Bill is the Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewardship Coordinator. Before joining The Wilderness Society in May of 2011, Bill had already started Southern Appalachian Wilderness Stewards (now a project of TWS) to serve 11 wilderness areas across the Southern Appalachians. Bill’s passion for stewardship began has a field organizer for Tennessee Wild, a citizens campaign supporting new wilderness designation in the Cherokee National Forest.
Bill came to conservation work in 2009 after a 25-year career in college athletics and broadcast media management and is a graduate of the University of Evansville.
Currently a member of board of directors for the National Wilderness Stewardship Alliance, and a member of the Society for Wilderness Stewardship’s professional development committee, Bill is deeply involved in recruiting and inspiring the next generation of wilderness stewards. Bill is a Class B USFS Certified Sawyer, Wilderness First Aid Certified and is a Leave No Trace Master Educator.
Bill and his wife Laura have spent many years using their photography skills for conservation efforts, and are thrilled to call Coker Creek, Tennessee home.