DDWS Hires New Marketing Manager

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

Gretchen Engelbrecht will coordinate and implement DDWS programming at the refuge and throughout the community.

“Ding” Darling Wildlife Society-Friends of the Refuge (DDWS) on Sanibel Island recently welcomed Gretchen Engelbrecht as community and outreach marketing manager, a position vacated in January 2022. She will oversee the coordination and implementation of programs and outreach activities managed by DDWS.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Engelbrecht received her bachelor of fine arts with an emphasis in art and technology from The Ohio State University in Columbus. She most recently served as the marketing and community coordinator for the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Services at Ohio State. She brings with her a background in video, print, website, and digital and social media marketing, along with experience in special events, fundraising, public speaking, and overall nonprofit development.

“Her references describe her as well-rounded, creative, entrepreneurial, and a real asset to any team,” said DDWS Executive Director Birgie Miller Gresham. “We’ve already seen those qualities and a welcomed enthusiasm for the refuge and our work.”

“Working closely with nature, conservation, and creative projects is something I am excited to be a part of,” said Engelbrecht. “Both Sanibel and ‘Ding’ Darling feel to be a warm, inviting community.”

“I have every confidence Gretchen will be a wonderful addition to our team, working to enhance and improve upon our efforts to support the conservation work at the refuge,” said Gresham.

As a non-profit 501(c)3 organization, DDWS works to support J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge’s mission of conservation, wildlife and habitat protection, research, and public education through charitable donations and Refuge Nature Shop profits. To support DDWS and the refuge with a tax-deductible gift, visit dingdarlingsociety.org or contact Birgie Miller Gresham at 239-292-0566 or director@dingdarlingsociety.org.

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