Dave grew up in Fairborn, went to college at Wright State, earning a Bachelor’s in Biology and later a Masters in Biology. In 1985 he started a new career with the Dayton-Montgomery County Park District (now Five Rivers MetroParks) and spent his entire working career there, 30 years doing conservation work. He helped start the Beaver Creek Wetlands Association in 1988, and became active again after retiring from Five Rivers MetroParks in 2018, and has served as President since May of 2018. He has been married to Catherine Queener since 1981, they have a son, Jacob, who is 28. They currently reside in Washington Township.
BCWA is very important to Dave for many reasons. He says, “Nature fills me up, gives me joy, and a passion to live life to the fullest. The Beaver Creek Wetlands are a splendid example of the amazing wetlands that were once abundant in our region, but nearly all were destroyed long ago. Here we have a chance to protect, restore, care for, and teach people about a very large (for our area) system of wetlands, a ribbon of beauty full of life’s diversity.”
Dave likes to fish, bird, walk, spend time with his family, spend time quietly enjoying the natural world, and play guitar.