Thursday, October 30, 2014

Staff Slideshow

GWF At Work
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Robert Phillips teaches students how to evaluate stream health using techniques from the Adopt-A-Stream Program.
GWF At Work
GWF Issues Coordinator Shirl Parsons teaches students how to identify various animal skulls during a GWF Day Camp.
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Michael Fulghum teaches visitors about our local invertebrates at the crawdad hole during a GWF open house.
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Eager young hunters learn how to properly use and take care of a turkey call from Sam Stowe during a GWF Day Camp.
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President Jerry McCollum speaks to a group of local college students before they head out for a canoe trip down the Alcovy River in Newton County.

Staff Content

Georgia Wildlife Federation Staff


Todd Holbrook
 President and CEO

Todd comes to GWF after a 27-year career with Georgia’s Department of Natural Resources, including stints as Assistant Director of the Wildlife Resources Division and Chief of Game Management. A biologist with degrees in wildlife management from the University of Georgia and Virginia Tech, he was responsible for several groundbreaking studies into the decline, recruitment and retention of hunting and angling participation.

Mary Ann Anderson  Communication Specialist

Mary Ann cares about all wildlife and nature and has been fascinated with it since she was a child growing up in Jeff Davis County.  She believes in the conservation all of Georgia’s critters and creatures for future generations, and that’s one of the primary reasons why she joined the Georgia Wildlife Federation.  As a longtime nature writer and photographer, she has penned thousands of articles on and taken tens of thousands of photographs of wild animals and places.   She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Mercer University in Macon.  

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.

Robert Phillips  Education Programs Manager

Robert holds an associate's degree in forestry from Haywood Technical Institute in North Carolina. Employed by the U.S. Forest Service in Louisiana, he worked with pine bark beetle control, fire control and timber sales. He is trained in water quality analysis and is a qualified instructor in this field. He has led the development of the Georgia Wildlife Federation Adopt-a-Stream programs and organized a volunteer stream monitoring program for more than 10 years. Robert has for the last 20 years organized aquatic resource activities for Georgia youth with the Georgia Bass Chapter Federation. Nine years ago Robert started a Junior Bass Club to teach angling skills, conservation ethics, and the conservation of the sport of fishing. His volunteer work and projects have gained special recognition by the Georgia Chapter of the American Fisheries Society, Turner Broadcast Systems, Georgia Bass Chapter Federation, and Bass Anglers Sportsman Society.

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 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 at the Patuxent Wildlife Research Center and then worked the next three years as a Biological Technician with the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay. After moving to Georgia, she lived, worked and volunteered at the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. She spent a summer working as a wildlife technician with UGA’s Sea Turtle Project on Cumberland Island before accepting the position of Commercial Fisheries Statistics Coordinator at the Coastal Resources Division of the GA DNR. She ran the Statistics Project at DNR in Brunswick, GA for five years. She has been a mentor and reading volunteer in the public schools as well as a PTA officer. Gina has been an active member of Satilla Riverkeeper and Flint Riverkeeper and volunteers her time to help with river cleanups and fundraisers.

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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