Board of Regents

The Wilderness Stewardship Certificate Program is overseen by its Board of Regents. The Board has up to seven members, two from each of the WSCP partners and one at-large member. The Board is responsible for advising on the administration of the Program and ensuring a standard of high quality for the Program curriculum and outcomes.

Current Board Members

Chad Dawson
Chad Dawson, Chair. Term ending: 2016

Dr. Chad P. Dawson is a Professor Emeritus of Recreation Resources Management and former Chair of the Department of Forest and Natural Resources Management at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forest in Syracuse, NY. He most recently worked in teaching and research related to the visitor management and wilderness management at SUNY-ESF for 22 years before retirement. Dr. Dawson is Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Wilderness and co-author of two textbooks:

Dawson, Chad P. and John C. Hendee. 2009. Wilderness Management: Stewardship and Protection of Resources and Values (4th edition). Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing.

Hendee, J.C., C. P. Dawson and W. F. Sharpe. 2012. Introduction to Forests and Renewable Resources (8th edition). Waveland Press: Long Grove, IL.

Time Devine
Tim Devine, Vice Chair. Term ending: 2017

Tim Devine is the Branch Chief for Training and Development within the NPS Wilderness Stewardship Division and the NPS Representative at the Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center located in Missoula, Montana. Tim coordinates and implements face-to-face interagency training courses and unit workshops, develops online wilderness stewardship training courses, and responds to wilderness information needs thru personal contacts and

Tim has over 30 years of NPS experience at variety of wilderness parks including Shenandoah, Everglades, Big Cypress, Buffalo River, Mount Rainier, Olympic and Rocky Mountain. He is a recipient of the NPS Director’s Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award and the Rocky Mountain National Park Jack Moomaw Award for “Excellence in the Art of Rangering.” Tim has an AAS degree in Recreation and Wildlife from Hocking Technical College and a BS in Wildlife Management from The Ohio State University. At home, Tim enjoys being outside with his family, playing with the family cats, dogs, goats and horses, camping, hiking and skiing in the wilderness.

Steve Wolter
Steve Wolter, Secretary/Treasurer. Term ending: 2016

Mr. Wolter’s role as Executive Director of the Eppley Institute involves leading major programs in technical assistance, research, training and education, and planning for Indiana University. He has more than thirty-five years of experience in the training and education of students and professionals in the parks, recreation, and public lands field. His parks management experience includes facilities management, urban and regional planning, restoration and stewardship of sensitive public lands, and eco-tourism. He has served as project manager in the development of master and strategic plans, needs assessments, and training development plans. While directing the Eppley Institute, Mr. Wolter also teaches graduate leadership, philanthropy, planning, public policy, and conservation classes in his role as Assistant Professor at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Robert Dvorak
Robert Dvorak. Term ending: 2017

Dr. Robert Dvorak is an Associate Professor in the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Leisure Services Administration at Central Michigan University. Bob’s professional teaching and research interests include wilderness and protected area management, examining visitor use issues in parks and wilderness, and understanding the relationships and attachments people form with wilderness and protected areas. He is managing editor of the International Journal of Wilderness and a Society for Wilderness Stewardship Board member. He also maintains credentials as a Wilderness First Responder, American Canoe Association Canoe instructor, and Leave No Trace Master Educator.

Alan Ewert
Alan Ewert. Term ending: 2017

Alan Ewert, PhD. is a Distinguished and Titled Professor at Indiana University. He is the holder of the Patricia and Joel Meier Endowed Chair in Outdoor Leadership, and serves as the Chair for the Department of Environmental Health in Indiana University’s School of Public Health. Dr. Ewert has authored over 200 articles and research presentations in addition to four books including, Outdoor Adventure Pursuits: Foundations, Models, and Theories, Culture, Conflict, and Communication in the Wildland-Urban Interface, Natural Resource Management: The Human Dimension, and Integrated Resource and Environmental Management. His latest book is Natural Environments and Human Health, published through CABI. He also serves within an editorial capacity with a number of academic journals including Human Ecology Review, Journal of Environmental Psychology, and Journal of Environmental Education Research. He has instructed in a variety of programs including Outward Bound, NOLS, and Wilderness Inquiry and been a Survival Instructor for the US Air Force.

Connie Myers
Connie Myers. Term ending: 2016

Connie Myers is Director of the interagency Arthur Carhart National Wilderness Training Center. The Carhart Team equips employees and partners to honor the public trust by preserving wilderness character through training and coaching. Information, connection, communication, and camaraderie is facilitated through and American’s of all ages and backgrounds are connected with their wilderness heritage through creative education and outreach programs. From kindergarten through college, from backyard to backcountry, from green spaces to wild places, since 1993, the Carhart Center builds awareness and interest, creates connections and confidence, and inspires responsible stewardship and respect for America’s National Wilderness Preservation System. Connie holds a BS, Natural Resources Management, University of Tennessee at Martin; MS, Wildlife Biology, Michigan State University; MA, Communications, Michigan State University.

Ray O'Neil
Ray O’Neil. Term ending: 2016

Ray O’Neil has been a park ranger with the National Park Service for the past 28 years. During the summer of 2015, he transitioned to a new position as the Chief Ranger and wilderness coordinator of Saguaro National Park. Prior to Saguaro, he was the Plateau District Ranger and wilderness coordinator at Zion National Park for 10 years. During his time at Zion, he was the team lead as the park completed a wilderness stewardship plan and wrestled with issues surrounding carrying capacity, public safety, acceptable risk, and the burgeoning sport of canyoneering. His duties have taken him to a variety of areas including Grand Canyon NP, Canyonlands NP, Denali NP, Shenandoah NP, Kings Canyon NP, Everglades NP, Katmai NP, New River Gorge National River, and Tonto National Forest. Ray was the 2014 recipient of the National Park Service Wes Henry Excellence in Wilderness Stewardship Award.

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