Staff Bios & Contact Information
The range of the greater sage-grouse stretches across 11 western states and three administrative regions within the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. In order to best serve the many stakeholders who are interested in the conservation of the sage-grouse and the sagebrush grasslands where they live, the Service has created this web site and a team of Public Affairs Specialists to respond to inquiries from the media and the public.
Public Affairs Officer
Mountain Prairie - Region 6
States: Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming
Theo joined the External Affairs from the State of Colorado, where he served as Manager of the External Relations section for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and Communications Director for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources. A graduate of Wesleyan University and winner of a prestigious John S. Knight Journalism Fellowship at Stanford University, Theo brings insights gained writing about wildlife and the environment during an award-winning 17-year career in journalism, including five years with The Denver Post.
He will be the point of contact on both greater sage-grouse and Gunnison sage-grouse, coordinating communication efforts with Regions 1 and 8.
“When I was a reporter, I met hundreds of story subjects, among them ranchers dealing with wolves, retirees grappling with energy development, farmers struggling with drought, mountain dwellers trying to rebuild after a fire. Some were driving change, others were fighting to protect what they had. Most were just caught in the middle, whiplashed by events they could not understand, let alone control. These Westerners, who I’ve met in their homes, on their ranches and in the field have taught me that conservation is most successful when it is woven into the fabric of communities and expressed in the lives of individuals who live there. Respect for these folks and their values is something I keep front and center in my personal and professional life.”
Public Affairs Officer
Pacific Northwest - Region 1
States: Idaho, Oregon, and Washington
Anna comes to External Affairs from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. Her past experience as Conserving the Future coordinator, the 10-year strategic vision for the refuge system, has afforded her the opportunity to build partnerships and leverage relationships with the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, the National Wild Turkey Federation and a whole host of conservation partners. Prior to that, Anna worked as an economist for the Service, developing economic impact reports on topics like hunting, fishing and wildlife recreation. “I’m passionate about conservation, especially as it relates to conserving our natural, agricultural and recreational well-being.”
Anna holds an undergraduate degree in agribusiness management and rural development from West Virginia University and a master’s degree in agricultural and applied economics from Virginia Tech. The author of numerous papers, Anna received the Unit Award for Excellence in Service from the Department of the Interior in 2010.
Public Affairs Officer
Pacific Southwest - Region 8
States: California and Nevada
Dan joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Nevada Field Office from the National Park Service, where he was a public affairs officer for Yellowstone National Park since 2011. Prior to that, as a documentary filmmaker he owned and managed a private, Midwest-based digital video and multimedia production company and was Communications Director for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.
Dan is also a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, where he served for nearly two decades as a combat journalist, photographer and media relations specialist. He was among the very first Marine troops to be called into combat duty in Afghanistan immediately following the events of Sept. 11, 2001, where he delivered to living rooms all over the globe the first news of America’s War on Terror from the front lines.
Dan holds a bachelor’s in Public Affairs from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst and a master’s in Telecommunications from Ball State University, and has more than 25 years of unique and diverse worldwide communications experience on both sides of a camera.
“After combat I struck out across America’s public lands with a small tent and sleeping bag to reflect, recharge and reconnect with our country and its citizens for whom I had been fighting. It was an honor protecting and defending the United States as a Marine. Now it’s an equal honor protecting and defending the beauty and livelihood of the wilds with which we share it.”