U.S. Section Council


The U.S. Section Council is elected to represent the needs and interests of NatureServe network members from the United States.

The U.S. Section Council helps the network achieve its shared mission by:

  • Representing the network members in strategic, annual, and operational planning
  • Coordinating communications and maintaining connections between network members and NatureServe staff
  • Seeking and contributing to fundraising and business development
  • Nominating a representative to serve on the NatureServe Board of Directors

Current Section Council

Angie Schmidt, Chair
Idaho Natural Heritage Program, Idaho Department of Fish and Game
West Representative

Joe Rocchio, Vice-Chair
Washington Natural Heritage Program, Washington Department of Natural Resources
Member-at-Large

Eleanor GainesSecretary
Oregon Biodiversity Information Center, Portland State University
West Representative

Owen Boyle
Wisconsin Natural Heritage Program, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources
Midwest Representative

Jason Bulluck
Virginia Division of Natural Heritage, Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation
Northeast Representative

Bob Gottfried
Wildlife Habitat Assessment Program, Texas Wildlife Diversity Branch
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
Southeast Representative

Nicole Lorenz
Louisiana Natural Heritage Program, Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Southeast Representative

Greg Podniesinski
Pennsylvania Natural Heritage Program, Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
Northeast Representative

Kelly Rezac
Missouri Natural Heritage Program, Missouri Department of Conservation
Midwest Representative