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.
| Greg Simons
Greg Simons graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University in 1987, with emphasis on wildlife ecology.
After graduation, Greg immediately formed Wildlife Systems, Inc., which is a company he continues to own, operating hunting and wildlife programs on over 800,000 acres of private land in Texas, scattered over many different properties across the state. Wildlife Systems was named Dodge Outfitter of the Year in 2003 from a cast of over 450 hunting operations in North America. He has also worked with various hunting programs in several other states including Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Utah, and various foreign countries, including South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, New Zealand, Canada, and Mexico. Greg is also a partner in Wildlife Consultants, LLC, a company specializing in providing technical assistance for wildlife and land-related needs to landowners, bank trust groups, hunting clubs, and others. Greg hopes to someday work in some other environmental service sectors that are of interest to him but have yet to materialize.
Greg is a Past President of Student Chapter of TWS at Texas A&M University, Past Vice President of Texas Chapter of The Wildlife Society, Past President of Texas Wildlife Association, Current Vice President and Board Trustee of Texas Wildlife Association Foundation, serves on the White-tailed Deer Advisory Committee for the State of Texas, past board member of the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, past San Angelo CVB Board Chairman, currently serves on the Legacy Advisory Committee for Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences Department at Texas A&M University, serves on an advisory committee for the Department of Wildlife at Tarleton State University, Advisory Board for Conservation Force, and has served on many other appointed committees. Through his volunteer work, Greg was named the Ray Murski Friend of Wildlife recipient in 2016.
Greg and his wife, Deborah, reside in San Angelo.
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!