NANPA 2013 Board of Directors Candidate
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1) Give us a brief overview of your job, photographic, educational, volunteer, organizational board/committee skills, etc.
International award-winning nature photographer, widely published technical & popular writer and professional book author, and national workshop and field trip leader. Owner & operator of NATUREGRAPHS: Freelance Writing & Photography for 35 years with national-international publication credits of 5,000 photos, 100 magazine articles, and three natural history books. Accomplished photography program presenter & workshop instructor with 100+ courses & programs presented throughout the Nation. Professional wildlife biologist (Master’s Degree), certified Professional Wetlands Scientist (Society of Wetlands Scientists #754), environmental compliance/regulatory specialist, and senior project manager for 40 years. Volunteer board member of five organizations during past 10 years, including NC Museum of Natural Sciences (2005-2011), Association of Water Resource Managers (2007-2010), and NANPA (2010-13). Co-founder of Sudbury Valley Nature Photographers in Wayland, MA. Recipient of 10 outstanding job performance awards during 40-year career.
2) How long have you been an active member of NANPA?
Charter member – first joined when organization started in 1995
3) What Summits/Forums have you attended?
Ft. Myers, Charlotte, Reno, McAllen, Austin (breakout presenter), Portland (breakout presenter)
4) Have you served as a NANPA volunteer or worked on a committee?
Summit Committee, five years
5) What particular expertise and/or qualities would you bring to the NANPA Board?
Diversity of skills, including professional natural history writing, professional biologist, professional wetlands scientist, and environmental compliance/regulatory specialist. In addition to my photographic interests. As a professional wildlife biologist, I’ve managed 500+ projects and 250+ public hearings, all of which emphasized achieving cooperation and teamwork to achieved fair and balanced solutions to complex issues. I’ve also taught photography workshops and led birding/wildlife hikes for 35+ years. Collectively, these skills will allow me to help the BOD reach out to new members and organizations and to expand the NANPA membership which is the “life blood” of the organization.
6) NANPA is a young organization experiencing amazing growth. To help bring about a successful passage into maturity, every member of the Board is required to put in considerable time and effort. Will you be able to participate fully and actively? If you are self-employed, can you afford to take time away from your business? If you are an employee, or in some other way connected to an organization, will your job responsibilities allow you the freedom to attend to NANPA business?
Yes to all the questions: I am semi-retired and – after I finish my current book contract in January 2013 – I will have considerable time and resources to devote to NANPA BOD activities.
7) How would you use your abilities to further the NANPA mission: "to provide education, foster professionalism and ethical conduct, gather and disseminate information, and develop standards for all persons interested in the field of nature photography. NANPA further seeks to promote nature photography as an art form and a medium of communication for the sciences, nature appreciation, and environmental protection." Do not address the entire mission, but only those aspects that align with your own know-how, interests, and goals.
If elected to the BOD again, my primary goal going forward is to increase NANPA’s membership through both individual contacts and reaching out to other associated organizations.
8) How do you envision NANPA's role in the future of nature photography? How would you further that role?
I believe NANPA can be an extremely important organization to nature photographers throughout the world. The key is increasing NANPA’s name recognition to assist in recruiting new members and this is what I will work toward as a BOD member.
9) Why do you want to serve on the NANPA Board of Directors? If elected, what would you personally like to accomplish during your term on the NANPA Board?
I would like to serve another term on the NANPA BOD to emphasize and promote worldwide growth of the organization through increased membership and name recognition.