Board of Directors

Board of Directors – Officers

Chair: Rebecca Rubin, Fredericksburg, VA

Vice-Chair: Marge Kolar, Davis, CA

Treasurer: James McClelland III, Washington, DC

Secretary: Michael J. Baldwin, Sanibel, FL

Board of Directors

Andrew Woolford, Norwalk, CT

Carl Woodward, Chatham, NJ

Chad Brown, Portland, OR

Cheryl Hart, Portland, OR

Dan Ashe, Rockville, MD

Donal O’Brien III, New Canaan, CT

Dragana Connaughton, Palm Beach, FL

Gail Carmody, Panama City, FL

E. Gray Payne, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Kit Rohn, Darian, CT

Mike Mullins, Captiva, FL

Rob Morgan, Lewes, DE

Steven Quarles, Mt. Airy, MD

Tom Goettel, South Thomaston, ME

William Buchanan, Jr., New Canaan, CT


Advisory Council 

Glenn Olson, Sacramento, CA

Mamie Parker, Dulles, VA

Marc Meyer, Boston, MA

Mike Murphy, Boulder, CO

Stuart Watson, Portland, ME

Tony Judge, South Hadley, MA

Board of Directors Bios

Chair: Rebecca Rubin, Fredericksburg, VA 

Rebecca R. Rubin is the founder, president, and CEO of Marstel-Day, an international environmental consultancy that she established in 2002 to provide expertise to public and private sector organizations in the interrelated areas of climate, habitat, open space, water, resilient infrastructure/public-private partnerships, and investment strategies, energy, land use, and other natural resource conservation issues.

She was named by President Obama as a White House Champion of Change for Community Resilience and currently leads a 5-locality initiative on Climate, Environment, and Resilience (CLEAR). In addition to serving as board chair for the Refuge Association, she also serves on the Commonwealth of Virginia’s State Air Pollution Control Board by
appointment of the Governor and as a General Board member of Virginia Forever which advocates for increased funding for water quality improvements and land conservation across the Commonwealth. She is a participant in and co-author of National Academy of Sciences studies, including the recently-released Review of Landscape Conservation

Of relevance to the Refuge system, Ms. Rubin was involved on behalf of the Army and Navy in the creation of several national wildlife refuges from former DoD lands, including Fort McClellan, Alabama (now the Mountain Longleaf NWR); Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, Texas (now the Caddo Lake NWR); Savanna Army Depot, Illinois (now the Lost Mound Unit
of the Upper Mississippi NWR); and Scaggs Island Naval Communication Station, California (now part of the San Pablo Bay NWR).

Ms. Rubin has a BA in History from Harvard College and an MA in International Security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.

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Vice Chair: Marge Kolar, Davis CA

Marge Kolar recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Pacific Southwest Regional Refuge Chief with oversight of 50 National Wildlife Refuges covering about 2.5 million acres of habitats in California and Nevada. During her 37-year career with the Service, she worked at National Wildlife Refuges, Ecological Services field stations, area offices and regional offices in Michigan, Washington, and California as well as the national office in Washington, D.C. 

Prior to working for the Service, Marge was employed by several private consulting and manufacturing firms in Ohio, Washington, Washington, D.C., and Maryland, She also taught high school physics and math in West Africa with the Peace Corps. Marge has a B.S. degree in Physics and Math from the University of Detroit, and a Masters degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University

Marge is now Vice-Chair of the Yolo Basin Foundation, on the board of directors for the California Institute of Environmental Studies, and is an active volunteer environmental education docent at a state wildlife area near her home in Davis, California.

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Treasurer: James Mcclelland III, Washington, DC

James McClelland is an entrepreneur and specialist in international trade and development. His early career was with Coca-Cola where he co-founded and managed the Coca-Cola international trading company. He expanded it throughout Eastern Europe, Latin America, and South East Asia, and promoted corporate entrepreneurship in Coca-Cola Bottling companies worldwide.

James went on to found McTrade, an international trading company working with US and European clients in soft currency countries to facilitate the introduction of investments, technology, specialized skills, training, and related activities.

Prior to his career in international trade, James served as a congressional staffer and on the Council of International Economic Policy as an Africa specialist for the Ford White House. He held a directorship on the US Yugoslav Business Council, was a founding Director of Aid to Artisans, and currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.

James holds a BA in History and Political Science from Yale University, an MA in International Law and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an MBA from Harvard University.

James has a passion for the outdoors, a keen understanding of non-profit governance and appreciates the role of the Refuge Association in advancing the Refuge System and FWS wildlife conservation mission. He’s also an avid outdoor photographer and is eager to help the Refuge Association take advantage of opportunities at refuges to build major donor support.

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Secretary: Michael J. Baldwin, Sanibel Island, FL

Mike Baldwin serves as President of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society, the Friends of the Refuge group that supports the J. N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge on Sanibel Island, Florida. Until early 2018, he also served as Co-Chair of the Everglades Coalition, an alliance of some sixty local, state and national conservation and environmental organizations dedicated to full restoration of the greater Everglades ecosystem.

Mike retired in 1999 as Vice-President, Technology Support, for Millennium Petrochemical after a 31-year career in the chemical industry. He served as a member of the executive management team of Millennium and, in prior years, of Dow Chemical Canada and Dow Chemical Latin America. He subsequently, and until year-end 2013, acted as a senior management consultant on improving safety and environmental performance in the chemical and energy industries.

Mike is a past Council Commissioner for the Boy Scouts of America in both Greater Cincinnati and Fort Myers, FL. He holds a BS in chemistry from the University of Sheffield (England) and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Alberta (Canada). He and his wife, Terry, have lived on Sanibel Island, FL since 1998.

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Andrew Woolford, Norwalk, CT

Andrew is currently Managing Director and Head of Capital Markets for Cerberus Business Finance, and Managing Director of Cerberus Capital in New York City.  He has extensive experience in the financial services sector, dating back to 1984 with Chemical Bank, BT Securities, Morgan Stanley, CIBC and Jefferies LLC where he spent almost 14 years, most recently as Head of Leveraged Loan Sales. 

Mr. Woolford majored in English Literature at Middlebury College in Vermont and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to serving on the Board of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, his varied community service includes prior board member of Norwalk Community College Foundation, prior board member, Founder and Treasurer of Shakespeare on the Sound (Rowayton, CT), prior Rowayton Civic Association board member and current Leadership Council member for Americares, an international health and disaster relief organization.

A resident of Norwalk, Connecticut, for more than 30 years, Mr. Woolford is a life-long enthusiast of the outdoors. His hobbies include guitar, beekeeping, ice hockey, boating, skiing, fishing, and hunting.

Carl Woodward, Chatham, NJ

Education: B.A. Rutgers University, J.D., Rutgers University Law School

Carl Woodward has been practicing law for nearly 50 years. He has a broad integrated practice with specializations in environmental, municipal, zoning and planning, real estate, insurance and criminal law, and litigation in state and federal courts. Mr. Woodward was appointed an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of New Jersey, has served as Chief of its Environmental Protection Division, is a Trustee of the New Jersey Institute of Local Government Attorneys, has lectured on various topics in municipal law, and has taught zoning and planning at Seton Hall Law School as an adjunct professor. He serves on the boards of The Trumpeter Swan Society, the Friends of Malheur National Wildlife Refuge and Greenwood Gardens.  Carl is an avid birder and volunteer at the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

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Chad Brown, Portland, OR

Chad Brown, a decorated Navy veteran who received multiple honors, joined the U.S. Navy in 1991. After serving, he received a BFA in Communication Design at the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia, received his MSc in Communication Design at Pratt Institute, and went onto receive the American Association of Advertising Award through the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program.

While building his career in freelance design, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was a daily reality and struggle. Then Chad was introduced to fly-fishing and he found solace in the sport. He still recalls the feeling of the first time he hooked in on a fish and felt himself filled with happiness, smiling for the first time in months. This was his sign to connect with the outdoors, as well as to advocate for all people to have access to the outdoors. Out of this healing experience came Portland’s first outdoor lifestyle apparel brand inspired by fly-fishing, Soul River Runs Deep.

With Soul River, Chad infuses style and substance into outdoor apparel. The apparel line is inspired by fly-fishing and aims to promote environmental advocacy as well as the healing powers of the river. It aims to reach a younger diverse demographic, with the intention of promoting a love of and investment in the outdoors. Alongside the apparel company, Chad created the nonprofit Soul River Inc. to work in tandem with his retail business, with 15 percent of profits from sales going to the outdoor, water-based organization that brings youth and veterans together to the river and home to themselves and their communities as inspired ambassadors of nature.


Cheryl Hart, Portland, OR

Cheryl grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, a fourth generation Idahoan, where, if she wasn’t in school or asleep, she was outdoors. Cheryl received a BA in Psychology from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA; a M.Ed. in Human Services (Counseling) from Boston University; and a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Idaho. She has lived in Okinawa, Nurnberg and Stuttgart Germany as well as West Virginia, Arizona, and Texas, and is now living in Portland, Oregon.

Her professional background is in Strategic Planning; Organizational Development; Grant Writing; and Program planning, implementation and evaluation and education. She has served as staff or Board for several different nonprofits and enjoys developing new programs and trying to figure out how to make them successful.

When Cheryl moved to Oregon in 2005, she bought a condo, which she soon discovered is within the acquisition boundary of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. She joined the Friends group, becoming a Board Member and serving as Chair of the Store Committee when the store was still just part of a blueprint for the new Wildlife Center. She was President of the Board of the Friends Group from 2011 until 2016 and was a member of Friends Academy 6 at the National Conservation Training Center. The Friends of Tualatin River NWR celebrated its 20th Anniversary as a Friends Group in 2013 and was honored to be the NWRA Friends Group of the Year for 2014.

Cheryl loves to travel and recently came back from 3 1/2 weeks in Thailand, Lao, and Burma, which brought the total number of countries she has visited or lived in to 80. Besides spending time with family—son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons—she also sings in a community choir.


Daniel Ashe, Rockville, MD

A lifelong animal conservationist, Dan joined American Zoo Association as President and Chief Executive Officer in January 2017 after serving as the Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for nearly six years, successfully leading the agency, and its thousands of employees, during a period of great challenges. Following a 13-year career as a professional staff member of the former Committee on Merchant Marine and Fisheries in the U.S. House of Representatives, Dan held positions of increasing responsibility at the Service. They include Assistant Director for External Affairs, Chief of the National Wildlife Refuge System, Science Advisor to the Director and Deputy Director.

Dan earned a bachelor degree in Biological Science from Florida State University, and graduate degree in Marine Affairs from the University of Washington, where he studied under a fellowship from the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. His master’s thesis, on estuarine wetland mitigation, was published in the Coastal Zone Management Journal, in 1982.

Dan’s journey to the greater D.C. area was made possible by the National Sea Grant College Program. He was awarded a National Sea Grant Congressional Fellowship in 1982.

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Donal O’Brien III, New Canaan, CT

Don O’Brien is the Managing Principal of Entry Point Capital, a private real estate investment and management company based in Stamford Connecticut, which he co-founded in 2009.

Entry Point applies a value-oriented investment discipline with hands-on real estate expertise in purchasing and managing office, retail, industrial and multi-family products nationwide. The firm approaches its investments on a non-discretionary basis with financial partners who are comprised of institutional and individual investors. Donal has over 25 years of experience in development, investment, asset management, brokerage, and finance. His prior positions include: Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of CIT’s Commercial Real Estate Group, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions with Collins Enterprises, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Heitman Properties, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Transaction Consulting Group and Project Manager with the Trammell Crow Company.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Donal majored in Environmental Studies and Art and holds an MBA from New York University. A life-long student of nature and the outdoors, he’s past Board Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and currently serves on the National Council of the American Prairie Reserve.


Dragana Connaughton, Palm Beach, FL

Dragana Connaughton is a long time resident of Palm Beach, and living on the island has contributed to her great love of nature and the ocean. Over time, her enthusiasm for Mother Nature has become the subject of her photography and it is expertly exhibited in the quality of her work. She has traveled extensively in pursuit of her passion and has been capturing stunning images in Wild Life Refuges and National Parks around the world. Through her work, she is hoping to inspire others to get connected with nature and remind everyone of the importance of conserving wildlife and their natural habitat. Dragana has exhibited her works in several galleries and was recently published in National Wildlife magazine. She has won numerous photographic awards including the grand prize in 2010 in the Palm Beach Post’s 6th annual “Focus on Nature” contest.

Dragana is a Senior Sales Associate with Sotheby’s International Realty with over 30 years of experience and is currently ranked in the top half of 1% of sales associates in the nation.  She has concentrated on selling premier estates and condominiums in Palm Beach and has represented buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of some of the finest properties in the area.  She possesses extensive knowledge of the community, its history, schools, and civic and charitable organizations, and she is skilled and experienced in complex real estate negotiations unique to high-end properties.  She is a member of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Civic Association of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach.  She is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Palm Beach and stays involved in civic and philanthropic groups.

Dragana has four grown children. Throughout her children’s academic years, she worked tirelessly at many fundraisers and served on countless committees representing a vast array of charitable events.  She has served on the board for the Armory Art Center, and on the junior committees for the Kravis Center and the Young Friends of the Red Cross.  She was instrumental in raising funds for the Seaview Recreational Center and served on the Seaview Commission.

Dragana is a graduate of Rollins College, a former Ford model and a past winner of the National Amateur Mixed Doubles Tennis championship. Her interests include tennis, fishing, diving, boating, golf, travel, and photography. She lives on the island of Palm Beach with her husband Richard.  

Gail Carmody, Panama City, FL

Gail Carmody is originally from the Midwest and is now rooted in Florida. Her love for exploring the forests in Indiana led to numerous youth camp positions, a degree from Purdue University, and a career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She retired from the U.S. FWS in 2010 after 19 years as the Project Leader of the Panama City Field Office working to conserve one of the nation’s hotspots of biological diversity.  Gail led both the Ecological Services and Fisheries Resources programs. Before the move south, she was the coordinator for the Upper Mississippi River Conservation Committee, an association of the State conservation agencies in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Missouri.  She started her Service career in 1978 in the Rock Island Field Office as a 404 biologist and quickly became involved in regional and national landscape conservation strategies and issues that also involved the conservation and management of a number of National Wildlife Refuges.

Gail is a member of several Refuge friends groups and is on the board of the Fish and Wildlife Service Retirees Association.  She is involved in the Retirees support of Friends groups thru mini-grants for anniversary celebrations, station projects, and youth activities.  She volunteers locally for the Emerald Coast Regional Envirothon, the Natural Resources Diversity Initiative at the University of Florida, and with developing EcoGulf with the Florida State University STEM Institute, but some of the best days in retirement opportunities to spend a day in the field helping fish and wildlife biologists.

E. Gray Payne, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

E. Gray Payne, Major General, USMC (Retired), has had distinguished careers in both the military and in the private sector.

His Marine Corps experience included eight commands, ranging in size from the Company level (approximately 200 persons) to a Marine Logistics Group consisting of over 9,600 Marines and Sailors.  He also served as Commanding General of the Marine Corps Mobilization Command and the Marine Logistics Command. Staff experience ranged from the Brigade level to Assistant Deputy Commandant for Facilities, where he was responsible for 28 installations and an annual budget exceeding $5.5 billion.  In this position, he was responsible for conservation and environmental issues throughout the Marine Corps.

His experience in the private sector includes eighteen years as a management consultant working with over two hundred and fifty clients in the areas of financial management, operational improvement, organizational development, strategic planning, and mergers and acquisitions.  Positions held include Director of Marketing, Division Head, COO, CFO, President and CEO of various companies ranging in size from $2.5 million to $100 million in annual revenue. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Marine Corps Association and Foundation, and as a Director on the Boards of BK Technologies, 1347 PIH, and VetCV.

General Payne received a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from North Carolina State University and a Masters degree in Strategic Studies from the Army War College.

Kit O’Brien Rohn, Darian, CT

Rohn is a full-time volunteer splitting her time between her commitments to conservation and education. Kit is an alumnus and the current Board Chair of The Ethel Walker School, an all-girls independent boarding and day school in Simsbury, CT. Prior to serving as Board Chair, Kit chaired the Head of School Search for the current Head. As Chair, Kit’s efforts are focused on fundraising, trusteeship development, alumni relations, school governance, and strategic planning. Kit also serves on the board of Horizons at The Ethel Walker School, the first all-girls Horizons program in the country, now in its fourth year of operations. Horizons is a national student enrichment program for underserved families.

When away from Walker School and Horizons, Kit is a part-time bird bander for the Connecticut Audubon Society. Kit worked in the early 1990’s for the National Audubon Society as an educator. Later, while a mother raising three children, she was President of the Darien Audubon Society. Kit was a founding member of Conservation International, a nonprofit environmental organization that focuses on science, policy, and partnership with businesses and communities to accomplish its goal of protecting nature as a source of food, fresh water, livelihoods, and a stable climate.

A graduate of Dartmouth College, Kit double majored in Environmental Studies and Fine Arts. Her love and passion for birds and nature dictate the way she lives and where she travels with her husband, and whenever possible, their now young adult children. 

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Mike Mullins, Captiva, FL

Michael Mullins is a retired entrepreneur who founded and operated several commercial businesses including finance, vacation retail, property management, and others. One of Mullins’ biggest accomplishments was the founding of a financially oriented software company in 1976, Comtex Information Systems Inc (Comtex). Comtex existed for over 20 years and engaged about 400 computer engineers.

Previously, he was VP with Chase Manhattan Bank from 1972 to 1976 and a computer services executive with Bankers Trust Co. from 1968-1971. Mullins was a board member of Greenwich, Conn. Audubon Society and also sat on the board of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, N.Y.

Currently, Mullins serves as vice chairman of the Captiva Community Panel and was formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor. Michael C Mullins was elected with acclamation as Commissioner in 2006 to the Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD) and was voted chairman from 2008-2011 when he voluntarily stepped down. He has maintained a keen interest in beach nourishment and other erosion activities ever since moving to Captiva in 1998. He is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Captiva beach and dunes systems. His extensive experimentation with diverse native plant species on his own dunes has made him a natural choice to encourage an ongoing island-wide vegetation program. He also sits on the board of the “Ding” Darling Wildlife Society.

Mullins remains active in a number of civic and philanthropic groups in and is a life member of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCF), the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and has held a long-standing board membership on the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration (EBSR) of New York Foundation in New York City from which he stepped down this year. Mullins also founded and is trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation.

Michael Mullins is married with three daughters. He has a BBA from Pace University in Mathematics, Computer Science and Accounting.

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Rob Morgan, Lewes, DE

Rob Morgan is an attorney who serves as a director and General Counsel of the Refuge Association.

He retired from Perot Systems, an information technology services company, in 2010 after 21 years. Before Perot, he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. and before that as an Associate at Covington & Burling.

Rob earned an A.B. in History from Yale.  He then served as a Lieutenant in the Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. After the Army, he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as Articles Editor on the Law Review. After law school, he clerked for a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York.

Mr. Morgan lives in Lewes, Delaware, with his wife, Janice Erich, and is active in civic affairs. His interests include history, nature, travel, and languages.

Steven Quarles, Mt. Airy, MD

Steve Quarles is an attorney who serves as a director and Environmental Counsel of the Refuge Association.

Mr. Quarles is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of the law firm Nossaman LLP. He is a veteran attorney who focuses his practice on addressing issues concerning federal wildlife laws (Endangered Species Act (ESA), Migratory Bird Treaty Act (MBTA) and Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act (BGEPA)), federal lands and resources (including resource use, siting, and access law), and renewable energy. He represents a wide range of associations and companies, policy coalitions, state governments, local governments, land conservation trusts, and environmental organizations.

Mr. Quarles served as Deputy Under Secretary in the U.S. Department of the Interior and special counsel on the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He is active as an officer and member of the Board of several non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School.

Mr. Quarles has served on the Board of Mineral and Energy Resources of the National Academy of Sciences and on two committees of the National Research Council commissioned by Congress. He also was a member of the Secretary of the Interior’s Federal Advisory Committee on Wind Turbine Guidelines and the Secretary of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board. He was a participant in the Endangered Species Act at Thirty project of the University of California, Santa Barbara, Columbia University and the University of Idaho; Stanford University Forum on the Endangered Species Act and Federalism; and The Keystone Center’s Working Group on Habitat Issues.

Mr. Quarles is active in the non-profit arena, serving as Vice Chair of Bat Conservation International, and member of the Boards of NatureServe and Maryland Environmental Trust.

Mr. Quarles and his spouse own and operate one of the largest Hanoverian breeding farms in Maryland. They have ensured the protection of their 250-acre farm by donating a conservation easement to the Maryland Environmental Trust.

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Tom Goettel, South Thomaston, ME

Tom Goettel is originally from Rochester, N.Y.  After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in wildlife biology, he started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He worked at several refuges in the Northeast, and for a short time was one of the first wildlife inspectors for the Service, stationed at JFK airport.  In 1984, he became the first refuge manager of what is now the Maine Coastal Islands NWR, where he initiated many of the seabird management and habitat protection and management programs that form the core of the Refuge’s mission today. After serving as refuge manager at Eastern Neck NWR in Maryland, Mr. Goettel transferred to the Regional Office in Hadley, MA. He became the first Regional Chief of the Office of Refuge Law Enforcement. He then retired from that position in 2008 when his wife, Beth, became the refuge manager of the Maine Coastal Islands NWR.

Tom and Beth now live in South Thomaston, Maine, where Tom is the treasurer of the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands.

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William Buchanan, Jr., New Canaan, CT

Bill Buchanan has focused on raising equity capital for emerging growth companies for the majority of his investment-banking career. In 2014 he joined BTIG as Head of Investment Banking. He spent seven years as the CEO of Lazard Capital Markets LLC after joining Lazard Frères & Co. in July 2006 as Head of U.S. Equity Capital Markets and Co-Head of U.S. Corporate Finance.

Previously, Mr. Buchanan served as Head of Equity Capital Markets at Cowen & Co., and also served as a member of Cowen’s Executive Committee, Head of the Equity Commitment Committee, and a Vice President of SG Cowen Ventures.  Prior to joining Cowen, he was the Deputy Head of Global Equity Capital Markets Group at Salomon Smith Barney, now Citigroup.  Mr. Buchanan has also worked in a senior capacity at Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse,

He graduated from the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration.  He has served on the Boards of the New Canaan YMCA (Vice President), and the New Canaan Country School (Committee Chair).  He also served on the Board of the Weir Farm Preserve (the private organization affiliated with the National Park), and is currently on the Executive Council for AmeriCares in Stamford, CT, and the Connecticut Board of the Trust for Public Land.

Bill currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Marianne. He has three children:  William, Maggie, and Charlotte.

Advisory Council Bios

Glenn Olson, Sacramento, CA

Glenn Olson has served in the role of the Donal C. O’Brien Chair in Bird Conservation and Public Policy of the National Audubon Society since July 2009. This endowed Chair honors the former chair, and was established when Audubon realigned its field programs to catalyze full life-cycle bird conservation throughout the Western Hemisphere. 

Olson was appointed by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to the North American Wetlands Conservation Act Council (NAWCA) in 2010 and was reappointed by Secretary Sally Jewell in 2016. He also serves on the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Act Advisory Council and was on the Blue Ribbon Panel for Sustaining America’s Wildlife, sponsored by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and chaired by former Wyoming Governor Dave Freudenthal and Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris.

In a career that has spanned 40 years with the National Audubon Society and prior to serving as the O’Brien Chair, Olson served in a variety of leadership positions including Audubon’s Senior Vice President and Director of Field Programs, responsible for launching a network of 27 state programs across the country. Olson was Executive Director of Audubon CA and helped spearhead a CA Climate Atlas on Birds that was later expanded nationally. Previously Olson was Western Regional Vice President overseeing Audubon’s programs in California, Oregon, Washington and Nevada. He chaired and helped found the Central Valley Waterfowl (now All-Bird) Joint Venture and chaired the CA Dept of Fish and Game’s Raptor Management and Conservation Advisory Council. Olson began his Audubon career in 1976 teaching at the Audubon Camp of the West in the Wind River Mountains of Wyoming.

Regarding the National Wildlife Refuge System, Olson’s key initiatives included:

  • Launching the Klamath Basin Bald Eagle Festival (now over 25 years old) that provided key local support to acquire the Bear Valley Bald Eagle Roost of 600 birds as a unit of the NWR;
  • The acquisition of 780-acre Christman Island at the confluence of the Tuolumne and San Joaquin Rivers, which formed the basis of the San Joaquin River NWR when Audubon transferred the site to the USFWS;
  • In Oregon, Audubon helped catalyze the acquisition of the 16,000 acre Nicol Ranch as an addition to the Klamath Forest Marsh NWR;
  • Restoring the 600-acre Upper Beach Lake area that galvanized local support for the Stone Lakes NWR in Sacramento. Also, at this time, Audubon acquired and restored the 850-acre Paul Wattis Waterfowl Sanctuary, which winters upwards of 500,000 waterfowl in the Sacramento Valley

Olson holds a master’s degree in public health from UCLA and a bachelor of science degree in zoology from UC Santa Barbara. He studied in the Galapagos Islands on a scholarship from the Charles Darwin Research Institute and inventoried Golden Eagle and raptor populations in Southern California as a research assistant at the Western Foundation of Vertebrate Zoology. Olson has received Audubon’s Charles H. Callison Award and the Golden Egret Award in recognition of his conservation achievements.

Olson and his wife Devon have 3 grown children and 9 grandchildren. They are active outdoors people and love to spend time in the saddle, bike riding. Glenn also enjoys bird hunting in the Fall and bird-watching the rest of the year.

Mamie Parker, Dulles, VA

Mamie A. Parker is a moderator, a coach, and an environmental consultant.  She spent almost 30 years working as a professional fish and wildlife biologist and senior executive at U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She also consulted for the Bureau of Land Management, Ducks Unlimited, National Conservation Leadership Institute, and the state of Maryland. After an early retirement, she became Founder and President of Ma Parker and Associates located near Washington, D.C. During her time in the Service, she worked at field stations and regional offices in La Crosse, Green Bay and Madison, Wisc.; Columbia, Mo, Minneapolis, and Atlanta. She also supervised National Wildlife Refuges in Ark., La. and Miss. as the Deputy Geographic Assistant Regional Director.

During the Clinton Administration, Parker made history when promoted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states headquarters near Amherst, Mass.– the first African American to hold this position in the history of the agency. 

Good Housekeeping Magazine recognized her with a Women in Government Leadership Award and the Governor of Arkansas inducted her into the Arkansas Hall of Fame. She was also honored as the distinguished Alex Haley Lecturer and inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Parker has been recognized by many as an uncommon woman in many uncommon places and received numerous other awards, including the Ira Gabrielson Leadership Award for the most outstanding leader in the Service. She also received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award (top 3 percent of all federal government executives).

Parker is currently serving as an officer among the board of directors at the Chesapeake Conservancy.

Marc Meyer, Boston, MA

Marc H. Meyer is the Robert J. Shillman Professor of Entrepreneurship and the Matthews Distinguished Professor of Business at Northeastern University, known as the leading Cooperative Education academic institution in the U.S.   He is the founder of Northeastern’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation Group in the D’Amore McKim School of Business, ranked a top 10 undergraduate program in the U.S., and serves as a founding Co-Director of the Center for Entrepreneurship Education, a university-wide resource of student and alumni startups.  He is also the lead faculty on a number of executive education programs for industry.

Dr. Meyer is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of innovation and entrepreneurship, the author of numerous books and academic journal articles for both academics and practitioners.

In his new book, New Venture Creation: An Innovator’s Guide to Entrepreneurship, Dr. Meyer returns to his roots as a technology entrepreneur.  He has been part of the start-up teams of software companies that include VenturCom (acquired by Citrix) and Sentillion (acquired by Microsoft) and is actively involved with early-stage firms that include Novobiotics, Reach Analytics and Metamagnetics.  He has also designed next-generation products and business strategies for industry leaders in consumer, industrial, healthcare, and financial sectors. Recent clients include IBM, P&G, Mars, Caterpillar, and Philips. Many of his product and service innovations can be seen in use today, ranging from computers to industrial equipment, medical systems, and new types of food and household furnishings

Dr. Meyer is a graduate of Harvard College and holds graduate degrees from M.I.T.   While a Ph.D. student in his mid-20s, he left MIT for five years to build his first software company, a leader in real-time embedded operating systems and development tools. Since then, he has been a Visiting Professor and a Scientist at M.I.T, a Visiting Professor at Delft Technical University in the School of Industrial Design and is presently part of Climate Kic, an EU-sponsored program to deliver energy and environmental entrepreneurship courses for universities in member countries.   Dr. Meyer has worked on a number of sustainability initiatives with corporations and startups and using these as base level material for this initiative.

On a personal note, Marc is married to Olga Smulders (of Dutch nationality and a women’s health physician at MGH), and their children are Max (in medical school in Chicago) and Rosa (starting college in Boston).  Marc is an avid fly fisherman and outdoor enthusiast.

Mike Murphy, Boulder, CO

Michael is a Creative Director in the fields of Marketing and Branding (Graphic Identity) and is the Creative director and partner of upstart advertising + design, a virtual agency, in Boulder, Colo.

Michael attended The School of Visual Arts in New York City and has worked with and for many reputable Advertising agencies over the past 25 years, including Mullen (Winston Salem, NC), DIGITAS (Boston, MA), and Doe Anderson (Louisville, KY).

 Michael’s relevant skills lie in brand positioning and communications (Art Direction and Design). For much of his career, his focus has been on establishing a clear brand identity and building and cultivating relationships with that brand. Michael’s design work speaks to clearly defined audiences with communications designed to motivate and bring about specific actions while establishing long-term relationships whenever possible. He has delivered success to countless national brands including Thomasville Furniture, General Motors, Maker’s Mark Bourbon, Morton’s Steakhouse, Hanes, National City Bank and more. He has helped further the causes of non-profits as well, including The American Lung Association, Swim Across America, The Louisville Ballet, and Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forrest.

Michael spent every summer (and some winter vacations) of his childhood at his family’s lake house, deep in the woods of Maine. No road, electricity, running water, TV, heat or AC. Out of that came a life-long connection with our forests, waters, and everything living in them. He continues to find himself outdoors whenever possible, enjoying hiking, kayaking, mountain climbing, skiing, mountain biking, snowshoeing, and open water swimming. Michael still gets to that lake house in Maine as often as possible.

Stuart Watson, Portland, ME

Born October 15, 1957  Graduated the Hotchkiss School 1976  Attended Bowdoin College.

Married to Karen B Watson, five children ranging in ages 24 to 36.

  • President of zFlo, Inc., a software and hardware distribution company.
  • Serves on the Board of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation that helps administer two programs, The TJ Watson Fellowship program and the Jeannette K Watson Fellowship Program.
  • Member of the MA Trustees of Reservations, the Mass Audubon Society and the NWRA
  • Member of the Board of Overseers, Brigham’s and Women’s Hospital, Boston
  • Chairman of the Harvard Chan School of Public Health Nutrition Roundtable
  • Stuart is a former Trustee of the Hotchkiss School, director of Big Brothers and Sister’s of MASS Bay, the Yale Parents Committee and the Brown Parent’s Committee.  He served on the corporation of the Massachusetts General Hospital.

Stuart and Karen are active outdoors people who like to ski and hike in Vermont.  They fish in the summer in Long Island Sound. Karen was a board member of Outward Bound International and has hiked extensively in Asia as a result. 

Tony Judge, South Hadley, MA

Tony Judge is a broadcast and documentary film producer and distributor. He has worked for a dozen years on Prairie Home Productions broadcast, film, and television projects. Judge recently moved from Chicago to South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts. A new project is a documentary series for public television about critical issues facing National Wildlife Refuges – climate change, invasive and endangered species and funding shortfall.

Tony served on the Refuge Association board between 2006-2012 and again from May 2014 through June 2017. He was instrumental in coordinating the National Wildlife Refuge System’s partnership with CASE Construction Equipment and Team Rubicon, a service organization that trains and deploys military veterans in disaster response. In his spare time, Tony enjoys birding, cooking, natural history, and golf.

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