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2013/14 Board Member Bios

Dr. Eric Gustafson is currently the President of the Eric GustafsonUnited States-Mexico Chamber of Commerce, NE Mexico Chapter.  He also is President of Conservation Mexico, A.C. and a consultant on environmental issues.  He has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Mass., a Master in Business Administration (cum laude), Monterrey Institute of Technology (ITESM), Mexico and a Bachelor in Arts of Economics and Business, Duke University, Durham, N.C.

His work experience includes National Vice-President and CEO, Ducks Unlimited of Mexico and consulting to the North American Sustainable Development Group, Utah State University, College of Natural Resources, Express Anáhuac, S.A. (Transportation Group), Valores Industriales, S.A. (VISA Conglomerate), Universidad de Monterrey, Isodomics and “La Estrella” Bio-Park. (Back)


Mr. Jim Mallman, President and founding Jim MallmanBoard member, has 28 years of experience in commodities trading and sales and marketing management. While serving as manager of commodities trading for the American Agco Company, Jim was responsible for American Agco’s Nature’s Seasons Wild Bird Seed division. It was in this position that Jim began working with state and federal agencies across the country to promote legislation that would secure permanent and stable funding for non-game wildlife.

In 1998 he made the decision to redirect his professional efforts towards wildlife conservation and accepted the position of Sales and Marketing Manager for Treessentials Company. Jim has been a strong supporter of Teaming With Wildlife, and now CARA. This proposed legislation has galvanized the largest coalition of government, businesses, and wildlife conservation groups ever. In 1996 Jim was awarded The President’s Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, for his work as a national spokesperson of this important issue. Jim was appointed President of Watchable Wildlife, Inc in September of 2001. He and his wife Sharon have two children and live on the St Croix River just north of Stillwater, Minnesota where Sharon works as the Asst. Director of the St Croix Watershed Research Station of the Science Museum of Minnesota. (Back)


Ms. Debra McDonaldMs. Debra McDonald has over 20 years of engineering experience in the environmental engineering and solid waste industry, having worked as a Peace Corps and VOCA volunteer, an environmental consultant, and more recently as engineering manager for Waste Management, Inc. Work efforts have focused on landfill permitting and development, including siting, environmental review, design, permitting, construction, compliance and end use. Ms. McDonald has served as the project manager to effectively organize and communicate with local residents, regulators and project developers. She is an advocate of new technology including beneficial use of landfill gas, landfills as bioreactors, and alternative final covers.

As an environmental consultant and volunteer, Ms. McDonald has prepared permit application packages, including engineering reports and plan sheets, for submission to and approval by, state and local environmental agencies. In addition, she has developed contract documents, including project specifications and plan sheets for landfill cell construction and closure projects; and, has served as project manager to administer the contracts and coordinate the projects. She has developed solid waste management plans and environmental assessment worksheets, and completed environmental review activities for solid waste facilities, as well as a host of other related projects in the United States and developing countries. (Back)


Mr. David Peterson is the founderDavid Peterson of Marketing Type Guys, a search engine marketing company based in Conifer, Colorado. Peterson co-owned two other technology related businesses and holds a B.A. in Finance from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Peterson currently serves as Project Manager for most wildlife related web projects.

An avid outdoors person as well, Peterson is an active volunteer with the Colorado Fourteeners Initiative where he dedicates several weekends each summer helping to manage the resources of Colorado's highest peaks. David's free time is spent with his two children cycling, hiking and skiing the mountains surrounding his home in the Front Range of Colorado. (Back)

Glenn SuggettMr. Glenn Sugget is the Wildlife Lands Manager with the Wildlife and Ecosystem Protection Branch of Manitoba Conservation, based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.  He is responsible for Manitoba's wildlife lands, including Wildlife Management Areas (WMAs), Special Conservation Areas, Wildlife Refuges and Heritage Marshes.  Manitoba has some 83 WMAs totaling some 5.0 million acres, including the Churchill WMA, known throughout the world for its polar bear viewing industry. 

Glen began his career with the Manitoba Parks Branch in 1982, initiating the Hecla Village restoration and interpretation program and co-writing the management plan for Hecla Provincial Park.  He later became the Head of Publications, Signs and Displays with Public Information Services in Natural Resources, supervising the in-house design and production of extension materials, including the fishing and hunting guides, as well as writing regular issues of Conservation Comment, a departmental publication. 

In 1989, Glen moved to the Wildlife Branch and coordinated delivery of the environmental education program Project WILD in Manitoba.  He provided teacher training workshops throughout the province and encouraged wildlife-related education in the school system. 
Glen was one of the founders of Manitoba’s Watchable Wildlife Program and continues to develop and improve opportunities for wildlife viewing and eco-tourism in the province.  In cooperation with the Tourism Secretariat of Manitoba Culture, Heritage and Tourism, Glen has helped publish the book Pelicans to Polar Bears, a guide to viewing wildlife in Manitoba, and develop improved public use and interpretive facilities at Churchill, Oak Hammock, Narcisse, Delta Marsh, Pembina Valley Park, Whitewater Lake and other prime wildlife viewing locations in the province.  He is currently engaged in the development of the International Pine to Prairie Birding Trail in cooperation with the State of Minnesota.