Executive Director

Jessica (Wahl) Turner

Jessica (Wahl) Turner is the Executive Director of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable (ORR), America’s leading coalition of outdoor recreation trade associations and organizations.  Ms. Wahl has a decade of experience navigating the halls of The White House, Department of the Interior (DOI), Capitol Hill, state recreation offices and outdoor lifestyle businesses.  Prior to ORR, Ms. Wahl directed Outdoor Industry Association’s (OIA) outdoor recreation portfolio in Washington D.C. where she successfully gained landmark government recognition of outdoor recreation’s contribution to the national Gross Domestic Product. In 2020, the Bureau of Economic Analysis reported that outdoor recreation makes up 2.1% of the nation’s GDP and is one of America’s leading industry sectors.

Ms. Wahl is also the co-founder and past-chair of the Coalition for Outdoor Access working to reform outfitter and guide permitting systems within federal land agencies, an effort designed to help more Americans gain access to the outdoors. Before OIA, she worked at DOI in the Office of the Interior Secretary where she managed First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Outside and Let’s Move! in Indian Country initiatives.  She has received a Master of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University.  She is an avid outdoorswoman who loves kayaking, climbing, hiking and running.

Vice President

Lindsey Davis

Lindsey Davis is Vice President of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, supporting ORR’s existing portfolio and offering leadership with the ever-evolving needs of the industry during this pandemic and into the future.

Lindsey is an entrepreneur and strategist based in Salt Lake City, Utah. She holds a degree in International Development with an emphasis in Environmental Studies and Political Science from the University of California, San Diego.

Prior to joining ORR, Lindsey co-founded and built Wylder from the ground up, an online retail store for women and the first female-founded benefit corporation in the state of Utah. As the CEO, she worked with hundreds of brands and nonprofits throughout the outdoor recreation sector in blending commerce and conservation and using business as a force for social good.

She also spent 12 years in the non-profit sector in fundraising and strategic program development with a diverse array of constituents including businesses, ranchers, farmers, under-served youth, native tribes, and education institutions. Her work focused on social and ecological justice, regional sustainability, and outdoor education, both nationally and internationally.

Lindsey serves on the board of directors for the Outdoor Alliance, the Utah Wildlife Federation, and is a member of the Utah Office of Outdoor Recreation Advisory Committee.

Together Outdoors Coalition Lead

Gerry Seavo James

Gerry Seavo James is an Air Force veteran, social artist, photojournalist, past Outdoor Afro leader, and founder of Explore Kentucky. Explore Kentucky is an outdoor oriented social enterprise dedicated to inspiring Kentuckians and visitors to the Commonwealth to engage in an active lifestyle fueled by outdoor adventure. Since 2013, Gerry has used a creative placemaking approach to advance inclusive outdoor recreation principles, invigorate citizen stewardship of natural environments, promote environmental literacy, and sustainable tourism. His projects include the creation of a vibrant social media community via @ExploreKentucky + #ExploreKentucky, incubation of several community outdoor events, development of the Beaver Creek Blueway Trail, creation of the Waterman Series – a paddlesports racing league,and serving as a founding steering member of Kentucky Rural – Urban Exchange. Recently he was the keynote speaker for the Tennessee RiverLine’s 2021 annual summit, presenting on “How to be a J.E.D.I Master & Create Inclusive River Communities”. Gerry is an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor in various paddling disciplines. He was awarded the ACA’s Joe Pina Leadership Award in 2018 and is co-founder of the  Paddlesports Action Committee, a project fiscally sponsored by the ACA with the goal of growing and sustaining the next generation of diverse, safe, fun and responsible paddlers who are champions for inclusion in the sport of paddling and advocates for free and equal access to clean environments and water.

Senior Director

Chris Perkins

Chris Perkins is Senior Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable, where he works to promote the sustainable growth of the outdoor recreation economy. This work focuses on rural economic development through outdoor recreation, outdoor recreation infrastructure, and building a more inclusive outdoor recreation community.

Chris received a Masters in Environmental Management and Masters in Business Administration at the Yale School of the Environment (YSE) and Yale School of Management (SOM). Chris has also worked for the U.S. House of Representatives Natural Resources Committee, Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee. Chris supports Founder Teresa Baker on the Outdoor CEO Diversity Pledge (“The Pledge”), a commitment for outdoor businesses and organizations to improve on DEI efforts. The Pledge now has over 180 corporate and nonprofit partners. He lives in Victor, ID with his wife Sheldon and dog Tilley.

Director

Ben Nasta

Ben Nasta is Director at the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable where he works on a variety of issues including federal government relations, communications, state Offices of Outdoor Recreation, events and much more. Ben has been with ORR for eight years, beginning when the organization was known as the American Recreation Coalition.

Prior to joining ORR, Ben worked as a local news producer at 13-WHAMTV in Rochester, NY. He holds a degree in journalism with a minor in politics from Ithaca College’s Park School of Communications.

ORR Executive Committee

Frank Hugelmeyer – ORR Chair

Frank Hugelmeyer is president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA). He has more than 30 years of experience in the sporting goods, fitness equipment and outdoor industry private sectors and an extensive background in retail, manufacturing, brand development, public policy and association management. Prior to NMMA, he served as president of the RV Industry Association, as well as president & CEO of the Outdoor Industry Association. He collaborated closely with Utah Governor Gary Herbert to establish the first state Office of Outdoor Recreation in the country, and was a co-founding board member of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable

Glenn Hughes – ORR Vice Chair

Glenn Hughes is president of the American Sportfishing Association (ASA). His responsibilities include working closely with the government affairs team to ensure the industry remains strong and that we collectively have clean water, abundant fisheries and access to both. Mr. Hughes also leads the ASA staff that produces the ICAST fishing tackle trade show, Keep America Fishing, Keep Florida Fishing, the FishAmerica Foundation and the association’s newest initiative, 60 in 60 – growing the number of anglers to 60 million in the next 60 months. His previous role at the association was vice president of Industry Relations.

Erik Pritchard –  ORR Treasurer

Erik Pritchard is president of the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). In addition to leading MIC, he also leads the Recreational Off-Highway Vehicle Association, Specialty Vehicle Institute of America, and the Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

Mary Ellen Sprenkel – ORR Secretary

Mary Ellen Sprenkel is president & CEO of The Corps Network. A long-time champion for youth, Ms. Sprenkel came to The Corps Network in March 2008 as Director of Government Relations. She was promoted to Vice President of External Affairs in 2011 and then Interim CEO in May 2012 before being named to her current position in October 2012. During her tenure, Service and Conservation Corps have become better known to lawmakers and policymakers throughout the federal government. In addition to her time at The Corps Network, Ms. Sprenkel has 10 years of Capitol Hill experience, including two years on the House Committee on Education and Labor, where she handled post-secondary education, training, and life-long learning programs.

Lise Aangeenbrug – At-Large Member

Lise Aangeenbrug is the executive director of Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) the trade group that represents 1,300 retailers, manufacturers, suppliers and other businesses in the outdoor recreation industry. OIA does work on behalf of its member companies in the areas of state and federal policy for trade, public lands and climate. Prior to her leadership of OIA, Ms. Aangeenbrug served as the executive director of the Outdoor Foundation, OIA’s charitable arm that works to inspire the outdoor habit through community investments and research. 

Chris Edmonston – At-Large Member

Chris Edmonston is vice president for government affairs with the Boat Owners Association of The United States (BoatUS), and President of the BoatUS Foundation. He has been with the organization for more than 20 years and in the marine industry for more than 30 years. He has served on numerous boards and councils, including recently serving as the Chairman of the National Safe Boating Council. Mr. Edmonston works with a wide range of external partner organizations and companies to promote safe and clean boating, as well as boating in general. He is a graduate of the Virginia Military Institute and lives in Maryland.

Jay Landers – At-Large Member

Jay Landers is vice president for government affairs with the RV Industry Association (RVIA) – a national trade association which represents motorhome, travel trailer, truck camper, and park model RV manufacturers.  As head of RVIA’s government affairs department, Mr. Landers works closely with state and federal government officials, legislators, and other trade association staff.  The department focuses heavily on federal and state legislative and regulatory issues. 

Phil Ingrassia – ORR Past Chair

Phil Ingrassia is president of the RV Dealers Association – the national association representing the interests of RV dealers, rental companies, and RV AfterMarket stores. He earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives in 2005. Mr. Ingrassia received the Joan Barone Shorenstein Congressional Fellowship from the American Political Science Association. He holds a B.S. in Mass Communications and Political Science from St. Cloud State University in St. Cloud, MN.

Thom Dammrich – ORR Board Member ex-officio

Thom Dammrich served more than two decades as president of the National Marine Manufacturers Association, and was a co-founding board member of the Outdoor Recreation Roundtable. Before his retirement in 2019, his leadership helped unify the industry to focus on market expansion efforts with the Discover Boating campaign. He also worked to unite the industry on advocacy issues to protect and grow the industry and ensure the boating public has unfettered use of our nation’s waterways.

Board of Directors

Lise Aangeenbrug
Executive Director
Outdoor Industry Association

Mark Amaral
Executive Director
Association of Marina Industries

Paul Bambei
President and CEO
ARVC – National Association of RV Parks & Campgrounds

Derrick Crandall
Counselor
National Park Hospitality Association

Jenn Dice
President & CEO
PeopleForBikes

Chris Edmonston*
Vice President of Government Affairs
BoatU.S.

Dan Forster
Vice President & Chief Conservation Officer
Archery Trade Association

Matt Gruhn
President
Marine Retailers Association of the Americas

Frank Hugelmeyer*
President
National Marine Manufacturers Association

Glenn Hughes*
President
American Sportfishing Association

Tom Ingram
President & CEO
Diving Equipment & Marketing Association

Phil Ingrassia*
President
RV Dealers Association

Christopher Kersting
President & CEO
Specialty Equipment Market Association

 

Ed Klim
President
International Snowmobile Manufacturers Association

Jay Landers*
Vice President, Government Affairs
RV Industry Association

Sandi Miller
Vice President Outdoor Recreation
NIC Federal

Erik Pritchard*
President
Motorcycle Industry Council

Nick Sargent
President
Snowsports Industries America

Mary Ellen Sprenkel*
President
The Corps Network

* – Executive Committee Member