David Wielicki, Executive Director
David Wielicki founded the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) on December 16, 1986. He has served as the Executive Director of SCWA since the organization’s inception. David graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with an honors degree in Wildlife Management. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he spent three years in Manitoba, Canada assisting waterfowl researchers on waterfowl and wetland ecology projects and conducting his own research on aspects of mallard nutrition during the summer molting period. David’s research was funded by the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. Prior to founding the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, David worked for Ted Turner managing more than 2,000 acres of coastal rice field impoundments. David has more than 25 years of experience as a waterfowl biologist and manager. David grew up in north Alabama hunting and fishing with his father, Tony Wielicki. David is an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman who enjoys sharing the outdoors with his father, Tony, wife Joette and two children, Gracie and Tony. His duties at SCWA include Association management, strategic planning, raising funds and waterfowl management.
Val Elliott, Chief Operations Officer
Val Elliott began his career in the Summer Camp and Outdoor Education Center field in 1989 as a camp counselor at Kanakuk-Kanakomo Kamps, one of the largest Christian Sports camps in the world, located in Branson, Missouri. Val served there for two summers as a camp counselor and in the CIT Director role. Upon graduating from The Citadel in 1991, Val took on the role of Program Director for Clemson University’s RM Cooper 4-H Leadership Center where he hired, trained staff and ran the day to day program operations and during this time Val also was a part of a team who created the “Teaching KATE” Outdoor Education program. In 1995 Val moved into the Center Director role at RM Cooper where he oversaw all day to day operations including summer camp, outdoor education, and conference groups. In 2007, Val and his wife Elizabeth and five children (Emma, Lucas, Eliza, Ethan and Palmer) moved from RM Cooper to YMCA Camp Hanes as Val became the Executive Director of YMCA Camp Hanes. YMCA Camp Haves saw tremendous growth during his tenure at YMCA Camp Hanes which included new summer camp partners, attendance growth in all programs, doubling the annual operating budget, quadrupled the annual giving campaign and many site improvements including a new retreat center, airnasium, shotgun range, equestrian center and a 5700 square foot conference facility.
Val served on the American Camping Association Southeast section board and the SE Local Council of Leaders for over eight years and has been an Accreditation standards visitor for over 20 years and is currently a Standards Instructor. Val grew up locally in Summerton fishing and hunting with his father on Lake Marion. His duties include overseeing the day to day operations for SCWA.
Mac Bagnal, Director of Chapter Development
Mac became interested in SCWA in 1996 when he was asked to join his local SCWA committee. Six years later, in 2002, the committee elected Mac chairman of the Clarendon SCWA Chapter. Mac’s passion to help raise money for SCWA’s programs and Camp Woodie landed him a full-time position as SCWA’s Director of Chapter Development in June of 2004. Mac believes in SCWA’s mission to enhance, and perpetuate our waterfowl heritage. Mac is an avid outdoorsman. He who loves to hunt and fish. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his son Donald McQueen III (Trey), daughter Mary McKenzie, and his wife Lisa.
His duties at SCWA include assisting Chapter Chairperson and volunteers with raising funds, event planning and implementation, strategic planning and budget development. Mac invites each SCWA member to become active with their local SCWA Chapter Committee. To get involved with SCWA, call Mac: 803-938-3145.
Trey Gardner, Assistant Director of Chapter Development
Trey was hired by SCWA in the beginning of 2018 and serves alongside the Chapter Development Coordinator to develop and maintain SCWA chapters throughout the state. Trey will graduate from Clemson University in May of 2018 with a degree in Agricultural Education. Born and raised in Clarendon County, SC, Trey has always been an avid outdoorsman and developed an interest in agricultural education in his time as a part of the Manning High School Chapter of the FFA. His career at SCWA began 7 years ago as a committee member, which would later lead him to filling the roles of Camp Woodie counselor and SCWA chapter chairman. When he’s not working with SCWA, Gardner is farming or volunteering in the community.
Kirby Smith, Fundraising Coordinator
Kirby was hired in May 2018 as the Fundraising Coordinator. She first became aware of SCWA through her friends on SCWA committees who attended banquets. Kirby’s interest began to grow after attending many banquets, and she was extremely excited when offered the chance to be a part of the organization. Growing up in a rural area, Kirby was always hunting and fishing with her father, and her love for the outdoors continues to grow. She hopes to be an asset to the South Carolina Waterfowl Association and help them expand and spread their cause.
Pam Hickman, Membership Services Director
Pam was hired as the SCWA Membership Services Director in April 2018. She currently holds 2 Associate’s Degrees in Management & Marketing, along with a Certificate in Accounting. Pam is currently attending Coker College pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Pam currently lives in Turbeville, SC with her husband Jason, and 2 children, Josh and Hannah. She was raised to love all aspects of nature and wildlife and is excited to be part of an amazing organization that blends nature, wildlife, and education into an environment that creates better futures for the children of today’s society. Pam urges you to get involved in growing our organization by becoming a member. Please visit the “Get Involved” section of our website or contact your local chapter committee member.
Jennifer McNeely, Office Manager
Jennifer McNeely was hired by SCWA in November 2011. While Jennifer grew up as a city girl in Raleigh, NC, she has grown accustomed to the laid back atmosphere and outdoor lifestyle in Clarendon County, SC. Jennifer originally became involved with SCWA as a volunteer and committee member for the Clarendon Chapter in 2008 and fell in love with the organization and its cause.
Jonathan Patrick, Habitat Manager
Jonathan Patrick (aka JP) started working for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association in February of 2015. He grew up in Clarendon County and has a great love for farming and the outdoors. Prior to his current role, JP was a counselor at Camp Woodie. After his time as a counselor, JP earned an Associate’s Degree in Applied Science & Natural Resource Management from Central Carolina Technical College. JP married his wife, Allison, in December 2015. He has a great respect for South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s goal in maintaining and enhancing South Carolina’s natural habitats.
Tori Jordan, Communications Director
Tori grew up in the small town of Troutman, NC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Visual Communications. Tori enjoys photography, Christmas, exploring new places, and watching college sports, especially the South Carolina Gamecocks. Before she was hired full time by SCWA, she served as Camp Woodie’s photographer for two summers. She is excited to tell SCWA’s story to help spread the word about the organization’s amazing cause.
Steve Maynard, Camp Woodie Director
Steve Maynard began his camping career in 1974 at YMCA Camp Mataucha in Watertown, Connecticut, where he attended for eight years as a camper and five years as a counselor, CIT (Counselor in Training) Director and Assistant Director. After spending two years at the University of Florida, Steve finished his degree in Park & Recreation Management at the University of Connecticut, culminating with an internship at YMCA Camp Jewell, where he oversaw the CIT program, worked with school and corporate leadership groups, and assisted with new construction.
In 1991, Steve accepted the position of Group and Conference Director at YMCA Camp Tecumseh in Brookston, Indiana. At Tecumseh, he oversaw the operations of Tecumseh’s large retreat and conference program, increasing bookings and revenue through innovative programming and scheduling. After spending five memorable years with Tecumseh, Steve moved to Stratton Mountain, Vermont as the Ski Resort’s Guest Services Manager.
Steve’s most recent adventure took him to the Ozark Mountains of Missouri as the Executive Director for YMCA Camp Wakonda. Over the course of six years, Steve and his family were able to transform the camp. An avid outdoorsman, hunter and fisherman, Steve is excited to join the SCWA team and looks forward to continuing and growing the Camp Woodie legacy.
Joe Gonzalez, Education Programs Director of Sales & Marketing
Joe joined the SCWA team in May of 2012 as a Wildlife Technician. Growing up in rural upstate New York, Joe quickly fell in love with the outdoors – leading to his decision to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Wildlife Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. After graduating in 2011, Joe worked at a flyfishing ranch in New Mexico as a guide, but felt the calling to come back East, where he was hired by SCWA. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to work in the field of conservation, as well as teach the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of the natural world.
TJ Morgan, Camp Woodie Assistant Director
TJ studied Camp and Outdoor Adventure Leadership at Liberty University. After college, he started as an outdoor educator at Camp Hanes for two seasons before being called to SCWA to serve as the Camp Leopold Interim Director. Growing up in the small town of Cornelius NC, TJ always attended YMCA Camp Hanes in King, NC, where he first fell in love with the camp atmosphere and discovered he wanted to serve in the camping industry full-time. Every summer after high school, he dedicated his summers to learning more to prepare him for one day being a Camp Director. He worked at Camp Hanes as a counselor, and then on the leadership team as the Shooting Sports Leader for two summers. In this role, he was in charge of teaching gun safety and 5-stand to the campers and staff. He worked a summer as a tower staff member at Camp Eagle Rock in Charlotte NC, where he worked to help campers climb to new heights and challenge themselves to overcome their fears. He branched out from his normal summers at camp and served as a High Ropes Guide at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, helping guests on zip lines and challenge courses, but always knew that camp was his home away from home. TJ started his journey with SCWA as a Camp Leopold Instructor in the Fall of 2019 and looks forward to sharing his experiences and knowledge of camps with SCWA.