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Leanne Fisher, Marketing and Communications Manager

American Conservation Experience Names New Board Leadership and Expands Board of Directors

Flagstaff, AZ – December 19, 2022 –
 The American Conservation Experience (ACE) today announced it has named Jeanne Wade Evans as board chair and appointed Sarah Miggins to the board in support of ACE’s accelerated growth and its work in building the next generation of land stewards.

“We are excited to expand our board as ACE continues its growth momentum and looks ahead to our 20th anniversary in 2024,” said ACE CEO and President Laura Herrin. “Over the past five years, ACE has more than doubled and the board plays a key leadership role in our efforts to provide rewarding professional development opportunities for young adults, deliver exceptional service to our partners, and the successful completion of conservation projects in all 50 states and several territories.”

Wade Evans brings more than 40 years in public service experience to ACE. She served as the Deputy Regional Forester for the Pacific Southwest Region of the U.S. Forest Service for seven years before retiring in 2017. In her final leadership role, she directed all State and Private Forestry programs in California, Hawaii and the U.S. Pacific Islands. She also strategically led Fire, Aviation, Safety and Acquisition programs for the region affecting 18 National Forests, 8,000 employees and annual budgets of over $500 million. She held numerous other leadership positions throughout her career.

Sarah Miggins is the Deputy Director for the California State Parks’ Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division (OHMVRD). Miggins has been on a steady career path from volunteer service to executive level leadership positions over the last 30 years. Before her current position, she served as Chief of Staff for American Conservation Experience (ACE). Her experience also includes roles with Audubon California, Southern California Mountains Foundation, and LA Conservation Corps among others.

Wade Evans and Miggins will join ACE’s current board members: Gail Adams, Vice President of Communications and External Affairs at the EnerGeo Alliance; Robert B. Coates, Executive Director of Windsor County Mentors; Shayne Miller, Chief Financial Officer of Youth Health Associates, Inc.; Trevor Pearson, Senior associate director at APCO Worldwide; and Scott Springer, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist and Regional Realty Officer with the Bureau of Reclamation.

To learn more about ACE, visit


About the American Conservation Experience (ACE)

Founded in 2004, the American Conservation Experience (ACE) is a non-profit organization that recruits and trains young adults and military veterans from all backgrounds to complete a range of restoration and historic preservation projects while building the next generation of land stewards. Participants gain professional skills and cultivate their conservation careers through ACE’s experienced staff and working alongside representatives from agencies such as the National Park Service, US Forest Service, and other conservation focused groups. ACE provides opportunities for young adults in all 50 states and a number of territories. To learn more, visit



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