WILD Staff & Associates

Carol Batrus, Director of Operations

In 1999 Carol volunteered for WILD as an in-country manager for a community development project in Isandlwana, a remote and primitive Zulu village in South Africa. For 2 ½ years she worked with local tribal leaders and women to initiate skills training, water management projects, micro-lending programs and more. She authored a book about her experience called When Elephants Fly, One Woman’s Journey from Wall Street to Zululand, published in 2005.  After a 10 year hiatus, Carol returned to work with WILD as the Director of Operations helping to refine existing systems and create new systems to help manage WILD’s complex organizational/management requirements.

Carol has a varied academic background with a Master of Science degree in Clinical Nutrition, working for 10 years in hospitals and research facilities. She then achieved an MBA from Columbia University working in institutional equity sales for 10 years at a Wall Street investment bank. Carol serves on two boards: Chair, BoldeReach, a non-profit aiding women and children in extreme need internationally and President of her Homeowner’s Association.  

Tracie Boltres, Accountant

Tracie comes to WILD with more than five years of accounting and audit experience in both the for- and non-profit sectors. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration/Accounting from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio and is a Certified Public Accountant.

In her free time, you can find Tracie with her two dogs and husband taking in Colorado’s beautiful & abundant outdoors by ways of  fly-fishing, camping, hiking and biking.

Susan Canney, General Adviser and Project Leader for the Mali Elephant Project (a project of WILD & The International Conservation Fund of Canada)

Dr. Susan Canney has worked on a variety of nature conservation projects in Africa, Asia and Europe, including living for several years in Niger and Tanzania. Dr. Canney has also worked as a research officer at the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy & Understanding (UK). In addition to working with WILD, she also collaborates with the Wildlife Conservation Research Unit (WildCRU) based in Oxford.

She has MAs in Natural Sciences, Landscape Design, and Environmental Policy, and a Doctorate for understanding changing human land use and its impact on a protected area in Tanzania. Her work involves using systems perspectives and collaborative approaches to understand the human-nature relationship and find sustainable solutions to conservation problems.

Dr Canney is also the Secretary and a Co-founder of the Earth Systems Science Special Interest Group of the Geological Society of London, and of the Gaia Network. She teaches at University of Oxford and for the Green Economics Institute and is part of Forum for the Future’s ‘Reconnections’ team for business leaders. She is co-author of “Conservation” (Cambridge University Press, 2013).

Hannah Field, Office Manager

After growing up in central Minnesota on a hobby farm Hannah graduated from the University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor’s degree in Geography, and a minor in International Studies. She worked as a cartography intern at the National Geographic Society in Washington D.C. before moving out to the Black Hills of Rapid City, South Dakota. There she worked for Fugro Earthdata, a world-wide geospatial and remote sensing company. She now resides in Erie, Colorado working as the Office Manager for The WILD Foundation where she works on donor relations, daily office management, journal distribution and local outreach. In her spare time you can find her hiking, traveling, flying or exploring with her dog, among other fun adventures.

Dana Guppy, Chief Technology Officer

Dana Guppy has been associated with the WILD Foundation for over twenty years. Dana was a member of the Board of Advisers for the 5th World Wilderness Congress and since 1994 has been responsible for the development and maintenance of WILD’s websites and messaging. Dana is the Senior Network Engineer for WILD’s IT services and provides remote N-tier support for WILD and a number of organizations.

Dana received his BS from Huxley Collage of Environmental Science (Honors and Special Recognition) and did his graduate work at the Department of Technology and Human Affairs, College of Engineering, Washington University.

Melanie Hill, Communications Manager

Melanie graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelors degree in Photo-Illustration. Upon graduation, she worked at a non-profit animal shelter as a communications specialist, and completed a year of service with Americorps National Civilian Community Corps, Denver Campus. With the NCCC, she worked to rebuild homes in New Orleans, prepared taxes for low income residents in Tulsa, OK as a free tax service, was called out on disaster relief in Mississippi to respond to a flooding crisis, and aided the Missouri Department of Conservation with prairie restoration. After living most of her life in Pennsylvania, Melanie decided to make the move to Colorado after her Americorps program ended. She loves spending her time outdoors hiking with her 7 year old puppy, biking, climbing, skiing, playing soccer and enjoying the beautiful Colorado scenery! At WILD, Melanie manages the communications program- websites, social media, newsletters, design, photography, local outreach & events, etc.

Cyril Kormos, Vice President for Policy

Mr. Kormos holds a B.A. in English from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.Sc. in Politics of the World Economy from the London School of Economics, and a J.D. from the George Washington University Law School. Mr. Kormos served on the editorial boards of the LSE’s Millennium Journal of International Studies, and GWU’s The Environmental Lawyer.

Mr. Kormos is the Vice President for Policy for WILD primarily focused on assembling the most up to date information and tools for wilderness conservation and climate change issues. He is also a member of, and helps manage the IUCN-WCPA Wilderness Task Force, which is co-Chaired by WILD. In 2009, Kormos was appointed the IUCN-WCPA Regional Vice-Chair for North American and the Caribbean. He has co-edited many books, including most recently A Handbook for International Wilderness Law and Policy (Fulcrum Publishing, 2008). Prior to coming to The WILD Foundation, Mr. Kormos worked for Conservation International for six years. His last position at CI was Senior Director for Program Management in the President’s Office. Prior to that position, Mr. Kormos held the positions of Staff Attorney, and then Director of CI’s Policy Program.

Vance G. Martin, President

Vance joined WILD as president in 1984 after 15 years in international business and non-profit management. An innovative leader known for bridging the interests of people and nature, he has lived extensively overseas, worked in over 45 countries, and helped to establish many non-profits. An acknowledged expert in international nature conservation and wilderness protection, he serves on the boards of numerous organizations such as the Cheetah Conservation Fund, Friends of Peace Parks, Fulcrum Publishing, Wilderness Foundation (South Africa), Wilderness Foundation (UK), International Conservation Caucus Foundation, and others. He is also the founder and current co-chairman of the IUCN Wilderness Specialist Group, and has edited and authored many publications. A native of the U.S. Piedmont region, he graduated magna cum laude from West Virginia University. For more information about Vance, please visit his wikipedia page.

Austin Perez, Program Manager for Law & Policy

Austin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Environmental Studies from the University of Colorado, and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Colorado Law School. Austin first began working with WILD in 2012 as an intern for the Nature Needs Half Initiative, and eventually joined the WILD team as a full-time staff member after graduating from law school in 2013. Austin brings several years of experience in working with various environmental and nonprofit conservation organizations, including The Last Ocean Project and The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Since joining WILD, Austin’s work has mostly been focused on producing research and writing on environmental policies and conservation strategies that have been implemented around the world that exemplify the vision and objectives of Nature Needs Half, and on assisting with the development of programs that will further promote the conservation of wild nature through law and policy.

Julie Anton Randall, Vice President for Programs

Julie RandallJoining WILD in 2002, Julie is Vice President for Program Development & Government Relations, and leads the WILD Seas & Waters (marine wilderness), Nature Strategy for Sustainability, and WILD Cities programs of the WILD Foundation.  She also serves as Facilitator of the North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Wilderness Conservation (NAWPA Committee – www.nawpacommittee.org) composed of the heads of the four U.S. land management agencies (US Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish & Wildlife Service, and Bureau of Land Management), Parks Canada, and the Mexican National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (CONANP).   As Vice President, she supports the President in various matters including organizational management and budgeting, and most recently managed the Global Forum of the 10th World Wilderness Congress.  Julie has also spent 9 years as U.S. Program Director for the Wilderness Foundation (South Africa). She has 20 plus years experience in international conservation, with past positions as:  economist/first staff person of the USDA National Organic Program; manager, North American Save the Rhinos Campaign with U.S. zoos (International Rhino Foundation); consultant on wildlife conservation and sustainable agriculture and forestry projects for such NGOs as Gilman International Conservation, American Forest Foundation, Yale School of Forestry, The Ocean Conservancy, and International Conservation Caucus Foundation.  She holds a B.A. with Honors in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and M.A. in International Development from Stanford University, and studied at the University of the Andes in Bogotá.

Sharon Shay Sloan, Program Director for Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas

Sharon Shay Sloan is dedicated to Earth and community stewardship and working for love of the wild, inside and out. Deeply inspired through early transformational experiences in human community and wilderness and by the power of social change movements, Shay dedicated herself to re-imagining the Human-Nature-Relationship toward everyday cooperation with life. She looks to Nature as teacher, and has had the honor of working with, alongside and/or for Indigenous Peoples from over a hundred First Nations. Currently, she works as a council trainer, wilderness rites of passage guide and is founding director of the international Indigenous & Community Lands & Seas program with The WILD Foundation. As co-editor of Protecting Wild Nature on Native Lands, Volume II, Shay honors the power of language to inspire and catalyze action and the human capacity to dream.

Strategic Conservation Advisors:

Harvey Locke

Harvey Locke is globally known for his work on wilderness, national parks and large landscape conservation from Yellowstone to Yukon and beyond. Named by Time magazine as one of Canada’s leaders for the 21st century, his resume is filled with premier publications, keynote speaking engagements and leadership and advisory roles for some of the most well-known organizations in the conservation field. He is now playing a leadership role in a global effort to unite efforts to mitigate and adapt to climate change with nature conservation (see Locke and Mackey 2009). A passionate advocate for wild nature, he joined WILD in January, 2009.

Marie-Eve Marchand

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Marie-Eve Marchand is from Quebec, Canada and moved to Boulder in 2009. She has a business degree, a Masters in Environmental Sciences and has extensive experience with non-profit management such as budgeting, fundraising, staff recruitment and development, board liaison and communication. As a former Executive Director of the CPAWS Quebec chapter she helped develop the idea of Wilderness in French “Nature sauvage” and played a key in role in the Quebec government’s commitment to protect at least half of Northern Quebec. She also received the Golden Leaf Award from the Canadian Council on ecological Integrity for the work she led to protect the Dumoine watershed. She is a national trustee for the Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society and a member of the World Commission on Protected Areas (IUCN-WPCA). She is currently working in a campaign to bring the plains bison back to Banff National Park in Canada as well as working on the Nature Needs Half program with WILD.