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Meet The Staff


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Andrew Walker
Executive Director
Andrew Walker joined Bat Conservation International (BCI) this year as Executive Director after 23 years with The Nature Conservancy Read more...

Andrew Walker
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Dave Waldien, Ph.D.
Director of Global Programs
Dave has worked with bats and other wildlife for nearly 20 years, focusing extensively on finding a balance between conservation opportunities and management issues. Read more...

Dave Waldien, Ph.D.
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Joy Gaddy
Director of Operations
Joy Gaddy joined Bat Conservation International in December of 2013 after a career ... Read more...

Joy Gaddy
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Mylea Bayless, M.S.
US/Canada Director of Conservation Programs & Conservation Strategies
  • White-nose Syndrome
  • Habitat Management
  • Caves & Mines
  • Wind Energy
  • Water, Climate Change & Adaptation
  • Wildlife Policy

Mylea Bayless, M.S.


Cris Hein, Ph.D.
Wind Energy Program Coordinator
  • Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) Research Coordination
  • Forest Management
  • Acoustic Monitoring

Cris Hein, Ph.D.


Katie Gillies, M.S.
U.S. Imperiled Species Coordinator
  • White-nose Syndrome
  • Endangered, Threatened & Sensitive Species
  • Habitat Management
  • Population Genetics

Katie Gillies, M.S.


Dan Taylor, M.S.
Water for Wildlife Program Coordinator
  • Bats and Public Lands Management
  • Bats and Forests
  • Bats and Water Resources

Dan Taylor, M.S.


Chris Woodruff, M.A.
Global Programs Coordinator
  • International partnerships, contracts, and agreements
  • Fundraising for international projects

Chris Woodruff, M.A.


Dianne Odegard
Public Education & Training Coordinator
  • Public Information
  • Artificial Roosts
  • Education
  • Public Health
  • Bats in Buildings
  • Workshop Coordination

Dianne Odegard


Fran Hutchins
Bracken Cave Preserve Director
  • Bracken Bat Cave Habitat Restoration
  • Bracken Cave Educational Tours and Bat Flight Events
  • Texas Master Naturalist

Fran Hutchins


Jason Corbett, M.S.
Director of Subterranean Programs
  • Mine and Cave Inventory and Management
  • Cave and Mine Gates

Jason Corbett, M.S.


Michael Schirmacher, M.S.
Wind Energy Field Projects Biologist
  • Wind Energy
  • Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) field project management
  • Acoustic Monitoring

Michael Schirmacher, M.S.


Rebecca Patterson
Programs Administrator
  • Conservation Program Administration
  • Grant and Contract Management
  • Bats and Wind Energy Cooperative (BWEC) administrator

Rebecca Patterson


John "Beej" Nunn
Director of Information Technology
  • Information Systems
  • Webmaster & Web Development
  • Network Administrator & Systems Support
  • Flys & jumps out of perfectly good airplanes

John "Beej" Nunn


Tristan Pierce
Finance & Accounting Manager
  • Finances
  • Accounting Activities
  • Reporting

Tristan Pierce


Melanie Flores
Administrative Assistant & Receptionist
  • Receptionist
  • Mailing/Shipping
  • General Administration
  • Photo Sales & Requests for BCI Images

Melanie Flores


Peg Blanchette
Manager of Human Resources & Administration
  • Accounts Receivable/Deposits
  • Payroll Processing
  • Employee Benefits
  • Safety

Peg Blanchette


Shanna Weisfeld
Executive Assistant & Director of Community Outreach & Special Projects
  • Commmunity Outreach
  • Special Projects
  • Assistant to the Executive Director

Shanna Weisfeld


Kay Morris
Accounting Associate
  • Accounts Payable
  • Administrative and Finance support

Kay Morris


Trish Badeen
GIS Specialist & Web Developer
  • Information Services
  • Web Development
  • Network Administration
  • GIS Analysis

Trish Badeen


Chad Kraeft
Web Developer
  • Web Development
  • Information Services

Chad Kraeft


Sue Sirkus
Director of Philanthropy
  • Principal fundraising officer
  • Strategic planning and organizational capacity building
  • A community leader and creative advocate for bat conservation
  • Join me, our staff & board in making a difference for people, nature & communities!

Sue Sirkus


Amy Price
Grants Manager & Director of Philanthropy Operations
  • Private and Federal Grants

Amy Price


Amy McCartney
Membership Manager
  • Membership Administrator
  • Membership Assistant Supervisor

Amy McCartney


Maggie Schleich
Grants & Contracts Associate
  • Grants & Contracts Support
  • Reporting & Paperwork Coordination
  • EarthShare Campaign Administration

Maggie Schleich


Ashley Driskill
Director of Social Media
  • Social Media
  • Marketing & PR Support
  • Special Events

Ashley Driskill


Chris Daniels
Major Gifts Associate
  • Major Gifts Coordinator

Chris Daniels


Joy Rivera
Membership Associate
  • Adopt-A-Bat & Membership Processing
  • Membership Customer Service

Joy Rivera


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