Founder and Executive Director - Cameron A. Young
In addition to the CSC, Cameron is involved in other conservation and research organizations such as Partners for the Conservation of Amphibians and Reptiles (PARC) and the Society for the Study of Reptiles and Amphibians (SSAR). He has published many peer-reviewed articles on the distribution and conservation of amphibians and reptiles. Cameron has also co-authored several book chapters including two chapters on inventory and monitoring techniques at rattlesnake dens.
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Board Member - David P. Young
David has been a Project Manager and Wildlife Biologist for Western EcoSystems Technology, Inc. since 1992. He received his B.S. in Biology from Earlham College in 1986 and a M.S. in Zoology from the University of Georgia in 1988. His specialty areas include threatened and endangered (T&E) species and wind power research. He has received formal training in Endangered Species Act, Section 7 Consultation and Habitat Conservation Plans; has conducted numerous T&E species surveys, clearances, and monitoring projects; has written Biological Assessments for determining adverse effects from highway construction projects, water development projects, and wind projects; and has been a paid, and volunteer, field technician studying many state and federally protected species including: Indiana bat, grey bat, Virginia big-eared bat, Preble's meadow jumping mouse, black-footed ferrets, Washington ground squirrel, wood stork, mountain plover, Mexican spotted owl, bald eagles, Allen's Cay Rock Iguana, Riley's Rock Iguana, copperbelly water snake, Kirtland's snake, green sea turtles, Wyoming toads, bull trout, westslope cutthroat trout, Ute ladies' tresses orchid, Colorado butterfly plant, and blowout penstemon.
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Board Member - Andrew Grammer
Andrew is a Senior Consultant and serves as Office Manager in Natural Resource Group, LLC's (NRG) Denver office, specializing in environmental support for the certification and permitting of natural gas facilities. Andrew has 10 years of experience working as a botanist, wetlands ecologist, task lead and a Project Manager, with the majority of that time being spent in the energy industry. He has expertise in wetland delineations, wetland permitting, habitat evaluation, and environmental compliance requirements for the operation and maintenance of natural gas pipelines. Andrew manages resource surveys, conducts agency consultations, and obtains permits and clearances from federal, state, and local agencies.
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Board Member - David P. Thomas
He began consulting work while still a student at Auburn, and has been an environmental consultant to the pipeline industry for most of his professional consulting career. He has experience at all levels of consulting, from field identification of wildlife habitat and wetland delineation to preparation of NEPA documents, with a focus on the FERC application process, and project management.
David enrolled at SUNY Albany after graduating high school, but decided to delay his education, and spent several years traveling the country, often by hitchhiking, working odd jobs and settling in different areas for short periods. During this time he became a skilled craftsman, working in the building trades. For a period of years he worked as an itinerant tree planter, which enabled him to visit remote wilderness areas around the country seldom seen by the general public, and which inspired him to return to school to continue his education. He decided to pursue a degree in the biological sciences with the intention of becoming a wildlife biologist.
While working on his Masters degree at Auburn, David was able to work part time as a consultant, and spent weekends and summers at Camp Shelby, near Hattiesburg, Mississippi documenting gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) populations and habitats. Soon after, he began surveying natural gas pipeline corridors for gopher tortoises and other listed species, thus beginning his career in the pipeline industry. He spends more of his time now permitting pipelines and guiding his clients through the NEPA process than surveying, but has always felt that species habitat protection was one of the most important aspects of his job. He feels that loss of habitat due to human overpopulation and urban sprawl is the biggest threat to all wildlife species, and contributes time and money to preserving important habitats across the country.
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Board Member - Patrick Schaefer
Patrick C. Schaefer is the Director of Development at Cultural Survival, a leading Indigenous Peoples organization located in Cambridge, MA. He received his B.A. in International and Comparative Politics at Western Michigan University. He has spent his 12 years in fund-raising working with organizations such as the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Bentley University, the Marine Biological Laboratory of Woods Hole and National Jewish Health.
A newcomer to Colorado, Patrick and his wife live in the Golden Triangle neighborhood of Denver with their dog Deniro. Weekends, or as often as possible, they enjoy venturing into the mountains for whatever exciting activity awaits. Patrick enjoys pretty much anything that involves being outdoors and likes to spend free time with family and friends.
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Board Member - Dr. Leslie TeWinkel
Leslie TeWinkel is a Senior Natural Resource Specialist and Owner of Fish & Wildlife Solutions, LLC. She received a M.S. from the University of Minnesota's Department of Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan's School or Natural Resources and the Environment. Leslie specializes in impact analyses, mitigation measures development, conservation planning, status reviews, and research related to fish and wildlife species, with a focus on species protected under the Endangered Species Act and Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Much of her work involves environmental permitting and conservation planning related to energy projects, including power transmission lines, natural gas pipelines, and wind facilities. Leslie has worked 20+ years in the natural resources field for the governmental, private, and non-profit environmental sectors. Prior to founding Fish & Wildlife Solutions, Leslie worked for Natural Resource Group, LLC, as a Group Manager for the protected species and wetland staff and for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Midwest Region as an Endangered Species Recovery Coordinator. Leslie has also served as a Research Fishery Biologist for the USGS and Research Associate for the National Wildlife Federation.
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USGS Federal Liason - Dr. Robert N. Reed
Board Member - JD Willson