Elk NetworkRMEF Welcomes Three to its Board of Directors

News Releases | January 6, 2022

MISSOULA, Mont. — The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation is pleased to welcome AshLee Strong, James Baker and Fred Lekse to its board of directors.

“AshLee and James are new to the board but not to RMEF. They bring a passion for hunting, conservation and our mission plus a wealth of real life experience,” said Mark Baker, RMEF Board of Directors chair. “And having Fred back on the board provides tremendous benefit as we work as a board to refine strategic goals and a vision to help move the organization forward.”

Lekse previously served on the board from 2015 to 2020, including two years as board chair.

Incoming board member biographies:

AshLee Strong

  • Billings, Montana
  • RMEF Life Member, Committee Member
  • Granite Peak Communications Founder

James Baker

  • Bozeman, Montana
  • RMEF Life Member, Committee Member
  • Attorney/Lobbyist (retired)

Fred Lekse

  • Collbran, Colorado
  • RMEF Life Member, Habitat Partner, Habitat Council
  • KHI Management President

Nancy Hadley (Sandpoint, Idaho), Nancy Holland (Cedar Hill, Mo.), Eric Johnson (Jackson, Wyo.), Bill Pine (Visalia, Calif.), Dennis Radocha (Boise, Idaho) and Scott Swasey (Alturas, Calif.) completed their board service.

“We simply cannot express adequate thanks to our outgoing board members. They served honorably and provided vital leadership and direction,” added Mark Baker.

Board members elected Tim Delaney (Mayfield, N.Y.) to replace Johnson as vice chair.

About the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation:

Founded more than 37 years ago and fueled by hunters, RMEF maintains more than 225,000 members and has conserved more than 8.2 million acres for elk and other wildlife. RMEF also works to open and improve public access, fund and advocate for science-based resource management, and ensure the future of America’s hunting heritage. Discover why “Hunting Is Conservation™” at rmef.org or 800-CALL ELK.