Tracey Barton hails from south-central Illinois, where she was born and raised on a grain/cattle farm. She has lived in southwest Kansas for over ten years. Her broad business background includes experience in the gas/electric utility sector; the insurance industry in the area of talent acquisition and management; real estate; and agriculture. She has experience serving as a liaison to the Public Utilities Commission, leading cross-functional teams in process improvement initiatives, and directing numerous programs and projects. She has received various awards for leadership and customer advocacy. She published her first novel in 2020.
Barton is passionate about protecting land holder rights and enjoys connecting with county commissioners across the state on issues monitored by the KNRC. She joined the organization in mid-2021 as an Analyst and moved to the Executive Director role in January 2022.
Sr. Policy Advisor
Beginning at age thirteen, Jim Carlson spent his summers exploring the backcountry of the Continental Divide in the Rocky Mountains of his native state of Colorado. As time passed and his love for adventure broadened, his excursions through the Grand Canyon, across southern Utah, and within the badlands of central Nevada yielded a hardened tenacity and the conviction that something is only impossible until somebody actually does it.
Thirty years of experience at coal-fired power plants, as a project manager over large electrical infrastructure projects, in landfill operations, and as a governmental policy activist demonstrated to Carlson that without fundamental change, federal agencies will continue transitioning away the congressional mandates that form the basis of their authority to the detriment of individual freedoms and life, liberty, and personal happiness.
Expansion of federal administrative powers can only be countered through Congressional action or through checks by units of county government. Through the 10th Amendment, state constitutions, and state legislative actions, county governments have been delegated specific authority over property taxation, local police powers, health and safety and infrastructure. For over a decade and through two dozen government-to-government initiatives, Carlson has demonstrated that trained county commissioners can effectively wield their legislated and constitutional authorities to slow, check, change, or stop federal initiatives before they are imposed at the county level.
Carlson currently serves as the chairman of Boundary Line Foundation. He was integral to the startup of KNRC and served as the Executive Director from August 2013 to December 2021.
Communications and Research Analyst
Norman MacLeod was born in Vermont, where he received his education in forestry at the University of Vermont prior to entering the Air Force, from which he retired in 1997. Combining his education and military experience, he launched Gaelic Wolf Consulting, specializing in natural resource policy and government relations.
Involved with projects around the nation, his concern for the quality of science used in the regulatory community led him to become one of the founders of the Environmental Sciences Independent Peer Review Institute, a non-profit that built capacity to perform rigorous independent peer review of the science used to inform public policy.
Norm has experience working with state legislators and members of Congress as part of his work for his clients. He played a key role in the development of first-of-kind scientific integrity legislation in the State of Washington.
His work with local governments focuses around the full exercise of their inherent role, power, and authority through the exercise of the Tenth Amendment’s principle of reserved powers. He emphasizes the importance of ensuring protection of both the natural and human environment to achieve productive harmony between the two in full support of vibrant local economies. Mr. MacLeod’s practice areas include issues involving water resources, fisheries, agricultural and ranching practices, energy production, and Endangered Species Act listing and recovery processes.
Norm joined KNRC as a communications analyst in November 2016.