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 Project Manager (Candace Renger), Workshop Coordinator (Ivan Parr), 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.



  • Kelly Holland
  • President<at>tws-west<dot>org

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.


  • Dan Airola
  • PresidentElect<at>tws-west<dot>org

Dan is a Certified Wildlife Biologist and long-time Western Section member who has worked in a variety of capacities in California. He received BA and MS degrees from UC Berkeley and worked for the Lassen National Forest and several major environmental consulting firms in Sacramento as well as operating his own private practice. He has worked extensively in Endangered Species Act and NEPA/CEQA compliance and in preparing management plans for wildland areas. Recently, he served as President of a water resources consulting firm until retirement in 2019. He currently serves as a Director on the boards of several for-profit consulting firms and four non-profit conservation organizations. Dan’s passion has been conducting research, planning, hands-on management, and advocacy to conserve threatened birds and biological communities. He continues to lead long-term, mostly self-funded studies of Purple Martins in Sacramento, Tricolored Blackbirds in the Sierra Nevada foothills, and birds of the urban forests of the Central Valley. He also has published papers on Swainson’s Hawk migration and wintering areas, Turkey Vulture migration and roosting habits, and responses of nesting Bald Eagles to development and human disturbance. In his spare time, he enjoys birding, spending time on his family’s ranch lands in Calaveras County (where he operates a growing nest box program), gardening, and hanging out with his wife and two daughters.


Matthew Bettelheim

  • Matthew Bettelheim
  • blackfish<at>nasw<dot>org

Matthew received his BS in Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego, and is a Certified Wildlife Biologist, science writer, and natural historian employed by AECOM in Oakland. Amongst his past jobs were positions with the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife and the California Department of Fish and Game. As a herpetologist, his primary species of interest include the western pond turtle (Clemmys marmorata) and the California legless lizards (Anniella pulchra). An interest in the invertebrate and herpetological fauna of the Antioch Dunes led him to author a children’s book – Sardis and Stamm http://sardisandstamm.wordpress.com/– about the endangered Lange’s metalmark butterfly found there. Matthew’s science writing includes feature articles in Bay Nature, Berkeley Science Review, Inkling Magazine, Earth Island Journal, and Outdoor California, not to mention the inkshed he commits on the pages of his own blog, (bio)accumulation http://bioaccumulation.wordpress.com.

John McNerney

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

John received his B.S. in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University in 1996. He has since worked 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. Since 2001, John has served as 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. In his spare time John enjoys woodworking, day hikes, camping, backpacking, nature watching and sharing his love for wild areas with his wife, two sons, and two dogs.

Bridget Sousa

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

Bridget is a Wildlife Ecologist with the consulting firm Swaim Biological, Inc. 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

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

Kelley Stewart is an Associate Professor of large mammal ecology at the University of Nevada, Reno.  She received her BS at University of California Davis, her MS at Texas A&M University Kingsville and her PhD at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  Her research focuses on effects of density dependence, reproduction, and nutritional condition of large mammals on movement patterns, resource selection, population dynamics, and community structure.  More recently her research has moved into investigating the links between nutritional condition, endocrine function, and immune function to population demographics. Kelley teaches courses in wildlife ecology at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.  She was named the Teacher of the Year in 2012 by the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources at UNR.  Kelley has been primary advisor for 15 graduate students working on various aspects of ungulate and population ecology, 3 undergraduate honors students, and 2 postdoctoral research associate.


Committee Chairs

Professional Development Committee

  • Janine Payne
  • pdc<at>tws-west<dot>org


Communication Content Editor

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

Susanne Marczak is the Research Coordinator for the Burrowing Owl Program at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research (ICR). In addition to monitoring the breeding population of western burrowing owls in San Diego County, she is part of the multi-agency effort to establish additional breeding nodes throughout the county via translocation of owls. She has also assisted with research efforts of other species at ICR, including Stephens’ kangaroo rat, Los Angeles pocket mouse, pacific pocket mouse, and Mojave desert tortoise. Her first field job out of university was trapping and tracking giant garter snakes in wetlands and rice fields with the USGS Western Ecological Reseach Center in Dixon, CA.

Susanne graduated from UCLA in 2008 with degrees in Ecology, Behavior & Evolution, B.S., and Economics, B.A. She has served on the  Executive Board of The Southern California Chapter of The Wildlife Society since 2015, and with the Western Section since 2017. She hopes to continue working with western burrowing owls into the future, and to help promote effective research-based management decisions for the species.

Student Affairs Committee

Katie Smith

  • Katie Smith
  • students<at>tws-west<dot>org
Katie Smith is a Wildlife Biologists with WRA Environmental Consultants and a post-doctoral researcher at UC Davis. Katie specializes in working with the salt marsh harvest mouse (Reithrodontomys raviventris). She recently finished up her PhD in the Kelt Lab at UC Davis, working to 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?  She will be continuing her work with the salt marsh harvest mice while completing a post-doctoral fellowship, examining how the mice behave during king tides, and how they might respond to long term sea level rise.  She is also at WRA now, working to find ways to bridge the divide between consultants and agencies, especially with regards to improving methods for conserving salt marsh harvest mice throughout the San Francisco Bay Estuary.

Diversity Committee

  • Bayan Ahmed
  • diversity<at>tws-west<dot>org

Bayan received her B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology & Applied Vertebrate Ecology from Humboldt State University. Bayan has been involved with various research studies that have allowed her to work with a number of wildlife species and to obtain versatile skills that she uses in many aspects of her career. She now works for the Department of Water Resources as a Fish and Wildlife Scientific Aid where she helps with field restoration studies. Bayan is also heavily involved with The Wildlife Society Western Section and co-produced the film “Diversify Wildlife” that showcases the importance of diversity in the wildlife field. Bayan hopes to continue pursuing her newfound passion for science communication moving forward in her career along with ecology and taxonomy.

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
  • grants<at>tws-west<dot>org

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 Committee and Historian
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 Chair

  • Howard Clark
  • westernwildlife<at>tws-west<dot>org

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

  • Clint Scheuerman
  • representative.cccctws<at>gmail<dot>com

Clint is an Ecologist and Certified Wildlife Biologist who works as an environmental consultant. He lives and works out of San Luis Obispo. Clint holds a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. He has conducted biological work throughout the U.S. and overseas. In California, Clint’s specialties include bird ecology, fairy shrimp, and wildlife impact analysis. He recently served as the President of the California Central Coast Chapter of TWS. Clint has a passion for all types of wildlife but secretly considers himself more of a botanist.


  • Laura Luther
  • lrluther<at>hawaii<dot>edu

Laura Luther is working on her M.S. degreein the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management at the University of Hawai’i – Mānoa. She is a member of the Hawai’i Wildlife Ecology Lab, advised by Dr. Melissa R. Price. Laura’s research is dedicated to increasing knowledge and awareness of the pueo (Hawaiian Short-eared Owl) by working with major land-owners and performing a variety of survey methods across O’ahu and Maui to determine optimal foraging habitat for the native raptor. In addition, Laura is assisting an undergraduate student with compiling pueo mortality data across the Hawaiian Islands. In Laura’s spare time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, and assisting other projects such as banding Wedge-tailed Shearwaters on nearby islets, collecting water samples for analysis near Pearl Harbor, and assisting with restoration and beach clean-up events.

Laura received her undergraduate degree in Biology from Concordia University- Portland. While there, she participated in multiple field ecology courses and assisted NGO, Solve Oregon with organizing and leading beach cleanups and riparian restoration events. Since graduating, Laura has been a wildlife technician for multiple seasons at Glacier National Park, monitoring ‘Species of Concern’ in the Park and fostering community stewardship through training and citizen science outreach. She spent a winter season as a member of the Wildlife Team at Haleakalā National Park monitoring nesting success of the nēnē (Hawaiian Goose) and ʻuaʻu (Hawaiian Petrel). Laura has a passion for the conservation of native flora and fauna and hopes to become an effective land manager and educator raising awareness of conservation needs while making sustainable management actions to preserve and protect native ecosystems for the continuing benefit of future generations.


  • Mitchell Gritts
  • mitchellgritts<at>gmail<dot>com

Mitchell Gritts is a programmer-data analyst for the Nevada Department of Wildlife.

North Coast
Elizabeth Meisman

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

Lizzi is a Wildlife Biologist working for GHD Inc. on a wide variety of environmental consulting projects. Previously she worked for local timber companies conducting sensitive species surveys. She completed a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology, with a minor in German Studies, from Humboldt State University in 2016. She has done research on habitat use of mesocarnivores, impacts of anthropogenic landscape change on osprey nesting success and nest site selection, and blood parasites in osprey nestlings. She is extremely active in her local community, and contributes to long-term monitoring in the area through volunteering at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory. In what little free time she has, she can be found in the woods hunting for birds with her boyfriend and two dogs.

Being a big sister is deeply engrained in her and she strives to help students and early-career professionals whenever possible. She serves on the Western Section Professional Development, Diversity, Conservation Affairs, and the Annual Meeting Planning Committees, as well as the Quiz Bowl at the intergalactic TWS level. She is always eager to share resources and information, so feel free to reach out at any point if you would like to learn more about these committees or our chapter!


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

Carlos received his B.S. in Wildlife, Fish, Conservation Biology from UC Davis (yes, another Aggie!). He is a Wildlife Biologist with Ascent Environmental. Prior to joining Ascent in 2014, he had worked as a biological consultant for the previous eight years. Before joining the consulting industry, he worked for the Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission conducting surveys in high elevations lakes in the Sierra Nevada surveying for Sierra Nevada yellow-legged frog and Chinook salmon surveys in the Lower American River. He is a two-term Past-President of the Sacramento-Shasta Chapter. Carlos and his wife Ona recently welcomed their first son Leopold.

San Francisco Bay Area


  • Natasha Dvorak
  • ndvoraktws<at>gmail<dot>com

Natasha Dvorak is a senior biologist at Swaim Biological, Inc. located in the San Francisco Bay Area. Natasha is a past-President of The Western Section, past-President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter, and was the SF Bay Area Chapter Representative to the Western Section for many years. She resumes this role in the interim. Natasha is passionate about wildlife tracking and how the practice of it builds an ever-deepening relationship with the non-human world around her. She is a Cybertracker Level III Track and Sign Specialist, and is fascinated by camera trapping, tracking, and scat analysis as less-invasive methods for exploring animal presence and behavior. As a consulting biologist, she conducts trapping surveys for special-status reptiles and amphibians; traps and relocates SF dusky-footed woodrats from construction zones; conducts wetland delineations for features potentially jurisdictional to federal, state, and local agencies; writes permitting documents and prepares permit applications for federal, state, and local wetland and wildlife agencies, including post-project monitoring and restoration plans; assesses habitat and species’ potential for occurrence; conducts nesting bird surveys for raptors and other avians protected under the MBTA and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act; prepares NEPA and CEQA documents; performs floristic surveys to identify and protect rare plants and sensitive natural communities; and provides tailboard training and biological monitoring during construction activities in sensitive natural habitats. She relishes occasional opportunities to participate in spotted owl surveys, bat mist-netting and acoustic surveys, electrofishing, and the like. Natasha also performs a variety of project management, administration, and reporting duties. She is a bit of a GIS geek and enjoys using ArcGIS software regularly in her work. She’s a fan of the SF Chapter and Western Section, and credits TWS with boosting her career self-esteem, engaging her to the broader community of wildlife professionals through volunteer service to the Society.

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

  • 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 (Effects of DDT on Eggshell-thinning). 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, migration, 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. This year, a preserve in Florida was named after him.

Humboldt State

  • Sarah Daniel
  • scd8<at>humboldt<dot>edu

Sarah Daniel is a senior at Humboldt State University majoring in Wildlife Conservation Biology/Applied Vertebrate Ecology. She has done research on songbirds, barn owls, small mammals, and deer. Her future goals include pursuing a masters degree, and furthering her knowledge and experience with the conservation of wildlife. In her free time Sarah enjoys hanging out with her dog, hiking, and enjoying the beautiful outdoors on the North Coast. 

U.C. Davis

  • Bruce Markman
  • bbmarkman<at>ucdavis<dot>edu

Bruce Markman is a second year Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology major and GIS minor at UC Davis. He has recently interned at the Fangue Lab where he studied biotelemetry to analyze Chinook salmon migration patterns. He has also done fieldwork with the Putah Creek Rotary Screw Trap project and for the Putah Creek Nestbox Highway. His future goals include pursuing graduate school to gain further experience in the wildlife conservation biology field and eventually becoming a professional wildlife biologist. This year, he is the chapter representative of the TWS-WS UC Davis Student Chapter. In his free time, he enjoys backpacking, mountain biking, photography, surfing, and exploring wild areas.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

  • Ryan Vosbigian


UC Santa Barbara
Dimitri Katsiouleris

  • Dimitri Katsiouleris
  • dimitri<dot>katsiou<at>gmail<dot>com

Dimitri Katsiouleris is a second year aquatic biology major at The University of California Santa Barbara. Currently he volunteers at the marine science institute and assists with their Oceans to Classrooms(O2C) outreach programs. In his free time he enjoys maintaining a saltwater aquarium and hiking.

San Francisco State

University of Nevada, Reno
Krymsen Hernandez

  • Krymsen Hernandez
  • krymsen21<at>gmail<dot>com

Krymsen Hernandez is a senior at the University of Nevada-Reno where she majors in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation with a minor in Biology. Recently she was awarded a full fellowship to Michigan State University to study carnivore-human conflict for her PhD. To date she has done research with desert pocket mice in the Sonoran desert through NSF, girdled lizards in Namibia through the Nevada Undergraduate research grant, and Andean bears and olinguitos in cloud forests of Ecuador and Colombia through the Summer Research Opportunities Program.  In the future she wants to continue delving into the complexities of carnivore-human interaction and she wants to be a professor to share the knowledge she has gained to the future conservationists. On her free time Krymsen likes to hike, spend time with her family, cuddle her cats, and play the occasional video game.


Other Great People


  • Mike Chapel
  • mike.chapel<at>yahoo<dot>com
Mike Chapel managed a variety of programs during his career with the Forest Service such as serving as a District Ranger of the Nevada City district, as a special assistant to the Regional Forester, as a Forest Biologist for the Sierra and Tahoe National Forests, and as a district wildlife officer in the Kings River Ranger District.  Prior to his Forest Service career, he was the Chief of the Environmental Division at the Kings River Conservation District.
Mike has been actively volunteering for the Western Section of The Wildlife Society for more than 3 decades and has served as the President of both the San Joaquin Valley and the Sacramento-Shasta Chapters, and as the President of the Western Section.  He received the Professional of the Year award in 1991 from the Western Section of The Wildlife Society to recognize his outstanding leadership in the field of wildlife biology.  He also received the James D. Yoakum Award for Outstanding Service and Commitment to The Western Section of The Wildlife Society in 2006, and the Distinguished Service Award from TWS in 2013.
Mike has been working for the Western Section as our bookkeeper for a long time now, and he keeps great, accurate records of our finances and investments so we may continue as a fiscally strong nonprofit organization long into the future.

Program Director
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.

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.

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.

Workshop Coordinator

  • Ivan Parr
  • workshops<at>tws-west<dot>org

Ivan Parr is the Western Section’s Workshop Coordinator. Ivan loves the idea of promoting education and experience when it comes to understanding wildlife and their habitats. A botanist as well as a wildlife biologist, Ivan spends his (albeit limited) free time searching the Golden state for unique treasures of biodiversity. He is currently trying to compile a photographic index of California’s endemic species.

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
Jeff Davis 2018-2019
Matthew Bettelheim 2019-2020

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