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.