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Board of Directors

NANPA members volunteer to serve staggered terms of three years on NANPA’s board of directors. New directors take office July 1, following the annual election.

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Beth’s term expires in 2024.

Beth Huning, President

Beth Huning has extensive organizational development and management experience with conservation non-profits and government agencies, most recently coordinating partnerships to protect and restore wetlands in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Beth has served NANPA in various capacities over the years, including Membership Chair in the early years and an active member of the Environment (now Conservation) Committee where I coordinated Conservation Centers at 5 NANPA Summits.

She also received the NANPA Foundation’s 2011 Philip Hyde Conservation Grant for Turning the Tide: Restoring the Wetlands of San Francisco Bay and the California Coast. I developed photographically illustrated audio tours of some of the largest restoration projects on the West Coast as well as a companion book to raise funds for restoration. Other publications include a series of books on gardening for wildlife for the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.

Alice’s term expires in 2025.

Alice Robertson, Vice President

Alice Robertson joined NANPA in 1996 and attended her first Summit the same year while a photography student. Finding NANPA was a welcome discovery as she turned her studies to wildlife, nature and travel photography after graduating with an AS in photo technology.

In 2000 Alice joined the NANPA Foundation Board. In 2002 she proposed the NANPA College Scholarship Program, one of the Foundation’s most successful endeavors. Alice was honored by NANPA with their Outstanding Service Award for her work with the college program. She has been instrumental in helping the Foundation further their scholarship and grant programs by attending NANPA Summits and helping to fund a variety of NANPA programs.


Dawn’s term expires in 2023.

Dawn Wilson, Immediate Past President

Dawn Wilson is an award-winning, professional nature photographer specializing in photographing the wildlife of high latitudes and high altitudes of the Rocky Mountains and Alaska. Dawn has used her writing and photography skills and her passion for the outdoors to communicate the stories of wildlife to help raise awareness about their lives, their challenges and their beauty.

Recognized as one of the top ten female nature photographers to watch by Wild Planet Photo Magazine, Dawn’s work has been published in numerous regional and national publications, including Wyoming WildlifeOutdoor PhotographerMotorHome magazine, Colorado OutdoorsColorado Life and Nature’s Best Photography. She frequently presents about photography to camera clubs and outdoor organizations around Colorado and is a master naturalist with the City of Fort Collins Natural Areas. She recently published an ebook titled Preparing for the Next Shoot: Ten Tips to Get You to the Right Place at the Right Time and finished a 15-month adventure in an RV in 2016.

Susan Day Bio Photo

Susan Day, Member ex-officio (Executive Director)

Susan Day is an award-winning writer and photographer specializing in backyard wildlife. Her images have been published worldwide in magazines, calendars, ads, and as 10’ murals in medical facilities. She’s written hundreds of articles, been a book consultant, editor and proofreader, and wrote “The Wildlife Gardener’s Guide to Hummingbirds & Songbirds From the Tropics.”

Susan is a charter NANPA member and joined the Communications Committee during her first Summit in 1995. Since then she has worked on or chaired nearly every committee in NANPA and served 8 years on the board of directors (including Treasurer and President). She has been NANPA’s Executive Director since 2011.

Susan and her husband, Richard Day, own Daybreak Imagery, a stock photography and writing business where they’ve licensed their work since 1990. Together they have created a wildlife sanctuary on 63 acres in south-central Illinois in efforts to restore and preserve habitat to areas impacted by agricultural development.

John Nuhn, Member ex-officio (Foundation President)


Coby’s term expires in 2024.

Coby Cooper

Coby Cooper earned a B. A. in Mass Communications, specializing in video production with a minor in Visual Design. His career in broadcast TV and video production spanned 40 years, during which he served on the boards of and in various leadership roles for the Illinois and Tennessee Broadcaster’s Association, the national board of Operation Honor Guard, and the boards of various advertising and marketing organizations. He’s been involved in amateur photography for 30 years, off and on, and semi-professionally for the last 10 years. He was the media partner for the Valley Land Fund Nature Photography Contest in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas across 8 years.

Hank’s term expires in 2024.

Hank Erdmann

Hank Erdmann is a professional natural history photographer and photographic educator who resides in Will County, Illinois.  He has photographed throughout North America, making the Midwest his primary geographic area of interest.  A love of history, especially the maritime history of the Great Lakes, kindles a special interest in the ports, shorelines, islands and natural areas of Lakes Michigan and Superior. He helped start the photography program at The Morton Arboretum near Chicago.

Hank has been a NANPA member for more than twenty-five years, serving on the environmental committee (now conservation committee) and as a judge for the Nature Photography Day photo contest. He was also active in the River Prairie Group of the Sierra Club, participating in numerous environmental campaigns in northern Illinois.

Tom’s term expires in 2023.

Tom Haxby

Tom Haxby served as NANPA’s President (2019-2020) and previously served four years on the board. He spent almost thirty years as a natural resource professional and, as he says, “a lifetime exploring the outdoors.” Leaving his cubicle behind, he dove headlong into nature and conservation photography. His images have won numerous awards, graced the pages of a variety of publications, and can be seen in several galleries.

J.P.’s term expires in 2024.

J.P. Lawrence

J.P. joined NANPA in 2015 as a participant in the College Scholarship Program and has been active on the college, high school, and conservation committees ever since. Most recently he helped to launch NANPA’s iNaturalist projects to encourage NANPA members to contribute to citizen science.

JP is an academic specialist at Lyman Biggs College at Michigan State University, where he teaches college students about cellular and molecular biology. He actively uses his photography to highlight the natural world and generate interest in it. Science communication is of central importance to his career as a scientist, and photography is a key component of that communication strategy.

Amanda’s term expires in 2024.

Amanda Meyers

Amanda Meyers has been working as a professional photographer since 2005—as a portrait and event photographer, lead digital artist in a post-production lab and more recently as a conservation photographer. She served as community organizer for NANPA’s DC Metro Regional Meetup from 2017-2020 and helped plan NANPA’s High School Scholarship Program at the Tremont Institute for 2020, a year the program was impacted by the pandemic. She is a former participant in NANPA’s College Scholar Program.

A U.S. Department of State Gilman Scholarship recipient, Amanda graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in communication and minor in sustainability studies. She recently began work at the National Science Foundation, where she oversees brand development, acts as primary staff photographer, and provides graphic design for internal and external communication.

Kika’s term expires in 2023.

Kika Tuff

Kika Tuff is founder and creative director of a science communication agency called Impact Media Lab, using visual storytelling tools to help scientists communicate about their research. She participated in NANPA’s College Scholarship Program in 2015, an experience she has said totally changed her life and career. She has a PhD in ecology from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Kika has helped coordinate the NANPA High School Scholarship Program and has held multiple volunteer leadership positions for the Ecological Society of America.