The BOD is the main governing body of the American Sand Association.
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.
Bob Mason, President
Bob moved to Arizona in 1947 from Ohio at 14 and has been involved in OHV activity all of his life. He started duning in the early 60's and has camped everywhere at ISDRA. Bob and wife Sharon have four children and eight grandchildren. He retired from the Salt River Project (water and power reclamation project) as the Manager of Water Planning after 38 years in various water and power operating and planning positions. Building off-road vehicles has been his hobby forever: VW, Corvair, Pinto, Buick, Chevy and currently a Donovan V8 have powered several unique and original creations. Water pumpers are the preferred power plant.
Rusty Massie, Chairman
Rusty has been duning in Glamis with his family continuously for over forty years. Both of his daughters and their families share the wonders of Glamis as often as possible. He is returning to the ASA Board of Directors because he believes that while we have achieved much, there is still much to do to preserve our riding and camping privileges and to ensure safety in the dunes. He truly enjoys running the dunes; a lot of his satisfaction comes from helping injured or stranded people in the dunes, where many of you may have met him at the scene of an accident. He has been assisting the BLM for almost 30 years by locating accidents in the dunes, stabilizing the injured in place, and notifying BLM Rescue personnel of resources needed. He also serves as a BLM Campground Host at Pad 3 on Gecko Road. Stop by if you have any questions or comments.
Before retirement, he was a regular and volunteer fireman for over 20 years, and worked in production management. The last twenty years of his career were in industrial and construction safety management. He encourages every person in our great activity to practice and promote safe duning.
In 1982 I opened Paul Bunyan’s Firewood to supply restaurants with wood for cooking and to residents for fireplaces and camping. I also do commercial real estate and development. I was introduced to the dunes in 2001. My friends are duners with sand cars and quads, and I didn’t have either. They told me about a sand car that a friend had built which took him over two years to build. I bought the sand car, a toy hauler, a golf cart, and a new pick-up to pull all my new toys and had never been to the dunes. Needless to say, one trip to the dunes and I was hooked ($$$ GOOD THING).
At my firewood yard I talk to numerous people going to the dunes some old time duners and some brand new. Most of them are clueless on the legal battle with the dunes.
In 2005 I was voted to the ASA Board of Directors. I am the Director of Events and Awards, including the JRS Award, and special assignments. I also help with the raffle car transportation and scheduling with the endowment committee.
Bob Gagliano, Secretary
Bob has been involved in OHV’s as an enthusiast for the past 38 years. He says he had the best of both worlds as his parents enjoyed the varied environments of hardpack and sand duning. He spent most of his younger years enjoying the challenges of Pismo (Oceano) Dunes and Dumont Dunes, and has enjoyed Glamis for the past four years. Bob is a second-generation duner, and has recently had the pleasure of introducing his first grandkids to the sport that his family loves so much. He is employed in the aviation field.
Bob's other hobbies include street rodding, camping, and computers. He has been a volunteer on many different committees and activities throughout his life.
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?”