Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

The WAFWA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee (DEI Committee) was established in 2020 by the President to be comprised of members from the Board. The committee’s approved Statement of Purpose: 

“To support efforts of WAFWA public agencies to create a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and develop broad and meaningful relationships with people and organizations from diverse lives and cultures.

Goals

  1. Assist our agencies to develop a foundational understanding, and an operational meaning, for the terms Diversity, Equity and inclusion.
  2. Be a resource for agencies that are striving to create a more diverse workforce.
  3. Be a resource for agencies to help them develop meaningful and mutually beneficial relationships with individuals and groups that have been marginalized in the natural resource field, and in society at large. 

Objectives

  1. Create a DEI resource library with contacts, books, webinars, TED talks, training resources, etc., that will be available for all WAFWA member agencies. 
  2. Provide training opportunities in workforce diversity outreach, recruitment and retention, hiring with a diversity lens, and creating a welcoming work environment for people from all backgrounds and cultures.
  3. Provide training opportunities in anti-racism and anti-sexism. 
  4. Collect and share best DEI practices among our agencies.  Acknowledge and celebrate our successes. 
  5. Be a supportive and confidential listening ear for employees that are striving to work toward achieving their agency DEI goals. 

Members List

Brad Loveless, Chair
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
David Buggs
Texas Parks & Wildlife Dept.
Susan Steffen
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Aaron Austin
Kansas Dept. of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Aaron Keller
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Abbey Czarnecki
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Adrian Angulo
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Ali Duvall
Intermountain West Joint Venture
Allen C. Molina
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Allen C. Molina
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Amanda Storck
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Ashley Green
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Ben Paige
Sovereign Sportsman Solutions
Betsey York
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Bill Dinkines
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Bob Ziehmer
Bass Pro Shops
Brad Burkholder
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Brenda Duty
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Casey Anderson
North Dakota Game and Fish
Cathy Brown
US Forest Service
Chad Bishop
National Association of University Fisheries and Wildlife Programs / University of Montana
Chris Berens
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Chris Smith
Wildlife Management Institute
Corey Jager
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Craig Sanchez
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Craig White
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Curt Melcher
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Cynthia Bender
Fishermen Against Asian Carp (FAAC)
Danielle M. Isenhart
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Dave Chanda
Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation
Davia M. Palmeri
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
David Lind
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
David Parker
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Dean Smith
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Deborah Hahn
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Elsa Haubold
Fish and Wildlife Service
Emily Van Wyk
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Emma Lantz
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Erin Cooper
USDA Forest Service
Faren Wolter
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Greg Siekaniec
Fish and Wildlife Service
Greg Wooten
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Gregory Wolley
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Heather Villa
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Howard Horton
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
J.D. Strong
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
James Broska
Fish and Wildlife Service
James Comins III
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Jason Day
NIC
Jeffrey M. Fleming
Fish and Wildlife Service
Jenifer Wisniewski
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency
Jennifer Newmark
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Jessica Mounts
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Jim Heffelfinger
Arizona Game and Fish Department
John Lord
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Judith Scarl
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Julie Watson
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Karen Mock
Utah State University
Kathy Hollar
Fish and Wildlife Service
Keith Norris
The Wildlife Society
Kellie Tharp
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Kelly Adams
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Kelsey Hersey
Brandt
Kevin Shaffer
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Kim Thorburn
Washington Dept of Fish & Wildlife
Kristen Romanoff
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Kristin Denryter
California Department of Fish and Wildlife
Lacy Elrod
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Lance Cherry
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Larry Rabin
Fish and Wildlife Service
Lauren MacLeod
Nevada Department of Wildlife
Lauren Truitt
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Levi Jaster
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Lew Carpenter
National Wildlife Federation
Lincoln Parrett
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Lisa Holt
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Lisette Waits
University of Idaho
Lori Polasek
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Maria Gladziszewski
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Marian Snively
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Mark Martinez
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Mark Ohm
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Martha Wackenhut
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
Marvin Williams
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Matt Hogan
Fish and Wildlife Service
Matt Mitchell
Brandt
Micah Holmes
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Mike Fowlks
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Mike Hagan
Office of Management and Budget
Nels Rodefeld
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
Peach Van Wick
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Rachel Ballanti
California Fish and Game Commission
Ray St. Germain
Kalkomey
Rene Schell
Wyoming Game and Fish Department
Rich Schultheis
Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism
Robin Cahoon
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Robin Goodman
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Roger W. Fuhrman
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Ron Regan
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Ryan Scott
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Samantha Pedder
Council to Advance Hunting and the Shooting Sports
Sarah Reif
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Sarah Studebaker
Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Scott Sprague
Arizona Game and Fish Department
Shannon Hurn
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife
Silvana Yaroschuk
Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies
Stephanie Miller
Bureau of Land Management
Storm Usrey
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Susan Lee
Bureau of Land Management
Taniya Bethke
South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks
Tom Ryle
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Tom Vania
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Tony Gorn
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Tracey Gotthardt
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Travis Booms
Alaska Department of Fish and Game
Trina Hedrick
Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Tristanna Bickford
New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Vicki Finn
Fish and Wildlife Service
Wendee Grady
Kansas Farm Bureau
Will Inselman
Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Jared Romero
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership