The Directors of the Southeastern Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation (MINRC) is responsible for advising the SEAFWA Directors and making recommendations on a broad range of matters regarding effective human resource management at SEAFWA member agencies.  Areas of responsibility shall include but not be limited to, employee recruitment and retention (including minority recruitment); training and development (i.e. degree programs, professional certifications, in-service training, etc.); leadership development, workforce and leadership succession planning; and initiatives for enhancing employee engagement.

The mission of the MINRC shall be to identify best practices and recommend initiatives or programs that may be implemented by member agencies to enhance the recruitment, professional development and retention of highly skilled employees in positions at all levels.

The Board of Directors also have established the MINRC whose mission goals and objectives is to assist SEAFWA member agencies and federal natural resource conservation agencies in the Southeastern U.S. in efforts to enhance the overall representation of minorities and women in professional occupations within the field of natural resource conservation. In addition, each year the Committee presents an award to the agency which has most improved its work force diversity programs.  MINRC has established policies and procedures under which it operates to accomplish its mission.

Minorities in Natural Resources Conservation

Chair – David Buggs
Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officer
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

4200 Smith School Road
Austin, Texas 78744

512-389-8595 office
512-815-5773 cell

Mercedes Bartkovich (Vice-Chair) - AL
Betty Bryant - AR
Paul Clemons - FL
Linda May and Lisa Kruse - GA
Brent McCarty - KY
Adriel Herrera and Stan House - LA
Chris Kennedy and Salvador Mondrago- MO
Tamara Jackson and Brian Ferguson - MS
Vicky Scaggs and Amanda Storck - OK
Alix Pedraza - SC
Luis Suau and Kevin Dockendorf - NC
Chuck Yoest and Joy Sweeney - TN
Cayley Birchfield – TX
Mike Hill and George Braxton - VA
Adnrea Fout Tinsley - WV
Terry Whittaker – U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Phillip Stephenson - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service