Board of Directors

Board of Directors

Wildland Firefighter Foundation – Board Roster Updated January 2017


  • Steve Gage - President

    Steve’s fire career started in 1969 as a seasonal firefighter for the Kern County Fire Department. In 1972, he became a member of the Fulton Hotshots on the Sequoia National Forest. After two seasons on the crew he accepted a full time appointment with the Kern County Fire Department. He served in every rank within department and held several staff positions.

    He was a member of a National Incident Management Teams from 1992 and Incident Commander on California Interagency Incident Management Team 3 from 2000 to 2002 when he stepped down to accept the position of Fire Chief. Steve retired from the Kern County Fire Department at the end of 2003.

    He then took a job with the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (OES), Fire and Rescue Branch as the Deputy Chief of Operations. At OES his primary responsibilities were to provide operational oversight for the Mutual Aid System within the state, manage a fleet of over 125 vehicles and work closely with the State Fire Marshal’s Office managing the California Incident Command Certification System.

    When the Forest Service opened a new position as a liaison to FEMA’s National Incident Management System (NIMS) Integration Center, Steve applied for and was appointed to this new position. The position provided a link for the wildland fire community and the other agencies in regards to NIMS. While in this position, he once again became involved on National IMTs serving as a Deputy Incident Commander on a Northern Rockies team.

    In May 2008, Steve took over the position of Incident Commander for the Boise National Incident Management Organization (NIMO) team. He led the team on incidents and special projects across the west as well as a couple of special projects for the national headquarters.

    In October 2012, Steve was appointed to the position of Assistant Director – Operations within Fire and Aviation Management stationed at NIFC. Steve retired from this position in November 2015 bringing to a close his fulltime fire service career spanning 46 fire seasons.

    Steve has an A.S. degree in Fire Science from Bakersfield College and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer program at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He has a Lifetime Limited Teaching Credential and has taught Fire Technology at Bakersfield Community College; CA State Fire Marshal Company and Chief Officer certification classes; Numerous ICS courses; Command and Control classes at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland; Hazardous Materials for the University of California Extension program and has been an instructor/coach/evaluator for the Advanced Incident Management at the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute in Tucson, Arizona.

    Steve is a member of the Boise Sunrise Rotary club.

    Steve is married to Kathy and they have 3 children and 7 grandkids.



  • Julie Quigley - Vice President

    Julie Quigley founded Fire DAWG in 2005 and has built Fire DAWG Green into a Company that is focused on Customer Service focusing on customer wants, needs and she is very proud of this!! Julie has been active in Emergency Management for over 22 years, holding leadership positions in various private sector organizations.  Julie has spent the last 15 years in the Incident Management Support Field.  Julie has led the field with her innovative approach to problem solving by providing the cutting edge of programs, equipment and trained personnel, supporting incident management teams and organizations.  Julie has responded to all the Nations major incidents over the past years; Hurricanes, floods, Columbia Shuttle disaster and more.  In the past two years Julie and her TEAM have responded providing quality service and support to TEAMS on over 45 fire incidents. She has continued to push Disaster Assistance into new areas and missions.

  • Jan Gale - Treasurer

    For over thirty years, Jan held executive positions in major oil and gas marketing firms in Calgary, Canada before retiring from the corporate world in 2005, to found her own counseling business.  She is a published author, has completed a PhD, and working on a second.  Jan has extensive background in financial reporting, governance, change management and managing risk, receiving a President’s award for her efforts in 2005.

  • Michael Thompson - Secretary

    Michael Thompson is a trained CISM (Critical Incident Stress Management) team member for both group and individual crisis intervention with the Southwest Coordination Center.  He also works for the Pima Fire Agency as a wildland firefighter (Type 2 crew). He was a top executive in the southwest region for AT&T and now owns and operates a property management business in Prescott, AZ with his wife, Sarah.  He has served on a number of committees with PAAR (Prescott Area Association of Realtors) and was the past President of the local NARPM (National Association of Residential Property Managers) chapter.

    Michael has played drums for a number of touring bands, including the guitarist Slash (Guns and Roses) for the Granite Mountain Hotshot benefit concert in Prescott. He is also a member of the Hometown Heroes, which is a group of musicians performing benefit concerts for various community non-profit organizations.  Michael has a passion for supporting firefighters, families and communities affected by wildland fires. Michael lives in Prescott, AZ with his wife, Sarah, and his two children, Kennedy and Bennett.

  • Vicki Minor - Vicki Minor, Founder and Executive Director

    In 1987 Vicki Minor contracted with the US Forest Service to provide commissary units for remote incident command posts in the forest during fire seasons.  Her business and love of the firefighter community grew as she provided dry goods and what was needed, to soften their harsh environment.

    While being involved with the forest fires Vicki felt the devastation not only to the land but the people who fought to protect it.  As a result, Vicki founded the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in 1997 in an extra room in her home in the Foothills of Boise.   After seeing the Vietnam Wall she dreamed of having a place for wildland firefighters to honor their dead and help them heal.  She started the funding and spearheaded the building of the Wildland Firefighter Monument at the National Interagency Fire Center, in Boise, Idaho.  Until then there was no place to recognize the efforts of all wildland firefighters.   In a short time she had funded and obtained non-profit status for the Foundation, that not only serves wildland firefighters across our nation but reached its arms out internationally to help firefighters killed in wildfires in other countries.

    When CNN heard of her work at various burn centers she was nominated as a CNN Hero.  She has also received the “Meeting American Needs Award,” from the Chief of the US Forest Service.  She has been featured in Entrepreneur Magazine twice and recently received national recognition by receiving a Mother Teresa Caring award given each year by the Caring Institute in Washington, D.C.

  • Diane Bauer - Board Member

    Diane Bauer began her association with wildland fire as a seasonal firefighter for the Larimer Country Yellowjackets interagency fire crew out of Fort Collins, Colorado in 1987. She went on to become a founding owner of The Supply Cache, Inc. (TSC), a mail order company that sells gear for wildland firefighters. Diane returned to college in 2010 to pursue a master’s degree in marriage and family

    therapy, a passion born out of her desire to be better equipped to work with families who have lost their firefighters in wildland fire incidents. Her thesis research was on the immediate and long-term emotional needs and responses of survivors of major wildland fire incidents. After 25 years at TSC, Diane recently sold the company to pursue her therapy practice. She has been a long-time supporter of the Wildland Firefighter Foundation and is a lifetime member of the 52 Club.

  • Renae Crippen - Board Member

    Renae Crippen has over 25 years in Wildland fire.  She started her career as a firefighter and is now currently the Center Manager for Blue Mountain Interagency Fire Center in LaGrande, Oregon.  The Fire Center includes a recently consolidated dispatch office, a Regional fire cache and a National tanker base.  The Dispatch Center provides services for a land base of nearly 7 million acres and serves multiple Wildland Fire and Resource Management agencies.

    Renae’s focus throughout her career has been the safety of those she serves. A priority has been building and fostering relationships with the many agencies within the dispatch community to enhance emergency response coordination.  Renae has accomplished this through writing agreements, operation plans, and developing processes and procedures to facilitate the mobilization of resources safely and efficiently.

    She has participated on many teaching cadres throughout her career to include dispatch classes, leadership, safety, emergency service coordination and peer support. Renae is always looking for ways to do the job more efficiently and safely through new opportunities in technology and dispatch innovation.

    Renae has been recognized for her leadership in the dispatch community and fire management for her work locally on the dispatch consolidation and emergency response plans.  She has received the Regional safety manager’s special recognition award for developing a serious injury and fatality guide for Region 6.  Renae is currently a Board Member of the Wildland Fire Fighter foundation.

    Renae lives in LaGrande, Oregon with her husband Willy who is also in Wildland Fire.


  • Mark De Gregorio - Board Member

    Mark De Gregorio has served as the Education Program Manager at Rocky Mountain National Park since 1992. With the Park Service, he has lead all aspects of curriculum design, electronic media development, instructional delivery, evaluation, and community outreach.

    Prior to joining the National Park Service, he was the Environmental Curriculum Specialist for the Poudre School District in Fort Collins, Colorado. In that capacity, he served on the board of directors and as education chairman of Operation Osprey, a migratory raptor reintroduction project of the Colorado Division of Parks and Wildlife. Mark was an adjunct faculty in the Education Department at Colorado State University, and a junior and senior high school science teacher in Fort Collins and Creede, Colorado.

    Mark is active in the community and currently serves as a citizen on the Larimer County Parks Advisory Board, with past appointments to the county’s Open Lands Board and its Environmental Advisory Board, and the board of directors of the Legacy Land Trust.

    Mark has a 40-year career in wildfire suppression, having received basic firefighter training in 1976. He worked as a seasonal forestry technician for the US Forest Service for eleven seasons as a helitack firefighter, and helped staff district and zone fire crews. He has past experience as a Type 2A Crew Boss and Type 4 Incident Commander. He continues involvement with fire suppression with Type 1 and 2 Incident Management Teams as an Air Operations Branch Director and Public Information Officer.

    He holds degrees in Forest Management and in Secondary Education from Colorado State University.

  • Todd Abel - Board Member

    Bio Coming Soon

  • Dale Bosworth - Emeritus Board Member

    Dale Bosworth was raised in northern California, the son of a Forest Service employee. He graduated from the University of Idaho in 1966 with a degree in Forestry and immediately joined the U. S. Forest Service. He served in a variety of positions in Idaho, Montana and eastern Washington, including District Ranger of the Powell Ranger District near Lolo Pass. In 1986 he became Forest Supervisor of the Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah. He later served in Washington DC and California and in 1994 became Regional Forester of the Intermountain Region of the Forest Service headquartered in Ogden, Utah. In 1997 Bosworth became Regional Forester for the Northern Region in Missoula. He was named Chief of the Forest Service in 2001 where he served until he retired in 2007 after 41 years with the agency. Since retirement he does volunteer work for the Forest Service’s International Programs. He resides in Missoula, Montana with his wife Carma.


  • John Henshaw - Emeritus Board Member

    John Henshaw:  Retired Forester and Logging Engineer (CA-RPF, OR-PE) 5/20/12

    John earned a B.S. in Forestry (1975) from Humboldt State University and a M.S. in Forest Engineering (1977) from Oregon State University.  He is a registered professional forester in California and a registered professional engineer in Oregon and holds both basic and advanced Certificates of Public Administration from Lewis and Clark College (1995). He began his Forest Service career in 1977 in California as a zone logging engineer for Sierra and Sequoia national forests.  Two years later he transferred to Tahoe National Forest, where he held assistant staff positions in both timber and engineering.  In 1983 he was appointed to Nevada City as district ranger, and in 1985 he began serving as the District Ranger at Quinault on the Olympic National Forest.  During 1990 he transferred to the PNW Research Station in Portland Oregon and held several research manager positions. In August 1996, he became Special Assistant to the Deputy Chief for Programs and Legislation at the Washington DC Office of the Forest Service were he was assigned to the National Forest Foundation. He worked to helped maintain a successful partnership between the National Forest Foundation and the Forest Service. After leaving the Foundation he was assigned to special details for the Forest Service, including the Washington Office Recreation, Heritage, and Wilderness Resource Staff.  He also served as the Executive Assistant to the Under-Secretary, Natural Resources and the Environment (NRE) USDA.  In June 2001 he was transferred to the Policy Analysis staff in the Agency’s headquarters and worked on a wide range of issues including community-based partnerships. In 2003 he took the position of the Pacific Rim Forest Legacy Program Manager.  Forest Legacy is a land conservation program in the State and Private Branch of the Agency that works to promote the long-term integrity of forestlands. John covered a large area in managing this program including Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington, and the Pacific Islands. During the first 5 months of 2006 he was Acting Deputy Forest Supervisor on the Los Padres National Forest in Santa Barbara California, where he was responsible for the management of nearly 2 million acres with over 500 employees. After retiring from the US Forest Service at the end of 2008 (with 31+ years) John joined The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii as their Director of Conservation.  In this position he was responsible for all terrestrial conservation, science and land acquisition. He managed over 40,000 acres of TNC preserves and worked in partnership with other land managers on over 150,000 acres of conservation lands on 5 islands. In August of 2010 he moved to TNC Hawaii’s Director for Land Protection and Conservation Partnerships.  In this position he was the major TNC Hawaii contact for all state-wide conservation partnerships.  He served as one of the first Directors of the Hawaiian Islands Land Trust, formed in January 2011 by merger of four Island based Land Trusts into the first State-wide Land Trust for Hawaii. He chaired the State Forest Stewardship Committee for the State Department of Lands and Natural Resources and was the first Board Chairman of the Pacific Islands Climate Change Cooperative (A Federally formed LCC).  During this time he closed on two major land conservation projects.  In March 2012 he resigned his position at TNC to return home to Napa County and to spend more time with his new granddaughter. Currently he serves on the Board of Directors for the Wildland Firefighters Foundation, The Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative and the Land Trust of Napa County (all 502-c-3’s) and on the Board of Directors for two private Companies in Hawaii (for profit family held corporations).