Executive Board

Executive Board

The business of the Western Section is conducted by its Executive Board. Members of the Board are elected by the Section at large (President, President-Elect and Section Representative to TWS), appointed by the President (Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Chairs), or appointed by Chapters (Chapter Representatives to the Section).

From the mid 1990’s to the mid 2000’s the Section employed an Executive Secretary to help with administrative duties, thus freeing up the Board to focus on serving our members through workshops, conferences, symposia, and public relations. Due to budgetary shortfalls in the mid 2000’s, the Executive Secretary position was eliminated and the Executive Board, once again, resumed the administrative duties.

The Section’s day-to-day operations continue to expand as we plan and present more workshops and conferences either on our own or with a co-sponsor. As such, the Board works with four contract employees including a Program Director (Cynthia Perrine), Conference Planner and Registrar (Candace Renger), Accountant (Mike Chapel) and a Webmaster (Eric Renger). The skills of these good folks help significantly to offset the operational demands on the Board, and to strengthen membership services.

The Executive Board is a microcosm of the Section’s membership: men, women, young, old, from academia, government, private industry and consulting. This page shows you who we are and what we do. We’ve asked all our Board members and committee chairs to provide a brief bio and a picture showing what they do, either professionally and/ or recreationally. We hope that readers will feel that they have much in common with us and join the Section, attend meetings and workshops, our volunteer to help out.

As a volunteer led organization, we are always looking for energetic and committed members of our profession to join us on the Board. Feel free to contact one of us if you want to help out or just learn more about the Western Section.


Rocky Gutierrez

  • R.J. “Rocky” Gutierrez
  • gutie012<at>umn<dot>edu

Rocky received his B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University, his M.S. in Biology from the University of New Mexico, and his PhD in Zoology from the University of California, Berkeley. Rocky got his first job in wildlife as a biological aid at the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, New Mexico in 1968, the year he first joined The Wildlife Society. After receiving his PhD he was on the faculty, sequentially, at Cornell University, Humboldt State University, and The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities campus. At the latter university he held the Gordon Gullion Endowed Chair in Forest Wildlife Research. He has retired from two universities (HSU and UMN), but continues to pursue both his life-long and emerging research interests – game bird ecology and management, endangered species conservation, habitat ecology, phylogeography of birds inferred from analysis of DNA, hunting, and conservation conflicts. His long association with TWS has allowed him to interact with many sections and entities of TWS. He also has served on many government, professional, and conservation committees and trusteeships throughout his career. His avocations and passions are big game and upland game bird hunting, birding (not quite rabid level), fine woodworking (and sometimes not so fine), building or remodeling houses and other useful structures, camping, writing scientific papers, international travel, and hanging out with his spouse, KT.


Jeff Davis

  • Jeff Davis
  • jdavis<at>colibri-ecology<dot>com

Jeff is principal scientist at Colibri Ecological Consulting in Fresno.  He previously managed a wetland sanctuary in the Sacramento Valley, ran a research and education center in Big Sur, and curated a natural history museum and helped teach classes at UC Santa Cruz.  He received a B.S. in wildlife biology from U.C. Davis in 1992.  Jeff has been a member an oil spill response team since 1995.  In connection with that role, he conducts bimonthly aerial surveys of marine birds and mammals throughout California continental shelf waters through UC Santa Cruz under contract with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Jeff and other team members have responded to more than one dozen oil spill incidents along the Pacific, Gulf, and Atlantic coasts of the United States, providing response and natural resource damage assessment support to trustee agencies. Jeff’s perennial passion is birds. He is a Northern California regional editor for North American Birds, eBird editor for Fresno and Madera counties, and bird records compiler and science advisor for the Fresno Audubon Society.

Rachel Sprague

  • Rachel Sprague
  • rachel.s.sprague<at>gmail<dot>com

Rachel has been working in conservation and management of coastal and island wildlife for the past 15 years, from the Bay of Fundy in Canada, to the Channel Islands, to Hawaii. She received her A.B. from Bowdoin College (Maine), and her Ph.D. in Fish and Wildlife Biology from the University of Montana studying hormone physiology and behavior in Laysan albatross on Kauai and Midway Atoll. After graduate school, she led the San Clemente loggerhead shrike release program on San Clemente Island for the U.S. Navy and the Institute for Wildlife Studies. Rachel is now the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator for NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service in Honolulu. In that role, she works with agency and NGO partners, community members, fishermen, ocean users, and other stakeholders to educate, build partnerships, address human-wildlife conflict, and work toward coexistence between humans and monk seals. Rachel joined the board of the Hawaii Chapter of The Wildlife Society as the vice president in 2012, and has been the president and chapter rep to TWS-Western Section since 2013. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys cooking, outrigger canoe racing, and taking her dogs for hikes and walks on the beach.

John McNerney

  • John McNerney
  • JMcNerney<at>cityofdavis<dot>org

John is the staff wildlife biologist for the City of Davis, California. The position keeps him busy with a full range of duties, including habitat planning and restoration, wildlife and habitat management, CEQA document preparation/ review, and natural resource interpretation. His professional interests include wetlands and grasslands restoration and management. John received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in 1996. He has since worked at various wildlife and natural resource related positions with Nevada State Parks, U.S. Forest Service, California Department of Fish and Game and in private consulting. In his spare time John enjoys coaching youth sports, fishing, hunting upland game birds, backpacking and sharing his love for wild areas with his son.

Bridget Sousa

  • Bridget Sousa
  • secretary<at>tws-west<dot>org

Bridget is a Wildlife Ecologist with the consulting firm H. T. Harvey & Associates. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her PhD in Biology from the University of Kentucky. She currently works on special status species surveys, post-construction avian monitoring, data management, NEPA/CEQA documentation, HCP/NCCP compliance documentation, environmental analysis and reporting, and targeted conservation planning. She is pictured above in front of a prescribed fire she set as part of her dissertation research in Kansas.

Section Representative
Cynthia Graves Perrine

  • Cynthia Perrine
  • perrine.cynthia<at>gmail<dot>com

Cynthia received a B.S. in Environmental Biology from UC, Davis (Go AGS!), and attended CSU, Chico for graduate school. Former employment includes Field Training Biologist Program Coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Game and Education Coordinator for Jepson Herbarium at the Berkeley Natural History Museums. Professional interests include fire ecology, introduced species, and public outreach. Her spare time is spent with family, mostly outdoors.


Committee Chairs

Professional Development Committee

  • Jessica Martini Lamb
  • pdc<at>tws-west<dot>org


Communication Content Editor

  • Susanne Marczak
  • smarczak<at>sandiegozoo<dot>org

Student Affairs Committee

Katie Smith

  • Katie Smith
  • students<at>tws-west<dot>org

Katie Smith is a Scientific Aid with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and a PHD student in the Graduate Group in Ecology at UC Davis. She was hired with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife when she graduated from the Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology major at UC Davis in 2007. After working on a variety of projects with the Sportfish program she worked several seasons in Alaska as a fisheries observer out of Dutch Harbor. But her real passion is conservation of rodents so when the opportunity to work with the salt marsh harvest mouse arose she seized it and has been working with the mouse ever since. Between 2010 and 2012 she completed her Masters in Biology at New Mexico State University, using the opportunity to address an important management question about the salt marsh harvest mouse, where do they go during high tides? She is currently working with the Kelt Lab at UC Davis to further improve management of this species by addressing the vital questions, what are the relative habitat values of tidal and managed wetlands, and how can we improve multispecies management for mice and waterfowl?

Diversity Committee

  • Caitlin Roddy
  • diversity<at>tws-west<dot>org

Conservation Affairs Committee Chair

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  • Kelly Holland
  • kafholland<at>gmail<dot>com

Kelly is a Certified Wildlife Biologist with 20 years of wildlife biology experience conducting ecological monitoring, environmental impact assessment, natural resource planning, and habitat restoration and management throughout the western U.S., northeastern South America, and southern Australia. After receiving her B.A. in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Cruz and working several seasons as a biological technician with the US Forest Service and National Park Service (Lassen Volcanic), she was accepted into the Peace Corps. As a Peace Corps Volunteer in Suriname, South America (2000 – 2002), Kelly helped to create an ecological monitoring program for 12,000-ha rainforest reserve, where she co-managed an international research station, provided training in wildlife monitoring, and coordinated research assistants.  Her 2 years of ecological inventory and monitoring formed the basis of her Master’s thesis; she attained her M.S. in Environmental Science at Washington State University, Pullman, in 2003. After this, she spent 4 years at the US Fish and Wildlife Service, conducting ESA consultations, assisting with critical habitat designations and species reviews, and providing technical assistance to minimize impacts on listed species. In her current position Senior Wildlife Biologist at GEI Consultants in Sacramento, Kelly assists clients with navigating state and federal endangered species regulations, including impact analysis, permitting, compliance, and habitat mitigation planning, design, and management.  Kelly enjoys backpacking and camping with her husband and their 2 daughters, tinkering in her garden, dancing, and mountaineering.

Awards and Grants

  • Richard Burg
  • richard.burg<at>wildlife<dot>ca<dot>gov

Rich is an Environmental Program Manager with California Department of Fish and Wildlife in San Diego, California. He received his B.S. degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in 1997 and previously worked at CA Dept. of Parks and Rec and California Department of Transportation. In his spare time, he enjoys sitting on his plank (longboards rule), mountain biking, backpacking, but most enjoyably watching his beautiful children Zoe and Jack grow.

Membership Services
Don Yasuda

  • Don Yasuda
  • membership<at>tws-west<dot>org

Don is a Certified Wildlife Biologist employed by the U.S. Forest Service and is the Regional Analyst for the national forests in California. He is involved with national forest planning and supports collaborative planning efforts by forests across the state. He also serves as the Chair for the CA Biodiversity Council’s Interagency Alignment Team. He received his B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from U.C. Davis in 1987 and immediately started working for the Forest Service monitoring bald eagles. Don has been a member of TWS since 1995 and is a TWS Fellows. His professional interests are in forest management, fire ecology and management, and collaboration in natural resource management, particularly as it relates to sustainable wildlife habitats. Don enjoys woodworking and dabbles in decoy carving.

Western Wildlife Co-Chair
Bridget Sousa

  • Bridget Sousa
  • secretary<at>tws-west<dot>org

Bridget is a Wildlife Ecologist with the consulting firm H. T. Harvey & Associates. She received her BA from UC Berkeley and her PhD in Biology from the University of Kentucky. She currently works on special status species surveys, post-construction avian monitoring, data management, NEPA/CEQA documentation, HCP/NCCP compliance documentation, environmental analysis and reporting, and targeted conservation planning. She is pictured above in front of a prescribed fire she set as part of her dissertation research in Kansas.

Western Wildlife Co-Chair

  • Howard Clark
  • howard.clark.jr<at>gmail<dot>com

Howard is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® with more than 20 years of professional wildlife and research experience. His work as a wildlife consultant focuses on the fauna and ecosystems of Northern, Central, and Southern California, and the Mojave Desert provinces and includes extensive baseline mammalian inventories, surveys focused on rare animals, and habitat assessment. He regularly works with the western burrowing owl, San Joaquin kit fox, giant kangaroo rat, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, and the Mohave ground squirrel. He worked for H. T. Harvey & Associates for 10 years and Garcia and Associates for three years; he now works for Colibri Ecological Consulting. He completed his Master’s degree at CSU Fresno in 2001. His thesis studied the interactions between the endangered San Joaquin kit fox and the non-native red fox in Kern County, CA. Prior to his work as a consultant, he spent 7 years with the Endangered Species Recovery Program as a wildlife biologist. He is an instructor for TWS kit fox and small mammal workshops and was awarded the Raymond F. Dasmann Award for Professional of the Year in 2015 by The Wildlife Society, Western Section. He is the Layout Editor for the Western Section’s new journal Western Wildlife.

Chapter Representatives

Central Coast
Sara Snyder

  • Sara Snyder
  • sarannsnyder<at>gmail<dot>com

Sara is a Wildlife Biologist working in the Central Coast and Central Valley regions and the Central Coast Seabird Survey Volunteer Coordinator with Morro Coast Audubon.  She holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from University of California, Santa Cruz and a Master of Science in Biology from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo.  Sara has worked throughout the west, in Hawaii, Utah, Idaho and California, with a variety of species including Hawksbill sea turtles, prairie falcons, golden eagles, wolves and California gulls.  She has a passion for all types of wildlife but raptors top the list.

Angela Amlin

  • Angela Amlin
  • angela.amlin<at>gmail<dot>com

Angela Amlin is the Acting Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator and Protected Species Policy Analyst for the Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO) of NOAA Fisheries. Her duties include leading Hawaiian monk seal recovery and management activities, and ensuring that PIRO’s marine mammal response, Hawaiian monk seal recovery, and cetacean management activities are conducted in compliance with the Endangered Species Act and Marine Mammal Protection Act. Prior to joining NMFS, Angela worked with the State of Hawai`i Division of Forestry and Wildlife (DOFAW) focusing on the impacts of alternative energy projects on seabirds, waterbirds, and bats. She received her Master of Environmental Management with a concentration in Conservation Science and Policy from Duke University in 2008. Angela has served as the Hawai’i Chapter Representative to the TWS Western Section since 2015.


  • Kelley Stewart
  • kstewart<at>cabnr<dot>unr<dot>edu


North Coast
Elizabeth Meisman

  • Elizabeth (Lizzi) Meisman
  • edm170<at>humboldt<dot>edu

Lizzi is a seasonal Wildlife Technician for Green Diamond Resource Company surveying for northern spotted owls. She recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife Conservation Biology, with a minor in German Studies, from Humboldt State University. She worked last summer as an intern at the Boise State Raptor Research Center studying the impacts of anthropogenic landscape change on osprey nesting success and nest site selection. Lizzi’s main interests include wildlife diseases and raptor ecology. She hopes to pursue a Master’s degree studying raptors in the near future.


  • Carlos Alvarado
  • sac-shasta<at>tws-west<dot>org


San Francisco Bay Area

  • Janine Payne Schneir
  • janine.tws<at>gmail<dot>com


San Joaquin Valley


  • Randi McCormick
  • sanjoaquin<at>tws-west<dot>org

Randi McCormick received her B.S. in Biology from California State University, Bakersfield in 1990, and has worked in the San Joaquin Valley and surrounding foothills as a consulting biologist for over 25 years. Her work experience outside of the San Joaquin Valley includes seasonal work with the Bureau of Land Management covering the Carrizo Plain, Piute Mountains and southern Sierra Nevada, and at Computer Sciences Corporation on Edwards Air Force Base. As the owner of McCormick Biological, Inc., she mentors staff and directs the efforts of the company, whose focal wildlife species are San Joaquin kit fox, blunt-nosed leopard lizard, Tipton kangaroo rat, Nelson’s antelope squirrel, and giant kangaroo rat. She has worked with San Joaquin kit fox avoidance in the City of Bakersfield since the inception of the Metropolitan Bakersfield HCP, and has prepared documentation for hundreds of projects subject toCEQA/NEPA and CESA/FESA throughout central California. Ms. McCormick believes in learning for life and giving back to the community, fostering programs at her company that provide donation of services to Wind Wolves Preserve, Tejon Ranch Conservancy, Center for Natural Lands Management, and California Living Museum.

Southern California
JLL with 7lb. rainbow

  • Jeff Lincer
  • jefflincer<at>gmail<dot>com

Jeff Lincer received his Bachelors and Masters degrees, in Wildlife Biology/Management, from Syracuse University and his Doctorate in Ecology and Toxicology from Cornell University. His background includes 40 years as a scientist, educator, scientific advisor and administrator in environmental research and management and is most well-known for his work with raptors and other T/E species. He is a Past President of the TWS Southern California Chapter and the RRF (Raptor Research Foundation). He chaired, and co-edited the Proceedings for the First International Burrowing Owl Symposium, played important roles in subsequent international owl symposia, and co-edited the Proceedings of the First California Burrowing Owl Symposium. He was the founding Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Raptor Information Center. Dr. Lincer served as Consulting Editor for the joint RRF/Bureau of Land Management publication, “Raptor Habitat Management Multiple Use Mandate.” Over the last four decades, he has worked on major projects from Alaska to Africa, addressing raptor population trends, ecological monitoring, environmental impacts, ecotoxicology, and habitat protection and acquisition. He has taught college environmental courses, produced over 100 scientific publications and papers, authored dozens of environmental reports, and served as advisor to high-level governmental offices and national/international conservation programs.

Humboldt State


  • Alex Lewis
  • alewis<at>humboldt<dot>edu

Alex is a senior at Humboldt state university with a major in wildlife conservation and management and a minor in geospatial analysis. He plans on using these two degrees to better understand and map wildlife habitats and migration corridors in understudied and non-charismatic species.  For the last year he has volunteered with forest service ecologist Ted Weller assisting with his long term mist net study of hoary bats in north-western California. Alex is an avid outdoors person who loves to hike and backpack and in his free time he loves to  search the forest around Humboldt for any and all herptofuana.  Alex hopes to continue his education into grad school and to continue working to protect and conserve our natural world.

U.C. Davis

Rich Cain

  • Rich Cain
  • racain<at>ucdavis<dot>edu

Rich Cain is an undergraduate Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology major at UC Davis specializing in Fish Biology. In the past he has been involved with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service both speciating waterfowl for the pacific flyway and spawning salmon/steelhead at the Coleman National Fish Hatchery. Recently, he also interned for Wildlife Biologist Gary Diridoni at the Bureau of Land Management in Redding, Ca. This internship was focused on fisheries science and management and dealt a lot with riparian habitats. In his spare time, Rich bass fishes, hunts waterfowl, hikes and camps with friends and family. The next three years he is at Davis he looks forward to traveling around and getting involved with as many research opportunities and internships as possible.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Katie King

  • Katie King
  • kcking118<at>gmail<dot>com

Katie King is a third year biological sciences major at Cal Poly with a concentration in wildlife and biodiversity conservation. She has been an active member of the wildlife club for the past three years and is now the Western Section Represenative of the Cal Poly Wildlife Club. She is involved in radio telemetry tracking of rattlesnakes in Dr. Taylor’s lab with Dr. Taylor’s grad student Hayley Crowell. Katie enjoys working with herps but would like to get more experience working with mammals as well.

UC Santa Barbara
Elaine Tan

  • Elaine Tan
  • elntan.u<at>gmail<dot>com

Elaine Tan is a 4th-year Ecology and Evolution student at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has done research and restoration internships with UCSB’s Cheadle Center for Biodiversity and Ecological Restoration, working to perform plant surveys, collect and identify insects, and prepare and curate specimens for museum collections. More recently, she has interned for the Santa Barbara Audubon Society with Master Bander Don Schroeder to help monitor and band box-nesting songbirds. For her last year in school and beyond, she wants to continue to learn about and inspire interest in animal behavior, natural history, and habitat conservation. She enjoys making art, writing, birdwatching, and hiking, and is especially eager to work with reptiles, birds, and insects.

San Francisco State
Natalie Greer

  • Natalie Greer
  • nataliepalomag<at>gmail<dot>com

Natalie is a 4th year undergraduate at San Francisco State University double majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography. She hopes to work in the wildlife management and conservation field.

University of Nevada, Reno

Halie Goeman

  • Halie Goeman
  • hgoeman<at>nevada<dot>unr<dot>edu

Halie is a senior undergrad at University of Nevada, Reno studying Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. She currently interns for the Mountain Lion Foundation based out of Sacramento and has interned at Nevada Bugs and Butterflies handling all kinds of butterflies and insects for educational outreach. She plans on someday getting a Graduate Degree and a PhD in Wildlife Ecology and Mammalogy to study mountain lion ecology in the Sierra Nevadas. She loves the outdoors including backpacking, hiking, kayaking, fishing, and searching for all types of species of plants and animals in the Sierras.


Other Great People

Eric Renger

  • Eric Renger
  • webmaster<at>tws-west<dot>org

Eric is the Western Section Webmaster While working as an embedded software programmer during the day, Eric manages the TWS website during the evenings.

Project Manager and Meeting Planner
Candace Renger

  • Candace Renger
  • candace.renger<at>gmail<dot>com

Candace is the Project Manager and Meeting Planner for The Western Section. In her free time you will likely find Candace on a mountain peak in the Sierras, rock climbing, mountain biking or gardening in her backyard.


  • Vacant

The Wildlife Society – Western Section Presidents

A. Starker Leopold 1954-1955
Walter Howard 1955-1956
Frank Kozlik 1956-1957
Ray Dasmann 1957-1958
Chuck Fisher 1958-1959
Hank Hjersman 1959-1960
Harold Bissell 1960-1961
William Graf 1961-1962
J. Harold Severaid 1962-1963
Don Kelley 1963-1964
Howard Leach 1964-1965
Joe Hendricks 1965-1966
Phil Arend 1966-1967
Bruce Browning 1967-1968
Stan Harris 1968-1969
John Cowan 1969-1970
Jim Yoakum 1970-1971
Mert Rosen 1971-1972
Marshall White 1972-1973
Richard Laursen 1973-1974
Dick Teague 1974-1975
Dick Hubbard 1975-1976
Doug Donaldson 1976-1977
Lew Nelson 1977-1978
Brian Hunter 1978-1979
Hal Salwasser 1979-1980
George Tsukamoto 1980-1981
Dean Swickard 1981-1982
Kent Smith 1982-1983
Robert Fields 1983-1984
Judy Tartaglia 1984-1985
Donald Armentrout 1985-1986
James Brownell 1986-1987
Steve Holl 1987-1988
John Kie 1988-1989
Robert Schmidt 1989-1990
Scott E. Frazer 1990-1991
Ann H. Huffman 1991-1992
Richard Williams 1992-1993
Richard Anderson 1993-1994
Marti Kie 1994-1995
Mike Chapel 1995-1996
Dale McCullough 1996-1997
Reginald H. Barrett 1997-1998
Dean Carrier 1998-1999
Linda Spiegel 1999-2000
Michael Morrison 2000-2001
Barry Garrison 2001-2002
Catherine Hibbard 2002-2003
Lowell Diller 2003-2004
John Harris 2004-2005
Cynthia Graves Perrine 2005-2006
Kevin W. Hunting 2006-2007
Julie Vance 2007-2008
Rhys Evans 2008-2009
Scott D. Osborn 2009-2010
Armand G. Gonzales 2010-2011
John McNerney 2011-2012
Linda Leeman 2012-2013
Douglas Bell 2013-2014
Natasha Dvorak 2014-2015
Don Yasuda 2015-2016
Rachel Sprague 2016-2017
Rocky Gutierrez 2017-2018

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