2023)

Bill Pine
Visalia, CA
(2022)

Dennis Radocha
Boise, ID
(2022)

Tom Robinson
Salisbury, NC
(2023)

Dave Stephens
Nehalem, OR
(2023)

Scott Swasey
Alturas, CA
(2022)

Dr. Martin Vavra, PH.D.
La Grande, OR
(2021)

Michael Wright
Canton, GA
(2022)


Executive Staff

The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation executive staff brings decades of education and expertise to help the RMEF meet and exceed its mission of ensuring the future of elk, other wildlife, their habitat and our hunting heritage.

President & Chief Executive Officer
Kyle Weaver

Born and raised in southern Virginia, Kyle Weaver built his life in the outdoors whether it was hunting, fishing, camping or working on the farm. By doing so, he developed a profound love of the land and a love of wildlife. And that appreciation has only increased over the years. Kyle had a long and successful career with the National Rifle Association, where he rose from an entry level position to ultimately serve as an NRA Officer and Executive Director of General Operations. His oversight included educational, safety and training programs, grassroots fundraising, as well as hunting and conservation programs. A long-time RMEF life member, Kyle dedicated his entire career to protecting, promoting and supporting our rights in the outdoors as hunters and bolstering conservation.


Chief Operations Officer
Rod Triepke

A Montana native, Rod graduated with a degree in Computer Science from the Montana School of Mineral Science and Technology and holds a MBA with a focus on technology management. Rod joined RMEF in 1993, performing the roles of Software Services Manager, Director of Information Technology, and Chief Information Officer before being promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2007. Rod is a lifelong hunter, angler and conservationist.


Vice President of Marketing
Steve Decker

Steve first joined the RMEF staff in 1989 as an intern while attending the University of Montana where he received a degree in Organizational Communication and studied Resource Conservation. He rejoined the staff in 1997, serving in roles from Field Director to Director of Field Programs before being promoted to Vice President of Marketing in 2010. Steve developed his passion for hunting, fishing and the outdoors growing up in the mountains of northwest Montana. He enjoys those same passions today and is compelled, through the mission and people of RMEF, to pass those traditions on to the following generations.


Chief Conservation Officer
Blake Henning

Blake holds a B.S. in Wildlife Management and Agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and an M.S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Kansas State University. After working in natural resource management for several years with the State of Kansas including a position as Assistant Director of the Kansas Conservation Commission, Blake joined RMEF in 2000 as the Regional Director in Wyoming. In 2005 Blake moved with his wife and daughters to Missoula and the RMEF headquarters where he has held several positions including Director of the Torstenson Wildlife Center, Director of Operations, Director of Lands, and VP of Lands and Conservation. Blake's interest in conservation and hunting first began while growing up on a farm in southeast Nebraska. He is passionate about hunting, fishing, and conserving our natural resources for the next generation.


Vice President of Field Operations
Chad Franklin

A native of southern Illinois, Chad had a love for the outdoors since the day he could walk in the woods. At the young age of 6, he began tagging along with his dad and relatives at the annual deer camp. Chad has always had deep ties, both personally and professionally, to wildlife, conservation and hunting. He has more than two decades of experience in field operations and grassroots volunteer fundraising. He spent 13 of those years with the National Wild Turkey Federation and eight years with the National Rifle Association. Over that time, hard work and ingenuity triggered his rise from an entry level field representative to a senior level director overseeing all aspects of event fundraising. Chad and his family maintain a strong passion about hunting and ensuring hunting traditions for generations to come.


Vice President of Accounting & Finance
Shane Cronk

Shane was born and raised in eastern Montana but has called the western side of the state home since 2000. As a native Montanan he developed a love and appreciation for the outdoors at an early age and that tie to outdoors only deepened over time. Shane graduated from the University of Montana with a B.S. in Business Administration and went to work in the banking industry. In 2006, he was able to combine his professional career with his passion for conservation by joining RMEF. After nine years in accounting he moved to development and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Development. In 2019 he transitioned back to the accounting department as Vice President of Finance and Accounting and serves as RMEF’s Treasurer. Shane continues to be passionate about conservation and the role it plays in benefiting future generations.


Vice President of Human Resources
Becky Bennett

Becky graduated with a degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Human Resources from the University of Montana. She joined RMEF in 1998 as a Human Resource Specialist and took over the Director position in 2002. Becky has a Human Resources certification from the HR Certification Institute and from the Society of Human Resource Management. As a Montana native, she grew up enjoying many outdoor activities. The importance of promoting/protecting hunting, fishing and conservation is a value her parents passed down to Becky and her siblings. She is proud to work for an organization that ties so closely to what she has believed in throughout her life.