Steering Committee

Cheri Bouchér


Cheri Bouchér is a wildlife ecologist with the Arizona Game and Fish Department in Phoenix, where she is the agency’s species lead for the monarch butterfly. As a member of the Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Monarch Working Group, she contributed to the development of the Western Monarch Butterfly Conservation Plan, and is coordinating efforts to establish and improve monarch butterfly habitat on many of the state’s Wildlife Areas.

Kris Gade


Kris Gade is an ecologist/Roadside Resources Specialist with the Arizona Department of Transportation. She is also co-chair of the Transportation Sector team for development of the Monarch Butterfly Nationwide Candidate Conservation Agreement on Energy and Transportation Lands.

Kathryn Thomas


Dr. Kathryn Thomas is a research Ecologist with the U.S. Geological Survey Southwest Biological Science Center in Tucson. She has mapped and characterized vegetation throughout the southwest for National Parks and the Gap Analysis program and most recently is studying invasive insects, invasive Salsola, and pollinator-plant ecology.

Ron Day

Ron Day is the manager of the Nature Conservancy Muleshoe Ranch Cooperative Management Area north of Willcox, Arizona.

Jessi Miller

Jessi Miller is the Monarch butterfly species lead in the Arizona Ecological Services Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Lisa Thornley

Lisa Thornley is the Natural Resource Program Lead in the Arizona State Office of the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.