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Great Blue Heron in Galapagos © Glenn Asher-Gordon
Great Blue Heron in Galapagos © Glenn Asher-Gordon
President: Johannah Barry
Johannah E. Barry is founder and President of Galapagos Conservancy and has been advancing the organization’s mission to preserve and protect the Galapagos Islands since 1985. Her background includes nearly 40 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 / Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative Coordinator: Linda Cayot Dr. Linda Cayot has worked for Galapagos conservation for more than 35 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 species Chelonoidis abingdonii 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. Linda facilitated the international workshop on Galapagos giant tortoise in 2012, which resulted in the launch of the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) in 2014.
Manager of Internal Operations: Amy Doherty
Amy 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.
Adjunct Scientist: James Gibbs
James 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 and Linda Cayot) 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 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.
Chief Financial Officer: Ross Robinson
Director of Membership and Marketing: Lori Ulrich
Lori Ulrich joined Galapagos Conservancy in 2006 with a role in communications, then production, and is now the Director of Membership and Marketing. Lori played a large role in helping the organization establish a solid digital presence though its website, email communications, and online engagement, while staying current through rapidly changing online trends over the course of the last decade. Today, she oversees the 10,000+ membership and direct marketing program, and acts 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.
Director of Digital Marketing: Kimber Wukitsch
Kimber is the Director of Digital Marketing at Galapagos Conservancy and has overseen and led the organization’s digital communications strategy, implementation, and evaluation since 2013. She is passionate about creating user-friendly websites and effective, multi-channel online campaigns to promote the important conservation work GC undertakes in the Islands, and frequently takes the pulse of the digital world to ensure that GC is reaching its supporters effectively and efficiently. Kimber maintains GC’s English and Spanish websites, implements all email fundraising and outreach campaigns, and produces content for the organization’s social media channels. Prior to joining the Galapagos Conservancy team, she managed the redesign of a large federal health website and its subsequent communication strategy and implementation, 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. She is passionate about wildlife and environmental conservation and enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.
Galapagos Liaison: Roslyn Cameron
Ros 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 – Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI): Washington Tapia
Washington (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.
Technical Assistant – Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative: Jonathan Cueva
Jonathan Cueva joined Galapagos Conservancy as the Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative (GTRI) technical assistant in 2018. Jonathan recently completed his university studies in biology in his hometown of Loja, Ecuador. Prior to joining the GTRI team, he worked for two seasons on the Mangrove Finch Project, spending his time in the field on the western coast of Isabela Island. His field experience in continental Ecuador includes monitoring flagship species, including the spectacled bear (Tremarctos ornatus) and the culpeo or Andean fox (Lycalopex culpaeus), among others. Jonathan collaborates in all technical, scientific, and logistical aspects of the GTRI, with an emphasis on field trips and regular supervisory visits to the Galapagos National Park Directorate’s tortoise centers.
Field Assistant – Giant Tortoise Restoration Initiative: Walter Chimborazo
Walter 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: October 2018
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