Great Blue Heron in Galapagos © Glenn Asher-Gordon

Staff

Staff

Great Blue Heron in Galapagos © Glenn Asher-Gordon

U.S.-Based Team:

President: Paul Salaman
Paul Salaman Dr. Paul Salaman proudly joined the Galapagos Conservancy team in October 2020 to serve as President and to lead GC’s efforts to save the most precious and imperiled island biodiversity on earth. Dr. Salaman is a recognized expert on global biodiversity conservation and has been heavily involved in advancing science-based conservation actions and priorities for the most threatened species, including directing urgent interventions to save Critically Endangered species at imminent risk of extinction. While he has authored many scientific papers and articles, Dr. Salaman has bridged the gap between academic research and on-the-ground conservation action across the tropics — including 30 years of research and conservation experience in South America. Dr. Salaman has long been involved with the Galapagos Islands and most recently helped establish the Jocotoco Galapagos Reserve in 2018.

Dr. Salaman graduated from the University of Oxford with a D.Phil in Tropical Ecology and conducted a post-doctoral fellowship at The Natural History Museum in London, UK. From 2002, he was based in Ecuador as a Biodiversity Science Coordinator for Conservation International before moving to the USA to direct the International Program of American Bird Conservancy. From 2012-2019, Dr. Salaman was the CEO of Rainforest Trust, which he grew from a staff of two to 45 and directed over $105 million in conservation funding to create new protected areas across 40 million acres of critical wildlands in 60 countries. Currently, he is a Henry Arnhold Fellow of the Mulago Foundation, a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, and serves on the Boards of the Rasmussen Family Foundation, Conservation Allies, and IUCN-US.

President Emeritus: Johannah Barry
Johannah BarryJohannah E. Barry is founder and President of Galapagos Conservancy and advanced the organization’s mission to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands from 1985 to 2020. Her background includes more than 40 years of institutional advancement and organizational development. She 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.

Director of Philanthropy: Alex Antram
Alex AntramAlex Antram is a conservation engagement professional with 14 years’ experience in nonprofit communications and outreach, environmental education, and philanthropy focused on protecting the planet and its people. She is passionate about connecting others to nature and has applied that enthusiasm to fostering meaningful relationships with Galapagos Conservancy’s supporters since March 2021. Alex completed undergraduate and graduate work in anthropology, religious studies, and environmental conflict analysis and resolution at George Mason University and holds an MA in ecological anthropology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She has worked in Central and South America, Oceania, and throughout the United States, and eagerly applies the lessons she’s learned working across disciplines and cultures to her time with Galapagos Conservancy.

Comptroller: Yolanda Bulick
Yolanda Bulick is a Certified Public Accountant with over 35 years of experience in accounting and is a Certified Nonprofit Accountant.  She has worked in public, private, higher education and the last 16 years in the nonprofit sector.  She holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Texas A&M International University.  Yolanda is married to John, a former USAF colonel and has two young adult sons, Jonathon and Tristan.

 

Director of Communications: Tim Dobyns
Tim Dobyns, Director of CommunicationsTim Dobyns joined Galapagos Conservancy in March 2021 and leads the organization’s communications strategy and execution, including digital and editorial content creation, digital fundraising, email marketing, social, and web. By using powerful writing and visual storytelling to educate, engage, and inspire action, Tim strives to connect existing and new supporters and donors with the extraordinary wildlife and habitats of Galapagos, and with the critical conservation mission of Galapagos Conservancy. He has held a variety of roles in his 10+ year career in communications and marketing, including in international human rights, higher education, and sports. Tim holds a BA in International Studies and Spanish from UW-Madison and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Oregon.

Senior Director, Operations: Amy Doherty
Amy DohertyAmy Doherty joined Galapagos Conservancy in 2013 as the Donor Services Manager. Since then, her role has evolved to provide meticulous support for the organization’s internal operations as well as program coordination of the Education for Sustainability project area. Amy 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.

Senior Director, Outreach and Philanthropy: Marc Ford
Marc FordMarc joined the Galapagos Conservancy team to focus on Outreach and Philanthropy. He has enjoyed a career in multiple industry sectors, including International Conservation, Media & Entertainment, Advertising and Consumer Packaged Goods. He previously served as the Chief Outreach Officer of Rainforest Trust. A steadfast wanderer and wonderer, Marc has lived in several countries in Asia and Europe, has a Master’s degree in Business, and is a member of the Beta Gamma Sigma international honors society. Marc is a lifelong and passionate marine conservation supporter, water sports enthusiast, photographer and creative writer.

Vice President of Science and Conservation: James Gibbs
Dr. James P. GibbsJames P. Gibbs has been involved in research in the Galapagos Islands since 1981, when he served as a volunteer on Peter and Rosemary Grant’s Darwin’s Finch projects, living and measuring finches for many months on Daphne Island and then again for many more on Genovesa Island. Some 60 trips to Galapagos later, James is now co-leader (with Wacho Tapia) of the Galapagos Conservancy’s Galapagos Tortoise Restoration Initiative overseeing the program of research behind tortoise restoration as well as advising on other topics such as ecological monitoring and research investments. He is Distinguished Professor at the State University of New York’s College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse where he teaches courses in Conservation Biology and Herpetology. He has proudly served as “Wise Sage” with the Prometeo Program of the National Secretariat of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation of Ecuador (2012-2014). In addition to work in Galapagos he has worked extensively on conservation projects in many other parts of the world including Tanzania (endangered amphibians), Russia (snow leopards and argali), and Brazil (river turtles).

Director of Strategic Partnerships: Richard Knab
Richard KnabRichard 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. 

Conservation Database Manager: Hailey Nguyen
Hailey bio photoHailey Nguyen joined the Galapagos Conservancy team in August 2020 to focus on database management, donor communications, contributions and acknowledgments. Hailey is a personable non-profit professional driven to steward donor relationships on behalf of Galapagos Conservancy’s inspiring mission, matched with the skills and knowledge of robust data management and analysis. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Management Information System from George Mason University and is currently pursuing her Master’s in Database System Technology from the University of Maryland. Hailey is originally from Vietnam and is passionate about plants and wildlife. She enjoys spending time at the beach.

Digital Media Officer: Aaron Provencio
Aaron Provencio joined Galapagos Conservancy in June of 2021 with the goal of helping to connect the world to the unique ecological and social conditions of the Galapagos Archipelago, as well as to engage the public in the work of the Conservancy itself through visual and written storytelling on the Conservancy’s website and various social media platforms. With a degree in Wildlife Biology from Colorado State University and a passion for connecting people with the wonders of nature, Aaron came to us from the Wildlife Center of Virginia, where he helped to navigate the organization through the pandemic by producing a wide variety of digital communications. Aaron’s ultimate goal is to continue to share his energy and love for the field of conservation with anyone who will listen, in the hopes that he can help to protect this green planet well into the future. 

Membership Advisor: Lori Ulrich
Lori UlrichLori was the previous Director of Marketing and Membership at Galapagos Conservancy. She joined GC in 2006 with a role in communications, then production, before becoming the Director of Membership and Marketing. Lori played a large role in helping the organization establish a solid digital presence through its website, email communications, and online engagement while staying current through rapidly changing online trends over the course of the last decade. Most recently, she oversaw the 10,000+ membership and direct marketing program and acted as the lead designer on the majority of GC’s fundraising and printed communications. Lori is a native of northern New Jersey and earned a BA in Biological Sciences from Cornell University. Prior to GC, she spent 6 years working in the New York book-publishing industry in various communication, editorial, and creative roles. She loves that her job allows her to combine her passions for science and conservation with her creative and editorial skills. Like many people who visit Galapagos, Lori was transformed by her first visit in 2007 while swimming with dozens of sea turtles and penguins, witnessing a blue-footed booby lay an egg, and roaming the highlands with giant tortoises. Outside the GC office, Lori’s free time goes to her husband, three young kids, and Daphne the hound dog.

Communications Advisor: Kimber Wukitsch
Kimber WukitschKimber was the previous Director of Communications at Galapagos Conservancy, overseeing and leading the organization’s digital communications strategy, implementation, and evaluation since 2013. She now serves as a consultant for GC as the Communications Advisor. She is passionate about creating user-friendly websites and effective, multi-channel online campaigns to promote the important conservation work Galapagos Conservancy undertakes in the Islands, and frequently takes the pulse of the digital world to ensure we are reaching our supporters effectively and efficiently. Kimber maintains the organization’s English and Spanish websites, implements all email fundraising and outreach campaigns, and oversees content production for the organization’s growing social media channels. Prior to joining the Galapagos Conservancy team, she managed the redesign of a broad-reaching federal health website and its subsequent communication strategy and has applied her digital skills to a variety of online environmental health campaigns in the US. Kimber holds a Master’s in Public Health from Boston University with an emphasis on digital communication and a Bachelor’s in Anthropology. 

Galapagos-Based Team:

Galapagos Liaison: Roslyn Cameron
Ros CameronRos Cameron is deeply committed to a sustainable future for her chosen home. Ros is a long-term Galapagos resident and worked as an educator for many years before taking a more prominent role in conservation. She is a specialist in institutional promotion, having created and implemented strategic public relations programs and established integrated relationships with many sectors of the Galapagos community as well as strong partnerships with local and international organizations. For many years Ros was known as the face and voice of Galapagos conservation, representing the Charles Darwin Foundation locally, throughout Ecuador, and internationally and often as the first point of contact for visitors, media, and donors. Ros has an integrated relationship with multiple sectors of the Galapagos community and considerable experience in successful fundraising with a special focus on support from individuals and corporate donations.

Director of Conservation: Washington Tapia
Wacho TapiaWashington (Wacho) Tapia is the Galapagos-based Director of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI). A Galapagos native and reptile expert with decades of field experience, Wacho has been working for Galapagos conservation since volunteering at the tortoise and land iguana breeding and rearing centers at the Charles Darwin Research Station following high school. He completed his graduate thesis on the giant tortoises of Cinco Cerros on southern Isabela Island under the supervision of Dr. Cayot. He then worked for the Galapagos National Park Directorate for 15 years, leading their science program and technical group. In April 2014, Wacho joined the staff of Galapagos Conservancy to direct the GTRI. His work involves constant collaboration with the Galapagos National Park Directorate. He coordinates and leads all GTRI fieldwork and plays a vital role in ecosystem conservation work in Galapagos.

Conservation Manager: Jorge Carrión
Dr. Jorge Carrión joined Galapagos Conservancy in May 2021 as the Conservation Manager to oversee the Rewilding program, including work with Wacho Tapia on the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI). Jorge worked for the Galapagos National Park Directorate (GNPD) from 2012 to 2020, including a two-year term as Director from 2018 to 2020 during which he oversaw all aspects of the management of the Galapagos National Park and Galapagos Marine Reserve. Concurrently with his GNPD role, he managed migratory species protection efforts as Secretary of the Eastern Tropical Pacific Marine Corridor. Jorge holds a PhD in conservation biology from the Universidad de Sevilla in Seville, Spain, and was a professor at the Central University of Ecuador in Galapagos.

Galapagos Conservation Assistant: Willians Castro
Willians Castro bio photoWillians Castro brought with him 30 years of operations and logistics experience when he joined Galapagos Conservancy in 2017. We benefit from his experience gained in 12 years with Ecuadorian civil aviation in Guayaquil before being recruited as head of maintenance for the Charles Darwin Foundation, a post he held for 12 years, later managing the largest Galapagos taxi cooperative for four years as well as his own small scale enterprises in catering, equipment sales and as a qualified electrician. If it needs fixing or sorting out, there is only one person to call: Willians Castro. Between Willians, his wife and their adult children in professional posts in Galapagos, the support network available to Galapagos Conservancy in the Islands and mainland Ecuador is incomparable.

Field Assistant – Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative: Walter Chimborazo
Walter ChimborazoWalter Chimborazo has worked as a field assistant for the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) since 2015. His primary responsibility is to collaborate in the management of the Fausto Llerena Giant Tortoise Breeding Center on Santa Cruz Island with the Galapagos National Park Directorate.

A native galapagueño, Walter has demonstrated great dedication and patience in working with giant tortoises over the years. He follows in the footsteps of his father, Alfredo Chimborazo, who worked in the Santa Cruz tortoise center for more than a decade in the 1980s and 1990s.

 

Last updated: April 2021

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