Russ Yowell - Treasurer
Manager, Ferguson -Winnemucca

RussRuss 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.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
Heather Nelson
Training Representative, Learning and Development
www.Newmont.com (Newmont Mining Corporation)
 
Heather Nelson has lived in Northern Nevada for the last 20 years, coming to the Winnemucca area from Montana.   Growing up in the Rocky Mountains, Heather embraced outdoor living.  Her father taught her to hunt at 13, not to mention the many camping trips they took as a family.  Outdoor adventures didn’t stop there, as Heather enjoyed hiking, skiing, fishing, biking, or just hanging out at the lake for the day just to name a few.

Moving to Winnemucca to start and grow her family, the outdoor adventures continued on.  Having all boys, they started family camp outs, hunting, recreation, along with riding their ATV’s at a young age.  Now that the boys are all grown, they continue their love for the outdoors of Northern Nevada, and are stewards of the lands.
Heather has her Associates in Nursing, however she joined the Newmont team five years ago to broaden her horizons.  She currently sits on the Legacy Fund Board of Directors as the Vice-President.  She is also the Vice-President of the Northern Nevada Recreation Coalition, their main project is the Yurt, along with cleaning up days for the outdoors.  She is excited to join NOS to support the opportunities to get the youth of Northern Nevada outdoors and understand and respect the lands.

Rue Chitwood
Newmont Mining Company
Rue Beyer moved to Northern Nevada in 2012 after finishing her master’s thesis. She was born in Memphis, TN, but lived across the Mississippi River in a small farming town in Arkansas. Growing up along the Mississippi River, she and her dad spent a lot time collecting fossils and exploring the area. He inspired adventure and a love of the outdoors in her from an early age. In 1999, she and her family moved to Tifton, GA where she spent her middle and high school years heavily involved with track and field and cross country at her school as well as working in agriculture with UGA’s Tifton campus.

In 2006, she graduated high school and attended the University of Alabama where she competed for the Crimson Tide on the cross country and track team and earned her B.S. degree in Geology. After completing her undergrad, she went on to Auburn University to earn her M.Sc in Economic Geology. After graduating with her masters, she moved to Winnemucca where she worked as a geologist for Newmont Mining at the Vista Underground and Midas Mine. In October 2013, she and her husband moved to Elko after they were transferred to other Newmont projects in the area.
In the summer of 2014, she finally realized a long-held dream to get into mountaineering and climbed Mount Rainier with RMI Expeditions. She continued to pursue her climbing passion and went with RMI to do an expedition skills seminar on Denali the following year. In early 2016, she earned her Wilderness First Responder certification through NOLS in Salt Lake City and began ice climbing in Ouray, CO. She traveled again with RMI down to Ecuador that summer to climb and summited several volcanoes: Illiniza Norte (16,818’), Illiniza Sur (17,267’), and Cayambe (18,997’). She continued working on her ice climbing skills that winter and began doing multi-pitch routes in the Ouray, Silverton backcountry. She finished a 26 day expedition on Denali with RMI in May 2017, and intends to continue pursuing mountaineering. She has a great passion for the outdoors and valuable lesson it teaches people. She’s excited to help encourage and foster a love of the outdoors and help provide our local youth with programs that can teach them great life skills and a love and respect of life and the natural world.

Tony Lesperance - Board Member
Retired UNR Professor and Rancher

TonyTony Lesperance retired from the University of Nevada in 1984 with the standing of Emeritus Professor, Animal & Range Science. He and his wife Nancy owned and operated an agriculture and mine supply business in Elko for 16 years, during which he was a county commissioner.

He recently completed a three year tenure as Director, Nevada Department of Agriculture. They currently own and operate a small ranch in Paradise Valley. Tony is enthused by Nevada Outdoor School because of the opportunities it presents to our youth. He is a firm believer that every child that is exposed to the real "outback", no matter how brief that exposure is, will ultimately be a better and more knowledgeable citizen.