Our Board of Directors

Russ Yowell - Board President

Russ was born and raised in Pocatello, Idaho. Growing up and living in southeast Idaho gave him a respect and great love for the great outdoors. Russ grew up loving to play and participate in whatever sport was in season.

His favorite old time memories are singing at family gatherings, camping and fishing, and exploring the mountains of southeast Idaho. Russ moved to Winnemucca, with his wife Cori and two young boys, Casey and Chad, in 1997 for his work. Russ has worked for Ferguson Enterprises for the past 30 years. Russ’s favorite new time memories are family gatherings, pitching horseshoes, riding bike with his grandson, cooking, and being on the NOS board.

Brett Worsham
Retired Contractor

Brett Worsham is an experienced building contractor with a passion for gardening and hiking. He is also a produced playwright and experienced actor.


Gene Hunt

Gene and his wife Chrissy moved to Northern Nevada in 2016, having been born and raised in Southern California. Gene's love of the outdoors started with camping and fishing trips with his Grandfather. That love of the outdoors led Gene to share his experiences with his children, and expanded to off road racing and riding all over California and Nevada.
After 30+ years in business, spanning Aerospace and Corporate Real Estate Services, Gene and his wife moved to Winnemucca in search of a rural lifestyle. One that would allow quick and easy access to nature, along with the trails and areas that would give them the opportunity to lead the lifestyle they desired.
Finding a home in Paradise Ranchos, they enjoy horseback riding, off road trails, and raising their horses, goats and chickens on a ranch surrounded by beautiful mountains, and spectacular sunrises and sunsets.
After participating in NOS events, Gene and his wife found the staff and volunteers friendly and engaging, with a passion to share the NOS philosophy.
Gene has joined NOS to help youth and adult alike, in getting the various benefits and enjoyment that the outdoors, and the NOS programs have to offer.

Shannon Scott
Elko County School District

Shannon has called Nevada home for the past 22 years and loves that our state has more public land than any other state in in the lower 48! She spends the bulk of her leisure time hiking with her McNab Shepherd, Scout, hunting with her partner, Rob, hitting mountain trails solo, or working on building projects around her home. 

Shannon originally hails from Napa, CA, and lived in western Montana for 16 years where she earned a B.A. in Education and M.A. in English Linguistics from the University of Montana. She teaches for Elko County Schools, is an Airbnb host, and author of, “Creating a Green Home: Planning and Design”. Together with her partner, Rob, she designed and built her own sustainable straw bale home, that no big, bad wolf has yet to blow down.

Aaron Nelson
Braemar Construction

Aaron was born in Montana but moved to Winnemucca when he was just 6 months old, so he considers himself a native Nevadan. He has always been a very active person, playing three sports a year, hunting and spending time with his family in the outdoors where he feels most at home. He went to college in Reno and Salt Lake City to obtain his Associates Degree in Mechanical Engineering. Not long after he graduated, he realized city life was no longer purposeful to him and he needed to return home to a rural lifestyle.  He currently works at Braemar Construction in Elko, NV and in his free time, he tries to get to the hills as often as possible to camp, shoot and scout.  An avid archery hunter, he keeps busy by going to the archery range or target practicing with his bow in his backyard and participates in archery shoots on the weekends to fine tune his skills.  Aaron joined Nevada Outdoor School because the mission of the organization aligns well with his own intentions and outdoor ethics.  

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