Workshop instructors

Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Biology
Purdue University
I taught at Purdue University in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources of 35 years, teaching several courses, including Habitat Management and Wildlife Techniques. Research interests were broad, and included white-tailed deer food relationships and avian breeding biology.
I have taught participants at Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow workshops since shortly after its inception, and try to bring my broad background and eclectic interests to the program.
Retired Wildlife Biologist
NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation
Mike was employed for over 36 years with the NYS Dept. of Environmental Conservation as a Wildlife Biologist and Environmental Educator. In that capacity, Mike worked on white-tailed deer, river otters, hunter and trapper education and summer environmental education camps. Mike has been working as an instructor for CLfT for 9 years. Taught undergraduates, graduate students and natural resources professionals in Vermont, Illinois, Arkansas and Georgia about conservation management. Participated in assessment of curricula. Love being part of the program and look forward to each and every workshop!
Assistant Professor and Program Director Natural Resources Management
Green Mountain College
Val grew up in a small town in Upstate NY and was an outdoors enthusiast at an early age. From the time she could say "zoologist", she knew she wanted to work with wildlife and conservation. She spent much of her time hunting and fishing with her family, who instilled an appreciation for wilderness in her and encouraged her love for wildlife. She completed her undergraduate at Cazenovia College, majoring in Environmental Studies. She then ventured to Murray State University for a Master's in Biology where she studied the impacts of roads on a population of copperheads in Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area. She returned to the Northeast to Binghamton University for her PhD where she studied movement patterns and population structure of the eastern tiger salamander on Long Island. She then worked for 2 years at the Bronx Zoo as a Curatorial Fellow in the Herpetology Department and then spent a year working for the Wildlife Conservation Society studying bison in Montana. She is currently Assistant Professor and Program Director of Natural Resources Management at Green Mountain College. Her current research focuses on human influences on wildlife health. She is a certified Hunter's Safety Instructor for both archery and firearms in Vermont. She also teaches courses on Hunting History, Ethics, and Management, and Wild Game Preparation at GMC. In her spare time, she does all things outdoors with her husband, baby daughter, and 5 dogs.
Master's Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Associate Professor
South Dakota State Univeristy
I am a hunter, fisherman, birder, photographer, husband, dad and grandpa! I am a faculty member in the Department of Natural Resource Management at South Dakota State University; I teach Upland Game Management, Waterfowl Management, Wildlife Management and Ornithology. I've been fortunate to be able to work in my home state, where I grew up on a small family farm milking cows and hunting/fishing whenever I got a chance! Hunting and fishing as a youth have largely shaped my life and livlihood as an adult. I am so grateful for the opportunity to work in the CLfT family that offers me the opportunity to share my passion for our hunting traditions and their importance in conserving our natural resources.
Hunting Heritage Biologist
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission
Walter “Deet” James is the Hunting Heritage Biologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission; a position he’s held since 2008. Deet grew up in east central Pennsylvania and was introduced to hunting and fishing by an uncle. After nearly 25 years in the manufacturing industry, Deet’s passion for the outdoors led him to pursue a career in wildlife and currently dedicates his time both personally and professionally to maintaining the hunting culture.
Deet has been a CLfT instructor since the program began describing the experience as one of the most enjoyable and rewarding facets of his "relatively" short wildlife career.
Hunter Education Program Administrator
Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife
Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University
Prior to serving on the faculty at Mississippi State, he retired in 2001 from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, where he served as National Program Leader for Wildlife and Recreational Fisheries for 23 years, before that he worked as a Wildlife Management Biologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of the Interior in Washington, D.C. in 1978-79. Prior to coming to D.C. with USFWS, he served as State Extension Forester and Wildlife Specialist for the University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service from 1967 to 1978. An Alabama native, Jim went to college at several Universities in Alabama, and to graduate school at the University of Florida, where he studied bobwhite quail. The year 2013 marks his 68th year of hunting, which began with a Daisy red Ryder BB gun in 1945. Jim has hunted game animals, with wild turkeys being his favorite species, throughout most of North America, and in several other countries including South Africa in 2012. He has taken turkey gobblers in 41 U.S. States and in Mexico. He is an avid bow hunter, upland game hunter, firearms collector, and has owned several hunting dogs from beagles to pointing dogs. He has been married to his wife Doris, for over 50 years and they have two sons and a 14-year old grandson who killed his first spring gobbler in 2011 and is another of his favorite hunting companions. A wildlife manager, administrator, and educator for more than 48 years, he continues to actively contribute to the profession, consult with others and work on their own small farm which they manage in north Alabama for trees and wildlife. Jim is a Life member of the Wildlife Management Institute and the National Wild Turkey Federation, an Associate member of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and an Honorary Member, and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. He served The Wildlife Society (TWS) as a state Chapter President for two different Chapters, was elected and served two terms as Southeastern Section Representative to TWS Council, was later elected as a TWS Officer for 4 years and served as President of the Society in 1998-99. He has been a member of TWS since 1963, a Certified Wildlife Biologist (CWB) since 1979, and in 2007 was the recipient of the Aldo Leopold Memorial Award presented by TWS.
Migratory Game Bird Biologist
US Fish & Wildlife Service
Chris Dwyer is a Migratory Game Bird Biologist for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He has served in this capacity since 2006, working with State and Federal partners in the U.S. & Canada to support science-based conservation and harvest management of game birds. From 1996-2006, Chris served as a Wetland Wildlife and Furbearer Biologist with the Ohio Division of Wildlife (ODOW), where he developed research, monitoring and public communication programs to improve furbearer management within the State. He also served as the State Coordinator in the testing and development of Best Management Practices for Furbearer Traps and Trapping in the U.S. His efforts also led to the first regulated trapping season for river otters in Ohio following their successful reintroduction in the early 1980’s, built around strong science and communication efforts within the agency, and more importantly, with the public. Prior to working with ODOW, he was employed as a Wildlife Research Biologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Wildlife Services and as a Wildlife Technician with the U.S. Geological Survey, Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Station. Chris is a volunteer instructor with CLfT, and a volunteer Trapper Education instructor with the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife Hunter Education Program.
Firearms and hunting safety instructor
NRA, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Laura is a Certified NRA Shotgun,Rifle, Pistol, Personal protection in the Home, Personal Protection outside the Home, IL Conceal Carry instructor, and a Certified Volunteer Hunter Safety/Tree stand Instructor for Illinois DNR. Besides the shooting sports she enjoys teaching archery, fly fishing, cooking, beekeeping and various Boy Scout merit badges. She is a big and small game hunter, and has traveled extensively to hunt and fish. She is an elected Trustee for the Village of Campton Hills, IL, former instructor at Country Garden Cuisine cooking school, a Certified Master Gardener in Illinois and Florida, a beekeeper and a Nationally Certified Medical Technologist. She is a member of Trout Unlimited, NRA, Boy Scouts of America, St. Charles Sportsman’s club, Rochelle Wildlife Conservation club, and Sisters on the Fly.
Professor Emeritus, Certified Wildlife Biologist
North Carolina State University
I am Emeritus Professor in Fisheries, Wildlife, Conservation Biology, NC State (1973- retired 2007). Courses Taught include Wildlife Population Management, Wildlife Field Studies, Fisheries and Wildlife Law/Policy & Administration, Intro Wildlife Mgmt, Forest Wildl Mgmt, Readings In Classic Wildlife Lit.
I mentored undergrad and grad students my entire career and sought to share my wonder of all things natural, and my approach to understanding natural systems so that intelligent, science based management and conservation could be implemented. Pursuant to these goals, I conducted & directed research
for many years with endangered species (red-cockaded woodpeckers and alligators), game species (northern goshawk, ruffed grouse, American woodcock, northern bobwhite, white-tailed deer, black bear) and several "non game" critters (eastern bluebird, reddish egret, gray fox, spotted skunk, raccoon).
An avid hunter, fisher, birder with a global life bird list over 1783, I cherish my outdoor time and love to share experiences with folks new to such activity.
I especially like to share the "story" of hunting and attempt to familiarize non hunters with the very strong emotional ties that link my very being with the hunt. This is why I continue my association with CLfT: so that I can share a bit of what hunting is about with young professionals so they may begin to understand what drives some people to hunt.
Conservation Officer
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Jacob Berl is a Conservation Officer with Idaho Department of Fish and Game. He earned a B.S. from Humboldt State University, M.S. from West Virginia University, and Ph.D. from Purdue University. Jacob enjoys hunting, fishing, and traveling as much as possible.
CLfT National Coordinator
Prior to coming to CLfT, David was a Captain with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division where he served for 27 1/2 years in a variety of positions including Field Officer, Environmental Investigator, Homeland Security Coordinator, Training Administrator and the Education and Training Section Commander. David holds a number of instructor certifications and specialties that includes: ILETB Master Instructor, Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor (Handgun, Shotgun and Patrol Rifle), 4H Shooting Sports Shotgun Instructor, Muzzleloading Rifle, Range Safety Officer, Indiana and Illinois Hunter Education Instructor and Indiana Trapper Education Instructor. David is a 1980 graduate of Vincennes University with an Associate of Science degree in Conservation Law Enforcement and a graduate of the 191st Session of the FBI National Academy. He is a three-term president of the Association of Natural Resource Enforcement Trainers (ANRET)(now a subcommittee of NAWEOA). David served as Secretary of the International Hunter Education Association, IHEA from 2009 to 2011.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Indiana Department of Natural Resources
Tim is an 19-year employee of the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Division. Tim’s duties are the coordination of the department’s hunter education program. This program has expanded over the years to include many new and engaging educational programs such as Indiana’s National Archery in the Schools Program. Tim was appointed the State Coordinator for this program in December of 2005. During Tim’s career, his involvement in the shooting sports and hunting has strengthened his abilities to lead the department’s outdoor education programs to a new level. With over 37 years of volunteering and working to promote outdoor activities, Tim holds numerous training certifications from various organizations that promote and encourage the use of our great natural resources.
Professor and Department Chair
Brigham Young University
Brock is a professor of Wildlife Ecology in the Department of Plant and Wildlife Sciences at Brigham Young University. His current research is focused on population and community ecology of mammals, conservation of mammals, and behavior of mammals. Current projects include population ecology of mule deer, resources selection and movements of elk, interactions between feral (a.k.a. wild) horses and native wildlife, reintroduction ecology of river otters, distribution and conservation of kit fox, population ecology of mouflon sheep in Hawaii, and community ecology of desert small mammals.

Brock is married and has four children and one grandchild. He loves spending time with them, especially when it involves the outdoors.

Brock is an avid hunter and spends many days each year pursuing everything from gamble's quail (with his springer spaniel named Boone) to elk. He loves to bow hunt and his ultimate passion is to chase high country mule deer.
Assistant Professor
Utah State University
Dave is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Wildland Resources at Utah State University (USU), Logan, UT. Dave's appointment consists of Extension and research responsibilities, where the majority of work is focused on wildlife and rangeland issues with an emphasis on grouse conservation. He completed his BS, MS, and PhD degrees at USU, where his graduate work focused on sage-grouse. Following some post-doctoral work he joined the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism as the Upland Game Specialist managing statewide populations of pheasants, quail, prairie-chickens, and turkeys. He grew up in Bismarck, North Dakota, where he spent many days studying "the impact of high speed spherical lead objects and canine pursuit on the mortality rates of upland game birds." His love for hunting is kept alive by his German Shorthaired Pointers who he tried to get out hunting and conducting research with as often as possible. Dave also has a lovely wife and 3 young daughters who keep him on his toes and grounded. He appreciates those who have not been exposed to hunting but who want to understand the role hunting plays in conservation. He's especially aware and thankful for the rich history hunters have contributed to North American wildlife conservation.
Undergraduate Program Coordinator
Department of Fisheries & Wildlife @ Michigan State University
Outdoor Education Specialist
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Hunting and Shooting Sports coordinator for the state of Nebraska for a decade. Hunter for three decades.
Aquatic Invasive Species Program Coordinator
Iowa Department of Natural Resources
Kim Bogenschutz is the Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) Program Coordinator for the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (IDNR). She has developed and directed the IDNR AIS Program since its inception in 2000. Prior to her current position, she worked for the Minnesota DNR, US Fish and Wildlife Service, Iowa Department of Transportation, and IDNR in a variety of capacities including fisheries management, private lands restoration, environmental review and permitting, and nongame wildlife. Kim is vice-chair of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Invasive Species Committee, past chair of the Mississippi River Basin Panel on Aquatic Nuisance Species, and is on the Board of Directors for the Midwest Invasive Plant Network. A native of Minnesota, Kim earned a BA in Biology from Gustavus Adolphus College and an MS in Fisheries Science from South Dakota State University. In addition to CLfT, she shares her love of the outdoors as an instructor for Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Iowa Outdoors Woman. Kim, her husband, Todd, and their daughter, Veronica Brooke, reside on 50 acres along the bluffs of the Des Moines River in Madrid, Iowa, with their two bird dogs. In addition to fishing, hunting, and boating, she enjoys attending her daughter’s dance and sports events, spending time at the family cabin in Minnesota, and coaching cheer and dance teams.
Professor Emeritus
Utah State University
Michael L. Wolfe, grew up on Long Island, New York. He received a B.S. in Wildlife Management from Cornell University and a doctorate in Wildlife Science from the University of Göttingen, Germany. After a postdoctoral research position working on the Isle Royale moose/wolf project, he joined the faculty of the (USU) College of Natural Resources in 1970, where he taught a spectrum of terrestrial wildlife and natural resource courses, . Mike’s principal research interests were in the area of ungulate and carnivore ecology and management. He worked with several cervid species as well as bison, mountain goats and feral equids and led a 17-year study of cougars in Utah. He had a long working relationship with management agencies, including a two-year contract with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as Mammals Program Coordinator. Mike has also lived and worked extensively abroad, including in the former Soviet Union, Australia and South America. These teaching and research assignments were under the auspices of various exchange programs including the Fulbright Commission, Organization of American States and the National Academy of Sciences. Currently, he is actively involved in wetland restoration on a conservation easement along the Bear River in northern Utah. Mike is a life-long hunter, but shares this avocation with other interests such as curling, nature photography and playing the concertina. He has been an instructor with the CLfT program since 2009.
Wildlife Biologist (Natural Resource Specialist)
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department
Game Division Manager
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Anis is the current Game Division Manager for the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. He holds a M.S. in Wildlife Management from Utah State University. He suffers from wander lust and has held wildlife positions in 4 state wildlife agencies and 1 private ranch. His experience spans a diverse geography and taxonomy. He has manged large ungulates, birds and carnivores in Utah, Idaho, Arizona and Washington. His career started researching rangeland treatments on sagebrush steppe habitat. He started hunting with his uncle in the woods of Maine as a young adult. He enjoys hunting, fishing and anything that gets him outside.
General Manager
Wing & Barrel Ranch
Philip H Dietrich II, currently the general manager of Wing & Barrel Ranch located in Sonoma, California catering to the heart of wine country and those that frequently visit it. Prior at Five Star Plantation, the South’s Premier quail facility. And Before that he was the General Manager of Prospect Hall Shooting Club, a private hunting and shooting facility serving world class wing shooters of the Washington D.C. area. He is NSCA level II certified shooting instructor. Between coaching shooting and Dog handling, he loves being a slave to an age-old trade. He has a diversified professional background in land management, habitat & herd management along with shooting sports course layout and design. In addition, he was the Area Chairman of Eastern Panhandle of Ducks Unlimited when hosting the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Vote. A graduate of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia with a BS in Sports Management with a Business Minor. He was born and raised in the northeast corner of Ohio where he was mentored by family and friends at an early age in the world of conservation through hunting and shooting sports. Phil enjoys hunting waterfowl, upland birds and anything with feathers using great dogs, the best shotguns with the finest of companions. He loves to collect all shotgun shell boxes from old, new, used, full or even empty depending on its rarity. He is committed to introducing educating and passing along the heritage of hunting and shooting sports.
Associate Professor
Ohio State University School of Environement and Natural Resources
Robert J. Gates is Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Management in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at Ohio State University. Bob grew up and began hunting with his father in east central Wisconsin, after which his family moved to the hunting paradise of eastern South Dakota, where he received his B.S. in Wildlife Science from South Dakota State University. Bob’s graduate degrees were from Montana State University (M.S.) and Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (Ph.D.). Bob’s travels have provided many memorable hunting, fishing and other outdoors activities that he has shared with family and friends in 19 states/provinces in the U.S. and Canada. He is most proud of passing on the hunting and fishing traditions to his younger brother Dale, and to his sons Eric and Jared. Bob is an avid bird hunter who most enjoys hunting pheasants and prairie grouse over pointing dogs (especially Brittanys) and also hunts doves, waterfowl and big game. Bob has taught classes and conducted research with graduate students for nearly 30 years, first at Southern Illinois University, and currently at Ohio State University. His research interests are primarily focused on ecology and management of upland game birds, waterfowl and other wetlands-dependent wildlife, and conservation of wetlands and early successional habitats. He has been a member of The Wildlife Society (TWS) for more than 30 years, serving as state chapter president in Illinois and Ohio, and President
Regional Supervisor
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Area Wildlife Biologist
USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service
Noe is the Area Wildlife Biologist for USDA-NRCS in northeast Colorado. She works with farmers and ranchers to develop high quality wildlife habitat on privately owned lands.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management
Sul Ross State University/Borderlands Research Institute
Dr. Ryan S. Luna is a Research Scientist with Borderlands Research Institute and an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Management in the Department of Natural Resource Management at Sul Ross State University. He teaches curriculum associated with the Wildlife Management program, and is a faculty advisor to the Range and Wildlife Club. Ryan’s interests focus on habitat use and foraging ecology. His primary research pertains to upland game bird ecology and management, and control techniques for feral hogs.

Prior to joining BRI, Ryan obtained a PhD at Texas State University. While at Texas State, he was a Doctoral NSF Fellow working in a GK-12 program. When not in middle school classrooms getting students interested in science, Ryan was working on his dissertation which focused on body size, rumen-reticulum functions, and dietary nutrition of white-tailed deer. Prior to his doctoral work, he earned an MS from the University of Texas at San Antonio. During this period he worked for the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio performing behavioral assays on Rhesus Macaques. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Texas Tech University, Ryan worked as a Game Warden for New Mexico Department of Game and Fish until he returned to Texas to begin his master’s and doctoral work.
President/Owner
Beartooth Strategies, LLC
I am owner/principal of Beartooth Strategies, a private environmental consulting business focusing on public policy, public lands, energy development and conservation of fish and wildlife resources and a Partner in Conservation First Enterprises. I am currently the Executive Director for the North American Grouse Partnership, senior energy advisor for The High Lonesome Ranch and senior policy advisor for the Mule Deer Foundation. I am the former Director for the TRCP Center for Responsible Energy Development and spent 16 years working for the BLM and Forest Service as a wildlife specialist in Wyoming, New Mexico, and Oregon.. I earned a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Wyoming emphasizing on environmental policy and B. S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from the Pennsylvania State University. I am a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist, TWS Fellow, Past President of the WY TWS Chapter, and the past Chair of the Editorial Advisory Board for The Wildlife Society’s magazine, The Wildlife Professional. I am former board member of the North American Grouse Partnership and I am a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. I reside in Red Lodge, Montana with wife, 2 kids, and 2 labs.
Associate Professor and Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center
Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment, University of Connecticut
Jason Vokoun is the Interim Head of the Dept. of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Connecticut. He is also the Director of the Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation Center. His research team focuses of applied fisheries conservation issues with themes centered on fragmentation in stream networks, and the potential implications of fisheries induced evolution in recreational fisheries. Jason is a lifetime hunter and angler, and enjoys broad participation in many different outdoors pursuits (perhaps because he isn't that good at any one of them.)
Professor Emeritus of Wildlife Resources
Pennsylvania State University
Gary grew up in West Virginia and received degrees from West Virginia University, Clemson University and Colorado State University. He has lived, hunted and fished in seven states and has hunted in North Carolina with the same group of friends for more than 30 years. Gary cofounded the North Carolina Fur, Fish and Game Rendezvous, a natural resources youth summer camp, and team-taught the shooting sports component of the program for eight years. He is an instructor for wildlife ecology and shooting sports at the American Wilderness Leadership Schools. His current interests include wildlife damage management, shooting sports, natural resources public relations, human dimensions and environmental education. He taught Fisheries and Wildlife Conservation and Natural Resources Public Relations at Penn State and North Carolina State University. Gary is now an Emeritus Professor of Wildlife Resources at Penn State University. He was on the original planning for CLfT. jgs9@psu.edu
Wildlife Biologist
US Fish and Wildlife Service
Tom Decker is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and works for the US Fish & Wildlife Service in Region 5 (Northeast Region). Previously Tom worked for 15 years for Vermont Fish and Wildlife and 9 years for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife holding several positions including Furbearer Biologist, Director of Wildlife, and Director of Operations. Tom is a life member of the American Society of Mammalogists. He has been a member of The Wildlife Society since 1988 and is a TWS Fellow and National Conservation Leadership Institute Fellow. Tom is a certified hunter education and trapper education instructor in Massachusetts and a hunting instructor in the Vermont 4-H Shooting Sports program. Tom has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and a Bachelor’s degree in Geography from Worcester State University. He lives in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont and spends much of his time gathering wild edibles and fishing, trapping and hunting moose, waterfowl, deer, grouse, pheasant, squirrels and turkeys.
Outdoor Education Project Administrator
North Dakota Game and Fish Department
Brian has been a CLfT Instructor since 2014. He graduated from Unity College in Maine in 2009 with a B.S. in Wildlife and again in 2013 from South Dakota State University with a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences. He began his career working as an Education and Outreach Coordinator with Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever in Kansas. In 2015, Brian returned to North Dakota to work in the Education Section of the Game and Fish Department where he works to share his knowledge and passion for the state’s rich hunting heritage.
Brian’s fondest memories of his youth are of hunting with his Father on the hardwood ridges surrounding his childhood home in the Pocono Mountains of eastern Pennsylvania. He will always be a proud Pennsylvanian, but the vast public lands and abundant hunting and fishing opportunities of the west forced him to call the prairie home. He currently resides in Bismarck, North Dakota with his Yellow Labrador, Patton.
Prof.
Purdue University
Andrew DeWoody is a professor in the Dept. of Forestry & Natural Resources at Purdue University. He is a long-time hunter and has been involved with CLfT for nearly a decade. Most recently (2017), he helped teach CLfT's first annual "Hunting for Conservation" workshop in Texas.
Ph.D. Candidate
Michigan State University
Randy Knapik is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Fisheries and Wildlife Department at Michigan State University. He is an Indiana native, but considers himself to be a Michigander by default since he spent the majority of his life on the water at his family’s lake cottage in Van Buren County. He was introduced to wildlife conservation by chasing cottontails and whitetails in the fields of the Midwest with his father and uncle. Randy received his Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University and completed his Master’s degree at Ohio State University researching survival and microhabitat use of northern bobwhite. His Ph.D. research is a partnership between USDA-APHIS Wildlife Services and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and focuses on demographics and movement of mute swans in Michigan. Randy began as an Intern with CLfT in 2009 and has been instructing at workshops since 2010.
Past Chairman, Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board
Rob has been involved with CLfT since 2008 and continues to find it motivating, challenging and extremely satisfying. He has served on both the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Board (Chairman) and the F&W Advisory Committee. A "student" of public regulation, he believes in the regulatory process works when all of the "players" understand and fulfill their obligations. Also, a current Trustee and past President of the Barre Fish and Game Club, the largest private shooting and hunting club in Vermont. Other relevant credentials include Hunter Education Instructor (20 years), Range Safety Officer, NRA certified Shotgun Instructor and have conducted many education shooting programs for kids and women. Rob grew up in a hunting and fishing culture in Minnesota.
After graduating from college in Biology, he took a position as the Minnesota "Research Co-coordinator for Scientific and Natural Areas" . After 3 years, he when back to school and became a Chiropractic Physician, moved to Vermont and has been in private practice since 1983. He owns and manages a 50 acre wood lot and spends as much time as possible outdoors.
Executive Secretary
Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies
Gordon retired as Chief Wildlife Biologist for the State of New York in 2015 following a 35 year career as a wildlife biologist with New York, and now serves with the Northeast Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies as Executive Secretary. Gordon is also very active on various committees of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. An enthusiastic deer and turkey hunter, Gordon especially enjoys taking novice hunters afield, and teaching about our trapping and hunting heritage during the CLfT workshops.
Extension Senior Wildlife Outreach Specialist
University of Wisconsin - Madison, Dept. of Forest & Wildlife Ecology
Jamie Nack has been a CLfT instructor since 2007. She received a B.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point in Wildlife and Biology and a M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Jamie considers herself very fortunate to have a father who was always willing to take his daughter hunting. The time spent and lessons learned helped instill a love for the outdoors at an early age, led to a career in wildlife, and nurtured a passion for hunting. Over the past 25+ years, Jamie has hunted deer, bear, bobcat, turkeys, rabbits, waterfowl, upland birds, fox and coyote. She is a member of numerous conservation organizations, including The Wildlife Society (state, section and national). Jamie resides in Columbus, Wisconsin with her husband, two daughters and two hunting dogs. Family time is often spent outdoors exploring, hunting, fishing, trapping, gardening, and catching toads and snakes in the backyard.
Professor Emeritus, Extension Wildlife Specialist and former Chair of the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Scott resides on 12 acres of restored prairie in Oregon, Wisconsin. A native of New Hampshire, he earned an undergraduate degree from the University of New Hampshire and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin—Madison. He began hunting by following his father and grandfather around the mountains of northern New England in pursuit of deer and grouse. He has been hunting for more than 40 years for deer, wild turkeys, upland birds and waterfowl. Scott served as state leader of the Wisconsin 4-H Shooting Sports program for 13 years and is a certified instructor for rifle and shotgun. With the help of several colleagues and friends, he launched the Wisconsin Student Hunting Project in 1995, which received national recognition several years later; it is the model on which CLfT was based. Scott has taught many wild game cooking classes and enjoys promoting game utilization. He is very active in The Wildlife Society and belongs to numerous other conservation organizations.
Chief, Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units
U.S. Geological Survey
I am Chief of the USGS Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units, a network of 40 research units in 38 states at major universities. I was Chief of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration for the Northeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service previously. I am also Adjunct Associate Professor of Wildlife Conservation at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Michigan State University, and Andres Bello University in Santiago, Chile. I am a Certified Wildlife Biologist and Past President and Fellow of The Wildlife Society. I am a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club, Life Member of International Hunter Education Association and Senior Specialist in the Fulbright Scholar Program. I am a member of the IUCN Otter Specialist and Sustainable Use and Livelihoods Groups, serve on the Board of Directors of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, and represent USGS on the Wilderness Policy Council. I advise MS and PhD students studying carnivores, ungulates, and human dimensions, and have worked in Africa, Canada, Chile, Peru, and the US. I'm Associate Editor of Human Dimensions of Wildlife journal, Science and Education Editor for Fair Chase, and teach graduate courses in Wildlife Conservation and Human Dimensions of Wildlife Conservation. I teach Hunter and Trapper Education in Massachusetts, and have hunted most of my life, feeling most alive and connected to nature when doing so. My trophies are wild game meals I serve to friends and family.
Wildlife Interpretive Specialist/ GA Project WILD assistant coordinator
GA Department of Natural Resources- Wildlife Resources Division
Amber Barrow has been working for the department of Natural Resources since 2011 as an environmental educator at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, GA. She also is a hunter education instructor who teaches at day programs and overnight youth hunting events. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Berry College. Amber grew up fishing with her family but started out learning about hunting at the age of 14. Her grandfather taught her about small game hunting for rabbits and squirrels. Later in college, her boyfriend (later to be husband) taught her about falconry and using hawks and other birds of prey to hunt squirrels, rabbits, and other small game. She fell in love with sport and continues to learn more each and every day about the hunting and its history. She loves to cook all kinds of wild game recipes and loves trying new things while outdoors. She currently goes small game hunting with her husband and now is studying to become a licensed falconer in Georgia.
CLfT Director
Conservation Leaders For Tomorrow
Zachary E. Lowe is the Director of the Conservation Leaders Tomorrow Program, which is housed within the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation in Dundee, Il. He has a diverse professional background working within the disciplines of restoration ecology, research/extension, and conservation education. He holds a B.S. in Wildlife Science, a second in Fisheries and Aquatic Science, and a Ph.D. in Restoration Ecology from Purdue University where he maintains an Adjunct Faculty position within the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. A native to the Midwest, Zach grew up as an avid outdoorsman and is passionate about hunting. He engages in trapping and fishing as the time and the seasons allow. Zach enjoys the culinary rewards of hunting and gardening and finds the preparation of game and local foods to be a year-round connection to the family’s seasonal harvest. Zach severs on The Wildlife Societies Editorial Advisory Board and assist with several national working groups dedicated to how hunting angling and trapping can ensuring the future of conservation for the collective benefit of all things wild.
Dendrologist-Retired
Purdue University
I taught Dendrology, native shrub, and herbaceous I.D. at Purdue University for 30 years in the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources. My classes were taken by sophomores to Graduate students studying Wildlife and Forestry. My goal was always to impress upon students the value of understanding the importance of plant identification in managing habitat.
My role in Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow is to teach and educate our participants to the best of my ability about wildlife conservation in our country. Every single workshop is a treat and I look forward to next season.
Mosley Environmental Associate Professor/Extension Specialist
Alabama Cooperative Extension System/Auburn University
Mark D. Smith is a Mosley Environmental Associate Professor/Extension Specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension Systems in the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences at Auburn University. He received his B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University and a M.S. in Wildlife Sciences and Ph.D. in Forest Resources from Mississippi State University. His extension activities focus on helping landowners and natural resource professionals reduce damage caused by wild pigs. Mark is an active member of The Wildlife Society, serving in various capacities at all levels (student chapter to national) and is also an Alabama Hunter Education instructor. Mark’s introduction to the shooting sports, hunting, and fishing began at the age of 6 on a 160-acre woodland in northern Michigan. These early childhood experiences in the woods with family and friends played a key role in developing his insatiable quest for adventure. Over the ensuing years, Mark has hunted and fished through much of the United States, 4 Canadian Provinces, and Africa. Despite these far-flung adventures, his true love is rabbit hunting with a pack of beagle hounds. Labeled a “Damn Yankee” by many (a northerner who visits the South and doesn’t leave), he has since developed an unshakeable addiction to saltwater fishing. Thus despite a having a relatively good paying job, he remains continuously broke.
Wildlife Management Biologist, Habitat Stamp Program Coordinator
Bureau of Land Management, Taos Field Office
CLfT Instructor- Hunter Education Instructor
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
Michael Kolsun has been a volunteer Hunter Education instructor for the Vermont F&W department for 28 years. He is certified in hunter, bow and trapper education and currently serves as a Chief Instructor. Growing up in a non hunting family, he was mentored into hunting in his early twenties. After all the help he received, the importance of 'paying it forward' lead him to becoming a certified instructor. Through networking in his local community, he now has a team of 12 instructors, teaching a hands on, interactive, experiential based class.
He has attended the Tom Brown Tracker School, learned to make primitive longbows with John McPherson, is an avid hand loader of ammunition and has spent time as a primitive rendezvous/fur trade era, muzzle loader competitor. Taking the hunt to a deeper level of satisfaction, which includes butchering and caring for ones harvested game, is a year round pursuit.
As an Endowment member of the NRA, he has instructor ratings in pistol and shotgun. After retirement from UPS, he has started Vermont Advanced Shooting Sports (V.A.S.S.), a post hunter education school, to facilitate the new shooter with limited mentoring opportunity.
Michael and his wife, Molly Cook, live on 38 acres in the Northeast Kingdom in Brighton, VT. They spend their time managing their land to sustain wildlife, hunting, fishing, shooting and enjoying the gifts that nature provides. Wild game meat in the freezer is their preferred diet.
Program Director and Instructor
University of Missouri
Thirty year career with Missouri Department of Conservation as researcher, administrator and outreach programs chief.

Outreach Programs Chief, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 2004-December 2009
Wildlife Research Supervisor, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1999-December 2004
Wildlife Research Biologist (wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, forest ecology, agricultural systems), Missouri Department of Conservation, August 1985-December 1998
Wildlife Biologist, Missouri Department of Conservation, January 1979-July 1985
As a Wildlife Research Biologist Mr. Kurzejeski has significant experience in designing and conducting research, often working closely with collaborators at the University of Missouri. His research included work on population dynamics of galliforms; impacts of Federal Farm programs on plant and animal species; influences of forest management on terrestrial and aquatic systems; and measuring the attitudes and preferences of resource user groups. During his career with the Department of Conservation his work involved both the biological and social sides of natural resource management. He led many agency-wide communication efforts aimed at gleaning public input from Missouri citizens. He supervised staff responsible for the development of hunting regulations and worked closely with all aspects of regulatory process.

Hunter Education Coordinator
Texas Parks and Wildlife Dept
Steve Hall graduated with a B. S. degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University in 1981. He served as Colorado Services Manager for the American Sportsman's Club from 1981 through 1984, and also as a hunter education instructor and employee of the Colorado Division of Wildlife. He moved to Texas in 1985 where he first served as assistant hunter education coordinator then as education and education & outreach director for a 26-year career with Texas Parks and Wildlife (TPW). While at TPW, Hall served as International Hunter Education Assn. (IHEA) president from 1993-1995. He also has served as vice president and board member of the National Bowhunter Education Foundation for 12 years. He has served as ‘Huntmaster’ for the Texas Youth Hunting Program, which he helped start in 1996. He has been inducted into both the IHEA and Texas Hunter Education Halls of Fame. After retiring in January 2011, he served as executive director for two years with the Texas State Rifle Association and then as executive director for IHEA-USA for 2 ½ years. He has returned to Texas Parks and Wildlife in August 2015 to be closer to family. He and his wife, Karen, have son, Ryan, who works for Southwestern Energy in Houston and daughter Sarah who is a senior at Texas A&M University. Steve is an avid bow hunter and fly fisherman and continues to volunteer to teach in many outdoor education programs.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Marisa was born in Ohio, moved to south Florida when she was 15 and to Alabama when she was 20 where she still resides today. As such she is very confused about her heritage and often hears the words, "You ain't from around here are ya?" or, from her relatives that still live in Ohio, "Girl, you sound like Tanya Tucker!" Raised in an anti-gun/anti-hunting family she ignited much controversy when she started hunting and participating in shotgun competitions in her late 20's.Currently she serves as the Hunter Education Coordinator for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources where she has been employed since 2005 and tries, rather unsuccessfully, to fit in.
Asst professor of Natural Resources Management
Grand Valley State University
Extension 4-H Natural Resource Specialist
Clemson University
Rick wears many different hats at Clemson University. He serves as the state's Extension 4-H Natural Resource Specialist with primary responsibilities of leading the state's 4-H shooting sports program. He also serves as coordinator for the University's shooting sports program which provides over 40+ hands-on classes for Clemson students which include shotgun, riflery, archery and hunting courses. Rick also manages the University owned shooting facility and serves as head coach for the competitive and highly successful Collegiate shotgun team. Rick has a BS and MS in wildlife management from Clemson University. He is married to his wonderful wife, Melody, for 20+ years and has two sons, age 19 and 22. Rick enjoys hunting and fishing with family and friends and in doing his part in the conservation of our wonderful natural resources. Rick brings his shooting education skills and his understanding of the role of hunters in conservation to the CLfT program.
Hunter Education Coordinator
Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Joe was born in North Carolina in the Smoky Mountains. He moved to the great state of Arkansas at the age of 8. His dad worked for the National Park Service and was stationed in Southeast Arkansas at Arkansas Post near the small town of Gillett. His life at that point involved many hours fishing on the banks of the Arkansas River, and many more hours were spent in the bottoms hunting and trapping.

Once graduating from Gillett High School, he enrolled at the University of Central Arkansas where he graduated with a BS in Geography in 1986.

He started working for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission in 1985. His first tour of duty was working part time at the Shooting Range located at Mayflower, AR. He worked his way up to Hunter Education Coordinator in 1992 and still currently holds this position.

Much of his roll in CLfT workshops have been to teach and stress safety in the use of firearms and other hunting equipment. His enjoyment comes from the success and confidence the participants have with a better understanding of the hunting community.
Retired
Idaho Dept Fish and Game
1961-70: BS Fish and Game Management, MS Wildlife Management, Oregon State University. Assistant in Veterinary Parasitology, Dept Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. 1970-1996: Conservation Officer, Wildlife Research Biologist, Regional Wildlife Manager, Idaho Dept Fish and Game. 1996-present: Wildlife contract and consultant work, fly fishing and hunting guide.
Conservation Officer, Sergeant
Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources, Law Enforcement Bureau
Joli began her career in conservation by volunteering and working seasonal positions in Colorado with the Student Conservation Association, the National Park Service, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and in Iowa with the Conservation Commission while attending and after graduation from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In 1989, Joli left Colorado to return home to the Midwest to start her (now 28 year) career as an Iowa Conservation Officer. In 1999, she expanded her role as a law enforcement trainer with the IDNR, accepting the new position of Training Coordinator and eventually becoming Supervisor of Licensing and Training for fifteen years. She is now coming full circle, back in the field.
Joli’s passions have evolved from law enforcement training and “education through enforcement” to introducing new audiences to conservation and natural resources recreation and appreciation through programs including Outdoor Journey for Girls and Becoming an Outdoors Woman. She also enjoys working with Iowa State University in outdoor skills programming, Hunter Education, class presentations, and presenting for over two decades with ISU’s Program for Women in Science and Engineering (STEM).
Joli enjoys trailrunning, bicycling, and paddling with her partner and dogs. She finds great joy and deep value in bird hunting (especially behind her late, beloved springer, Abbey), firearm and bow hunting deer from a treestand, and sitting in the spring woods calling turkeys.
Assistant Professor of Wildlife Habitat Ecology
Montana State University
Retired
John retired from the Nevada Department of Wildlife (NDOW) in October 2014 as Outdoor Education Coordinator, where he administered the agency’s statewide Hunter Education and Aquatic Education programs. John served as OEC from 2006-14 and in NDOW’s Conservation Education Division since 1998, after beginning his career with NDOW’s Fisheries Division at the Lake Mead Fish Hatchery outside Las Vegas. Shortly before retiring from state service John completed training to become a Certified Public Manager.

Shortly after retiring, John served a year (2015-16) as Interim Executive Director of the International Hunter Education Association-USA (IHEA-USA) - a non-profit dedicated to training hunters to be safe, ethical and legal - while leading the search for permanent ED. John also served IHEA-USA as Executive Board President, Region 1 Representative (15 western states), Past-Presidents Committee Chair and Nominations and Awards Committee Chair.

John grew up hunting and fishing in western Pennsylvania before enlisting in the U.S. Air Force after high school. He was stationed at Nellis AFB his entire USAF career before settling in Las Vegas. John has two children; Sean, Las Vegas and Katie, Reno. Sean graduated from UNLV (Rebel) and Katie UNR (Wolfpack), making for a good intra-family rivalry.

John’s interests/hobbies include hunting, fishing, travel, classic car restoration, gardening, wine, cooking, politics and numerous other outdoor sports.
Education Manager
Nebraska Game and Parks
Jeff is the Education Manager in the Communications Division with Game and Parks where he has worked for the last 15 years. He oversees the Hunter Education, Boater Education, Hunter Outreach and Shooting Range Development for the Commission and is a devout hunter, angler, wildlife viewer, naturalist, father and husband. He holds a BS and MS from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. He has been a Hunter Education Instructor for over 20 years, NRA firearms instructor and range officer, National Archery in the Schools Program Archery Instructor Specialist and member of the National NASP Board, sits on the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Hunter Recruitment and Retention Committee and Education Committee. Jeff is an avid handgun hunter, loves to chase turkeys in the spring, squirrel hunting enthusiast and philosopher of the outdoors. He is an avid shooter and loves to spend outdoor time with family and friends. He has a passion for exciting others about the outdoors. A history buff, Jeff is a strong supporter of our North American Model of Conservation and tries to spread the message of its importance and relevance every chance he gets. He as been a proud CLfT Instructor for 10 years.
Regional Director
Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission
Steve is a life-long hunter and fisherman who's passion for wildlife lead to his career in wildlife management. He has over 30 years of experience working in the wildlife profession in the Southeast and currently serves as Regional Director for Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He and his family are avid hunters and his passion is hunting whitetails, turkey and waterfowl. He has been a CLFT instructor since 2012.
Director
GA Wildlife Resources Division
Rusty Garrison serves as the Director of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division.
Mr. Garrison has been with DNR for 18 years having served most recently as the manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield, Georgia. He has served in numerous other capacities, including Assistant Chief of Game Management, State Coordinator of Project WILD, and Chief of the DNR Mountain Search and Rescue Team. Before his career with DNR, Mr. Garrison worked for the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service for nearly nine years.
Rusty has served as a CLfT instructor since 2012. He has assists with classes mostly at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Georgia; but also teaches at Max McGraw in Illinois and at facilities in Colorado and Idaho.
Mr. Garrison holds the degrees of Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences and a Master of Science in Wildlife Biology, both from the University of Georgia. He is active in his local community, having previously volunteered as a fire fighter and first responder for his county EMS. Mr. Garrison has traveled to over 65 countries while on mission trips and remains active in his local church. He is married to his wife Sue, has three daughters, and is a proud grandfather.
Associate Extension Professor
Mississippi State University
Dr. Wes Neal received his B.S in from Virginia Tech, and both his M.S. and Ph.D from North Carolina State University. He specializes in research on topics ranging from farm pond management to tropical fish ecology and management to sport fish genetic selection. Wes served as state Extension fisheries specialist in Arkansas for 4.5 years before joining the faculty at Mississippi State University in 2008 in the same role. He currently is an Associate Extension Professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Aquaculture at MSU. Wes is an avid angler and hunter, with a primary focus on connecting with nature and securing healthy natural meats for the freezer.
Maine Ecological Services Project Leader
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
The Ecological Services project leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Maine Field Office in East Orland, Maine! Anna has worked with the Service since 2009, and her journey has brought her from D.C. to the Pacific Northwest and now to the rocky coast, rolling mountains and forests of Maine.
President
The Longleaf Alliance
Robert has been the President of The Longleaf Alliance since 2012 and oversees all Alliance activities in the 9-state range of the Longleaf Pine. The Alliance has 17 staff members located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Robert has a BS from NC State in Wildlife Biology and a MS from LSU in Marine Science. With 39 years of wildlife and conservation related experience, he has worked all over the US and Canada on projects as varied as waterfowl and wetlands research, wild turkey restoration and habitat restoration of wetlands and longleaf pine forests. His passions are his family, turkey hunting and habitat restoration (especially longleaf) on the family farm in Duplin County North Carolina.
President
Bob Byrne Consulting
Currently, Bob is owner of Bob Byrne Consulting, a conservation consulting firm specializing in finding innovative solutions to conservation issues through strategic planning, programmatic reviews, evaluations, group facilitation and literature reviews.

Prior to forming his own company, Bob spent 30+ years in conservation where he worked for three state wildlife agencies, two conservation NGOs and a conservation-communications consulting firm.

Being an avid hunter and angler, Bob has a deep concern about passing on our hunting and fishing heritage on to future generations, and has focused much of his recent efforts on this task.

Some of his most recent projects include:

➢ Assisted The Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports (CHASS) and the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI) develop the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan that is being used as the framework to improve recruitment, retention and re-activation (R3) programs for hunting and the shooting sports.

➢ Assisted the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) and the Aquatic resources Education Association (AREA) develop a strategic plan for angler recruitment, retention and re-activation programs.
➢ Developed Environmental Stewardship Plans for 17 outdoor shooting ranges operated by the Wildlife Resources Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Bob can be reached at bobbyrne@skycasters.net or 540-937-2139.
North Texas Hunter Education Specialist
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Director, Business Development
Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Samantha Pedder is the Director of Business Development for the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports. Previously, she served as the Manager of Outreach and Diversity for the National Shooting Sports Foundation and the Hunting Outreach Specialist for the Pennsylvania Game Commission. Samantha has spent her career focusing on improving contemporary R3 practices through each of these organizations. Samantha holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Penn State University, a Master of Natural Resources from Utah State University and is currently pursuing a Master of Business Administration from Georgia Southern University.
Research Biologist and Administrator
Missouri Department of Conservation
I have worked for the Missouri Department of Conservation (Department) for 28 years. I currently am an administrator with the research division within the Department. Prior to serving as an administrator, I did nongame and endangered species research for the Department for 21 years.

I have served as an CLfT instructor for just a few years as of this writing. My favorite aspects of serving in CLfT are getting to know the highly motivated and talented students, sharing the camaraderie of fellow instructors, and having the opportunity to share the passion for outdoor opportunities with those who have yet to try the outdoor skills learned in CLfT. I think that no matter how many times I may serve as an instructor, I will always learn something new, whether it be a skill, a new perspective, or a greater understanding of the nation's wildlife and outdoor recreation heritage.
Retired Program Coordinator of the Centennial Campus Center for Wildlife Education
NC Wildlife Resources Commission
Retired from the NC Wildlife Resources Commission. Other jobs which are too numerous to mention but I will name a few. NC State Park Ranger, Education Director at the NC Museum of Forestry, Volunteer alligator researcher with Florida Fish and Game , Naturalist with SC Parks and Lenoir County Parks and Rec, and Boll Weevil Trapper. I love teaching at CLfT and meeting the new caretakers of our wildlife. I find it interesting to see the same problems and new problems in the Wildlife field. My hobbies are fishing, hunting, reading, writing and rehabbing wildlife.
PhD Student
South Dakota State University
Lindsey is a PhD student at South Dakota State University. Lindsey is currently researching Greater Sage-Grouse on the eastern fringe of their distribution, and is particularly interested in the impact of West Nile virus to the population. Lindsey received a B.S. in Ecology with an emphasis in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in 2010 as well as a M.S. in Secondary Education from Black Hills State University in 2015. Lindsey has been an instructor for CLfT since 2016. Hunting has been a big part of her life and culture since she was a child and she truly enjoys sharing her passion and knowledge about hunting with others.
Assistant Director
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Bill has an M.S. in Wildlife Science from Utah State University. He has worked for 35 years for the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources as a biologist, wildlife manager, coordinator, and chief of the wildlife section.
Orion-The Hunters'Institute
Eric is a retired Vermont Game Warden and Hunter Education Coordinator. His is the past executive director of the International Hunter Education Association and Orion-the Hunter's Institute. He currently serves on numerous boards including Orion, Backcountry Hunters and Anglers (BHA) and Lamoille River Paddlers Trail. An avid hunter and owner of an eager Brittany bird dog, he has a hard time finding time to do all the wilderness canoe trips, fishing trips to Montana and in Vermont, and the hikes in Norway that he would like to do. Eric has introduced hundreds of folks to the joys of the outdoors thru hunting, fishing and tripping, and touched thousands thru teaching, talks and writing. He is currently coordinating an ethics column in the BHA Outdoor Journal.
Director, Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology
Texas A&M University in San Antonio
RUDOLPH “RUDY” ROSEN, Ph.D., is a Visiting Professor and Director of the Institute for Water Resources Science and Technology at Texas A&M University in San Antonio, a Fellow of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and a former Research Associate at the Harte Research Institute for Gulf of Mexico Studies at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. He is a former Director of Wildlife, Fisheries and Coastal Resources for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and was also Executive Director of Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, where he served in the cabinet for the environment of two governors.

Dr. Rosen specializes in wildlife and fisheries conservation organization management, leadership, fundraising, and advocacy. He has served in international, national, and regional executive leadership positions in the National Wildlife Federation, Ducks Unlimited, and Safari Club International and its foundation. Rosen has served on over 130 nonprofit and government national and international boards, commissions and committees on fish and wildlife management, and has written over 500 articles, blogs and presentations on organizations, natural resources conservation, and policy. He has often appeared before the US Congress and state legislative bodies to testify on wildlife and fish resource conservation matters.
Vermont Fish and Wildlife Chief Hunter Safety Education Instructor, retired family practice nurse, saddlemaker, hunter, fisher and shooter. NRA Shotgun Certified Instructor
Southwestern Regional Wildlife Ecologist
USDA Forest Service
Karl grew up tromping around the hills and rivers outside his family home’s back door in rural northern Michigan. Throughout high school and college he funded his extracurricular adventures working as a first mate on a salmon boat, a fly fishing, canoeing, and hunting outfitter and guide, and as a professional consultant during the development of wildlife management and research programs. Karl’s interest in nature, conservation, wildlife, and protected area management led him to study the role of nature reserves in harboring large carnivores in southwestern China for his PhD in Wildlife Ecology, which he completed in 2011 through a joint appointment with the University of Wisconsin – Madison and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. These experiences fostered a deeper and more informed appreciation for America’s public lands system and inspired him to pursue a career with the United States Forest Service. Karl’s professional interests include ecological research, applying science to natural resource management, and promoting personal connections between people and the natural world. He has taught about the relationships among humans, wild land, and wildlife in the U.S. and abroad, and has developed and hosted international conservation workshops for global business leaders, conservationists, and political leaders. In his free time Karl, his wife, and their daughter enjoy exploring wild spots off the beaten path with their bird dogs, fly rods, and backpacks.
Program Manager of Furbearer Research and Trapping Policy
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Texas Game Warden
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Texas Game Warden since July 1988. Stationed on the lower Texas coast. Firearms Instructor, Standardized Field Sobriety Instructor, Marine Safety Enforcement Officer Instructor. I have been hunting creeks and fishing since a child with my grandpa and father. I enjoy migratory and waterfowl hunting. I also enjoy cooking. I am married to Jill Flores. We have 22 year old twins. Both pursuing grad school. My family and I take every opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. Living on the coast provides almost full opportunities to fish and hunt waterfowl. I have been able to pass on my knowledge to CLFT workshop students in regards to roles of law enforcement in regards to wildlife conservation. I also provide preparation information and sometimes prepare wildgame meals for CLFT programs.
Wildlife Biologist
Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Hunter Development Program Manager
GA-DNR Wildlife Resources Division
Walter Lane is the Hunter Development Program Manager for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GA-DNR). Walter has been a CLfT Instructor since 2009. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 1996 with a B.S. again in 1999 with a M.S. degree in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. He began working as a wildlife biologist with the GA-DNR in 1999 and worked on a habitat restoration project for northern bobwhite quail and other grassland songbirds. In 2001, Walter became the Project WILD Coordinator for Georgia and held that position for seven years before taking over as Program Manager of the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in 2007. Walter became the Hunter Development Program Manager for GA-DNR in 2010. Walter began hunting squirrels, doves, and deer with his uncles when he was a boy and has retained a passion for hunting, fishing and other outdoor sports. He began hunting waterfowl and turkeys after moving to Georgia in 1999. Walter has been married to a smokin' hot blonde from the NC Mountains for 12 years and they have two young boys who ensure there is never a dull moment in their lives.
Southwest Region Manager
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Patt Dorsey is a native Coloradoan and a graduate of “the” Colorado State University. She began her career with CPW in 1991 as the Boulder district wildlife manager (just as mountain lions were beginning to have an increasing presence on the Front Range). In 1999 she became Colorado’s Hunter Education Administrator and in 2003, she became an area wildlife manager in Durango. In 2013 she stepped up into her current position as the Southwest Region Manager. She has been recognized as Colorado's Shikar Safari Wildlife Officer of the Year in 2012, was presented with the International Hunter Education Association Past President’s Award in 2004, the Jim Jones Outstanding Employee Award in 2000, Most Creative Idea Award in 2008, Teamwork Award and Most Positive Employee awards in 1995.

Patt is an avid outdoors person and naturalist. She enjoys hunting, fishing, writing, photography, gardening and beadwork (using roadkill porcupine quills).
Grant Writer
Helen Hands is a grant writer for her local public radio and TV stations, after a 20-year career with the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. She was the biologist for Cheyenne Bottoms Wildlife Area and the statewide biologist for mourning doves, sandhill cranes, snipe, and rails. Her work at the Bottoms focused on evaluating the effectiveness of habitat-management techniques and on shorebirds. Growing up in a suburb of Chicago with non-hunting parents, she didn’t have an opportunity to hunt, but somehow developed an interest in wildlife biology. She pursued that interest at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.A. Biological Aspects of Conservation) and the University of Missouri-Columbia (M.S. Fisheries and Wildlife). Finally, in her early 30s her husband (retired Upland Game Bird Biologist for KDWP) trained her and their dog how to hunt. Now she avidly hunts pheasants, quail, and doves with her husband and black lab, Ernie. She keeps her hand in the wildlife management field by helping her husband conduct numerous prescribed burns on their land each year. Her other interests include reading, running, biking, backpacking, gardening, and following major league baseball.
Assistant Professor and Extension Wildlife Specialist
Iowa State University
Adam Janke is an Assistant Professor and the statewide wildlife extension specialist for Iowa State University based in Ames, Iowa. He does research and extension programming on wildlife habitat and wildlife conservation issues in Iowa and throughout the agricultural landscapes of the Midwest, working primarily with gamebirds. He earned a B.S. from Purdue University, a M.S. from Ohio State University, and a Ph.D. from South Dakota State University, all in wildlife. He is also certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society and serves as an associate editor for the Journal of Wildlife Management. He is a life-long hunter and enjoys spending time afield with his black lab Abby or time alone in the deer stand or turkey woods during the hunting seasons. Between seasons, he bides his time with golf, woodworking, and hockey among other hobbies in anticipation of the return of fall.
Director, Wildlife Policy & Programs
The Wildlife Society
Keith Norris is the Director of Wildlife Policy & Programs at The Wildlife Society, where he supports policies and professional development opportunities to empower, enable, and assist wildlife professionals in science-based management and conservation of wildlife and their habitats. He holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife from Purdue University, a M.A. degree in Public Policy & Management from the John Glenn College of Public Affairs, and a M.S. degree in Environment & Natural Resources – Wildlife and Fisheries at The Ohio State University, and is certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist®. His career has included positions in wildlife research, education, policy advocacy, leadership development, and program administration.