Volume 15
Issue 4


Since 1982, BCIs staff has gradually grown to 23 full-time and three part-time employees, one summer intern, one fall intern, and several regular office volunteers. This superb team is far more than Merlin Tuttle ever dreamed of when he founded BCI. Out of pure desperation for the plight of bats, he began devoting his off-hours to the protection of these misunderstood animals, with the help of a single part-time assistant.

Today, despite the worldwide scope of BCIs education, research, and conservation programs, our staffing remains minimal. For example, Amy McCartney, our Membership Manager, now in her tenth year, has overseen BCIs growth from 1,500 to almost 14,000 members, but she didnt gain the help of a full-time assistant until two years ago.

We want you, our members, to know that we do our very best to respond to your letters

and calls, helping you to be as involved in bat conservation as you want to be. You will find identification for each of us on page 18 inside. We thank all of you for your vital support and look forward to another successful year ahead.



The Staff of Bat Conservation International:

1. Janet Tyburec, Education Programs Director

2. Steve Walker, Associate Executive Director

3. Wanda Meihl, Visual Resources Assistant

4. Andy Moore, Development Assistant

5. Phyllis Meckel, Executive Assistant

6. Carolyn Kelly, Administrative Assistant

7. Merlin Tuttle, Executive Director

8. Steven Schmauch, North American Bat Conservation Partnership Director

9. Barbara French, Conservation Information Specialist

10. Sara McCabe, Publications Editor

11. Gretchen Weihe, Receptionist

12. Linda Moore, Administration and Finance Director

13. Sheryl Ducummon, North American Bats & Mines Project Director

14. Jim Kennedy, North American Bat Conservation Partnership Assistant Director

15. Joan Ivy, Publications Editor

16. Angela England, Educational Resources Coordinator

17. Joanne Debelak, Educational Resources Assistant

18. Marianne Austin, Catalogue/Mail Coordinator

19. Karen Marks, Visual Resources Coordinator

20. Hella Wagner, Membership Assistant

21. Amy McCartney, Membership Manager

22. Robert Benson, Public Information Officer

23. Arnold Phifer, Development Director

24. Bryan Ockert, Information Systems Manager

25. Mark Kiser, North American Bat House Research Project Coordinator

Not Pictured:

John Bowles, Research Associate

Brian Keeley, Bats & Bridges Project Coordinator