Staff

CSF staff pride themselves on who they are and what they do. For them, coming to work every day isn't really work at all. It is about a passion they all share to protect and enhance hunting and fishing by serving as the sportsmen's voice in Washington, DC and in state capitals.

Jeff Crane

Jeff Crane

President

Jeff Crane joined CSF in 2002 and brings over twenty years of experience in on-the-ground natural resource management and policy expertise at the federal, state and international levels. A life-long outdoorsman, Jeff spent five years working in the US Congress and was instrumental in establishing the Maryland legislative sportsmen's caucus prior to joining CSF. In addition, he has experience developing wildlife habitat management plans in the United States and South Africa. During his eight years in Africa, Jeff obtained his professional hunter's license and guided hunts for big game animals. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a Master of Business Administration.

At CSF, Jeff is the primary liaison with the Congressional Sportsmen's Caucus. In this role, he helps develop policy, facilitate meetings and coordinate legislative strategy with legislative staff, members of the Caucus and the conservation community. Jeff also oversees CSF's State Caucus programs.

Jeff Crane is the only person to sit both on the Sporting Conservation Council (as Vice-Chairman) and on the Sport Fishing & Boating Partnership Council. He is also a member of the Wildlife and Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC). In addition, Jeff is a member of the American Wildlife Conservation Partners (AWCP) serving as its Chairman in 2005. He is a Boone & Crockett member, and is a member of the Government Affairs Committee for Safari Club International (SCI) and the Hunting and Wildlife Conservation Committee for the National Rifle Association (NRA).

Gary Kania

Gary Kania

Vice President

Gary Kania joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in May 2006 as Vice-President of Policy and focuses on assisting in advancing pro-sportsmen's legislative and regulatory proposals. He is well-respected in the wildlife conservation community for his ability to wade through complex policy issues and advance sportsmen's issues by networking with federal agencies and conservation organizations.

Gary is appointed to the Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) Federal Advisory Committee and is an alternate member of the Sport Fishing and Boating Partnership Council (SFBPC) and Wildlife Hunting Heritage Conservation Council (WHHCC).

Prior to joining CSF, he worked at The Nature Conservancy as a Senior Policy Advisor in Government Relations. From 1995 through 2002, Gary worked in a number of positions with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation where his final responsibilities included the oversight of national conservation programs and assisting with the coordination of the NFWF's regional offices. Beginning in 1991, he worked for four years at the National Rifle Association as Manager of the Wildlife Management Department. Gary also worked for the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station from 1980 until 1991 where he assisted with wildlife damage and wildlife behavior research.

He received a B.S. from the University of Maine in wildlife management in 1979 and, while working at the Connecticut Agriculture Experiment Station, earned two Master of Science degrees in biology and environmental education. Gary is recognized as a Certified Wildlife Biologist by The Wildlife Society.

Katie Bowling

Katie Bowling

Office Coordinator

Katie joined CSF in April 2014 as the Office Coordinator. Prior to joining CSF, Katie worked in Chevy Chase, Maryland for WeddingWire, Inc. as the Account Manager of Business Development.

Before attending college in North Carolina at East Carolina University, where she majored in Hospitality Management and Business Administration, Katie grew up on a farm in Southern Maryland situated along the Wicomico River. Katie enjoys fishing, hiking, traveling and her dog, Tipper.

PJ Carleton

PJ Carleton

Director of Events and Donor Relations

PJ Carleton joined the Congressional Sportsmen's Foundation in 2008 and is now the Director of Events and Donor Relations.

Prior to joining CSF, PJ was the Director of Political and Special Events at Epiphany Productions, Inc. During her 5 year tenure, she planned and executed large and small scale meetings and events for a diverse clientele throughout the United States and Europe. Before working for Epiphany, PJ spent two years in the office of U.S. Representative Billy Tauzin.

Growing up in "Sportsmen's Paradise", PJ has been around hunting and fishing her entire life. PJ holds a degree from Louisiana State University, and enjoys LSU football, NASCAR and spending time with her family, including her English Bulldog Wally.

Elisabeth Elliott

Elisabeth Elliott

Event Coordinator

Elisabeth joined CSF in August 2014 as the Event and Development Intern, and shortly after, joined the organization full-time as the Event Coordinator in November 2014.

She assists the Director of Events and Outreach Manager on all CSF’s federal and regional events throughout the year, and is responsible for coordinating auction products and maintaining the Foundation’s development and donor relations database.

Before joining CSF, Elisabeth worked for the Curtis Bay Coast Guard Yard in Baltimore, MD on recreational events for Service members and their families. She was responsible for the organization and marketing of a weekly run, “Service to the Feet,” and Coast Guard Day, among other regular events.

Elisabeth grew up in the mountains of western North Carolina where she enjoyed fishing, hiking, and gardening. She attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Community Recreation and Special Events Management.

Bee Frederick

Bee Frederick

Southeastern States Manager

Bee Frederick joined CSF in March of 2013 as the Southeastern States Manager.  In this role, Bee oversees and interacts with the state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and members of the Governor’s Sportsmen’s Caucus in the region.

Prior to joining CSF, Bee was the campaign manager for a statewide constitutional amendment in Alabama to extend “Forever Wild” -- Alabama’s public land program.  The campaign received broad range support from a diverse coalition of over 200 business entities, conservation organizations, outdoor recreation groups, and many others and passed with 75% approval. Additionally, Bee previously worked for U.S. Representative Spencer Bachus (AL) in Washington, DC and as a Field Director for the Alabama Republican Party.

Bee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication Studies from Samford University.  A native Alabamian, Bee has a strong passion for the outdoors, and particularly enjoys turkey hunting and wingshooting.

Philip Hoon

Philip Hoon

Outreach Manager

Phil joined the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation in July of 2011 to work on fundraising and donor relations.

Prior to joining CSF, Phil worked in Washington, DC as a fundraiser on the re-election campaign of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He spent time in and out of Nevada to help support ongoing efforts on behalf of the campaign. He now brings his fundraising and development experience to the sportsmen's arena.

Phil grew up in Chestertown, MD, as a lifelong sportsman. He lives in Washington, DC, but spends his free time outside of the city hunting and fishing at the family farm in Chestertown. Phil works closely with his Dad and brother at the farm managing wildlife, their habitats and other conservation efforts. Phil received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Lynchburg College.

Chris Horton

Chris Horton

Midwestern States Director

As a familiar face of the American fishing community and Conservation Director for the Bass Anglers Sportsmen’s Society (BASS), Chris Horton joined CSF in 2010 as Midwestern States Director for the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses.

In his most recent role at BASS, Chris' primary responsibility was to work with and represent the BASS Federation Nation and BASS members on local, state and national conservation issues that impact sport fishing.

He is a strong, nationally recognized voice on natural resource policy decisions, and has represented BASS and its members on various scientific and government affairs committees throughout his career.

Chris received a master's degree in fisheries from the University of Arizona. Prior to working with BASS, Chris served as the reservoir research biologist, as well as the black bass biologist for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission.

Sara Leonard

Sara Leonard

Policy and Communications Coordinator

Sara joined CSF in September 2013, and is now the Policy and Communications Coordinator. She works with the CSF team to help communicate policies consistent with sportsmen’s and women’s values.

Previously, she worked as the Communications Assistant at the Alliance to Save Energy, a non-profit promoting energy efficiency policy. She has also worked on media communications and the Anglersurvey and Huntersurvey at Southwick Associates.

She moved out to DC after graduating from the University of Colorado-Boulder, where she studied Environmental Studies with a policy specialization and Atmospheric/Oceanic Science with a specialization in climate politics.

Sara taught at CU Science Discovery, a summer program in Boulder teaching K-12 students about environmental sciences, while engaging them in outdoor activities including hiking, biking, fishing, and rock-climbing.

Growing up in the mountains of Colorado, Sara enjoys skiing, kayaking, hiking, fishing, and camping. She is passionate about the conservation of the outdoors and knowledgeable about the use of public lands by sportsmen and women.

Jennifer Mecchella

Jennifer Mecchella

Director of State and Regional Events

Jennifer joined CSF in October 2008 as a Manager of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses.

A graduate of North Carolina State University, she majored in communications with a concentration in public relations and a minor in psychology.

Prior to joining CSF, she worked for the North Carolina Senate, FLW Outdoors as a Tournament Administrator for Kingfish and Redfish tournaments, and as a Communications Specialist for the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources.

Brent Miller

Brent Miller

Northeastern States Director

Brent Miller joined the CSF team as the Northeastern States Manager in June of 2011, and was later promoted to the Northeastern States Director. Prior to accepting a full time position, he served as a policy fellow at CSF in the fall of 2010. In his current role with the organization, Brent oversees and interacts with the state legislative sportsmen's caucuses who are members of the National Assembly of Sportsmen's Caucuses, and supports the members of the Governors Sportsmen's Caucus in the northeast region. As a New York native and avid sportsman, Brent has a vested interest in protecting and strengthening sportsmen’s traditions in the northeast.

Brent graduated with honors from Bard College in upstate New York with a Master of Science degree in environmental policy; he focused his graduate degree on issues related to sportsmen's concerns in the northeast region. His thesis examined the potential for changes in Sunday hunting policy to provide increased funding for state wildlife management agencies throughout the region. Brent likewise graduated with honors from SUNY New Paltz with a bachelor’s degree in sociology (criminology concentration), and received two Associate of Science degrees from SUNY Ulster. Brent has also received his Professional Development Certificate from The Wildlife Society.

Kyle Rorah

Kyle Rorah

Midwestern States Coordinator (MI, IN, OH, WI, MN, IA, ND, SD)

Kyle Rorah joined CSF as its Midwestern States Coordinator in July 2014. In this role, Kyle works with the state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus in the region, which includes Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Prior to joining CSF, Kyle completed his Masters of Science in Environmental Policy at Bard College in New York and completed the Brad Rowse Policy Fellow program between his first and second year of graduate course work.

Kyle attended the University of Michigan as an undergraduate, where he studied Environmental Science. He grew up in the St. Clair Flats region of Michigan where he first was introduced to hunting and angling. 

Andy Treharne

Andy Treharne

Western States Manager

Andy Treharne joined the CSF team as a State Program Manager for the Western United States in October of 2011. In this role, Andy oversees and interacts with the state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses and members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus throughout the region; he is also an appointed member of the Western Governors Association’s (WGA) Get Out West! Advisory Group. As a native Coloradan, hunter and fly fisherman, Andy has a vested interest in advancing, protecting and promoting sportsmen’s issues in the west.

With past experience working with western legislators, government officials, stakeholders and local communities, Andy brings a unique and valuable perspective to his position with CSF. Prior to joining CSF, he served as the Policy Director for the House Republicans in the Colorado General Assembly where he supported a 33 member caucus through agenda development, policy and budget analysis, and regulatory monitoring. Additionally, he has worked as a Legislative Aide in the Colorado House of Representatives and as a professional staff member for U.S. Senator Wayne Allard in both Grand Junction, Colorado and Washington, DC.

Andy has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a master’s degree in public administration with a concentration in environmental policy, management and law from the University of Colorado at Denver.

Kelli Wagner

Kelli Wagner

Finance Director

Kelli joined CSF in 2006 with over 9 years of professional experience in the government and corporate sectors. Kelli works directly with the President and is responsible for the financial operations of the Congressional Sportsmen’s Foundation.

She oversees all aspects of financial operations including maintaining the organizational budget, accounts payable and accounts receivable, payroll, financial reporting/analysis, 401(k), state filings, annual audit and 990 filing.

She supervises the Office Coordinator and oversees all aspects of office operations including employee benefits, insurance policies, assists with board meeting and all aspects of building ownership and duties as a landlord. 

She received her B.A. degree from Salisbury State University.  She enjoys the outdoors and her family likes to hunt and fish.

Zach Widner

Zach Widner

Western States Coordinator (AK, HI, ID, NV, OR, WA)

Zach Widner joined CSF as its Western States Coordinator in July 2014. In this role, Zach works with the state legislative sportsmen’s caucuses in the National Assembly of Sportsmen’s Caucuses and members of the Governors Sportsmen’s Caucus in the region, which includes Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon and Washington.

Widner previously served as a CSF Brad Rowse Policy Fellow from June 2012 to February 2013. Most recently, he worked as an Assistant Account Manager with Pac/West Communications, a government affairs and public relations firm in Wilsonville, Oregon, where he worked on issues and campaigns related to hunting, trapping, firearms and natural resources. He graduated from Boise State University in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and an emphasis in American National Government.

A native of Weiser, Idaho, Zach is a lifelong hunter and angler. He spends most of his free time pursuing mule deer, upland game, trout, salmon and steelhead all across western Idaho and Oregon.

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