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Marine Iguanas huddle together to keep warm. Photo by Adrian Osuna Fong

Key Galapagos Conservancy Staff Members:

President: Johannah E. Barry

Johannah E. Barry is founder and President of Galapagos Conservancy. Her background includes more than thirty years of institutional advancement and organizational development. She has held senior fundraising positions with the World Conservation Union (US), The Wilderness Society, Resources for the Future and served as consultant to the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation, Henry A. Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, and the Audubon Naturalist Society. Ms. Barry holds a Master’s degree from the University of Virginia.

Science Advisor: Linda Cayot

Dr. Linda Cayot has worked for Galapagos conservation for more than 30 years. She first went to Galapagos in 1981 to study giant tortoises for her PhD from Syracuse University and has stayed involved with the Islands ever since. Linda served as herpetologist of the Charles Darwin Research Station (CDRS) from 1988 to 1998, during which time she supervised both the giant tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing programs, worked extensively with Lonesome George, the last remaining member of the tortoise subspecies Chelonoidis abingdoni from Pinta Island, and supervised Ecuadorian students studying the endemic reptiles of Galapagos, among many other things. In her final year with the CDRS, Linda coordinated the start of the successful Project Isabela, aimed at ridding Isabela and other islands of feral goats. She has worked as Galapagos Conservancy’s Science Advisor since 2008. Linda continues to collaborate with the Galapagos National Park Service in strategizing and planning future conservation efforts for tortoises throughout the islands.

Donor Services Manager: Amy Doherty

Amy Doherty joined Galapagos Conservancy in 2013 as the Donor Services Manager. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Environmental Studies, Spanish, and Anthropology and has traveled, studied, and worked in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and the Pacific. Amy’s background in the government, non-profit, and private sectors gives her a strong commitment to organizational management that she uses to provide donors with the best return on their investment. She has a personal passion for conservation, and in her free time enjoys a wide range of outdoor activities.

Major Gifts Officer: Dana Kaasik

Dana Kaasik is the Major Gifts Officer at Galapagos Conservancy, a position she has held since 2013. Having lived in Ecuador for over ten years (1997-2008), Dana is passionate about preserving the country’s rich biodiversity and unrivaled natural beauty – especially that of the Galapagos Islands. She is in the process of completing her MPA in Nonprofit Management from George Mason University where she worked and studied under one of the nation’s leading experts in philanthropy. She discovered a passion early in life for engaging others in good causes, and enjoys helping individuals who care about the Galapagos Islands contribute to their conservation.

Director of Strategic Partnerships: Richard Knab

Richard Knab has focused his attention on education, conservation and sustainable development in Latin America since serving as a Peace Corps volunteer in Honduras (1987-1990), where he worked with small farmers on soil conservation, irrigation and cooperative-related projects. Following Masters studies at the University of Pennsylvania, he began a 10-year stint with Zamorano University in Honduras, holding various positions related to project development, fundraising, institutional communications, and strategic planning. Richard has worked with Galapagos Conservancy since 2004 and coordinates our Sustainable Society program and fundraises for all of our programs. He is particularly passionate about opportunities in Galapagos to strengthen formal and non-formal education, civil society, and citizen engagement in conservation. He is pleased to be able to work closely with several Zamorano graduates that he met as students, in particular Carlos Zapata (founder and president of FUNDAR Galapagos) and Orazio Bellettini (founder and president of Grupo Faro).

Chief Financial Officer: Ross Robinson

Director of Membership and Marketing: Lori Ulrich

Lori Ulrich is the Director of Membership and Marketing at Galapagos Conservancy and has worked at GC since 2006. Prior to GC, Lori spent 6 years working in the fast-paced and ever-changing New York book publishing industry in various communication, editorial, and creative roles. She earned a BA in Biological Sciences from Cornell University, and loves that her job allows her to combine her passions for science and conservation with her artistic skills and creativity. Like many people who visit Galapagos, Lori was transformed by her visit in 2007. Swimming with dozens of sea turtles and penguins, witnessing a blue-footed booby lay an egg, and roaming the highlands with giant tortoises rank among a few of her favorite experiences from the islands.

Digital Marketing Manager: Kimber Wukitsch

Kimber is the Digital Marketing Manager at Galapagos Conservancy and is passionate about creating user-friendly websites and online campaigns. She is an avid supporter of Galapagos conservation and is helping to grow GC’s online presence and increase user engagement. Prior to joining the Galapagos Conservancy team in 2013, she managed a large federal health website and has applied her digital skills to a variety of online environmental health campaigns in the US. Kimber holds a master’s degree in public health from Boston University where she focused on digital communication strategies. Her favorite Galapagos animal is the marine iguana. 

Last updated: June 2014

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