About MW PARC
MW PARC is managed by two co-chair positions, each serving a two-year term. The co-chairs are responsible for:
organizing the annual meeting
coordinating content on the webpage
serving as voting members on National PARC’s Joint National Steering Committee (JNSC);
reporting regional activities and project progress to the JNSC
reporting National PARC activities and project progress to regional working group members
representing PARC at regional and local conferences and events
Travis Kurtz, M.Sc.
Senior Co-Chair of MW PARC
Comm. Sci. Coordinator @ John Ball Zoo
Michela Coury, M.Sc.
Junior Co-Chair of MW PARC
Adjunct Prof. @ Grand Valley State Uni.
The advisory board assists co-chairs with strategic planning and communicating with working groups. The advisory board is composed of members representing the various partners (state and federal agencies, academia, and others) and the co-chairs. Click on the following link to download the Advisory Board Guidelines
Current Board Members:
Gary S. Casper, Ph.D.
President, Great Lakes Ecological Services, Slinger
Naturalist @ OH State Parks and Watercraft
Drew Davis, Ph.D.
Associate Research Scientist @ University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Justin M. Elden
Curator of Herpetology & Aquatics @ Saint Louis Zoo
Mike Lannoo, Ph.D.
Professor @ Indiana Uni. School of Medicine
Biological Field Station Manager @ Wichita State University
Nicole Palenske Ladner, Ph.D.
Assoc. Professor @ Central College
J. Daren Riedle, Ph.D.
Wildlife Diversity Coordinator @ KS Dept. of Wildlife, Parks, & Tourism
Brock Struecker, M.Sc.
Protected Species and Habitat Specialist @ Iowa Dept. of Transportation
Dreux Watermolen, B.A.
Chief of Analysis Services @ WI Dept. of Natural Resources
Melissa Youngquist, Ph.D.
Research Biologist @ Shedd Aquarium
In the Midwest region, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin have PARC state chapters.
Interested in starting a chapter in your home-state in the Midwest region? Contact MW PARC for more information.