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Greg Costello

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.

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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Emily Blanchard

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.

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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.

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. As a biologist with vast experience in public management, he also helps identify wildlife corridors in Mexico, advises our public policy work, and supports the implementation of alternative Continue reading “Carlos Castillo”

Tracey poses in front of the Charleston, South Carolina bridge, with blue ocean water visible just behind her.

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.

Phil Carter

As the wildlife policy coordinator for the southwest region of the U.S., Phil Carter coordinates policy reform and public engagement for wildlife conservation and habitat connectivity within New Mexico and the Southwestern U.S. through partnerships with state, federal, and tribal policymakers and stakeholders’ groups. He also works to advance wildlife and habitat conservation initiatives at the state level.

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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Carly Creef-Alexander

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.

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Kim Crumbo

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.

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Katie Davis

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.

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Alicia and Kimberly Healey

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.

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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. In addition, she works to build partnerships and engage the public in habitat connectivity and conservation efforts throughout the Southern Appalachian region.

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.

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Rebecca Hunter

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.

Peter Jones

Peter leads Wildlands Network’s philanthropy program, with more than 30 years of fundraising and leadership experience in the nonprofit sector.  His focus is on building a stronger pipeline of major donors and increasing engagement and support from members, foundations, and corporate partners. Much of Peter’s experience has been in the environmental and conservation community, having Continue reading “Peter Jones”

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Christine Laporte

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.

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.

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Katy Schaffer

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.

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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.

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. He oversees strategic partnerships, communications and projects to advance large-landscape conservation goals in Mexico and the United States.

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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.