Alan Clemons - Chairman of the Board

Alan Clemons has been writing and photographing interesting things for more than 30 years. He has lived and worked in Huntsville, AL, since 1988 at two daily newspapers, and began freelance writing in 2001 for magazines, websites and newspapers. Clemons has hunted and fished throughout North America, enjoys just about anything outdoors and whenever possible pursues other interesting stories related to food, golf, and travel. He is a SEOPA past president, has served as a committee chairman or on the board of directors since 1997, and is curmudgeonly. Clemons is married to the former Shannon Jones of Montgomery. They have two children, a dog and a cat.

Kevin Tate - President

Kevin Tate is a lifelong devotee of the written word and a dedicated outdoor writer. His work has appeared in newspapers and magazines nationwide and globally online. He and his wife Amy live in Tupelo, Miss., with their children Avery and Walker.

Mike Giles - First Vice President

Mike Giles is a Bass Pro Shops Pro Staff Member as well as an accomplished outdoorsman, award-winning wildlife photographer and author who has spent a lifetime in the outdoors. He is a Life Member of The National Rifle Association and the Bass Anglers Sportsmen’s Society. Giles has been a columnist for The Meridian (Miss.) Star newspaper since 1992 and a regular contributor to the Mississippi Sportsman and various magazines with credits in Mississippi Outdoors, Louisiana Sportsman, Mississippi Woods and Waters, Mississippi Game and Fish, NWTF’s Wheeling Sportsmen and others. As a gifted inspirational speaker, Giles promotes positive interaction with youth in the outdoors and urges people to “Imagine the Possibilities” and make a difference in our world.

Giles regularly devotes time helping as a guide and journalist with the NTWF Wheeling Sportsmen, Women in the Outdoors, and Jakes events. He also conducts youth fishing seminars and casting contests and has guided many youngsters and ladies to their first bass, deer, and turkey harvests. He and his wife Kathy live in Meridian, MS, and they have three daughters, Chandler, Jackie, and Mikayla.

Josh Honeycutt - Second Vice President

In 2012, Josh Honeycutt applied for and received OJEFA’s Lindsay Sale-Tinney Award for SEOPA conference scholarship. He attended the 2012 conference in Johnson City, TN, and has never looked back. One of the next big milestones in his career includes service on the SEOPA board of directors.

“SEOPA was a huge part in helping jump-start my career,” Honeycutt said. “Since then, I’ve striven to help pay it forward by serving others in the organization. I take pride in helping people as others have helped me.”

Honeycutt is an avid outdoorsman who grew up hunting the river bottom of south-central Kentucky. During deer or turkey season, you’ll find him high in an oak tree or sitting up against one. And he enjoys spending that time in the outdoors with his wife Kathryn, as well as the rest of his family and friends.

His passion for the outdoors led to a career as an outdoor writer, photographer and videographer. Josh currently serves as the associate editor and deer hunting editor for He’s also worked for the National Wild Turkey Federation and his work has been published in nearly 50 publications and websites including Field & Stream, Outdoor Life, North American Whitetail, Whitetail Journal, Game & Fish, Fur-Fish-Game, and more. He takes pride in being a member of SEOPA, what he considers the foremost outdoor communicators’ association in the country.

Richard Hines - Secretary

Richard Hines is a freelance writer and photographer specializing in stream fishing as well as waterfowl and small game hunting, with credits in books as well as in state and regional magazines. He is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, and he recently retired from US Fish and Wildlife and Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources after 39 years. He is a Boone and Crockett Measurer Emeritus, and he currently serves as vice president of the Tennessee Outdoor Writers Association (TOWA).

About serving on the board, Richard said, “I feel honored that SEOPA has asked me to serve such an outstanding group of professionals dedicated to the outdoors and to our nation’s natural resources. I look forward to working with the board and membership in providing additional insight that will further improve and continue building the organization.” Richard has been a member of SEOPA since 2007.

John Doty - Director (2020)

DotyAs communications director for the National Bobwhite Conservation Initiative (NBCI), John Doty manages NBCI’s web and social media presence as well as media relations and communications strategies. He has an undergraduate degree in journalism and professional experience in daily newspaper reporting, editing and publishing, subscription-based magazine publishing (both established and start-up), natural resource public relations; corporate communications in the federal sector, freelance writing and photography, and corporate communications for start-up entities. He a past president of SEOPA. In his spare time, he enjoys photography, fly fishing, shooting, boating, kayaking and living on Norris Lake near Knoxville,TN, with his wife, Carol.

Jim Mize - Director (2020)

Jim Mize began hunting wild game with a camera because hunting seasons were too short. After gathering a few photos, he sold some to Virginia Wildlife magazine and the editor suggested he would sell more if he wrote a story to go with them. A few years later, Jim submitted to Southern Outdoors a story with a humorous introduction and conclusion.  The editor liked it but wanted the middle to be like the ends. Discovering a market for humor and nostalgia, Jim has been writing both for magazines, blogs, and books for more than 30 years picking up a few awards along the way. Both his humorous books won SEOPA Excellence in Craft awards. 

When outdoors, Jim is most likely to be wobbling down a trout stream with a fly rod, tangled up over his left shoulder in a hemlock, just moments away from an unplanned dunking. When the season is right, you might also find him sitting in the shade along a dove field bribing his grandkids with animal crackers to keep them near his stand. Though many would call these episodes mishaps and memories, Jim considers them field research for his next humor piece.

Jill Rohrbach- Director (2020)

Jill Rohrbach is a staff travel writer for the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, and a freelance writer and photographer based in Fayetteville, AR. Her work has been featured in magazines such as US Airways, Game & Fish, Arkansas Wild, Citiscapes, Cloud 9 and Arkansas Good Roads. She loves writing about outdoor adventures but has never turned down an assignment on spas, dining, or craft beer either. She is a proud board member of Arkansas Trout Unlimited Chapter 514. Married with two boys, Jill and her husband Mike own Bocca, an Italian eatery and pizzeria, and The Flying Burrito Company restaurants in Northwest Arkansas and the bar Kingfish in Fayetteville.

Emily George Strother - Director (2021)

Emily George is a Purdue graduate student studying Strategic Communications and Public Relations. She is tailoring her studies to fit the outdoors industry in hopes of better communicating its mission. George, who recently joined the Congressional Sportsman’s Foundation as the Policy and Communications coordinator, first garnered the attention of SEOPA officials when she posted a story on a website about her love of hunting and writing. She was invited to intern at the 2015 SEOPA conference where she was embraced by all and encouraged to pursue a career in the outdoors communications industry.

Chris Holmes - Director (2021)

Chris Holmes is a past president of the Louisiana Outdoor Writers Association, and an award-winning columnist, field reporter and contributing writer for Louisiana Sportsman magazine; contributing writer, Tide Magazine, Coastal Angler Magazine, Kayak Angler Magazine, Kayak Fish Magazine. Holmes joined SEOPA in 2005 and is serving his first board term.


Richard Simms - Director (2021)

Richard Simms is the owner of Scenic City Fishing Charters, Inc. in Chattanooga, Tenn., as well as a freelance journalist for nearly 40 years. Currently he provides regular outdoor content for and, along with various other magazines and media outlets.

He has been a USCG Captain and professional fishing guide since 2006, first on a part-time basis then leaving his "real job" in 2014 to guide and write full-time. Prior to that he spent 31 years as a broadcast journalist for WTVC-TV, the ABC affiliate in Chattanooga. Prior to that he was a game warden and public relations professional for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

"I've done two 'tours of duty' with SEOPA," said Richard. "I was a member for several years in the 1980's when I worked for TWRA and was honored to chair the committee that created SEOPA's first formal Code of Ethics. After leaving TWRA, I rejoined SEOPA in 2003. The networking opportunities have been invaluable but more importantly, I know the friends I've made will be with me to the end."

Richard holds a bachelor degree in Wildlife & Fisheries Management from Tennessee Tech University. He is married to wife Barbara and they have two daughters, Priscilla and Tiffany.

He also maintains an active social media presence. You'll find Richard here:
•    Snapchat (ScenicCityFish)

Pam Swanner - Corporate Director (2021)

Pam Swanner has more than 30 years of leadership experience in the tourism industry throughout Alabama and the Southeast. As director of Alabama Black Belt Adventures Association ( – a public/private sector non-profit organization – Swanner leads an association dedicated to fostering economic development in Alabama’s 23-county black belt region through the marketing and promotion of the vast outdoor recreational opportunities such as hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, birdwatching, and others, and supports the marketing efforts of those representing the many cultural and heritage amenities.

Previously, Swanner has served as project manager for the Alabama Birding Trails development commissioned by Alabama Tourism Department; field researcher for Randall Travel Marketing, Charlotte, NC; vice-president of Marketing – Greenville, SC Convention & Visitors Bureau; executive director – Decatur/Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau; and ten years in the hotel industry.


Lisa Snuggs, Executive Director

In addition to assisting officers and directors with their respective duties, Lisa Snuggs manages all SEOPA day-to-day business operations. This includes finances, website/database, membership recruitment and services, newsletters, conference planning, etc. She is CEO of the Outdoor Journalist Education Foundation of America (OJEFA), SEOPA’s 501(c)(3) educational foundation. "Bringing young people into the business of outdoors communications is one of the most rewarding parts of my work," Snuggs said. She also enjoys helping to forge relationships between SEOPA members with similar goals.

In 2017 Snuggs was honored with induction into Garry Mason's Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame. She also serves on the selection committee of the National Freshwater Hall of Fame. Snuggs attended her first SEOPA conference in 1966 as a child and was involved as a corporate member representative in the 1980s. She became the organization's executive director in 2000.