BOARD OF DIRECTORS

A registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Tennessee Wildlife Federation is governed by a volunteer board of directors.

Chairman —Ric Wolbrecht (Germantown)

Chairman Emeritus — Dr. John O. “Jack” Gayden (Memphis)

Vice Chairman — Kathy Griffin (Dayton)

Secretary — Chris Nischan (Nashville)

Treasurer —Tommy Bernard (Kingston Springs)

Anker Browder (Knoxville)

Jim Cameron (Franklin)

Jim Candella (Brentwood)

Allen Carter (Athens)

Allen Corey (Chattanooga)

Frank Duff (Chattanooga)

Tom Eberle (Chattanooga)

Bruce Fox (Knoxville)

Monty Halcomb (Wartrace)

Dan Hammond (Franklin)

Terry Lewis (Powell)

Rob Lineberger (Brentwood)

Jean Maddox (Nashville)

Sam Mars, III (Harrogate)

Albert Menefee, III (Franklin)

Richard Speer (Nashville)

ADVISORY BOARD

The Tennessee Wildlife Federation maintains an advisory board to expand and increase our impact for wildlife and conservation across Tennessee.
Members of the advisory board are located across the state and share a passion for Tennessee’s great outdoors.

West Tennessee

Jim Byford

Craig Connors

Bill Cox

Philip Claypool

Nick Crafton

Bill Dance

Paul Grider

Brian Sparks

Brenda Valentine

Middle Tennessee 

Albert Buckley, Jr.

Mike Kelly

Jim Maddox

Tami Miller

Tom Rice

Colin Reed

East Tennessee 

Chuck Chitty

Phillip Fulmer, Sr.

Mark Ingram

Terry Whitson

Susan Williams

MEET OUR STAFF

Michael A. Butler, Chief Executive Officer

Michael Butler has served as TWF’s chief executive officer since June 2002. Butler works with elected officials, state and federal agencies, and civic leaders to implement sound natural resources policy. He joined the Federation as technical advisor to the executive director in 1996, working with the organization’s Conservation Policy Advisory Council and board of directors to develop natural resource policy. Prior to his role at TWF, Butler earned his master’s degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University. Read Michael’s blog HERE.

Kendall McCarter, Chief Development Officer

Kendall McCarter serves as chief development officer. Prior to joining the TWF staff in 2008, McCarter served as vice president of development and university relations at Lambuth University in Jackson, Tennessee. McCarter’s development experience includes seven years as associate director of philanthropy for The Nature Conservancy, Tennessee Chapter and four years as director of development for Lifeline Blood Services in Jackson. In addition, he has served as vice president and trust officer with Regions/Morgan Keegan Trust, where he worked with high net worth clients in financial and estate matters.  McCarter began his career in development work as a regional representative for LeBonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis.

Janet Henderson, Chief Financial Officer

Janet Henderson joined TWF in October 2014 and serves as Chief Financial Officer. Prior to the Federation, Henderson was CFO of The Land Trust for Tennessee. She has also served the same role for Emerald Entertainment Group, the largest recording and broadcast company in the Southeast. Henderson holds a degree in accounting from the University of Missouri and is a certified CPA. She resides in Nashville with her husband, musician Mike Henderson.

karenthumbKaren Vaughn, Director of Grants and Special Projects

Karen Vaughn is director of grants and special projects. She joined TWF in 2005, directing communications and membership until moving into her current position. Before her time at TWF, Vaughn served as manager of events and membership at the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in Washington, D.C., and worked as a Congressional aide for several members of the U.S. House of Representatives. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

chrisrobertsthbChris Roberts, Director of Conservation

Chris Roberts joined TWF in January 2015 as the Director of Conservation, overseeing the Federation’s wildlife habitat conservation projects. Chris has a master’s degree in biology and more than 20 years of professional experience in conservation planning, land and water protection, government relations, rare species surveys, and wildlife habitat restoration.

jwstaffthumbJohn “J.W.” Worthen, Director of Programs

John “J.W.” Worthen joined TWF in January 2015 as Director of Programs. Prior to joining TWF, J.W. served as store manager at Gander Mountain, one of the nation’s largest outdoor products retailers. He holds a degree in business with a focus in marketing from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

Nate West, Director of Communications

Nate West joined TWF in January 2017 as director of communications. Prior to joining the Federation, Nate worked for nine years with a diverse range of clients at DVL Seigenthaler, most recently as a director of client services. In that role, he designed and guided full-spectrum communication programs on local, state, and national levels. Nate is active in the community and currently serves on the board of Friends of Shelby Park and Bottoms. He holds a degree in public relations from Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky.

mattthumb2Matt Simcox, Hunters for the Hungry Manager

Matt Simcox joined TWF as outreach coordinator in April 2008, where he coordinated the day-to-day operations of the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program and Hunters for the Hungry. In 2011, Simcox was named Manager of TWF’s Hunters for the Hungry program. Simcox is a 2007 graduate of Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in communications.

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Andrew Peercy was brought on as manager of the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program in January of 2011, and has led the continued advancement of the nationally celebrated scholastic shooting program in Tennessee. Formerly, Peercy was director of information technology services at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s from Texas A&M.

Cameron Mitchell, East Tennessee Field Manager 

Cameron Mitchell joined TWF in February 2013 as East Tennessee Development Officer and is now East Tennessee Field Manager assisting with Youth Hunting & Fishing and Hunters for the Hungry. Prior to coming to TWF, he worked as an executive chef and personal chef in locales across the country before joining Covenant College on Lookout Mountain near Chattanooga as food service director. He worked with Ducks Unlimited as area chairman in Chattanooga for two years and was recognized as Area Chairman of the Year in 2006. Mitchell is a graduate of the Scottsdale Culinary Institute.

angelaschmidtthumbAngela Schmidt, Development Manager

Development Manager Angela Schmidt joined TWF in August 2014 after working with Genesis Learning Centers in Nashville and Oceana, an international conservation group, in New York City.  Angela, a 2004 graduate of Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with a degree in English, is a native of Hermitage. She is currently attending Belmont University and working toward a master’s degree in nonprofit leadership.

tony-lance-portraitTony Lance, Administration Manager

Previously a naturalist for the Nashville Park system, Tony Lance joined the Federation in 2011. A longtime birder and beekeeper, Tony is most at home being outdoors hiking and backpacking. In 1999, he checked a major goal off his “bucket list” by completing a thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail. Tony has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

Lindsay Gardner, Conservation Policy Manager

Lindsay joined the Federation in 2017. She conducts research and coordinates outreach to deepen the knowledge base and influence of the Federation’s work on public policy. Prior to joining the Federation, Lindsay worked as communications and habitat restoration program manager for the Southeast Aquatic Resources Partnership. She also served as the executive director of the Red River Watershed Association and as director of science and restoration programs for the Harpeth River Watershed Association. She holds a bachelor’s degree in anthropology from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. and a master’s degree in social anthropology from the University of London.

Kate Hill, Communications Coordinator

Kate Hill joined the Federation in August 2014 and serves as Communications Coordinator. She handles the creation of print and web graphics. Kate is a 2013 graduate of Mississippi State University where she earned a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design. She is a native of Jackson, Tenn.

Nhan Nguyen, Youth Hunting & Fishing Coordinator

Nhan Nguyen joined TWF in September 2016 as TWF’s Youth Hunting & Fishing Coordinator. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University in international relations and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lambuth University. He has also studied at Oxford University and earned his MBA from Middle Tennessee State University.