Nominations Invited For Federation Directorships
Contributing members of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation in Districts 2, 4, 6 & 8 (election held in even-numbered years) and Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 & 9 (election held in odd-numbered years) are invited to run for positions on the Federation's Board of Directors. To be eligible for election to the board, a nominee must: (1) be a resident of or work in the Federation district he/she will represent on the board (refer to district map), and (2) have maintained membership in the Louisiana Wildlife Federation for the previous full year. While serving on the board, a director must keep his/her LWF membership current. Terms for these board positions lasts 2 years. Members are welcome to contact the LWF office if they have questions about their eligibility.
The Federation's Board of Directors is the chief administrative authority of the organization and, along with the delegates to LWF's annual meeting, establishes direction and policy on conservation issues. The LWF's executive officers are internally elected by the board and are in charge of overseeing the development and implementation of Federation policy and programs.
Through their association and cooperation with fellow board members and LWF affiliates, as well as through their active participation in both standing and ad hoc committees, board members can be extremely influential in conservation matters. They are also eligible to run for president and other executive offices, providing an even greater opportunity for leadership, involvement and recognition.
Not everyone is ready to be a Louisiana Wildlife Federation Director. There is a modest commitment of time and financial resources to attend the three meetings held each year -- one in the Spring and one in the Fall, traditionally held in Central Louisiana; and the LWF's annual meeting, a weekend conference held in February or March held in a different region of the state each year. But the opportunities are many -- to serve as a Federation spokesperson on behalf of habitat conservation, environmental quality and fish and wildlife resources; to meet and join with others concerned about conservation and the environment; and to develop and implement strategies to help insure a bright future for our natural resources so that, along with us, the next generations can continue to enjoy them.
Interested Federation members should not hesitate to nominate themselves or provide background information to other members who may wish to nominate them. The sample resume outline/nomination form is availiable for download as a pdf file (link). Nominations must be faxed or mailed in to the LWF office by December 15th. Directors will be selected by members from their district via mailed ballot after the nominations deadline.
Current LWF At-Large Directors
The two at-large director seats for District 1, which includes St. Tammany, Orleans, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, are currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
Edgar Veillon of Metairie represents LWF contributing members of District 2, which includes Jefferson, Lafourche, St. Charles, St. James, and St. John the Baptist Parishes.
Mr. Veillon is a life member and past president of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. He served as the LWF representative to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) for several years. He serves on the executive committee of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, and on the board of directors of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. His interests include wetlands restoration and preservation, hunting/fishing regulations and wildlife law enforcement, and conservation education. He attended Tulane University and has an extensive background in fundraising. In 2012, he attended the NWF’s 76th Annual Meeting in Shepherdstown, WV; participated in an NWF/City of New Orleans Workshop held at UNO on extreme weather; and attended a conference at the Hilton Riverside Hotel sponsored by NWF, America’s Wetlands and others on protecting New Orleans and our gulf coast. His hobbies include hunting and fishing.
The other at-large director's seat in District 2 is currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
Robert E. Stewart, PhD of Lafayette represents LWF contributing members of District 3, which includes Lafayette, Vermilion, St. Martin, Terrebonne, Iberia, St. Mary, Iberville, and Assumption Parishes.
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Dr. Stewart is an experienced wetland ecologist, wildlife biologist, research administrator, program developer and manager, and environmental policy analyst. In 2010, he retired from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette where he served as Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies for five years. In 2005, he retired from the USGS in the Department of the Interior, where he served as Director of the National Wetlands Research Center in Lafayette, LA for 27 years. He also served as the Congressional Services Director for the Office of Biological Services in Washington, DC, and as the Department of the Interior’s Oil Spill Research Coordinator for five years following the passage of the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. Dr. Stewart has a long history of involvement in coastal issues in the US. In Louisiana he has served as a member of the Governor’s Advisory Commission for Coastal Restoration and Protection for over eight years, and he served on the Board of Directors for the Louisiana University Marine Consortium. He has a second home on Grand Isle, LA and played a lead role in establishing a non-profit, charitable organization called Friends of Grand Isle, Inc., to assist the people, and businesses of Grand Isle recover from hurricanes and other disasters like the BP oil spill. He was responsible for the development of over 10,000 coastal maps and over a thousand publications on coastal ecology, management, and issues affecting the coastal areas of the US, particularly the coast of the Gulf of Mexico.
The other at-large director's seat in District 3 is currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
The two at-large director seats for District 4, which includes Caddo, Bossier, Webster, Claiborne, Lincoln, Bienville, and Jackson Parishes, are currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
The two at-large director seats for District 5, which includes Union, Morehouse, East Carroll, West Carroll, Ouachita, Richland, Madison, Caldwell, Franklin, and Tensas Parishes, are currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
Matthew Keppinger of Baton Rouge and David A. Spring of Baton Rouge represent LWF contributing members from District 6, which includes Washington, Tangipahoa, St. Helena, Livingston, Ascension, East Feliciana, West Feliciana, East Baton Rouge, West Baton Rouge and Pointe Coupee Parishes.
Mr. Keppinger retired as Assistant Commissioner of Agriculture for the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry (LDAF) and is currently a consultant. He has a BS from Northwestern State University in Agriculture Business. He has extensive study of and field experience in pesticide use and its effects. His work experience at LDAF included directing protection of endangered species and insuring pesticide use was not performed around buffer zones. Before retiring he was also assistant director of Ag Leadership LSU and director of LA House. He is a past chairman of the Pesticide, Feed, Seed, Fertilizer, Horticultural and Boll Weevil Eradicating Program. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Cattlemen’s Association, Forestry Association, Farm Bureau and LWF and is a member of the board of directors for Ag Leadership LSU. His hobbies include hunting big and small game, fresh and saltwater fishing, and managing family property in Rapides Parish for wildlife and select timber.
Dr. Spring is a retired doctor of podiatric medicine, having practiced in Baton Rouge, and has served on the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners and the Podiatry Board of Examiners. He has also been an expert witness for the Louisiana State Police Crime Lab. He’s been President of Operation Game Thief and has been active with Black Bear Conservation Coalition, helping them acquire funding and advance a state license plate for the Black Bear. He was a founding member of the Central La Chapter of Safari Club International and has served as regional Vice President and member of the board of directors of Safari Club International. His conservation interests include lobbying for wildlife law enforcement, black bear conservation, whitetail deer and turkey. His hobbies include big Game Hunting (and fishing and birding) in north and central America, Africa (South Africa, Botwsana & Zambia), Turkey, and Yugoslavia; and traveling to Europe, Russia, China, Canada and all 50 US states.
Fred J. Borel, Jr. of Lake Charles and Reggie Duhon of Iowa represent LWF contributing members from District 7 which includes Acadia, Jefferson Davis, Allen, Beauregard, Calcasieu and Cameron Parishes.
Mr. Borel is a retired chemical worker. He has served on the LWF Board of Directors since 2007, and is currently LWF's District 7 Vice President. He is interested in learning more about conservation laws and regulations, particularly wildlife habitat management to encourage landowners to manage their land for wildlife. He sponsored the first Quail Forever Chapter in Opelousas to help it get started in the state, and is a member of numerous other conservation organizations including the Ruffed Grouse Society, Pheasants Forever, Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, Wild Turkey Federation, Quail Unlimited, National Wildlife Federation, life member of the North American Hunting Club, Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club, Coastal Conservation Association, and endowment member of the National Rifle Association. Mr. Borel's outdoor interests include hunting, fishing and jogging.
Mr. Duhon has been a Louisiana Wildlife Federation member since 2009, and has served as a district at-large director since August 2013. He was employed as an electronics technician working on electrical equipment and training junior technicians prior to his retirement from Schlumberger Well Services. He has also been involved in U.S. Air Force Training Programs. He is particularly interested in hunter education, and is a Wildlife & Fisheries Hunter Educator. He is also interested in management of wildlife habitat, and conservation laws and regulations. He has served as Vice President of the Lake Charles Jaycees, is a life member of the NRA and NRA recruiter, and a member of Quail Forever, Acadiana Sportsmen League, and Southwest Louisiana Rifle and Pistol Club. His hobbies are fishing, hunting, genealogy, bird watching, firearms collecting, range shooting, and history.
Marty Floyd of Cheneyville and Jonny Fryar of Olla represent LWF contributing members from District 8 which includes Grant, LaSalle, Catahoula, Concordia, Rapides, Avoyelles, Evangeline, and St. Landry Parishes
Mr. Floyd has an A.D. in Applied Science-Recreation & Wildlife Management, a B.S. in Biology, and an M.S. in Wildlife Ecology. He has over 30 years experience as a Wildlife Biologist with the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service working in Louisiana’s coastal marshes. He also served as a Biologist Program Director for the Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries during cleanup and recovery efforts from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He is recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist with The Wildlife Society, recognized as an Environmental Professional and Technical Service Provider in Louisiana, and a master bird bander for Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi. In addition to his membership in LWF, Mr. Floyd is a former president of the Louisiana Association of Professional Biologists, former president of the Rapides Wildlife Association, current Vice President of the Louisiana Ornithological Society, and a member of many other organizations such as – Avoyelles Wildlife Federation, The Wildlife Society, Ducks Unlimited, Sierra Club, the American Ornithologists Union. His hobbies include birding, hunting, fishing, and just enjoying the outdoors in general.
Mr. Fryar is a wildlife biologist with the U.S. Forest Service, managing over 85,000 acres of the Vernon Unit of the Calcasieu Ranger District of Kisatchie National Forest (KNF). He is also responsible for management of the largest endangered Red-cockaded woodpecker population on the KNF. He also manages the Louisiana pine snake which is a candidate for listing as an endangered or threatened species. He works and coordinates with several other land management and environmental agencies and groups such as the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Louisiana Department of Wildlife & Fisheries (LDWF), The Nature Conservancy, National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF) and Fort Polk Army Installation. He works with LDWF and NWTF on a “quail emphasis area” to increase the number of Northern Bobwhite quail using stewardship authority, and has written a challenge cost share agreement with LDWF to establish a state Bird Dog Training Area to be part of this quail emphasis area. He also helped initiate the first youth turkey hunt on KNF. He is also qualified at the arduous level for wildland firefighter and is active in wildfire suppression and prescribed burning on the district. Mr. Fryar served as the Acting Deputy Ranger/Military Liaison from 1/2011-4/2011 coordinating all army use of district land, a role he still fills on a routine basis. Prior to his current position, he worked as an endangered species and wildlife biologist for Colorado State University at Fort Polk military installation. Mr. Fryar is a former member of the LaSalle Parish School Board. He learned valuable leadership and management skills as an officer in the U.S. Air Force from which he was honorably discharged. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing, carpentry, and gardening.
Virginia Burkett, PhD of Many represents LWF contributing members from District 9 which includes Vernon, Sabine, Desoto, Red River, Natchitoches and Winn Parishes. Dr. Burkett is a research scientist at the National Wetlands Research Center.
She has 30 years professional experience in wildlife and fisheries management and research, including serving as deputy secretary and secretary of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries. She has also served on the Louisiana Forestry Commission, the Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council, and national and international panels on climate change. Dr. Burkett has published extensively on the topics of sea level rise, climate change, coastal impacts, and coastal management. She has been involved in Louisiana Wildlife Federation activities for over 20 years and has a high regard for the LWF's democratic decision-making structure. She believes that the LWF is the most effective statewide conservation oganizationin Louisiana and is currently seving as LWF 2nd Vice President. Her hobbies include hiking, hunting and fishing.
The other at-large director's seat in District 9 is currently vacant and will remain so until the next election or until filled by appointment of the LWF Board of Directors.
The next elections for at-large directors will be held in December. Click here for a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is December 15th.