JENNIFER FIELDER, MT - CEO
Jennifer resides in a beautiful river valley nestled among steep, thickly forested mountains of Northwest Montana. Elected to the Montana State Senate in 2012, she holds degrees in Parks & Recreation and Ski Instruction and Coaching.
Jennifer and her husband Paul, a retired wildlife biologist, are avid outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy living close to the land. They hunt, fish, firewood, and raise a garden for wholesome sustenance. They manage a modest parcel of timber land for optimal forest health, wildlife habitat, and scenic values.
For over twenty years, Jennifer successfully operated a small business specializing in planning, design, and development of outdoor recreation, urban and natural landscapes, and community enhancement projects. In this capacity she worked extensively with local, state, and federal government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations and citizens.
Recognizing the critical need for better management of federally controlled public lands, Senator Fielder introduced legislation in 2013 to study problems with federal land management and identify solutions. She was appointed to chair the bi-partisan Montana study and soon became a leading expert on the issue of transferring federal public lands to the states. After the final legislative session of her first term concluded, she accepted a position on the ALC Executive Committee and later as CEO.
Jennifer is a graduate of Western State College of Colorado where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Recreation, and a Minor in Coaching. She also holds an Associate Degree in Ski Instruction and Coaching and an Associate in Arts and Sciences from Wenatchee Valley College in Washington State. Jennifer completed Montana State University’s Forest Stewardship training and holds vocational certification in Horticulture.
Based on decades of professional experience and her intensive study of public lands issue, Jennifer understands that restoring balance and strengthening the local voice in public land management can lead to better outcomes in environmental quality, economic productivity, and recreational opportunities for all.
DOUG HEATON, UT - Chairman of the Board
Doug was born June 15, 1949 in Panguitch, Utah to Vard and Florence Heaton of Alton, Utah and spent his early years in a happy family supported by a livestock operation. He worked on the family ranch when he wasn't in school until he was 19 years old, when he was called to serve a mission in Canada for the LDS Church. He returned in 1970 and went to Brigham Young University where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in 1973. While he was at BYU he met his sweetheart Coleen Christensen were married in August of that year.
He and his wife them moved to Florida where they became partners in a logging business which venture they enjoyed for 5 years. In 1978 they returned to Utah and went to work for Kiabab Industries as a timber faller until 1992 when Kiabab closed and then became a General Contractor. In 2008 he filed for political office, running for the Kane County Commission which is still where he spends his time.
Along the way Doug and Coleen became parents of fourteen children, thirteen of whom are still living. She and they are his greatest accomplishment. Doug also loves flying and trying to find and learn the things which the Founding Fathers understood as they are amongst his greatest heroes. Among his goals is a quest to implement the Founding Fathers’ political principles in County and State Government....for starters.
ALAN GARDNER, UT - Chair Elect
Alan D Gardner, grew up in SW Utah, where he remains active as part of the 4th generation on the family ranch. He married Kathryn Dawkins of Buckeye, Arizona, in 1971 and they have made Southern Utah their home. They are the parents of five children and have 14 grandchildren.
Alan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from Brigham Young University. He has served as president of the Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, the Dixie Jr. Livestock Show and the Washington County Diabetes Association. He is also active in his church, serving in leadership roles.
Since winning election in 1996, Alan has been serving as a Washington County, Utah, Commissioner and has been active in the Utah Association of Counties (UAC); being chosen as one of the outstanding elected officials. Also active in the National Association of Counties, (NACo), he has served on NACo’s Public Land Steering Committee since 1996 and as Chair of the Public Lands Management Sub Committee for over eight years.
He is past President of the Western Interstate Region (WIR), the Western fifteen states in NACo, and received its Dale Soward’s Award for his service to public lands. Alan is dedicated to the transfer of public lands to state control and continues to work hard on this important issue.