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Alex Vanko

As the GIS Specialist, Alex provides support for all of Wildlands Network’s mapping and landscape analysis projects. He also works closely with the Chief Scientist to develop new habitat connectivity models. As a scientist and conservationist, Alex is especially interested in conserving and restoring habitat connectivity in urban spaces.

Beatriz Olivera

As coordinator of NOSSA for Wildlands Network’s Mexico Program, Beatriz helps fulfill the network’s goals to improve environmental policies in the northwest of the country.

Carlos Castillo

Carlos Castillo, Senior Conservation Specialist for the Mexico Program, advocates for the establishment of new protected areas in northwest Mexico and for the improvement of their management.

Cecilia Aguilar

As a road ecologist, Cecilia helps achieve the goals of our Highway 2 project (part of the Mexico Program), participating in field trips for wildlife monitoring, collecting and interpreting GIS data, interacting with landowners and conservation groups, and organizing road ecology workshops.

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Christine Laporte

As Eastern Wildway Director, Christine Laporte works closely with the Eastern Wildway team and our many partners to advance connectivity conservation from Florida to Quebec.

Danielle Fisher

Danielle Fisher

Danielle is responsible for developing and implementing the strategic direction for Wildlands Network’s communications program. She works in close collaboration with program directors, philanthropy team and leadership to identify and elevate the stories of Wildlands’ work across North America.

Ed Marx

Ed Marx serves as Northeast Wildlands Ambassador. He conducts outreach and develops collaborative partnerships in New York, Pennsylvania, Vermont and New Hampshire. Ed also contributes to public policy, landscape analysis and road ecology project development in support of the Eastern Wildway.

Erin Doyle

As a summer intern in Salt Lake City, Erin will assist in project planning and policy development within Wildlands Network. She is a senior at the University of Utah, interning through the Hinckley Institute of politics, and hopes to pursue a career focused on community engagement and environmental conservation.

Gabby Saunders

As a communications specialist for Wildlands Network, Gabby creates strategic communications plans to support our wildlife conservation and policy campaigns in the southwest region.

Gina Chacon

As the policy coordinator for Wildlands Network’s Mexico Program, Gina Ileana Chacon works to increase support for private lands conservation, federal Natural Protected Areas, wildlife corridors, and improved enforcement practices around wildlife protections.

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Greg Costello

Greg oversees Wildlands Network’s conservation programs and advises program staff on strategic project design. 

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Jessica Walz Schafer

Jessica Walz Schafer serves as the coordinator for Wildlands Network’s law and policy program and its growing efforts in the Pacific Northwest. She also works as a consultant with various other environmental non-profits.

Jim Locklear

As a summer intern at the headquarters location, Jim Locklear will conduct research and liaison with key stakeholders surrounding various agricultural policy projects. He is a University of Utah student, interning through the Hinckley Institute of Politics, and is eager to use his military experience to further understanding of DoD conservation initiatives.

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Juan Carlos Bravo

Juan Carlos Bravo is expanding the Western Wildway into the northern Sierra Madre Occidental by collaborating with Mexican conservation groups and raising awareness in the U.S. about challenges to achieving habitat connectivity in Mexico. He has a keen interest in organizational development and fundraising.

Katie Davis

As Executive Director, Katie oversees the operations and programs of the organization. She works closely with Wildlands Network’s board of directors to ensures the financial health of the organization and leads long-term organization strategic program development and planning.

Kim Howes

Kim works to raise awareness and funds for Wildlands Network. She is an advocate for preserving wild landscapes and protecting wildlife populations through science-based strategies.

Liz Hillard

Liz Hillard helps direct and manage the study design, implementation, and analysis of our road ecology research focused on the important Pigeon River Gorge/Interstate 40 corridor within the Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina and Tennessee.

Mari Galloway

Mari develops collaborative and strategic partnerships to further California policy and land use initiatives that promote wildlife corridors and core habitat protections.

Meg Naumann

Meg leads Wildlands Network’s major gift initiative, with over 20 years’ experience working in philanthropy in the nonprofit sector. Her focus is working across the U.S., Mexico, and Canada to secure transformative gifts and strategically raise funds for programs and policy.

Michael Dax in the field

Michael Dax

As the Western Program Director, Michael Dax works closely with the Western Wildway team to restore and maintain habitat connectivity and wildlife migration from Mexico to the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem.

Mirna Manteca

As Road Ecology Coordinator for the Mexico Program, Mirna is responsible for leading our Highway 2 project in order to enhance connectivity through the borderland region. 

Myles Traphagen

Myles Traphagen coordinates Wildlands Network’s borderlands program, with a focus on channeling collaborative efforts to maintain and restore habitat for species like jaguar, black bear and Sonoran pronghorn.

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Ron Sutherland

Dr. Ron Sutherland leads the development of new habitat connectivity models for the southeastern U.S., and coordinates efforts to map the entire Eastern Wildway. He also directs an extensive camera-trapping project in the red wolf recovery area in North Carolina, and is an enthusiastic public advocate for red wolf conservation.

Samantha Thomas

Specializing in donor relationships, Samantha is focused on building a stronger and more efficient development operation, particularly grants management and donor profile acquisition, as well as acknowledgements and strategic data system management.

Susan Holmes

Susan Holmes coordinates the Connectivity Policy Coalition, which promotes policies to protect wildlife corridors and core habitat. She is also working to secure national monument designations in the Western Wildway, enhance protections for keystone carnivores, and incorporate wildlife connectivity into federal climate strategies.

Taylor Thurman

Taylor Thurman

As Operations Coordinator, Taylor Thurman works closely with the Associate Director to oversee and design the administrative operations of Wildlands Network as the organization continues to expand.

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Tracey Butcher

Tracey Butcher is responsible for Wildlands’ fundraising projects, event coordination, and major gifts program. Her passion for conservation and her extensive experience working with the public through zoos and her private safari business help garner new support for Wildlands Network.