The Colorado Stop the Wolf Coalition was created by concerned sportsmen, farmers and ranchers, businesses and individuals to fight the effort to release wolves in Colorado.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Denny Behrens - Co-Chairman

Denny is the Colorado Regional Director for BigGame Forever, and is an avid lifetime sportsmen and bowhunter. Wildlife and hunting has been his passion since the age 10 when he bought my first bow. He enjoys fly-fishing, wildlife photography, and bowhunting.  He’s been an outfitter and guide and is strong advocate of mentoring youth and ladies into the sport of hunting.  He’s been involved in wildlife politics in Colorado since 1986. Denny believes balanced wildlife management and a strong sportsmen’s voice is key to protecting our hunting heritage.

 

Scot Oliver - Co-Chairman

As broker associate of Mason & Morse Ranch Company, Scot Oliver has a proud family heritage that spans three generations of farming and ranching, raising registered Herefords and Quarter Horses. He has owned and operated a livestock auction company as well as several other businesses throughout the United States creating multiple contacts in the industry. Scot is a member of the American Hereford Association, American Quarter Horse Association, USTRC, USTPA and has degrees in animal science and agronomy from Fort Hays State University. Scot currently ranches and is licensed in both Colorado and Kansas.

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Bonnie Brown - Vice-Chairman

Bonnie Brown is the Executive Director for the Colorado Wool Growers Association, and has worked for the Colorado sheep industry since 2000.  She was raised on a cattle ranch in southwest New Mexico, and has a degree in Geology from Mesa State College.  Bonnie focuses on federal lands grazing and wildlife conflict issues.  Bonnie is an avid wildlife watcher, enjoys big game hunting, and hiking and riding her horses on the Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and Uncompahgre National Forests.  

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J. Paul Brown - Legislative Liaison

J.Paul Brown is a sheep and cattle rancher from Ignacio, Colorado.  He graduated from New Mexico State University with a B.S. in Animal Science. He's held numerous elected positions including 12 years on the Ignacio School Board of Directors, 3 years on the La Plata County Planning Commission, 4 years on the La Plata County Commission, various other state, county, and local civic positions. J. Paul is a former two-term House District 59 representative for the Colorado House of Representatives.

 

Thomas Bjorklund - Treasurer

Tom was a former derivatives expert for Charles Schwab & Co and started his own private investment firm since 1998.  He is CEO of Tactical Data Solutions, a Colorado corporation specializing in political data.  Through his company Tactical Data Solutions, Inc. Tom consults with multiple campaigns on targeting voters for effective GOTV efforts and fundraising.  Some of his clients through TDS include Tancredo for Governor, Stapleton for Colorado, Citizens for Cost Effective Government, Adams County Republican Central Committee, Douglas County Republicans, Mesa County Republican Party, Defend our Economy, Fair Play Colorado, Neville for Colorado, Safe and Healthy Mesa County, Committee to Elect Ray Scott, Scott Gessler for Secretary of State, McInnis for Commissioner, Mike Coffman for Secretary of State and others.

 

Richard Connell - Secretary

Richard Connell currently serves as the Vice President of Organization, Training and Development with Colorado Farm Bureau. He is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a degree in Agricultural Economics and spent 13 years owning and operating a diverse crop and livestock farm. In 1983 he joined the CFB team as Regional Manager for Districts 8, 9 and 10. As VP of Training & Development, he oversees the training and development opportunities for CFB staff, the CFB state board, county farm bureaus, county boards, program areas, and the general membership. Richard serves as the staff operative for the CFB Wildlife Advisory Committee.  Richard is a fifth-generation farmer and currently operates a livestock farm in Mesa County and enjoys having weddings in his sunken arena and gardening.

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Steve Lohr - Director-At-large

Steve has lived in Colorado for 27 years with his wife and two daughters.   He spends his time exploring every corner of Colorado and enjoys both hunting and fishing.  He has climbed more than 20 14teeners  with family and friends.  An avid photographer and keenly interested in wildlife issues, Steve holds a degree in Biological Sciences from The Ohio State University.   He is a US Navy veteran.  Having retired from a career in the pharmaceutical industry, Steve devotes his time to addressing current issues with resource management and protection of sportsmen’s rights.  

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