Over 30 Years of Survival & Success
I wish to thank and acknowledge the many individuals, companies and organizations for their current and past support, as each and every one of them have been important and welcomed blessings in my and the AEF’s pathway. ~ Al Cecere, AEF Founder
There are truly far too many people and entities that have helped, assisted and/or supported our organization’s cause over the years, but, nonetheless, we’d like to recognize as many of them as possible, as follows.
The Dollywood Company
In 1990, the American Eagle Foundation entered into a multi-year corporate partnership with the Dollywood Company and cooperated with them to design and develop the United States Eagle Center at Dollywood in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
As AEF’s official sponsor, the Dollywood Company has been essential to the growth, development, and success of the Foundation and its mission to conduct public environmental education, care daily for non-releasable birds of prey, rehabilitate raptors, and execute a successful Bald Eagle breeding/release program.
We are grateful for Dolly Parton and Dollywood leadership for supporting us through the years and engraining the AEF’s mission into the culture and mission of the Dollywood theme park.
Special Thanks to: Ken Bell, Gene Scherrer, Judy Ward, Ted Millar, Barbara Joines, Pete Owens, Jason Boothe, Morgan Duckworth, Michelle Dillion, and Wes Ramey.
Dr. Mike Jones & University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine
The American Eagle Foundation works closely with Dr. Mike Jones, DVM (who specializes in Raptor Biomedicine and Avian Emergency Medicine and Critical Care) and the UT College of Veterinary Medicine to ensure the health of the AEF’s resident raptors and also to successfully rehabilitate injured wild birds of prey.
Bob was the Nongame & Endangered Wildlife Coordinator for the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency from 1978-2001. The recipient of many honors and awards, Bob served as an eagle consultant with the American Eagle Foundation from its inception. He was also the leader of a Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team, advising AEF concerning its administration of an endownmnt fund from the Bald Eagle Commemorative Coin Act of 2004. His contributions to conservation, to the recovery of the Bald Eagle, and to the American Eagle Foundation are documented on a special page honoring him.
Peter Nye, a contributor to the Bald Eagle section of this website, retired from New York’s Department of Environmental Conservation as one of the top eagle biologists in the nation. He was a pioneer in reestablishing eagles after their population declined dramatically due to DDT. He is credited for bringing back the Bald Eagle to New York state. A trailblazer in the process known as “hacking,” Nye is also a pioneer in the high-tech migration-tracking method called “satellite telemetry.” More information about Peter Nye can be found here.
AEF Staff : We greatly appreciate the hard work and many contributions of our current staff and team members:
Jim Marietta, Spencer Williams, Joanne Cheponis, Katelyn Dotson, Kayla Jackson, Karen Wilbur, Beth Parker, Jenna Penland, Brad Skinner, Carly Hamilton, Victoria Howard, Kendall Wynant, Robyn Miller, Connor O’Brien, Crystal Slusher, Nancy Zagaya, MarthaAnn Madigan, Carolyn Stalcup, Mary King, Melissa Burge, Ashley Luker, and Alex Lee.
AEF Board of Directors and Advisory Team: We give special thanks to our loyal board members: Jim Marietta, Spencer Williams, Bobby Halliburton, Courtney Lewis, Laura Sterbens, & James Rogers.
AEF Volunteers: The AEF couldn’t operate as efficiently without our dedicated and loyal volunteers who weekly donate their time- Terry Sherred, Jerry Madigan, Paul & Laura Albert, Joe Chapman, Karen & Kevin Buynie, Debbie Gibson, & Sue Lee.
Bald Eagle Grant Advisory Team (BEGAT): We appreciate the time and efforts of the AEF BEGAT- Peter Nye, Karen Steenhof, Dr. Bryan Watts, Dr. Todd Katzner, Jody Millar (chair). We remember others who are no longer on the Grant Advisory Team, especially Bob Hatcher who served as chair of the committee for many years.
AEF Eagle Nest Cam Team & Volunteers: The success of all the AEF eagle nest cam sites can be contributed to our dedicated past and present Moderators, Remote Cam Operators, Video Creators, and Monitors. We also thank our Cam Installation crew and on-site technical & ground support who participate in annual renovations and upgrades.
Our Internet Partners
AEF’s audience has grown exponentially with the advances in Internet delivery. Our cams have brought the world of eagles to millions of people, and we thank the following companies & individuals who have assisted us.
Internet Providers: Telalink, SiteMason, & A2; Streaming partners: TappedInto, UStream, Click2Stream, & PIKSEL. Video Cams: Axis Cams & technical personnel; Website Design: Jason Adair, Sherle Raite, Michael Stalcup, Carolyn Stalcup, & Julia Cecere. Cable companies: Comcast, Charter, & BrightHouse. IT Support: Connor O’Brien, Nick Vichas.
AEF Past Staff, Board Members, Interns, and Volunteers
Major League Sports Teams, Collegiate Sports Teams, Companies, and Individuals who have donated to the AEF and allowed Challenger the Eagle to educate the masses at their respective venues and events:
AAA California/ Texas Motor Speedway, AFC Championship, Aksarben Foundation, Anaheim Angels, Arizona Cardinals- Tim Beech, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Ravens-Isla Marden, BCS National Championships, Blackberry Farms, Boston College, Bristol Motor Speedway, Buffalo Bills, Capitol Hill Event/Senate Buildings, Celebrators Conference, Celebrity Fight Night, CEO Space, Charlie Daniels, Charlotte Motor Speedway, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Choice Hotels, College Football Playoff, Crown Council, David Foster Foundation, Denver Broncos, Detroit Lions, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Disney World, Durham Bulls, Eagle Rubber & Supply, Equipovision, Express Employment Professionals, Field & Stream, Field & Stream Stores, Florida Marlins, Florida State University, Food City 500, Fox Sports/ Daytona Motor Speedway, Galleria Furniture, Georgia Southern University, Gerber, Go Daddy, Goodyear Cotton Bowl, Green Bay Packers, High Point University, Horatio Alger Association, Houston Astros, Houston Texans- Jackie Maldonado, HP Communications, Huizenga Foundation, Indianapolis 500, Indianapolis Colts- Ashley Powell, Insight Bowl, Kansas City Chiefs, Kansas City Royals, Kansas State University, Karen Brooks, Life Changing Lives Foundation, Louisiana State University, Miami Dolphins, Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Vikings, MLB World Series, Mutual of Omaha, National Wild Turkey Federation, Nationwide Insurance, NCAA National Championship, New York Yankees, NFC Championship, NFL Pro Bowl, NHL Films Network, NHL Winter Classic, Nike- Phil & Penny Knight, NRA, Oklahoma State University, Oregon Ducks, Philadelphia Eagles-Denise Kozel, Pinnacle Bancorp, Richard Stephenson, San Diego Chargers, San Francisco Giants, Snap On Tools, Southern Wine and Spirits, Stanley Black & Decker, Starkey Hearing Foundation, Team National Convention, Tennessee Titans, Texas Rangers, Tom and Kim Dinsdale, Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, United Northern Mortgage Bankers, University of Connecticut, University of Kansas, University of Michigan, University of Tennessee, Verizon Wireless, Walter Scott, Whitney and Pratt, Wonders of Wildlife Museum.
- Southwest Airlines and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) – With special thanks to the following Southwest people: Alyssa Foster, Brand & Entertainment PR, Media Relations; Tiffany Valdez, Corporate & Commercial Comm. Coordinator. We also thank the following TSA personnel: Carson Spence, Security Operations; Michael Kimlick, Branch Chief TSA; and Richard Quichocho.
- Delta Airlines – Special thanks to the following Delta employees who’ve gone above and beyond to assist us in our travels – Greg Ferrell (aka Country), Johnny Wilson Jr. Julie White.
Companies, Organizations, and Individuals
711 Live Printing, American Airlines, Anheuser Busch, Baker Donelson Law Firm -Washington, D.C (Joe Whitley and Holly Hampton), Bass Pro Shops, Best Read Guide to Smokies, Blalocks, CareerBuilder, Charles River Laboratories, Chevron, Chick-Fil-a Sevierville – (Terry Rowell), Cinergy/Duke Energy, Citizen’s National Bank, CNB Bank, Collen IP, Intellectual Property Law – New York (Jess Collen), County Tonight Theater, Dupont, Eagle Snacks, Edward Jones – (David Rowland), Fields and Allen Wealth Management Group, FL State Representative Combee & Barbara Blasingame, Food City Stores, Fox & Friends, Good Morning America, Hickman and Weir-Leann Bowden, J. Reynolds, Knoxville Coca Cola Bottling, Knoxville News Sentinel, Kroger Stores, Laprees Advertising & Design- (Gary Laprees, Lee, Danner Bass), Lowe’s Home Improvement, Mille Lacs Band of the Ojibwe, Miller Brewing Company, Nashville Tennessean, New Hope Church, Nudo Products, Oneida Nation, Sevier County School System, Sevier County Veterinary Clinic, Silver Dollar City Corporation, Smart Bank, Smoky Mountain Memories, Smoky Mountain Opry, Smoky Mt. Tour Connection, Southern Wine and Spirits- (Larry & Camille Ruvo, Michael Severino, Marilyn Strong, Maria Hinkley), Southwest Airlines, Steve Ellis Tours, StreamLogics (Judith Newby), Tennessee Star Journal, Tennessee State Bank, Tennessee’s Mix (105.5), The Eagle 100.3, The Mountain Press, The Trust Company of Knoxville, Today Show, Tri-State Jeep Eagle, WATE Channel 6, WBIR Channel 10, William B. Stokley Foundation, WIVK Radio, WJBZ/Praise Radio, WLYV/Love Radio, WRJZ/Joy Radio, WSEV/Mix Radio, WVLT Channel 8.
State and National Government Agencies and Associations:
- Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency – Walter Cook, Scott Somershoe
- U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service – Carmen Simonton and Resee Collins
- United States National Arboretum
- United States Mint
- United States Senate
- United States House of Representatives
- National Fish & Wildlife Foundation
- Fraternal Order of Eagles
- National Park Service
- National Parks Foundation
- Combined Federal Campaign
We would also like to thank those individuals who have supported our mission.
Listing every individual who has contributed to the success and sustainability of the American Eagle Foundation would result in unintentional omissions, regardless of the length of such a list. Instead, let us just say that without the help and support of individuals around the country, our Foundation could not possibly have the impact it does today. You know who you are – and we thank you for your good will, your efforts on our behalf, your prayers for our success, and your unfailing belief in our mission.