SENIOR PROJECT COORDINATOR DANA BELL TO RETIRE
A key component of the NOHVCC for over eight
years, Bell was
instrumental in forming many new state OHV
Dana Bell, Senior Project Coordinator for the
National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation
Council (NOHVCC) recently announced her
retirement beginning April 1, soon after the
2008 NOHVCC Annual Conference in Albuquerque.
Bell, who resides in Long Beach, CA, joined the
organization in October 1999 and specialized in
the facilitation of the OHV State Association
Development and OHV Recreation Management
Managers workshop series. She was also
instrumental in the development of many of the
NOHVCC educational projects such as the
Adventure Trail program.
"I have always considered my position with
NOHVCC the perfect job, and a job that I had
expected to continue with for at least a couple
of more years," says Bell. "Unfortunately, my
elderly father is requiring more assistance and
I am chiefly responsible for overseeing a family
business that financially provides for much of
his care. Over the past two years I have found
it increasingly difficult to juggle my family
responsibilities with my NOHVCC work.
"My decision to retire at this time was very
difficult, not only because of how much I enjoy
my position, but also because of how much I will
miss working with all of the incredible OHV
folks around the county that I have been so
privileged to meet."
Prior to her position at the NOHVCC, Bell was
the Western States Representative for the AMA
beginning in 1992 where she was involved in both
on-road and off-highway motorcycling work, with
a large percentage of her time spent on
"While I am retiring from my staff position
with NOHVCC I am not riding into the sunset,"
she adds. "I hope to be able to do more
volunteer work, act in an advisory capacity if
ever needed and spend some time again actually
getting to ride my little Honda XR250L!"
Executive Director of the NOHVCC Russ Ehnes
commended Bell for a job well done. "Working
with Dana was fantastic," he said. "Her command
of current OHV recreation and land-use issues,
and her ability to relay that information to
other OHV advocates through the workshop series
was incredible. She took our Mission Statement
to heart every day she went to work, and the OHV
community is stronger now because of that. There
will certainly be some big shoes to fill in the
NOHVCC on the day she leaves."
President of the Board of Directors Dan Kleen
made this statement upon hearing the news. "On
behalf of the NOHVCC Board of Directors I would
like to thank Dana for her outstanding work as
NOHVCC's Senior Project Coordinator for the past
8 years. We appreciate all she has done for the
OHV community as well as for NOHVCC. Dana's
great passion for promoting responsible family
recreation will be felt for many years to come.
"On a more personal note, it has been an
honor to have the great opportunity to get to
know and work with Dana. She has a very special
gift of not only seeing the "Big Picture", but
the ability to facilitate bringing people
together like no one else I have ever known. I
have never thought of Dana as an employee, but
always as a friend. Due to her work, she has
also been a great friend to the hundreds of
thousands of recreational OHVers around the
country, even those who have never met her.
Thank you and good luck, Dana!"
The National Off-Highway Vehicle Conservation
Council, as a national body of OHV recreation
enthusiasts, develops and provides a wide
spectrum of programs, materials and information,
or "tools", to individuals, clubs, associations
and agencies in order to further a positive
future for responsible OHV recreation.