Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission
Commissioners are non-salaried public servants who spend countless hours corresponding with constituents within assigned districts. They are the sportsman’s representatives when it comes to fish, wildlife, and state boating issues.
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission Next Meeting
Tennessee Fish and Wildlife Commission
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 1 p.m.
TWRA Region II Ray Bell Building
Ellington Agricultural Center
TFWC Recruitment and Retention Committee
Thursday, October 25, 2018, 10 a.m.
TWRA Central Office, Main Conference Room
Ellington Agricultural Center
TFWC Chairman Jeff Cook
Our Evolving Commission
Since the inception of a commission to provide governance to what has evolved into today’s Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, hundreds of “private citizens” have freely given their time, energy, and intellect to make Tennessee a role model of fish and wildlife management.
While the commission and the agency have gone through organizational changes since 1949, when Governor Gordon Browning appointed the historic first group of commissioners, the goal has never changed to parallel wise management of our natural resources with the interests and concerns of sportsmen.
Our governing body is referred to as the Tennessee Fish & Wildlife Commission (TFWC). Nine members of this 13-member voting group still receive their six-year appointments from our governor. However, the state’s General Assembly (House and Senate) now appoints four members to four-year terms. In addition to today’s 13 TFWC members, there are also three ex-officio commissioners that include our governor, our state agriculture commissioner, and our environment & conservation commissioner.
Since the earliest days of Governor Browning’s first commission picks to the TFWC’s most recent appointments, the men and women who serve Tennessee’s sportsmen, wildlife enthusiasts, and boaters, strive to create a combination of management that has positive results for our natural resources and our citizens who have long provided monetary and moral support for wise fisheries and wildlife management.
3310 Aspen Grove Drive, Suite 102
Franklin, TN 37067
Business: (615) 771-1116
Cell: (615) 948-8116
Dr. Cook serves as an orthopedic surgeon and has been associated with Franklin Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, P.C., since 1999 and in practice in Franklin since 1992.
Along with several professional organizations, Dr. Cook is a passionate duck hunter and bass fisherman who also enjoys trout fishing, deer hunting, turkey hunting, boating and water sports. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the National Rifle Association.
A graduate of Franklin High School, he graduated from the University of Tennessee and earned his Medical Doctor Degree from the University of Tennessee College of Medicine in Memphis. He received his postgrad medical education in orthopedics at the Georgia Baptist Center/Scott Rite Children's Medical Center in Atlanta.
"I am looking forward to having the opportunity to continue to advance the accomplishments of the TFWC and the TWRA to manage and preserve our incredible natural resources in Tennessee," he said. "Through these efforts we will continue to experience ever-improving options for hunting, fishing, boating and many other outdoor activities for many generations to come."
Dr. Cook and his wife, Julie, have two daughters, Katie and Abby and a son, Mitch.
TFWC Vice Chair
District counties: Henry, Carroll, Benton, Henderson, Decatur, Perry and Hardin
600 Wheat Store Road
Decaturville , TN 38329
Cell: (731) 549-6801
Mr. Holbert lives in the community of Decaturville and is affiliated with B&B Sawmill, Inc., which has been a family-owned business for more than 45 years. He is on the Board of Directors for the Decatur County Farm Bureau.
He is a member of the Riverside High School FFA Alumni, life member of the National Rifle Association, and member of the National Wild Turkey Federation and Ducks Unlimited.
He enjoys turkey hunting, deer hunting, duck hunting, fishing, and travel. He also devotes his time to coaching baseball and softball.
"I am looking forward to helping promote the natural resources of our great state," he said. "It is very important to me that we protect our resources so that future generations can enjoy the same opportunities that I've been able to enjoy."
Mr. Holbert and his wife, Melanie, are the parents of son, Jackson, and daughter, Lainie.
(District 3) - District counties: Clay, DeKalb, Fentress, Grundy, Jackson, Macon, Overton, Pickett, Putnam. Smith, Trousdale, Van Buren, Warren and White.
P.O. Box 82
Moss, TN 38575
Mr. McLerran is farmer, focusing on Angus cattle in the Clay County community of Moss. He attended Celina High and Tennessee Tech University.
He is a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF), Tennessee Cattlemen’s Association, NRA, and involved with coaching shotgun sports through Scholastic Clay Target Program (SCTP). Along with working with youth, he enjoys horseback riding and hunting deer, turkeys, and squirrels.
“I am excited to learn about everything that the TWRA does, setting seasons and limits and how the wildlife is managed.”
Mr. McLerran and his wife, Samantha, have three children; Ella, Brie and Cord.
District counties: Bedford, Cannon, Coffee, Davidson, Franklin, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore,
Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, and Wilson.
1454 N. Dickerson Chapel Rd.
Lebanon, TN 37087
Business: (615) 727-1545
Cell: (865) 385-1930
Mrs. Woodson is the Executive Chairman & CEO of the Tennessee State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE). She “had the honor of serving over 12 years in the Tennessee General Assembly in both the House of Representatives and the Senate (1998-2011).” During her time in the legislature, she served as Co-Chair of the Tennessee Sportsmen’s Caucus, as a member of the Senate Conservation, Environment and Tourism Committee, Chair of the Senate Education Committee, and Senate Speaker Pro Tempore. Mrs. Woodson holds her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.
Her hobbies include waterfowl, turkey, and small game hunting; amateur retriever training and field trial competition, fishing, boating, horseback riding; gardening. She is a member of the East Tennessee Retriever Club, Middle Tennessee Retriever Club, and the United States Eventing Association. Mrs. Woodson and her husband, Bill, have three children, Joseph, Elizabeth, and Caitlin.
“Throughout my life I have had a deep love of and appreciation for all that is nature. I also feel that there are two important things that help make a well-rounded individual: a love of the outdoors and a great education. I have the privilege of being able to make an impact professionally in both of these areas. Tennessee is an immensely beautiful state, and I look forward to helping ensure current and future generations of Tennesseans have access to the wildlife resources of our great state. Finally, I hope to encourage all Tennesseans, particularly women and children, to pursue outdoor activities, whether that be riding, hiking, hunting, or fishing.”
(District 2) - District counties: Anderson, Blount, Campbell, Cumberland, Knox, Loudon, Morgan, Roane, Scott, Sevier, Union.
151 Kyker Ferry Road
Kodak, TN 37764
Mr. Woods is a self-employed businessman in Kodak, including being involved in excavating, farming, distillery, and the making of sausage. An avid outdoorsman, his hobbies include hunting, fishing, rafting, ATVs, boating, and sporting clays.
He also serves Sevier County as commissioner of the 8th District. He is a member of the Northview Optimist Club and Ducks Unlimited. He attended school in Sevier County at Northview Elementary and later at Sevier County High.
Mr. Woods is looking forward to “First learning all I can about the TWRA other than just knowing game wardens.” He is the father of three daughters; Heather, Haley, and Markenna.
(District 8) - District counties: Chester, Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Madison, Obion, and Weakley.
25 Lake Pointe Drive
Jackson, TN 38305
Mrs. Box and her family are very active in the Jackson-Madison County area. Mrs. Box works as a real estate investor.
She attended Lambuth University and the University of Tennessee at Martin where she earned her B.S. degree. She is a member of the Quality Deer Management Association (QDMA), Deer River Hunting Retriever Club. She enjoys boating on the Tennessee River, fishing, turkey hunting, running, Labrador retriever training, and her children’s activities. She is a member of the Madison County Republican Party, All Saint Church, and NRA. Mrs. Box serves on the Bancorp South Advisory Board, USJ Bruins Club Board, Arts Build, and the USJ Board.
“Primarily, I am excited about the opportunity to serve the state of Tennessee and its citizens. Secondarily, I look forward to the opportunity to learn more about the work of the TWRA and the technology and science related to that work.”
Mrs. Box and her husband, Brad, are the parents of four children: Weston, Jenna, Marshall, and Jondavid
(District 1) - District counties: Carter, Claiborne, Cocke, Greene, Grainger, Hamblen, Hancock, Hawkins, Jefferson, Johnson, Sullivan, Unicoi, and Washington.
P.O. Box 417
Piney Flats, TN 37686
Business: (423) 538-4400
Mr. Baker is a graduate of Tennessee Tech University in Cookeville, earning a bachelor’s degree in animal science. He works as a grading contractor. He is involved with several organizations and various outdoors-related activities.
He is a member of the Northeast Tennessee Retrievers Club, the Association of General Contractors (AGC), and the Tennessee Road Builders Association.
Mr. Baker is active in training and competition with Labrador retrievers. He won the National Retriever Championship in 2011 and 2012, winning with a different lab each year. He also enjoys tournament bass fishing, waterfowl hunting, and big game hunting. He is a past champion of a Bassmaster Fishing Tournament.
“I am looking forward to helping promote the natural resources of Tennessee and learning how the TWRA operates,” he said. “I am also looking forward to finding ways to get youngsters more interested in the outdoors.”
He and his wife, Paige, have a daughter, Ira, and a son, Wick.
District counties: Cheatham, Dickson, Giles, Hickman, Houston, Humphreys, Lawrence, Lewis, Maury, Montgomery, Stewart, Wayne, and Williamson.
625 Cola Drive
Clarksville, TN 37043
Cell: (931) 444-3641
Mrs. King is a long-time resident of Clarksville and Montgomery County and is involved with several outdoors and community-related organizations
. In the past, she served on the board of directors for the Montgomery County Shooting Complex. She is currently on the board of The Hope Pregnancy Center, which serves women and girls of Montgomery County and surrounding areas.
She is an active member in Grace Community Church.She and her husband, David, own and operate Midsouth Shooters Supply, a mail order business that ships shooting supplies throughout the United States as well as many other countries around the world.
Mrs. King enjoys wing shooting, especially duck with her husband, but fishing for crappie, shell crackers and bass is her favorite pastime in the outdoors. “I am looking forward to learning more about how the TWRA serves the citizens of Tennessee as well as (how it) protects our wildlife,” she said. “Also, I look forward to meeting so many others who are passionate about this heritage.” Mrs. King and David are the parents of two married daughters and have six grandchildren.
(District 9) - District counties: Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lauderdale, McNairy, Shelby, and Tipton.
McGinnis Oil Company
98 Main Street
Collierville, TN 38017-2616
Business: (901) 853-2264
Cell: (901) 828-7500
Fax: (901) 853-2276
Mr. Cox is a businessman working with Shell Fuels and in commercial property in the Shelby County city of Collierville. He previously served on the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Commission from 2000-06 and was chairman in 2005. He is involved in various civic and community service in the Collierville area. He is a member of the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Board, Collierville Historic Commission, Collierville Tourism Commission, and the Main Street Collierville Merchant’s Association. Mr. Cox is also involved with the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Delta Waterfowl, National Wild Turkey Association, and National Rifle Association.
Among other past community service has included the Collierville Historic Square Small Area Plan Steering Committee, Collierville Chamber of Commerce Board, Agricenter International Board Finance Committee, Collierville Youth Association, of which he was a founding member, Collierville Fire Department, Collierville Parks and Recreation Committee, and serving as a junior high football coach at Briarcrest Christian School.
Mr. Cox’s hobbies are hunting, fishing, golf, antique furniture collecting, and enjoying his grandchildren. He and his wife, Cindy, have three children, William, Carrington, and Allison. As a commission member, he is his looking forward to “Working with agency professionals to meet the challenge of providing maximum opportunities for sportsmen balanced with proper stewardship of finances and our wildlife resources.”
(District 4) - Bledsoe, Bradley, Hamilton, Marion, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe, Polk, Rhea, Sequatchie.
5928 Hixson Pike, Ste. A-355
Hixson, TN 37343
Commissioner Sanders is involved with numerous outdoors-related and professional organizations in the Chattanooga area. He works as a CPA and hosts the weekly Tony Sanders Outdoors Radio Show each Saturday morning on WGOW-FM (102.3).
Among his hobbies is serving as a Hunter Education instructor which he has done so for many years. He also enjoys small game hunting, upland bird hunting, and fishing.
He serves on the executive committee of Tennessee Friends of NRA, a board member of the Tennessee Valley Chapter of SCI, treasure of the Tri-State Quail Forever and a member of Ducks Unlimited, NWTF-Cherokee Chapter, Pheasants Forever, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and Highland Sportsman Club. He is the vice president of the Chattanooga Chapter of the Tennessee Society of CPAs. Commissioner Sanders received his associate degree from Chattanooga State Tech Community College, his bachelor of science degree from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and MBA from Tennessee Tech University.
“I am looking forward to working for all hunters, fishermen, and all the stakeholders of Tennessee wildlife. I want to maximize the enjoyment and benefits of our abundant resources.”
Commissioner Sanders and his wife, Kinah, have two children, daughter, Amber Chastain and son, Kyle.
10441 Bentbrooke Drive
Lakeland, TN 38002
Mr. Gardner serves as an air traffic controller. He is a member of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association (NATCA). He is also a member of Ducks Unlimited, Delta Waterfowl, and the National Wild Turkey Federation (NWTF).
His hobbies include hunting, fishing, working with his Labrador retrievers, and golfing. He also enjoys introducing people to the outdoors, especially getting youth involved in outdoor activities and teaching them how to be safe, successful and ethical.
As a commissioner, Mr. Gardner is looking forward to “Learning all I can about the TWRA and meeting the great people that make Tennessee a great place to enjoy the outdoors. I also look forward to enhancing all of the great work accomplished by the commission to date.”
A graduate of Millington Central High, Mr. Gardner and his wife, Kim, reside in the Shelby County community of Lakeland.
221 Revell Road
Dyersburg, TN 38024
Mr. Stroud returns to the TFWC as a statewide appointee after previously after serving four years from 2012-15.
Mr. Stroud returns to the TFWC as a statewide appointee after previously after serving four years from 2012-15.
He received the Tennessee Wildlife Federation Conservation Communicator award in 2015. The annual award recognizes outstanding achievement in effectively conveying the conservation message and creating public awareness of conservation issues in the news media.
Upon his return to the commission, Mr. Stroud is looking forward to continuing to grow the hunting and outdoor experiences for youth and enhance our Tennessee outdoor resources.”
A graduate of Woodlawn High School in Shreveport, La.
Enjoys hunting, fishing and motorcycle riding.
He and his wife, Laura, previously maintained their primary residence in Brentwood.
1011 Cane Creek Road
Dunlap, TN 37327
Business: (423) 667-1060
Mr. Swan has been very active through the years in outdoors-related activities and various organizations. He is a member of the National Board of Directors of Safari Club, International and a member of the Ethics Committee, Governmental Affairs Committee, Chair of the Disabled Hunters Committee, and vice chair of the marketing committee. He is a life member of Safari Club, an endowment member of the National Rifle Association, and a life-sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. He was awarded Tennessee Area Chairman of the Year for Ducks Unlimited Area Chairman of the Year. He is also member of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, and the Dunaway Hunting and Fishing Club.
Mr. Swan's uncle, Chuck Swan, was Tennessee's first commissioner of Conservation and worked with sportsmen to set up the Agency and commission.
As commissioner, Mr. Swan says he is looking forward to "Giving back to the sport I have loved so much. I also want to help get our youth out into the great Tennessee Outdoors, and help make hunting and fishing opportunities available to special needs sportsmen."
Mr. Swan enjoys hunting and fishing with his grandchildren, big and small game hunting and fishing both inshore and offshore.
A graduate of the University of Tennessee and a retired businessman, he and his wife Vicki, reside outside of Dunlap. He has a son Bill Swan III, daughter-in-law DeAnn and grandsons, Parker and Mason.
Department of Environment & Conservation
312 Rosa L. Parks Ave
Nashville, TN 37243
(888) 891-TDEC (8332)