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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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, Finance and HR
As Director, Finance and Human Resources, Linda oversees the finance department and its staff and manages human resources for the organization. She is responsible for managing all financial transactions, record keeping, reporting and budgeting to keep Wildlife Habitat Council in compliance with all appropriate financial and human resource regulations.
Prior to joining the WHC staff, Linda served as a Bookkeeper for a CPA firm in Washington, D.C. and Business Manager for a private school in Silver Spring, MD.
Linda did her undergraduate studies at Gardner School of Business and Benjamin Franklin University of Accountancy, Washington, D.C.
Director, Conservation Certification and Technology
John drives WHC’s efforts to integrate global best practices in standard setting, assurance and impact into Conservation Certification.
He is an expert in corporate risk related to biodiversity and ecosystem services and conducted ecosystem based risk assessments with over fifty Fortune 500 caliber firms. John led Sustainable Flows, a consultancy focused on corporate risk and natural capital and the World Resources Institute’s Business & Ecosystem Services Project. The Project helped corporations develop strategies, policies and new markets for ecosystem services. He coauthored the Corporate Ecosystem Services Review and contributed to The Guide to Corporate Ecosystem Valuation, TEEB for Business and Enterprise and the Natural Capital Protocol. His current writing is focused on corporate reporting of natural capital risks as well as work on final ecosystem services.
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.
Manager, Conservation Planning
As Manager of Conservation Planning, Sara works to maintain relationships with corporate members as well as to guide development of conservation programs to improve biodiversity on working lands. She works closely with corporate teams to enhance natural habitats and engage communities through outreach projects tailored to each corporate situation so as to align with conservation priorities, and also address a variety of business challenges. She specializes in rights-of-way and linear properties to increase ecological and community value through integrating conservation activities into operational routine.
Sara earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She participates as a steering committee member in a working group focused on rights-of-way as habitat based out of the University of Illinois at Chicago. Sara is also an active volunteer with organizations around the Chicagoland area.
As Conservation Specialist, Katie Basiotis provides site-level technical advice to corporations to develop and maintain biodiversity and community outreach programs. Since joining WHC in 2007, she has used her considerable expertise to design and implement over 100 conservation programs across the United States.
Prior to WHC, Katie worked in the Maryland Conservation Corps where she gained experience in presenting environmental education programs and managing public lands. Katie specializes in invasive species ecology and herpetology. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology with a minor in Spanish from Georgetown University and a Master of Science in biology from the University of South Florida.
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.
Sr. Manager, Conservation Planning
As Senior Manager, Conservation Planning, Martha is the primary resource-person within WHC for several important member companies. She also directs the Huron to Erie Waterways for Wildlife Project in southeast Michigan and southwest Ontario, supporting communications among about 45 WHC-certified corporate conservation programs for information sharing and inspiration. Martha is based in Detroit, Michigan, at the offices of DTE Energy.
She previously directed a neighborhood environment and development organization in Detroit, and earned a mid-career Masters degree in ecosystem management from the University of Michigan School of Natural Resources and Environment; those studies focused on natural habitats within urban settings. Besides her work for WHC, Martha volunteers as a team leader for a local watershed group on sampling for in-stream invertebrates, and for an urban natural area where she leads control of invasive plants.
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 Certification
As Manager of Conservation Certification, 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.
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.