A Kansan who was formerly a test pilot for Cessna and Bombardier is joining Ducks Unlimited’s national board of directors after passing a vote with flying colors.


Mark Schlegel, of Kingman, joins the board after serving for the past 20 years as a volunteer for DU, beginning as an area chairman in 2000.


According to a news release, Schlegel moved steadily up the volunteer ranks and became Kansas state chairman in 2012. Mark has served on both the National Firearms and National Event Merchandise committees. He is a graduate of Purdue University and enjoyed a career as a test pilot for Cessna and Bombardier. Through his company, Mallard Aero Tech, Mark also offers pilot and flight test consulting services. He and his wife, Paulette, divide their time between Kansas and Indiana. The couple even made their two British labs, Brick and Teal, life sponsors, which designates a donor who has contributed at least $10,000 to Ducks Unlimited.


"What impresses me about DU is they conserve habitats across borders. Working internationally is what is best for the ducks," Schlegel said in the release. "We need to give beyond our backyard to leave this place better than we found it."


For the first time in DU history, board member elections were conducted virtually due to the current COVID-19 pandemic. Officers and new members will be recognized during DU’s annual convention in September at Orlando, Fla.


For a complete list of DU’s volunteer board of directors, visit www.ducks.org.