Congratulations to TWS’ Leadership Institute Class of 2019

By Jamila Blake

Sunrise at Haleakala National Park, Hawaii. The Leadership Institute Class of 2019 represents 8 states and 5 sections of TWS. ©lwtt93

The Wildlife Society is pleased to announce the Leadership Institute Class of 2019. Each year, a group of 10 early career wildlife professionals are selected from a competitive pool of applicants to participate in TWS’ flagship leadership training program. Starting in May, participants will engage in a variety of distance learning and hands-on projects and develop a greater understanding of how to apply leadership action in their professional career. The Leadership Institute will culminate at TWS’ 26th Annual Conference in Reno, Nevada this October with a series of workshops and seminars.

Leadership Institute participants are selected by a committee of TWS members and staff based on academic record, evidence of leadership capability or potential, demonstrated level of excellence in their current position, and commitment and involvement in TWS.

Leadership Institute Class of 2019:

  • Auriel Fournier, AWB – Forbes Biological Station–Bellrose Waterfowl Research Center, Illinois Natural History Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • John Kinsey, CWB – Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
  • Julia Nawrocki, AWB– Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
  • Dustin Ranglack, CWB – University of Nebraska at Kearney
  • Bill Severud, AWB– University of Minnesota
  • Phillip Stephenson, AWB– U.S. Geological Survey, Tennessee
  • Jake Haus, AWB– Bemidji State University, Minnesota
  • Angela Larsen– National Council for Air and Stream Improvement, South Carolina
  • Molly O’Grady– Research Cooperative of the University of Hawaii
  • Justin Shew– Lewis and Clark Community College/The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center, Missouri

Over the course of their Leadership Institute experience, this cohort will have the opportunity to interact with TWS Council and senior staff, participate in mentorship activities with established TWS members, and take part in discussions with leading wildlife professionals.

Congratulations to the Leadership Institute Class of 2019!

Learn more about The Wildlife Society’s Leadership Institute.

Jamila Blake is The Wildlife Society's Professional Development Coordinator.
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