Meet the New MUCC StaffJanuary 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.
Matt Evans, Legislative Affairs Manager
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
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