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Aug

23

2021

TWA Announces Justin Dreibelbis as New Chief Executive Officer

Texas Wildlife Association (TWA) is pleased to announce the hiring of Justin Dreibelbis as Chief Executive Officer. Tom Vandivier, immediate Past President of TWA, organized the Search Committee that selected Dreibelbis.  According to Vandivier, “During the search process the committee gave thoughtful consideration to a variety of candidates and is very pleased with its selection of Dreibelbis.  Justin brings background, skills and convictions that will be of great benefit to TWA.  We look forward to a bright future for TWA under Justin’s leadership.”

Justin holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Agriculture Development as well as a Masters of Science in Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences from Texas A&M University. He is an avid hunter and angler who fell in love with the outdoors at an early age hunting the brush country of south Texas with his family. One look at his resume and it’s obvious his passion for wild places and wild things has only grown stronger since then. He now enjoys spending time outside with his wife, Rachael and daughters, June and Jill.  After receiving his Masters, Justin spent seven years at TWA serving as an Education Program Specialist, the Conservation Program Coordinator and the Hunting Heritage Program Director. Most recently, Justin served as the Private Lands and Public Hunting Program Director for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD). Sarah Biedenharn, TWA President, says “Justin’s extensive experience at both TWA and TPWD, as well as his deep understanding and appreciation for our mission, make him highly qualified for the role. We are thrilled to be welcoming him back to the team.”

Justin’s new role will also include serving as CEO of the TWA Foundation. The Foundation supports TWA’s Conservation Legacy and Hunting Heritage programs, both of which have plans for expeditious growth over the coming years. TWAF President, Steve Lewis, says “I look forward to Justin’s leadership in driving TWAF fundraising efforts.”

In its 36th year, TWA’s mission is “serving Texas wildlife and its habitat, while protecting property rights, hunting heritage, and the conservation efforts of those who value and steward wildlife resources.” Justin joins the organization at a time when this mission is as crucial as ever and notes, “TWA is such an important voice for the landowners and hunters of Texas and I couldn't be more excited to be coming back to rejoin the team.  I'm honored to serve in this role for the organization and am looking forward to getting started. “



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