Greg Costello, Executive Director, provides the strategic direction for Wildlands Network programs and management. He also lends his expertise as an environmental attorney to the Connectivity Policy Coalition, initiated by Wildlands Network in 2008.
At Wildlands Network, Emily helps manage a portfolio of field research projects, including camera trapping in the red wolf recovery area in eastern North Carolina, bridge monitoring for wildlife in Durham, and elk movements with GPS collars in western North Carolina. In addition, she assists with GIS mapping and managing a North Carolina wildlife roads working group. She also leads the student Red Wolf Working Group in the Durahm-Chapel Hill-Raliegh “Triangle” region of North Carolina.
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.
Kelly Burke builds the broad and diverse partnerships necessary to sustain wildlife, landscape corridors, and connections between people and wild nature. She also serves as Executive Director for Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.
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.
Carly works as the Coastal Plain Conservationist for Wildlands Network in southeastern North Carolina. Her focus is on landowner outreach to show support and tolerance for the red wolf recovery program. Carly works with Ron Sutherland and Emily Blanchard to gather evidence of red wolves coexisting with other wildlife in the red wolf recovery area through our camera trapping project.
Kim Crumbo cultivates partnerships with an eclectic array of conservationists in his work to implement the Western Wildway. Among his responsibilities, he helps to initiate new wilderness and national monument designations, leads recovery efforts for the Mexican wolf and other keystone species, and serves as Director of Conservation for Grand Canyon Wildlands Council.
Katie Davis advances public lands and connectivity policy initiatives by collaborating with Western Wildway Network partners and providing on-the-ground leadership to campaigns and projects.
Alison Gordon works with the development team to coordinate the major gifts program and donor campaigns. Her passion for conservation education and stewardship is the foundation for cultivating strong donor relations.
Alicia and Kimberly Healey, sisters by birth, are the Financial and Operations Team for Wildlands Network. As Finance Director, Alicia is responsible for counting dollars and cents (or sense), as well as for budgeting, human resources, informational technology, and organizational strategy. Kimberly supports bookkeeping activities, fundraising compliance, and development.
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. In addition, she works to build partnerships and engage the public in habitat connectivity and conservation efforts throughout the Southern Appalachian region.
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.
Rebecca Hunter spearheads public engagement for Wildlands Network’s Pacific Wildway project. Rebecca mobilizes supporters and community members, develops connectivity education, and promotes wildlife advocacy in the Pacific project area. She also provides outreach for the Trusting Wildness blog.
Christine Laporte is the Senior Network Specialist for the Eastern Wildway, promoting connectivity conservation with key partners from Florida to Quebec, including along the Appalachian Trail. The principles and ethics of rewilding and coexistence have always been her professional and personal motivations.
Paula MacKay began her professional relationship with Wildlands Network nearly two decades ago, when she served as a regional organizer for the Northeast office. She now helps manage communications from the Seattle office, coordinating special projects and editing content for print materials and the website.
Katy Schaffer works with executive staff to engage community members in conservation efforts across the continent. She assists with development needs and maintains content for the Wildlands Network website and social media accounts.
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.
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. He oversees strategic partnerships, communications and projects to advance large-landscape conservation goals in Mexico and the United States.
Kim Vacariu has been with Wildlands Network since 1998, and currently leads the collaborative Western Wildway Network in its efforts to protect and connect wildlife corridors from Alaska to Mexico. He also serves on the communications team as and editor and writer.
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.