Wildlife Center Board of Directors
Julie became a Wildlife Center board member in 2021. She grew up in Virginia and recently returned to her home state after nearly 20 years in the Boston area. Professionally, Julie consults in emergency preparedness and physical security, working with clients in a variety of industries, including education, research, and healthcare. In addition, Julie co-founded a small non-profit organization focused on international disaster risk reduction. She is an instructor in Krav Maga (an Israeli form of hand-to-hand combat) and teaches self-defense courses to community groups with a focus on female runners. Julie loves the mountains, old forests, and, of course, animals. She enjoys running trails near her home in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Kat is the senior conservation fellow at The Piedmont Environmental Council. Previously, she served as the President and CEO of James Madison's Montpelier, overseeing the management of the historic house and grounds as well as the diverse education and museum programs. Prior to that, she was Montana State Director for The Nature Conservancy, where she led a successful effort to conserve an ecologically intact unit of 310,000 acres of land in the Northern Rockies that serves as an environmentally protected migratory corridor extending from Wyoming across Montana to Canada. Kat has also served as Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Jefferson Foundation (TJF) which owns and operates Monticello, a UNESCO World Heritage site; as the Executive Director of the Preservation Alliance of Virginia; and the Executive Director of the Commission on Population Growth and Development, a 33-member legislative study commission to promote growth management legislation. Her continuing dedication to conservation has been recognized by the American Society of Landscape Architects, the Virginia Wildlife Federation, and the Piedmont Environmental Council. It also led to her gubernatorial appointment as chair of the Virginia Outdoors Foundation and the Virginia Land Conservation Foundation. She also served on the national Land Trust Accreditation Commission. Kat lives in Albemarle County with one very spoiled black lab and fly-fishing husband.
Dale is a native Virginian who grew up in Tidewater and now lives in Richmond with his wife Sara and a multitude of cats, dogs, and horses. He became acquainted with the Wildlife Center while attending a safari in South Africa with Ed Clark. His volunteer work with the Center has allowed him to pursue his lifelong interest in wildlife conservation. Dale’s professional experience includes more than 40 years in public company and non-profit auditing and risk management. He was the Chief Auditor of Capital One Financial from 1995 until 2003 and then the American Red Cross from 2006 until his retirement in 2015. He has a BS degree from Virginia Tech, an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University, and is a Certified Public Accountant. As Board Treasurer, Dale helps oversee the Center’s financial, administrative, and foundation operations.
Erwin Bohmfalk, Ph.D.
Kacky is the Chief of Strategy for Ocean Conservancy. Past roles include serving as the Executive Vice President, Global Strategies, for The Nature Conservancy, one of the world’s largest conservation organizations; she also served as the global Managing Director of Protecting Land & Water, the Director of Conservation Programs for North America Region, and the Director of Oceans & Coasts for North America. Her background includes several years at NOAA as Program Manager of the Coral Reef Conservation Program and a post as Executive Director of the Coastal States Organization, a DC-based nonprofit that represents the interests of the Governors of the 35 coastal states and territories on legislative and policy issues related to coastal and ocean management. A native Floridian, Kacky spent eight years with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, where as Director of Coastal and Aquatic Managed Areas, she oversaw the management of nearly 2 million acres of sovereign submerged lands in the state system of Aquatic Preserves and three National Estuarine Research Reserves. Kacky also served as Florida's Co-Trustee in the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary, initiated Florida's Coral Reef Conservation Program for southeast Florida, and was lead for the state on the Gulf of Mexico Alliance. While in Florida, Kacky also spent almost two years with the Conservancy’s Florida Chapter as the Director of Government Relations. She has a B.A. in economics from Duke University, a J.D. from the University of Florida, and an LL.M. in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College.
Scott has worked in the Financial Services Industry since 1998, and has been at Weaver Insurance & Financial Advisors since May 2011. Scott is a Certified Estate Planner, and also works in the Commercial Insurance Division. Scott earned a BS from Clemson University where he also worked for the baseball team. Scott loves to play golf, travel, and spend time in the outdoors. Scott spends his time working between Augusta County and Pawley’s Island, SC, where his wife lives and works full-time. This is not Scott’s first exposure to the Wildlife Center of Virginia; he volunteered in the old location in Weyers Cave more than 30 years ago as a high school student.
Cyndi spent nearly three decades in research, field, and leadership positions with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Michigan State University (College of Natural Resources), a Master of Science in biology from Eastern Michigan University, and in zoology from the University of Maine. Cyndi’s early career was dedicated to researching anthropogenic effects of contaminants in wildlife in the Great Lakes and New England. She spent a third of her career providing leadership in the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats, including leading the national effort to increase funding and human capital for the conservation of shore-, water-, and land birds; streamlining Migratory Bird Permit regulations; developing new partnerships; growing program funding from non-traditional areas; cultivating innovative grant practices for international grantees; and using human dimension research in strategic planning with North American partners. Her philosophy is that effective conservation of wildlife will be most successful when we engage people, stimulate their interest, and cultivate new ways to share our world. Cyndi loves hiking through the woods with her golden retriever, watching wildlife, photographing wildlife, and traveling the world to observe wildlife. She is currently working on her Virginia Master Naturalist certification.
Kurt started volunteering with the Wildlife Center in 2002, helping with technology projects to update the Center’s internal network. Over the years, he has implemented new telephone systems, servers and workstations, a network infrastructure throughout the complex, and the Critter Cam network. He joined the Board of Directors in 2003 as Treasurer. In 2011, he joined the Wildlife Center Foundation and became Wildlife Center Foundation President in 2016. Kurt works for the City of Staunton and lives in Staunton with his wife and dog.
Aaron is the Communications Manager at the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), where he oversees all internal and external communications responsibilities statewide. Before going to the DEQ, Aaron had a 16-year career with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, where he spent his first 12 years as a district wildlife biologist, specializing in human-wildlife conflict and invasive species work. He then took his interests to the policy arena, where he spent his last four years as the Regulations Coordinator and a Policy Analyst. Aaron enjoys taking his experiences from the field and passion for conservation and the outdoors and applying it to external-facing policy and public relations efforts. He has a B.S. in wildlife science from Virginia Tech and an M.S. in Fisheries and wildlife science from West Virginia University. Aaron was an intern at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 1999 before he went to college, so he enjoys telling folks that he got his first real taste of the wildlife profession at the Center. He lives in Hanover County with his wife and three children, and loves enjoying all things outdoors.
A native Virginian, Jeff was raised on a large farm in Loudoun County where he developed an affinity for animals and the outdoors. After earning a BS degree in Environmental Studies from the College of William & Mary, Jeff worked as a field biologist under a cooperative agreement with the Virginia Game Commission to re-establish and protect peregrine falcons, ospreys, and bald eagles across the Commonwealth. After several years of fieldwork, Jeff returned to academia, ultimately graduating from Duke University with an MS degree in Environmental Toxicology. He entered the consulting field in Washington DC, focusing on information technology and data analytics for Federal and state environmental agencies. After 9/11, wanting to defend our nation in whatever capacity possible, Jeff took his talents to the defense and intelligence communities where he worked on counter-terrorism both domestically and abroad. He is currently a Senior Vice President in a Fortune 500 company where he directs business capture programs for the corporation – pursuing and winning multi-billion-dollar government contracts that support missions in homeland security, defense, and national intelligence. Jeff started transporting injured animals to the Wildlife Center in 1991 – where he fell in love both with the Center itself and the dedicated people who work there. Through the years, he has engaged the Center in numerous capacities and is thrilled to be able to give back to the organization that has given so much to our collective and common good.
Dickson Young, Esq.
Dickson is a preeminent trial lawyer and senior partner of Whitestone Young, an established practice in Fairfax, Virginia. Mr. Young has more than 40 years of experience and is known statewide for his expertise in criminal, DUI, traffic and plaintiff personal injury litigation. He is admitted to practice before all State and Federal courts in Virginia and Washington, D.C. as well as the United States Supreme Court. As a litigator, Mr. Young has tried and argued cases at all levels of the Virginia court system. This has enabled him to represent a diverse group of individuals, including elected officials, industry professionals, judges, police officers, and professional athletes. Mr.Young has a wealth of legal expertise and experience, and his approach to serving the client is regarded, by his peers, as amicable and resourceful. He puts himself in the shoes of those he represents and appreciates how important a person’s freedom is. He is known for working tirelessly for his client in controlling the outcome of a case and fighting to protect their rights. Mr. Young is also an avid outdoorsman, with hobbies that include golf, fishing, and skiing.
Ed Clark, President
Wildlife Center of Virginia Foundation Trustees
Kurt Plowman, Chair
Neysa Simmers, Vice Chair
Dickson Young, Esq., Secretary
Bill O’Luanaigh, Treasurer