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
With over 25 years’ experience, Katie is a recognized non-profit leader, field practitioner, and international conservationist. At the helm since 2003, Katie focuses on delivering the Wild Earth Allies mission to protect vital areas of our natural world for the benefit of wildlife, habitats and people by inspiring collaborative action. Katie’s leadership draws from years spent living in Rwanda as director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program and as program technical director for the African Wildlife Foundation. 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.
Eugène Rutagarama, Conservation Advisor
Eugène has over 25 years of experience working in conservation in the Great Lakes region of Africa and is a leader in the transboundary conservation of the critically endangered mountain gorilla. He is a committed and respected conservation professional. In 1996, with park staff in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park, Eugène received the John Paul Getty Conservation Prize in recognition of outstanding contributions in times of conflict. In 2001, he was individually recognized as Africa recipient of the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize. In 2007, Eugène was recognized as a CNN Hero. As the Director of the International Gorilla Conservation Program (IGCP), he worked on all aspects of regional program design, management, and technical support for conservation of mountain gorillas and their habitat in Rwanda, Uganda, and Democratic Republic of the Congo. Eugène has also held senior positions with the Wildlife Conservation Society, the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund’s Karisoke Research Center, and Rwanda’s national parks agency following the war and genocide in 1994. In this government capacity, he was instrumental in restoring and restructuring the parks department and restarting gorilla-based tourism in Volcanoes National Park. Eugène holds an MSc in Applied Ecology and Conservation from the University of East Anglia, UK, and a bachelor’s in biology from the University of Burundi, Bujumbura.
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.
Steven W. Brewer, Ph.D., Botanist, Trees of Belize Project
Steven’s passion for plants was born in a boyhood exploring the outdoors of South Carolina and nurtured by a fascination with and love of nature. He brings over 30 years of experience in field botany and ecology from a wide variety of ecosystems, including more than two decades of experience in the rainforests of Belize, Central America. For the past nine years he has been conducting threatened, endangered, sensitive, and invasive plant surveys in federal and state lands in the southeastern United States during the summer, and floristic research, botanical training, and collaborative ecological studies in Belize during the winter and spring. Steven has a master’s degree in Natural Resource Policy and Administration from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Plant Biology from the University of California, Davis.
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.
Ouk Dane, Manager, Finance & Administration, Cambodia Program
Dane joins the Wild Earth Allies team in Cambodia as Finance & Administration Manager, building on 14 years of experience in finance and administration with international NGOs in Cambodia. Dane has a Master’s Degree in Finance from Paññāsāstra University, a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from the National Institution of Management, and she recently obtained her Tax Agent license from the Cambodia General Tax Department.
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 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. Angelica received a Master’s degree in International Media from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Rochester.
E En, Field Research and Community Officer, Cambodia Program
E En completed studies in sociology at the Royal University of Phnom Penh, and has worked in biodiversity conservation with a focus on community empowerment for more than five years in Cambodia. His specialties include working with local authorities and communities to establish community forests and protected areas, including participatory mapping. En has contributed to field research to estimate elephant population numbers, and will support the Wild Earth Allies team in Cambodia in field research and community engagement.
Jeff Gantman, Philanthropy Manager
Jeff brings over 20 years of nonprofit fundraising and program development experience to our organization. As Philanthropy Manager, Jeff helps broaden our philanthropic network and supports the management of our key donor relationships. Previously, he served 11 years as Senior Advancement Director for the Sierra Club where he directed the Sierra Club’s national fundraising activities throughout the Southwestern United States. He also served as Program Director for the California Environmental Project (CEP), where he co-created the Los Angeles based environmental restoration program, Adopt-A-Canyon, and worked with entertainer Bette Midler on the development and implementation of her organization, the New York Restoration Project. Prior to his work with non-profit organizations, Jeff spent 7 years in television development and production at Columbia Pictures Television and then with Hearst Entertainment.
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.
Kelly Hogan, Program and Philanthropy Associate
As Program and Philanthropy Associate, Kelly supports key programs and development. Prior to joining Wild Earth Allies, she completed an internship with the Friends of Coastal South Carolina where she was responsible for outreach programs, event coordination and fundraising initiatives. Kelly received an MSc in Biological Sciences from Clemson University where she completed research in ecology and animal behavior. As an undergraduate, she double-majored in Integrative Biology and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She is deeply passionate about understanding and preserving the natural world, and looks forward to applying her technical expertise to further the Wild Earth Allies mission.
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.
Leng Phalla, Senior Marine Biologist, Cambodia Program
Leng Phalla completed undergraduate work in Biology and received a Master of Science in Biodiversity Conservation from the Royal University of Phnom Penh. She has more than seven years of experience in biodiversity conservation in Cambodia with a focus on coastal zones and marine life and has published on seagrass conservation in the Cambodia Journal of Natural History. As Senior Marine Biologist on the Wild Earth Allies Cambodia team, she leads sea turtle research and protection and community awareness programs, and collaborates with government and civil society partners on locally managed marine protected areas.
Kim Richards, Strategy and Social Media Consultant
Guiding social media engagement and strategy development, Kim brings a diverse background with ten years of experience in non-profit and communications work. Prior to joining Wild Earth Allies, she worked for an international development organization supporting communications, strategy and new business development. Kim received an MA in Communications from Johns Hopkins University where she researched the intersection of behavior change/social marketing and conservation. She remains keenly interested in this area and is excited to support such work at Wild Earth Allies. She holds a BA in Political Science and International Studies from the University of Wisconsin.
Neang Thy, Program Coordinator, Cambodia Program
Neang Thy joins the Wild Earth Allies Cambodia team focusing on field research and project implementation. He brings a wealth of conservation experience covering a broad range of topics from forest ecosystems to protection of Asian elephants, primates, reptiles and amphibians. Thy has worked for more than 10 years with international conservation NGOs in Cambodia and was formerly manager of the Cambodian Elephant Conservation Group. He is a well-published author with more than 25 scientific papers and research reports to his name, including a book: A Field Guide to the Amphibians of Cambodia. He has also presented several times at the annual meeting of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation and is an active participant at the annual meeting for Elephant Conservation in SE Asia. Thy holds a Master’s degree in Forestry from the Voronezh State Academy of Forestry Engineering, Russia.