Diane is a 35 year public school veteran educator who taught Reading, Language Arts and Social Studies to students in grades 6, 7 and 8 for the Hewlett Woodmere School District, Long Island, NY. As a specialist in designing and implementing literature-based, interdisciplinary-service learning units for all three grades, she strived to create innovative programs that engaged students in curricula that was academically robust and relevant to the real world – the strategies, tools and knowledge it afforded young citizens inspired them to explore new questions about their world and to become active stewards of their environment in collaboration with community partners via the Learn and Serve America Model.
Charlie Duffy, VMD (Veterinary Medical Doctor)
Dr. Duffy graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School in 1988. After completing a one year internship at Darien Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Duffy came to Norwalk Veterinary Hospital with his wife, Dr. Janice Duffy, where they also enjoy a business partnership. Today Dr. Charles Duffy is proud of his busy practice and is well liked by staff and clients alike. In addition to leading veterinary efforts and events for the WCC, Charlie volunteers his services for the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT.
Cristina Eisenberg, Ph.D., Earthwatch Lead Scientist, Author
Cristina is an ecologist and the Lead Scientist at Earthwatch Institute, USA. Her responsibilities include developing strategic initiatives to explore key environmental sustainability issues and establishing partnerships with principal investigators. In her ecological research she focuses on wolves and fire in Rocky Mountain ecosystems. Cristina has a master’s degree in conservation biology from Prescott College, and a PhD in Forestry and Wildlife from Oregon State University. Her first book, The Wolf’s Tooth, was published in 2010 by Island Press. Her second book, The Carnivore Way, was published by Island Press in May 2014. She is currently writing a book about climate change, Taking the Heat: Wildlife, Food Webs and Extinction in a Warming World.
Nina Fascione, Defenders of Wildlife
Nina Fascione is currently Vice President of Development at Defenders of Wildlife in Washington, D.C., where she oversees the organization’s efforts to raise funds from major and planned gifts, foundations and corporations for strategic conservation work. From 2010 to 2012, Nina served as Executive Director of Bat Conservation International, where she guided the Austin, Texas-based organization in its efforts to protect bats and their habitats around the world. Nina had previously been Vice President for Field Conservation Programs at Defenders of Wildlife, where she managed Defenders’ largest division, dedicated to endangered species and habitat conservation. She has also held positions with the Wildlife Habitat Council and the Zoological Society of Philadelphia. Nina serves on the steering committee of the Human-Wildlife Conflict Collaborative and was co-chair of the American Zoo and Aquarium’s Bat Taxon Advisory Group from 1991-97. Nina has a Master of Applied Anthropology and a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Maryland, and edited the book “People and Predators: From Conflict to Coexistence.”
John Holland joined the WCC board in 2005, where as Board Vice President he has brought his business skills, nonprofit expertise and over twenty-five years of experience as a public middle school science teacher to the assistance of the Center's operations and education programming. An accomplished distance runner, John is the Founder and Director of the Green Mountain Running Camp located in Lyndonville, VT. Established in 1974, the camp is known nationally for its innovative and motivational instructional methods, as well as its beautiful setting. John served on the Board of Trustees of the Teatown Lake Reservation from 2002 to 2004, and is a member of Board of Directors of the Yorktown Land Trust where he has served since 1990. John is a graduate of New England College BS, and University of Utah MS. For John, cross-country running in the New England countryside is a continual re-affirmation of his commitment to protecting the environment. In Vermont, he is a contributor and fundraiser for the Vermont Land Trust, the Kingdom Trails Association and Burke Mountain Academy. Also an avid skier, since 2011 John has served on the board of the nonprofit Friends of Alta, an organization dedicated to preserving the ecosystem of Utah's Little Cottonwood Canyon.
With the successful launch of PRAI Beauty in 1999, Cathy Kangas felt passionate about giving back. Cathy has made it her life’s mission to bring awareness and advocacy to animal causes. When forming her company, she also created, Beauty with a Cause, helping animal protection causes worldwide. In addition to serving on the HSUS Board of Directors, Cathy was a founding member of the HSUS National Council and chairs the HSUS Equine Leadership Council. Furthermore, Cathy partners alongside notable high profile friends like Bill and Hilary Clinton, Nigel Barker from Amercia’s Top Model and the Duchess of York to highlight various humanitarian and animal related causes globally.
DR. DON MOORE, SMITHSONIAN ZOO/ POLAR BEAR INTERNATIONAL
Dr. Don Moore is a Smithsonian National Zoological Park senior scientist. As a Zoo senior scientist for conservation programs, he assesses and evaluates AZA Species Survival Plans (SSPs). For each Species Survival Plan that he evaluates with program leaders, he focuses on sustainability and conservation efforts in Zoos and in the wild and helps to develop ways to keep those efforts going for years to come. Before being detailed to AZA as the Senior Scientist for Living Collection Sustainability, Dr. Moore was the Associate Director of Animal Care Sciences at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. He led the Zoo’s team of veterinarians, curators, keepers, nutritionists, horticulturists and animal behavior professionals. Dr. Moore has received national and local awards for excellence in interpretation of natural history and wildlife behavior, and is passionate about climate change and actions students and others can take to help reduce global warming so that polar bears and other Arctic animals can survive for future generations. Dr. Moore is the author of Disney’s Wonderful World of Animals, and appears as a guest scientist in Scholastic’s “Chill Out: Hot and Cold Critters” and “Adventures of Riley: Polar Bear Puzzle.” He wrote the Forward to the new Smithsonian book “The Animal Book – A visual encyclopedia of life on Earth”, a National Science Teachers Association Outstanding Science Trade Book for 2014.
Randolf Perry, Nonprofit Attorney and Advisor
Randolph S. Perry, Counsel, Ann Arbor. Mr. Perry has extensive experience advising nonprofit and exempt organizations and has represented grantmaking foundations, operating foundations, churches and other religious organizations, service agencies, and public charities large and small. His work on behalf of those clients has included organizing the entity, obtaining tax-exempt status, counseling and assistance to the board and staff members on a variety of matters, assistance with tax and other reporting requirements, and assistance in resolving disputes with the Internal Revenue Service and other matters.
Rolf Peterson, Wolf Biologist
Rolf Peterson is a research professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, where he holds a Robbins Chair in Sustainable Environmental Management. In addition to studying wolf-prey relationships at Isle Royale National Park for more than 40 years, he has experience in wolf research and management issues in Alaska, Minnesota, Michigan, and Yellowstone National Park.