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BCI Board of Directors


Walter C. Sedgwick
Chair
Woodside, California

Director and Chair, Island Conservation; Founding Director, Island Foundation; Chair of Program Committee, Wildlife Conservation Society; Director and Executive Committee Member, Wildlife Conservation Society; Cofounder and Director, Turtle Conservation Fund; Chair of Finance Committee, Turtle Survival Alliance; President and Donor, Walter C. Sedgwick Foundation (for Harvard University Art Museums); former Director and Chair, Pacific Forest Trust, Lighthawk, International Rivers Network and Tall Timbers Research, Inc.

Walter C. Sedgwick
 
 
Cullen Geiselman
Vice-Chair
Houston, Texas

Bat researcher and conservationist; former BCI staff member; Board of Directors, Houston Zoo Inc.; Board of Directors, Houston Arboretum and Nature Center; Board of Trustees, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Advisory Board, Blaffer Art Museum.

Cullen Geiselman
 
 
Alexander R. (Sandy) Read
Treasurer
Denver, Colorado

Owner of REV Enterprises, Inc., convenience store chain and commercial real estate.

Alexander R. (Sandy) Read
 
 
Anne-Louise Band
Secretary
Wilson, Wyoming

Jewelry designer and sole proprietor of Annie Band Jewelry: designs created with recycled & ecofriendly metals and gemstones. Former bat research biologist, Cayman Islands, British West Indies; Bat House Research Project Coordinator, Jackson, Wyoming; actively involved in Jackson-area environmental issues.

Anne-Louise Band
 
 
John P. Hayes
Director
Gainesville, Florida

Professor and Dean for Research, University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences; Director, Ordway-Swisher Biological Station; President, National Association of University Fish and Wildlife Programs; Published roughly 100 refereed and non-refereed publications on a variety of topics related to the ecology and conservation of bats, wildlife ecology and the influences of forest management on wildlife populations.

John P. Hayes
 
 
Joe Walston
Director
Bronx, New York

Executive Director of the Wildlife Conservation Society, Asia Program; manages 14 country programs, 70 projects and 800 staff from Afghanistan to Vietnam, Mongolia to Papua New Guinea; worked for the past two decades in Southeast Asia and Central Africa building conservation initiatives; helped discover new species in Indochina and initiated conservation projects for bats and their habitats. A species of tube-nosed bat was named Murina walstonii in recognition of his bat-conservation efforts.

Joe Walston
 
 
John Mitchell
Director
Philadelphia, PA

Fellow of the Linnaean Society of London; Research Fellow at the New York Botanical Garden; Director of the Beneficia Foundation; Board Chair, World Land Trust–US; Board of Trustees, Turtle Survival Alliance; Advisory Board, Panthera Foundation; Former Board of Trustees, American Bird Conservancy and Pennypack Watershed Association; member of a variety of scientific and environmental organizations.

John Mitchell
 
 
C. Andrew Marcus
Director
Dallas, Texas

Tenant Advisory Services at Transwestern. Andrew specializes in the representation of local and national clients in the acquisition, negotiation and disposition of office space; Dallas Co-Chair, Texas Wildlife Association; Development Committee Member, Texas Ballet Theater; Executive Committee Member, River Rats (Trinity River Commons Foundation); Advisory Board Member, Dallas Film Society/Dallas International Film Festival.

C. Andrew Marcus
 
 
Bettina Mathis
Director
Dripping Springs, Texas

Rancher and conservationist; deeply involved in the cutting horse industry, nationally and internationally.

Bettina Mathis
 
 
Gary F. McCracken
Director
Knoxville, Tennessee

Professor and Department Head, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee; James R. Cox Professor, University of Tennessee; educator and researcher; Advisory Board Member, The Lubee Bat Conservancy and Selah Bamburger Ranch Preserve; published extensively on topics related to the ecology, evolution, behavior and conservation of bats.

Gary F. McCracken
 
 
Steven P. Quarles
Director
Washington, D.C.

Partner and former Chair, Environment and Natural Resources Group in the law firm of Crowell & Moring; served with the Ford Foundation in Brazil, as counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, as Deputy Under Secretary of the Department of the Interior, and as a member of Interior Secretary Salazar’s Federal Wind Turbine [Wildlife] Guidelines Advisory Committee. A specialty in his practice is Federal wildlife law, including the Endangered Species Act, Migratory Bird Treaty Act, and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act.

Steven P. Quarles
 
 
Susan Wallace
Director
Ottsville, Pennsylvania

Founding director of The Wallace Global Fund and board member for more than 14 years; chair and co-founder of The Woodtiger Fund. Active in grassroots movements in Pennsylvania and helped found Palisades Residents in Defense of the Environment and served on the Historic Architecture Review Board of The Heritage Conservancy in Bucks County, PA. Board member of Defenders of Wildlife, LEAP (Land, Empowerment, Animals, People), and The Women's Campaign Forum Foundation.

Susan Wallace
 
 
Joseph Zillo
Director
Silver Spring, Maryland

Deputy Executive Director for Finance & Administration/Chief Financial Officer for NAFSA: Association of International Educators. Previously served as Chief Financial Officer, Center for Public Integrity; Senior Vice President of Finance and Administration for Defenders of Wildlife; Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer for Public Citizen, Inc./Public Citizen Foundation; attorney for minority and women-owned small businesses; pro-bono nonprofit consultant focusing on organizational development, performance metrics, strategic planning, budget development, grant and contract tracking, internal controls, human resources and fundraising; and other senior positions for for-profit organizations.

Joseph Zillo
 
 
Danielle Gustafson
Director
Brooklyn, New York

Director of Digital and Social Media, CIT Group. Formerly Managing Director of NYSE Euronext; developed the exchange’s Web presence from inception. Conducted field work with bats in French Guiana and New York City and leads a series of bat-related programs for the American Museum of Natural History. Co-founder, NYC Bat Group.

Danielle Gustafson
 
 
Wes Sechrest
Director
Austin, Texas

Chief Scientist and CEO of Global Wildlife Conservation. He leads the organization’s efforts to explore, document, and protect the world’s most threatened species. His background is in conservation biology, particularly focused on mammal conservation and priority setting for biodiversity conservation. He has worked on the biogeography, threat status, and conservation priorities for the world's bats.

Wes Sechrest
 
 

Honorary Directors


Sharon R. Forsyth, Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth Ames Jones, Austin, TX

Travis Mathis, Dripping Spring, TX

Wilhelmina Robertson, Houston, TX

William Scanlan, San Antonio, TX


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