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.

David is also the Herpetology Research Leader of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, a member of the Eastern Indigo Snake Reintroduction Committee, and sits on the Board of Directors of the Wildlands Network. 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.


Emily Karwacki
Development Specialist

In addition to being The Alongside Wildlife Foundation's Development Specialist, Emily is an associate researcher at the University of Central Florida and with the United States Geological Survey. Her research focuses on amphibian disease genetics, disease ecology, cyanobacterial involvement in harmful algal blooms, and cyanotoxin presence and dynamics in freshwater systems. She has worked with nonprofit organizations across Florida in volunteer, management, and research capacities and has focused on working with conservation and wildlife care organizations. Through her research, she hopes to add to the bodies of knowledge regarding disease global distributions and temporal dynamics, cyanobacteria toxicity and genetics, as well as growing and improving operations for nonprofit organizations. In her free time, Emily is most likely found with a book in one hand and coffee in the other.

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.