Delaware Nature Society members Anne Harper and Joanne McGeogh fill in as acting and deputy directors respectively, as the search for permanent replacement has yet to begin

Long time Delaware Nature Society executive director Brian Winslow has left his position as of January, and the search for his full-time replacement is still forthcoming.

According to acting director of the Hockessin-based nonprofit, Anne Harper, the DNS board will assign a committee to search for a new director, although that committee has not yet been formed.

Harper’s transition is assisted by current director of development and marketing Joanne McGeoch, who will serve as acting deputy executive director – essentially, a new position to help facilitate the change.

“There will be a search, [and] we are eligible to be candidates in the search; the timing is not clear yet,” Harper said.

The announcement was made in January that Winslow was leaving after six years as head of the DNS, with director of sites Harper stepping into the interim role.

A press release from DNS public relations manager Shannon Giordano gives credit to Winslow for his work in expanding the DNS in size and stature, as well as mounting the ongoing Clean Water Campaign.

“Delaware Nature Society thanks Brian for his many contributions to the organization and his long-time passionate advocacy on behalf of Delaware’s natural resources” the release states.

Harper, who has been with the DNS for the past eight months, has 25 years of experience in non-profit leadership and management in a variety of organizations dedicated to environmental education and youth development, including a role as vice president of education for Heifer International.

McGeoch said the way her position is structured she is very much a part of fundraising for DNS, as well as helping with the transition.

“Like Anne, we bring experience for other non-profits,” she said, adding that she has been with DNS for the past three years.

She also said there are a number of important issues to be addressed with respect to environmental causes, and that the DNS is continuing to work and innovate in that area.

“We’re fortunate to be seen as a leader in many of these initiatives, one of which is working on the Clean Water Campaign, as we have for the past three years. We actually have a bill presented right now,” she said. “DNS is facilitating the stakeholders, although there a lot of players – there are over 25 companies and organizations that signed the pledge to be part of the campaign.”

According to the DNS website, the “Clean Water: Delaware’s Clear Choice” campaign is a statewide education and outreach effort, focused on securing additional clean water funding.

Founded in 1964, Delaware Nature Society works to improve the environment through conservation, advocacy, and education.

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