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Our Leadership

The foundation of any great organization is strong leadership.

A Strong Foundation

The success of the NWTF is made possible due to its strong foundation, a volunteer-led board of directors and an executive staff with decades of experience in the world of wildlife conservation. Together, they guide the conservation organization and help direct the NWTF mission related efforts.

 

National Board of Directors

These dedicated volunteers focus on the NWTF mission, setting goals, objectives and strategy.

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Executive Staff

The NWTF executive team has decades of experience in hunting and wildlife conservation.

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Foundation Board

Helps secure funding for NWTF legacy and long-term capital projects.

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Meet the President of the Board

Bryan PerryBryan Perry has been an avid turkey hunter and dedicated NWTF volunteer for more than 25 years. He currently serves as president of the National Board of Directors.

Bryan is a charter member of the Franklin County Longbeards chapter in Louisburg, North Carolina, where he continues to volunteer. He has served as local chapter president, banquet chairman and a district director. Bryan was a North Carolina state board member for 10 years, serving four as state chapter president.

He and his wife Tammy have been married for more than 30 years. And their children Chelsea, Seth, Haley and Maci, have grown up as part of the NWTF.

“As do all volunteers, I have a passionate belief in the mission of the NWTF. As a fellow volunteer, I understand the importance of NWTF volunteers. As a national board member, I recognize it’s my duty to responsibly serve the NWTF. I use these ideals as my compass in representing the NWTF and our volunteers on the National Board.”

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Meet Our Co-CEOs

Becky Humphries

Becky-Hunting-PhotoHumphries, who is currently serving as a Co-CEO through February of 2023, started her career in wildlife as an employee of the US Fish and Wildlife Service. In 1978, she joined the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Her 32-year career with the agency was a progression of field biologist positions to Wildlife Division Chief and culminated with her last seven years as Director. Becky’s tenure saw the agency through a number of challenges, however her leadership in managing the agency in addressing Bovine Tb in wild deer and Chronic Wasting Disease, brought her to leadership roles with the Association of Fish and Wild Agencies. She won their two most prestigious awards for her work and chaired the Fish and Wild Health Committee and the National Fish and Wildlife Health Initiative.

In 2011, Becky left public service and joined Ducks Unlimited as Director of Conservation Programs. In 2013, The National Wild Turkey Federation enticed Becky to join them in South Carolina as the Chief Conservation Officer. In 2016, Becky was named the Chief Operations Officer and in April of 2017, she was named as the CEO for NWTF.

Becky is a strong advocate for sound science, volunteerism and partnership based conservation. She holds seats on a number of national conservation based organizations. Becky and her late husband have three adult children and four grandchildren.

Jason Burckhalter

Jason Burckhalter is co-CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Founded in 1973, the NWTF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the American wild turkey and preserve the country’s hunting heritage.

Appointed to his co-CEO role in May 2022, Burckhalter leads the NWTF’s membership and fundraising-related duties, including field operations and development, marketing and communications, membership, information technology, and facility management.

Burckhalter previously was NWTF’s chief information officer for three years and before that held positions as vice president of finance and controller with the organization.

Before joining NWTF in 2013, Burckhalter held various executive capacities with for-profit entities including CIO/COO of a national multi-site operation.

An experienced senior level professional in for-profit and nonprofit habitat conservation delivery, Burckhalter has a proven record of successful staff and program management throughout his career. A skilled leader of multi-disciplinary teams, Burckhalter has developed both national and regional level partnerships with public, private, and governmental partners.

Committed to lifelong learning, Burckhalter holds multiple degrees. He is a graduate of Lander University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance/Economics. Burckhalter earned a Master of Business Administration from Augusta University. He also has an accounting degree from Auburn University.

Burckhalter grew up fishing and enjoying the woods from an early age. An avid outdoorsman and sports enthusiast, Burckhalter can be found on the water, angling both in-shore and freshwater, or enjoying the woods when he is not coaching his sons’ sports teams. After spending many years in the for-profit space, Burckhalter truly found a home with the National Wild Turkey Federation that allows him to find fulfillment helping preserve the outdoor lifestyle for generations to come.

Burckhalter resides in North Augusta, S.C., with his wife and two children.

Kurt Dyroff

Kurt Dyroff is co-CEO of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF). Founded in 1973, the NWTF is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to conserve the American wild turkey and preserve the country’s hunting heritage.

Appointed to his co-CEO role in May 2022, Dyroff leads mission-related duties for the NWTF, including conservation and government affairs, finance and accounting, and general business support (legal, human resources and land holdings).

Dyroff previously was NWTF’s chief business and finance officer for three years and held positions as director of business development, acting chief of conservation and western director of conservation operations at the organization.

Before joining NWTF in 2014, Dyroff served in various executive conservation capacities at Ducks Unlimited for 10 years.

An experienced senior level professional in nonprofit habitat conservation delivery for nearly 20 years, Dyroff has a proven record of successful staff and program management across the country. This includes the development of both national and regional level partnerships with public, private, and non-governmental partners as well as with private landowners.

Dyroff is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering with a minor in environmental engineering. Dyroff also is a fellow of the National Conservation Leadership Institute and a member of the Boone and Crockett Club.

Dyroff was born and raised in the mountains of north-central Pennsylvania where he was introduced to the turkey woods at an early age. An avid hunter and fisherman, Dyroff currently resides in northern Idaho with his wife and their two children.

NWTF Executive Staff

NWTF Foundation Board

The NWTF Foundation and its Board of Directors exist to secure funding for NWTF legacy and long-term capital projects. By creating and communicating the value, importance and reward of the donation experience, the NWTF Foundation works to secure a bright and stable future for the NWTF and its noble mission.

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Meet the Foundation Board

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