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Meet the New MUCC Staff

January 9th, 2014

As we move into 2014, we would like you to help us celebrate some exciting new staffing changes here at MUCC.

Change happens.  We are always sad to see some of our excellent staff move on, but we are excited for their new opportunities and proud of the positive changes they each made to Michigan’s natural resources during their time here.  Please join us in passing along some well-wishes.

Late last year, MUCC’s Legislative Affairs Manager Kent Wood left our organization for a great opportunity as Government Affairs Director at the Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce. Tony Hansen has continued to grow his presence as a leader in the national conservation movement with roles at RealTree and Outdoor Life.  Because of that shift, he is no longer serving as MUCC’s Director of Communications, but will continue on as Managing Editor of Michigan OutofDoors Magazine.  Gabe VanWormer is taking his creativity and skills on the road and has launched his own video production business.

Now, please help us welcome some new, impressive talent to the MUCC Team!


Matt Evans, Legislative Affairs Manager

Phone: 517-346-6462

Matt joined MUCC for the start of 2014. He is a 2006 graduate of Calvin College where he majored in Public Administration and minored in Business.  Upon graduating from Calvin College, he worked for Congressman Vernon Ehlers of Michigan’s 3rd congressional district for 4 years as a constituent services representative, where he served as a liaison between the Congressman and the constituents of the district.

In May of 2011, Matt went to work for State Senator Phil Pavlov as his Legislative Director, where he served for the next 2 ½ years.  While there, he specialized in policy support on natural resources, transportation, and education issues.

Matt brings nearly seven years of government experience at both the State and Federal level to the MUCC.  We are pleased to have him on board and are excited for what the future holds!

In his spare time Matt enjoys all things outdoors: backpacking, hunting, fishing, and biking as well as playing and coaching hockey. He resides in Grand Rapids, Michigan with his beautiful wife Emily.

Del Belcher, Marketing & Communications Associate

Phone: 517-346-6483

Phone: 517-346-6483

Del joined MUCC in November 2013 as a 12 year veteran of the digital media world with experience in sales, recruitment, communications and marketing in the retail, social media, print media, higher education and non-profit sectors. He has designed and implemented many successful marketing campaigns for companies and organizations including United Way of Battle Creek and the Kalamazoo Region, Spring Arbor University, Binder Park Zoo as well as various small businesses and art/music festivals. While he has spent much of his time specializing in social media strategies and marketing, Del always strives to deliver timely information and content in the most effective ways possible.

Del is a lover of our great state of Michigan and considers himself one of the Great Lakes’ number one fans.  He also enjoys writing, arranging music and participating in community activities in Jackson, where he lives with his beautiful wife Stephanie.


Meghann McKnight, Administrative Assistant

Phone: 517-346-6452

Meghann joined MUCC in December 2013. She received her Associate’s Degree in December 2010 from Cleary University. Prior to joining the MUCC team, Meghann worked in Human Resources Management. It is her goal to use her transferable skill set to help MUCC reach its goals both as an organization and within the communities it serves.
Meghann stays busy outside of work with her four kids participating in their educational and extracurricular activities. She enjoys outdoor activities with her family such as camping and biking. In her spare time she enjoys baking, crafting and making it to the end of a good book.
She and her family reside in Ithaca, MI


  • Tom Young

    I’m concerned about the future of MUCC. I remember the days when MUCC had real clout in lobbying, in affecting change in wildlife management and environment. I just don’t feel that we are at the same level of expertise today. I support those in charge now, but hope the team will stick around long enough to build the reputation that we have had in the past. Thanks for listening. Tom Young

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