03 October 2011 A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell Posted by: Rodger Schlickeisen | 10 comments | Share: As many of you already know, after 20 years at the helm of Defenders of Wildlife, I have made the difficult decision to retire this fall. I am proud of the great victories we have achieved over the past two decades and appreciate all of your support for wildlife conservation. On October 1, Jamie Rappaport Clark will take over as president and CEO of Defenders. As former director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service during some of its best years—which included the restoration of wolves to the American landscape in the 1990s, the recovery of the peregrine falcon, and the expansion of the National Wildlife Refuge System—Jamie has literally spent her whole career safeguarding our country’s precious wildlife. She will continue to bring all that experience to Defenders, leading an extraordinary team of professionals in tackling the serious conservation challenges that lie ahead for wildlife. That is why I am confident that with your continued help and Jamie at the helm, Defenders of Wildlife’s best days are still ahead. Stay strong and keep up the good fight! Rodger. 10 Responses to “A Warm Welcome and a Fond Farewell” Donna Davidge October 7th, 2011 thanks for all you do and have done!! Reply Joan Caro October 7th, 2011 Thank you for all you’ve done, Mr. Schlickeisen. God bless you in your “retirement.” Yeah, right. Congratulations, Jamie ~ and thank you, Mr. Schlickeisen, for finding such a good person to try to fill your shoes. Reply Bob Foster October 7th, 2011 Congratulations, Roger for finding it possible to retire in today’s difficult world. I hope things go well for you and you find the time to enjoy all of the wildlife you have done so much to preserve. Congratulations also to Jamie for her new position as president and CEO. It’s great to know that the organization will be in such capable hands. All the Best, Bob. Reply Denise Harris October 7th, 2011 Oh, wow! Can’t believe you’re leaving us Rodger Schlickeisen. Thank you so, so much for all you’ve done to help us help the wild ones for all these years. Will miss seeing your name on my emails. Best of everything to you. I’ll bet you’ll still be there doing what you do so well. The Wild Ones thank you, too! Denise Harris Reply Mary Heller October 7th, 2011 Thank you for all you have accomplished. Reply Mary Kenneally October 8th, 2011 Dear Rodger, You have been absolutely inspirational. Thank you so much for the incredible dedication and vision and energy you have given to all living things. May you enjoy blessings and sunshine knowing that you have changed the world for the better. Thank you so much, Mary. Reply Lorinda Roland October 9th, 2011 Rodger – I will miss you. I’ve been a protector of wildlife all my life…and wolves are very special to me. Though I’ve been a supporter of Defenders for over 30 years, to me your name has been synonymous with Defenders forever. You’ve done so much – especially for wolves protection. Jamie has big shoes to fill. I will be here as long as I’m still on earth supporting her…supporting Defenders. I wish you happy retirement – and smiles from all the wolves you’ve saved. Reply Gail Runnels October 15th, 2011 What a great inspiration you have been. Thank-you on behalf of all those precious souls who cannot speak for themselves, and thank-you for reminding anyone who wants to listen that we are all connected. Reply Christine Neuendorf March 24th, 2012 Thankyou for all your dedication and hard work. I know your heart has always been in your work and you have educated and inspired me and many. Every voice, every action can make a difference! May you be blessed in your retirement. Reply Linda (Kat) Karnes April 10th, 2013 Many, many thanks, Mr. Schlickeisen, for all you have done for Defenders of Wildlife and for this planet and the wild ones over the years. You will surely be missed. I wish you the very best upon your retirement. A heartfelt welcome, Ms. Rappport Clark, you are the best, in my opinion, to take over where Mr. Shlickeisen leaves off. Two of the best leaders that could ever be. THANKS!!! to you both!! Reply Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap Up Fish and Wildlife Service Holds Public Meetings to Determine Fate of Mexican Gray Wolves; Six Mexican Gray Wolves Released in New Mexico; How Do People Form Their Opinions About Wolves? A Field Day with Gopher Tortoises Our Florida staff members spent a field day at Boyd Hill Nature Preserve to learn more about the reproductive and burrowing habits of gopher tortoises. Wolves are even more socially complex than we thought… In order to survive, wolves form cooperative groups known as packs, and these pack members hunt together, rear pups together, and compete against other wolf packs for food and territory.