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America Outdoors Association Staff Information

Julie Kahlfeldt, Executive Director 

Julie Kahlfeldt joined the AOA team as Executive Director in January of 2017. Julie comes to us with over 20 years of association management experience. She began her career at Smith Bucklin and Associates, one of the largest association management firms in the world, where she managed various industry associations and professional societies. During this time, the American Society of Orthopaedic Executives decided to make her their full-time Executive Director. She helped this organization with large projects such as rebranding (and renaming) the organization to highlight the professionalism of their members. She also participated as a leader and director of their strategic planning sessions.

In 2012, Ms. Kahlfeldt moved from her hometown of Chicago to San Francisco to join the California Society of Anesthesiologists. There she helped the organization with strategic planning as well as the hiring of a new lobby firm and PR/Marketing firm. Ms. Kahlfeldt and her husband made a life-changing decision in 2014 to move to Gainesville, Florida to follow her husband’s career path. She is thrilled to be part of the AOA team and looks forward to using her skills and experience.

Vice President of Government Affairs, David L. Brown
David L. Brown served as Executive Director of America Outdoors Association since shortly after its formation until 2016. His new role is as Vice President for Government Affairs and he will continue to work with AOA leading our policy and legislative efforts.
He has served as a representative of various outfitter organizations for the past 23 years. From 1980 to 1983, he directed the successful efforts to preserve whitewater recreation on the Ocoee River. Perception Kayaks awarded him the first Conservationist of the Year award in 1981. Later he directed the conservation effort on the Gauley River where he originated the Gauley River Festival. In 1989, as Executive Director of Eastern Professional River Outfitters Association, he coordinated the first Confluence convention. He has served on the Board of Directors for the American Recreation Coalition, American Rivers, the North American Paddlesports Association, and the Governor's Task Force on Reform and Liability Insurance (TN) and was chairman of the Mayor's Waterfront Task Force in Knoxville, TN. He has testified before Congress 14 times on resources management,fee and concessions issues.

Marketing/Communications Director, Hilary Wickes

Sheryl Pless, Financial Administrator

Sheryl began working for America Outdoors Association in August 2016 as the Office Manager/Bookkeeper. She is a 1992 graduate of The University of Tennessee with a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting major. She served as the financial manager for a small manufacturing company for 12 years and, most recently, worked remotely for a bookkeeping company as an outsourced bookkeeper for various small businesses.

In her spare time, Sheryl enjoys working out, eating out, and hanging out with her husband, Jeff. When not spending time with friends and family in Knoxville, they most likely can be found visiting family in SC and spoiling their niece, Caroline, who lives in Pawleys Island, SC. Sheryl is very excited to be a part of AOA and looks forward to meeting all of the AOA members.

Nancy Lewelling– Technical Administrator

Nancy graduated from Welch University in Nashville, TN, with a degree in Education. She joined America Outdoors Association March 2011 to build a custom database in Microsoft Access to handle membership data. She evolved into the IT person for AOA over the next several years. Nancy has years of experience in many areas such as directing camp, scout leader, teaching one-on one students in the local elementary school, church pianist, directing corporate training programs, teaching computers classes at the University of Tennessee, building Access databases for private and federal agencies and oh yes, she can drive a bus too. In her spare time, she is keeping up with two teenagers, Mark 16 and Morgan 19, and is married to the love of her life, John. To round out the family she has a beagle named Homer, and a cat named Lisa.


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Sunday Dec 03, 2017
- BlackCoded Team
Tuesday Mar 25, 2014
- National Trails Legislation
Tuesday Mar 04, 2014
- Hearing on Federal Lands Recreation Enhancement Act Re-scheduled for April 4th
Wednesday Jan 08, 2014
- New AOA Member Benefit Program
Monday Oct 07, 2013
- Senators' Letter to NPS Director
Monday Aug 26, 2013
- Insurers Letter on NPS Insurance Requirements
Tuesday Aug 20, 2013
- National Forest Trail Maintenance Report
Wednesday May 22, 2013
- Ocoee River Economic Impact Study for 2012
Monday May 13, 2013
- House Subcommittee on Natural Resources
Tuesday Apr 16, 2013
- Questions and Answers on Criminal Background Checks and Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect
Friday Mar 08, 2013
- NPS Collection of Information from Concessioners Comments Due in May
Wednesday Dec 19, 2012
- AOA and PPA Complete Unification at Daytona Event
Thursday Nov 01, 2012
- NOLS Letter on the NPS Healthy Foods Guideline for Backcountry Operations
Monday Sep 24, 2012
- National Park Service Healthy and Sustainable Food Choice Guidelines for Backcountry Operations
Friday Aug 03, 2012
- Hearing on NPS Contract and Insurance Requirements Highlights Challenges for Small Businesses
Tuesday Jun 19, 2012
- AOA Announces 2012 Conference Agenda
Wednesday Apr 25, 2012
- Model Letter for Van CDL Legislation
Monday Apr 16, 2012
- Outcomes from the President's Conference on Conservation and America Great Outdoors (AGO) Initiative
Monday Feb 27, 2012
- Supreme Court Decides Against State's Ownership of Non Navigable Riverbeds
Thursday May 05, 2011
- Senate Transportation Committee Approves Motorcoach Bill
Friday Feb 18, 2011
- President Obama's America's Great Outdoors Report Released
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