Liz Ball is a Resource Science Assistant with the Missouri Department of Conservation. Since 2008, she has been involved with various aspects of the Missouri Ozark Forest Ecosystem Project but principally the hardmast/overstory study. Prior to coming to MDC, she completed a Master’s degree at Michigan State University and a B.S. degree at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Liz has had the opportunity to work for and complete internships with multiple state and federal agencies including the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department, and the Department of Natural Resources in Georgia, West Virginia, and Michigan and the United State Fish and Wildlife Service. In 2010, Liz was a participant in The Wildlife Society’s Fifth Leadership Institute Class. Keeping on the track of wanting to be an effective leader in conservation, Liz’s goals are to promote her vision for natural resources and encourage fellow colleagues to also be effective leaders in their careers. Liz envisions greater integration and mentorship of the next generation of wildlife professionals. This could be accomplished by urging seasoned professionals to reach out to students and young professionals, and encourage them to be more involved in leadership training, working groups and committees, and continuing education. Liz is delighted to be a participant in the 2011-2012 Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders Program and looks forward to meeting fellow peers and continuing her leadership training and development for the benefit of wildlife conservation.