Academy Staff



Liz Madison, Director and Lead Instructor



Anne Desmarais, Assistant Director, Peer-Learning Coordinator and Lead Instructor


Jane Hanson, Registrar, Assistant Director, Communications


Academy Consultants in Residence



Denis Desmarais , Leadership and Organizational Development Consultant-in-Residence



Leigh Goldberg, Trainer and Management Consultant-in-Residence



Matthew Birnbaum, Ph.D., Evaluation Planning and Policy Consultant-in-Residence


Peter Williams, Ph.D., Fellow, Center for Natural Resources and Environmental Policy, University of Montana


Federal Agency Coordinators


Trevor Needham, BLM, National Partnerships Program Lead, Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships



Joe Smith, USFS, National Partnership Coordinator, National Partnership Office




Julie Study, USFWS, Curriculum Manager, National Conservation Training Center



Linda Lufkin, USFWS, Course Leader, National Conservation Training Center



Susan Goodwin, DOI, Office of Collaborative Action and Dispute Resolution


Guest Instructors


Bureau of Land Management


Helene Aarons, National Parternship Coordinator, Retired
Co-Founder, Managing by Network Course; President, Aarons Consulting 
Marcia deChadenedes, Monument Manager, San Juan Islands National Monument
Shane Hershman, Formerly, Administrative Officer, Montana State Office
Patricia Johnston, Special Assistant 
Matt Magee, Acting Program Lead, BLM Collaboration and Dispute Resolution
Markci Metcalf, Formerly, Deputy Ethics Counselor, BLM
Diane Nelson , Training Coordinator, National Training Office, Retired
Doran Sanchez, Partnership Outreach & Development Specialist, California Desert District, Barstow Field Office
Karen Simms, Assistant Field Manager, Gila District, Tucson Field Office 



U. S. Forest Service

Wolf Cota, Formerly, National Information Collections Officer (ICO), Office of Regulatory and Management Services
Jeremiah Martinez, Supervisory Natural Resource Specialist Recreation, Conejos Peak Ranger District
Chris Moyer, Formerly, National Program Coordinator, Service First
DeEtte Stofleth, Lead Grants Management Specialist, Colville, Mt. Baker, Snoqualmie, Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest
John Titre, District Staff Officer, Wilderness, Trails, Recreation, Lands & Special Uses, Coronado National Forest


Natural Resources Conservation Service



Jess Jackson, Jr., National Partnership Liaison




U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Christine Browne-Nunez, Team Lead, Human Dimensions Branch, National Wildlife Refuge System
Kevin Connally, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, Washington State Office
Natalie Sexton, Chief, Human Dimensions Branch, National Wildlife Refuge System


National Park Service


Cate Bradley, MLA, Ph.D., Landscape Architect, Collaboration Clinics and Rivers, Trails and Conservation Assistance Program, Retired
Wyndeth Davis, Associate Manager, Interpretive Planning, Harpers Ferry Design Center
Tom Fish, National Coordinator, Cooperative Ecosystem Studies Units Network
Laura Harvey, Education Specialist, National Capital Region
Joy Lujan, Formerly, Community Planner, Collaboration Clinics and RTCA
Heather Scotten, Formerly, Assistant Coordinator, National Heritage Areas Program
Randy Thoreson, Outdoor Recreation Planner, Rivers,Trails and Conservation Assistance Program


Department of the Interior

Paul Batlan, Financial Analyst, Conservation Partnerships, Office of Financial Management
Susan Goodwin, Collaboration and Conflict Management Specialist, Office of Collaboration and Dispute Resolution
Rainee Luciano, Attorney-Advisor, Departmental Ethics Office


Nonprofit and Education Communities

Curt Buchholtz, Director, Major Gifts and Planned Giving, National Park Foundation
Joe Follman, Ed.D., George Washington University
Jennifer Flaster, Principal, Flaster Consulting
Ann Hutchinson, Board of Directors, Desert Foothills Land Trust
Gerald McCarthy, Principal, McCarthy, LLC

Guest Speakers



Steve Guertin, Deputy Director for Policy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Managing by Network 2015, 2017)



Trevor Needham, National Partnerships Program Lead, Division of Education, Interpretation and Partnerships, Bureau of Land Management (Managing by Network 2015 - 2017)



Ellen Shaw, Deputy Director, National Partnership Office, U.S. Forest Service (Managin by Network 2017)



Paul Souza, Assistant Director, Science Applications, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Managing by Network 2016)



William Stelle, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NOAA Fisheries (Managing by Network 2016)



Mary Wagner, Associate Chief, U.S. Forest Service (Managing by Network 2015, 2016)


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