Georgia Wildlife Federation Staff
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.
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.
DeAnna Harris Conservation Resources 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.
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 Volunteers and Interns 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 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 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.
Terry Tatum Constituent Programs Manager
Terry is a professional horticulturist with an AB in biology from the University of West Georgia and a BSA in horticulture from the University of Georgia. She developed an interest in native plants and wildlife while living and working on Ossabaw Island from 1978 to 1981. Afterwards, Terry owned and operated Wild Wood Farms, a nursery in Madison, Georgia, specializing in propagation of native plants, heirloom plants and woody cut flowers for 20 years. During that time she designed and planted all-native plant landscapes at the Wildlife Resources Division Headquarters in Social Circle, the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center in Mansfield and the Okefenokee Education and Research Center in Folkston. Terry was an active volunteer for the Georgia Wildlife Federation until 2004, working primarily with schools to implement Schoolyard Wildlife Habitats for use as outdoor classrooms.
Jon Tonge Membership and Communications Manager
Jon holds an A.B.J. in Newspaper Journalism from the University of Georgia. A native of Georgia, Jon grew up in Waycross and spent many years camping, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors around the Okefenokee Swamp with his family and as an active member of the Boy Scouts. Prior to coming to the GWF, Jon was the owner of an independent bookstore in Madison and Athens and a newspaper reporter.