Past Winners

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2016 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Dr. Keith Weaver, project leader at Central Arkansas National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Arkansas 
Refuge Employee of the Year: Douglas M. Head II, assistant zone biologist at Texas Chenier Plain Refuges Complex, Texas Mid-Coast Refuge Complex, Aransas National Wildlife Refuge and Southwest Louisiana National Wildlife Refuge Complex
Volunteer of the Year: Ann Humphrey, Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, Pacific Islands
Friends Group of the Year: The Friends of Tamarac National Wildlife Refuge in Minnesota

2015 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Tom Kerr, refuge manager, St. Croix Wetland Management District and Whittlesey Creek National Wildlife Refuge in Wisconsin
Refuge Employee of the Year: John Vradenburg, supervisory biologist, Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico
Volunteer of the Year: Wiley ‘Dub’ Lyon, Balcones Canyonlands National Wildlife Refuge in Texas
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge in New Mexico

2014 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Andy Yuen, San Diego National Wildlife Refuges Complex, California
Refuge Employee of the Year: Kenneth McCain, Lower Suwannee National Wildlife Refuge and Cedar Keys National Wildlife Refuge, FL
Volunteer of the Year: Bob and Sharon Waldrop, Southeast Louisiana Refuges Complex
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Tualatin River Refuge, OR

2013 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Andy French, Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge, Stewart B. McKinney NWR and John Hay NWR
Refuge Employee of the Year: Jackie Jacobson, Audubon NWR, ND
Volunteer of the Year: Bob Ebeling, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, UT
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of the Maga Ta-Hophi Waterfowl Production Area, SD

2012 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Charlie Pelizza, Pelican Island NWRC, FL
Refuge Employee of the Year: Kathleen O’Brien, Rachel Carson NWR, ME
Volunteer of the Year: David Govatski, Silvio O Conte NF&WR, MA
Friends Group of the Year: Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society, Alligator River and Pea Island NWRs, NC

2011 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Kenneth Litzenberger of Southeast Louisiana NWRC, LA
Refuge Employee of the Year: Dave Mauser of Klamath Basin NWRC, CA
Volunteer of the Year: Denis Mudderman of Tamarac NWR, MN
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Chassahowitzka NWRC, FL

2010 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Kevin Foerster of Sacramento NWRC, CA
Refuge Employee of the Year: Vernon Byrd of Alaska Maritime NWR, AK
Volunteer of the Year: Zeeger de Wilde of Chesapeake Marshlands NWRC, MD & VA
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Alaska NWRs, AK

2009 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Greg Siekaniec of Alaska Maritime NWR, AK
Refuge Employee of the Year: Baron Horiuchi of Hakalau Forest NWR, HI
Volunteer of the Year: Marie Springer of Walkill River NWR, NJ
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Pool 9, Upper Mississippi River NW&FR – McGregor District, IA

2008 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Kevin Brennan of Fergus Falls Wetland Management District, MN
Refuge Employee of the Year: Clyde Morris of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, CA
Volunteer of the Year: John Bertrand of Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Sherburne NWR, MN

2007 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Don Hultman of Upper Mississippi River NF&WR
Refuge Employee of the Year: Bill Giese of Blackwater NWR, MD
Volunteer of the Year: Marion Sansing of Noxubee NWRC, MS
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of San Luis Valley NWR’s, CA

2006 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Glenn Carowan of Chesapeake Marsh NWRC, VA and MD
Refuge Employee of the Year: John Schomaker, Division of Conservation Planning, Great Lakes-Big Rivers Region
Volunteer of the Year: Tim Anderson of Seal Beach NWR, CA
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Great Swamp NWR, NJ

2005 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Roy W. Lowe of Oregon Coast NWRC, OR
Refuge Employee of the Year: Laura Brandt of A.R.M. Loxahatche NWR, FL
Volunteer of the Year: Ervin Davis of National Bison Range, MT
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Black Bayou, LA

2004 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Michael Bryant of Alligator River NWRC, NC
Refuge Employee of the Year: John Taylor of Bosque del Apache NWR, NM
Volunteer of the Year: Ken and Darlene Fiske of “Ding” Darling NWR, FL
Friends Group of the Year: Chincoteague Natural History Association, VA

2003 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Michael Rearden of Yukon Delta NWR, AK
Refuge Employee of the Year: Anne Blakely of National Elk Refuge, WY
Volunteer of the Year: Jim Montgomery of Bitter Lake NWR, NM
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Blackwater, MD

2002 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Ron Bisbee of Texas Mid-Coast NWRs, Texas
Refuge Employee of the Year: Kristine Askerooth of Tewaukon NWR, North Dakota
Volunteer of the Year: Melissa Owen of Buenos Aires NWR, Arizona
Friends Group of the Year: Coastal Wildlife Refuge Society of Alligator River and Pea Island NWRs, North Carolina

2001 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Al Trout of Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Utah
Refuge Employee of the Year: David Jamiel of Two Ponds NWR, Colorado
Volunteer of the Year: Harry Sanders of Don Edwards San Francisco Bay NWR, California
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of the Upper Mississippi River Refuges, IA, IL, MN, WI

2000 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Mark Musaus of A.R.M. Loxahatchee NWR, Florida
Refuge Employee of the Year: Ron Phernetton of Okefenokee NWR, Georgia
Volunteers of the Year: Paul and Ann Smith of Chincoteague NWR, Virginia
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of the Rydell Refuge Association, MN

1999 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Dean Rundle of the San Diego Refuge Complex, California
Refuge Employee of the Year: Matthew Magoffin of San Bernardino NWR, Arizona
Volunteers of the Year: Bill Milling, Elaine Wilmers, and Harold and Susan Nugent of National Key Deer NWR, Florida
Friends Group of the Year: “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society of the J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR, Florida

1998 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Jay R. Bellinger of Kodiak NWR, Alaska
Refuge Employee of the Year: Sharon Ware of Monomoy NWR, Massachusetts
Volunteer of the Year: Molly Krival of J.N. “Ding” Darling NWR, Florida
Friends Group of the Year: Friends of Minnesota Valley NWR, MN

1997 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Louis Hinds of J.N.Ding Darling NWR, Florida
Refuge Employee of the Year: Jack Jeffrey of Hakalau NWR, Hawaii
Volunteers of the Year: Judy Dryja of Merritt Island NWR, Florida; and Bill Buchanan of John Heinz NWR, Pennsylvania

1996 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Phil Norton of Bosque del Apache NWR, New Mexico
Refuge Employee of the Year: Thomas V. Stehn of Aransas NWR, Texas
Volunteers of the Year: Richard “Don” Perry of Pea Island and Alligator River NWRs, North Carolina

1995 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: John Schroer of Chincoteague NWR, Virginia
Refuge Employee of the Year: Gary Sullivan of Benton Lake NWR, Montana
Volunteers of the Year: Karl W. Haller of Hagerman NWR, Texas; and Molly P. Brown of Back Bay NWR, Virginia

1994 Recipients

Refuge Manager of the Year: Steve Thompson of Laguna Atascosa NWR, Texas
Volunteer of the Year: Richard D. Van Deman of Nisqually NWR, Washington

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