The Management Assistance Team (MAT) is a six-person, high-performing team that is part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Funded by a Multistate Conservation Grant, MAT’s offices are located at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
Gina Main, Director of Professional Development | email@example.com
Bettina Fiery, Professional Development Programs Manager | firstname.lastname@example.org
Tiffany Govender, Communications and Media Coordinator | email@example.com
Timothy Gray, Administrative Assistant | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Hughes, Training and Development Specialist | email@example.com
Amanda Myers, Training and Information Services Administrator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Need assistance? Contact MAT at (304) 876-7988 or email email@example.com.
MAT’s National Faculty members are integral to our leadership and professional development training. They hail from diverse geographical and organizational backgrounds, and are responsible for facilitating and assisting with the development of MAT’s online asynchronous courses and webinars.
Jimmy Fox is a conservation professional in the federal government with over twenty years of experience in conservation, from Washington, DC to Alaska. He is a self-identified informal and formal student of leadership, an alumnus of NCLI Cohort 6, and he served as a peer coach for Cohort 7. Jimmy blogs on leadership in conservation at www.cognizantfox.com.
Dr. Tom Kalous received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1992. In addition to running a successful private practice for 15 years, he has been a successful entrepreneur, a business leader in the fields of behavioral health, Information Technology, and finance, and has become a nationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator. Throughout his 21 year career, Dr. Kalous has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars on Emotional Intelligence and has developed an expertise in applying Social Neuroscience research findings to such fields as leadership, software development, customer service, and social marketing. He is currently co-authoring a book on how to put emotional intelligence into action through the use of basic improvisation techniques. His inviting and humorous teaching style combined with his rich context of real world examples add considerable dimension to his informative and instructional workshops. Learn more about Dr. Tom at his website: http://www.tomkalous.com/
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Dr. Dwight Guynn
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Maybe the most important thing to know about me is that I invest in people. In my personal life or on the job, being able to connect with people on a personal level and letting folks know you have an interest in them has always served me well. As for my background, I obtained a B.S. from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After taking a year away from college working for the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University I returned to college life to pursue my M.S. in Fisheries Management from Texas Tech University. After a short stint with the Illinois Natural History Survey I began my career with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission where I spent 22 years serving the anglers of Pennsylvania and the aquatic resources of the Commonwealth. In November of 2014, I started a new career with the USFWS as the Division Chief of the Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation where I hope to make a positive impact in the field of conservation on a National scale. I developed my passion for the natural world fishing with my dad and continue to try and instill the importance of clean air and clean water to my two children (Logan and MacKenzie) between texts and tweets and the all too infrequent trips afield. Boyfriends and college seem to reduce the time available for such “frivolous pursuits”. I have so much teaching left with those two. I am a 2009 alumnus of NCLI (Cohort 4) and most recently served as a Peer Coach for Cohorts 7, 8, and 9. I cannot understate the value that the NCLI experience has had on me personally; however, the impact that NCLI is having on conservation across the country is truly inspiring.
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I’m a fourth generation Montanan of 61 years, retired for two years from my full-time position with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks. I have been doing training, facilitation, mediation and motivational speaking for over 30 years through my personal consulting business and as a result have had the opportunity to travel extensively throughout the US and the world. Bringing heart and humor to my work has been the key to my success. For the last few years, as a member of the Management Assistance Team National Faculty, I have facilitated online courses and webinars for conservation agency employees across the country. In addition, I worked 14 years for the Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks doing organizational development including training, team building, dispute resolution, and facilitating collaborative processes dealing with a wide range of controversial issues on our Montana landscape. During that time we also developed and delivered an internal Leadership & Management Development Program consisting of four 3-day sessions held quarterly over the course of a year. Since 2002 we completed ten programs graduating 250 participants. We’ve used the Management Assistance Team (MAT) on-line courses as great additions to complement and support our internal training initiatives. I’ve found the MAT courses are effective tools in improving both leadership and management skills. On a personal note, I live in Helena, Montana with my wife Colleen of thirty-nine years with three amazing daughters, three fantastic son-in-laws and six fabulous grand kids (soon to be seven in April!)…this is my totally objective assessment! Thanks to my daughters and their families we have the chance for frequent visits to Idaho, Vermont and Tennessee where they now live…all beautiful states! I continue to enjoy as well, the incredible resources of my home state Montana; hunting & fishing, floating, kayaking, backpacking, hiking, mountain cabins, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing to name a few.
I recently retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department where I served as the Chief of the Public Affairs Division for 23 years. I have worked in natural resources agency communication and management for more than 30 years and as a management consultant for several years in private practice. As a nationally accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America I have demonstrated, through written and oral exams, expertise in and commitment to the ethical practice of communication and relationship-building in the public interest. Through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) I have had the opportunity to work on national efforts such as Federal Aid and Furbearer Outreach Multi-state Conservation Grant projects. Most recently I served as the vice-chair of the AFWA Education, Outreach and Diversity committee. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Communication Management from Syracuse University.
Dave is a 1990 graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a BS in Resource Management and Conservation Law Enforcement. He was hired as a conservation warden in January/93 until Nov/03 when he was promoted to the Spooner Warden Team Supervisor position. In January/08, he was promoted to the Regional Warden position responsible for the law enforcement program in the DNR Northern Region which is comprised of 18 counties. Dave worked for the WI Department of Natural Resources for the past 22 years. On his off time he enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching hockey and softball. Dave has a 17 year old son Logan, and a 11 year old daughter Chloe.