Board of Directors

Jeanette Azar

Jeanette is a real estate investor  who received her B.A. in Foreign Service/International Business from Baylor University.  She has recently been published and acknowledged as an Interior Designer in a design textbook and Colorado Homes & Lifestyles magazine.
Jeanette expresses her passion for the outdoors through her award-winning landscape photography, a newfound skill she developed after attending WAEI’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program.  Following the program, she completed the Greenwood Village Police Department’s Citizen Academy, became a certified Master Gardener, and a photographer, taking the introduction from WAEI to the next level.  A wanderlust to travel from being a military brat, Jeanette has visited every state, most wonders of the world and now travels to world heritage sites. In Denver she enjoys time with family & friends, biking, snowshoeing and pilates.

 

Dr. Eugene Decker, Emeritus

Dr. Decker is a talented professor from Colorado State University (CSU), serving as Emeritus Professor for the Department of Fish, Wildlife, and Conservation Biology, College of Natural Resources. Dr. Decker has been a leader in providing innovative courses for wildlife students such as techniques in public relations. During his 32 year career, Dr. Decker directed programs for graduate and undergraduate African students who today are responsible for conservation administration positions in their home countries of Botswana, the Republic of South Africa, Zimbabwe, Malawi, Sudan, Nigeria, Egypt, and Tanzania.

In providing on-going training for natural resource agency staff, Dr. Decker created, coordinates, and instructs CSU’s Wildlife Management Short Course and has done so for 40 years. Dr. Decker is a noted speaker, having presented at The Wildlife Society annual conferences and State Chapter conferences, inter-agency conferences, Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the Colorado State Forest Service. Dr. Decker is dedicated to teaching others about wildlife, ecology, and natural resource management principals. He continues to instruct teacher workshops as he has done for 34 years.

Deborah Donner, Board Vice Chair

Deborah is self-employed as a small business owner with a focus on Antiques, Fine Art and Design. She serves as an Advisor on several non-profit organizations including, Alliance for Choice in Education and the Denver Art Museum Conservation Committee. She is a Board Member of The Property and Environment Research Center (PERC) in Bozeman, Montana.

A Colorado native and North American Conservationist, Deborah plans to ensure better connectivity, better public awareness of the legacy of sportsmen funded, user pay/public benefit model of conservation while maintaining the highest ethical standards of fair chase and sportsmanship in North America.

 

Joel A. Pogar, Board Chair

Joel Pogar is a native of Northwest Indiana and has resided in Colorado since 2006. He began his professional career in law enforcement but ultimately pursued his natural talents in technology. For the last 20+ years, Joel has worked at four of the five top U.S. technology companies, had global responsibilities and managed a $210M product portfolio. Today, Joel is employed by Cisco Systems developing next generation cloud computing technologies for service providers. Joel brings a great deal of business and technology expertise to WAEI’s Board.

Joel is a graduate of Indiana University and the University of Phoenix; he holds degrees in Business and Environmental Affairs. He is a recognized expert in his field with numerous industry certifications, has published several articles and appeared in many television interviews relating to business and technology.

In addition to his academic and corporate background, Joel has served on the Board of Directors for two non-profits and been an officer on those boards. He was originally introduced to WAEI through one of our workshops and began volunteering his time with WAEI in February of 2011. Joel recently said, “I’m grateful to be a part of WAEI, I believe in their mission and the need for more people to experience the outdoors.

Joel is an avid outdoorsman and big game hunter. He, and his family, fish and camp all over Colorado to promote outdoor activities. He resides in Parker, Colorado with his wife and two children.

 

Mary Predovich, Board Secretary

Mary retired from the Littleton Public School District in 2006, after 27 years of working as an Occupational Therapist with handicapped children in the public schools. Mary is a long-time supporter of conservation education programs, reaches out to her community and continually brings youth, young adults and women into these activities. She has helped instruct firearms safety and proficiency training courses. Mary’s dedication to education and conservation efforts include fundraising for youth and teacher education opportunities related to outdoor education experiences at the American Wilderness Leadership School in Wyoming and Colorado’s Becoming an Outdoors-Woman program. Additionally, Mary and her husband are founding members of The Wildlife Experience Museum.

Currently, she works with her family CPA practice in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, directing public relations, marketing and staff management. Mary is past President of the Denver Sables, a chapter of the National Sables program which is an integral part of the Safari Club International Foundation. The Denver Sables provide Safari In the Box educational kits to the Colorado Division of Wildlife and to local school districts and nonprofit organizations to help children explore and learn about North American wildlife. She continues to work with handicapped children and has directed a Sensory Safari Exhibits. She is actively involved in shooting sports, hunting, and outdoor education.