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Nebraska Sandhill grasslands
Current Board Members

The Sandhills Task Force has 16 Board members, and at least nine make their primary livelihood from ranching within the Sandhills.  In addition to the rancher Board members, the following groups and/or organizations may have representation on the Board: County Commissioner, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission, The Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Ducks Unlimited,  Resource Conservation & Development Council, and the Nebraska Land Trust.  Board members meet to conduct business four times per year, once per quarter.  

Click on the thumbnail for more information on each current board member. 

Mike Abbott

Ogalala, NE


Ben Bailey

Lakeside, NE


Melody Benjamin

Lakeside, NE


Homer Buell

Bassett, NE

Rancher/Nebraska Cattlemen

Lemoyne Dailey

Thedford, NE


Steve Fairbairn

Grand Island, NE

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Greg Gehl

Ericson, NE


Eric Hansen

North Platte, NE


Ted LaGrange

Lincoln, NE

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission

Nancy Peterson

Gordon, NE


John Ravenscroft

Nenzel, NE

Rancher/Past County Comissioner

Mary Reece

North Platte, NE

Natural Resources Conservation Service

Rich Walters

Kearney, NE

The Nature Conservancy

Ang Wright

Valentine, NE

Ducks Unlimited


Board Members in 2019

Back Row (L to R): Ashley Garrelts (Project Coordinator), Steve Waller (University of Nebraska-Lincoln), Nancy Peterson (Rancher), Barb Cooksley (Rancher), Melody Benjamin (Rancher), Ted LaGrange (Nebraska Game and Parks Commission), Dave Sands (Nebraska Land Trust), John Denton (Ducks Unlimited), Greg Gehl (Rancher), Shelly Kelly (Executive Director).

Front Row (L to R): Homer Buell (Rancher), Kenny Dinan (US Fish and Wildlife Service), John Ravenscroft (Rancher), AB Cox (Rancher), Eric Hansen (Rancher), Doug Christensen (Nebraska Natural Resources Conservation Service), Tim McAbee (Rancher). 

Current Staff
Shelly Kelly

Executive Director

Ashley Garrelts

Project Coordinator

Cody Trump

Sandhills Stewards Coordinator

KyLee Kime

Administrative Assistant


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