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BCI Board of Directors

Alexander R. (Sandy) Read

Treasurer

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

Bettina Mathis

Director

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

C. Andrew Marcus

Director

Dallas, Texas
As a Broker for Transwestern in Dallas Andrew specializes in representing corporate office users in their strategic real estate planning and transaction process. Read more...

As a Broker for Transwestern in Dallas Andrew specializes in representing corporate office users in their strategic real estate planning and transaction process.

His approach successfully pinpoints the most cost-effective, flexible, and functional occupancy solution. Andrew helps his clients identify and align strategic business, financial and operational objectives with their real estate requirements. Whether providing his clients with acquisition, renewal, relocation, or consolidation services, Andrew continually distinguishes himself by his in-depth knowledge of local and regional markets.

Andrew also serves as a board member for HeRO’s (He Respects Others) the men’s auxiliary for Genesis Women’s Shelter & Support which provides shelter, safety, counseling and expert services to battered women and their children.


Cullen Geiselman

Vice-Chair

Houston, Texas
Bat researcher and conservationist; former BCI staff member; Chair, Cullen Trust for Health Care; Board of Directors of the Houston Zoo Inc., Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, Houston Parks Board, Houston Advanced Research Center, and the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston Read more...

Cullen K. Geiselman holds a BA in Environmental Science and Policy from Duke University and an MA and PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Columbia University. Her research focuses on seed dispersal and pollination by bats and she has coauthored a book with botanists from the New York Botanical Garden entitled Seed Dispersal by Bats in the Neotropics.

In addition to her bat research, she works with her family on business matters and philanthropy and chairs the board of the Cullen Trust for Health Care, a support organization funding healthcare related initiatives in the Greater Houston area.

In addition to Bat Conservation International, she serves on the Board of Directors of the Houston Zoo, the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center, the Houston Parks Board, the Houston Advanced Research Center, and the Blaffer Art Museum at University of Houston. She also volunteers her time with National Park Conservation Association and the Menil Collection.


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.

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.

Joe Walston

Director

Bronx, New York
Vice President for Field Conservation Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Overseas WCS’s regional programs in Africa Read more...

Vice President for Field Conservation Programs, Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS). Overseas WCS’s regional programs in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Caribbean, North America, as well as the Marine Program and the Wildlife Health & Health Policy Program.

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. In the 1990’s received a small grant from BCI to initiate bat conservation in Cambodia.


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.

Steven P. Quarles

Director

Washington, D.C.
Partner in the law firm of Sedgwick LLP; 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 Read more...

Partner in the law firm of Sedgwick LLP; 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.

Also serves on the boards of national, regional, and local land trusts. Are others including education? If so it’s Princeton (BA), Yale Law School (JD), Fulbright scholarship to Aligarh Muslim University, India.


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.

Walter C. Sedgwick

Chair

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

Wes Sechrest

Director

Austin, Texas
Chief Scientist and CEO of Global Wildlife Conservation. He leads GWC’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.

BCI relies on the support of our amazing members around the world.

Our mission is to conserve the world’s bats and their ecosystems to ensure a healthy planet.

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