WILD Staff & Associates
Carol Batrus, Special Projects
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.
Susan Canney, Project Leader for the Mali Elephant Project (a project of WILD & The International Conservation Fund of Canada); WILD Conservation Advisor
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).
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.
Adam Hanson, Manager of Conservation Programs
Adam provides program support to the Marine Wilderness Project, Nature Strategy for Sustainability, WILD Cities and NAWPA. He has a strong passion for the environment, evidenced by his B.S. in Biological Sciences from South Dakota State University and a M. S., Biological Science at Old Dominion University (scientific publications in review on genetic structure patterns of marine biodiversity throughout the Coral Triangle). As a U.S. Peace Corps (PC) volunteer, Adam specialized in coastal resource management and establishment of marine protected areas. During his PC service, he worked with local fishermen in remote areas and National Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources to facilitate, develop, integrate, monitor, and evaluate coastal projects throughout the Philippines. He was also a Research Scientist/Molecular Ecology Lab teacher in Indonesia with the Coral Triangle Partnership in International Research and Education. Adam is based out of WILD’s DC office and enjoys exploring the outdoors, music, sports, spending time with family and friends, and volunteering at the local farmers market selling organic produce.
Melanie Hill, Director of Communications
Melanie graduated from Kent State University in Ohio with a Bachelors of Science 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, vegetarian cooking 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
Cyril conducts research and advocacy on issuesincluding wilderness law and policy, conservation finance and forest policy. Cyril also coordinates “IntAct, International Action for Primary Forests”, an NGO coalition promoting the protection of primary forests globally. In addition, Cyril serves as Vice‐Chair for World Heritage for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas (WCPA). He chairs the IUCN-WCPA World Heritage Specialist Group, is a member of IUCN’s World Heritage Panel, which advises UNESCO onWorld Heritage nominations, and attends UN World Heritage Committee meetings with IUCN’s delegation. Cyril is also an associate editor for theInternational Journal of Wilderness and an editorial board member for IUCN-WCPA’s Parks journal and has published extensively. Cyril holds a B.A. in English from the University of California, 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.
Amy Lewis, Director of Partnerships Development
Amy joined the WILD Foundation in 2015 to build a network of impassioned stakeholders in the wilderness movement and to help others empower wilderness and the world. Since the age of nine when concern for endangered bats spurred her to plan and carry out a fundraising campaign on their behalf, Amy has been an ardent wilderness advocate. In the intervening decades, Amy has refined her fundraising skills and sought a scholar’s insight into the policy conditions that affect wild nature. In 2010, she earned a Master of Environmental Policy from Colorado State University for her research on environmental social movements in the United States and Canada. Amy is finishing the final chapters on a doctoral dissertation pertaining to the decline of pollinators in North America. It is not uncommon to find her in Boulder’s foothills at sunset, walking her Old English Sheepdog and watching for bats as they embark on their nightly hunts.
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.
Jennifer Meyer, Manager of Operations
Nurturing her love of mountains, wide open spaces, tasty veggie-friendly food and yoga; Jenn has made her a new home in Boulder by exchanging one sunny state for another. She was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida, attended school in Boca Raton and a few years later the laid-back lifestyle of Sarasota called her back home. Jenn comes to The WILD Foundation with 10 years of experience in the Administrative field and has also been a yoga enthusiast and instructor for the last few years. When she’s not at the desk or flowing through a vinyasa she can be found with her dog, Roxy taking in the sun….and maybe even on the slopes, hopefully!
Jon Mobeck, Director of the WILD Cities Project
Jon’s work on the WILD Cities Project advances WILD’s vision of building interdisciplinary, collaborative movements that promote a balanced relationship between people and nature. While working with a diverse team to regenerate wild nature in urban areas to improve quality of life for all, he engages more people in the campaign to protect and connect wilderness, wildlife and people around the globe.
Jon has a diverse professional background that spans the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. From 2012-2014, he served as Executive Director of The Murie Center in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA. There, he helped build a team of environmental leaders, inspiring thousands of students and visitors while furthering the legacy of one of America’s foremost conservation families.
In addition to his role as a nonprofit director in his twenty-year professional career, Jon has also been a communications director, programs director, magazine writer and social entrepreneur. His varied background has allowed him to thrive in changing landscapes and within fields of diverse perspectives and personalities.
Jon grew up in Minnesota, where he developed a passion for nature and a love of outdoor adventure. He spends much of his free time hiking, biking, trail-running and playing ice hockey while also voraciously consuming good books and music.
Julie Anton Randall, Vice President for Programs
As Vice President for Programs, Julie assures that WILD’s programs are well-designed and aligned with our mission, coordinated, and cost effective. Working with many partners, she leads the Marine Wilderness 10+10 Project, Nature Strategy for Sustainability, and WILD Cities programs. On WILD’s behalf, and at the request of committee members, she is the primary facilitator of the North American Intergovernmental Committee on Cooperation for Wilderness & Protected Areas Conservation (NAWPA Committee) that includes: the heads of the four U.S. land management agencies, Parks Canada, and the Mexican National Commission on Natural Protected Areas (CONANP). She is U.S. Programme Director for Wilderness Foundation (Africa)—WILDs closest collaborator – and coordinates WILD’s activities with the International Conservation Caucus Foundation and other NGOs. Her 20 plus years in international conservation include leading the North American Save the Rhinos Campaign with zoos, other work for wildlife NGOs, and developing standards for USDA’s National Organic Program. Julie earned her B.A. 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. Julie is based in Washington, D.C.
Daniela Uribe, Manager for Conservation Policy & Development
Daniela was born and raised in Pereira, Colombia, where she developed a deep appreciation for wilderness and, later in life, good coffee. Daniela’s many interests include a wide range of environmental issues, ranging from climate change mitigation and adaptation to water policy initiatives. She was part of the Comparative Groundwater Law and Policy Program, a project of the Bill Lane Center for the American West, Woods Institute for the Environment, and Stanford Law School. Daniela also worked with Stanford’s Political Science Department to study Colombian indigenous communities and their responses to her home country’s violent war. She has spent time working in Papua New Guinea, South Africa, and most recently the Chilean Patagonia, seeking to better understand the nature of global environmental and social challenges. Her work has focused on the role of philanthropy in a variety of issue areas, as well as a short stint at a renewable energy start up at the end of the world in Puerto Natales, Chile. She graduated from Stanford University in 2012 with a degree in International Relations, concentrating on International Political Economy. She also completed a minor in African Studies, focusing on the history of development in Sub-Saharan Africa.
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 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 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.