NWCOA Committee Development
The purpose of the NWCOA Committees is to direct the NWCOA Governing Board and Executive Staff on current and future issues relevant to the wildlife damage management industry. These committees shall be led by a NWCOA Governing Board member and members of NWCOA.
Bat Committee – Chris Lunn
The mission of the bat committee is to protect and preserve the interests of NWCOA’s membership when dealing with bats in commercial and residential structures. This committee shall advise NWCOA on the growth of the bat control/removal industry by serving as a resource for best practices, new tools and equipment to the trade, and other information pertinent to the advancement of bat management.
Bird Committee – Jim Goins
The mission of the bird committee is to protect and preserve the interests of NWCOA’s membership when dealing with birds in or on commercial and residential structures/properties. This committee shall advise NWCOA on the growth of the bird control industry by serving as a resource for best practices, new tools and equipment to the trade, and other information pertinent to the advancement of bird damage management.
Board Development Committee – Michael Beran
In some ways the most influential of all the committees, the NWCOA Board Development Committee is responsible for the general affairs of the Board. Some of the specific tasks or responsibilities of this committee are:
- To prepare priorities for Board composition
- To meet with prospective Board members and recommend candidates to the board
- To recommend a slate of officers to the Board
- To conduct orientation sessions for new Board members and to organize training sessions for the entire Board, and
- To suggest new, non-Board individuals for committee membership.
By-Laws & Policy Committee – Stephen Vantassel
The NWCOA Bylaws & Policy Committee is responsible for the creation and maintenance of the organization’s bylaws and policies.
Communications Committee – Charles Parker
The NWCOA Communications Committee will be responsible for event-specific media initiatives, as well as on-going activities designed to increase awareness and interest in NWCOA. The committee will partner closely with NWCOA’s Executive Staff to ensure that our membership is adequately supported and that work meets the mission of the organization. While the specific tasks or responsibilities of this committee are:
- Play an active role in production of the quarterly newsletter, NWCOA News.
- Support efforts to increase volunteer involvement on the committee.
- Assign tasks to maintain and grow current NWCOA communications initiatives, including:
- Work with editor to coordinate production of quarterly magazine.
- Create promotional print materials including brochures and postcards.
- Use of social media.
- Maintain NWCOA.com
- Foster creative ideas and explore new avenues to increase industry awareness about NWCOA.
Finance Committee – Chris Lunn
The NWCOA Finance Committee tasks are:
- To review budgets initially prepared by the NWCOA Executive Staff, to help develop appropriate procedures for budget preparations and on a consistency between the budget and NWCOA’s plans
- To report to the Board any financial irregularities, concerns, opportunities
- To recommend financial guidelines to the Board
- To work with the Executive Staff to design financial reports and ensure that reports are accurate and timely
- To oversee short and long-term investments
- To oversee short and long-term investments and
- To advise the Executive Director and other appropriate staff on financial priorities and information systems, depending on committee member expertise.
Fundraising Committee – Chris Lunn
The NWCOA Fundraising Committee is responsible for overseeing NWCOA’s overall fundraising and, in particular, the fundraising done by the Board. To accomplish this, its responsibilities are:
- To work with the Executive Staff to establish a fundraising plan that incorporates a series of appropriate vehicles, such as the Wildlife Expo with NPMA, NWCOA training courses, direct mail, product sales, etc.
- To work with fundraising staff in their efforts to raise money
- To take the lead in certain types of outreach efforts,
- To be responsible for involvement of all Board members in fundraising, such as having Board members make telephone calls to ask for support, and
- To monitor fundraising efforts to be sure that ethical practices are in place, that donors are acknowledged appropriately, and that fundraising efforts are cost-effective.
Government Affairs Committee – Dixon Herman
The NWCOA Government Affairs Committee is responsible for being proactive in addressing local, state and national issues important to NWCOA and its mission, our membership and affiliate organizations. To understand issues of interest to its membership; to take advocacy positions on those issues; and to communicate NWCOA’s viewpoint clearly to our membership, elected officials, and the community at large.
Membership Committee – Michael Beran
The Membership Committee is responsible for recruiting new members and maintaining records of current members. To effectively execute this function the committee shall:
- recruit new members
- retain existing members
- promote and achieve awareness of membership benefits
- support networking of members with similar talents and interests
- Be familiar with the membership policies, procedures, and resources of NWCOA
- Develop and maintain informational material which describes the benefits of membership
- Work with Communications Committee to communicate to membership using newsletters, web, site, e-mail, or other resources to highlight membership benefits.
- Develop and implement strategies to identify members talents and interest to promote networking.
- Develop and implement strategies for recruitment of new members
- Develop and implement strategies for welcoming new members
- Develop and implement strategies for re-instating lapsed members
- Provide a written report to the NWCOA Governing Board prior to the Annual Meeting.
Scientific Advisory Committee – Tony DeNicola
The mission of the scientific advisory committee is to protect and preserve the interests of NWCOA’s membership when dealing with wildlife, other than birds and bats, in or on commercial and residential structures/properties. This committee shall advise NWCOA on the growth of the wildlife damage management industry by serving as a resource for best practices, new tools and equipment to the trade, and other information pertinent to the advancement of wildlife damage management.
Training, Standards & Certifications Committee – Gregg Schumaker
The mission of this committee is to work closely with the Training Coordinator to verify the wildlife damage management’s need for professional certification in wildlife damage management. And to define the requirements for achieving certification. Determine NWCOA’s role as the issuing authority as the wildlife damage management’s certifying body. To accomplish this, its responsibilities are: Developing, implementing, and monitoring NWCOA Certified Training, Standards, and Certification programs.
Vendor Relations Committee – Keith Markun
The Vendor Relations Committee is responsible for acting as liaison between NWCOA and our vendor members, and potential vendor members. This committee will oversee the development and maintenance of this vital relationship, including the tradeshow at the annual convention, and other opportunities for vendors to benefit from their membership in NWCOA.