Brenna Nuckols: Founder
It was pointed out to me by one of my beautiful officers, in a recent meeting, that I should share the story with my ADC girls about why I decided to start building this organization in the first place. So, here it is! 🙂 I have always enjoyed the outdoors even as a small child my favorite activities were always outside, but it was not until I was in college that I discovered my love for hunting and fishing. As I began to get more involved in these activities, I noticed that it always seemed to be a small group of guys, and then me! Not to discredit the boys, I enjoy hunting and fishing with them all, very much! We always have a hoot! However, I started to think, “It would be so nice to have a group of awesome girls that I could throw in my pick up truck and just go for a day on the water fishing, or for a weekend in the woods hunting, and not have to have the boys tag along!” After years of pondering and scouting, I discovered there were lots of women like me who love hunting and fishing already but wanted the same female outdoors comradeship, and there were even more that had always been interested in learning how to hunt and fish, but were either intimidated to start or had no venue to do so.
After a few more years of pondering I decided to create American Daughters of Conservation. A group of like minded females who strive to create a fun, relaxed and judgment free way for women to learn and thrive in all outdoor sports. Most importantly I wanted my organization to do some good, so supporting our nations on going conservation efforts seemed only natural. Through our hard work I know that our future generations will reap the same benefits from wild game and fish that we have. Even though we have only been an official organization since January 2017, we have already recruited over 200 members and are in 30 different states, put on several events and found 7 amazing sponsors. Seeing more and more women get involved is like watching a dizzy day dream come true in real time. You ladies are amazing and thank you from the bottom of my heart for supporting this organization! LET THE ADVENTURES CONTINUE!
Rachel Anderson: National Board Member
Hello Everyone, welcome to American Daughters of Conservation’s website, we are so happy you have stopped by to learn more about this amazing organization. My name is Rachel, and I am originally a Maryland girl now living in Florida. I was thrilled to be appointed an Officer of ADC in March of 2017. I came to this organization because I wanted to contribute to the sustainability of all North American wild game and fish, but also to expand my knowledge of all outdoor sports. I am excited to continue my journey with ADC and can’t wait to be a mentor to all our new and current members. I also look forward to ADC’s continued partnerships with all of our amazing sponsors. As a mother of three I can’t think of a better organization for me and my daughters to be a part of, together we will conserve not only the species we love to hunt and fish, but more importantly we will conserve our outdoor way of life.
Melissa Turner: National Board Member
Thank you so much for visiting our American Daughters of Conservation’s website. Welcome! My name is Melissa Turner and I was so excited when our founder Brenna Nuckols asked me to join an organization where all the women share the same passions for outdoor sports as I do. We love to hunt, fish, practice on outdoor and indoor ranges and most importantly we love our conservation work. I am a Missouri girl, turned Florida girl, and I enjoy spending time with my family, friends and of course my pets. I love that our group doesn’t judge anyone, even if they are unfamiliar with certain processes, there’s always someone there to help guide you and teach you. We look forward to all the new members who join our ADC group, and are very excited for what the future holds for us. Don’t forget to follow us on social media and this site for all the amazing up coming events and some kick butt girl time!
Kenzie Taylor: National Board Member
Hey y’all my name is Kenzie Taylor and I am Kentucky born and raised. I currently live in Kentucky and I have been hunting since I was 9 years old. I was the boy my dad never had and I am very grateful for him starting me in the outdoors! Hunting, fishing and bow fishing have always been a passion of mine and I do my best to contribute and make a difference in the outdoors. I have always been “one of the guys” and wanted to find girls who were just like me. I am so happy to be a member and work alongside the ADC because this organization represents females in the outdoors who help each other, educate one another, and encourage other women in a positive light while also contributing to our North American Conservation efforts.
As a female hunter who grew up in the outdoors I felt right at home with this group and I feel you would too. In today’s outdoor and sporting industry it is hard to find a group of women who have the same morals and values as I do, and if that is what you are looking for you have found it! Join American Daughters of Conservation today!
Elizabeth Bland: Florida State President/National Board Member
My name is Elizabeth Bland and I am the Florida Chapter President. I am a Florida native and was lucky enough to be raised in the Florida Outdoors. A few years ago I began my search for a way to get involved and help preserve the outdoor way of life I was raised to love. That lead me here. I joined the ADC Family in 2017 and have loved every second of it. Having the opportunity to meet so many great women (of every skill level) from not only across Florida, but from across the Country, has been one of my favorite parts of my ADC journey. I’ve had the chance to share my knowledge and learn from others and have grown so much since joining. If you’re looking for a place to call home, a place where you can learn, teach, and grow without being judged, this is that place. Check out the Events page and join us on one of our adventures!
Brittnie Curley: Florida Vice President
Hi! My name is Brittnie Curley, I’m the Florida Vice President. I was raised in Florida but wasn’t introduced to hunting or the outdoor lifestyle until my early twenties. Upon my first Turkey hunt I became quickly obsessed and have been an outdoor enthusiast ever since. Now a decade later, one of the most motivating factors in my life and hobbies, is to share the passion of the outdoors with other independent women. ADC has allowed me the opportunity to do this, as well as the chance to meet more like minded women across the country. ADC places a strong value on conservation and has taught me so much about how to preserve our valuable wildlife and land resources for future generations. ADC is a judgement free environment for women who enjoy conservation, hiking, camping, gardening, hunting, fishing, and generally love learning new things!
Tina Goodman: Michigan President/National Board Member
Thank you for your interest in ADC and visiting our website to learn more about our vision! My name is Tina Goodman, the Michigan State Chapter President since 2019. Our focus is to encourage, empower, and educate women and girls in the outdoors with a judgment free and truly inviting atmosphere. Not only through hunting and fishing but with building and restoration projects, habitat preservation, clean ups, and recycling to conserve our beautiful land. The opportunities are plentiful and the friendships I’ve made have truly changed my life! I never met a better group of like-minded women from all over the US that have a true passion to encourage each other to try something new or help in our efforts to preserve.
Ashly Kolodisa: Michigan Vice President
My name is Ashly Kolodisa and I am the MI Chapter Vice President. I grew up in a military family and have moved around a lot but always loved the outdoors. I have been married for over 10 years now and have 2 daughters who also love the outdoors. I love to share the outdoor world with my girls as well as the preschoolers I teach. Being a member of American Daughters of Conservation not only provides opportunities to share the outdoors with those I love but also to meet other women that share that same passion. Conservation projects are a huge part of preserving our outdoor world for many years to come. Walking and exploring the outdoor world is my favorite activity but you can also find me fishing and hunting throughout the year.
Kristi Martel: Virginia President
My name is Kristi Martel and my love for the outdoors started when I was a little girl growing up with my dad. Born and raised in Virginia, I grew up on the waters of the Nansemond River, so waterfowl hunting and fishing were my passions from a young age. Throughout the years I’ve been blessed to meet so many amazing people that have molded me into the outdoorsman that I am today.
When I found ADC, I was excited about the opportunity to connect with other women like myself. I wanted to share my amazing adventures and the knowledge that I’ve gained with others. I wanted to be more involved with conservation and help build strong relationships with organizations that focused on improving the environment, habitats, growing the members of the outdoor community and creating good stewards. The connection and relationships that you build are some that’ll last a lifetime.
Krystin Mahoney: Virginia Vice President
Welcome! My name is Krystin Mahoney, I’m the Virginia Chapter Vice President. I was never involved in the outdoors growing up until I met my husband in 2005. Seeing how much fun and enjoyment he got out of the outdoors, I decided I wanted that to be a part of my life as well. While I had no problem going with him and his friends, I wanted my own friends that shared the same passion that I had developed for the outdoors and conservation. After learning about ADC I immediately joined in 2021 and it was the best decision ever. I have met some of the most amazing women and gained friendships with women I would have never met had it not been for ADC. The experiences I have been able to be apart of and the knowledge I have gained has been life changing. As a mom of a little girl, who is also a Jr. Member, I get to see her experience growing up in an outdoor family and getting involved in conservation efforts at a young age. We look forward to having you as part of the ADC family.
Millie Brasseur: West Virginia President
My name is Millie Brasseur, and I am the WV Chapter President. I am a born and raised country girl with deep roots of everything outdoors. Hunting and fishing have been a huge part of my life. My siblings and I (my sister is the WV Chapter Vice President) grew up doing everything that involved the outdoors. Both of our parents were very enthusiastic about hunting, fishing, camping, and raised us to respect the animals we harvest. Nearly all my fondest memories revolve around outdoor activities. While I have always been comfortable with tagging along with the guys, I jumped at the chance to join American Daughters of Conversation in 2017. Having the opportunity to meet so many gals across the country that were just like me sounded amazing and was one of the BEST things I have ever done for myself. I have made lifelong friendships, made incredible memories, learned new skills and have been on countless adventures. If you are looking for gals just like you, a place to fit in, a place to learn or teach skills while being completely comfortable, we are your group!
Beth Cook: West Virginia Vice President
I was raised hunting and fishing in the beautiful mountain state of West Virginia. My Dad was an avid outdoorsman and shared his passion of chasing whitetails with me and my family. He taught us to respect all animals and to be an ethical hunter. My parents are no longer here but we still carry on these traditions and have passed them on to our kids. Hunting is a part of who we are, it’s a way to be intimate with nature while providing wild, unprocessed food that is free from hormones while making memories with family and friends.
I joined ADC in 2019 after my sister Millie Brasseur shared this group with me. She is the WV State Chapter President and I’m the WV Vice President. Hunters play a major role in conservation efforts by paying for hunting tags, fees, etc. so I loved the idea of joining an all-girls group that supports conservation efforts. It was a great decision; I’ve made a lot of friends through this wonderful group of ladies that also enjoy the outdoors and preserving our way of life. It’s given me the opportunity to go on adventures that I wouldn’t have been able to do on my own. I love that this group doesn’t judge anyone, in fact we encourage, educate, and support each other. For many of us the outdoors is a family heirloom – a gift passed down to us, but others may not have had anyone pass down traditions or lessons, so this is a great way to try something new. We look forward to adding new members where we can continue to grow as a group and as individuals.