Sam Lawry grew up in Northern California where he earned a BS in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State in 1981. He then began a career with Arizona Game and Fish Department (AZGFD) where he held several positions over a 23 year period. During his career with Arizona, he maintained a Law Enforcement Certification enforcing State Fish and Wildlife laws. Sam served as Chairman of the staff for the North American Wetlands Conservation Council and Staff for the Pacific Flyway Council as well as numerous committees for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. Following his career with AZGFD he served as the Coordinator for the Intermountain West Joint Venture , promoting bird conservation in 11 western states. He then joined Teller Wildlife Refuge in 2006 as the Director of Conservation and Education where he was involved with numerous Teller projects before taking on a new role in 2010 as the Western Director for Pheasants Forever and Quail Forever. After 6 years the call to return to Teller fell upon him and in December of 2017 he returned as the Executive Director. Sam and his wife Gwen reside in Hamilton where they have raised a family of four daughters all of which have a passion for conservation.