Board of Directors – Officers
Board of Directors
Board of Directors Bios
Stuart Watson is the founder of zFlo, Inc. a medical device and software distribution company with offices in Boston and Westbrook, Maine. He serves as an advisor to the Thomas J. Watson Foundation, which administers both the Thomas J Watson fellowship program and the Jeanette K. Watson fellowship program. Mr. Watson is the Chairman of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a member of the Brigham and Women’s Cardiovascular Research council and a member of the Harvard School of Public Health’s nutrition round table. Watson is a former Trustee of the Hotchkiss School, director of Big Brothers and Sister’s of MASS Bay, the Yale Parents Committee and the Brown Parent’s Committee. He served on the corporation of the Massachusetts General Hospital. He is the father of five and married to Karen B Watson.
Stuart and Karen are active outdoors people who like to ski and hike in Vermont. They fish in the summer in Long Island Sound and spend time sailing in Maine with family. Karen was a board member of Outward Bound International and has hiked extensively in Asia as a result.
Kathy Woodward has volunteered nearly 5,000 hours to the National Wildlife Refuge System since 1999 when she became a member of the newly-formed Friends of Great Swamp NWR, New Jersey. She is past president of the Friends, which was honored as Friends group of the Year, 2006. Currently, Mrs. Woodward helps lead educational walks, greets visitors at the Visitor Center, assists with the monthly environmental book group and leads a group of volunteers in the removal of invasive plants and restoration planting at Great Swamp NWR.
Mrs. Woodward was trained by Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior to become a Friends Mentor. She also visited many Refuges to help set up or improve their Friends groups. She presented and/or moderated sessions at several National Friends conferences and served on the steering committee for FWS Northeast Region 5 Friends Meetings. Mrs. Woodward also attended the first Refuge System Friends Academy training week in 2007. She represented volunteers at the national Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation conference in 2011.
Through travels, meetings and contacts, Mrs. Woodward continues to learn more about and appreciate the potential of the Refuge System, the Friends initiatives and the invaluable support of NWRA.
Treasurer- William Buchanan, Jr., New York, NY
Bill Buchanan is the CEO of Lazard Capital Markets LLC. He joined Lazard Frères & Co. in July 2006, as Head of U.S. Equity Capital Markets and Co-Head of U.S. Corporate Finance.
He has focused on raising equity capital for emerging growth companies for the majority of his investment-banking career. Previously, Mr. Buchanan had a number of positions at Cowen & company, including Head of Equity Capital Markets, Head of the Equity Commitment Committee, an officer of SG Cowen Ventures, and a member of Cowen’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining Cowen, he was the Deputy Head of the Global Equity Capital Markets Group at Salomon Smith Barney, now Citigroup. Mr. Buchanan has also worked in a senior capacity at Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse.
He currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Marianne. He has three children: William, Maggie, and Charlotte.
He graduated from the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.
Mr. Buchanan has served in a Board capacity for many non-profit organizations, including the Weir Farm Trust (affiliated with Connecticut’s only National Park), the Executive Council of AmeriCares, the international humanitarian organization (Stamford, CT), the Connecticut Advisory Board of the Trust For Public Land (San Francisco), and the Board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association (Committee Chair) in Washington.
Local non-profit board experiences include The New Canaan YMCA (Vice President), and The New Canaan Country School (Committee Chair).
Past Public Board experience includes EdenCare (NYSE), an extended-stay real estate company based in Texas.
Rob Morgan is an attorney who serves as a director, Secretary, and General Counsel of the NWRA.
He retired from Perot Systems, an information technology services company, in 2010 after 21 years. Before Perot he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. and before that as an Associate at Covington & Burling.
Rob earned an A.B. in History from Yale. He then served as a Lieutenant in the Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. After the Army he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as Articles Editor on the Law Review. After law school he clerked for a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York.
After 21 years as executive director, Edith Eddy recently retired from the Compton Foundation, a private foundation based in San Francisco that awards grants primarily in the areas of peace and security, environment and sustainability, and population and family planning.
Ms. Eddy has served as chair of the Management Committee of the Environmental Grantmakers Association, and was the lead founder of the Funders Network on Population, Reproductive Health and Rights, as well as one of the founders of the Peace and Security Funders Group. She has also served on several committees of the Consultative Group on Biodiversity, and from 1996-2000 she was a member of the International Committee of the Council on Foundations. For many years she has been a member of the advisory board of the Global Philanthropy Forum and the Coyote Point Museum for environmental education. Her primary interest is now conservation in the context of climate change. Ms. Eddy currently serves on the Board of Point Blue Conservation Science, formerly known as the Point Reyes Bird Observatory, as well as Acterra, a community based environmental organization in Palo Alto primarily focused on supporting local responses to the global challenge of climate change.
Tom Goettel is originally from Rochester, NY. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in wildlife biology, he started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He worked at several refuges in the Northeast, and for a short time was one of the first wildlife inspectors for the Service, stationed at JFK airport. In 1984, he became the first refuge manager of what is now the Maine Coastal Islands NWR, where he initiated many of the seabird management and habitat protection and management programs that form the core of the Refuge’s mission today. After serving as refuge manager at Eastern Neck NWR in Maryland, Mr. Goettel transferred to the Regional Office in Hadley, MA. He became the first Regional Chief of the Office of Refuge Law Enforcement. He then retired from that position in 2008 when his wife, Beth, became the refuge manager of the Maine Coastal Islands NWR. Tom and Beth now live in South Thomaston, Maine, where Tom is the treasurer of the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands.
The fourth generation of a California farming family, Janice Mondavi was raised in the Sacramento Valley with a passion for the outdoors in the fishing and hunting worlds. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in Southern California with a major in Agriculture Business Management and an interest in wine. Her career in the wine industry began with working for E. & J. Gallo Winery and eventually led her to the Napa Valley where she met her husband, Marc Mondavi. After their marriage, she co-managed her family’s vineyard partnerships in the Napa Valley and in Central California until 2004.
Janice was an active board member for eight years on the San Francisco Bay Regional (7 counties) Water Quality Control Board. Being appointed by two governors (one Republican, the other Democrat) gave her valuable insight in dealing with the state’s water, the environment, numerous government agencies, business owners, and policy development for sensitive issues.
As the mother of four girls, Janice was actively involved in several Parent Clubs and was a six-year board member for the private high school where three of her daughters were students. She was instrumental in increasing community awareness and involvement in the St. Helena Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley during her board membership and presidency there. She was also a member of the Villanova University Parent Advisory board for 7 years. During her service on these boards, she focused on property ownership, budgets, and finance.
She now assists her husband in the family businesses, C. Mondavi & Family, concentrating on sales, marketing, and philanthropic events. She has been a strong advocate in helping the four Mondavi daughters follow in the family’s footsteps of careers in the wine industry. Juggling her family while maintaining some sense of her own independence and proprietorship remains a source of great adventure.
Janice’s affiliations include life membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers, as well as membership in the Wives group of the Boone & Crocket Club, the Women’s Technical Wine Group, and the Third Thursday Speakers Forum. Her hobbies include fly-fishing, hiking, travel, food and wine.
Michael Mullins is a retired entrepreneur who founded and operated several commercial businesses including finance, vacation retail, property management, and others. One of Mullins’ biggest accomplishments was the founding of a financially oriented software company in 1976, Comtex Information Systems Inc (Comtex). Comtext existed for over 20 years and engaged about 400 computer engineers.
Previously, he was VP with Chase Manhattan Bank from 1972 to 1976 and a computer services executive with Bankers Trust Co. from 1968-1971. Mullins was a board member of Greenwich/ Ct Audubon society and also sat on the board of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, NY.
Currently, Mullins serves as vice chairman of the Captiva Community Panel and was formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor. Michael C Mullins was elected with acclamation as Commissioner in 2006 to the Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD) and was voted chairman from 2008-2011 when he voluntarily stepped down. He has maintained a keen interest in beach nourishment and other erosion activities ever since moving to Captiva in 1998. He is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Captiva beach and dunes systems. His extensive experimentation with diverse native plant species on his own dunes has made him a natural choice to encourage an ongoing island-wide vegetation program. He also sits on the board of the Ding Darling Wildlife Society.
Mullins remains active in a number of civic and philanthropic groups in and is a life member of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCF), the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and has held a long standing board membership on the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration (EBSR) of New York Foundation in New York City from which he stepped down this year. Mullins also founded and is trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation.
Michael Mullins is married with three daughters. He has a BBA from Pace University in Mathematics, Computer Science, and Accounting.
Donal is the Managing Principal of Entry Point Capital, a private real estate investment and management company based in Stamford CT, which he co-founded in 2009.
Entry Point applies a value-oriented investment discipline with hands-on real estate expertise in purchasing and managing office, retail, industrial and multi-family products nationwide. The firm approaches its investments on a non-discretionary basis with financial partners who are comprised of institutional and individual investors. Donal has over 25 years of experience in development, investment, asset management, brokerage and finance. His prior positions include: Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of CIT’s Commercial Real Estate Group, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions with Collins Enterprises, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Heitman Properties, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Transaction Consulting Group and Project Manager with the Trammell Crow Company.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Donal majored in Environmental Studies and Art, and holds an MBA from New York University. A life-long student of nature and the outdoors, he’s the past Board Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and currently serves on the National Council of the American Prairie Reserve.
Simon Perkins currently works as the Senior Manager of Orvis Adventures at the Orvis Company, of which he is a shareholder. In his current role, he manages all of the “outdoor services” offered by Orvis, including fly-fishing and wingshooting schools, endorsed operations (guided fishing and hunting trips as well as dog breeding and training), international travel destinations, company owned fishing and shooting grounds, and gun sales and repair.
Simon was born in Hampshire, England in 1983 (his parents were living in Britain temporarily while his father was launching the UK branch of Orvis). He grew up in Manchester, Vermont and later attended St. Paul’s School in Concord, New Hampshire. Between high school and college, Simon lived in Oxford, England, taking classes at Oxford Tutorial College and playing semi-professional soccer for Oxford City Football Club. He then went on to attend Middlebury College in Vermont where he lettered in soccer and graduated with a joint major in American Literature and English with a focus in creative writing. During the summers of his high school and college years, Simon lived in Helena, Montana and worked for PRO Outfitters, paving the way for a brief career immediately after college. He moved to Helena in 2006 and began guiding full-time during the fishing and hunting seasons. During the off-seasons, Simon spent a considerable amount of time working as a free-lance writer (he has been published in several magazines), coaching soccer at both the youth and college level, and directing the PRO Outfitters Fly-Fishing Camp, the first Orvis Endorsed fishing school designed for and offered exclusively for kids. In 2012, Simon moved back to Vermont and started with Orvis as their Ecommerce Web Merchant and Analyst for Fishing and Hunting.
Today, Simon lives in Manchester with his wife, Els Van Woert, and their three dogs.
Tom Prall has been a member of the Friends Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge for the past thirteen years and a board member for the past twelve years, holding the positions of Vice-President, President, and currently Past President (an officer position similar to a VP position).
Prall has accumulated over 3,500 hours of volunteer time with the refuge and Friends. Since one of his hobbies is computers (PCs not Macs), he maintains and develops the Friends’ (www.tallgrass.org) website; assists refuge staff and the Friends with various data bases, software programs and computer purchases; and sets up and maintains the Friends bookstore inventory and point of sale software (and a bunch of other stuff).
His connection with the National Wildlife Refuge Association began with the first National Friends Conference in Washington, DC. With his involvement with Farm Bureau Federation and its membership organization, he is a big fan of the NWRA’s Friends Affiliate program. Prall believes organizing Friends at the state, region, and national levels will greatly enhance NWRA’s advocacy for the Refuge System. The Friends of the Prairie Learning Center was the first group to join the affiliate program.
David Preschlack is the executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing for Disney & ESPN Networks Group. He oversees all aspects of domestic distribution of Disney and ESPN’s cable and satellite networks.
Preschlack is also in charge of handling the retransmission consent agreements for The Walt Disney Company’s ten owned ABC stations as well as the distribution of company’s advanced products and services. In addition, Preschlack oversees the licensing of broadband, mobile and audio content, which includes ESPN3, ABC News Now, ABC Mobile, SOAPnetic, Disney Connection, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Radio and the cable and broadcast syndication of ESPN’s regional sports content. Preschlack’s team launched the first-ever live, authenticated networks, making ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater and Goal Line available to fans online or through the WatchESPN app with service from affiliate operators. In 2012, Preschlack oversaw a similar launch of authenticated products for the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Jr.
Preschlack’s many accomplishments include the recent distribution growth of ESPNU, WatchESPN, ESPN3 and the launch of new services like ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line and Disney Junior. These newer services are a priority for Preschlack’s team and are designed not only to serve ESPN’s fans, but grow the businesses of The Walt Disney Company’s affiliate partners.
He first joined ESPN as a videotape librarian in July 1995 and joined the affiliate sales and marketing department in 1996 as a sales coordinator. He was promoted to associate account executive, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (1997-99), senior account executive, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (1999-2000), director, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (2000-02), and vice president, national accounts, affiliate sales and marketing (2002-04).
Preschlack has received Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” distinction three times (2007 – 2009, thereby becoming a “Forty Under 40 Hall of Famer”) and was named toMultiChannel News’ “40 Under 40” list in 2007. In 2004 Television Week named Preschlack to its “Hot List,” a list of a dozen men and women poised to take their places at the forefront of the television business in the next few years.
Larry Ross established Ross & Company in 1992 following a career with two of the world’s largest executive recruiting firms. At Russell Reynolds Associates and Korn/Ferry International, he was a member of the Healthcare and Venture Capital Practice Groups. Larry’s search background spans a broad range of senior-level engagements across multiple industry segments. He has successfully recruited at the CEO, C-suite and Board level on behalf of venture and private equity portfolio companies, as well as for General Partners and Advisory Directors to manage private equity funds.
Larry’s recruiting focus spans the healthcare landscape, with a particular emphasis on the health information, managed care and healthcare services sectors. Based on his close relationships within the investment community, he has been active in the incubation and positioning of emerging companies for rapid growth. He has advised investors and CEO’s on the construction of independent boards of directors; the recruitment of general management teams; the introduction of strategic partners; and capital sourcing
Prior to his career in executive search, Mr. Ross worked for seven years in advertising and marketing with Saatchi & Saatchi and DMB&B. His clients included M&M/Mars, Procter & Gamble, Richardson-Vicks and Mercedes-Benz of North America.
A past Secretary of the Executive Search Council, Larry earned his undergraduate degree from Yale University. Larry is a member of the Human Resources Committee of the Board of the Lasker Foundation. The Albert and Mary Lasker Medical Research Awards honor breakthrough advances in medical research and have become known as America’s “Nobel. He is also a Trustee and Treasurer of the Maple Street School in Manchester, Vermont, which was founded in 2000 by John and Janet Irving.
Ms. Rebecca R. Rubin is the Founder, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC (www.Marstel-Day.com) a 130-person environmental consulting enterprise with offices in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, VA; Oakland and Oceanside, CA; and Dallas and San Antonio, TX. She established Marstel-Day in 2002 as an expression of her commitment to the conservation of natural resources; especially habitat and open space, energy, water, and the resolution of issues at their intersections. As a result, Marstel-Day is a conservation-minded company that provides expertise to federal, state and private sector clients facing environmental, energy, land use and natural resource conservation issues. The company has been named to INC Magazine’s 500/5000, and Zweigwhite’s HOTFirm list, for the past four consecutive years and has been the recipient of the Alliance For Workplace Excellence (AWE) Eco-leadership award for the past two.
Of relevance to the Refuge system, Ms. Rubin was involved on behalf of the Army and Navy in the creation of several national wildlife refuges from former DoD lands, including Fort McClellan, AL (now the Mountain Longleaf NWR); Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, TX (now the Caddo Lake NWR); Savanna Army Depot , IL (now the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi NWR); and Scaggs Island Naval Communication Station, CA (now part of the San Pablo Bay NWR). In addition, she is the creator of the “Conservation Conveyance,” a unique, Defense-Department authority permitting the transfer of lands out of DoD’s base closure inventories to private, land-acquiring non profits for conservation in perpetuity (10 USC, 2694(a)). This land transfer authority has been used to convey over 70,000 acres at former Defense Department sites into permanent conservation status.
Ms. Rubin previously served as the Director of the Army’s Environmental Policy Institute and as environmental program manager at the Institute for Defense Analyses.She has a BA in history and political science from Harvard College and an MA in International Security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Lynn Scarlett, former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2005-2009, is a Visiting Scholar and Co-director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Scarlett served as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Scarlett became Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department after serving for 4 years as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department for two months in 2006. Scarlett is also the author of numerous publications on environmental policies, including “Green, Clean, and Dollar Smart,” urban greening, and a report on ecosystem services in relationship to federal laws and policies. Ms. Scarlett is a lifelong birder and avid hiker.
After 32 years of experience in public service in resource conservation, Steve Thompson retired from an executive position with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. He has acquired substantial professional experience working on legislative and regulatory issues pertaining to water, endangered species, and National Wildlife Refuges at local, state, and national levels.
Mr. Thompson also serves on the Board of Directors for the Peregrine Fund Inc. and National Wildlife Association, and the Advisory Board of Resources First Foundation and the California Rangeland Trust.
He is currently the President & Founder of Steve Thompson L.L.C., a California Limited Liability Company formed in May 2008.Thompson has since partnered with Maya Kepner of American West Conservation, L.L.C. to provide professional advice and strategic assistance to conserve western land, water and wildlife.
Andrew Woolford is a Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Loan Sales at Jefferies LLC, a New York based investment banking firm. Andrew has held senior positions at CIBC, Morgan Stanley, Bankers Trust and Chemical Bank. Mr. Woolford has served on the Board of Norwalk Community College, a past member of the Parent Advisory Council at Choate Rosemary Hall, and a Founder, Board Member and past Treasurer of Shakespeare on the Sound, a CT based Shakespeare production not for profit.
Mr. Wooldford majored in English literature at Middlebury College in Vermont and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. A resident of Norwalk, CT, for over 25 years, he is married to Melissa Lynch Woolford and they are the parents of four children; Eliza, Alex, Colin and Alden.
Andrew is a life long enthusiast of the outdoors and enjoys hunting, fishing, boating, skiing, biking, hiking, beekeeping and playing hockey and guitar.
Jamie McClelland is an entrepreneur and specialist in international trade and development. His early career was with Coca Cola where he co-founded and managed the Coca Cola international trading company. He expanded it throughout Eastern Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, and promoted corporate entrepreneurship in Coca Cola Bottling companies worldwide.
Jamie went on to found McTrade, an international trading company working with US and European clients in soft currency countries to facilitate the introduction of investments, technology, specialized skills, training and related activities.
Prior to his career in international trade Jamie served as a congressional staffer and on the Council of International Economic Policy as an Africa specialist for the Ford White House. He held a directorship on the US Yugoslav Business Council, was a founding Director of Aid to Artisans, and currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
Jamie holds a BA in History and Political Science from Yale University, an MA in International Law and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an MBA from Harvard University.
Jamie has a passion for the outdoors, a keen understanding of non-profit governance and appreciates the role of the NWRA in advancing the Refuge System and FWS wildlife conservation mission.He’s also an avid outdoor photographer and is eager to help NWRA take advantage of opportunities at refuges to build major donor support.
Gregory Mensik, Willows, CA
Gregory Mensik received a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Management and went on to receive his Master’s Degree in Natural Resources from Humboldt State University.
Mr. Mensik then went on to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Wildlife Refuge System, where he loved working for over 33 years. He worked in various biological and managerial capacities, managing wildlife (especially waterfowl) and the habitats upon which they depend.
His work included both direct participation and eventually the oversight of all biological programs, public use/visitor services programs, law enforcement programs, fire programs and field/facility/habitat maintenance activities for the 35,000 acre Complex of five NWRs. In addition, Mr. Mensik assisted with and supervised numerous private wetland habitat restoration/enhancement projects as part of the 30,000-acre Conservation Easement Program, as well as on other publicly and privately owned wetlands throughout Northern California. His refuge responsibilities included the review, planning, implementation and analysis of management efforts on an “artificially created and maintained” wetland habitat base. The habitat base involves hundreds of wetland units, several hundred water control structures, and several hundred miles of levees, roads, etc. His role in the Pacific Flyway and issues relevant throughout included significant involvement in waterfowl population/wetland habitat research and hunting/harvest management strategies. In addition to the frequent communications with “The Media”,over the years Mr. Mensik has authored, co-authored and/or presented approximately 90 articles and 100 formal talks on habitat management and wildlife resource topics/issues for scientific journals, popular publications, resource agencies, other professional audiences, schools and universities, local governments and visiting/international scientists and dignitaries.
Mr. Mensik has been known to travel, especially if it involves hunting and/or fishing trips!