Margaret O’Gorman operates at the intersection of business and nature. As President of the Wildlife Habitat Council, she helps companies find value in natural resources conservation and mainstream biodiversity across operations. She works with multinational corporations to develop integrated strategies to implement conservation projects to meet business needs and, in so doing, enhance ecosystems, connect communities and engage employees. She helps WHC members build conservation into their sustainability efforts and helps sustain conservation efforts through WHC’s signature Conservation Certification recognition, which serves to define the standard for corporate conservation worldwide.
Prior to joining WHC, she served as the Executive Director of Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey where she transformed the little-known statewide non-profit into a well-respected and effective organization focused on rare and imperiled wildlife protection and recovery in the Garden State. Margaret’s extensive fundraising and development experience comes from almost a decade in lead development roles at New Jersey Future and the Pinelands Preservation Alliance. She began her career in education publishing, developing an expertise in secondary and university STEM education.
Margaret is a compelling writer and speaker on the power of natural resource conservation to restore ecosystems, recover species, connect people and make a positive difference to business, people and planet.
She holds a BSc in geology and geophysics from University College Ireland, Galway and a Masters in Micropaleontology from the University of Southampton, UK.
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Director, Finance and Operations
Chuck Adkins serves as the Director of Finance and Operations at WHC. He began his career in nonprofit finance 12 years ago at the Maryland Association of Nonprofit Organizations where he focused on finance, human resources, organizational capacity and established best-practices. His subsequent positions include Chief Operating Officer and Director of Finance at Episcopal Community Services of Maryland and Chief Financial Officer at the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts. Chuck has a Master’s Degree from the University of Maryland, where he is an adjunct professor, teaching a graduate course in nonprofit management.
Sr. Director, Conservation Strategy & Planning
Since joining the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2005, Josiane has occupied various positions within the organization, as Biologist, Director of Field Programs and, currently, Senior Director, Conservation Strategy & Planning. Josiane focuses on the development of mechanisms and launch of industry strategies for corporations to embrace conservation as a tried and tested business value. With her team, she maintains a technical support system to translate this value into tailored contemporary conservation actions across the globe.
Josiane specializes in natural resources management in the mining industry, linear infrastructure planning and remediation projects. She balances her passion for biodiversity with participation in industry committees and focus groups, including the Board of Director of the Right-of-Way Stewardship Council. While attending Université du Québec à Montréal, Josiane received a Bachelor of Science in Ecology. Prior to joining WHC, she dedicated close to a decade to the field of emergency management before joining the timber industry as a scientific consultant.
Director, Marketing and Communications
As Director, Marketing and Communications, Monica leads WHC’s branding, public relations and media efforts. This includes spearheading the rebranding initiative, promotion and branding of the Conservation Conference and Conservation Certification, membership recruitment, and sponsorship and product sales.
Prior to joining WHC, Monica held senior level marketing positions at non-profits including the American Lung Association of the Northeast, as well as with multi-national corporations, ACE Group and AXA Financial.
She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
Sr. Director, Conservation Content and Partnerships
Joining the Wildlife Habitat Council staff in 2003, Thelma Redick currently hold the position of Senior Director of Conservation Content and Partnerships. Thelma brings more than 25 years’ experience in conservation education and community engagement, specializing in place-based learning and building productive partnerships. Along with overseeing the coordination of partnership plans and agreements, Thelma directs the annual Conservation Conference, on-ground workshops and training offerings and manages WHC’s on-line learning, the Conservation Academy. In addition, she coordinates the use of data gathered from WHC’s rigorous certification process to share the conservation contributions of the corporate community. Thelma holds a Masters in Non-profit Management from Robert Morris University, along with undergraduate degrees in Communications and Management; she also completed study Conservation Ecology at Chatham College’s Rachel Carson Institute, earning certifications in Environmental Education and Ecological Landscape Design. Before Joining the staff she worked as a freelance filmmaker, curriculum writer and was Director of Professional Development with ASSET (Pittsburgh, PA), and held positions with the Pittsburgh Civic Garden Center and Phipps Conservatory.
Director, Conservation Certification and Technology
As Director, Conservation Certification and Technology, Emily specializes in sustainability certification, including development, implementation, and impact assessment. She joined the Wildlife Habitat Council in 2009, creating reports to help companies enhance their land for wildlife before moving into WHC’s certification department in 2010 where she worked on WHC’s original certification programs. Emily then spearheaded the development of WHC’s new Conservation Certification as well as its online presence.
Prior to joining WHC, Emily did wildlife research at Zoo Atlanta and landscaping work in New England. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Skidmore College and a Master’s degree in Zoo Conservation Biology from the University of Plymouth in the UK.
Manager, Conservation Planning
As a Manager, Conservation Planning at the Wildlife Habitat Council, Rob works closely with an array of member companies to deliver targeted products and services aimed at supporting each company’s pursuit of unique sustainability goals. In his role, Rob serves as liaison to member representatives across industry sectors assuring they are kept appraised of information relative to their company’s initiatives.
While earning a MS in Environmental Studies at the College of Charleston, Rob worked with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources as an environmental educator to develop curriculum for local primary schools and to teach on estuarine topics. As a native Marylander, he has developed a knowledge base on coastal topics and aquatic ecosystems. Complimenting his passion for the natural world, Rob has extensively studied anthropogenic effects on the environment and holds a graduate certificate in Urban and Regional Development, as well as a BA in Economics and Psychology from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.
As Conservation Specialist, Doreen provides site-level technical advice and support to new corporate conservation programs, as well as assisting with the improvement and maintenance of certified programs. Doreen has previously worked as Conservation Coordinator and Certification Coordinator at WHC.
In 2008, Doreen earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA and in 2014 she earned an M.S. in Earth Sciences from the University of North Carolina Charlotte. While in graduate school Doreen worked as a teaching assistant in the Department of Geography and Earth Sciences. The focus of Doreen’s research was on Urban and Landscape Ecology as well as Biogeography.
Conservation Specialist II
As Conservation Specialist II, Joel assists WHC members and prospective members with initiation of sound biodiversity and conservation education programs, as well as maintenance and improvement of existing programs.
Prior to joining WHC, Joel was an ecological consultant in the Pacific Northwest where he managed projects focused on wildlife and wetlands, and was then a conservation planner at the Association of Zoos and Aquariums in Silver Spring, MD.
Joel received B.S. and M.S. degrees in wildlife management at Purdue University and Texas Tech University, respectively, and graduate certificates in Tropical Conservation and Protected Area Management at James Cook University in Queensland, Australia.
Manager, Conservation Planning
As Manager, Conservation Planning, Sydney focuses on corporate conservation in regulated industries such as Utilities and Remediation, and works collaboratively with other members of the department, the entire WHC staff, and partners.
Prior to joining the Wildlife Habitat Council, Sydney worked as a an Environmental Scientist at a consulting firm helping government clients comply with environmental compliance regulations and sustainability goals. Before that she worked as a research and teaching assistant at American University where she also earned her MS in Environmental Science with a focus in green infrastructure and sustainability. Complimenting her love of sustainability, Sydney also actively maintains her LEED Green Associate Certification and volunteers at the National Zoo.
Sydney also earned her BA in Environmental Science and Sustainability Studies from Davis & Elkins College.
Manager, Conservation Planning
As Manager, Conservation Planning, Maaike works out of WHC’s Arizona office to assist corporations with design, implementations, and strategic planning of new and existing programs, including incorporation of community outreach, (STEM) education, partnership networking, and preparation for WHC certification application. She promotes WHC’s mission to new businesses, conservation organizations and agencies, and participates in conservation planning discussions to identify relevant, on-the-ground conservation and education opportunities.
Formerly, a Wetland and Environmental Scientist for an international consulting firm in the U.S., she worked on aspects of the environmental regulatory framework such as NEPA, Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and a variety of state and local permitting processes. Maaike is familiar with industrial processes and operations in sectors such as (public) utilities, oil and gas, aggregates mining, hard rock mining, solar energy, and others. She participates in working groups that address landscape-scale conservation issues and she represents WHC on the Bureau of Land Management’s Arizona Resource Advisory Council (BLM RAC).
Maaike has a BS. in Environmental Resource Engineering and a MS. in Conservation and Ecology.
Manager, Conservation Planning
As Manager, Conservation Planning, Sara serves as a liaison with member companies seeking certification for corporate conservation programs, providing education, guidance, and technical support throughout the certification process.
Sara draws on more than ten years of interdisciplinary experience in the field of conservation research, education, and practice and specializes in developing programs that bridge these areas. She has worked at the local, state, and regional levels and is passionate about achieving “win-win” outcomes for all stakeholders involved – including corporations eager to adapt to and evolve in our rapidly changing world.
Prior to joining the Wildlife Habitat Council, Sara worked as a Program Coordinator for Detroit Audubon creating strategic partnerships and delivering co-created educational programming to over 6,000 people in Southeast Michigan. Before that she worked as a research assistant at the University of Michigan where she also earned her MS with a combined focus on Conservation Ecology and Environmental Behavior, Education & Communication.
As Certification Coordinator, Caitlin serves as the primary point of contact for applicants with questions about Conservation Certification and the WHC Conservation Certification website. Growing up in Newport, Rhode Island her passion for the ocean led her to receive a B.S. in Biology and Marine Science from the University of Tampa in Tampa, FL. It was at UT where her interest in conservation grew. Wanting to explore the anthropogenic impacts on the ocean, she focused her graduate studies on the causes and consequences of Scyphozoan bloom phenomenon. These efforts resulted in a M.S. in Coastal Zone Management from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Conservation Content Writer
Colleen has been with the Wildlife Habitat Council since 2006, where she writes and edits content about wildlife habitat enhancement and community engagement as the Conservation Content Writer. Her recent content includes the Project Guidance documents, Greenprint reports, and a variety of posts for the Wildlife Blog. Originally from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Colleen has been working as a writer and naturalist in the Mid-Atlantic region for more than 10 years, with expertise in writing and editing, wildlife identification, and invasive plant control. Her previous employers include McNeil Consumer Healthcare, Riverbend Environmental Education Center, and Hudsonia, Ltd.
Colleen holds a BS in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware and a Professional Certificate in Environmental Policy from Bard College. As an undergraduate, she was published in GenBank for the chicken interleukin 16 (IL16) gene sequence, which she helped to sequence as part of a research project at the Delaware Biotechnology Institute.
Sr. Manager, Conservation Projects
As Senior Manager, Conservation Projects, Daniel works with Wildlife Habitat Council member companies and their communities develops partnerships on habitat restoration and land stewardship bringing about community participation and increasing ecosystem values for natural or degraded areas. He works to advance ecosystem management and restoration in the Chicago Wilderness Region by assembling and managing conservation and education partnerships between industries, environmental agencies, and conservation NGOs.
He is a Restoration Ecologist with 20 years of ecological reuse and restoration experience in urban lands and waters, industrial properties, and low-income communities. Daniel helped found and generates programs for Groundwork Gary and Calumet is My Backyard, a partnership between the Chicago Public Schools, Field Museum and WHC dedicated to school and community environmental stewardship.
Daniel received his BS in Natural Resources Management and Fresh Water Ecology from Cornell University, MS in Forest Ecology from Michigan State University, and MFA in Design and Ecology from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
As Accounting Coordinator, LaVerne is responsible for computing, classifying, recording, and verifying numerical data for use in maintaining finance and accounting records.
Prior to joining WHC, LaVerne served as Receptionist/Administrative Assistant for a commercial real estate company in Washington, D.C. for 21 years. She also worked as a Facilities Coordinator with Icon Clinical Research in Bethesda, MD. She has completed accounting courses at Southeastern University in Washington, D.C.
As Accounting Coordinator, Kurt is responsible for accounts payable, accounts receivable, cash management, reconciliations, data management, and expense reporting and billing.
Kurt received his BS in Aviation Business Administration from Emby Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach, Florida.