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R. Judd Hanna


A former Navy Pilot, real estate developer and former state Fish and Game Commissioner. Judd Hanna is a lifelong California resident and outdoorsman. He currently serves as chair of the Lassen Association, is a member of a number of conservation groups, a co-founder of the Mill Creek Conservancy and a rice farmer. He has been hunting and fishing since 1950, first with his grandfather and then his father and mother, who took him on his first duck and deer hunts. He believes California must have an adequate team of Game Wardens to enforce our resource laws, to ensure his own grandchildren and all future generations can continue to have quality outdoor experiences.

Warren E. "Ned" Spieker Jr.


A fifth generation Californian and business owner who took his company public on the New York Stock Exchange and sold it seven years later, enabling him to enjoy his outdoor interests, including bird hunting and fly fishing. Ned has been actively involved in California business and the outdoors for more than 40 years. As the owner of a ranch north of Marysville since the 1970's, he has become well acquainted with Game Wardens and the very difficult and challenging job they have.

Howard Ellman

Vice President

Howard Ellman grew up in the Chicago area where he fished in Lake Michigan and became an avid bird hunter and clay target shooter. He moved to California in 1956 where he began practicing law, focusing on real estate and environmental issues, and taught at UC Berkeley and Stanford University. In his spare time he also managed to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials in international skeet, publish a novel, become a regular contributor to and become a rice farmer. With his lifelong passion for fishing, backpacking, game bird hunting and clay target shooting, he believes strong and sensitive enforcement of game laws is vital for the future of our wildlife and habitat resources, particularly in times of increasing population and escalating demands on out water supplies and other natural resources.

Peter Stent


Peter Stent is a fourth generation Californian, businessman, rancher and hunter. He divides his time between his home in Woodside, Ranch in Fall River Mills and conservation/restoration projects in the Sacramento Valley. He is passionate about the preservation and protection of California's wildlife and has worked closely with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the California Department of Fish and Game on numerous conservation projects. He strongly believes California's Game Wardens need immediate and very broad citizen support in order to do their jobs and enforce the laws and regulations that protect and conserve the wildlife and natural resources in California.

Ellen Baker


Ellen Baker is a former Midwesterner who enjoyed the outdoors hunting and fishing with her father and brothers. She has a B.S. in Business administration from Notre Dame de Namur University and has lived and worked in California for the last 27 years. She was the California Game Wardens Foundation charter manager long before the group publicly launched in 2007. Her management experience guided the organization through its initial start-up, incorporation and Bylaws development, and continue to be an asset to the organization. She also created the organization's very successful scholarship awards program and has been instrumental in the collaborative fundraising effort. No stranger to the nonprofit world, Ellen has been involved with Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic and the Breast Cancer Connections.

L. Ryan Broddrick

Ryan Broddrick is a native Californian from the Central Valley. He spent 30 years of his career in public service, 25 of which were with the Department of Fish and Game, where he started as a Game Warden in 1981 and worked his way up to eventually become Director of the department. He has served on dozens of boards, commissions, task forces and committees at the regional, state and national level, spanning the full range of conservation challenges, from water supply and habitat conservation to marine conservation, pollution, land use and law enforcement. As DFG director, he elevated wildlife law enforcement to division status within the department, recognizing that conservation law enforcement was critical to development and implementation of California's conservation strategies, unique in preserving the public trust resources of the state and supporting the legacy of the conservation sportsman.

Jack Edwards

After a four-year tour with the U.S. Air Force, Jack Edwards earned a Bachelor of Science at UC Davis and started a career with the California Department of Fish and Game in 1977. He worked as a field warden in the Bay Area and Sacramento and was eventually promoted to Captain and tasked with running the state's hunter education training program. From there he was promoted to the Deputy Chief of Patrol and later spent a five-year tour as Chief of the department's Conservation Education - Public Affairs Office. He retired in 2003, after 27 years on patrol, and currently enjoys fishing, gardening, reading, volunteering and working as a travel agent and as a real estate agent in Elk Grove.

Gary Bechtel

Gary Bechtel graduated from the University of the Pacific with a BA in Business Administration and began his professional career working at Bechtel Corporation in Labor Relations. Currently Gary serves as Senior Vice President on the Board of Directors of California Conservation Fund, whose mission is reclaiming land and restoring it back into wetlands and upland habitat. He also serves as a member on the Board of Directors for The California Outdoor Heritage Alliance (COHA), Delta Waterfowl, and Mid-Peninsula High School Board.

Steven J. McCormick

Steven J. McCormick is the president and a trustee of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. In 1976 he joined The Nature Conservancy as its Western Regional Legal Counsel, and later spent 16 years as executive director of the California state program. From 2001- 2007, he was TNC’s president and CEO, where he was responsible for a budget of $500 million, and a staff of over 3,000. From 2000-2001 he was a partner at Resources Law Group. Steve has a B.S. from the University of California at Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of Law.

Nancy Foley

After receiving a BS in Recreation and Parks from Pennsylvania State University, Nancy began making her way west working in National Parks as both a naturalist and later in enforcement. Nancy transitioned from working for the federal government to working for the State of California after taking a summer off to ride a bicycle across the country. Nancy worked as an Interpretive Specialist for State Parks at Anza-Borrego before finally making her way to her true love of being a game warden with the California Department of Fish and Game. She moved throughout the state with different jobs and ranks before eventually becoming the Chief of Law Enforcement in March of 2005. She has received numerous awards for outstanding achievements including the Legacy Award from the National Association of Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs. After her retirement in 2012, Nancy has continued her advocacy for wildlife law enforcement on both the state and federal levels and sits on boards in support of her passion of natural resource conservation. In her leisure time, Nancy enjoys fishing, archery, biking, shooting, and anything involving the out of doors.