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Georgia Wildlife Federation Staff

Mike Worley President and CEO

Mike comes to GWF after a long and successful career at Georgia Power, where he held positions in environmental affairs and legislative affairs, as well as a senior manager position in community and economic development.  He earned a B.S. in Biology from the University of West Georgia and, as an avid hunter, angler and outdoors enthusiast, is dedicated to our core mission of protecting, preserving and enhancing the state’s water, forest and field, and wildlife resources for this and future generations.

Bonnie Eisterhold Sportsmen's Programs Coordinator

Bonnie began working with GWF as a volunteer in 2007 at our annual outdoors shows, and joined the staff in 2010 to assist in member and event services.  Bonnie grew up with a love of the outdoors, and carried this appreciation for the natural world into her adult life.  Today, she and her family enjoy gardening, camping and fishing.

Becky Harris  Executive Assistant

DeAnna Harris
 Conservation and Outreach Manager 

DeAnna holds a BS in wildlife science from Auburn University.  Before moving to Georgia, she served as a research assistant with the Auburn University Entomology Department and the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and as a wildlife educator at the Birmingham Zoo and Alabama's Special Camp for Children and Adults (Camp ASCCA).  DeAnna is a Master Gardener, certified by the University of Georgia, Extension Service and trained in Project Wild.  She began her career with GWF as a volunteer, and has been on staff since 1996.

Simwone Jordan - Facilities Specialist

Hank Ohme
  Program Manager, Mill Creek Nature Center

Hank received a BA degree in mathematics from the University of Alabama and served three years in the US Army as an Artillery officer.  In 2008, he retired from his career as a computer programmer. Hank has been a volunteer with the Georgia Wildlife Federation since 2004, and joined the staff in 2011. Hank is an avid hiker and an amateur photographer.

Doug Rithmire Sportsmen's Programs

Doug developed a love for the outdoors as a child growing up in Alabama.  An avid angler and hunter, he has spent many years learning about nature first-hand, and has passed this knowledge along to his children and grandchildren.  Doug earned masters degrees from the Independent Garage Owners of America and the Automotive Service Council of Georgia, and owned Rithmire's Transmissions for 20 years.  During the eighties, he joined the GWF Board of Directors, first as District Director, then as Vice-President, and ultimately as President.  Doug has been on staff since 1987 as Director for GWF's Sportsmen's Shows. 

Gina Rogers  Conservation Issues Coordinator

Gina grew up in northern Virginia fishing and camping in the Appalachians and around the Chesapeake Bay. She holds a BS in Conservation and Natural Resource Management from the University of Maryland. She began her career as an intern with the US Fish and Wildlife Service and then worked with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay. Her work experience also includes working at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, working with UGA’s Sea Turtle Project on Cumberland Island, working with the Commercial Fisheries Program of the Coastal Resources Division of the GA DNR and as an employee of the Glynn County school system. Gina loves to hunt, fish, kayak, camp and hike with her family.

Adam Schiavone  Wildlife Technician and Volunteer Coordinator

Adam comes to GWF with an associate's degree in wildlife technology from Albraham Baldwin Agricultural College.  He worked three years at the University of Georgia aquaculture unit, and has experience monitoring deer herd quality at Georgia Wildlife Management Areas and Sapelo Island.  Some of Adam's favorite outdoor activities are hunting, fishing, trapping, and kayaking.

Sam Stowe Sportsmen's Programs Manager

Sam is an avid angler and hunter with a great passion for the outdoors.  He grew up in Newton County and owned and operated a heating and air conditioning business for 34 years.  During that time he served three terms as State Chapter President for the National Wild Turkey Federation. After retiring, his passion for the outdoors and conservation led him to pursue a new career with the Georgia Wildlife Federation.


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