Field Coordinators

Kim RappleyeKim Rappleye – 970-389-0160; krappleye@safariclub.org

Serving Colorado, Texas, South Dakota, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Oklahoma, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri

Kim graduated from Utah State University in marketing, and then began a career of business development and ownership spanning over 35 years. He helped start the first chapter of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (RMFF) in the mountains of Colorado, and led it for over five years. He was named the Colorado State Chairman overseeing all 21 chapters, and helped Colorado become the first state in RMEF history to raise over $1 million dollars in one year.

In 2003, Kim accepted a position with SCI to develop the Field Operations Department. Since that time, he has served as the manager of that department for all but one year, when he served as the field representative for the states of Utah, Nevada, and Idaho for the National Rifle Association. Kim's love for the mission of SCI has brought him "back home," where he continues with a quality team to assist the Chapters of SCI in being the best they can be. Being an avid hunter and outdoorsman, Kim's travels have taken him far and wide in search of adventure and, of course, great hunting. While sheep hunting tops his list of preferred hunts, hunting elk and mule deer or just outside shooting keep him going in between saving for his next sheep adventure.

Bill BurtonBill Burton – 970-389-3771; wburton53@comcast.net

Serving Alaska, Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, California, Northern Nevada, Montana, Idaho, Utah, Wyoming

Bill started to work for SCI in September 2005 as the field coordinator for far western states. Before he joined SCI he was in the snow sports industry. He was co-owner of 15 ski shops in the mountains of Colorado for 23 years. The business was sold to Christy Sports in 2002, and he continued to work there until September 2005. Bill is a graduate of the University of Utah, where he ran on the university's track team for four years. After graduation, he worked for a large retail chain for ten years and left as Vice President of Sales and Operations.

Bill has been in involved with conservation for many years. He was the DU chapter president in Summit County, Colorado, for three years, and was one of the founders for the RMEF in Summit County. He served as a planning commissioner for Summit County for 12 years and as president of the local business men's association in Breckenridge for three years. He was a member of Rotary International for a number of years.

Derron WhalenDerron Wahlen – 952-933-3567; Dwahlen@safariclub.org

Serving South Dakota, North Dakota, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania

Raised in the upper Midwest, Derron received his primary education and his formative hunting years in the land of upland, waterfowl, and deer of South Dakota. Secondary education took place in the southwest at the University of Arizona. Molecular and cellular biology provided a great deal of animal research that eventually led him to work for SCI in February 2001.

He initially worked in the Convention Department for SCI, and after three years, took a field position where he serves the western Dakota's to the eastern side of Pennsylvania as the Field Coordinator. Prior to that, he worked for Precision Shooting Equipment, which designs and manufactures archery equipment.

Jason St. MichaelJason St. Michael – 705-424-9304; jstmichael@safariclub.org

Serving the provinces of Canada

Born and raised in Pembroke, Ontario, Canada, Jason has been the field coordinator for SCI's Canadian operations since March 2006 and serves all of Canada as the field coordinator. Prior to that, he was the Eastern Canada Regional Representative for the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation.

Jason has been involved in many levels of conservation in the Province of Ontario, including the reintroduction of both wild elk and wild turkey back into Ontario, and has contributed to moose and bear studies there. He is also an active member of the Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters and the Pembroke Outdoor Sportsmen's Club.

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