Bissonnette comes to the World Bird Sanctuary via a 25 year career with the U.S. Army. Bissonnette held the rank of Lieutenant Colonel and performed in a variety of positions during his service including Department Chair of Military Science at Southern University, Deputy Intelligence Director for Special Operations Command South, Public Information Officer for NATO Headquarters South Atlantic Command, and 3rd Special Forces Group Military Intelligence Detachment Commander.
Bissonnette has a deep commitment to environmental conservation and wildlife preservation. “It is a true honor to join this incredible team at World Bird Sanctuary – the same organization that played a critical part is saving the Bald Eagle from extinction – the symbol of the U.S. Army I have served for 25 years,” said Bissonnette. “I know with the dedicated staff at World Bird Sanctuary we will effectively turn World Bird Sanctuary into a world-renowned organization that will lead the way in avian education, conservation efforts and reversing the negative population trends of other majestic birds of prey throughout the United States and, ultimately, the world.”
Bissonnette has worked and lived in over 25 countries during his military career and has gained an appreciation for conservation and the need for people to reconnect with nature and appreciate the incredible gifts the world has to offer. Last summer Bissonnette developed a two month long cultural understanding program in Angola Africa that provided 23 U.S. Army cadets the opportunity to observe and learn the repopulation of the African Elephant following 27 years of civil war.
Bissonnette has a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the Army Command and General Staff College, and a Bachelors of Arts in History from Bowling Green State University.