David Wielicki, Chief Executive Officer
David Wielicki founded the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) on December 16, 1986. He has served as the Chief Executive Officer 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 while 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 38 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 wife Joette and his two children Gracie and Tony and their spouses Matt Couch and Madison Wielicki. His duties at SCWA include working closely with the SCWA Board of Directors, strategic planning, major gifts fundraising, waterfowl habitat development, and policy issues.
Jodi Franke-Young, Chief of Education Programs
Jodi started working with the South Carolina Waterfowl Association as the Chief of Education Programs in February 2023. She has been professionally involved in the nonprofit sector for over 25 years in various executive and administration roles. She graduated from the University of South Alabama and began her camp career at an Easter Seals Camp in AL as a counselor, returning as the Sports Director, Program Director, seasonal staff and intern. Since that time, Jodi has managed year-round camp programs and operations in Illinois, Florida, Tennessee and Colorado as the Executive Director and Camp Director. Her greatest challenge was the start-up of a year-round camp in her hometown of Bradenton, Florida, where she designed and managed the program for children with varying abilities and serious illnesses for over 8 years. Beyond her camp career, she has provided consultant services to like-minded nonprofits and served as the Director of the Child & Youth Services for the Department of Defense in Kwajalein, Marshall Islands. Witnessing first-hand the powerful impacts that camp and outdoor education provide to our youth and young adults, motivates her to stay engaged in the field. She is excited to join SCWA as the Chief of Education Programs, overseeing Camp Woodie, Camp Leopold and Heritage Events. Outside of work, Jodi enjoys spending time with her family and friends, exploring the outdoors, camping and traveling.
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 loves to hunt and fish. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his son Donald McQueen III (Trey), his 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 at 803-938-3145.
Kirby Smith, Fundraising Coordinator
Kirby was hired by the SCWA at the beginning of May 2018 as the Fundraising Coordinator. She first became aware of SCWA from her friends who were on committees and that attended banquets. Kirby’s interest began to grow after attending many banquets and was extremely excited when offered a job and the chance to be a part of the organization. Growing up in the country 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 SCWA and help them expand and spread their cause and story.
Jennifer Barwick, Accounting Manager
Jennifer Barwick 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. She is married to Corey Barwick and together they have four children and two grandchildren.
Jonathan Patrick, Operations Manager
Jonathan Patrick (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 great respect for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association’s goal of maintaining and enhancing South Carolina’s natural habitats.
Hunter Horn, Habitat Manager
Hunter is from Charleston, SC, and started his career at the South Carolina Waterfowl Association as an apprentice in the Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprenticeship Program in 2019. While an apprentice, he also attended Central Carolina Technical College and received a degree in Natural Resource Management. After completing the apprenticeship program, he became the manager of the Andy Quattlebaum Coastal Apprenticeship Program in Georgetown, SC. Currently, he is the Habitat Manager, which includes helping oversee the Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprenticeship Program and the Andy Quattlebaum Coastal Apprenticeship Program. He is an avid sportsman and believes in enhancing South Carolina’s wildlife heritage by teaching future generations how to better understand and care for the environment.
Hunter Grover, Assistant Habitat Manager
Hunter Grover is from Charleston, South Carolina. He is an alumnus of Presbyterian College where he was a student-athlete majoring in Biology with a minor in environmental science. His favorite hobbies include hunting, fishing, hiking, and giving baseball lessons to children. Hunter found out about the Gary Dietrich Wildlife Management Apprentice Program through the Texas A&M job site and originally came to SCWA to join as an apprentice. He has recently been promoted to Assistant Habitat Manager.
Maria Hackney, Communications Director
Maria joined the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) in August of 2021. She recently graduated from the University of South Carolina (Columbia) in 2021 with a degree in Mass Communications holding certificates in social media and SEO management. She grew up in the heart of our state, Columbia, South Carolina, and now resides in Manning, South Carolina. She is excited about her opportunity here because “this job is rewarding not only in an educational aspect but because the organization is about giving back.”
Joe Gonzalez, Education Programs Director of Sales & Marketing
Joe joined the SCWA team in May 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 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. In March 2020 he was promoted to the Assistant Camp Woodie Director and has since then been promoted as the Camp Woodie Director.
Elizabeth Eberhart, Camp Woodie Assistant Director
Growing up in Rome, Georgia, Liz enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with her dad. Her dad became a falconer when she was young and would catch, train, and hunt hawks. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Biology at the University of North Georgia. After college, she came to work for Camp Woodie in 2021 where she fell in love with the environment and culture. When the summer ended, she stayed on staff as a Leopold instructor. After working for several months with Camp Leopold, she was then promoted to our Heritage Director and Assistant Camp Woodie Director. As of November 2022, Liz is now solely the Camp Woodie Assistant Director.
Mary Anderson, Accounting Assistant
Mary was hired in October 2021 as the Accounting Assistant. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration through Southern New Hampshire University. She enjoys reading, fishing, watching movies, and spending time with her family. Mary is excited to be a part of the organization and all that it stands for.
Drake Tindal, Heritage Director
Drake was born and raised in South Carolina graduating from the University of South Carolina with an associate’s degree. He has been working with this organization almost his entire life alongside his family in the nutritional field for SCWA. Drake helped as a shooting instructor for Camp Woodie this past summer, and he recently left the department to become an environmental educator for Camp Leopold in the fall of 2020. He is excited for this upcoming year to be able to assist children in becoming familiarized, comfortable, and educated with the outdoors. As of November 2022, Drake is now the Heritage Director.
Jami Lisenby, Camp Leopold Director
Hey guys, my name is Jami Lisenby, and I’m from Chesterfield, South Carolina. I attended Anderson University, studying High School Education. I have been a Shooting Instructor at Camp Woodie for the past two summers which is how I found out about my position now. With my love for camp, passion for the outdoors, and educational background, I plan to encourage and inspire future generations to become lovers of nature and respect the outdoors.
Harrison Myers, Program Assistant
Harrison is from Winston Salem, North Carolina, where he grew up hiking, camping, and climbing. He started working as a Camp Woodie counselor in the summer of 2020. He quickly fell in love with the culture of camp, and he came back to work for Camp Leopold in the fall and spring. Harrison has since started to duck hunt with the skills and knowledge learned from Camp Woodie. He is very excited to foster his passion for the outdoors at SCWA.