WMI Staff

Steven Williams, Ph.D.

WMI President and Project Manager
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Dr. Steven Williams is the President of the Wildlife Management Institute (WMI). As President of WMI, Steve serves on the Board of Directors of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, American Wildlife Conservation Partners, Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (a federal advisory committee to the Secretaries of Interior and Agriculture), Council to Advance Hunting and Shooting Sports, and Chair of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. He is a professional member of the Boone and Crockett Club and The Wildlife Society.

Prior to joining WMI, Steve served as Director of the U. S. Fish and Wildlife, the Kansas Governor's Cabinet Secretary of the Department of Wildlife and Parks, Deputy Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, and Assistant Director for Wildlife and Deer Project Leader of the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries and Wildlife.  He received   his B.S. and Ph.D. Degrees from The Pennsylvania State University and a M.S. Degree from the University of North Dakota.

Wildlife Management Institute
1440 Upper Bermudian Road
Gardners, PA 17324
717-677-4480

Scot Williamson

WMI Vice President and Northeast Field Representative
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Scot Williamson is Vice President of the Wildlife Management Institute.  Scot has been with WMI since 1994 and has assisted Northeastern states and conservation groups on a number of wildlife and land management initiatives.  The WMI publication, ?Feeding Wildlife, Just Say No!? was authored by Scot and received the Wildlife Society Conservation Education Award in 2003.  Scot?s current duties include coordination of multi-state habitat conservation initiatives dedicated to conservation and restoration of shrubland-dependent wildlife, and advancement of landscape level science collaboratives (Landscape Conservation Cooperatives).

Prior to joining WMI, Scot was Big Game Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and White-tailed Deer Project Leader for NH Fish and Game Department.  Scot received a MS in Wildlife Science from the University of Vermont and a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from the Pennsylvania State University.

4426 VT Route 215N
Cabot, Vermont 05647
802-563-2087, phone 
802-563-2157, fax

Christian Smith, CWB

WMI Western Field Representative
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Chris Smith is the Western Field Representative for the Wildlife Management Institute. Chris has over 34 years experience in planning, management, research, supervision and administration of resource conservation programs throughout Alaska and Montana.  He has extensive involvement with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Western Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and inter-agency teams. Chris has specialized training and experience in wildlife policy and law, public involvement, conflict resolution, personnel management, and strategic planning.

Prior to joining WMI, Chris served as Deputy Director for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Parks for 11years. Prior to working in Montana, Chris worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. In his 23 years working for Alaska, he rose from Fisheries Technician to Assistant Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation. Chris holds a B.S. Degree in Wildlife Management from the University of Alaska and a M.S. Degree in Wildlife Biology from the University of British Columbia.

5450 Tumbleweed Drive
Helena, MT 59602
406-202-0003

Jonathan Gassett, Ph.D.

WMI Southeastern Field Representative
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Jon Gassett served as Commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR), for 8 years.  As Commissioner, he provided general supervision and control of all activities, functions, appointments, and employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.  Primary responsibilities include oversight of all agency divisions including, but not limited to, strategic planning, personnel management, program oversight, budget development and tracking, and statutory, regulatory, and policy development.  Prior to his appointment as Commissioner, Jon served as Wildlife Division Director (4 years) and Big Game Coordinator (2 years) with the KDFWR.  Jon has served as President of the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, and has chaired numerous committees in all three Associations.  Jon serves on the Board of Directors of the National Conservation Leadership Institute, and the Northern Bobwhite Conservation Initiative. 

Jon is a graduate of the inaugural class of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and holds a Ph.D. and M.S Degrees in Forest Resources from the University of Georgia and a B.S. Degree in Biology from Kennesaw State University.

226 Victoria Way
Georgetown, KY 40324
502-330-9025

Matthew Dunfee

WMI Director of Special Programs
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Matt Dunfee is the Director of Special Programs for the Wildlife Management Institute. In his past and current positions with WMI, he has served as the Conservation Program Specialist in WMI's Washington D.C. Headquarters where he worked on numerous projects related to North American wildlife conservation, private lands programs, and hunting heritage. He also serves as the Director of the Chronic Wasting Disease Alliance, the Project Coordinator for the North American Hunting Heritage Action Plan, and the Chair of the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Conference, and Co-Chair of the National Hunting and Shooting Sports Action Plan. In his current roles, Matt serves on numerous professional committees and boards including the AFWA Fish and Wildlife Health Committee, national and regional AFWA Hunting and Shooting Sports Participation Committees, the Hunting Heritage Steering Committee, the Conservation Leaders for Tomorrow Advisory Committee, the North American Wildlife and Natural Resources Meeting Steering Committee, and the International Hunter Education Association Standards Committee. Following his leadership in developing evaluation toolkits for hunter and shooter R3 efforts, Matt has conducted numerous multi-day training and information workshops for state and federal wildlife agency staff and administrators on R3 strategies, program development, evaluation, and best practices.

Previous to his work with WMI, Matt worked as a program coordinator for the Center for Environmental Management on Military Lands and research associate with the National Park Service's Bison Management Working Group.  He received his B.S. in Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology from Colorado State University.

2130 Sheffield Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80526
970-556-5897

Bill Moritz

Midwest Field Representative
Bill Moritz

Bill Moritz has a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Biology from Iowa State University, a M.S. in Fish and Wildlife Management from Montana State University, and a Ph.D. in Zoology and a Master of Public Affairs from Southern Illinois University.  Bill formerly served as the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ (DNR) Natural Resources Deputy.  Previously, Bill was the Executive Director of the Safari Club International and Safari Club International Foundation.  Prior to those positions, Bill worked for Michigan DNR in various positions including Chief of the Wildlife Division.

The Midwest Field Representative serves as WMI’s liaison with the Midwest Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  In addition, Bill works with federal, state, and non-governmental organizations to advance conservation efforts in the Midwest as well as serving on WMI teams that review and evaluate national, regional, and state conservation programs.