National Association of Professional Women Announces April Gregory, Executive Director of The Booth Society, as VIP Woman of the Year

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April Gregory is recognized as an NAPW VIP Woman of the Year for her outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession.

April Gregory is executive director of The Booth Society, the nonprofit friends support group of the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives in Spearfish, SD. Ms. Gregory has attained the highest level of membership to the National Association of Professional Women (NAPW) as a VIP Woman of the Year and has been recognized for outstanding leadership and commitment within her profession.

Established in 1896, D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery and Archives is one of the oldest operating hatcheries in the country. Dedicated to fish culture and resource management, the hatchery was constructed to propagate, stock and establish trout populations in the Black Hills of South Dakota and Wyoming. Today it serves not only as a hatchery, but also as a living history museum and educational and cultural center.

Among her responsibilities as executive director, Ms. Gregory’s recruits, trains and coordinates more than 30 volunteers each summer to help with the management of its gift store, fundraising and special events. Her other tasks include advertising, grant applications, fundraising, general administrative duties such as budget, management and long-term planning, advocacy and coordinating special events and outreach programs.

Ms. Gregory is looking forward to a capital campaign project, a revamp and renovation of the historic hatchery building. The only one left of its kind in the nation, it is an iconic structure that reflects fisheries’ history. Her goal is to make the museum more visitor friendly by increasing interactive displays and improving lighting and design. Once completed, the hope is to teach more people about the history of conservation and fisheries.

In the future, Ms. Gregory hopes to continue working in the conservation field either doing youth education, biology or working to preserve and protect public lands. She hopes to continue this work either at another nonprofit or at the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service or National Park Service.

The National Association of Professional Women is a business network where nearly 500,000 professional women come together to interact, exchange ideas and empower themselves. Through a network of close to 400 NAPW Local Chapters nationwide, members make use of networking, educational tools and other valuable privileges of NAPW membership.

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