NCLI Staff

All Staff are National Conservation Leadership Institute / Management Assistance Team.


Gina Main, M.S. - Executive Director, National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI)

Director of Professional Development, Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA)

Gina Main is the Executive Director of the National Conservation Leadership Institute (NCLI) and has helped staff and manage this prestigious program since its inception. Additionally, she serves as the Director of Professional Development for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies (AFWA) and leads the work of the Management Assistance Team (MAT). Gina has over 13 years of experience working in the natural resources sector and through the NCLI and AFWA has worked with over 90 different state, federal, NGO, tribal and industry partners in conservation.  In both roles she is passionate about contributing to the sustainable future of conservation through the development of its people. Gina guides the development of professional development training opportunities for state fish and wildlife member agencies with a strong emphasis on organizational development and change. She is also honored to have helped staff and manage the National Conservation Leadership Institute since its inception. As part of AFWA, she works closely with and staffs the Association’s Leadership and Professional Development Committee, staffs the Blue Ribbon Panel’s Relevancy Working Group, Chairs the President’s Task Force on Adaptive Leadership Initiatives, and serves on the steering committee for the Women in Wildlife Conservation Network. Gina trained at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government on the Art and Practice of Leadership Development, earned a Master’s degree in Strategic Leadership from Mountain State University, a BFA in Communications Arts and Design from Virginia Commonwealth University and is certified in Case-In-Point teaching methodology from the Kansas Leadership Center. When not tethered to her desk she desires to get lost in the sanctuary of nature, meander on a hiking trail beneath a canopy of trees, or uncover some yet undiscovered corner of the world.

Bettina Fiery, Ph.D. – Professional Development Programs Manager  
Bettina is a lifelong resident of Martinsburg, WV. She started her career as an RN and worked in various roles in the healthcare industry. She also has degrees in Communication, Counseling, and her doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is a lifelong learner and most recently graduated from Georgetown University's Leadership Coaching Certificate Program. When not reading, Bettina spends time with her husband Bill and two furry friends (Tangerine & Nemo). Bettina also enjoys traveling and acting in community theatre.

Timothy Gray - Administrative Assistant
Timothy Gray joined the Management Assistance Team in March of 2016 and currently serves as the team's Administrative Assistant. He comes to the team with over 5 years of office experience in an assistant capacity. Tim currently holds a Regents BA from Shepherd University-December 2014-and is pursuing an MA in English and Creative Writing from Southern New Hampshire University. When he's not involved in schoolwork or his career, Tim enjoys reading, writing, live music, and spending time with family, friends, and his husky, Rosie.

Amanda Myers – Training and Information Services Administrator
Amanda Myers joined the Management Assistance Team in August 2008 and currently serves as the Training and Information Services Administrator. Amanda is the registrar for MAT’s leadership development courses and manages both of MAT's learning management systems and websites. She coordinates the application process for the NCLI as well as manages the logistics for both Fellows’ residencies. She holds a BA in Sociology from American Public University. When she is not busy with work and school she enjoys spending time with her fiancé, Chase, and their Boxer mix, Zelda.