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 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 currently undertaking graduate studies in Instructional Systems Development from the University of Maryland.

Gina has over 11 years of experience working in the natural resources sector and through the NCLI and AFWA has worked with over 70 different state, federal, NGO, tribal and industry partners in conservation.  She is passionate about contributing to the sustainable future of natural resources through the development of its people and believes that the work of conservation will be achieved through the relationships and partnerships that are developed within and across organizational boundaries. Gina guides the creation of professional development training opportunities for state fish and wildlife member agencies and their partners in an array of areas including leadership development, Adaptive Leadership, emotional intelligence, creative and critical thinking, and organization development and change. As part of AFWA, she works closely with and staffs the Association’s Leadership and Professional Development Committee. Gina is an avid hiker, backpacker, cyclist, and wannabe volleyball player. 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 stars, 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.

Tiffany Govender – Communications and Media Coordinator
A native of Bolivar, West Virginia, Tiffany Govender has had a life-long interest in communications, the arts, and art education. She began her Bachelor of Arts in Visual Communications at Columbus College of Art and Design, and completed her degree at Salisbury University in 2007. After receiving her B.A., Tiffany spent two years working with a private studio as an art instructor for children and adults, and working on various projects in the fields of photography, graphic design, and video production. In 2011 she returned to her hometown where she began work on a Master of Arts in Humanities at Hood College. When she’s not involved with schoolwork or her career, Tiffany enjoys photography, reading, painting, and spending time with her family.

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.

Mary Hughes - Training and Development Specialist
Mary Hughes worked as a Training Specialist at FEMA for seven years and served as the Program Manager for the National Emergency Management Executive Academy. The Executive Academy focuses on strategic leadership, critical thinking, innovation, and collaboration across boundaries. It targets a whole community audience that includes directors or advisors leading state, local, tribal, and territorial governments; leaders from private sector and non-profit organizations; and federal administrators. During her tenure at the National Emergency Training Center, she also served as the Course Manager for the Federal Coordinating Officer Cadre, the Planning Cadre, and State Coordinating Officers. For two decades prior to joining the government, Mary worked as an Instructional Design and Training Consultant on both e-learning and instructor-led training for high tech companies, government, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs), such as Xerox Corporation, the Environmental Protection Agency, the State of Texas, and the American Red Cross. She has also taught at the University of Maryland and Institute of North American Studies in Barcelona, Spain. Mary is passionate about conservation and natural history. She earned a Certificate of Accomplishment in Natural History Field Studies from US Department of Agriculture Graduate School, has been a beekeeper, and has participated in Earthwatch expeditions in Brazil and Costa Rica that conducted research on pollinators. Mary has a Masters in Teaching (MAT) from Georgetown University.

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. She coordinates the application process for the NCLI as well as manages the logistics for both Fellows’ residencies. She is currently pursuing a degree 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.