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Charles Chester

Board Chair

Waltham, Massachusetts
Professor of global environmental politics, Brandeis University and the Fletcher School at Tufts University Read more...

Professor of global environmental politics, Brandeis University and the Fletcher School at Tufts University; former board member of Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative (co-chair) and Root Capital; author, Conservation Across Borders: Biodiversity in an Interdependent World (Island Press 2006) and co-editor, Conservation & Climate Change: Landscape and Seascape Science, Planning and Action (Island Press 2012); previous consultant for the Union of Concerned scientists and the Henry P. Kendall Foundation; previously served on the board of Bat Conservation International and was recently re-elected.


Andy Sansom

Vice Chair

Austin, Texas
Dr. Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy. Read more...

Dr. Andrew Sansom is one of Texas’ leading conservationists. He is a former Executive Director of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and Executive Director of the Texas Nature Conservancy. For his commitment to the management and protection of natural resources, he is a recipient of the Chevron Conservation Award, The Chuck Yeager Award from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Pugsley Medal from the National Park Foundation, the Seton Award from the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Nature Conservancy. Dr. Sansom is a Distinguished Alumnus of Austin College, and Texas Tech University. Under his leadership at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Dr. Sansom spearheaded a number of significant programs, including:

• Founding the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation which has raised over $150 million for conservation in Texas to date.

• Adding over 500,000 acres to the State Parks and Wildlife Management Areas.

His published works have appeared in Texas Monthly, The Texas Observer, Houston City Magazine, Politics Today, Texas Highways, Texas Parks and Wildlife and Texas Town and City. He is the author of eight books, Texas Lost, Texas Past, Scout the Christmas Dog, Water In Texas and Southern Plains Bison, Resurrection of the Lost Texas Herd, After Ike, Of Texas Rivers and Texas Art and Seasons of Selah.

Andrew Sansom now serves as Professor of Practice in Geography and is founder of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University.


Danielle Gustafson

Treasurer

Brooklyn, New York
Trained as a visual artist, Danielle Gustafson launched the New York Stock Exchange’s first website and then grew their digital footprint through 2009 before expanding her scope Read more...

Trained as a visual artist, Danielle Gustafson launched the New York Stock Exchange’s first website and then grew their digital footprint through 2009 before expanding her scope to start-ups, not-for-profits and banking. While serving as a digital-strategy executive in financial services, she also (literally) moonlighted as cofounder of the NYC Bat Group in 2004. In addition to her professional consulting work and leading bat walks, she now advocates for broader awareness and study of bats, and believes that the smartphone, in the hands of the citizen scientist, may be the most important conservation tool of the 21st century.

Danielle is a graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, and has an MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She was a fellow at the Whitney Museum of American‘s Independent Study Program, studied e-business strategy at MIT Sloan School of Management and is a Resident at TED. She also serves on the Board of the International League of Conservation Photographers and has a recent TED Talk: The future of conservation is in your pocket.


Eileen Arbues

Secretary

Eileen is a senior executive who is expert at utilizing the marketing mix to achieve desired business results, especially in the areas of market growth and expansion. Read more...

Eileen is a senior executive who is expert at utilizing the marketing mix to achieve desired business results, especially in the areas of market growth and expansion. Since founding the marketing consultancy n2o Group, Eileen has worked with a variety of clients in a breadth of industries including entertainment, technology, hospitality, conservation and education. Recent engagements have addressed both domestic and international challenges for both well established players and start-ups alike including Electronic Arts, the University of Michigan and the National Audubon Society.

Eileen’s career began as a management consultant for New York based Newman-Stein where she consulted to a variety of packaged food companies including Del Monte Foods, ConAgra Foods and Bumble Bee Foods. With the divestiture of AT&T, Eileen joined the telecommunications industry ultimately holding numerous executive level positions including the senior vice president of marketing, sales and operations with companies including MCI, Pacific Bell and SBC. During this period, Eileen served on the Chief Executive’s Steering Committee and Business Council, introduced and led a corporate wide professional women’s mentoring program and chaired the New Product Development Council for Pacific Bell and SBC where she was awarded the American Lung Association’s Envy Award for product development and technology.

Just prior to launching her own marketing consultancy, Eileen served as the Executive Vice President and General Manager for 2Bridge Software leading the commercialization and global launch of this SaaS pioneer's market entry. Her roll spanned the development and implementation of 2Bridge’s product line, its sales and marketing organization (both domestically and internationally), engineering and development, corporate communications and investor relations.

Eileen is a graduate of the University of San Francisco, the Harvard Business School and is a certified Naturalist in the State of California. A frequent lecturer at the University of San Francisco and Hult Business School, Eileen is also an active mentor for secondary and post secondary students domestically and internationally. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors for Bat Conservation International, Eileen is a member of the Board of Directors of Earthwatch.


Jenn Stephens

Director

Jenn has both a business and technical background, and has worked for multiple Fortune companies as well as startups throughout her career Read more...

Jenn has both a business and technical background, and has worked for multiple Fortune companies as well as startups throughout her career, including companies centered around technology, software, banking, stock brokerage, transportation, and industrial automation. She has frequently been called upon to work with executives and corporate partners, and lead large global programs that require both strategic thought and attention to detail. Jenn has expertise in consulting, mediating, data analytics, employee engagement, customer experience, change management, Lean Six Sigma, and building cross-functional teams.
Jenn became aware of the benefits of bats over 20 years ago when she moved to a ranch and found the need for natural bug control. Being a conservationist at heart, as well as a proponent of managing property through organic measures, she discovered that bats were the perfect solution. This discovery resulted in two custom-made bat houses being built and installed on the ranch, and are now home to over 600 Mexican Freetail bats. The houses became maternity wards due to their location along the bats’ yearly migration path, were quickly inhabited, and are still in use to this day. This was the start of Jenn’s love for bats and her understanding of the critical need to protect this important and unique mammal and its habitats.
Jenn holds an MBA from UMass Amherst, and a Bachelors in Computer Science from Loyola University New Orleans. She is thrilled to leverage her expertise to support Bat Conservation International’s mission to “conserve the world's bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.”


Donald R. Kendall, Jr

Director

Chief Executive Officer of Five Stone Capital, L.P. and is the founding Managing Director and the Chief Executive Officer of Kenmont Capital, LP Read more...

Chief Executive Officer of Five Stone Capital, L.P. and is the founding Managing Director and the Chief
Executive Officer of Kenmont Capital, LP. Mr. Kendall received an A.B. degree from Hamilton College and an M.B.A. with high honors from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

He was a Tuck Scholar and a recipient of the W. M. Bollenbach, Jr. Fellowship. Mr. Kendall has served as a Trustee of Hamilton College (and as a member of its Investment Committee), on the Board of Overseers of The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College, and a board member of American Midstream Partners LP, Solar City, Stream Energy, Tangent Energy, Earthwatch Institute, The Houston Zoo, The Jane Goodall Institute and The Prospect Park Alliance.


Dr. Nancy Simmons

Director

New York, USA
Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Mammalogy and Professor in the Richard Guilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Read more...

Curator-in-Charge of the Department of Mammalogy and Professor in the Richard Guilder Graduate School at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Simmons is an expert in taxonomy and systematics of bats. Author of the authoritative “Chiroptera” chapter in Mammal Species of the World, she maintains an ever-updated list of valid bat species of the world including their geographic ranges and recognized subspecies.

Dr. Simmons has authored numerous papers on bat phylogenetics and evolution, and in 2008 she was awarded the Gerrit S. Miller Award from the North American Society for Bat Research for outstanding contributions in the field of chiropteran biology. She is a member of the Steering Committee for the Southeast Asian Bat Conservation Research Unit (SEABCRU), and is also a member of IUCN Bat Specialist Group of Species Survival Commission.

 

 


Alexander R. (Sandy) Read

Director

Denver, Colorado
Owner of REV Enterprises, Inc., convenience store chain and commercial real estate. Read more...

Alexander ‘Sandy’ Read is the proprietor of Sandy’s convenience stores in Colorado. He previously served three full terms as a BCI Board member. After stepping off the Board for a mandatory year off (according to our bylaws), he has now rejoined the Board. He is a lifelong supporter of BCI and the son of BCI co-founder Verne Read.


Maria Mathis

Director

Texas
Maria Mathis is Director of Sales & Marketing of Quarter Circle 10 LLC. She serves on the Boards of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Texas and the Brown Foundation. Read more...

Maria Mathis is Director of Sales & Marketing of Quarter Circle 10 LLC. She serves on the Boards of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Texas and the Brown Foundation.

Maria has a Bachelor of Arts in Feminist Studies from Southwestern University and serves on the university’s Board of Visitors. She recently was recognized as one of Southwestern’s “18 under 40” alumni who have achieved prominence in their field and/or performed distinguished community service. She is the daughter of two former BCI Board members: Bettina and Travis Matthis.


Brock Fenton

Director

Ontario, Canada
M.B. (Brock) Fenton received his Ph.D. in 1969 for work in the ecology and behaviour of bats. Since then he has held academic positions at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada 1969 to 1986), York University (Toronto, Canada 1986 to 2003) and the University of Western Ontario (2003 to present). Read more...

M.B. (Brock) Fenton received his Ph.D. in 1969 for work in the ecology and behaviour of bats. Since then he has held academic positions at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada 1969 to 1986), York University (Toronto, Canada 1986 to 2003) and the University of Western Ontario (2003 to present). He has published over 250 papers in refereed journals (most of them about bats), as well as numerous nontechnical contributions. He has written four books about bats intended for a general audience (Just bats 1983, University of Toronto Press; Bats 1992 - revised edition 2001 Facts On File Inc; and The bat: wings in the night sky 1998, Key Porter Press; Fenton and Simmons 2014 Bats: a world of science and mystery Univ of Chicago press).

He continues his research on the ecology and behaviour of bats, with special emphasis on echolocation and evolution. He currently is an Emeritus Professor of Biology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada. He was inducted as a Fellow of the Royals Society of Canada (FRSC) in November 2014.


George 'Timo' Hixon

Director

San Antonio, Texas
Originally from San Antonio, George "Timo" Hixon grew up on his family ranches in South Texas and Idaho Read more...

Originally from San Antonio, George "Timo" Hixon grew up on his family ranches in South Texas and Idaho, becoming familiar with the land and the workings of a ranch. This upbringing instilled both a respect for the land and a solid foundation of ranching knowledge that eventually led him to ranch real estate in 2006.

Timo serves on the Boards of the San Antonio Zoo, Texas Wildlife Association and the Texas Biomedical Research Institute's Founder's Council. He is Vice President of the Texas Wildlife Association Foundation and served on both the Bat Conservation International`s Bracken Cave Advisory Committee and The Nueces Estuary Advisory Council.

Timo is a member of The Order of the Alamo and the San Antonio German Club. When not selling ranch properties, Timo is usually found on the ranch sharing his knowledge with his children. He enjoys hunting and fishing, as well as travel, snowboarding, scuba diving and piloting his own aircraft.


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