Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announced recently that Brett Reber, 57, of McPherson has been elected as a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors.

Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever announced recently that Brett Reber, 57, of McPherson has been elected as a member of the organization’s National Board of Directors. Sharing a lifelong passion for wildlife habitat conservation and upland hunting, Reber will now serve on Pheasants Forever’s 18-member board, which meets quarterly and oversees the operations of Pheasants Forever, Inc. and Quail Forever. Also elected was Joe Hosmer, 67 of Hunt, Texas.

“Joe Hosmer and Brett Reber come to the National Board of Directors with a long list of accolades and accomplishments in the conservation community to help move the habitat organization in new and exciting directions,” said Howard K. Vincent, president and CEO of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. “With both individuals possessing dynamic character and diverse business experience, we’re thrilled to have them contributing to the overall mission of Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever.”

No stranger to the local model of the habitat organization, Reber is a life-member of Pheasants Forever and an active participant for the McPherson Area Pheasants Forever Chapter in Kansas. Reber grew up in a hunting family from Ellsworth, before receiving a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas in 1983 and his law degree from the University of Tulsa College Of Law in 1986. Working as an attorney at Wise & Reber, L.C. in McPherson, his primary practice is providing advice to clients with emphasis in contracts, business acquisitions, and litigation matters.

“I am honored to join the National Board of Directors for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever, and pleased to help them fulfill their mission as the premier conservation and habitat organization in the country,” stated Reber. “As a key state in the pheasant and quail range, I will work to represent Kansas members for the improvement of wildlife habitat and youth involvement in conservation initiatives.”

Active in state and local community affairs, he is a trustee of the Julia J. Mingenback Foundation, past president and director of the McPherson Industrial Development Company, and past chairman and director of the Kansas Development Finance Authority, as well as the Kansas Housing Resources Council in Topeka. Additionally, he serves on the Board of Directors for Peoples Bank & Trust, McPherson Industrial Development Company, Farmers Alliance Mutual Insurance Company, and the Bradbury Company.

Reber also serves as president and director of McPherson Valley Uplands — a 46-acre Outdoor Education Center near Conway, designed for youth to learn and develop outdoor skills and an appreciation for wildlife and conservation. A cooperative effort between McPherson Area Pheasants Forever and CHS Refinery-McPherson, Reber believes the area serves as a testament to the power of Pheasants Forever & Quail Forever’s local model. The area has served as a conservation learning center to countless youth participants since its creation in 2008.

Reber was recently elected to the Pheasants Forever Hall of Fame in Kansas, and still spends as much time as possible pursuing upland birds throughout the state. He currently resides in McPherson with his wife, Kathryn, and has four grown children, John, Callie, Joe, and Luke.