Staff & Technical Advisors

DeVries familyAngel DeVries

Finance and Grant Administrator

Angel grew up in Malta and graduated from Malta High school in 2008. She went on to graduate with her Bachelors of Science - Business Accounting degree in 2011 from Montana State University. In 2012, she earned her Master's in Professional Accountancy from the same university. Angel spent three years working in public accounting and earned her Certified Public Accounting license in 2014. With a background in auditing federal funds, Angel is excited to bring her accounting, federal grant, and business knowledge to RSA.

Angel makes her home just east of Malta with her husband, Aaron, and three children, Tessa, Orrin, and Nash where together, along with other family members, they run a family cattle operation. When Angel and her family aren't working, they enjoy camping and boating on Fort Peck lake.

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Laura Nelson

Project Leader

Laura Nelson fell in love with the prairies growing up on her family's diverse farm and ranch in Western Nebraska. She has a degree in agriculture communications and journalism from the University of Wyoming.

Laura brings experience as an agriculture journalist, farm and ranch photographer and communication manager. Prior to working for RSA, Laura managed her own agriculture communications company, served as the editor of an award-winning, weekly newspaper in rural Montana and worked as a writer and photographer in the branded beef industry.

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Richard Knight

RSA Technical Advisor

Rick Knight is a professor of wildlife conservation at Colorado State University. His interests align with land health and land use in the American West. His latest book, with Courtney White, is Conservation for a New Generation.


Ben Pierce

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