Pheasants Forever Announces First Regional Youth and Education Coordinator Positions

Pheasants Forever Announces First Regional Youth and Education Coordinator Positions
New Coordinators in Michigan and Illinois to support No Child Left Indoors® initiative

Pheasants Forever – Quail Forever

Saint Paul, Minnesota – Pheasants Forever (PF) and Quail Forever (QF) announce the organization's first-ever regional Youth and Education Coordinator positions. Liz Roxberry of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, is the new PF/QF Youth and Education Coordinator in Michigan and Alison Brentzel of Grand Island, Nebraska, will join PF/QF in January as its Regional (Northeast Illinois) Youth Programs Coordinator.

Besides Michigan PF/QF chapters, the Michigan position was funded by a generous three-year donation from the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn and the William Jr. “Tiny” and Dorothy Zehnder Family Foundation. The Illinois position is funded through cooperative efforts and vision of the Dubage, Kishwaukee, McHenry, South Cook and Tall Grass County PF chapters, and the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation.

Roxberry and Brentzel will work with PF/QF chapters, volunteers and partners to introduce the organization's No Child Left Indoors® initiative. This new initiative is part of a national movement aimed at getting youth unplugged from electronics and turned on to the outdoors, nature and wildlife. The No Child Left Indoors® initiative is carried out through youth habitat projects, youth and family community events and youth outdoor education programs hosted by PF/QF chapters and volunteers across the country. “We're very excited about the addition of Liz Roxberry and Alison Brentzel,” said Cheryl Riley, PF/QF Vice President of Education and Outreach, “These two talented women will help Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever connect youth to the outdoors like never before.”

Roxberry is a recent graduate of Central Michigan University where she obtained her degree in Earth Science and Biology Education. She gained experience working most recently at the Chippewa Nature Center, and she is also trained as a Michigan Leopold Education Project facilitator. “I am excited about having a more direct role of educating the youth of Michigan in stewardship, conservation and active engagement in the natural world and strongly believe in the grassroots model that Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever represent,” Roxberry said. She will be working out of the Lansing, Michigan, area, and can be reached at ERoxberry@pheasantsforever.org.

Alison Brentzel will join PF/QF on January 5th of 2009, following the completion of her degree in Park & Recreation at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. Alison has worked previously as an Outdoor Naturalist for the Nebraska State Parks as well as a Retail Associate for Cabela's. She is also a certified Aquatic Education Instructor, Hunter Safety Instructor and Boat Education Instructor. “With a father who is a Conservation Officer for the State of Nebraska, I've been interested in conservation my entire life,” said Brentzel, “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity to work to get kids outdoors.” Brentzel will be based out of the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation offices in Dundee, Illinois, and can currently be reached at (308)379-5234 / brentzelac@unk.edu.

About:
Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever are non-profit conservation organizations dedicated to the protection and enhancement of pheasant, quail, and other wildlife populations in North America through habitat improvement, land management, public awareness, and education. PF/QF has more than 129,000 members in 700 local chapters across the continent.

Media Contact: Anthony Hauck (651)209-4972

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