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

Executive Director
Ken Williams, kwilliams@wildlife.org
Byron Kenneth Williams joined The Wildlife Society in March, 2013, as Executive Director after retiring from the USGS as Chief of the Cooperative Research Units, a natural-resources science program with research units at 40 universities in 38 states. He was also co-director of the USGS Science and Decisions Center, where he focused on adaptive management, valuation of ecosystem services, and advancing the use of science in natural-resources decision making. Ken holds MS degrees in mathematics from the University of Oklahoma and statistics from Colorado State University, and a Ph.D. in rangeland ecology from Colorado State. He also held science and management positions at the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center in Maryland, the Office of Migratory Bird Management for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and FWS’s North American Waterfowl and Wetlands Office. Widely published, Ken recently served as lead author of the Department of the Interior’s science-based Adaptive Management Technical Guide, Adaptive Management Applications Guide, and The USGS Ecosystem Science Strategy.
Chief Operating Officer
Ed Thompson, ethompson@wildlife.org
Ed 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 partnerships and sponsorships. At TWS, Ed leads the organization’s strategy and execution for membership, products and services, development and sponsorship, TWS local and student chapters relations, annual conference, website, and IT. Ed holds a B.A. in political science from Gettysburg College.
Director of Publications and Communications/Editor-in-Chief
Nancy Sasavage, nancy.sasavage@wildlife.org
Nancy 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 NorrisDirector of Government Affairs & Partnerships
Keith A. Norris, AWB®, keith.norris@wildlife.org
Keith 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.