Leadership of the Governing Board and the Society is vested in its five elected officers

joe-margraf-squareF. Joseph Margraf

1135 Park Ave Unit 904
Pagosa Springs, CO 81147
TEL: 303-656-0906

Joe Margraf is supervisor of U.S. Geological Survey Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Units in the western US and is stationed in Pagosa Springs, CO. He has served in the Coop Unit program since 1980 at Ohio, West Virginia, Maryland, and Alaska, where he was major advisor for over 50 graduate students and on the graduate committees of over 75 others. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications and technical reports and over 100 presentations for scientific meetings. Joe has been an AFS member since 1972 and life member since 1984. He received his BS degree in Fisheries from Cornell University, and MS and Ph.D. degrees from Texas A&M University. Joe is Past President of the Education Section, the Fish Habitat Section, and the Western Division. He also served six years as the AFS Constitutional Consultant. He has received both the AFS Distinguished Service and Meritorious Service awards.

steve-mcmullin-squareSteve L. McMullin

Department of Fish & Wildlife Conservation
Virginia Tech
310 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061
(540) 231-8847

Steve McMullin is an associate professor and associate department head in Fish and Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech.  He also serves as director of the College of Natural Resources and Environment Leadership Institute. Prior to entering the academic world, Steve worked for the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as a fisheries biologist, regional fisheries manager and chief of the Fisheries Management Bureau.  At Virginia Tech, Steve specializes in human dimensions of natural resource conservation and leadership development for natural resource professionals.  He received his B.S. (1978) and M.S. (1979) degrees in fisheries resources from the University of Idaho and the Ph.D. in fisheries and wildlife science from Virginia Tech (1993). He is a certified fisheries scientist and has been a member of AFS since 1978.

jesse-trushenski-squareJesse Trushenski

First Vice-President
Eagle Fish Health Laboratory
Idaho Department of Fish and Game
1800 Trout Road
Eagle, ID 83616
Voice:  208-939-2413

Jesse Trushenski recently joined the Idaho Department of Fish and Game as supervisor of the Eagle Fish Health Laboratory.  Together, the EFHL team provide comprehensive fish health services to the state’s fish hatchery system, supporting recreational fisheries and imperiled species restoration in Idaho waters.  Prior to joining the agency, Jesse was an Associate Professor with the Center for Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences at Southern Illinois University.  As adjunct faculty, she continues to lead a fish nutrition research group at SIU focused on identifying practical solutions for public and private aquaculture.  Throughout her career, Jesse has worked to make fish culture economically and environmentally sustainable and to contribute to science-based management of fisheries resources.  A certified fisheries scientist, Jesse holds a B.S. degree from Western Washington University and a Ph.D. degree from Southern Illinois University.

scott-bonar-squareScott Bonar

Second Vice President
USGS AZ Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit
104 Biological Sciences East, University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85721
TEL: 520-349-1894

Scott Bonar is an Associate Professor of Natural Resources at the University of Arizona and Leader of the USGS Arizona Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit. He has conducted award-winning natural resources work in natural resources programs of state and federal government, universities, and private industry for over 25 years, authoring over 100 publications and supervising over 80 employees. His unit won the highest award in the nation for relations with cooperators, and science respectively. He holds a B.S. degree in Science Education from the University of Evansville and a Ph.D. in Fisheries Science from the University of Washington. He has been a member of AFS since 1971.

ron-essig-squareRonald J. Essig

Past President
300 Westgate Center Drive
Hadley, MA 01035
TEL: 413-253-8504

Ron Essig is a fish biologist and chief of the Fish and Wildlife Branch, Division of Wildlife and Sport Fish Restoration, US Fish and Wildlife Service in Hadley, MA. He received a BS in biology from Rutgers University (1976) and an MS in fisheries biology from the University of Massachusetts (1979). Ron worked for the National Marine Fisheries Service stock assessment team in Woods Hole, MA (1979-1980), the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Coastal Resources Division in Brunswick, GA (1980-1984), and the NMFS Fishery Statistics Division in Washington, DC (1984-1991). Then he joined the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Federal Aid Division in the northeast region where he has worked for the past 21 years (1991-present). Ron’s focus areas for the administration of grants to State fishery agencies are marine and anadromous fish research and survey projects. He is an AFS Certified Fisheries Professional and has been a member of AFS since 1975.