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Joan Patterson, President

  • Served as Director of Grassroots Outreach at the National Wildlife Refuge Association for 6 years
  • Former board member of Friends of Tualatin River NWR, Friends of the Potomac River Refuges and Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp
  • Worked in IT and team-building facilitation

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Cheryl Hart, Secretary/Vice President

  • National Wildlife Refuge Association Board member and Chair of Friends Committee
  • Friends of Tualatin River NWR President for five years and Bookstore committee
  • USFWS Friends Mentor Since 2014

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Jim Stone, Treasurer

  • National Wildlife Refuge Association Board Member
  • Friends of Wichita Mountains National Wildlife Refuge Board Member for 15 years, serving as president for 10 years.

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Linda Kilgore, Director at large

  • Translates uses and best practices of technology and guides small NGOs in adopting and modernizing digital tools.
  • NTEN Certified Nonprofit Technology Professional
  • Google Workspace Administrator
  • Retired, Senior IT Operations and Policy Analyst, State of Oregon
  • Past board member of Friends of Tualatin River NWR

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Aimee Arent, Director at large

  • Executive Director of Friends of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge
  • Background in Visitor Services through USFWS Visitor Services and Ohio Division of Wildlife
  • Former board member of Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge Association
  • BS Environmental Science from Bowling Green State University and Certificate of Nonprofit Management from University of Illinois – Chicago

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Sue Wilder, Director at large

  • Master and Doctorate degrees in Botany from Louisiana State University
  • Research Ecologist for US Geological Survey and retired Regional Ecologistfor US Fish and Wildlife Service
  • Board member for the Friends of Louisiana Wildlife Refuges
  • Volunteer for Mississippi Coast Audubon, Crosby Arboretum, and the Gulf Coast Phenology Trail
  • Enjoys working on her golf game, sewing and enjoying time with her 5 grandsons

Ken Kupchak with his wife Patty

Ken Kupchak, Director at large

  • Practicing law for 50 years
  • President of Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert a legal firm
  • Board member of the Friends of Hakalau Forest NWR
  • He and his wife Patty have been involved with protecting the natural history of the Hawaiian Islands for over 50 years


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Sue Hix, Newsletter Editor

  • Friends of Sherburne NWR Board Member for 15 years, serving as president and vice president
  • USFWS Friends Mentor
  • A 30-year career in banking, managed the training function for one of Minnesota’s largest banks
  • Consultant work focused on training, communications, and project coordination

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Barbara Volkle

  • President of Friends of the Migratory Bird/Duck Stamp
  • Founding President of Friends of Assabet River NWR; served for 10 years
  • USFWS Friends Mentor since 2014

Joe McCauley

Joe McCauley

  • Retired USFWS served as regional chief, Division of Realty, Northeast Region
  • Chesapeake Fellow for the Chesapeake Conservancy
  • Director of Rappahannock Wildlife Refuge Friends

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Mark Musaus

  • Serves as Regional Representative for the NWRA
  • Retired CFO for the National Wildlife Refuge Association
  • Retired Deputy Regional Director for the Southeast Region of USFWS
  • Served as Chief of the Division of Visitor Services and Communications for the NWRS