At Wild Earth Allies, we recognize that protecting wildlife and habitats begins with people who combine passion, integrity, entrepreneurial spirit, and extensive experience in the field. We are proud that these traits define our team.
Katie Frohardt, Executive Director
Katie is a recognized non-profit leader and field practitioner, and a well-respected international conservationist. She draws strongly from years spent living in Rwanda as director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program; her time as program technical director for the African Wildlife Foundation; and most recently her 13 years as Executive Director of FFI, Inc. Her earlier career included grant-making with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, private sector natural resource management consulting, and land use planning. Katie has a Master’s degree from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, where she combined study of landscape ecology with coursework at the Yale School of Management on applied economics and nonprofit management. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia with a major in environmental studies.
Adam Henson, Conservation Director
Responsible for overall program design and partnerships, Adam has over 20 years experience working in international biodiversity conservation and natural resources management, with experience in Africa, Latin America, Asia and the United States. His areas of technical expertise include landscape-level conservation planning, project design, performance monitoring, protected area management, and watershed sciences. Adam has held senior positions with African Wildlife Foundation and FFI, Inc., and worked for the US National Park Service at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, where he engaged in forest restoration, wildlife monitoring, and wildland firefighting.He also served as an agriculture extension agent in the US Peace Corps in Central African Republic and Guinea. Adam holds an MSc in Watershed Sciences from Colorado State University and a BA in Anthropology.
Tuy Sereivathana (Vathana), Cambodia Program Director
Vathana is internationally recognized for his Asian elephant conservation efforts — he has received the Goldman Environmental Prize (2010), is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2011), and is a member of the Asian Green Forum. He builds on 20+ years of researching elephant populations and successfully mitigating human-elephant conflict. He has introduced innovative low-cost solutions to help farmers defend their fields while improving their farming practices and has pioneered community outreach to teach children in remote villages about elephants and other wildlife. His work has brought hope and empowerment to local communities and has improved the prospects of endangered Asian elephants. His commitment to conservation in Cambodia is demonstrated by his other leadership roles, which include: Chairman of the Cambodian Rural Development Team, Vice Chair of a local NGO, Natural Life; and member of the Technical Working Group for Forest Reform in Cambodia. Vathana holds an MSc and BSc in Forestry from Belarus Government University of Technology.
Sarai Francois, Controller
Sarai brings over 15 years of experience in finance and accounting management at various organizations to her role as Controller. She has applied her experience in US government audit requirements for non-profits and uses her expertise in expense planning and control, financial analysis, audit preparation and budget management to support the organization’s global mission.Previously, Sarai was Finance Manager at The Arts and Technology Academy, Public Charter School, in Washington DC, where she led all financial aspects of the organization and oversaw its annual planning and budgeting, along with other management and compliance processes. Earlier in her career, she worked at the prestigious Withum Smith and Brown public accounting firm in Princeton, New Jersey. Sarai has a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Minor in Finance from Strayer University.
Margaret Bartel, Consulting Chief Financial Officer
Margaret Bartel is a CPA with a Master’s in accounting who has worked with non-profit organizations since 1981 and with our organization for over eight years. She worked extensively overseas and served as CFO for large international organizations with networks of local partners and field offices. She provides technical assistance in overall financial management and in the specifics of complying with donor regulations, especially those of the US government. She has over 30 years’ experience in grant management and the particular financial issues faced by non-profits.
Angelica Das, Communications Consultant
Facilitating our communications and outreach, Angelica has more than 12 years of experience in non-profit communication and management. She was previously associate director at the Center for Media & Social Impact, managing research, production and events on empowering media that matters. Angelica received a Master’s degree in International Media from American University, and was formerly a program officer with the National Geographic Society and operations manager with the non-profit
Machik. With a passion for social and environmental justice, Angelica currently serves as a strategist, writer, producer, advocate and speaker.
Anthea Gotto, Grants & Knowledge Management Specialist
Anthea brings to her role with us many years in leadership positions in the corporate world of online publishing and information management. Her earlier career was influenced by her upbringing in a household of zoologists and by her education – she holds a Joint BSc degree in Geology and Zoology, and an MSc in Geology, from the University of Bristol, UK. This led to field work in East and Central Africa, Western US and remote corners of the British Isles. A desire to better organize and retrieve research information prompted Anthea to obtain a MSc in Information Science from City University, London. Today, with a passion for the natural world and its conservation, Anthea is strongly committed to leveraging her knowledge-management skills and corporate experience to help further our mission.
Rachael Kuyembeh, Finance Assistant
Rachael works closely with our Controller to provide smooth financial management, including grant management and reporting. She has experience working with complex financial and reporting management systems in various organizations, including similar non-profit groups in West Africa and the USA. Rachael holds an MSc in Accounting and Financial Management from the University of Maryland University College.
Nonna Paliachvili, Executive Assistant
Nonna provides wide-ranging administrative support to our team. Her interest in wildlife was sparked by the life and work of Joy Adamson when she first checked out Adamson’s book from her elementary school library in Tbilisi, Georgia. Long summers by the Black Sea inspired her passion for the marine environment and she remembers buying Jacques Cousteau’s photo book and rereading it until the pages wore out.Nonna also recalls that environmental protection was not a subject of discussion when she was growing up, but once she moved to the United States she started learning about its many challenges and decided to do whatever she could to contribute to conservation initiatives.
Mary Elizabeth Simpson, Philanthropy Research Manager
M.E. has over ten years of experience working with our organization. As Philanthropy Research Manager M.E. seeks to find donors whose interests and values align with ours. She started her career at San Francisco Opera where she was Associate Director of Individual gifts and played a major role in a special campaign to raise $100 million for the seismic upgrade and renovation of the War Memorial Opera House. She also enjoyed being a Development Officer at Keep America Beautiful, Brooklyn Law School, and African Wildlife Foundation. She holds degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Washington, and has completed the course Fundraising Research and Information Management at NYU School of Continuing and Professional Studies.