Leadership and Values

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Meet the Council


Bruce C. Thompson
Conservation Communications Consultant
10025 91st Avenue NE
Arlington, WA 98223
505-660-0533; bcthompson248@gmail.com
miller-darrenVice President
Darren A. Miller
Weyerhaeuser Company
P.O. Box 2288
Columbus, MS 39704
662-245-5249; dmiller.tws@gmail.com
Dr. John E. McDonald, Jr.
Department of Environmental Science
Westfield State University
577 Western Avenue
Westfield, MA 01086-1630
413-572-8393; twsmcdonald@gmail.com
Immediate Past-President
Gary E. Potts
609 North First Street
Vandalia, IL 62471
618-322-0758; gary.potts@sbcglobal.net


Section Representatives

JohansenNortheast (2017)
Paul R. Johansen
West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
324 Fourth Avenue
South Charleston, WV 25303
(304) 558-2771; paul.r.johansen@wv.gov
Southeastern (2018)
Mike Conner
Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center
3988 Jones Center Drive
Newton, GA 39570
(229) 734-4706 Ext. 278; mconner@jonesctr.org
john moriartyNorth Central (2019)
John J. Moriarty
Three Rivers Park District
12615 Rockford Road
Plymouth, MN  55441
763-694-7842; john.moriarty@threeriversparks.org
Lanka-125Central Mountains & Plains (2017)
Bob Lanka
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
5400 Bishop Boulevard
Cheyenne, WY 82006
(307) 777-4580; bob.lanka@wyo.gov
Southwest (2018)
Fidel Hernández
1700 University Boulevard, MSC 218
Kingsville, TX 78363-218; fidel.hernandez@tamuk.edu
Northwest (2019)
Harriet Allen
Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife
6218 18th Ave SW
Olympia, WA  98512
(360) 866-8754; hallen2009@comcast.net
Western (2019)
Cynthia Graves Perrine
(530) 570-7036; perrine.cynthia@gmail.com
Canadian (2018)
Arthur R. Rodgers
Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Centre for Northern Forest Ecosystem Research
955 Oliver Road, Thunder Bay,
Ontario, Canada P7B 5E1
(807) 343-4011; art.rodgers@ontario.ca

kristi confortinStudent Liaison
Kristi Confortin
Ball State University
2622 Falcon Street
East Meadow, NY 11554
(516) 672-3780; kaconfortin@bsu.edu


Meet the Senior Staff

Ed Thompson, CEO
ed@wildlife.orgEd Thompson joined The Wildlife Society in February, 2014 as Chief Operating Officer after acquiring more than 17 years of executive-level business leadership experience with the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, one of the largest membership organizations in the United States serving more than 375,000 members. During his tenure with AOPA, Ed held three different vice president positions that provided him with a wide range of experience in strategic planning and budgeting, member services, product marketing, business development, and corporate partnership and sponsorship. As COO of The Wildlife Society, Ed’s leadership helped the Society achieve significant membership and revenue growth while increasing the organization’s engagement with wildlife professionals, students and the general public through improvements to the Society’s website, e-newsletter, social media, and annual conference.

In July, 2017 Ed was promoted to CEO and Executive Director. In this role he provides innovative and collaborative leadership to ensure the Society fulfills its mission and achieves measurable progress on goals and objectives identified and prioritized by TWS Council in accordance with the organization’s Strategic Plan. Ed is responsible for The Wildlife Society’s staff, programs, and overall operational and fiscal integrity of the Society while striving to grow its membership and secure new sources of revenue and support for TWS programs and activities.

Nancy Sasavage, Director of Publications and Communications/Editor-in-Chief, The Wildlife Professional
nancy.sasavage@wildlife.orgNancy Sasavage joined The Wildlife Society in October, 2014 to lead the society’s publications and communications, including serving as Editor-in-Chief of The Wildlife Professional. She has extensive experience in developing and managing both print and digital communications for professionals in the health care field and served as editor of a monthly news magazine, Clinical Laboratory News. Nancy has worked with hundreds of expert authors throughout her career and is excited to join her interest in wildlife with her scientific editorial expertise. Earlier in her career, she worked at a biotechnology company and taught DNA sequencing in research laboratories around the world. Nancy holds two degrees in biochemistry — a B.S. from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and Ph.D. from Michigan State University. Her thesis work was on cloning and sequencing of the mRNA for bovine prolactin, a hormone produced in the pituitary gland.
Keith NorrisKeith A. Norris, AWB®, Director of Wildlife Policy and Programs
keith.norris@wildlife.orgKeith Norris has been with The Wildlife Society since February 2014. He holds a B.S. degree in Wildlife from Purdue University, a M.A. degree in Public Policy & Management from the John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and a M.S. degree in Environment & Natural Resources – Wildlife and Fisheries at The Ohio State University. Keith has previously worked in wildlife research for the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and in program administration for Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow. He has been a member of TWS since 2008, has been involved at all levels of TWS organizational units throughout his career, and is certified as an Associate Wildlife Biologist®. At TWS, Keith is responsible for overseeing TWS’ policy activities, providing support to TWS Chapters and Sections on conservation policy issues, strategically expanding TWS’ engagement with other organizations, and providing direction to the Society professional development and certification programs.