A career path is often determined by networking, and that was certainly true for Maria Kincaid. Originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, she lived in many areas of the country before returning to her home state to attend Louisiana State University. While earning a bachelor of science degree in natural resource ecology and management with a focus in conservation biology, she studied under Frank Rohwer, now president and chief scientist of Delta Waterfowl. A strong recommendation from Rohwer assisted Kincaid in securing the role of event coordinator for the organization.

Kincaid supports the regional directors and event staff to hold successful chapter fundraising events.

“The volunteers are so passionate!” she said. “I really enjoy hearing about their great fundraising events, knowing that they can use a portion of the funds locally. I appreciate that the work I do in conjunction with the regional directors is helping give back to ducks and duck hunters on the local and national levels.”

When she’s not in the office, Kincaid enjoys spending time with her husband and their dogs, hiking, swimming, birdwatching and gardening. She’s also recently begun duck hunting.

“My favorite waterfowl are teal,” she said. “They’re pretty and they taste great.”