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Commissioner Biographies

Mark "David" Anthony

Dave Anthony is currently retired and most recently owned Northern Sun Winery. He was previously Director of Community Development and Government Affairs for the Hannahville Indian Community. Anthony served as a Democratic member of the Michigan House of Representatives representing the Escanaba area for four terms from 1992 to 1998. Anthony was also the U.P. regional representative for the former United States Senator Carl Levin. He previously served on the board of directors of the Delta County Economic Development Corp., the Michigan Wine Collaborative, the UP State Fair Board, and the DNR Western UP Citizens Advisory Council. Recommended by Sen. Ed McBroom and Jeremy Hosking.

Tom Baird

Tom Baird was appointed to the Michigan Natural Resources Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in March 2021. He was born and raised in Grand Rapids and now resides with his wife, Ellen, in Elk Rapids. 

Tom grew up fishing with his brother and grandfather. After college and law school, he returned to fishing, learned to fly fish, and took up hunting for deer and upland game. Outdoor recreation a major part of his life - he enjoys hunting and fishing, and he and his wife Ellen bike, hike, camp, ski, snowshoe, swim, kayak and golf. 

Fly fishing for trout was Tom's introduction to conservation of our natural resources and related environmental issues. Conservation groups in which he is or has been involved include the Hal and Jean Glassen Memorial Foundation (trustee), Anglers of the Au Sable (president), Trout Unlimited (legal director), the Michigan Hydro Relicensing Coalition (chair), FLOW (For Love of Water) (board member), and the Michigan League of Conservation Voters (advisory board). He is also a member of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, the Ruffed Grouse Society and Rotary of Elk Rapids. 

Following graduation from Grand Valley State College, Tom worked in the Michigan State Senate before attending the University of Michigan Law School. He spent his career in the Lansing area as an attorney and human resources executive before retiring and moving to Elk Rapids. 

David Cozad

David Cozad, a life-long resident of Michigan from Bay City, was appointed to the Natural Resources Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer in March 2021.

David holds a Bachelor of Science degree in biology from Alma College and a Master of Science degree in aquatic biology from Central Michigan University. He is President of Mainstream Resources, an environmental consulting firm founded in 1982 which specializes in the design, implementation and monitoring of aquatic ecosystem restoration projects.

His professional pursuits have been diverse and span both the public and private sectors. David served as Director of Environmental Affairs and Community Development for Bay County from 1993-1996. As well, David was co-founder of Restoration Dredging and served as its President from 2001 to 2015.

When he's not in the field working, you'll likely find David upland bird hunting, fishing, cross country or downhill skiing, hiking, floating Michigan's rivers or participating in numerous volunteer natural resource conservation projects sponsored by grass roots organizations. 

David Nyberg

As a native of Gladstone, Michigan, David had the good fortune of experiencing childhood in the woods and waters of the UP.  Ice fishing on Little Bay de Noc and spending time at camp on the Stonington Peninsula with his family and friends instilled a special appreciation for the recreational and cultural pursuits that are enabled by our state's tremendous natural resources as well as the significant economic imprint of the outdoor recreation industry.  In 1955, David's grandfather, Lloyd, helped to found Bay de Noc Lure Company in his father's blacksmith shop in Gladstone.  David's father, Dave, carries the tradition of the family business forward by maintaining the same craftsmanship and manufacturing process of the original design lures that are a staple in anglers' tackle boxes.  David worked part-time at "the shop" starting at age 14, bending "Do-Jiggers" and buffing "Swedish Pimples," with plenty of knuckles skinned at the buffing wheel.

This upbringing had some influence in David's career pursuits in natural resources law and policy.  After serving as a legislative aid to House Speaker Craig DeRoche, David joined Michigan United Conservation Clubs in 2008 to manage the organization's legislative affairs as it refocused its efforts on advocacy at the state and federal levels.  In this experience, he was able to be a part of several exciting initiatives and collaborations, including legislation to eliminate the minimum hunting age and create a mentored youth hunting program (Public Acts 109 and 120 of 2011 "The Hunter Heritage Bill"), create a new funding mechanism for state parks (Public Acts 32-35 of 2010 "The Recreation Passport"), and authorize DNR utilization of volunteers on state game areas (Public Act 65 of 2011) and Congressional advocacy to support funding of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and protect the Great Lakes from Asian carp. 

In 2011, David returned back to the UP with his wife, Tracy.  From 2011-2012, he worked with Trout Unlimited and a variety of conservation organizations and land-based industry companies through his venture with 3rd Coast Strategies, LLC. 

David joined Governor Rick Snyder's team in August 2012 to serve as Director of the Governor's Northern Michigan Office based in Marquette.  In this capacity, he served as the region's primary ambassador for the Governor and collaborated with northern Michigan business, education, and community leaders to achieve strategic priorities for the region and Snyder Administration.  In 2014, he assumed additional duties as Deputy Legal Counsel, overseeing state-tribal affairs, gaming, and serving as the Governor's liaison to federally-recognized tribal governments located within Michigan.  In this role he worked closely with the DNR, DEQ and MDARD on natural resources policy matters, including government to government consultation with tribal governments under the Great Lakes and Inland Consent Decrees.

David earned is B.A. at Michigan State University and J.D. and Michigan State University College of Law, where he received the Jurisprudence Achievement Award in both Wildlife Law and Land Use Planning Law.  He is a fellow of the Michigan Political Leadership Program at Michigan State University's Institute for Public Policy and Social Research.  He was a charter member of the board of directors for Invest UP, a privately-supported regional economic growth organization in the UP, and is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Marquette County Bar Association, Economic Club of Marquette County, Noquemanon Skijor Club, Michigan United Conservation Clubs, Escanaba River Association, Fred Waara Chapter of Trout Unlimited, and Connect Marquette. 

Carol Moncrieff Rose

Carol Moncrieff Rose grew up in Ann Arbor in southeast Michigan.  She learned to fish as a little girl and since that time has enjoyed all methods of take on Michigan's Great Lakes, inland lakes and streams, as well as on trips to the American west, Saskatchewan and Labrador. While her fishing began early, she came to hunt later in life. As to big game, she has successfully harvested deer and, in 2019, a Michigan elk.   She also enjoys hunting small game, turkey hunting, and pursuing grouse and woodcock with a series of great dogs. For over three decades, Rose has also invested time and effort into wildlife and fisheries habitat work on both peninsulas of the state, benefitting both game and non-game species. She engages in various other outdoor recreational pursuits such as hiking, paddle sports, cross country skiing, recreational shooting, gardening, nature photography and spending time at the family's second home on Beaver Island in northern Lake Michigan.

Rose graduated with High Honors from Michigan State University with a degree in Sociology, after which her career path took her to a management position with Ann Arbor's largest savings and loan.  During that time, she met her husband, Paul, to whom she has been happily married for 42 years.  Professionally, for the last 30 years, Rose has assisted her husband with his commercial real estate appraisal and consulting practice, Jeffress-Dyer, Inc.

In 1983, the Roses left Ann Arbor to begin a new chapter in their life when they relocated to Montmorency County in northeast Michigan.  They were drawn to the area because of their love of the outdoors and its abundant public lands. This decision marked the beginning of her involvement in the conservation community of hunters, anglers, trappers and those who enjoy the out-of-doors which has continued for all of her adult life.

Throughout her lifetime Rose has had traveled and recreated in all corners of the state of Michigan.  In particular, she has spent a great deal of time in the Upper Peninsula, where she and her husband enjoyed owning two camps over the years.   As a resident of northeast Michigan, Rose is very much aware of the economic, social and cultural implications that the presence of bovine Tb has had on our deer hunters and agricultural producers.  Because of this, Rose has a keen interest in how wildlife disease is managed in Michigan, particularly with the advent of Chronic Wasting Disease in the deer population.

Rose is involved with a number of state and national hunting/fishing and conservation organizations and has greatly benefitted from participating in policy formation debates. She is a life member of TU and a longtime member of MUCC, recently completing her service as a member of its Executive Board.  She served as Chair of the Upper Black River Council from 2008-2020 and is also a member of the Montmorency County Conservation Club, the Lewiston Sportsmen's League, Michigan Fly Fishing Club, the Ruffed Grouse Society, RMEF and the National Wild Turkey Federation.  Rose has had the honor of receiving awards from several of these organizations.  She also had the privilege of serving on the Michigan Wildlife Council under both the Snyder and Whitmer administrations from 2015-2020 and had the honor of serving as its first Chair.  Her resume will also reflect that she has invested time in her community, serving on numerous boards and committees involving her school district, the development of a fully accessible playground (Tiger Paw Park), community health needs, recycling and building authority boards for both her township and Montmorency County.

John W. Walters

John W. Walters of Gaylord was appointed to the Natural Resources Commission by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, with his term beginning February 2, 2023. John previously served on the NRC, but left to take a new job in Salida, Colorado in 2020. He and his wife missed Northern Michigan and returned home in the spring of 2022.
John works for Palmer Donavin, based in Columbus, Ohio. The company distributes wholesale building materials throughout the Midwest. John works from his home office as the Territory Sales Manager, selling their product line to retail lumberyards in Northern Michigan. John has been in the residential building materials industry since 1988.

As John was growing up, his parents, Bill and Irene Walters, and his Boy Scout Master Bill Lee, taught him about the outdoors and respecting Michigan’s natural resources. They emphasized, “Leave it better than how you found it.”  He was raised hunting, fishing, and appreciating the great outdoors. John is an Eagle Scout with a Bronze Palm.
John earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Northern Michigan University in 1987.
John loves to fly fish all year for trout, which is what invigorated his passionate involvement in conservation. He has served as the state chairman of Michigan Trout Unlimited and president of the Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited. He also served as a board member of Anglers of the Au Sable and was most recently vice-president. He served as chairman of the Pigeon River Country State Forest Advisory Council from 2010 to 2018. John has also served on the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s Rural Development Fund Board.

John and his wife, Sue, who are each other’s closest hunting and fishing partner reside in Gaylord.  Married since 1992, the couple has two German Shorthair Pointers, George, and Winston. They spend much of their time on the river chasing trout, in the woods hunting upland birds and deer, or snowshoeing throughout the winter in northern Michigan.