Institute of Range and American Mustang announces four new Advisory Board Members

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Institute of Range and American Mustang
announces four new Advisory Board Members
Spring 2017
The Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) announces four new Advisory Board Members. The new Advisory Board will support the Executive Board in the areas of program development, resource development, fundraising and continue  build upon the foundation of Dayton Hyde’s vision for IRAM in perpetuity.
Dayton Hyde Jr. comes to the IRAM Advisory Board with a bachelors degree
 in Business and Biology from Linfield College. He has a background in ranching
 and construction business. Dayton Jr. is an avid outdoors man and naturalist, and
 brings the Hyde Family legacy to the Institute of Range and American Mustang.
He resides in Sisters, Oregon with his wife, Sally.
Dayton and Sally Hyde
Melinda Kersten joined the staff of IRAM in January 2016. With a degree
in arts administration, Melinda has nearly 30 years of experience as a non-profit leader focusing her efforts on fundraising, grant writing, community engagement, and project management. Her career has been primarily based in northwest Indiana working with a variety of organizations that include at-risk youth education, community theatre, the regional arts council, environmental education, and early childhood education. Melinda has successfully raised and managed millions of dollars over the years to build an education facility, provide children with an immersive experience in a national park, provide parents of young children with support to understand the importance of their child’s development, screen pre-schoolers to determine their capacity for success in Kindergarten, and celebrate local arts and artists.
It was Melinda’s curiosity of wild horse issues that prompted her to attend a
meeting of the BLM’s Wild Horse and Burro National Advisory Board.
 It was her passion to apply her skills to make a difference for wild horses
that brought her to the Sanctuary.
Rescued Lusitano, Valoroso and Melinda
Alice Reynolds is a graduate of Michigan State University who was born in
 Marquette, MI and currently lives there, very close to the house where Dayton Hyde  spent his childhood. She grew up hearing stories about the Hyde boys. Riding horses  since before she can remember, Alice has owned and worked with horses for pleasure, competition and training for close to 50 years. Upon learning about the Sanctuary,  she and her family visited Dayton as he began the Sanctuary and a little black and white Paint weanling connected with her. This Paint horse was later brought to Marquette,  where he still lives with Alice today. Watching Dayton and the sanctuary grow  together, his vision for the horses and the land become a reality, Alice has much  respect of his knowledge, skills, intuition and connection with the horses and the land.   She has been involved in most aspects of the Sanctuary over the years, building and mending fences, moving horses and cows, visiting every part of the ranch, watching
 the cabins being built, and was part of the making of Running Wild: The Life
 of Dayton O. Hyde, encouraged that the film would raise awareness for the
 horses and the Sanctuary. Alice is dedicated to continuing Dayton’s vision of
 protecting the wild horses and this sacred land and water and looks forward to
 continuing Dayton’s dream and vision for the horses, land, plants, water and
 animals that live on this sacred place.
Alice and Chioke
Carol J. Walker’s passion for photography started at an early age, with animals as her favorite subjects. She has traveled all over the world photographing wildlife. In 2000, Carol started her business Living Images by Carol Walker, specializing in photographing horses. Carol’s images illuminate the relationship between horses and their people, as well showcase the beauty of horses with her stunning images of horses at liberty.
Eleven years ago, Carol began photographing wild horses. As she followed several
herds in Wyoming, Colorado and Montana, she became aware of how precarious their situation on public lands has become. Since then, she has dedicated herself to educating people with her photographs and stories about the wild horses. She is one of the leading advocates working to keep America’s wild horses wild and free on our public lands.  Her three books, Wild Hoofbeats: America’s Vanishing Wild Horses, Horse Photography: The Dynamic Guide for Horse Lovers and the newest, Galloping to Freedom:  Saving the Adobe Town Appaloosas are all multiple book award winners. Carol is the Director of Field Documentation and on the Board of Directors for Wild Horse Freedom Federation, which is dedicated to stopping the roundups and keeping our wild horses wild and free.
Carol with her Adobe Town mustang, Mica
The Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) founded by Dayton O. Hyde in 1988 is a 501 © 3 non-profit corporation registered in the state of South Dakota. IRAM owns 11,000 acres of private land dedicated to range preservation and a balanced ecosystem.
IRAM’s finest gift is the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, whose purpose is to
provide not only freedom for unadoptable and unwanted wild horses, but also a
research area dedicated to solving wild horse herd management that will
contribute to the well-being of  wild horses everywhere.
The Institute of Range and American Mustang (IRAM) is a 501 c 3
 non-profit which receives no state or federal funding.
Institute of Range and American Mustang
P O Box 998, Hot Springs, South Dakota 57747 USA