Board of Directors

David A. Steen

David A. SteenDr. David Steen is a wildlife ecologist and conservation biologist who has authored over 100 scientific publications; he is also is an award-winning science communicator known for his wide-ranging outreach efforts. His work has been covered extensively everywhere from Popular Science and National Geographic to the New York Times.

As far as his day job is concerned, David is the Herpetology Research Leader of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Slate magazine called him the best biologist on Twitter and he’s always available there for your wildlife questions: @AlongsideWild. David values and appreciates wildlife, fresh air and wild places of course but also live music and black coffee. His personal website is here.

Bill Sutton

Dr. William Sutton. board member of The Alongside Wildlife FoundationDr. Bill Sutton is an Assistant Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Tennessee State University in Nashville TN. Bill’s research focuses on a variety of wildlife species, but he works primarily with management and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.  He and his graduate students currently work on identifying and protecting rare and threatened wildlife populations, conserving biodiversity hotspots, and evaluating how forest restoration impacts wildlife and tick populations. Bill enjoys wild places and hopes that future generations will also get to appreciate these landscapes. In his spare time he enjoys fly-fishing and brewing beer out of his garage.

Rebecca Hardman

Dr. Rebecca Hardman, board member of The Alongside Wildlife FoundationDr. Rebecca Hardman is a veterinarian and PhD student at the University of Tennessee. Through her research and training she has had the opportunity to observe the vast amount of unique and region-specific challenges conservationists face around the globe and is particularly interested in approaching some of these challenges by researching wildlife health and disease. Her overall goal is to maintain healthy wild and domestic animal populations by merging ideas across fields of public health, veterinary medicine, and conservation biology. Her current research applies diagnostic and laboratory techniques from veterinary pathology and immunology towards understanding causes of salamander declines. She also continues to practice clinical veterinary medicine and hopes to continue in both veterinary medicine and amphibian ecology to tackle these complex conservation issues of the 21st century. In her free time she enjoys trail running, quality time with her dogs, and a good pint of beer.


Breanna Ondich
Program Manager

During her day job, Bre currently works at the University of Georgia in the River Basin Center coordinating a diversity and inclusion program that aims to broaden participation of underrepresented minorities in the Society of Freshwater Science. She obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine Science-Biology with a minor in Environmental Science from the University of Tampa, FL. Bre lived in Coastal Georgia for ten years serving with AmeriCorps, working as an interpretive park ranger, and later supervising AmeriCorps members while conducting sea turtle, box turtle, and freshwater turtle research, monitoring, and public education on Jekyll Island. She is also finishing up an online Master of Science degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology with Clemson University. Bre also loves to travel the world to experience how different cultures live alongside wildlife. She has lived for several months in both Australia and Costa Rica, spent several weeks among several Caribbean Islands and Honduras, and can’t wait to travel to more wild places around the world. In her spare time, she enjoys wildlife photography, hiking, birding, and cooking.