RMS National Board of Directors

2021-2023 Officers 

 Meet our newly elected National Board of Directors! Thank you for voting, and please help us welcome our new leadership!

President: Judy Culver

Judy Culver

Having grown up in the Pine Barrens in New Jersey, my work and play passions in life have always been focused on waterways, river systems, Wilderness, hidden trails, secret places and ecological gems. Believe it or not, I enjoy the NEPA and planning process, mentoring staff and also try to share my joy with youth and those who have yet to experience the sounds of solitude or the river lapping against the shore watching the stars explode across the dark skies.

I graduated from the University of Fairbanks, Alaska with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies degree with a focus on Natural Resources/GIS and a minor in Archeology. My first federal jobs were as a seasonal river ranger at Dinosaur National Monument, then full-time Visitor Information Specialist for the US Forest Service in Yampa, Colorado. Missing Alaska, I managed the Fairbanks Alaska Public Lands Information Center for five years, returned to Dinosaur NM to manage the river program and river permit system and spent nine years in Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and the Cottonwood Field Office as an Outdoor Recreation Planner. From the Prescott National Forest where I was the Forests Supervisory Recreation Program Manager I returned to my beloved BLM in May 2020 as the Assistant Field Manager-Recreation of the Taos Field Office.

Now is the time to step into the big shoes of my river and outdoor recreation planner mentors who have taken on regional and national positions with the River Management Society.

Vice President: Shannon Bassista

Rivers are my love and passion. Everything about them is spectacular and I am drawn to water every single day (even if they are only in my daydreams). As River Management Society (RMS) members, we all have a passion for protecting, managing, and recreating on rivers. I have been a member of RMS since 2004 and value the work this organization accomplishes each year. Not to mention the many professional and personal contacts I have developed with so many of the members over the years. Although I have never held an RMS leadership position, I ensure you that my leadership skills are sufficient to take on this challenge. This opportunity is valuable to me both personally and professionally, which I take very seriously. Please consider my nomination for Vice President and I promise I will work hard to continue the many great programs RMS has developed, while striving to develop new opportunities for our members.

I graduated with my undergraduate degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Resources from West Virginia University in 2000. I then pursed my master’s degree in Resource, Recreation, Tourism at the University of Idaho, graduating in 2003. My master’s resource project was funded by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and my job was to administer a visitor survey to boaters on the Owyhee River in Oregon. That was my first taste of multi-day boating and I was hooked! I am a Maryland native and moved to Idaho in 2001, and I still reside in Idaho. The wild rivers, exciting back country, towering mountains, and excellent fishing and hunting opportunities that lured me to Idaho originally, have kept me here.

I started my permanent career as a Recreation Technician on the South Fork of the Snake River with the Bureau of Land Management in eastern Idaho, June 2004. For the last 16 years of my career I have worked in the field of recreation, where I manage public lands for public benefit and natural resource management. I have been fortunate to work on rivers, sand dunes, remote landscapes, and many wild places. I currently work at the BLM Idaho State Office in Boise, Idaho as a state lead in the recreation program. This job requires dedication to the diverse field of recreation and its managing staff, understanding of budget and how to track down funding opportunities, requires good communication between upper level managers and field staff, and disseminating information through all layers of bureaucracy. Recently, I helped fill some gaps in leadership and detailed for four months as an Assistant Field Manager at the BLM Boise District. That position really taught me the value of good leadership and communication skills during a time where all of us worked from home, but still had workloads to accomplish. My professional aspirations are simple, keep working to provide recreation benefits to the public while managing for resource conservation.

Secretary (one-year term): Helen Clough

Helen CloughHelen Clough, Juneau, Alaska.  Retired  in 2013 after almost 40 years in federal service working for Bureau of Land Management, Forest Service and Fish and Wildlife Service - National Wildlife Refuge System. Came to RMS when I was tasked with river planning for rivers within refuges in western Alaska in 1990.  Have served on the board as treasurer - 2013-2014, president 2015-2017, and secretary 2018 to present.  Have been very involved with our River Training Center and am excited about the direction we are going demonstrating leadership and success in these unprecedented times.  Living where I do I am more of a saltwater boater than river person but love anything to do with water.  Since retiring I have been an active member of the planning committees for the Denver, Boise, Vancouver, and Richmond symposia and am chair of the Richmond program committee. 

 Slate Change - September 24, 2020

A candidate change hast taken place, and Helen is running for a one-year term. At the end of this one year term the Board may appoint a person to fill her role from eligible members.

Treasurer: Rob White

Rob White

I recently retired from Colorado Parks and Wildlife where I served as the Park Manager for the Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area (AHRA) for the past 20 years. During my time at the AHRA I developed a deep appreciation for all of the professional development and connections that RMS provided through its RMS Journal, workshops, symposiums and many interactions with river rangers and river management professionals from throughout the country.

While working as the Park Manager of the AHRA I was also fortunate enough to be elected to and serve as the President of the Southwest Chapter of RMS, a position that I will continue to serve in for the remainder of 2020.

I would like the opportunity to assist RMS further by serving as the RMS Treasurer, a responsibility for which I can now devote the time to participate in fully.