People

Board of Directors

David A. Steen

David A. Steen, executive director of The Alongside Wildlife Foundation Dr. David Steen is an award-winning science communicator and prolific author of scientific papers; for nearly two decades he has conducted ecological studies and contributed to conservation projects throughout the eastern United States. Although he spent years training for a career in academia, he eventually realized he could make greater contributions to science and society by forging a different path, a path that led him to form The Alongside Wildlife Foundation. In addition to serving as Executive Director of this foundation, he sits on the Board of Directors of Wildlands Network. You can probably find him on the coast of southeastern Georgia, where he works as the Research Ecologist of the Georgia Sea Turtle Center.  On top of wildlife and wild places, David values and appreciates fresh air, 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.

Staff

Emily Karwacki

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.

Personnel associated with The Alongside Wildlife Foundation do not receive compensation and donate their time to advance our mission.