South Carolina Waterfowl Association
The South Carolina Waterfowl Association exists to enhance and perpetuate South Carolina's wildlife heritage through education and waterfowl habitat conservation.
David J. Wielicki
Chapter Development Coordinator,
Mac became interested in SCWA in 1996 when he was asked to join his local SCWA committee. Six years later, in 2002, the committee elected Mac chairman of the Clarendon SCWA Chapter. Mac's passion to help raise money for SCWA's programs and Camp Woodie landed him a full-time position as SCWA's Director of Chapter Development in June of 2004. Mac believes in SCWA's mission to enhance, and perpetuate our waterfowl heritage. Mac is an avid outdoorsman. He who loves to hunt and fish. He enjoys spending time outdoors with his son Donald McQueen III (Trey), daughter Mary McKenzie, and his wife Lisa.
His duties at SCWA include assisting Chapter Chairperson and volunteers with raising funds, event planning and implementation, strategic planning and budget development. Mac invites each SCWA member to become active with their local SCWA Chapter Committee. To get involved with SCWA, call Mac: 803-938-3145.
David Wielicki founded the South Carolina Waterfowl Association (SCWA) on December 16, 1986. He has served as the Executive Director of SCWA since the organization's inception.
David graduated from Auburn University in 1983 with an honors degree in Wildlife Management. During his undergraduate and graduate studies, he spent three years in Manitoba, Canada assisting waterfowl researchers on waterfowl and wetland ecology projects and conducting his own research on aspects of mallard nutrition during the summer molting period. David's research was funded by the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. He received his Master of Science degree from the University of Manitoba. Prior to founding the South Carolina Waterfowl Association, David worked for Ted Turner managing more than 2,000 acres of coastal rice field impoundments. David has more than 25 years of experience as a waterfowl biologist and manager.
David grew up in north Alabama hunting and fishing with his father, Tony Wielicki. David is an avid waterfowl hunter and fisherman who enjoys sharing the outdoors with his father, Tony, wife Joette and two children, Gracie and Tony.
His duties at SCWA include Association management, strategic planning, raising funds and waterfowl management.
Office Manager, Jennifer McNeely
Jennifer McNeely was hired by SCWA in November 2011. While Jennifer grew up as a city girl in Raleigh, NC, she has grown accustomed to the laid back atmosphere and outdoor lifestyle in Clarendon County, SC. Jennifer originally became involved with SCWA as a volunteer and committee member for the Clarendon Chapter in 2008 and fell in love with the organization and its cause.
Thomasyne Hipp joined SCWA in March 2008. She is in charge of Fundraising and Membership Services. She grew up in Manning, SC, where she spends a great deal of time on the lake with her family and friends. Thomasyne loves to read and collect books. She also enjoys learning how to cook old and new recipes.
She's not one of the usual outdoorsy types that work at SCWA, but she believes the work this amazing organization has done for the past 29 years has been a great contributor to wildlife conservation efforts.
Fundraising & Membership Coordinator, Thomasyne Hipp
Education Program Sales
and Marketing Director,
Ed Paul is the Director of Education Program Sales and Marketing for SCWA. Born and raised on Lake Marion, Ed has been part of SCWA and Camp Woodie since the age of 12 as a camper, counselor in training, camp counselor, shooting instructor, wood duck technician, agricultural technician, and waterfowl hunting guide. Ed was hired full-time with SCWA in Director 2011 as the Camp Woodie Director. During that time, he longed to be a larger part of the Wildlife Education Center and Camp Woodie. Starting in 2012, Ed helped increase Camp Woodie attendance to record heights. SCWA used that momentum to start a school-year program “Camp Leopold” making the Wildlife Education Center a year-round youth and environmental education program.
Ed played four years of collegiate baseball at Francis Marion University, and graduated with a business degree with a focus in Management. He is married to Leslie Paul (youth minister at the Presbyterian Church in Manning) who also loves the outdoors and working with youth. They have two sons Edsel and Logan.
Ed’s role in the organization is to ensure a safe and quality experience for all youth who attend programs at SCWA. He focuses on potential sponsorships and funding for the organization by working closely with each chapter of SCWA and other outdoor enthusiasts who support the mission of passing on our waterfowl and wildlife heritage through education.
Joe joined the SCWA team in May of 2012 as a Wildlife Technician. Growing up in rural upstate New York, Joe quickly fell in love with the outdoors - leading to his decision to pursue a Bachelor's degree in Wildlife Science from the State University of New York College of Environmental Science & Forestry. After graduating in 2011, Joe worked at a flyfishing ranch in New Mexico as a guide, but felt the calling to come back East, where he was hired by SCWA. It has been an extremely rewarding experience to work in the field of conservation, as well as teach the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts about the importance of the natural world.
Camp Leopold Director, Joe Gonzalez
Keller was hired as the Camp Woodie Director in August of 2016 after being a part of the SCWA for many years. Prior to becoming the director, he served as a counselor and the Camp Woodie Assistant Director. Keller grew up in Hopkins, South Carolina, where he loved to hunt, fish, and experience the outdoors. His love for the outdoors was fueled by spending weekends with his dad and granddad on their farm just outside of Cameron, South Carolina. He will graduate from Clemson with a Degree in Agriculture Mechanization and Business in May 2018.
Camp Woodie Director, Keller Kissam
Jonathan Patrick (aka JP) started working for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association in February of 2015. He grew up in Clarendon County and has a great love for farming and the outdoors. Prior to his current role, JP was a counselor at Camp Woodie. After his time as a counselor, JP earned an Associate's Degree in Applied Science & Natural Resource Management from Central Carolina Technical College. JP married his wife, Allison, in December 2015. He has a great respect for South Carolina Waterfowl Association's goal in maintaining and enhancing South Carolina's natural habitats.
Habitat Manager, Jonathan Patrick (JP)
Communications Director, Tori Jordan
Tori is the newest member of the SCWA team. She grew up in the small town of Troutman, NC. She enjoys photography, exploring new places, and watching college sports, especially her Carolina Gamecocks. Prior to accepting the position as Communications Director, she served as Camp Woodie's photographer for two summers. During her time at Camp Woodie, she fell in love with the SCWA and discovered a love of hunting. Tori graduated from the University of South Carolina in May of 2017 with a degree in Visual Communications. She is excited to tell the story of the SCWA to help spread the word about the organization's amazing cause.
Camp Leopold & Camp Woodie Assistant Director,
Katie Childress began working for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association in February of 2016. She first worked as an Instructor for Camp Leopold and then as a Shooting Instructor for Camp Woodie in 2016. Katie was hired as the Assistant Director for both camps in August of 2016. She earned a degree from Clemson University, majoring in Environmental and Natural Resource Management with a minor in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Katie is originally from York, SC and now resides in Eutawville, SC. She spends her free time in the outdoors hunting and fishing with her boyfriend, Trey. Their favorite pastime is offshore fishing, but during the winter months you can find them in the woods hunting deer, ducks, and rabbits with their many different hunting dogs.