The Management Assistance Team (MAT) is a high-performing team that is part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Funded by a Multistate Conservation Grant, MAT’s offices are located at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, West Virginia.
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MAT’s National Faculty members are integral to our leadership development training. They hail from diverse geographical and organizational backgrounds, and are responsible for facilitating and assisting with the development of MAT’s online asynchronous courses, webinars, and face-to-face workshops.
Dale Caveny retired in 2014 after a 30-year career with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission's Division of Law Enforcement. He worked 26 of those years in the mountains and foothills of western NC. In his final four years, he served as chief of the division in the agency’s headquarters. After retiring, Dale moved back to the mountains. He currently works in economic and community development with a local nonprofit organization. He enjoys writing, hiking, fishing and squirrel hunting with his two Feist dogs. He and his wife Amy have a blended family of four children and five grandkids.
Ali Duvall has spent more than 18 years working in the field of collaborative conservation in the western US with a specific focus on building public-private partnerships, transferring innovations, and building capacity across multiple scales to deliver strategic habitat conservation for wildlife and communities. Her experience and depth of practice in community-based and landscape-scale conservation is the foundation with which she now helps to facilitate leadership development using the principles of adaptive leadership. Her skills lie in working with groups to build their capacity in strategic and systems thinking through finding common ground and shared purpose. She earned a M.S. in Environmental Studies at the University of Montana where she studied community forests, terrestrial/aquatic systems ecology, and the social implications of conservation delivery. Ali is also a graduate of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and has helped facilitate advanced trainings and webinars. She is in the process of earning certification in Case-in-Point, a powerful teaching method, from the Kansas Leadership Center. Her motivation in all of this work comes from a longing to understand and connect people with the natural world and with one another – using transformative experiences to address deep challenges within the system and self. Ali lives in Montana and enjoys time with family and friends, hiking, retreats, travel, and chocolate.
Jimmy Fox is an alumnus of NCLI Cohort 6, and served as a peer coach for the outstanding NCLI Cohorts 7, 10 and 11. He's a mid-level manager in the federal government with about thirty years in conservation. Because he's in the thick of conservation management (conflict, supervision, long-term thinking, public engagement, etc.) everyday, he's a true believer in what the Management Assistance Team delivers!
Dr. Dwight Guynn
Dwight is co-owner and a principal of The Guynn Group, a leadership development and organization management consultancy and training resource. Dwight brings over 30 years of experience working in the wildlife management profession. He is an author with many publications and presentations at national, professional conferences. Dwight is a skilled facilitator, particularly adept at consensus building and public policy in high conflict situations. His consulting spans the fields of wildlife management and organizational development and includes agency operations and systems, strategic planning and leadership development.
Dwight taught adult education for Extension at Texas A&M University and consulted with numerous multi-million dollar businesses in Texas to solve management, business and operational issues. At the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks, he served for ten years as their planner.
Dwight worked sixteen years for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ Management Assistance Team (MAT). He focused on consulting, training, and coaching with dozens of state fish and wildlife agency and NGO clients. Dwight helped some to develop their own internal leadership programs, and he assisted in the development and implementation of the National Conservation Leadership Institute. He developed online and face-to-face courses used to teach principles of adaptive leadership, public policy, change management, and emotional intelligence in the workplace.
Dwight earned a Bachelor’s degree in Forestry and Wildlife and a Master’s in Wildlife Science at Virginia Tech. He earned his Ph.D. in Wildlife Management from Colorado State University. Dwight received the Lee Gladfelter Memorial Award from the Pope and Young Club; the Outstanding Achievement Award from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks Department; and the Paul C. Weikel Memorial Award from the Organization of Wildlife Planners.
Dr. Tom Kalous received his Ph.D. in Psychology from The Ohio State University in 1992. In addition to running a successful private practice for 15 years, he has been a successful entrepreneur, a business leader in the fields of behavioral health, Information Technology, and finance, and has become a nationally recognized speaker and workshop facilitator. Throughout his 21 year career, Dr. Kalous has conducted hundreds of workshops and seminars on Emotional Intelligence and has developed an expertise in applying Social Neuroscience research findings to such fields as leadership, software development, customer service, and social marketing. He is currently co-authoring a book on how to put emotional intelligence into action through the use of basic improvisation techniques. His inviting and humorous teaching style combined with his rich context of real world examples add considerable dimension to his informative and instructional workshops. Learn more about Dr. Tom at his website: http://www.tomkalous.com/
Maybe the most important thing to know about me is that I invest in people. In my personal life or on the job, being able to connect with people on a personal level and letting folks know you have an interest in them has always served me well. As for my background, I obtained a B.S. from Penn State University in Wildlife and Fisheries Management. After taking a year away from college working for the Alabama Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit at Auburn University I returned to college life to pursue my M.S. in Fisheries Management from Texas Tech University. After a short stint with the Illinois Natural History Survey I began my career with the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission where I spent 22 years serving the anglers of Pennsylvania and the aquatic resources of the Commonwealth. In November of 2014, I started a new career with the USFWS as the Division Chief of the Division of Fish and Aquatic Conservation where I hope to make a positive impact in the field of conservation on a National scale. I developed my passion for the natural world fishing with my dad and continue to try and instill the importance of clean air and clean water to my two children (Logan and MacKenzie) between texts and tweets and the all too infrequent trips afield. Boyfriends and college seem to reduce the time available for such “frivolous pursuits”. I have so much teaching left with those two. I am a 2009 alumnus of NCLI (Cohort 4) and most recently served as a Peer Coach for Cohorts 7, 8, and 9. I cannot understate the value that the NCLI experience has had on me personally; however, the impact that NCLI is having on conservation across the country is truly inspiring.
I am retired from the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife after 40 years of state service. For eleven years I served as the Wildlife Section's chief. Working as part of MAT's National Faculty is an exciting opportunity for me to focus and engage my passions for learning, teaching and course writing based on adaptive leadership.
On a personal note I am married and have 4 children and 7 grandchildren scattered across two states, Pennsylvania and Delaware. Although we live some distance apart it is not too far to preclude frequent visits. My outside interests include music (I try to play guitar), reading and the desire to continuously learn.
I recently retired from the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department where I served as the Chief of the Public Affairs Division for 23 years. I have worked in natural resources agency communication and management for more than 30 years and as a management consultant for several years in private practice. As a nationally accredited member (APR) of the Public Relations Society of America I have demonstrated, through written and oral exams, expertise in and commitment to the ethical practice of communication and relationship-building in the public interest. Through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) I have had the opportunity to work on national efforts such as Federal Aid and Furbearer Outreach Multi-state Conservation Grant projects. Most recently I served as the vice-chair of the AFWA Education, Outreach and Diversity committee. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of New Hampshire and an M.S. in Communication Management from Syracuse University.
Dave is a 1990 graduate from UW-Stevens Point with a BS in Resource Management and Conservation Law Enforcement. He was hired as a conservation warden in January/93 until Nov/03 when he was promoted to the Spooner Warden Team Supervisor position. In January/08, he was promoted to the Regional Warden position responsible for the law enforcement program in the DNR Northern Region which is comprised of 18 counties. Dave worked for the WI Department of Natural Resources for the past 22 years. On his off time he enjoys hunting, fishing, coaching hockey and softball. Dave has a 17 year old son Logan, and a 11 year old daughter Chloe.