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Meet Our Leadership Team

Leadership staff of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund are based in the United States and in Africa and represent multiple nationalities.

Tara Stoinski, Ph.D.

PRESIDENT & CEO/CHIEF SCIENTIFIC OFFICER
ATLANTA, GA

Shari Henning

CHIEF ADVANCEMENT OFFICER ATLANTA, GA

Felix Ndagijimana, MSc

Director, Rwanda Programs & Karisoke Research Center

Urbain Ngobobo, MSc

DIRECTOR, CONGO PROGRAMS DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO

Escobar Binyinyi

RESEARCH & CONSERVATION PROGRAM MANAGER, Democratic republic of the congo

Winnie Eckardt, Ph.D.

RESEARCH MANAGER,
RWANDA

Jean Paul Hirwa, MSc

GORILLA PROGRAM MANAGER, KARISOKE RESEARCH CENTER,
RWANDA

Ildephonse Munyarugero

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, RWANDA

Jean Pierre “Samedi” Mucyo

GORILLA PROTECTION & MONITORING OFFICER, RWANDA

Deogratias Tuyisingize, MSc

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER,
RWANDA

Veronica Vecellio, MSc

GORILLA PROGRAM SENIOR ADVISOR & REGIONAL PR DIRECTOR,
RWANDA

Key Staff

Josh Clark
DIGITAL COORDINATOR
[email protected]

Myriam Watkins
FINANCE/HR ASSISTANT
[email protected]

Greg Boone
SENIOR DATABASE AND RESEARCH ASSOCIATE
[email protected]

Donna Douglas
DIRECTOR, DATA & DONOR INFORMATION
[email protected]

Helen Law
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND OFFICE MANAGER
[email protected]

Megan Golder
DIGITAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER                               [email protected]

Tara Sweeney
MANAGER OF GRANTS AND FOUNDATIONS
[email protected]

Myriam Watkins
FINANCE/HR ASSISTANT
[email protected]
Donna Gorman
PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
[email protected]
Yntze van der Hoek, Ph.D.
BIODIVERSITY RESEARCHER
[email protected]

Troy Johnson
CONTROLLER
[email protected]

Bill Evans
PROJECT EXECUTIVE AND SENIOR ADVISOR
[email protected]

Board Members

Daniel L. Sullivan, Ph.D. (Chair) EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EMERITUS QUALCOMM INCORPORATED

Kristen Lukas, Ph.D. (Vice Chair)
DIRECTOR, CONSERVATION AND SCIENCE, CLEVELAND METROPARKS ZOO

David S. Singer (Treasurer)
VP & GM, PUBLIC SECTOR, PARAVISION

Diane Brierley (Secretary)
CONSERVATIONIST

Mark Penning, BVSc (At Large)
VICE PRESIDENT: DISNEY’S ANIMALS, SCIENCE AND ENVIRONMENT, WALT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS U.S.

Lee C. Ehmke (At Large)
PRESIDENT AND CEO, HOUSTON ZOO

Judith C. Harris (Immediate Past Chair)
CONSERVATIONIST AND CITIZEN

Mariel Aguirre
CONSERVATIONIST

Sophie W. Bryan, Ph.D.
CONSERVATIONIST

Lawrence J. Ellison
EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN OF THE BOARD AND CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER, ORACLE CORPORATION

Nickolas L. Faust
SENIOR RESIDENT SCHOLAR, CENTER FOR SPATIAL PLANNING ANALYTICS AND VISUALIZATION , GEORGIA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY

Richard A. Horder
PARTNER, KAZMAREK MOWREY CLOUD LASETER LLP

Greggory Hudson
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & CEO, DALLAS ZOO AND THE AQUARIUM AT FAIR PARK

Alicia Grahn Jones
PARTNER, KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON LLP

Susan McClellan
SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL EXECUTIVE BOARD AND TREASURER

Dennis J. O’Malley
STRATEGY CONSULTANT

Dennis E. Pate
PRESIDENT AND CEO OMAHA’S HENRY DOORLY ZOO & AQUARIUM

Philip V. Petersen
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT BROOKFIELD COMMUNITIES, INC.

Sandra L. Price
PHILANTHROPIST AND CONSERVATIONIST

Carlos Vigil
VICE PRESIDENT, SALES EFFECTIVENESS OF SOUTHERN WINE & SPIRITS OF AMERICA, INC (SOUTHERN)

Rebecca F. Rooney
PHILANTHROPIST AND CONSERVATIONIST

Alexis Stein
CONSERVATIONIST

Joanne Truffelman
FORMER ADVERTISING AGENCY OWNER/NONPROFIT BOARDS TRUSTEE

Sigourney Weaver (Honorary Chair)
ACTOR AND CONSERVATIONIST

Terrance Harps (Emeritus)
CHAIRMAN AND CEO, GLOBAL CONCESSIONS, INC.

William R. Foster, DVM (Emeritus)
PRESIDENT AND CEO, BIRMINGHAM ZOO

Glenn L. Felner (Emeritus)
BUSINESSMAN AND RWANDA ADVOCATE

Mary G. Smith (Emeritus)
SENIOR EDITOR, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC (RET.)

Terry L. Maple, Ph.D. (Emeritus)
CONSULTANT AND FORMER ZOO DIRECTOR

The Hon. R. Kenton Musgrave (Emeritus)
SENIOR JUDGE, U.S. COURT OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE

Clare Richardson (President Emeritus)
THE DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND