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.
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.
Chris Roberts, Director, Tennessee Mitigation Fund, Wildlife & Ecological Services
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.
John “J.W.” Worthen, Director, Tennessee Scholastic Clay Target Program
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.
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.