STEVENS POINT, Wis. – July 2, 2015 – Christine Thomas, of Plover, Wisconsin, was elected to Ducks Unlimited's national board of directors during the organization's annual convention held recently in Milwaukee.
"The leadership of our board of directors ensures we are fulfilling our mission to conserve, restore and manage wetlands and associated habitats for North America's waterfowl," said DU CEO Dale Hall. "Our board members are not paid for their work; rather they volunteer their time and resources because they feel so strongly about conservation. I welcome each new member and look forward to working with them in the years to come."
Thomas is dean and professor of resource management in the College of Natural Resources at University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. She has a long list of awards and credentials that celebrate her love of the outdoors and conservation achievements. She is also active in regional issues related to women in natural resources.
Thomas has received honors from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries, Outdoor Live magazine, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel Sports Show Hall of Fame, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, National Wildlife Federation and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, among others for her various teaching achievements and contributions to conservation. She served as vice chair of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage and Conservation Council, appointed by the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture under the Obama administration.
In addition to the elections of volunteer leadership, this year's convention featured presentations by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack; Virtual Instruments CEO, John Thompson and Caterpillar Inc. CEO, Doug Oberhelman. Next year's convention will be held in Anchorage, Alaska, June 1-5.
For a complete list of DU's volunteer board of directors, please visit www.ducks.org.
Ducks Unlimited Inc. is the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to conserving North America's continually disappearing waterfowl habitats. Established in 1937, Ducks Unlimited has conserved more than 13 million acres thanks to contributions from more than a million supporters across the continent. Guided by science and dedicated to program efficiency, DU works toward the vision of wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever. For more information on our work, visit www.ducks.org. Connect with us on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DucksUnlimited, follow our tweets at twitter.com/DucksUnlimited and watch DU videos at youtube.com/DucksUnlimitedInc.
Jennifer P. Kross