Who We Are

 

The Michigan Wildlife Council (MWC) is a nine-member public body whose members are appointed by the governor and subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.

After having served nearly four years as the department’s natural resources deputy, in January 2016, Bill Moritz was appointed DNR director. He was employed with Safari Club International and the Safari Club International Foundation from 2007 to March 2012, and from 2010 to 2012 he served as executive director of both organizations. Bill is an avid outdoorsman, with a doctorate in zoology from Southern Illinois University, a master’s degree in fish and wildlife management from Montana State University and a bachelor’s degree in fisheries and wildlife biology from Iowa State University.

   

Initial terms expiring March 31, 2016:

Wild_Council_Hammill_463825_7  Jim Hammill of Crystal Falls is president of the Northwoods Chapter of Safari Club International and runs a land consulting and management business in the Upper Peninsula. He is a certified plan writer for the DNR and U.S. Department of Agriculture as well as a certified timber marker and cruiser for DNR. He has served on the board of the International Wolf Center and is a certified Michigan Master Logger. Hammill also holds a real estate salesperson license and has sold recreational land for 12 years. He earned his bachelor’s degree in biology at Adrian College, and studied wildlife management at Michigan State University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis, at least once during each of the last three years, and are residents of the Upper Peninsula.
Wild_Council_Taylor_463826_7 Alan Taylor of Rockford is president and co-owner of Hart Enterprises, Inc. He is the founder and chairman of the Nimrod Society, working to educate the public on the important role hunters and anglers play in society. Taylor attended the seminary at North Park College. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis at least once during each of the last three years.

   

Initial terms expiring March 31, 2017:

Wild_Council_Pedigo_463827_7  Matt Pedigo of Howell is an engineer for Federal-Mogul where he has worked for over 13 years. He is active in the Michigan Bear Hunters Association. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Kettering University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis at least once during each of the last three years.
Wild_Council_Poet_463829_7  Jeffery Poet of Clare is president of Jay’s Sporting Goods Inc., where he has been an active participant in the growth of the company since its inception. Poet earned his associate’s degree in business management from Northwood University. He will represent local businesses in this state that are substantially impacted by hunting and fishing.
Silhouette  Henry Stancato of Detroit is a member of Stancato Tragge Wells, PLLC in Detroit where he has practiced law for over 35 years. Stancato served as a member of Youthville Detroit and New Center Community Mental Health Services. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Brandeis University and a law degree from Wayne State University. He will represent individuals who have purchased hunting or fishing licenses in this state on a regular basis at least once during each of the last three years.

  

  Initial terms expiring March 31, 2018:

Wild_Council_Campbell_463831_7  Merisa Campbell of Johannesburg operates a commercial hay and over-the-road trucking operation, a small cow-calf operation, and managed approximately 2,000 acres of land. She served on the Michigan Farm Bureau board of directors in 2009 and 2010 and served two years as chair of the State Promotion and Education Committee. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saginaw Valley State University. She will represent agricultural producers in this state.
Wild_Council_Rose_463834_7  Carol Rose of Hillman is vice president of Jeffress-Dyer Inc. – Real Estate Appraisal and Consulting, specializing in commercial land and large forestry and recreational use lands in northern Michigan. She is knowledgeable on the significance of the contributions that hunters, anglers and trappers have historically made to the conservation of both game and non-game species as well as the economic impact these activities have on communities throughout the state. Rose earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Michigan State University. She will represent individuals with media or marketing background, who are not employees of the DNR.
Wild_Council_Stec_463836_7  Randy Stec of Caro is the executive vice president of GreenStone Farm Credit Services where he has served 33 years, overseeing the sales and marketing functions of the financial institution. He is the past county chairman of Ducks Unlimited, an avid waterfowl hunter, and past professional guide. Stec is enrolled in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Stec earned his bachelor’s degree from Ferris State University. He will represent rural areas of this state where economies are substantially impacted by hunting and fishing.