Sarah Cross OwenDirectorSarah is a graduate of the University of the South and The University of Georgia, where she earned BS and MS degrees studying wildlife and herpetology. She served as the first herpetologist for the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission, where she inaugurated the very successful NCPARC organization. In this capacity, she co-authored The Frogs and Toads of North Carolina, helped pass laws to protect freshwater turtles from over-harvest and to protect venomous species from exploitation, and conducted several research projects to better understand the reptile and amphibian populations of the state. She currently listens wistfully to the calls of frogs at night, and teaches her young daughters not to chase the boys with the snakes and toads they catch. J. Whitfield GibbonsDirectorWhit is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia’s Savannah River Ecology Laboratory. Whit was a founding member of our sister organization, Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation in 1999. Over the course of his career he has run the gamut of research topics on reptiles and amphibians Whit has also been a prolific writer for public outlets, producing a series of award-winning books on southeastern reptiles and amphibians and writing a weekly column, Ecoviews, that is syndicated in several newspapers. Whit has been a champion of outreach and public education throughout his career and has long been an avid proponent for the need to connect research to society so that stakeholders can become engaged in conservation of their natural heritage and natural resources.
Don MacLauchlan DirectorDon spent 31 years in Maryland State Government, starting in State Parks and ending in 1992 as Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources for Resource Management. During and following this period, Don was a key player in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. He served in leadership roles while with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, eventually coming to work with them as their International Resource Director, specializing in international conservation particularly on trade, biodiversity and wetlands issues. Also while with the Association, Don was among the founding members of Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and was instrumental in the establishment of a PARC States' Coordinator position. Don retired from AFWA in 2010, and enjoys watching his budding herpetologist grandson catch salamanders, frogs, snakes, and turtles around his backyard.
Jim BullockDirectorAs Senior Vice President, Forest Sustainability for Resource Management Service, LLC, Jimmy oversees sustainable forestry policy and programs; advocacy on forestry issues; and environmental, wildlife, and recreation policy and programs for RMS-managed timberlands in the United States. He also has responsibility for forest certification and audit programs for RMS-managed timberlands in the US, Brazil, and China.
Jimmy earned his B.S. degree in Forestry/Wildlife from Mississippi State University in 1980 and his M.S. degree in Wildlife Ecology from MSU in 1982. Prior to joining RMS, he served as Manager of Wildlife Policy and Programs at International Paper. A Certified Wildlife Biologist, Mississippi Registered Forester and Society of American Foresters Certified Forester, Jimmy is on the Board of Directors for the National Conservation Leadership Institute, the Quality Deer Management Association and the Catch-A-Dream Foundation. He is a Professional Member of the Boone and Crockett Club.
Jimmy and his wife Jan live in Bogue Chitto, Mississippi.
Marvin began his conservation career in 1972 when he joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He served as the biologist for the Service on the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays as well as in the States of Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, and Virginia. The remaining 32 years of his career were spent gaining valuable experience in positions dealing with national conservation policy, budgets, and resource management. He served in numerous Service Regions including the Southeast, Midwest, and Northeast, Retiring in 2011 as Director of the Northeast Region. Over the span of his career he fostered collaboration and information sharing among stakeholders to achieve conservation. He currently continues this practice as the Co-Chair of the Friends of Silvio O. Conte National Wildlife Refuge Science and Stewardship Committee and as a member of the Board of Audubon International.
Dr. Susan LiebermanDirector
Sue has worked in international biodiversity conservation, at the intersection between science and policy, for more than 25 years, and has extensive experience working on international wildlife trade, including through CITES. In 2013, she was appointed as a member of the U.S. Presidential Advisory Council on Wildlife Trafficking. She is currently Vice President, International Policy for the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Prior to joining WCS, she ran the International Policy Program at the Pew Environment Group, and before that was the Director of the Species Programme of WWF-International. She worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (including as Chief of the Scientific Authority) for 11 years. She did postdoctoral research on desert tortoises in Mexico, and received her Ph.D. from the University of Southern California in tropical ecology; her research was on leaf litter amphibians and reptiles in Costa Rica.
Scott retired in 2012 after 35 years as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. He began his career investigating the introduction of grass carp on native fish and wildlife, later working on population dynamics of sportfish populations. During his tenure, Scott worked in a variety of wildlife-related fields including outreach, aquatic education, habitat enhancement, aquatic plant management, risk assessment and water quality. In his final eight years with FWC, he coordinated the agency’s management of exotic fish and wildlife, ranging from apple snails to Gambian pouched rats to piranha and many other species in between. Living in a wooded area with a swamp on his property, he has the pleasure of observing a variety of north Florida herps on a regular basis.
Scott holds a B.S. degree in Zoology from the University of Georgia, a M.S. in Fisheries Science from Auburn University and a M.S. in Applied Statistics from The Florida State University.
Jeff HolmesExecutive DirectorHolmes began his conservation career with The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee (1998-2003) where he quickly advanced from Land Steward to Zoologist before being tapped as Conservation Planning Manager and then Director of Conservation Planning. During his five-year tenure with TNC, Jeff led or participated in numerous field studies and played a key role in the development and utilization of innovative conservation planning tools and protocols both within Tennessee and throughout the southeastern United States. Since leaving The Nature Conservancy in 2003 to become to work as a private contractor, Holmes has led cutting-edge projects to design and implement universal conservation planning tools and protocols that are compatible across multiple agencies and organizations at multiple scales, regardless of land-use priorities.
Ed ChristoffersFinancial Officer, TreasurerEd is a retired Fisheries Biologist, having worked for a total of 37 years for the National Marine Fisheries Service and the U S Fish and Wildlife Service. When he retired in 2007, Ed was the Regional Research Coordinator for the Northeast Region of USFWS in Hadley, Massachusetts. Ed holds a Doctorate in Zoology from Michigan State University, a Masters in Biology from Eastern Michigan University and a Bachelors in Fisheries from Michigan State. Ed and his wife currently live in Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania.
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