Friday, February 28, 2014

World Bird Sanctuary Board elects new President and Vice President

World Bird Sanctuary announced the election of JOHN KEMPER, former Vice President of the Board of Directors, as President of the Board, and SCOTT LIEBEL, former Treasurer, as Vice President, after a Board meeting held late last year.  Former President, JOHN RISBERG, ended his term as President in October 2013.  “I have served on the board of the World Bird Sanctuary for fifteen years, the last five as president, and I am proud of the progress the organization has made during that time, expanding the depth and breadth of its activities to include a unique and engaging nature center, open to the public year-round, and further increasing the scope of its educational outreach, rehabilitation, propagation and research services.  I am confident that our newly elected officers will continue to provide effective leadership support for the organization, building on its success and securing its place as a significant community resource.”

John Kemper, new Board President
Kemper, Vice President of PGAV Destinations, has served on the Board for World Bird Sanctuary since 2007.  As Vice President of the Board, John has been actively engaged in leading fundraising efforts and strategy development for the last 4 years, and will continue to drive the organization’s success during his tenure as Board President. 

“My goal is to continue raising awareness, providing quality educational experiences, and creating an engaging destination for wildlife supporters of all ages.  I am confident that we will maintain our position as a world leader in raptor rehabilitation, propagation, and research.”

John Kemper, WBS Board President

Scott Liebel, new Board Vice President
Liebel, Supervising Engineer, Engineering & Joint Use Services at Ameren Missouri, has served as a board member and Treasurer during his nine years on the Board of World Bird Sanctuary.  "I am excited about the positive direction that the World Bird Sanctuary is going.  I look forward to working with John and the rest of the Board to continue the WBS mission to preserve the earth′s biological diversity and to secure the future of threatened bird species in their natural environments.”

Scott Liebel, World Bird Sanctuary Board Vice-President

 In addition to these elections, Trent Tinsley, Business Process Manager – National Marketing at Enterprise, was elected as Treasurer, and Leon Ullensvang, retired, was reelected to the position of Secretary.

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