ASA Board of Directors
The BOD is the main governing body of the American Sand Association.
Bryan Henry, President
Bryan is a lifelong duner, having his first trip to Dumont Dunes at the ripe old age of three in 1974. A Southern California native, Bryan has lived in Phoenix, Arizona, and recently moved back to Las Vegas, Nevada. Active with the ASA since it’s inception, he has been the California Events Coordinator, Bulletin Board Moderator and Administrator and frequently volunteers to sign up members and sell raffle tickets at events. Bryan has spent the last 23 years in the live event industry, and is currently self-employed. He currently rides a YFZ450 at the dunes and other OHV areas, and has owned a Banshee and a sand rail. He considers the dunes to be his true home, and will continue to work to keep them open for generations to enjoy.
Jim’s love affair with the dunes started in 1964 in the Oregon dunes on a family vacation. He and his family have continued to enjoy dune recreation at a variety of locations throughout the west, including Oceano, Sand Mountain, Glamis, Dumont, and the Coral Pinks. He became active in the political side of OHV in the 1980’s. He is a Past President of the California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, a former Commissioner on the OHMVR Commission overseeing the OHMVR Program and serves on the Dumont and ISDRA (Glamis) Desert Advisory Subgroups. Jim has been a board member of ASA for the last 8 years with an emphasis on legal, legislative, and governmental relations. Jim lives in Sacramento, California and is blessed to have three wonderful grandchildren to whom he has introduced to our sport. “Grandpa, when are we going to the sand dunes?”
Kerry grew up riding three-wheelers (big balloon tires and no suspension) in the mountains and high deserts of Utah. He was introduced to the sand dunes after moving to Arizona in the mid 1990’s. All it took was one visit to Gordon’s Well. By the following season, Kerry’s family was geared up and ready to go. They make several trips to the ISDRA every season.
Kerry and his wife spend most of the time in their buggy, with their children following on quads and motorcycles. Riding solo up Patton or Test Hill is an important part of growing up in the Griggs family. They also enjoy yearly trips to the Sand Sports Super Show. Kerry has been practicing law in Phoenix since 1995. He became acquainted with the ASA by doing some volunteer legal projects for the organization. Through these efforts, he quickly came to embrace the ASA’s vision and mission, which he hopes to advance through his service on the Board.
Bob Ham was elected to the ASA board in May and appointed to the position of Legislative Affairs Director for the ASA in June. Bob worked professionally with legislation in California and the US Congress for 35 years. This included 6 years as a consultant for policy committees in the CA Assembly and 2 years with the state senate. He will use the insight he gained during his professional work with policy makers to assist in advancing the public policy goals of the ASA and off road recreation community. Bob was bitten by “offroaditis” in the mid-60’s and has been working to preserve the rights to use the desert and open lands ever since. In 2006, Bob was honored to be inducted into the Off-Road Motorsports Hall of Fame. We are honored to have Bob Ham serve on the ASA Board of Directors.
Misner’s wife Lisa introduced him to off-roading and Glamis in 1999 and he has been hooked ever since. Her family has been duning since the early 1970’s and Lisa is one of the few people that he knows who has duned in what is now the Wilderness Area north of Hwy 78. The Misner’s run around in old style Corvair powered sand rails.
Misner has been involved with the ASA in some capacity since 2002 including two terms on the Board of Directors ending in 2006 and 2014. He decided to return once again, because he feels he is now in a position to contribute once again to the success of the organization.
Misner is also a past president of the Orange County ATV Association and current Chair of the ASA Poker Run. He has spent most of his working life as an engineer in the aerospace field.
Since his first ride in Glamis at the age of 8 on an old ATC he still keeps in his garage, Scott has been hooked on sand. He is a third-generation duner who rides two, three and four wheelers in the dunes and deserts throughout the Southwest.
Working in the powersports industry since he was 18, Scott is passionate about keeping our riding areas open for future generations. He previously worked in national media communications for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and managed regional rider training for the ATV Safety Institute before becoming national PR account manager for Kawasaki Motors Corp., USA. Scott is the co-founder of Wash-15 Offroad, which manufacturers whip mounts for ATVS, dirt bikes and 4x4s, and now serves as CEO of Gen Now Agency, a digital marketing and PR firm in Orange County that specializes in powersports, automotive and technology. He is driven by a desire to grow the ASA by rallying young riders to join the cause of keeping OHV areas accessible to all.
Casey Cordeiro has been a photojournalist and PR/Marketing Specialist in the powersports and automotive industries for over ten years. His passion for off-road and family adventures started when he was a kid. At two years old, he was riding his LT80 and enjoying family time in the dunes of Glamis several times a month. Because he was enjoying "sandy toes" at a young age, he has a lifelong love for the sand. These days, he is regularly out enjoying the dunes with his family and friends.
As a graduate from Northern Arizona University, Casey was engrained on the media side of the industry by working on the PR team at Kawasaki soon after graduating. He also enjoyed his time at KC HiLiTES heading up the marketing department for several years before going back to his roots in the editorial and photo/video world. Now, he leads his own creative agency, TGH Creative, and loves to share his passion for off-road adventure with others. This passion also gives him the drive to keep our off-roading destinations open for many future generations to enjoy. Casey will utilize his passion for off-road and skills of connecting people together to expand the reach of the ASA and bring in new ideas for programs in and out of the dunes for the ASA.
Pat grew up in the midwest and wasn't introduced to the dunes until 2013, at which point he was hooked even though it was mid-August and well over 110 degrees outside! His love of riding stems from many different styles of powersports including ATV's, snowmobiles, motorcycles, and his current favorite, any RZR he can get his hands on! Although he would love to spend more time in the dunes each year, he generally makes it down to Glamis for Camp RZR and possibly one other trip throughout the season.
Pat has spent the past 14 years in various roles at Polaris. He started out as an engineer and has held roles in engineering, manufacturing, sales, service, and currently leads the product planning team for RZR. He brings a wealth of industry experience across a variety of geographies and terrains, but his favorite riding is definitely in the dunes!
Pat strives to help keep new riders informed about dune safety and loves to help them experience their first ride out to the hill! He brings both business acumen as well as an OEM perspective to the ASA.
Nicole Gilles, Executive Director
Nicole is a long time resident of the Imperial Valley and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Brawley Chamber of Commerce and the Brawley Economic development Commission. She is currently the President of the United Desert Gateway and a dedicated duner. Gilles’ husband Bob, lived in Glamis for 22 years and helped his father operate the family buggy repair business known as "Dirty Bob’s" that was located at Glamis.
Joanna Rothwell, Treasurer
The ASA Board of Directors is proud to announce that past JRS Award Recipient and volunteer Joanna Rothwell has been elected to serve as the ASA’s Treasurer. Rothwell has been volunteering for the ASA for several years and can be seen at the Sand Sports Super Show and many of our Arizona events.
Nikki Massie Daniels, Secretary & Office
Nikki has taken on the role of Secretary, as well as continuing her duties with membership and merchandise, as she is the person behind our web store! Going to Glamis since 1973 with her parents and sister’s family, she met her husband online talking about the dunes, meeting in-person there for the first time on Thanksgiving in 1998. They now have two children ages 8 and 11.