The theme of the 2018 plenary session is The relevance of conservation to a diverse society….How to make it a reality.
Dr. Steve Williams is the President of the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). As President of WMI, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (a federal advisory committee to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture), Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, and Chair of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. He is a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club and The Wildlife Society.
Prior to joining WMI, Steve served as Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Kansas Governor's Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Parks, Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, Assistant Director for Wildlife and Deer Project Leader of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. He received his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. Degree from the University of North Dakota.
| Becky Humphries
Ms. Becky Humphries is the CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation. She previously served the NWTF as vice president of conservation and also chief conservation and operations officer. Under her leadership, conservation staff identified habitats across the nation with the most immediate conservation needs, now known as “America’s Big Six of Wildlife Conservation.” The federation then developed partnerships for the betterment of the most critical wildlife habitats and worked with state chapters to launch management plans that advance the “Save the Habitat. Save the Hunt” Initiative.
Outside of her work with the NWTF, Ms. Humphries currently serves on the Steering Committee for the Blue Ribbon Panel on Sustaining America’s Fish and Wildlife Resources of the Association of Fish & Wildlife Agencies and chairs the Wildlife Health sub-committee for the Boone and Crockett Club. She also serves on the Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports and the Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council.
Ms. Humphries’ impressive résumé details more than 40 years of experience in wildlife management and conservation. Before coming to the NWTF, she served as the director of operations in the Great Lakes/Atlantic Region for Ducks Unlimited, focusing on conservation delivery, policy and science. She also served the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment for 32 years, including seven years as department director.
Dr. John McDonald is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Science at Westfield State University in Massachusetts and most recently began his term as President of The Wildlife Society. One of his goals as president is to raise The Wildlife Society’s profile as an organization. He believes it’s important for wildlifers not only to talk to individuals within the profession, but to engage audiences they don’t usually talk to. Previously, he was a Wildlife Specialist with the Wildlife & Sport Fish Restoration Program of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service in the Northeast Region where he administered >$30 million per year in Wildlife Restoration and State Wildlife Grants to state fish and wildlife agencies. From 1995-2000 John served as the state deer biologist for Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife. John is a TWS Fellow and Associate Editor for the Wildlife Society Bulletin and the Journal of Wildlife Management.
|Tina Yturria Buford
Ms. Buford is a sixth generation rancher, she has a wealth of knowledge and experience related to private land stewardship, ranching, and wildlife management. Tina is currently Director of Education for East Foundation, developing natural resource education programs for South Texas youth. In addition, she works alongside her family at the H. Yturria Land and Cattle Company. She was appointed to the Governor’s Commission for Women in 2016. She is president of Texan by Nature, Director of the Sand County Foundation, and advisory board member for the Texas Ag Land Trust. She previously served as president of both the Texas Wildlife Association and Texas Wildlife Association Foundation. Ms. Buford received a Bachelor of Science in rangeland ecology and management from Texas A&M University at College Station and a certificate in ranch management from the Texas Christian University School of Ranch Management. Most recently Ms. Buford was appointed by Governor Abbott to the Texas State Soil and Water Conservation Board. She is also very proud of her two sons 14 year old Cisco and William whom is 11.
Activities ranging from paper and poster sessions, workshops and field trips will make the event informative and interesting. Stay tuned for more details, and be sure to mark your calendars and make plans to attend!