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2011 National Convention Speakers

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The following individuals will be presenting at the 2011 Ducks Unlimited National Convention. 

Dan Ashe

Dan recently received the president's nomination as the new director of USFWS. Ashe has served as the deputy director of USFWS since September 2009. During the course of his career, he has served as science advisor to the director at USFWS; chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System; director of USFWS's migratory bird management and North American wetlands conservation programs; assistant director for external affairs at USFWS; and as a member of the professional staff of the former committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives. He has a masters in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington and a B.S. in biological sciences from Florida State University.

John Childs

John was elected a trustee of Wetlands America Trust in 2005 and chaired the Wetlands for Tomorrow Campaign leadership team in his capacity as president of WAT. He is the President of J.W. Childs Associates L.P. in Boston. He received his B.A. from Yale University and his M.B.A. from Columbia University. He is actively involved in politics on the national level, is a collector of sporting and western art and enjoys skiing and hunting. John's primary residence is in Vero Beach, Fla. 

Steve Donovan

Steve, who has been with DU for 15 years, is the manager of conservation programs in Nebraska. Prior to working in Nebraska, he played an integral role in starting DU's Pacific Northwest Initiative. Prior to his DU career, Steve worked for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Dakota, Texas and California. He grew up in South Dakota and received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences from South Dakota State University. 

Eduardo Carrera

Eduardo, who joined DUMAC in 1984 and is now its national executive director, is internationally recognized for his expertise in wetland and waterfowl conservation in Mexico. He chairs Mexico's National Technical Advisory Group for migratory bird conservation, is a member of the National Commission of Protected Natural Areas and the National Tourism Council, and is a member of several state wildlife conservation advisory boards.   

Dale Hall

Dale is the chief executive officer of Ducks Unlimited Inc. He joined DU in May 2010, bringing with him a vast expanse of conservation knowledge and experience. In addition to owning his own natural resources consulting company, he spent 30 years with the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, most recently as its director. Dale has a B.S. in biology and chemistry from Cumberland College in Williamsburg, Ky., and a M.S. in fisheries science from Louisiana State University. He is the author of numerous published papers on wetlands, fisheries ecology and other topics. Born in Harlan, Ky., Dale is married to Sarah Reed Hall, and they have three grown children.

Bob Hester

Bob became a trustee of Wetlands America Trust in 2009 and is currently the treasurer for DU Inc. Bob is an office managing partner with the accounting firm Deloitte LLP in Memphis, Tenn., where he resides with his wife, Martha. In his spare time, he enjoys hunting, fishing, golf and spectator sports. 

Bruce Lewis

Bruce is chairman of the board of directors for Ducks Unlimited Inc. and became a trustee of Wetlands America Trust in 2007. A past president of DU Inc., he has served on the DU Inc. board since 1996 and is a member of the DU Canada board. Bruce is a practicing attorney and partner in the law firm Gwin, Lewis and Punches. He received his B.S. from Mississippi State and J.D. from the University of Mississippi. Bruce resides in Natchez, Miss., with his wife, Karen, and three children, Grayson, Scott and Elizabeth. Bruce is an avid outdoorsman and is a founding member of Beck's Bay Hunting Club in Mississippi.

Scott Manley

Scott has been the Director of Conservation Programs for DU's Southern Region for the past 10 years. In this capacity, he provides conservation planning, program administration, grant development and administration, fundraising and staff development. Before taking that post, he served as a regional biologist for DU's SRO from 1998 to 2001. Scott received both his M.S. and Ph.D. from Mississippi State University. Before joining DU, he worked as a biological technician on several waterfowl research teams located throughout North America and Antarctica.

Doug Schoenrock

Doug has served on the board of DU Inc. since May 2002. He currently serves as senior vice president for corporate relations and is a member of the senior management committee. After receiving both a B.S. and M.S. in agriculture from the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, Doug spent 22 years with Sara Lee Corporation. In 2004, Doug, his wife Linda, and their two daughters, Lauren and Eve, moved to his hometown of Fayetteville, Tenn., where he formed The Savannah Food Company. He enjoys archery hunting for big game, turkey hunting, participating in shooting events and waterfowling.

Steve Reynolds 

Steve serves as the national secretary for DU Inc. Since 1994, he has served as president and CEO of Baptist Memorial Health Care. Reynolds holds a B.S. from Arkansas State University and a M.H.A. from Washington University School of Medicine. 

John A. Tomke

John became a trustee of Wetlands America Trust in 2002 when elected President of DU Inc. He presently serves on the DU Inc. board as president of Ducks Unlimited de Mexico. John, a member of Ducks Unlimited since 1970, serves on DU's nominating committee, board of directors and the council of state trustees and national delegates. He is also a board member for DU Canada. John is retired from his role as vice president of global operations at Dow AgroSciences in Indianapolis, Ind. He received a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He and his wife, Judith, live in Carmel, Ind. 

Also presenting:
  • Jack Hole
  • Jeff Nelson
  • John Newman
  • John Pope
  • Virginia Porter
  • Fritz Reid
  • Rebecca Rimel
  • Huntley Ritter
  • Scott Stephens
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