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To promote the conservation, sound management, and sustainable use of Indiana's wildlife and wildlife habitat through education, advocacy, and action.

The IWF Board of Directors

Steve Cecil
Steve Cecil recently retired from his position as Transportation Planner for Beam, Longest and Neff, LLC. He has a BS in Biology from Simpson College and an MS in Botany, Plant Ecology from Iowa State University. Steve has been a conservation/wildlife advocate for nearly 45 years, applying his skills and energies in both the private and public sectors.  Steve was the INDOT representative on the Natural Resources Commission for 10 years and has been employed by Amax Coal Company, Parsons Transportation Group and Earth Tech Environmental Services.

Steve Mueller
Steve Mueller is retired from Eli Lilly after 30 years in various technical and line management positions in manufacturing operations. He has BS and MS degrees in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla and post graduate studies at Purdue and Wabash College Executive Program. He loves ‘catch-and-release’ trout fishing, fly tying, and spending time in the beautiful places that trout live. Since retirement, Steve has served on the Zionsville Park and Recreation Board with specific emphasis on invasive species removal in the parks and working closely with Zion Nature Center to promote nature programs for children and families. He is experienced in not-for-profit strategic planning and board development. Steve has special interests in wildlife habitat creation and preservation.


Chuck Brinkman

Chuck Brinkman has been on the Indiana Wildlife Federation board for 10 years. He is also on the boards of Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation and Barbee Lakes Property Owners Association. Chuck was very active with the Eagle Creek Watershed Foundation as coordinator for water quality improvement projects. He performs a similar role with TWF in both residential and agriculture settings. He is very familiar with water and climate-related challenges in Indiana.

Anything enticed via the end of a fly rod is high priority for Chuck.

Chuck worked in network consulting for IBM and retired after 31 years. He has a BS in math science from the University of Dayton and an MS in math from Purdue.


Jim Wagoner

Jim is a Partner and Director of Tax Services with Greenwalt CPAs, Inc. in Indianapolis. He advises his clients how to minimize their tax exposure so they can put more of their hard earned money in their pocket. He received both his Bachelor of Science and Master of Accountancy degrees from Manchester University. Growing up in rural Rochester, Indiana, Jim learned the value of hard work and opportunities our natural resources provide. Jim is an avid outdoorsman and his favorite place to catch up on rest and relaxation is Ontario, Canada (with a fishing pole in his hand, of course). He enjoys most outdoor activities but mostly enjoys teaching his 3 sons about hunting, fishing and conservation.     


Lynn Burry
An avid catch and release fly fisherman, fly tier and designer, Lynn has spent over 58 years pursuing trout, salmon and steelhead. Since returning to Indiana in 1988, after serving in the US Navy as a Chief Petty Officer, Lynn held various Northeastern Indiana Trout Association (NEITA) offices including President from 1997 through 2004. He is the current President returning to that position in 2008.

NEITA continues working to promote and improve trout fishing opportunities in Indiana through conservation, education and positive regulation chance. Other NEITA activities include conducting youth fishing events, Brown Trout stocking programs in the Pigeon River and a trophy Brown Trout stocking program in Oliver Lake while supporting, assisting and offering guidance to other Indiana organizations with their trout programs and concerns.

Other conservation organization positions Lynn has held include First Vice-President of the Indiana Wildlife Federation, past Vice-President of the Berne Conservation Club and committee member of Adams County Ducks Unlimited. He is an active Hunter Safety Education Instructor and a past member of the Board of Director’s of the Fort Wayne Three Rivers Fly Fishers. Lynn is a Endowment Member of The National Rifle Association and Life Member of Trout Unlimited. He is the NEITA advisor to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Conservation Committee and NEITA representative with the Indiana Fish and Wildlife Action Committee. He was awarded the Indiana Wildlife Federation’s Ginn Award in 2011. He was featured in the 2012 March/April Outdoor Indiana magazine.

Lynn and his wife Sally have been married for over 30 years. They have four children and four grandchildren.

Stacy Cachules

Stacy Cachules is currently the Operations Director with the Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI). Stacy has 12 years of experience working at nonprofit conservation and environmental organizations including starting her career at the NWF in Washington D.C. She has a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University. Before joining CILTI, Stacy and her husband lived in Seattle where she worked at the Cascade Land Conservancy, managing their robust volunteer program. Stacy is originally from Indiana and is happy to be back home helping protect the special landscapes of her home state. When she isn’t at work she spends her time chasing her two young sons. Stacy enjoys being outside and loves to travel.

Matt Fechtman

Matt is an attorney with Ingram Micro where he has worked for over 10 years. Matt has a B.S. in Biology from the University of Virginia and a J.D. from the University of Illinois. Originally from Southern California, Matt has lived in the Midwest since 2000. Matt is an avid outdoorsman, spending any available free time camping, hiking, skiing, surfing (geography permitting), and trail running. Matt is a committed conservationist and tireless environmental advocate.


Rich Graves

Rich Graves has been employed at John Wiley & Sons, Inc. for 20+ years and is a Supervising Producer in the Digital Content Management area primarily overseeing the creation of online test prep and assessment products and websites providing customers digital resources. He is a member of the Association of Test Publishers and ASCD. He serves on the Board for Westminster Village North in Lawrence and a Board Committee for Indiana Parkinson Foundation. He and his wife are active in their parish and serve as a marriage prep sponsor couple. He received a BS from Wabash College and MBA from the University of Indianapolis. He and his wife reside near Eagle Creek and enjoy taking walks in the park and driving through the park on the way home from stressful work days. Rich has two daughters attending college and he and his wife adopt rescue dogs, primarily Dachshund/Chihuahua mixes or “Chi- weenies”. His grandparents and father were all raised on farms and he was raised to enjoy ‘digging in the dirt’ and being outdoors. In his spare time, you’ll find him enjoying his backyard where he utilizes many native plants to attract hummingbirds, songbirds, butterflies and pollinators…and any other critter that comes along for a visit including fox, coyote and fly-overs by Blue Herons and more recently Eagles.

Nick Heinzelman

Nick is currently the Land Manager for both US Aggregates and the Heritage Land Company.  Nick grew up hunting and fishing in Indiana and holds a Bachelor of Science from Ball State University. He previously worked for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources for 15 years as the Director of the Division of Land Acquisition. He managed DNR’s real estate activities and several other programs including the Indiana Heritage Trust, the Bicentennial Nature Trust, the Indiana State Land Office, and the Natural Resource Damages program.  During his tenure, Nick and his team facilitated the protection of over 70,000 acres of land for conservation and public use. Nick enjoys spending his free time with family and teaching his kids about resource conservation, hunting and fishing. 

Dr. David Hoffman
David W. Hoffman is a retired corporate VP. Prior to retirement, he was responsible for all environmental issues of a large Midwestern corporation. During his career he hosted several International conferences and was a presenter, guest speaker, and panelist at numerous professional and technical meetings related to environmental science and legislation, and corporate environmental responsibility. He also serves on the Boards of Hoosier Outdoor Writers (HOW), Central Indiana Technical and Environmental Societies (CITES), Chipper Woods Bird Observatory, and the Indiana Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA).  Dr. Hoffman earned a B.S. in Natural Resources and Environmental Management at Ball State, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Environmental Health from the University of Minnesota.

Gene Hopkins
Gene has held many positions in sporting and conservation organizations over the years and is currently President of the Indiana Sportsman's Roundtable.  Gene has also held the positions of President and Legislative Chairman for the Indiana Bowhunter's Association, as well as being a past member of the Board of Directors for the National Bowhunter Education Foundation (NBEF).  Gene is a Patron Member of the NRA, Regular member of the Pope & Young Club (P&Y Club), life member of the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation and National Bowhunter Education Foundation, Indiana Bowhunter's Association and Idaho Bowhunters, and holds regular membership in many more state organizations in Indiana and across the nation.  Additional accomplishments include being a Master Instructor for the NBEF, the founder of IBA's Youth Camps, which have operated continuously for over 25 years, as well as a co-founder of the P&Y Clubs Discover the Outdoors Camps for single parent children.

Ray McCormick
Ray McCormick is a 4th generation farmer, and a lifelong passion for conservation  has made caring for our nations resources and inspiring others to do the same his life’s work. He farms with his son Nate and raises corn, wheat, and soybeans using a 100% no-till on 2,000 acres and utilizes cover crops on the majority of these acreages. Ray has a peach orchard from which he markets tree ripened peaches at his farm and at the local farmers market. Ray has a wetland restoration construction business and has been involved in the restoration of over 12,000 acres of wetlands in 4 states. An owner of over a 1,000 acres of wetlands and 1,000 acres of woods, Ray specializes in creating wildlife habitat, prairie restoration, wetland restoration, migratory bird habitat and enjoy helping other landowners to do the same. Ray has a waterfowl hunting business and his 3 labs help him spend the winters guiding waterfowl hunters. Creating and restoring wildlife habitat along with quality deer management are what keeps the spirits up in a competitive agricultural landscape. Ray's motto is; “I never say no when it comes to conservation”.

Eric Rochford

Eric Rochford is an attorney at Cohen & Malad, LLP in Indianapolis. He focuses his practice primarily representing landowners in eminent domain and condemnation matters. Prior to joining Cohen & Malad, LLP, Eric represented almost exclusively condemning agencies. During his practice, Eric has dealt with numerous conservation-related matters, including certified forest programs, certified bird habitat areas, agricultural reserve programs and matters related to protected species, which furthered his interest in conversation and habitat protection. He has his B.S. from Indiana University and his law degree from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Born, raised and educated in Indiana, Eric has a passion for conserving Indiana’s resources and promoting sustainable growth. Eric enjoys spending his free time with his two children and doing just about anything outdoors, preferably golfing or fishing.

Brent Taylor

Brent Taylor recently retired from Faegre Baker Daniels, where he practiced law for 33 years. He earned a B.A. in economics from Butler University and his J.D. from Harvard Law School. Brent has handled various cases involving environmental issues such as wetlands, lake and air pollution, and PCB contamination. Early in 2015, he and his colleagues filed pro bono amicus appellate briefs opposing canned whitetail deer hunting on behalf of IWF and others (for which IWF awarded the FaegreBD team its 2015 President’s Award). Brent served as an Earlham College trustee for nine years and now is a director of the Earlham Foundation, Inc. He also serves as a director of Heartland Pro Bono Council, Inc. and counsels homeless persons as a volunteer attorney in the Indianapolis Bar Association's Homeless Project.  Since his years in the Boy Scouts and hunting and fishing as a youth outside New Castle, Brent has had a strong interest in wildlife, conservation, and preserving the environment. He enjoys a variety of outdoor activities, especially bicycling, fly fishing, camping, backpacking, birdwatching, and gardening. Brent’s favorite adventures have been with his family on their 18 trips over three decades to fish for walleye, northern pike and smallmouth in northwestern Ontario.

Steve Van Zant

Steve Van Zant is a retiree from Baxter Healthcare Corporation. He spent his career in sales and marketing in the fields of clinical pathology and life science research. He has a B.S. degree in Marketing from Indiana University. Steve has found a passion for environmental causes in his retirement. Besides the IWF, he is also an active volunteer with the Indiana Native Plant and Wildflower Society (INPAWS) and the Central Indiana Land Trust (CILTI). His focus within IWF lies in habitat development and diversity as well as youth involvement with nature.

Shaena Ward

Shaena is a graduate of Purdue University where she received her degree as a wildlife biologist with a minor in horticulture. She is a Senior Environmental Planner with Empower Results and has spent years promoting small changes in urban landscapes to improve water quality, provide wildlife habitat, and protect soil quality. Shaena is a Certified Wildlife Biologist® who has eight years of environmental work experience in a variety of areas including conservation planning, native habitats, wildlife research, and public outreach and education. Shaena enjoys spending her free time with her two kids, hiking, camping, fishing, gardening, and doing just about anything else outdoors!

Dan Weiss

Dan is Director of Environmental Affairs for the Indiana operations of a Fortune 200 corporation covering air, water and land policy and regulatory affairs. He also serves on various organization’s environmental committees including the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, Energy Association and in the past served on various industry and governmental research advisory panels. Previous Board experiences includes the Central Indiana Technical and Environmental Societies (CITES), the international Air & Waste Management Association (A&WMA) and a community credit union. Dan has written various papers and served as a panelist at technical meetings covering a wide range of environmental issues. Dan has a B.S. in Meteorology from Univ. of Wisconsin – Madison and a MBA from Butler University.

Jason Dinsmore

Eric Freyfogle

Ray McCormick

Erin Baird