QUWF Board of Directors

David Sanford

David Sanford is not only our Board Treasurer at QUWF overseeing our total financial structure; he is on the board of his local, very active Buffalo Bob chapter, in Buffalo, MO. A professional accountant by trade, graduating from Missouri State University as a CPA, David owns an accounting firm in Springfield, Missouri, his home town, servicing businesses and private individuals with all their accounting needs. He opened a second location in 2009 as his business expanded to meet community growth. David provides expert guidance and assistance to QUWF’s Executive Director and its general accountant, also a CPA, on its non-profit mission having managed accounting for tax exempt organizations helping maintain the financial transparency QUWF is known for.

With an excitement in his soul for hunting from an early age and working his English Springer Spaniels, David can be found on his farm working habitat, restoring native warm season grasses, planting food plots and oh yes, working his dogs. Purchasing the farm in 2009, David and his wife, whom he also met at Missouri State University, first began restoring the fields and a 20 acre natural prairie. “We have both worked diligently at this project and with the help of our state Private Lands Specialist through QUWF, now we are replanting 45 acres to native warm season grasses,” states Dave.

He cannot remember a day when he was not in the woods with his pellet gun or bow during his youth, practicing on cans when the seasons were not open. David’s first quail, harvested while hunting with a recurve bow over his English Pointer, hooked him for life. His interest went beyond the hunt to learning the habitat needs of the local wildlife and has made a tremendous effort to educate himself and his family on the appropriate techniques to restore and manage his forests, fields and streams. His farm is becoming a showcase of conservation for upland wildlife and of course, he has set up areas to train and work his beloved Springer Spaniels. Dave now competes with his Spaniels in field trials taking his passion to another level with the Missouri Hunting Spaniel Club. During the seasons he also can be found chasing pheasants in Kansas or South Dakota with his dogs.

David and his wife have a son about to graduate from the University of Alabama in accounting and just might show up at the field trials with Dad and his Springers. His son also gave him his first Springer Spaniel on father’s day in 2005, the rest, as they say, is history.

Marshall Teague

Marshall Teague was raised at the foot of the Great Smokey Mountains in the small town of Newport, Tenn. Marshall spent his early school years at a Newport Grammar, Hargrave Military School and Castle Heights Military Academy.

By high school Marshall felt that something was missing from his life, so with his parent’s permission and blessings he joined the Navy at the ripe age of 17. While serving our country Marshall had the opportunity to travel from South East Asia to Eastern Europe. Marshall was awarded the NATO Heavy Weight Kick Boxing Championship from the Navy. Marshall retired from the Navy due to injuries he received during active service.

A new chapter began in 1974 for Marshall when he was accepted into the Shelby County Sheriff Department in Memphis, Tenn. Marshall was assigned to work undercover throughout Tennessee. Determined to do the best job he could undercover, Marshall began to study acting. “I had no intensions of becoming an actor,” explained Teague. “I just wanted to catch the bad guys but four years later that changed.”

Marshall left the Shelby County Sheriff Department for Hollywood to live out his new found love for acting. For more than 30 years, Marshall has made a name for himself by performing in movies, on television shows, soap operas and in theaters with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood including his close friend, the late Patrick Swayze. Teague and Swayze starred together in the movie “Roadhouse.”

In 1998 Marshall married his best friend and his best hunting partner, Lindy Marie Teague. Together and separately they have participated in many outdoor shows that support conservation and safety including: “Under Wild Skies,” “World of Beretta,” “Benelli Dream Hunt” and “Ruger Adventures.”

Marshall has a passion for the great outdoors. He has been involved with various wildlife conservation organizations for more than 17 years. He is a member of the Buffalo Bob QUWF General Chapter 102 in Buffalo, Mo. Marshall is a life member of the One Shot Antelope Hunt.  “I am proud of the work I have done to preserve the rights of hunters today and tomorrow to go afield and enjoy what God created,” proclaims Teague.

Marshall shares his passions and generosity with others. While in Los Angeles, Marshall was on the board of directors for the Vietnam Veterans Aid Foundation. He also helped start the first Agent Orange Community Support Group in the United States.

He continuously gives his support to American veterans whenever he can. Marshall and his wife, Lindy, were proud to be involved with Ruger on “The Show of Support” deer hunt for wounded returning Iraqi and Afghanistan soldiers. In 2006 Marshall and his good friend Chuck Norris spent three weeks in Iraq on a USO tour. They visited 13 Forward Operating Bases and shook hands with 18,600 U.S. soldiers.

Marshall continues to explore the world not only with acting but also by pursuing his other passions in life and obligations as an American. “I am very proud to be a hunter and teacher,” shares Teague. “I wish to pass on what I have had the honor of experiencing throughout my life to others.”

Warren Valenti

Warren Valenti is a native Missourian raised in St. Louis County. Warren married his high school sweetheart, Laura, in 1970. Together they have four children and five grandsons.

After high school Warren attended Southeast Missouri State University. His interest in biological sciences developed and he sought after a school where he could obtain a degree focused on fisheries and wildlife. Warren transferred to the University of Missouri and earned a Bachelors of Science in General Agriculture, with a specialization in fisheries.

In 1973 upon college graduation Warren and his young wife set out in a new direction and joined the Peace Corps, landing in Central America. Warren spent three and a half years living  in a small village in El Salvador, working with a local fishermen’s cooperative and researching oyster culture. While in El Salvador, Laura taught English to trade school students and Spanish reading and writing to school children and young adults. The couple was blessed with their first child, a daughter while serving in the Peace Corps.

They later adopted their second child, their oldest son from El Salvador. Warren and Laura were the first couple to adopt internationally in Laclede County. The couple founded the “Adoptive Parents of the Ozarks” support group.  “My wife is the brains of the group,” states Warren as he reflects on Laura assisting other couples through the support group.

Warren’s love and passion for the hills of the Ozarks and the wildlife that call this place home has always been a dominant part of his life. In 1977 Warren began his dedicated career with the Missouri Department of Conservation in St. Joseph, Missouri, landing a job at the Lewis and Clark Fish Hatchery, working on the farm pond stocking program. In the spring of 1979 Warren took a job at the Bennett Spring State Park as the Assistant Trout Hatchery Manager.

Warren changed the direction of his Missouri Department of Conservation career when he became a Private Land Conservationist (PLC) in 2000. “I enjoy getting landowners involved on their own lands. I like helping landowners not just with the technical side but also finding funds for them to use on the ground,” explained Warren.

In 2009 he co-founded Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization,  headquartered in Buffalo, Missouri with two other concerned conservationists. Warren is the Chairman of the Buffalo Bob QUWF Chapter.

Warren retired from the Missouri Department of Conservation in 2010 after 32+ years of devotion to wildlife. He continues to work part time as a PLC.

Warren and Laura live on 27 acres outside of Bennett Springs where they maintain habitat for 2 coveys of quail, numerous deer and turkey. Warren’s Christian values guide his life and the work he achieves.

Craig A. Alderman

- Executive Director

Craig A. Alderman was raised in the Berkshire Mountains in rural Clarksburg, Massachusetts.  At a young age Craig developed a love and appreciation for the great outdoors and the creatures that God created. His love for rabbit hunting with his beagle, Dusty, for cotton tail and white rabbits, found him in the fields and mountain tops of the very North West corner of Massachusetts along the famous Mohawk Indian Trail. From the age of 6 and throughout high school he worked on a horse farm, bailing hay, cutting wood and mending fences. Being able to handle responsibility at an early age, he became the foreman of the 600 acre farm at the age of 16.

After high school Craig attended the University of Massachusetts where he received his Bachelors of Science in Forestry and Wildlife Management. During college Craig joined the United States Air Force and began flight training with ground school and flight school obtaining his private pilot’s license on a Cessna 152.  Upon college graduation Craig served 10 years in the Air Force as a Nuclear Combat Pilot flying the B-52 G and H models. “I remember hauling hay when I was 10 years old and seeing a group of military planes fly over the field and thinking someday I’ll be a pilot,” reminisces Craig.

Craig still remains a licensed commercial pilot for single engine land, multi-engine jet center line thrust and multi-engine jet heavy.

Following his service in the Air Force, Craig worked in the Sporting Goods Industry for 11 years as the Director of Marketing for, at that time, the largest distributor, Outdoor Sports Headquarters. As Craig climbed the corporate ladder opportunity took him from Georgia to Milan, Italy to the Ozarks of Missouri.

Craig’s career in conservation expanded while working in Marketing and Sales for Bombardier based in Montreal, Canada when he worked with the recreational division for the Traxter’s and ATV’s used in conservation.  During this time Craig published the book “Using Compact Equipment for Habitat Management.” Striving for more Craig took a job in Montgomery, Alabama with Disney / ESPN Bass Angler Sportsmen Society as the Director of Marketing and Sponsorships where he designed ,negotiated and fulfilled the largest sponsorship contracts ever including television, radio, print and tournament venues.

In 2009 he took his work in wildlife conservation ten steps forward and founded Quail and Upland Wildlife Federation, Inc, a 501(c)(3) non-profit  organization,  headquartered in Buffalo, Missouri with two other concerned conservationists.

Craig and his wife Dorine celebrated 19 years of marriage in 2010. Together they have four children and five grandchildren. Happily the couple resides in Buffalo, Missouri on 200 acres dedicated to habitat restoration complete with, yes, bobwhite quail. Craig’s Christian values continue to guide his life and direction.

“Making a Difference For Wildlife, One Acre at a Time”™