Choose Outdoors: New Board Member Shelley O'Neill

Shelley O'Neill, store manager at Philmont Scout Ranch newest member of Choose Outdoor's Board.

Pine, CO; September 14, 2011– The Board of Directors of Choose Outdoors, a nonprofit organization that seeks to engage all Americans in stewardship of public lands through outdoor recreation, has elected Shelley O'Neill to its governing board of directors.

Shelley O'Neill comes from an avid scouting and camping family. She started working at Philmont Scout Ranch during her summers between college semesters. After graduating from the University of Michigan, she returned to Philmont Scout Ranch and was offered a full-time position running the Philmont store. After 15 years of managing the Tooth of Time Traders, the store was awarded the 2011 Outdoor Retailer of the Year award for Growth of Outdoor Sports from SNEWS and Backpacker magazine. Shelley has a passion for scouting and for creating creative partnerships with a wide variety of corporate interests. Shelley is married with two boys, is a den leader for Pack 68 in Cimarron, NM and spends as much time as possible outside with her boys. They recently summitted their first 14'er.
According to Shelley, “I have also been fortunate to spend most of my life outdoors thanks to my
incredible parents that made it a priority in the raising of their family. I continue to pass that down to my children and our most incredible moments as a family have been spent on top of a peak, in the middle of the river or just picnicking in one of our state parks”.
According to Choose Outdoors Board Chair Elizabeth Simon, “ Shelley brings passion, knowledge and networks that will be extremely helpful to our efforts to connect all people to the outdoors.”

Choose Outdoors Board of Directors also recently elected Kenji Haroutunian, Vice President Nielsen Expositions, and Cam Brensinger, President, NEMO Equipment, Inc. as board members.
The newly elected honorary board includes Royal Robbins, Chair; Larry Burke, Founder, Outside Magazine; Jim Rogers, Chariman Kampgrounds of America, Skip Yowell, Founder, Jansport; Dale Robertson former USDA Forest Service Chief; and Philippe Dunoyer former CEO of Total Petroleum North America and Trustee Emeritus of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.
Jeff Olson, Choose Outdoors President, said of the appointment, “We are excited to have Shelley on board, she will be a tremendous asset to our work with scouts and scouting”.

Choose Outdoors has recently begun working with the Federal Interagency Council on Recreation and the National Association of Recreation Resource Planners on developing Recreation Co-Ops across the country based on the Colorado Outdoor Recreation Resource Project.

Additionally, it is assisting with the Children's Forest concept developed by the USDA Forest Service in California and Alaska, tying a variety of stakeholders together through an innovative multi-stakeholder effort to increase the public's awareness and appreciation of our natural environment.

About Choose Outdoors
Choose Outdoors, is a non-profit dedicated to promoting outdoor recreation and active lifestyles through support for public lands and waters; recreation infrastructure; and programs connecting Americans to the outdoors. Recently, responding to a request by Undersecretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman, Choose Outdoors has begun to develop ways to increase public awareness about the mountain pine beetle epidemic and the impact it has had on forest health as well as to encourage private sector engagement in promoting the use of beetle killed wood and assisting with mitigation efforts. For more information about Choose Outdoors visit

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