George Matelich, National Nominating Committee Chair
Managing Director, Kelso & Co.
New York, New York
George joined Kelso in 1985 and is a managing director. He spent the preceding two years at Lehman Brothers Kuhn Loeb, after earning an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1982. In 1978, he received a BA in Business Administration, summa cum laude, from the University of Puget Sound. George was a Certified Public Accountant and holds a Certificate in Management Accounting. Current directorships include Eacom Timber Corporation, Hunt Marcellus, LLC and Venari Resources LLC. In addition, he is active in Kelso’s investments in Tervita Corporation and Third Point Reinsurance Ltd. Past directorships include Americold Corporation, Charter Communications, Inc., CVR Energy, Inc., CVR Partners LP, FairPoint Communications, Inc., Global Geophysical Services, Inc., Federal-Hoffman, Inc., Harris Specialty Chemicals, Inc., King Broadcasting Company, Masland Industries, Inc., Optigas, Inc., Shelter Bay Energy Inc. and Waste Services, Inc. George has been a member of the Stanford Graduate School of Business Advisory Council since 2010 and was treasurer of the University of Puget Sound Board of Trustees, where he served for twenty-three years. Since 2008, George has served on the board of American Prairie Reserve, an organization that is creating the largest nature reserve in the continental United States. Favorite activities include fly fishing and hiking with his family on their ranch near Big Timber, Montana.
Artist, Clyde Aspevig Studios
Clyde is a well-known artist for his western landscapes, which capture the beauty, rhythm, and harmony of each place he paints. His paintings of the West are not theatrical sets intended to reinforce regional mythology, but rather of places that he perceives as already disappearing during his own lifetime. Clyde has painted and shown his work in locations all around the world, and his paintings have been published in several magazines such as the Big Sky Journal, American Artist, and Persimmon Hill. He has traveled from the prairies of Montana to the rocky Atlantic coast, to the hillside estates of Tuscany capturing the beauty on his canvas. Clyde’s intent is to create something beautiful and harmonic, letting the canvas reflect nature’s beauty. His paintings possess qualities meant to outlast the viewer’s initial infatuation, qualities that will last several generations: “Paintings become symbols of all that we are.” Clyde will have a one-man show at the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, WY, opening May of 2016. Clyde grew up on a farm in Rudyard, Montana, near the Canadian border, where he witnessed the painful and joyful cycles of agricultural life. He was fortunate to be encouraged by his family in the pursuits of art and appreciation of music. Clyde learned early on to work hard and persevere against many kinds of obstacles. Rather than demeaning Clyde’s interests, Clyde’s father, a practical but open-minded farmer, bought his twelve-year-old son’s first painting. Clyde attended Eastern Montana College, in Billings, Montana. He lives outside of Bozeman with his artist wife, Carol Guzman, and became involved with American Prairie Reserve in 2003 with hopes to further the organization’s connection with artists and writers for inspirational results.
Assistant Director, National Park Service (NPS) -- American Indian Relations (retired)
Miles City, Montana
Gerard Baker, Yellow Wolf, is an enrolled member of the Mandan and Hidatsa Tribe of the Fort Berthold Indian Reservation in North Dakota. He was raised in the traditional manner on his father’s cattle ranch near Mandaree, ND. He received Bachelor’s degrees from Southern Oregon State University, and holds an Honorary Doctorate Degree from the South Dakota School of Mines, Rapid City, SD. Gerard began his NPS career in 1974, and he served at Knife River Indian Villages NHS, Fort Union Trading Post NHS, and North Unit of Theodore Roosevelt National Park. Gerard was Superintendent at the Little Bighorn Battlefield National Monument, Chickasaw National Recreation Area, Lewis and Clark National Historic Trail, and Mount Rushmore National Monument. He then moved into senior management as the Assistant Director for American Indian Relations. In 2010, after 34 years of Federal service, Gerard took a medical retirement. Throughout his career he has received numerous awards regarding the inclusion of the American Indian Story and the promotion of increased American Indian hiring in our National Parks. Gerard and his wife of 41 years, Mary Kay, live on their ranch in Graveyard Creek, Montana. They have 4 children, and 9 grandchildren.
Walpole, New Hampshire
Dayton Duncan is an award-winning writer and documentary filmmaker. He is the author of twelve books. For more than twenty years he has been making documentaries for PBS with Ken Burns, including Lewis & Clark: The Journey of the Corps of Discovery, The Dust Bowl, and The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, for which he won two Emmy awards as writer and producer, and was named by the director of the National Park Service as an Honorary Ranger. Duncan has served on the boards of the National Park Foundation, the Student Conservation Association and the Conservation Lands Foundation and was appointed by President Clinton as chair of the American Heritage Rivers Advisory Commission. He lives in Walpole, New Hampshire.
National Correspondent, The Atlantic
District of Columbia
James Fallows is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and has written for the magazine since the late 1970s. He has reported extensively from outside the United States and once worked as President Carter's chief speechwriter. His latest book is China Airborne. James Fallows is based in Washington as a national correspondent for The Atlantic. He has worked for the magazine for nearly 35 years and in that time has also lived in Seattle, Berkeley, Austin, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Sydney, Shanghai, and Beijing. He was raised in Redlands, California, received his undergraduate degree in American history and literature from Harvard, and received a graduate degree in economics from Oxford as a Rhodes scholar. In addition to working for The Atlantic, he has spent two years as chief White House speechwriter for Jimmy Carter, two years as the editor of US News & World Report, and six months as a program designer at Microsoft. He is an instrument-rated private pilot.
Interpretive Ranger, Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park
Shelton Johnson was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1958 and graduated from Detroit's Cass Technical High School in 1976. He attended Wayne State University for a year before transferring to the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, where he graduated with a BA in English Literature. Subsequent to college, he briefly served in the Peace Corps as an English Teacher in Liberia, West Africa. After the Peace Corps, Shelton enrolled in the University of Michigan's Master of Fine Arts Program in Creative Writing where his focus was poetry. In the summer of 1984, he began work in Yellowstone National Park as a front desk clerk at Old Faithful Inn. Shelton's career with the NPS began in 1987 when he became a ranger at the West Gate Entrance Station in Yellowstone. He's been working in the national parks ever since and has done a variety of jobs leading to his current position as a Park Ranger in the Division of Interpretation and Education in Yosemite National Park where he’s been for the last 23 years. From 1999 to 2009, Johnson served as a consultant and featured on-screen commentator for the documentary film The National Parks, America’s Best Idea by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan. On September 25, 2009, Ranger Johnson attended a special screening of segments from the film at the White House where he spoke with President Barack Obama about the national park experience. On November 19, 2009, Johnson was awarded the National Freeman Tilden Award for his work with Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan on their film. In 2010, Ranger Johnson invited and hosted Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King on their first visit to Yosemite National Park. Yosemite was Ms. Winfrey's first national park visit, and she dedicated her two Yosemite shows, which focused on the importance of cultural diversity on park lands, to the national parks. At the time of the broadcast, The Oprah Winfrey Show, in its 25th and final season, was the number one talk show in the world.
Co-founder and CEO, Planet3
District of Columbia
Tim Kelly is the Co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Planet3, an exploration-based learning company which presents the entire Earth as a living laboratory through immersive, game-based experiences. Targeting science, technology, engineering, arts, and math subjects, Planet3 seeks to empower student curiosity and achievement while improving student-learning outcomes in K-12. Tim previously served as President of the National Geographic Society, where he transitioned the primarily print-based organization to a global multimedia force and engineered the launch of the National Geographic Channel, National Geographic Films, and a wide array of digital media products. In addition to leading Planet3 and serving on the Board of American Prairie Reserve, Tim serves as an advisor to the Clinton Global Initiative and on the Board of the Great Plains Conservation Trust. An avid explorer and conservationist, Tim is passionate about connecting the next generation to the challenges and solutions affecting our rapidly changing planet.