NWRA’s Board of Directors welcomes new members; elects new Chair

The National Wildlife Refuge Association is pleased to welcome Janice Mondavi of St. Helena, California, Rebecca Rubin of Fredericksburg, Virginia, James F. McClelland III of Washington, District of Columbia, and Kathy Woodward of Chatham, New Jersey to the NWRA Board of Directors, and to announce the election of Stuart Watson as the new Chair.

“I’m proud to be elected Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and look forward to working with our talented staff and board to make an even greater difference for our National Wildlife Refuge System and the wildlife it protects,” said NWRA Chair Stuart Watson.

At a June meeting held in Castine, Maine, the board elected officers for the coming fiscal year in addition to the Chair position, including Kathy Woodward as the Vice-Chair, William Buchanan as the Treasurer and John Cornely as the Secretary.

“NWRA is fortunate to have such a diverse and committed group of individuals serving on the Board of Directors,” said NWRA President Evan Hirsche. “Combined with Stuart’s leadership, the organization is entering an exciting new era.”

Janice Mondavi was raised in California’s Sacramento Valley with a passion of the outdoors in the fishing and hunting worlds. Her career in the wine industry began with working for E. & J. Gallo Winery and eventually led her to the Napa Valley where she met her husband, Marc Mondavi.  After their marriage, she co-managed her family’s vineyard partnerships in the Napa Valley and in Central California until 2004.

She now assists her husband in the family businesses, C. Mondavi & Family, concentrating on sales, marketing, and philanthropic events. Janice’s affiliations include life membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers, as well as membership in the Wives group of the Boone & Crocket Club, the Women’s Technical Wine Group, and the Third Thursday Speakers Forum.  Her hobbies include fly-fishing, hiking, travel, food and wine. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in Southern California with a major in Agriculture Business Management and an interest in wine.

Rebecca R. Rubin is the Founder, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC, a 95-person environmental consulting enterprise with offices in Alexandria and Fredericksburg, VA and Oakland, CA. She established Marstel-Day in 2002 as an expression of her commitment to the conservation of natural resources, especially habitat and open space, energy, water, and the resolution of issues at their intersections. As a result, Marstel-Day is a conservation-minded company that provides expertise to clients facing environmental, energy, land use and natural resource conservation issues.

Ms. Rubin was involved on behalf of the Army and Navy in the creation of several national wildlife refuges from former Department of Defense lands. In addition, she is the creator of the “Conservation Conveyance,” a unique, Defense-Department authority permitting the transfer of lands out of the Department of Defense’s base closure inventories to private, land-acquiring non-profits for conservation in perpetuity. This land transfer authority has been used to convey over 70,000 acres at former Defense of Department sites into permanent conservation status. Ms. Rubin has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MA in International Security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

Jamie McClelland is an entrepreneur and specialist in international trade and development. His early career was with Coca Cola, where he co-founded and managed the Coca Cola international trading company, expanding it throughout Eastern Europe, Latin America and South East Asia; and promoted corporate entrepreneurship in Coca Cola Bottling companies worldwide. Jamie went on to found McTrade, an international trading company working with US and European clients in soft currency countries to facilitate the introduction of investments, technology, specialized skills, training and related activities.

Jamie has a passion for the outdoors, a keen understanding of non-profit governance and appreciates the role of the NWRA in advancing the Refuge System and FWS wildlife conservation mission. He’s also an avid outdoor photographer and is eager to help NWRA take advantage of opportunities at refuges to build major donor support. He holds a BA in History and Political Science from Yale University, an MA in International Law and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an MBA from Harvard University.

Kathy Woodward retired from serving as Director of Special Education in her local school district in New Jersey.  She helped establish the Friends group supporting the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and is now secretary of the Friends board, after having served as its president for three years. Kathy is a Friends Mentor and continues to volunteer many hours in support of the Refuge System and Friends initiatives, combining her enthusiasm for strengthening the network of wildlife habitat protected by the Refuge System and for building a national voice for refuges comprised of refuge Friends.

Kathy served with distinction on the NWRA board from 2004 – 2010 and is a recognized leader in the refuge Friends community, providing leadership at her local refuge and serving as an envoy to Friends throughout the country.

Stuart Watson joined NWRA’s Board of Directors in 2010.  He is the CEO and founder of zFlo, Inc, a software distribution company in Massachusetts that provides systems that allow the capture and analysis of movement.


Evan Hirsche, 202-417-3803 x11 ehirsche@refugeassociation.org

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