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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

Marcie Beskind

CHIEF FINANCIAL 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

SENIOR MANAGER OF PROGRAM OPERATIONS, KARISOKE RESEARCH CENTER,
RWANDA

Ildephonse Munyarugero

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT OFFICER, RWANDA

Jean Pierre “Samedi” Mucyo

GORILLA PROTECTION & MONITORING OFFICER, RWANDA

Deogratias Tuyisingize, Ph.D.

BIODIVERSITY RESEARCH PROGRAM MANAGER,
RWANDA

Veronica Vecellio, MSc

GORILLA PROGRAM SENIOR ADVISOR & REGIONAL PR DIRECTOR, RWANDA

Hilary Hilsabeck

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, RWANDA

Key Staff

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

Tara Sweeney
MANAGER OF GRANTS AND FOUNDATIONS
[email protected]

Megan Golder
DIGITAL MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER                               [email protected]

Josh Clark
SENIOR MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
[email protected]

Helen Law
EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT AND OFFICE MANAGER
[email protected]

Myriam Watkins
FINANCE/HR ASSISTANT
[email protected]

Erika Archibald Ph.D.                    PUBLIC RELATIONS/COMMUNICATIONS SPECIALIST
[email protected]

Yntze van der Hoek, Ph.D.
SENIOR BIODIVERSITY RESEARCHER [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 (At Large)
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

Clare Richardson (President Emeritus)
THE DIAN FOSSEY GORILLA FUND

Mariel Aguirre
CONSERVATIONIST

Sophie W. Bryan, Ph.D.
CONSERVATIONIST

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

William L. Evans (Treasurer)
VICE PRESIDENT & CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER (RETIRED), DALLAS ZOO

Debbie S. Goellnitz
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER, LANSOLUTIONS LLC

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

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

Dante T. Pride
FOUNDING PARTNER, THE PRIDE LAW FIRM

Rebecca F. Rooney
PHILANTHROPIST AND CONSERVATIONIST

Alexis Stein
CONSERVATIONIST

Joanne Truffelman
FORMER ADVERTISING AGENCY OWNER/NONPROFIT BOARDS TRUSTEE

Michael J. Turton
PARTNER, KILPATRICK TOWNSEND & STOCKTON LLP

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

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

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

Richard A. Horder (Emeritus)
PARTNER, KAZMAREK MOWREY CLOUD LASETER LLP