Staff

National Wildlife Refuge Association Staff

Executive Staff

Geoffrey Haskett, President  202-417-3803 x 40
ghaskett@refugeassociation.org

Mark MusausChief Operating Officer
mmusaus@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803, x23, mobile: 770-855-5110

Desiree Sorenson-Groves, Vice President, Government Affairs
dgroves@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x13

Staff

Caroline BrouwerDirector, Government Affairs
cbrouwer@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x29

Debbie Harwood, Office Manager
dharwood@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x16

Fernando Núñez-García, Caribbean Conservation Coordinator
fnunezgarcia@refugeassociation.org, 787-690-6914

Joe McCauley, Regional Representative, Northeast Region
jmccauley@refugeassociation.org804-514-5136, 202-417-3803 x34

Joy Blackwood, Urban Wildlife Refuge Program Director
jblackwood@refugeassociation.org202-577-3396, 202-417-3803 x28

Angie HornSoCal Regional Refuge Partnership Specialist
ahorn@refugeassociation.org 202-290-5594

Julie Morris, Conservation Programs, Florida and Gulf Coast Programs Manager
jmorris@refugeassociation.org, 941-234-7201, 202-417-3803 x32

Mark Sowers Conservation Programs Fellow
msowers@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x37

Mike BoylanRegional Representative, Alaska
mboylan@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x22

Mike Bryant, Regional Representative, North Carolina and South Carolina
mbryant@refugeassociation.org, 252-216-7505

Nick PrasserRange Ecologist
nprasser@refugeassociation.org630-272-4442, 202-417-3803 x35

Rick SchultzRegional Representative, Midwest Region
rschultz@refugeassociation.org, 651-592-6355, 202-417-3803 x38

Robert Taylor, Restoration Ecologist
rtaylor@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x36

Steve Jester, Executive Director, Partners for Conservation
sjesterPFC@refugeassociation.org, 512-663-7596, 202-417-3803 x33

Refuge Association Advisors

Cissy Russell, Graphic Designer

Dave Griffin, Owner, Confluence Visuals

Dennis David, Conservation Project Manager

Paul TaylorCEO, Global Citizen Consulting

National Wildlife Refuge Association Staff and Advisor Bios


Geoffrey Haskett

President
ghaskett@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 x 40

Geoffrey Haskett has a wealth of experience as a leader in conservation. He served as the Polar Bear Commissioner for the U.S. – Russia Polar Bear Commission, appointed to that position by both Presidents Obama and Bush. The work of that organization is considered to be a landmark in cooperative wildlife management between governmental and Native representatives of the U.S. and Russia. He also served as head of the delegation for the United States at the Range States Meetings for Polar Bears in Tromso, Norway, Ikaluit, Canada, Moscow Russia and Ilulissat, Greenland. He also served as head of delegation on the Porcupine Caribou Herd Board with Canada.

Geoff was the Regional Director for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska where he was responsible for management of almost 80 million acres of land within 16 National Wildlife Refuges, all actions under the Endangered Species Act and for fish and migratory bird resources. Prior to this, he was stationed in Washington DC as Chief of Refuges from 2005 to 2008 where he was responsible for a strategic plan for refuges that resulted in major funding increases for the NWRS.

Geoff served as Deputy Regional Director for the Southwest Region. Prior to that, he served as Chief of Refuges in the Southeast Region, where he was responsible for the National Wildlife Refuge System in the ten Southeastern states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Haskett worked in the Service’s Washington Office as Chief of Realty. Haskett holds a master’s degree in public administration and attended Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executive Fellows. Haskett received the Secretary of the Interior’s Meritorious Service Honor Award in 2003.  Haskett has worked closely with the National Wildlife Refuge Association for over 20 years and is very proud of the accomplishments made together during that time.

Geoff is the proud father of his daughters Darci, Nicole, and Rachel and his grandkids Sonora, Ana, Lydia, Gideon, Devin, and Ben. Geoff currently lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife Nikki and her children Alex and Madison, where he is diligently attempting to hone his fishing and kayaking skills to try to match hers!


Mark Musaus

Chief Operating Officer
mmusaus@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803, ex. 23

Mark represents the Refuge Association to facilitate communication between local stakeholders, nonprofits and the Service about issues dealing with government affairs and conservation programs in the southeast region. Mark retired in December 2012 as the Deputy Regional Director for the Southeast Region of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a 38+ year career. Born in Venezuela and raised in NJ, he earned his B.S. in biology and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Grove City College (1975). He was selected for the Fish and Wildlife Service Student Trainee Program in 1974, serving one summer at Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge. He has served as assistant refuge manager at Choctaw (AL), J.N. Ding Darling (FL), Piedmont (GA), and Tennessee (TN) national wildlife refuges, and as the deputy project leader at Savannah Coastal Refuges (GA).

In 1998, he was selected as the project leader for the Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee and Hobe Sound National Wildlife Refuges. In May 2007 he accepted the Chief of the Division of Visitor Services and Communications for the National Wildlife Refuge System. There he administered recreation and visitor use including hunting and fishing programs, environmental education, wildlife observation and photography on 550 national wildlife refuges. He led communication and outreach programs for the refuge system, partnerships with other federal, state, and conservation organizations, worked closely with congressional staff, and helped to further develop the National Wildlife Refuge System’s Friends Program. From January 2012 until he retired he served in the role of deputy regional director for the Service’s southeast region. He helped oversee supervision of 1,500 employees in 10 states and the Caribbean in diverse Service programs ranging from the National Wildlife Refuge System to the Endangered Species Program, Migratory Birds, and Wildlife Law Enforcement.

Mark received the Refuge Manager of the Year Award in 2000, the Department of Interior Superior Service Award in 2001, and the DOI Take Pride in America, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Federal Land Manager of the Year award in 2005. He and his wife Linda reside in Buford, GA, northeast of Atlanta, have two married daughters and three grandchildren.


Desiree Sorenson-Groves

Vice-President of Government Affairs
dgroves@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 ex. 13

Desiree directs the Refuge Association’s government affairs activities including development and execution of legislative and regulatory strategy; advocating policies and programs in Congress and the Executive Branch; analyzing legislation; development of congressional testimony and communication tools, including position papers, testimony, speeches and articles for publications. Desiree also Assists the Refuge Association president in the implementation of strategic plans and goals of the organization.

Prior to her current position, Desiree served as the Refuge Association’s director of grassroots outreach and was responsible for identifying, educating and mobilizing local conservation constituencies to support national wildlife refuges across the country with the goal of increasing community awareness, volunteer involvement and advocacy on behalf of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Before joining the Refuge Association, she was assistant director of grassroots for the National Audubon Society, where she also served as the Audubon representative on the Teaming With Wildlife Steering Committee, promoting the goals and objectives of the congressionally mandated State Wildlife Action Plans.

An Iowa native, Desiree was born into politics, participating in four presidential caucuses, with more active roles in the presidential races of Gov’s. Dukakis in ’88, and Clinton in ’92. Desiree earned her B.A. in Geography from George Washington University.


06b19c7Caroline Brouwer

Director of Government Affairs
cbrouwer@refugeassociation.org

Caroline will advance federal conservation policies in Congress and with the Administration for the National Wildlife Refuge Association, focusing on federal conservation funding and legislation affecting the National Wildlife Refuge System.  She will also help lead the Cooperative Alliance for Refuge Enhancement  (CARE).

Before accepting this position with the Refuge Association, Caroline was with Ducks Unlimited (DU) where she worked as a Governmental Affairs Representative for seven years. She led DU’s advocacy on the appropriations process to increase funding for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service programs such as the National Wildlife Refuge System, North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA), and the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  Caroline was also the CARE representative for DU.

Caroline earned her law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law and a Bachelor’s in anthropology from the University of the South in Sewanee, TN.  She is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia and South Carolina.  Before going to Ducks Unlimited, she worked as a community economic development volunteer for the Peace Corps in Ukraine, a private attorney, and family court prosecutor.


Debbie Harwood

Office Manager
dharwood@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 ex. 16

Debbie performs the administrative tasks necessary to keep the office functioning smoothly, such as routine bookkeeping and maintenance of membership databases. Prior to joining the the Refuge Association staff, Debbie roamed the country, teaching mathematics at community colleges in Ohio, Texas, and California.



Robert Taylor, PhD.

Restoration Ecologist
rtaylor@refugeassociation.org

Rob works on inventorying and monitoring projects to strengthen the science used in managing wildlife and restoring key habitats at Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, a globally significant area for seabird conservation in the northwest Hawaiian Islands.

Born and raised in New York City by not exactly nature-loving parents, Rob isn’t sure how he ended up doing conservation work, but suspects that it stems from his longstanding appreciation of fresh air, uncrowded spaces and a fascination with plants and animals. After finishing a B.S. in Computer Science (St. John’s University) and a brief stint as a computer geek with IBM, Rob went back to school, this time studying ecology and conservation biology at the University of New Mexico (Ph.D., Biology/Ecology).

After graduating he was hired on by The Nature Conservancy where he worked for a couple of years in the desert southwest before taking on the job of Northeast Oregon Regional Ecologist where he spent over 10 years leading the development of an ecological monitoring and research program for the Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Initiative. As a “jack of all trades” ecologist, Rob has experience with a variety of issues including grazing, fire, climate change, invasive species, and wildlife habitat restoration. Most of all he enjoys working with land managers and other stakeholders in developing robust and efficient adaptive management and monitoring programs and in catalyzing conservation-relevant research in collaboration with academic and agency partners, including the University of Idaho where he holds an adjunct faculty appointment in the Department of Forest, Range, and Fire Sciences.


DSC_0602 2Julie Morris

Conservation Programs, Florida and Gulf Coast Programs Manager
jmorris@refugeassociation.org, 941-234-7201

Julie will be working extensively across programs in Florida and the Gulf Coast to advance on-the-ground conservation through policy, advocacy, and constituency-building work. She will be working closely with Refuge staff, local landowners, local communities, conservation groups, and other public agencies, in an effort to find common interests and leverage multiple programs for maximum conservation impact.

Julie has more than 18 years of experience working in conservation. Most recently, she was a partner and Director of Conservation at Wildlands Conservation, Inc. in Florida. Her areas of expertise include Florida ecosystems, conservation issues, planning and policy, listed species, land acquisition and easement programs, payments for ecosystem services, human dimensions of conservation, and stakeholder outreach.

Julie has worked with federal and state agencies and county governments to develop conservation plans for protected wildlife species, issues entailing conservation design and management, and community education and outreach. Some of her recent projects include: coordinating the Southwest Florida Cooperative Conservation Blueprint Project for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC), Co-Project Manager on the Polk County Habitat Conservation Plan, Project Manager on a Pilot Payment for Ecosystem Services Program for FWC, Project Manager on the Peace River Network, assisting FWC with a panther stakeholder analysis, identifying potential conservation lands and protection strategies for multiple state and federal agencies, working with private landowners on acquisition and easement programs, and evaluating potential conservation lands for the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge.


MikeBoylanMike Boylan

Regional Representative, Alaska
mboylan@refugeassociation.org, 202-417-3803 ex. 22

After a 35 year career working for the National Wildlife Refuge System in Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, California, Alaska and the Washington Headquarters, Mike retired as Refuge Supervisor in Alaska in December, 2012. In 12 years as Refuge Supervisor, Mike provided guidance on management strategies, policies, budgets, and personnel decisions to 12 of Alaska’s 16 refuges including such iconic landscapes as Arctic, Yukon Delta, Kodiak, Kenai and Alaska Maritime. At retirement, Mike was responsible for overseeing 60 million acres of Alaska’s 80 million acres of refuges and had provided leadership on initiatives such as Arctic Refuge’s 50th anniversary (2010), the Kenai Refuge recreation cabin program, and visitor facilities for Kanuti, Kodiak, Alaska Maritime, and Tetlin refuges, among others. He helped form a consortium of federal and state agencies to support the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) of the University of Alaska to recruit and educate Native students in wildlife biology leading to careers in the Service and other agencies, businesses and organizations. Mike was awarded the Department of Interior’s Meritorious Service Award in 2009. Prior to returning to Alaska, Mike was the Refuge System’s first Chief of Visitor Services in the Washington HQ and helped develop the Friends Initiative, the CARE group, and the original publication, Banking on Nature: The Economic Benefits to Local Communities of National Wildlife Refuge System Visitation. He assisted the Service’s International Affairs Program by hosting training opportunities in the U.S. and led Service delegations to China and Russia. He has a B.A. in Journalism from Wayne State University, M.S. in Ecology from Ohio State University, and MPA in Public Policy from University of Southern California. His interest in wildlife viewing and photography has taken him to Ecuador and the Galapagos, Costa Rica, Brazil, Nepal, Tanzania, and South Africa. He lives in Eagle River, Alaska, 30 miles from Anchorage on a 6 acre mountain hideaway within the 500,000 acre Chugach State Park.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERARick Schultz

Regional Representative, Midwest Region
rschultz@refugeassociation.org 651-592-6355

Rick is based in Farmington, MN and will be facilitating communication between the Midwest Region, local nonprofits, local communities and the Refuge Association about issues related to Government Affairs and Conservation Programs.

Rick is native to Minnesota, but spent many of his adolescent years in Montana enjoying the great outdoors. Under the guidance of his parents, he developed an appreciation for fishing, hunting, and other outdoor pursuits, which eventually lead him to a career in wildlife conservation.

Rick worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior for more than 35 years. He spent 21 years in the field working on national wildlife refuges in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa. His most recent field position was that of refuge manager of Minnesota Valley National Wildlife Refuge. In 2005, Rick relocated to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Washington, DC where he served as Division Chief for Natural Resources and Planning for the National Wildlife Refuge System. In 2007, he accepted the position of National Borderland Coordinator for the Deputy Secretary of Interior. In this capacity, his primary responsibility was to assist the Department of Homeland Security incorporate environmental stewardship into border security fences and operations.  In October 2009, Rick returned to the Fish and Wildlife Service where he served as Regional Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System in the Midwest. In September 2012, Rick retired and is now enjoying time with family, home projects, bird guns, gun dogs, and fly-fishing rods.


Joe McCauleyJoe McCauley

Regional Representative, Northeast Region
jmccauley@refugeassociation.org

Joe brings more than 25 years of experience working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to his position as the Northeast Regional Representative for the National Wildlife Refuge Association. As Regional Representative, Joe will facilitate communication between the Northeast Region, local nonprofits, local communities and the Refuge Association about issues related to Government Affairs and Conservation Programs.

Joe was born in Washington, DC, and grew up just outside the District in Falls Church, Virginia. After spending several years at a private engineering firm in Northern Virginia, he began his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1983 at the Cortland, New York, Ecological Services Office. Joe then transitioned to Northeast Region’s Division of Realty working as a wildlife biologist on land acquisition planning where he prepared the first Land Protection Plan in the Northeast Region and expanded the boundary of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge by 11,000 acres.

Joe served for 10 years as the Refuge Manager of the Eastern Virginia Rivers National Wildlife Refuge Complex, comprised of the James River, Plum Tree Island, Presquile, and Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuges. As refuge manager Joe more than doubled the size of the Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge from 3,600 acres to 8,400 acres and developed a unique wildlife conservation easement template as an alternative to fee and title acquisition resulting in over 1,660 acres permanently protected via conservation easement.

Most recently, Joe was the Regional Chief, Division of Realty, Northeast Region for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service where he was responsible for overseeing real property acquisition for the Service within the 13 northeastern states. During his five years as Regional Chief, Joe added 18,000 acres to the Refuge System.

When Joe takes a break from enhancing the National Wildlife Refuge System, he enjoys spending time fishing, gardening, and birding.


JoyJoy Blackwood

Urban Wildlife Refuge Program Director
jblackwood@refugeassociation.org202-577-3396

Joy is responsible for the Refuge Association’s urban wildlife refuge program. Working in partnership with 14 urban refuges around the nation both on-the-ground and at the national level, she will help to bring forth their visions for the future, provide technical assistance, support collaborative efforts that raises awareness and elevates the importance of wildlife refuges in urban areas.

Prior to joining the Refuge Association, Joy directed a distinguished coalition of national environmental and conservation executives that represents a broad spectrum of voices, perspectives and environmental policy issues to protect the communities in which we live, work, pray and play. She led the development of the Green Leadership Trust, a network of board members of color and indigenous leaders and established a first-of-its-kind partnership with Green 2.0 for environmental nonprofits to publicly release their organization’s diversity data.

Before working with the environmental sector, Joy spent many years managing multi-faceted public health education and training programs; advocating to end the AIDS pandemic; fighting to reduce the stigmas of the disease and empowering underrepresented individuals and communities. Joy’s passion for protecting the majestic places we so cherish is deeply rooted in her British and Jamaican background, as well as the years she devoted to changing the public’s opinion and understanding of the green movement and the benefits of the great outdoors.


Angie Horn

SoCal Regional Refuge Partnership Specialist
ahorn@refugeassociation.org 757-344-8825

Angie Horn is an urban park advocate with a decade of outreach, programming, event planning, development, and partnership coordination experience focused on urban environmental issues at the community, state, national, and international level.

Prior to her new role as SoCal Regional Refuge Partnership Specialist, Angie served as Outreach and Program Manager at City Parks Alliance for nearly 10 years, where she worked with a team of professionals dedicated to increasing investment in urban parks and natural areas. Under the direction of a board of 29 active urban park leaders, she led the development and implementation of programs aimed at increasing the capacity of 300+ organizational members to create innovative cross-sector partnerships that resulted in greater connections between public agencies, nonprofit park partners, and underrepresented communities throughout the United States.

Angie is a graduate of UNLV and holds a BA in Anthropology and Ethnic Studies.


Nick Prasser

Nick Prasser

Range Ecologist
nprasser@refugeassociation.org630-272-4442

Nick is the Range Ecologist working in Evanston, WY, to accomplish landscape-scale conservation of the Bear River Watershed of Wyoming, Utah, and Idaho. Nick has diverse experience working with several federal agencies including the Bureau of Land Management, the Forest Service, and the NRCS, in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, South Dakota, and Nevada.

While earning his MS, Nick worked with private corporations to explore novel restoration techniques in Wyoming’s Great Divide Basin with a focus on weed management and site capture utilizing weedy native plants.

He and his family are excited to be back in Wyoming, a place they got to know well while living in Laramie. Nick is passionate about conservation of natural resources, as a well as fly-fishing, hiking, and all things outdoors. Nick holds his Bachelors in Botany from the University of Wisconsin and his Masters in Range Ecology and Watershed Management from the University of Wyoming.


Steve Jester

Executive Director, Partners for Conservation
sjesterPFC@refugeassociation.org, 512-663-7596 

Steve Jester is the Executive Director for Partners for Conservation (PFC). PFC is an organization of private landowners and partners that are practicing innovative, measurable and effective conservation practices on the ground for the long-term health and productivity of working landscapes and rural communities across the United States.

Prior to joining the Refuge Association staff, Steve was the Executive Director of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Trust, the first nationally accredited land trust in Texas.  Prior to his work at the Trust, Steve was on the staff of The Nature Conservancy for almost a decade leading community-based conservation projects first in Texas and later in Wyoming. Before joining The Nature Conservancy, he spent a decade working with state fish and wildlife agencies in Florida and Texas.  He has worked with private landowners throughout his career and has come to appreciate their critical importance in conserving working landscapes that comprise some of the most important wildlife habitats in the United States.

Steve earned a B.S. degree in Agriculture from Texas State University – San Marcos and a M.S. degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University.  He lives in Edwards Plateau region of Texas with his wife Suzanne and daughters Shelby and Shae.


Fernando Núñez-García

Caribbean Conservation Coordinator 
fnunezgarcia@refugeassociation.org, 787-690-6914

Fernando lives in Comerio, Puerto Rico and will be facilitating community outreach and partnership development to help build public awareness and support for conservation efforts in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. He brings 26 years of experience working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to this new position. He was born in Aibonito, Puerto Rico and obtained bachelor and master degrees in general biology from the University of Puerto Rico. While working for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), he pursued further graduate studies at the University of Florida in Gainesville researching the impacts and implications of land management practices on the native and migratory avifauna in the forested highlands of Puerto Rico. In 1998 he transferred to the FWS division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration (WSFR) in the Atlanta Regional Office managing all Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands grants. Later in 2001, he was called to help the Division of Refuges during the controversial transfer of U.S. NAVY lands to the Department of the Interior (DOI) in Vieques. After the first land transfer, Fernando accepted the position of supervisor of the Río Grande Ecological Services Field Office in charge of the Puerto Rican Parrot Recovery program. From his new position, he continued assisting the Division of Refuges with the second land transfer from the U.S. NAVY to the DOI in 2003. In July 2006, Fernando returned to the Division WSFR to manage all endangered species grants for the region, Everglades restoration projects, and all WSFR grants in Puerto Rico. He then became the Wildlife Branch Supervisor of the WSFR program in the Atlanta Regional Office overseeing the implementation of the Wildlife Restoration program in 10 states, all grant programs in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the hydrological restoration of the Florida Everglades. His interests include land management practices, ecological approaches to conservation, the human element in environmental conservation, habitat restoration, avian ecology, and sport fish restoration. Fernando believes in supporting multi-sector coalitions for the development and implementation of conservation actions in Puerto Rico. He is also fluent in Spanish and English. He is an avid kayak angler who cherishes country living and gardening.


Mike Bryant

Regional Representative, North Carolina and South Carolina
mbryant@refugeassociation.org, 252 216-7505

Hello, I’m Mike Bryant  and I recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service after a 37+ year career on refuges in three regions; the past 20 years as the refuge manager for six national wildlife refuges in eastern NC.  I am very familiar with the natural resource challenges in coastal NC and managed for migratory birds, threatened and endangered species, and other species while balancing public uses that help develop and sustain support for these resources.  I’m still keenly interested in these resources and the challenges they face.  I feel collaboration and building public support are essential to success in the conservation of these natural resources.


Advisor Bios

CissyRussell copyCissy Russell

Cissy has been a graphic designer for 30 years, and for more than 12 of those years, she has created everything from logos to annual reports for the Refuge Association.

A committed, near-vegan vegetarian for almost 25 years, an avid reader, a lover of music, a sometime-ukulele strummer and piano player, a once-aerobics instructor and mother to a now-grown daughter, her childhood was spent roaming the U.S. from military base to military base, from Quantico to Hawaii. She has now put down roots in historic downtown Wilmington, N.C. where her extended family has lived for generations.


DaveGriffin copyDave Griffin

Dave Griffin owns Confluence Visuals, a company that brings together high-quality and compelling visuals (both still and moving) with all forms of new digital media (web video, social media, mobile applications).  Dave’s background is in software engineering, where artistry is interwoven into concepts like elegance and design.  But before computers came along he always was fascinated with photography and video.  Today he has the great joy of combining his passion for telling stories through great visuals with the latest digital technologies that he has been immersed in for over 30 years, including the implementation and operation of over 20 different websites that serve local, regional and national audiences.   Based in Maynard, Massachusetts, Dave is also involved in local civic groups including a board member and past president of OARS (for the Assabet, Sudbury and Concord Rivers), advisory committee member for Emerson Hospital, president of the Maynard Historical Society.  Dave is also well known for his photography of local rivers in the area, particularly the Assabet River.


Dennis Davidcopy Dennis David

Dennis has worked in fish and wildlife conservation for 40 years.  As Regional Director for the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) in the northern everglades, he was instrumental in fostering a close partnership with FWS Refuge leadership and constituents to win public support for establishing the Everglades Headwaters National Wildlife Refuge and Conservation Area (EHWNWR).  Following his FWC retirement in 2012, he continued to work for FWS on the EHWNWR project.

Dennis began working with the Refuge Association in 2013 as “Conservation Project Manager” where he is responsible for continuing work in the Everglades as well as coordinating and assisting with special conservation projects benefiting Refuges.  He brings extensive experience in helping facilitate projects that require intra-agency coordination, which will help manage Service projects that reach across multiple Service Division and Office lines. He is currently assisting refuge managers in identifying landscape and community-based conservation opportunities around Refuges in focal areas under the FWS Vision for a Healthy Gulf of Mexico Watershed.  He is also helping lead an integrated FWS team in an assessment of “at-risk” species conservation opportunities on Refuges.

Dennis obtained a B.S in Zoology from the University of South Florida in 1974 and immediately began a lifelong career working for FWC.  His career included working as an alligator biologist for 20 years, serving in a leadership role as Deputy Vice Chairman for North America on the IUCN Species Survival Commission Crocodile Specialist Group for 10 years, traveling all around the globe working on crocodilian management, and serving as a Regional Director over central and northeast peninsular Florida.

When not working on conservation projects Dennis, his wife Ilonka and dog Riley are enjoying their “semi-retirement” life since recently relocating to New Smyrna Beach, Florida. They enjoy beach walks or taking time to fish, kayak and boat in the bountiful Indian River Lagoon waters located in and around the Merritt Island NWR.


Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor

Paul Taylor is the Founder and CEO of Global Citizen, a cutting-edge social branding firm that partners with clients to create powerful movements around the change they want to see in the world. Paul has a unique combination of global Fortune 100 social branding experience gained while working for and consulting with The CocaCola Company, Nike, P&G, ColgatePalmolive, Hewlett Packard, and social impact organizations such as the UN Millennium Development Goals, Alliance for a New Humanity, Evolving Wisdom, The Shift Network, Thrive Movie, and The Shift Movie. Prior to founding Global Citizen, Paul worked as a global executive at The Coca-Cola Company for 7 years where he led two multi-billion dollar business units as the Global Innovation Director – VP of Coke Classic & Diet Coke­ and the Global Marketing Director- VP of Dasani & Powerade. Paul also teaches courses on next generation social marketing, branding, & communication and next generation leadership & social entrepreneurship at Ubiquity University. Paul has been working with the National Wildlife Refuge Association for over two years, developing world-class branding and marketing strategies for the Association and the National Wildlife Refuge System. 


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