Board of Trustees
Jenna Whitlock, Chair – Boise, Idaho
Recently retired from the Bureau of Land Management, Jenna Whitlock was born in Idaho and raised in the West. Jenna studied Range Science at Utah State University and began working for the BLM in Elko Nevada as a Rangeland Management Specialist. Most of her 35-year career was spent in the Great Basin – Nevada, Oregon, Idaho and Utah. Jenna also worked in Washington DC at the BLM’s headquarters, in the Senate as a Legislative Fellow and in the Department of the Interior, Office of the Assistant Secretary – Land and Minerals Management. In 2012, Jenna Whitlock returned to the West, working in Utah as the Associate State Director and then as the interim Utah State Director for nearly two years. In that capacity, she oversaw 23 million acres of public land, including the BLM’s first national monument –the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Jenna capped her career by acting as the BLM’s Deputy Director, overseeing management of over 245 million acres of public land in the West and one-third of the nation’s subsurface mineral estate.
Maite Arce, Secretary & Treasurer- Washington, DC
Maite Arce is the founder, President and CEO of Hispanic Access Foundation, a 501(c)3 national nonprofit organization. She has 21 years of experience in education and advocacy work that has increased the capacities of underrepresented communities to engage on issues of public lands, water security, K-12 education, workforce development, tax and finance, and chronic health disparities. Ms. Arce’s leadership and work has lifted the voices and priorities of communities in state legislatures, federal agencies, Congress, and the White House. Prior to Hispanic Access Foundation, she served as Vice President for the Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options and began her career in advertising and media at Mendoza, Dillon, and Associates. In 2007, she received an honorary doctorate from Logos Christian College. She was born in Ensenada, Baja California, Mexico and lives with her family near the confluence of the Shenandoah and Potomac rivers in Virginia.
Gregg Bagni – Boulder, Colorado
Gregg serves as a director with White Road Investments, a fund driven by Gary Erickson and Kit Crawford, founders of Clifbar. WRI helps emerging mission-driven companies grow and prosper in the natural foods, outdoor and bicycle industries. He claims this gig is proof that he is the luckiest being on this planet. Gregg works behind the scenes with WRI companies offering up counsel, energy, and direction around branding, marketing, and product development. His decades of earthly experience give him the ‘nimbility’ to uniquely interact with brands in the outdoor, bike, and natural food worlds.
Michael Pearce – Santa Fe, New Mexico
A trained geologist with a bachelor’s degree from Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin, Mike wandered into Moab in 1973 and fell into work as a mine geologist with Atlas Minerals. In order to escape the underground world of uranium, he became a land surveyor, a river guide, a local Moab musician, and many other things. The music took him to Los Angeles, California in 1984 to seek a career in songwriting while “not giving up his day job” of land surveying in the big city. After moving to Santa Fe, New Mexico in 1993, Mike was offered an opportunity to survey microwave radio communication links for Alcatel Lucent and consequently traveled the US and parts of the world until 2014 when he retired. He now has a budding new “career” as a photographer.
Ken Meidell – Hood River, Oregon
Ken Meidell is currently an Operating Partner at Stride Consumer Partners, covering the Active Lifestyle sector. Ken is also serving as the CEO of Outerbike, a series of mountain bike demo events occurring across the US. Prior to these roles Ken served as the CEO of Dakine, the action sports industry’s leading provider of technical backpacks, apparel, gloves, packs and bags, and technical accessories. Ken was also President and Chief Operating Officer of Outdoor Research, a leading supplier of apparel and technical accessories in the Outdoor Industry. In 2014, the Outdoor Industry Association recognized him as a leading industry advocate for his stewardship in the outdoor community. During this time, Ken also served on the Board of Directors for the Evergreen Mountain Bike Alliance, the largest single-state mountain bike organization in the US.
Beth Myers – Seattle, Washington
Walt Dabney – Moab, Utah
A former Superintendent of Canyonlands National Park and Director of Texas State Parks, Walt Dabney lives in Moab and remains active on many of the issues faced by PLS. He has a wealth of knowledge on the public land system and public land management across the country.
Ross Saldarini – Charlotte, North Carolina
Ross is a business and community leader, executive, mentor, board member and coach. Ross has more than 25 years of experience in leadership across business strategy, retail, Ecommerce, M&A and finance in businesses he built and led in technology services, consumer products and financial markets. As CEO and Co-Founder of Mountain Khakis, Ross helped create and lead an influential outdoor apparel brand that helped redefine the pant category in outdoor. Recent work includes leading the successful sale of a Colorado fitness business to a private equity backed platform, Chief Compliance Officer for a leading AgTech business and COO to the Americas arm of a sovereign wealth sponsored investment firm in D.C.
In recent years outside of work, Ross led the creation of a new position in the North Carolina state government – the Director of Outdoor Recreation – to promote the $28 billion dollar economic impact that the outdoor recreation economy has annually in NC and the 260,000 jobs it supports. Ross currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the NC Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and on the Board of the US National Whitewater Center.
Bryce Randle – Denver, Colorado
Bryce Randle is currently an Owner/Partner in Spoked Solutions, an inventions and intellectual property company within and outside of the oil & gas industry. He is also an entrepreneur, managing members in several small investment groups, and a direct supporter of multiple startups within the United States.
With over 20 years of experience in the energy industry, Bryce has worked in offshore environments spanning the Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean, and Caspian Sea. Bryce was born in Chicago and from an early age had an inkling he wanted to make the jump to participate in non-traditional sports. Now residing in Colorado, boarding and pedaling in all facets feed his hunger.