MOC Board of Directors

Officers of the Board, 2019-2020

Zach Smith, President   Email Zach   Zach is a Field Editor for Rural Missouri magazine, a post he's held since 2016. Zach is originally from West Plains and received a degree in film production from Webster University and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. Smith previously worked as a staff writer for the West Plains Daily Quill and as a reporter and researcher for the Springfield Business Journal.

Zach Smith, President
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Zach is a Field Editor for Rural Missouri magazine, a post he's held since 2016. Zach is originally from West Plains and received a degree in film production from Webster University and a master's in journalism from the University of Missouri. Smith previously worked as a staff writer for the West Plains Daily Quill and as a reporter and researcher for the Springfield Business Journal.

Gretchen Steele, Vice President   Email Gretchen   Gretchen Steele is an award-winning outdoor photographer and writer whose photo credits and bylines have appeared in numerous outdoor publications. Gretchen is a staff writer/ photographer and social media manager for Heartland Outdoors magazine, where she contributes features as well as a monthly column in the print edition. Steele also pens the blogs "Through the Lens" at Heartland's website ,  as well as her personal blog, "Walkin' with the Wild Woman." She also is a member of AGLOW, Hunting Retriever Club, Retrievers Unlimited, NWTF, Illinois Wheelin' Sportsmen, Bowfishing Association of America and Delta Waterfowl.

Gretchen Steele, Vice President
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Gretchen Steele is an award-winning outdoor photographer and writer whose photo credits and bylines have appeared in numerous outdoor publications. Gretchen is a staff writer/ photographer and social media manager for Heartland Outdoors magazine, where she contributes features as well as a monthly column in the print edition. Steele also pens the blogs "Through the Lens" at Heartland's website, as well as her personal blog, "Walkin' with the Wild Woman." She also is a member of AGLOW, Hunting Retriever Club, Retrievers Unlimited, NWTF, Illinois Wheelin' Sportsmen, Bowfishing Association of America and Delta Waterfowl.

Tim Kjellesvik, Secretary  Email Tim .  Tim is Editor in Chief for Drury Outdoors and also the host of The Thinking Woodsman Podcast, a show dedicated to exploring the multiple skills and facets of outdoor pursuits. From bowhunting to Second Amendment challenges, The Thinking Woodsman is charging headlong against the current of mainstream culture with a respectful and intellectual approach to defending our outdoors heritage. Tim is a writer, hunter, fisherman, endurance athlete, Christian, father and husband...and he loves it all. His friends think he's pretty funny, his wife knows better.

Tim Kjellesvik, Secretary
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Tim is Editor in Chief for Drury Outdoors and also the host of The Thinking Woodsman Podcast, a show dedicated to exploring the multiple skills and facets of outdoor pursuits. From bowhunting to Second Amendment challenges, The Thinking Woodsman is charging headlong against the current of mainstream culture with a respectful and intellectual approach to defending our outdoors heritage. Tim is a writer, hunter, fisherman, endurance athlete, Christian, father and husband...and he loves it all. His friends think he's pretty funny, his wife knows better.

Bob Whitehead, Treasurer   Email Bob .  Bobby Whitehead serves as editor and publisher of Outdoor Guide Magazine, and as editor for the outdoor sports pages of the St. Louis/ Southern Illinois Labor Tribune. Bobby also is the past president of Missouri Outdoor Communicators (MOC), Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (AGLOW) and is a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA), Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA), Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), MOC and AGLOW.

Bob Whitehead, Treasurer
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Bobby Whitehead serves as editor and publisher of Outdoor Guide Magazine, and as editor for the outdoor sports pages of the St. Louis/ Southern Illinois Labor Tribune. Bobby also is the past president of Missouri Outdoor Communicators (MOC), Association of Great Lakes Outdoors Writers (AGLOW) and is a member of the Midwest Travel Writers Association (MTWA), Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA), Southeast Outdoor Press Association (SEOPA), Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), MOC and AGLOW.

Darrell Taylor,   Supporting Member Liaison   Email Darrell .  Darrell has been a full-time freelance writer since 1994 and an active member of MOC since 1996. A self-taught writer, his work appears regularly on two web sites and in four hardcopy publications, two of which he has masthead credits. Darrell's service to MOC includes terms as Board Member, Corporate Liaison and Auction Chair, and Vice President. He is a member and past president of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). Darrell and his wife, Marjorie, live at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Darrell Taylor,
Supporting Member Liaison
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Darrell has been a full-time freelance writer since 1994 and an active member of MOC since 1996. A self-taught writer, his work appears regularly on two web sites and in four hardcopy publications, two of which he has masthead credits. Darrell's service to MOC includes terms as Board Member, Corporate Liaison and Auction Chair, and Vice President. He is a member and past president of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). Darrell and his wife, Marjorie, live at the Lake of the Ozarks.

Kyle Stewart, Executive Director   Email Kyle   Kyle is the Communications Manager for The Beenders Walker Group and is involved in all aspects of TBWG projects and publications including photography, writing, editing, web design and ad design. Prior to joining TBWG, Kyle worked for  The Columbia Missourian  newspaper where he researched, wrote, edited and photographed stories for daily publication. Kyle's stories have appeared in Outdoor Guide Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Springfield News-Leader, Chicago Journal-Topics and more. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Kyle Stewart, Executive Director
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Kyle is the Communications Manager for The Beenders Walker Group and is involved in all aspects of TBWG projects and publications including photography, writing, editing, web design and ad design. Prior to joining TBWG, Kyle worked for The Columbia Missourian newspaper where he researched, wrote, edited and photographed stories for daily publication. Kyle's stories have appeared in Outdoor Guide Magazine, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Springfield News-Leader, Chicago Journal-Topics and more. Stewart earned a Bachelor of Journalism from the University of Missouri.

Board Members

Matt Miles, 2020   Matt is an environmental consultant living in rural Webster County, Missouri. Beyond that, he is an avid freelance wildlife photographer. Drawing on a life-long interest and study of wildlife, Matt captures intimate and dramatic images that have appeared in numerous publications as well as his acclaimed photography book, "Missouri: Wild and Wonderful." Matt's other pursuits include fishing, deer hunting, canoeing, and backpacking with family and friends.

Matt Miles, 2020

Matt is an environmental consultant living in rural Webster County, Missouri. Beyond that, he is an avid freelance wildlife photographer. Drawing on a life-long interest and study of wildlife, Matt captures intimate and dramatic images that have appeared in numerous publications as well as his acclaimed photography book, "Missouri: Wild and Wonderful." Matt's other pursuits include fishing, deer hunting, canoeing, and backpacking with family and friends.

Scott Heminger, 2020   Scott is a Field Producer for Drury Outdoors. Scott is chasing his dreams of a career in the Outdoor Industry. With a 2014 business degree from Missouri State University, and the drive for success, he is learning the ins and outs of the business. He enjoys getting young people involved in hunting and fishing any chance he gets, and, is also a talented photographer.

Scott Heminger, 2020

Scott is a Field Producer for Drury Outdoors. Scott is chasing his dreams of a career in the Outdoor Industry. With a 2014 business degree from Missouri State University, and the drive for success, he is learning the ins and outs of the business. He enjoys getting young people involved in hunting and fishing any chance he gets, and, is also a talented photographer.

Lucas Bond, 2021   Lucas is the statewide News Services Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Lucas was born and raised in the Jefferson City area and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Missouri State University. Lucas is happily married with two children and a third on the way. When not working, Lucas loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors that God has blessed us with. Lucas also is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Association of Conservation Information (ACI).

Lucas Bond, 2021

Lucas is the statewide News Services Coordinator for the Missouri Department of Conservation. Lucas was born and raised in the Jefferson City area and earned a degree in Broadcast Journalism from Missouri State University. Lucas is happily married with two children and a third on the way. When not working, Lucas loves spending time with his family and friends and enjoying the great outdoors that God has blessed us with. Lucas also is a member of Outdoor Writers Association of America (OWAA) and the Association of Conservation Information (ACI).

Ken Taylor, 2021   Ken Taylor has been a host of Outdoor Guys Radio since the show began in 2011. Ken is an avid outdoorsman and outdoors writer. Ken has been hunting and fishing since he was old enough to pick up a BB gun, and thanks mostly to his understanding wife, Ken spends over 90 days a year hunting and fishing. Ken lives in the Kansas City area.

Ken Taylor, 2021

Ken Taylor has been a host of Outdoor Guys Radio since the show began in 2011. Ken is an avid outdoorsman and outdoors writer. Ken has been hunting and fishing since he was old enough to pick up a BB gun, and thanks mostly to his understanding wife, Ken spends over 90 days a year hunting and fishing. Ken lives in the Kansas City area.

Scott Pauley, 2022   Scott is an outdoor ambassador for the Missouri Division of Tourism, a position he has held for over 27 years. As part of his job, Pauley travels the country (and the world) promoting the myriad outdoor opportunities available in the great state of Missouri. Pauley retired from the Missouri Highway Patrol in 2013 after 33 years of service. Pauley also has been a successful tournament angler since 1982.

Scott Pauley, 2022

Scott is an outdoor ambassador for the Missouri Division of Tourism, a position he has held for over 27 years. As part of his job, Pauley travels the country (and the world) promoting the myriad outdoor opportunities available in the great state of Missouri. Pauley retired from the Missouri Highway Patrol in 2013 after 33 years of service. Pauley also has been a successful tournament angler since 1982.

Tyler Schwartze, 2022   Tyler is the Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. He is also the Editor of the Conservation Federation magazine which is distributed across all of Missouri. Schwartze spent a decade in Missouri State Parks after graduating from University of Central Missouri. He is from Vienna Missouri, and currently resides in Tebbetts with his wife Michelle and their three children. He is an avid outdoorsman and has a deep passion in bowhunting and trapping.

Tyler Schwartze, 2022

Tyler is the Executive Director of the Conservation Federation of Missouri. He is also the Editor of the Conservation Federation magazine which is distributed across all of Missouri. Schwartze spent a decade in Missouri State Parks after graduating from University of Central Missouri. He is from Vienna Missouri, and currently resides in Tebbetts with his wife Michelle and their three children. He is an avid outdoorsman and has a deep passion in bowhunting and trapping.