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, Past President), by TWS members residing within the Section (Section Representative to TWS), appointed by the President (Secretary, Treasurer and Committee Chairs), or elected 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 individuals including 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.

Officers

President

  • Katie Smith
  • President<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.

President-Elect

Randi

  • Randi McCormick
  • PresidentElect<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.

Past-President

  • Dan Airola
  • Past-President<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.

Treasurer

  • 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.

Secretary

  • Melinda Dorin Bradbury
  • secretary<at>tws-west<dot>org

Melinda Dorin Bradbury received her B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from U.C. San Diego. She started out her career working on yellow naped parrots and iguanas as a field assistant and on a BBC nature film in Costa Rica. After returning to California she worked on salmon passage projects in the Sacrament San Joaquin Delta for a couple of years and then switched to terrestrial species including, San Joaquin kit fox, California red-legged frogs, bat surveys, and salt marsh harvest mice. She has a wide range of experience conducting surveys, working on water rights, energy projects, conservation strategies, and land use planning. She has worked for several State agencies and with NGOs in the Sacramento region. Currently she works for Department of Water Resources Salton Sea Program as the permitting lead on restoration projects totaling 30,000 acres.

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
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Communication Content Editor

  • Susanne Marczak
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<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

  • Lizzi Meisman
  • Katie Rock
  • Shannon Lemieux 
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Lizzi Meisman grew up in rural Colorado and moved to Northern California over a decade ago to attend Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt) where she completed a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology 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 the local community and contributes to long-term monitoring in the area in a variety of ways including volunteering at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory, the California Bumble Bee Atlas, and leading birding trips with the Redwood Region Audubon Society. During the hunting season, she can be found in the woods/mud hunting for birds with her fiancé and three dogs. Lizzi works as a wildlife biologist for Dudek, an employee-owned environmental consulting firm. She is also currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow joining Dr. Matt Johnson’s Habitat Ecology Lab at Cal Poly Humboldt to continue one of the longest running raptor projects in North America, the Butte Valley Swainson’s Hawk project, for her graduate studies.

Katie Rock graduated from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in 2021 with a B.S. in Biological Sciences. During her time in college she was an officer of the Cal Poly SLO student chapter of the Western Section of The Wildlife Society for three years. In her senior year she was the Cal Poly SLO student chapter representative and was thus able to act as a member of the section board. After graduating, she had to step down from her student representative role, and began working at HDR as a biological consultant where she has been able to broaden her experience working as a wildlife biologist. After a year break settling into her post college life Katie has rejoined the section board as a student affairs committee co-chair. She hopes to help students find their place in the wildlife field just how the section helped her when she was still a student. Katie has a particular interest in herpetology and has two pet snakes herself named Udon and Soba (after the noodles). She hopes to continue to broaden her knowledge of herpetofauna while also gaining experience with a wide variety of wildlife including, bats, fungi, and mosses. She plans to apply to wildlife conservation Master’s programs in the near future once she feels ready to take that next step.

Shannon Lemieux graduated summa cum laude from Oregon State University with her B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. During her studies, she was awarded a position as a National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates intern at the Bermuda Institute if Ocean Sciences (BIOS). At BIOS, she collaborated with reef biologist Dr. Eric Hochberg to continue research being done on coral phenology and helped compile benthic surveys for Bermuda Electric Light Company. Shannon has also traveled to Chile where she worked alongside University of Chile students to collect field data for ongoing ecological research. As she continues to pursue a research based career post-graduation, Shannon will also continue her career as a professional dancer. Some of her credits including projects such as Paula Abdul’s Straight Up Paula Tour, The Price is Right, and Broadway to the Rescue’s Big Fat Christmas Show. With dedication and passion for both of her careers, Shannon hopes to push the boundaries both in the field and on stage. 

Diversity Committee

  • Bayan Ahmed
  • tws-west<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
  • tws-west<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.

Awards and Grants

  • Richard Burg
  • tws-west<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

  • Sam Sosa
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Sam Sosa is a Wildlife Biologist in Sacramento, where he works with threatened and endangered species. Previously, he was worked on aquatic invasive species prevention, red-cockaded woodpecker recovery, and invasive species removal and seabird monitoring. Sam also had the pleasure to work as a Community Youth Development worker for the Peace Corps in Mongolia (2014-2016). In his free time, you can find Sam driving and camping all over the western US, riding his bike around Sacramento, or hanging out with friends.

Western Wildlife Chair
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  • Howard Clark
  • tws-west<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.

Historian

  • Don Yasuda
  • tws-west<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.

 

Chapter Representatives

Central Coast

  • David Kisner
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

David Kisner has been a Certified Wildlife Biologist since 2014 and has been working as an ecologist within central and southern California since 1993. David graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a BA in Evolution and Ecology and a MS in Biology from San Diego State University. His Master’s thesis examined the impact of Arundo donax (the giant reed; an aggressive non-native riparian plant) on the riparian bird community. Starting as an undergrad at UCSB, he started working with numerous listed bird species including least Bell’s vireo, southwestern willow flycatcher, snowy plover, least tern, Belding’s savannah sparrow, California gnatcatcher, and yellow billed cuckoo. Over the years he has branched out to include work with amphibians, reptiles, bird banding, plant identification, habitat restoration, and teaching.

David and his wife Johanna now run a small biological consulting firm with help from their three kids and numerous pets. They work on smaller habitat restoration projects, construction monitoring, ecological assessments, and avian-based research. David is looking forward to taking a more active role in The Wildlife Society and strengthening the biological community.

Hawaii

  • Angela Amlin
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Angela Amlin has worked for NOAA Fisheries as the Hawaiian Monk Seal Recovery Coordinator since 2015. Prior to joining NOAA, Angela worked for the State of Hawaiʻi Division of Forestry and Wildlife focusing on the impacts of alternative energy projects on threatened and endangered seabirds, waterbirds, and bats. She has also worked for the State of California Department of Parks and Recreation, the World Wildlife Fund, and spent many years as an environmental consultant primarily focused on endangered species impact assessment and mitigation planning. Angela received her MEM degree with a concentration in Conservation Science and Policy from Duke University, and her BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara. She has served as TWS Hawaiʻi Chapter President since 2016, and is currently the Chapter Representative to the Western Section, a position she also held from 2015-2018.

Nevada

  • Kevin Shoemaker
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Dr. Kevin Shoemaker is an Associate Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), where he serves as director of the Applied Population Ecology lab. Kevin’s research at UNR covers a wide range of species from tortoises to prairie dogs to bats, and focuses on using diverse data sources to inform wildlife conservation. Kevin received his Master’s and Doctoral degrees at the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry, where his dissertation research on the population ecology of bog turtles helped to clarify the conservation status of small freshwater turtle populations.

North Coast

  • Elizabeth (Lizzi) Meisman
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Lizzi grew up in rural Colorado and moved to Northern California over a decade ago to attend Humboldt State University (now Cal Poly Humboldt) where she completed a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology 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 the local community and contributes to long-term monitoring in the area in a variety of ways including volunteering at the Humboldt Bay Bird Observatory, the California Bumble Bee Atlas, and leading birding trips with the Redwood Region Audubon Society. During the hunting season, she can be found in the woods/mud hunting for birds with her fiancé and three dogs. Lizzi works as a wildlife biologist for Dudek, an employee-owned environmental consulting firm. She is also currently an NSF Graduate Research Fellow joining Dr. Matt Johnson’s Habitat Ecology Lab at Cal Poly Humboldt to continue one of the longest running raptor projects in North America, the Butte Valley Swainson’s Hawk project, for her graduate studies.

Sacramento-Shasta

  • Erica Christensen
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

San Francisco Bay Area

  • Kathleen Grady
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Kathleen Grady is a wildlife biologist based out of San Francisco. She received her BS in Ecology and Evolution from UC Santa Barbara, and after working as a seasonal biologist studying birds for almost 10 years, she went back to school to get her Masters at Sonoma State University. There, she studied bird response to creek restoration on private ranches and dairies. While most of her career has been focused on birds, more recently Kathleen has been enjoying getting more experience with plants and herps — especially the adorable California tiger salamander. Kathleen volunteers as a bander for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory and remains passionate about maintaining what makes the Bay Area special by optimizing public and private lands for both wildlife and people.

San Joaquin Valley

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  • Randi McCormick
  • tws-west<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

  • Colleen Wisinski
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Colleen Wisinski works at San Diego Zoo Global as a Conservation Program Specialist in Recovery Ecology, where she leads the burrowing owl recovery program. Colleen’s main research focus is the ecology and conservation of burrowing owls in Southern California, particularly of the breeding population of burrowing owls in San Diego County. She is responsible for overseeing the field team, managing and analyzing the data, and working with colleagues to make recommendations about management of the species to local land and wildlife managers. Using direct observations, remote cameras, GPS transmitters, and color banding, she and the team are learning about survival, reproduction, and movement of the owls in the region. The team also uses translocation and conservation breeding to help bolster the burrowing owl population.

Colleen earned her bachelor’s degree in Biology and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin – Green Bay, and her master’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University in Bozeman, where she examined survival and habitat use of greater sage grouse in southwestern Montana. Colleen has also worked as a wildlife rehabilitator where she trained several raptors for educational purposes, and as a whooping crane tracker where she used radio and satellite telemetry to monitor a reintroduced population of cranes. She has been a member of The Wildlife Society since college and has been the Student Affairs Liaison for the Southern California Chapter since 2015. Colleen loves that she gets to work outdoors and be creative to figure out how to answer research questions in the field. Her love for animals and nature grew from her time spent outdoors in the North Woods of Wisconsin.

Humboldt State

  • Jessica Hernandez
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Jessica is currently a Senior at Humboldt State majoring in Wildlife Management and Conservation. She is originally from Los Angeles, CA and is a proud first generation college student. Jessica has been passionate about animals and wildlife since she was a child and has worked with & around them since she was 16 years old. She has gained valuable experience through various internship opportunities such as Wildlife Conservation & Education, Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release, and Marine mammal rehabilitation. She has worked with the LA Zoo, animal rescues, city animal shelters, veterinary clinics, animal rehabilitation clinics, and is currently working at Humboldt State University as both a grader and a T.A for Mammalogy. In her free time, she enjoys gardening, bird watching, painting, murder mysteries, and creating mini gnome gardens.

Most recently, she began to spend most of her free time at the HSU Vertebrate museum learning about proper museum techniques, inputting data, and preparing specimens in the lab. Pictured above is a freshly prepped Myotis Lucifugus (Little Brown Bat) fully prepped and pinned by Jessica.

U.C. Davis

  • Chloe Schaecher
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Chloe Schaecher just completed her second year at UC Davis, where she is majoring in
Wildlife, Fish, and Conservation Biology. She is currently interning with the Primate Research
and Conservation Team to compile data on wild primate sociality and conservation. When not in
school she works at a summer camp and loves sharing her passion for nature with children. She
is also attending the BIOMA sea turtle field course this summer and is excited to gain more
experience out in the field. She plans to attend graduate school and eventually work in
endangered species conservation. Chloe is originally from Truckee CA and has done volunteer
work monitoring and restoring streams with the Tahoe-Truckee Watershed Council. In her free
time, she enjoys hiking, camping, and backpacking.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

  • Tyler Gianni
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

Tyler Gianni is a fourth year Biology student at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo concentrating in Ecology, Evolution, Conservation, and Biodiversity. He currently works in Dr. Ruttenburg’s Marine Conservation Lab as a field leader for monthly intertidal Pismo clam surveys, is a part of Dr. Liwanag’s Vertebrate Integrative Physiology lab, which surveys the Northern Elephant Seal population in Piedras Blancas rookery, and is in Dr. Bean’s Spatial Ecology Lab where he sorts camtrap data, identifying mesocarnivores on the Dangermond preserve. Tyler has a passion for learning about wildlife and sharing that information with others, which he fulfills by volunteering with the Central Coast aquarium and engaging in public scientific communication through the Marine Conservation Lab. He looks to continue his education and pursue a graduate degree to one day become a professional wildlife researcher. This year, he is the chapter representative of the TWS-WS Cal Poly SLO Student Chapter. He likes to make coffee, climb, and read in his spare time, and his favorite animal is the rock hyrax.

UC Santa Barbara

  • Jenna Stuck
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org
 

San Francisco State

TBD

University of Nevada, Reno

  • Molly Farro
  • tws-west<at>tws-west<dot>org

My name is Molly and I am a Junior at the University of Nevada, Reno. I transferred from Truckee Meadows Community College with an Associate’s Degree of Science and I am currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation. I am originally from the East Bay Area in California, but I moved to Reno four years ago and never looked back. I love being close to the mountains and nature, and Reno is perfect for that! I’ve worked at a local Reno brewery for the past three years and in my free time I enjoy spending as much time outdoors as I can. Weightlifting and powerlifting are a part of my everyday life and my hobbies also include mountain biking, hiking, camping, fishing, and traveling. During the warm summer months, you can find me backpacking in the backcountry trying to find secret alpine lakes! Thank you so much for this opportunity, I look forward to the next year serving as the UNR Wildlife Club Representative!

Other Great People

 

Accountant

  • 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.

Project Manager and Meeting Planner

  • Candace Renger
  • projectmanager<at>tws-west<dot>org

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.

Webmaster

  • 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
Kelly Holland 2020-2021
Dan Airola 2021-2022

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