John Nuhn (President) is the former photography director of National Wildlife magazine, the flagship award-winning publication of the National Wildlife Federation. After 43 years in the publishing industry, including 34 years selecting and managing the photography at National Wildlife, he left the magazine in 2013 to pursue his own projects. John also served as photo editor of NW‘s sister publication, International Wildlife. Early in his career, he was associate and later managing editor of a small book publishing company. A self-taught photographer, John is one NANPA’s founders and a past president of NANPA and the NANPA Foundation. He is also a charter affiliate member of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a past national board member of the American Society of Picture Professionals.
Mary Jane Gibson (Vice President) is a charter member of NANPA, having joined in the fall of 1994. She has attended every NANPA summit since the first one in Ft. Myers in 1995, and served NANPA on the environment, ethics and membership committees. In 2007, she volunteered to manage and enlarge the fundraising auctions for the NANPA Foundation, after which she served six years as a Foundation trustee, four of them as president. During her leadership, she proposed the NANPA Foundation photo tours along with continuing to manage the group’s silent auctions and marketplace at the summits. After two years’ hiatus, she returned as a trustee to the NANPA Foundation. She has been a serious semi-pro nature photographer since 1987, specializing in birds and wildlife as well as travel photography.
Jane Halperin (Secretary) has served on the NANPA Foundation Board of Trustees since 2016. She has been a member of NANPA since 1996.
Bruce Haley (Treasurer) is a Charleston, WV native and has always felt the need to create. He experimented with writing, music, painting and crafts. While finding all these expressions somewhat satisfying, it wasn’t until he found photography that Bruce knew he had found what he had been searching for all his life. Bruce uses the camera lens as his paint brush. Since November 2002, Bruce’s award-winning photographic works of art have been displayed in more than 80 exhibitions in West Virginia, Ohio, Kentucky, Colorado, North Carolina and California. His work is included in many corporate and private collections including six pieces in the State of West Virginia’s permanent art collection.
Cindy Miller Hopkins (Past President) is a full-time travel and wildlife photographer with thousands of publications to her credit. Her images can be seen on the pages of hundreds of text books, travel brochures, calendars, U.S. and international magazines and consumer products. Some of her clients include National Geographic Traveler, Wells Fargo, American Express, Microsoft, AAA & Frommer’s travel guides, BING homepage images and TV’s Food Network. Her career has taken her to seven continents and over 140 countries. When not on the road, she lives at home with her husband in Colorado Springs, CO. Cindy has been a NANPA Foundation member, active volunteer, committee chair or Board trustee since 2002.
Francine Butler (Trustee) is president of Empressa Consulting Ltd. which provides guidance to nonprofit organizations. She was a co-principal of the Resource Center for Associations which supported and guided the founding of NANPA. Francine also served as executive director of NANPA and NANPA Foundation.
Dee Ann Pederson (Trustee) is a native Texan and brings both passion and unique vision to her photography, her photo safaris, her community service and her personal presence. Her distinctive tours explore “special places” such as Tanzania, Alaska, Iceland and India. Dee Ann’s work is published across North America as well as internationally, and includes fine-art prints, clothing, calendars, travel books and commercial products. Dee Ann offers her time, talent and resources to more than a dozen organizations committed to sustainable balance of the earth as a community. She is a long-standing member of NANPA and the NANPA Foundation board of trustees.
Alice L. Robertson (Trustee) joined NANPA in 1996 and attended her first summit the same year while a photography student at Daytona Beach College in Florida. Finding NANPA was a welcome discovery as she turned her studies to wildlife, nature and travel photography after graduating with an AS in Photo Technology. In 2000, Alice joined the NANPA Foundation board of trustees and proposed NANPA Summit College Scholarship Program two years later. Alice was honored by NANPA with its Outstanding Service Award for her work with the college student program.
Sonia S. Wasco (Trustee) is president and CEO of Grant Heilman Photography Stock Photo library – a collection that contains nearly a million high quality images representing the work of more than 100 photographers. Sonia is responsible for contracting all new photographers and reviewing incoming imagery and she has 35 years’ experience in the stock photo business. Prior to joining Grant Heilman Photography, Sonia was an award-winning high school agriculture teacher and has been an active volunteer in the local and state agricultural and conservation community for more than 30 years. Her lifelong volunteerism in the area of conservation and agriculture has earned her an appointment by the county commissioners as a member of the board of directors of the Lancaster County Conservation District. She is a past president of Picture Archive Council of America (PACA), now Digital Media Licensing Association, and has served on their board for over 20 years. Sonia is a frequent speaker at industry events and has been a presenter at past NANPA Summits, PACA International Conferences, ASPP events, and PhotoPlus Expos.
Non-voting Members of the Board of Trustees
Teresa Ransdell (Executive Director of NANPA Foundation) has been working in association world for more than 30 years. She’s worked for state, national and international associations doing everything from membership recruitment and retention, marketing, education, board governance, global development and even a little accounting and government relations. She earned her Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation in 1998 and completed a Master’s program in nonprofit management in 2005. Teresa enjoys traveling, reading, walking her dog and spending time with her family in the Indianapolis, Indiana area.
Tom Haxby (NANPA President) – My photography is influenced by over 25 years as a natural resource professional and a lifetime spent exploring the outdoors. Even as a boy growing up in southern Ohio, I can remember many days exploring the nearby woods. After working as a yearbook photographer in college, my interest continued in photography through the 1980s and early 1990s until my first digital camera in 1998 awakened my passion for photography. In 2004, I moved to Traverse City, Michigan and became a member of the Traverse Area Camera Club. After several years of working with the group, I attained the level of Master Photographer. This gave me the confidence to start my nature photography company in 2007, Tom Haxby Photos.
Susan Day (NANPA Executive Director) is an award-winning writer and photographer specializing in backyard wildlife. Her images have been published worldwide in magazines, calendars, ads and as 10′ murals in medical facilities. She’s written hundreds of articles, been a book consultant, editor and proofreader, and wrote “The Wildlife Gardener’s Guide to Hummingbirds & Songbirds From the Tropics.” Susan is a charter NANPA member and joined the communications committee during her first summit in 1995. Since then, she has worked on or chaired nearly every committee in NANPA and served eight years on the board of directors (including treasurer and president). She and her husband, Richard Day, own Daybreak Imagery, a stock photography and writing businiess where they’ve licensed their work since 1990. Together they have created a wildlife sanctuary on 63 acres in south-central Illinois in efforts to restore and preserve habitat to areas impacted by agricultural development.
Jane Goodall, PhD, DBE (Honorary Member) in July 1960 at the age of 26 traveled from England to what is today Tanzania and bravely entered the little-known world of wild chimpanzees. She was equipped with nothing more than a notebook and a pair of binoculars. But with her unyielding patience and characteristic optimism, she won the trust of these initially shy creatures. She managed to open a window into their sometimes strange and often familiar-seeming lives. Today, Jane’s work revolves around inspiring action on behalf of endangered species, particularly chimpanzees, and encouraging people to do their part to make the world a better place for people, animals and the environment we all share. The Jane Goodall Institute is a global nonprofit that empowers people to make a difference for all living things.
Dewitt Jones (Honorary Member) – Twenty years with National Geographic photographing stories around the globe has earned Dewitt a reputation as a world-class photojournalist. As a motion picture director, he had two documentary films nominated for Academy Awards. His column, Basic Jones, has been a mainstay for Outdoor Photographer magazine for over 25 years. Dewitt has authored nine books including The Nature of Leadership with Stephen R. Covey and has produced a library of best-selling training programs. A member of NANPA since its inception, Dewitt has keynoted many national summit meetings. In 2007, NANPA honored him with the Lifetime Achievement award.
Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy (Honorary Member) is a renowned ecologist who works on the interface of science and environmental policy. He helped bring attention to tropical deforestation and published the first estimate of global extinction rates. He spearheaded the long-term study on Amazon forest fragmentation and coined the term “biological diversity.” He founded the television series Nature, the most popular long-term series on public television. His numerous accomplishments include serving as Assistant Secretary for Environmental and External Affairs for the Smithsonian, on the President’s Council of Advisors in Science and Technology, as scientific advisor to the executive director of the United National Environment Program and as chief biodiversity advisor for the World Bank. Thomas also serves on may prestigious scientific and conservation boards and advisory groups and holds a professorship at George Mason University