We're media storytellers on a mission to produce world-class educational materials showcasing the importance of being good stewards of the environment and the wildlife that lives in it.
Founder & Filmmaker
A film director, cinematographer, television producer, and wildlife conservationist, Tom Opre has made educating the public on wildlife conservation and stewardships issues a main priority. As the past president of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), he has worked to help other outdoor communicators and industry leaders understand and present a unified message regarding the top issues facing wildlife conservation today.
Since 1990, Opre has produced and/or directed national television commercial projects for Fortune 500 companies, feature films, and episodic television including wildlife projects for Discovery Channel and PBS. In 2015, he wrapped a seven year prime-time run on NBC Sports producing the highest rated, award-winning television show in the outdoor field sports genre,
Today, he serves on the non-profit boards for African Children’s Schools and Shepherds of Wildlife Society™.
Tony Bynum is a photographer and conservationist. Tony has produced images used on over 300 magazine and books covers. Hundreds of his images are seen annually in national advertisements, annual reports, books covers, art galleries, and dozens of outdoor publications.
He has traveled the world shooting images for some of the biggest brands in the outdoor space. As a conservationist, Tony regularly works with nonprofit organizations, collaborates on documentaries and speaks around the country on conservation, photography and the business of photography. Tony is the current president of the Professional Outdoor Median Association (POMA).
Born in Harare, Zimbabwe, in 1979, from an early age he was introduced to life in the outdoors. For the latter part of his youth, he spent growing up on a 60,000 acre cattle and game ranch in southeastern Zimbabwe, which cultivated a lifelong love and passion for wildlife and nature.
In 2000, Quinn started his guiding career in Zimbabwe’s various national parks and private reserves. He decided to pick up a camera to capture and share his interactions with the African wildlife, people and surroundings he encounters every day.
Mike Fell is a photographer specializing in African wildlife and conservation related issues. As a wildlife fanatic, safari guide, and conservationist with 21 years of experience in the field, Mike believes that photography and story telling are key components of conservation. With a deep respect and understanding for African wildlife, his work explores its diversity and emphasizes the impact of human activity on wildlife in his home continent of Africa.
Mike's primary business is establishing safari operations in wildlife areas outside of national parks. He is involved in large-scale conservation and community initiatives in East, Central and West Africa. Mike is committed to supporting the Governments of these countries in their endeavors to protect the fauna and flora for future generations. His anti-poaching efforts throughout the year are extensive. These efforts include funding transport, providing fuel and manpower and training security teams for regular anti-poaching exercises over these huge desolate areas.
Mike's passion provides him incredible access to wildlife and often takes him to remote destinations. This regularly puts him in situations where he is up close and personal with wild animals and that is why his photos often arouse feelings of intimacy with the creatures he depicts.
Action is needed to preserve our natural world. Mike's hope is that his photographs will inspire people to join the cause to help stop senseless destruction of the environment and the animals that inhabit it.
Denver Bryan is an internationally-published photographer whose work has won numerous national awards as well as appeared on the cover of over 400 magazines. Denver’s images have been published in seven single-photographer books to date as well as graced the pages of such magazines as National Geographic, Smithsonian, National Wildlife, Field & Stream, Time, Newsweek, Gray’s Sporting Journal, and many others.
Originally a wildlife biologist by training, Denver has photographed the wildlife of North America extensively from Alaska to Mexico. Africa is another of Denver’s favorite locations. Over the last decade he has made over a dozen trips to capture images in Kenya, Tanzania, Botswana, South Africa, Zambia and Botswana.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
Stephen C. Duringer
Chairman of the Board
Steve Duringer brings his passion for all things outdoors, his many years of experience as an outdoor sports enthusiast, a world traveler, and wildlife conservationist to the Shepherds of Wildlife Society. Steve is a practicing civil litigation attorney with over thirty years’ experience, a writer and an educator, an entrepreneur and business owner, who splits his time between Southern California and Montana. He currently serves as an officer or director on several industry-related boards of directors, both non-profit and for-profit. He is passionate about effecting change, about making a difference, about preserving and protecting wildlife throughout the world.
T.A. Opre is a film director, cinematographer, television producer, and wildlife conservationist. He has made educating the public on wildlife conservation and stewardship issues a main priority. As the past president of the Professional Outdoor Media Association (POMA), he has worked to help other outdoor communicators and industry leaders understand and present a unified message regarding the top issues facing wildlife conservation today. Today he serves on several nonprofit boards, including African Children's Schools.
Mr. Gordon is a lifelong entrepreneur and wildlife conservationist with a passion for history and education. Mr. Gordon brings with him over 25 years of C-suite operational healthcare experience with a focus on building and growing efficient operations. During his career, he has successfully helped to grow more than seven early-stage companies bringing to bear operational knowledge and expertise along with an adaptability to ensure successful expansion. He also has worked on Wall Street and has successfully closed several M&A transactions in his career.
Thomas Barker has spent his entire life working in the outdoors. After serving 23 years in the US Navy as a SEAL Team member he has continued to work in outdoor product-related industries as a consultant in the M&A field. He also serves as a business consultant who focuses on helping veteran and first-responder owned and supporting businesses.
Mark Hensley, a life-long Montanan, has spent 30 plus years in the banking industry. Mark and his family have owned and operated Valley Bank of Kalispell which was established in 1911. An avid outdoor enthusiast, he has served and continues to serve on various non-profit and for profit boards within his community.
Pete Brownell is Chief Executive Officer of 2nd Adventure Group and Chairman of Brownells, a position he ascended to following a successful term as president and executive vice president of the company. He is a member of the leadership team since 1997. Mr. Brownell also serves leadership roles on several boards, most recently President of the National Rifle Association (NRA). Pete is a member of The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) .
Json Roussos was born and raised in Ethiopia where he was blessed to have been exposed to the country’s rich wildlife resources. He has a degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University. He works with his father and their company, Ethiopian Rift Valley Safaris. In 1999, he co-founded The Murulle Foundation, a US-based 501(c) 3 non-profit that conducts community development, scientific research, and conservation efforts in Ethiopia. For the last 15 years he has sat on the board of the African Professional Hunters’ Association, an organization which represents some of Africa’s top and most ethical professional hunters.
Ryan Hayter is a professional communicator with more than 20 years of experience directing public relations and marketing programs for major global outdoor brands and services. He lends expertise in environmental and corporate communications and brings high-level media and business connections to help elevate the Shepherds of Wildlife mission.