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 TWF as director of conservation in April 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.

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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.

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Chris Roberts joined TWF in January 2015 as the Director of the Tennessee Mitigation Fund and Wildlife & Ecological Services, 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.

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John “J.W.” Worthen joined TWF in January 2015 as Director of the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program. 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.

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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 Development Officer 

Cameron Mitchell joined TWF in February 2013 as East Tennessee Development Officer. 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.

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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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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.

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Previously a naturalist for the Nashville Park system, Tony Lance joined TWF in 2011 as a GOU Field Trip Leader and served as the GOU Nashville Program Assistant for four years prior to his current position. A longtime birder and beekeeper, Lance 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. Lance has a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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.

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Stephen Cawthorn joined TWF in December 2014 as the program coordinator for the Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program. Before joining TWF, Stephen spent the last three years working in program support for a U.S. government contractor in the Washington, D.C., area. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Western Kentucky University and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky.

Nhan Nguyen, Youth Hunting & Fishing Program 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.