The River Wranglers Governing Board of Directors help support and enhance the River Wranglers mission by participating in long-range planning, providing overall program guidance, building a stable financial base for River Wranglers programs, and representing the organization and its mission to the broader community.
ERIC JOHNSON, INTERIM PRESIDENT
Eric Johnson was born and raised in Reno and graduated from UNR with a BA in Forestry. He has worked throughout the state of Nevada as a Park Ranger since he was 19 years old and is recently a retired Nevada State Park Administrator. He lives in Fallon where he and his wife operate a small farm raising alfalfa and a variety of animals. Interests include auto mechanics, fishing and hunting.
KIM ZUCH, TREASURER
As a high school student, Kim volunteered at the Utah Field House of Natural History State Park Museum and went on to complete two internships and seven years with Utah State Parks. She graduated from Utah State University with a double major in parks and recreation and anthropology. In 2011 she accepted an interpretive Park Ranger job at Fort Churchill State Historic Park at Buckland Station, and in May of 2014 accepted a Park Interpreter job at Washoe Lake State Park. She joined the River Wranglers board in 2015 and enjoys working with everyone!
LINDA CONLIN, Secretary
Linda is passionate about working with youth, having spent 35 combined years working with River Wranglers and the Nevada 4-H program. She retired in 2018 as the Director of River Wranglers and is excited to continue on as a board member. She enjoys spending her days with Bill, beekeeping, quilting, reading, camping, and trying to keep up with her twelve grandchildren and their parents.
DAN KAFFER, Past Chair BOARD MEMBER
Dan retired as a District Conservationist and Resource Conservation and Development Professional from USDA-SCS & NRCS. Dan has sponsored & helped champion over 100 river restoration and community development projects in Nevada and California. He is founder or founding member of 14 new land conservation and education organizations/non-profits & districts. Dan resides in Minden, NV and enjoys almost every outdoor and water activity possible, as a sportsman, yogi, and naturalist.
CARLA KUHN, BOARD MEMBER
Carla grew up in the Mojave Desert of California, between the San Andreas and Garlock Faults to the delight of her grandmother who, as a passionate rockhound, was eager to share the extraordinary rock stories of the desert with her granddaughter. Carla worked for the Kansas Geological Survey as a cartographer, built log cabins in Colorado, and worked as a technical illustrator for an environmental consulting firm in Washington DC. On her return to the west coast, she raised 2 wonderful children, completed her B.S. in Geology and M.A. in Education, and eventually taught middle school science and mathematics. Since moving to Nevada she is part of Western Nevada College’s JumpStart program. She joined the River Wranglers board in 2016 and is eager to share the companion stories of rock and water found in the Carson Valley watershed.
STANLEY LAWHEAD, BOARD MEMBER
Stan is a retired interpretation ranger following 27 years with the National Park Service. He also served three years as a Rural Teacher Trainer of Environmental Education in Paraguay with the United States Peace Corps. In addition, Stan has worked as a seasonal employee for many years with Nevada State Parks. He enjoys most outdoor activities including camping, canoeing, hiking, snowshoeing and spending time with his family. He joined the board in 2017 and is excited to part of such a worthwhile organization.