The Conservation Alliance membership elected Gareth Martins, Director of Marketing at Osprey Packs, and Kate Ketschek, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for NEMO Equipment, to new three-year terms on the Alliance board of directors. Martins was re-elected after serving a full term during which he has chaired the Alliance’s Outreach Committee, and been active in advocacy efforts. Ketschek is new to the board, and fills the seat vacated when Black Diamond’s Adam Chamberlain completed his board term. “This election brings us both continuity and fresh blood,” said John Sterling, Conservation Alliance Executive Director. “Gareth has made huge contributions over the past three years, and we’re excited to have his passion and expertise for another three years. Kate brings us new energy and marketing depth, and adds to the board’s East Coast contingent.” “I am thrilled and honored to be a part of the Conservation Alliance’s board. Protecting our open lands for recreational use is important for our future generations and honestly, for the future of the outdoor industry. If we don’t have places to play, we won’t need the gear to play. I can’t wait to learn more and have an active role in helping the many non-profits out there fighting the good fight,” said Ketschek. Five nominees ran for the two board seats in what was another tight election. “We are fortunate to have such strong interest in board service,” said Sterling. “We only wish we had seats for everyone interested in serving.” The new three-year board terms begin immediately after the August 3rd board meeting.