2015 Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Participants Selected!!

In partnership with the United States Fish & Wildlife Service, NACLEC has launched the 2015 Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy.  

The NACLEC Leadership Academy Steering Team met January 25-28, 2015 in South Carolina to review and evaluate the 2014 Academy experience, enhance the curriculum, and select the 2015 academy class.  

Special thanks to Colonel Chisolm Frampton, the South Carolina DNR staff, and the South Carolina Wildlife Officers Association for the hospitality, outstanding food, and educational and cultural enrichment during our stay. 

The Leadership Academy Steering Team members include:

Brian Nesvik, Chief Warden, Wyoming
Scott Edberg, Assistant Chief Warden, Wyoming
Larry Yamnitz, Chief of Protection, Missouri
Craig Hunter, Colonel, Texas
Danny Shaw – LT Colonel, Texas
Kurt Blanchard, Deputy Chief, Rhode Island
Kyle Overturf, Colonel, Connecticut
Gene Elms, Chief Warden, Arizona
Mike Cenci – Deputy Chief, State of Washington
Jack Daugherty, LT Colonel, Florida
Eddie Henderson, Colonel, Georgia
Heather Dugan, Assistant Director of Law Enforcement and Public Safety, Colorado
William Woody, Chief of Law Enforcement, USFWS
Chisolm Frampton, Colonel, South Carolina
Randy Stark – NACLEC Executive Director

The number of applicants went up 40% percent, increasing from 36 in 2014 to 60 in 2015.  The Steering Team had the difficult task of selecting the 36 participants from 60 outstanding applicants.   It’s good to see such a high quality stream of future leadership emerging from our ranks.   We look forward to those who were not selected this year applying again in the future.

Congratulations go to the following individuals from 27 states, the USFWS and Canada that were selected for the 2015 Conservation Law Enforcement Leadership Academy:

Captain Floyd Harper, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission
Captain Christy Wurster, California Fish and Wildlife
Captain Benjamin Byrd, New Mexico Game and Fish
District Supervisor Benny Pryor, Missouri Department of Conservation
Area Wildlife Manager Mark Leslie, Colorado Parks and Wildlife
Captain Drew Aydelotte, Delaware Natural Resource Police
Captain Jay Russel, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Major Don Duval, Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission
Major Stephen Adams, Georgia DNR
Chief Greg Wooten, Idaho Fish and Game
Lt. Colonel Steve Hunter, Indiana DNR
Captain Dan Melson, Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks, and Tourism
Captain Greg Williford, Texas Parks and Wildlife
Sergeant Troy Dow, Maine Marine Patrol
Lt. Kevin Adam, Maine Warden Service
Captain David Malloch, Michigan DNR
Supervisor Rodney Ivie, Missouri Department of Conservation
Regional Supervisor Chris Morrow, Missouri Department of Conservation
Captain John Douglas, Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks
Assistant Administrator Jeff Clauson, Nebraska Game and Parks Commission
Major Michael Perry, New Mexico Department of Game and Fish
Supervisor Michele Welsh, Ohio DNR
LT William Tobey, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
LT Casey Thomas, Oregon State Police
LT Michael Reeder, Pennsylvania Game Commission
Major Jamie Landrum, South Carolina DNR
Major William Poole, South Carolina DNR
Captain Clifton Swofford, Texas Parks and Wildlife
RAC Andrew Aloise, USFWS
Deputy RAC Bruce Corley, USFWS
Captain Mitch Lane, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources
Colonel Jason Batchelder, Vermont Fish and Wildlife
Deputy Chief Michael Hobbs, Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife
Assistant Training Director Jeffrey King, Wisconsin DNR
LT. Colonel David Trader, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources
Regional Wildlife Supervisor John Lund, Wyoming Game and Fish Department

The NACLEC Leadership Academy class of 2015 begins April 20, 2015 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.