Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup

Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup

Mission: To create effective strategies and programs to recruit a more diverse membership profile in TU; encourage diversity within leadership at the chapter, state and national levels; and to ensure every chapter creates a welcoming environment for TU members of different genders, ethnicities, ages, and cultures to achieve the TU conservation mission.

Vision: By 2020, TU’s membership and leadership profiles reflect that of the angling public.

Statement of Intent: The Diversity & Inclusion Workgroup of the NLC will focus on areas where we have the most to gain as our first priority. In 2016, the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation cited that 34.4% of fresh water anglers are women, while women make up only 6% of the TU membership. Therefore, the primary focus of the DI will be encouraging local and state-level women’s initiatives. The DI will also work to ensure that a broader picture of diversity is a focus of the national organizations, state councils, and local chapters — recognizing that different chapters due to their location, their culture or history may choose to target different segments of diversity as their primary agenda (people of color, youth, veterans, etc…)

Resources are available at tu.org/diversity

Committee Members
Co-Chairs: Kelly Buchta, New Jersey; Bill Thorne, Arkansas
Secretary and Northeast Ambassador, Jackie Kutzer, Vermont
Western Ambassador, Heather Hodson, Washington
Midwestern Ambassador, Heidi Oberstadt, Wisconsin
Mid-South Ambassador, Kerri Russell, Arkansas
Evelyn Adams, Illinois
Norma Haynes, Mid-Atlantic
Donna Browers, Washington
Susan Geer, Arizona
Charlie Charlesworth, Pennsylvania
Sara Thorne, Arkansas
Kim Dollins, Arkansas
Ginger Koziatek, Ozark
Linda McAteer, Arizona
Ann Foster, Pennsylvania
Marsha Menovengo, New Jersey
Lori Day, Oregon
Marlene Hutson, Minnesota

TU Staff Contact: Beverly Smith

Meets: The 3rd Thursday of the month at 8:00 p.m. Eastern


TU Volunteer Leaders trainings are a powerful way to connect with resources, learn from fellow volunteers and grow your impact locally. Join us for the following events:

In-Person Trainings:

2021 Annual Meeting
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Annual Meeting is cancelled.

2021 Regional Rendezvous
Due to increasing COVID-19 concerns and projections, the 2021 Regional Rendezvous are postponed.

Online Trainings:

View past training recordings or join an upcoming live, online webinar, held at 8 p.m. EST unless otherwise noted.

February 23 — Virtual Advocacy: Using Online Petitions to Grow Impact (8PM)

March 4 — Filing the NEW Annual Activity Report & IRS Reporting Requirements (8PM)

March 15 — Embrace A Stream Grant Training (8PM)

March 29 — Effective Digital Communications During COVID (8PM)

April 8 — TU Event Registration Tools to Better Manage and Promote Your Activities (8PM)


Your Volunteer Operations Staff is here to help! 

Nick Halle
Volunteer Operations Coordinator
(703) 284-9425
Contact Nick for:

  • Volunteer Leader Login Issues
  • Insurance Requests / Questions
  • Fundraising Program & Support
  • Membership Recruitment Tools
  • L.L. Bean Rod Donations

Lisa Beranek

Leadership Development Manager
(907) 205-0974
Contact Lisa for:

  • Leadership Recruitment & Development
  • Embrace A Stream Grants Program
  • Strategic Planning Support
  • Diversity Event Planning