Farewell Announcement

So much has happened in the last years, and many of the things occurring at Art of Conservation are the result of seeds planted by Allison Hanes. Seventeen months ago Allison joined Art of Conservation (AoC) as our Executive Director. Allison recently informed the AoC board of directors and me that after a great deal of thoughtful consideration, she will pursue new opportunities and offered her resignation, which the board accepted. The board and I wish Allison well and thank you for her dedication and service to AoC.


Allison shared her passion for AoC's work with everyone she met. Her gift for making connections with individuals interested in global conservation helped introduce AoC and AoC's offshoot organization Conservation Heritage - Turambe in Rwanda to new supporters and partners, including the World Rainforest Fund and the Norman and Bettina Roberts Foundation. 


Believing that AoC could connect with more people in new ways, Allison joined AoC's team to more effectively tell our story. AoC benefits from new partnerships and an increasing base of AoC friends because of Allison's efforts. Our new website and increased conversations about one-health conservation programs and AoC via LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter are a result of Allison's focus on communications and partnership development.


The AoC journey started in the Virunga Massif region in northwest Rwanda. Allison recognized the value in documenting AoC's impact on community-based conservation programs and one-health awareness during our seven years in Rwanda.


Allison coordinated the filming and production of a short film while working in the field at AoC's base of operations in Musanze, Rwanda. She engaged renown professional wildlife photographer Andrew Walmsley to join the AoC team in capturing images and footage, which beautifully conveys our work in the communities near Volcanoes National Park, where the critically endangered mountain gorillas live. The video premiered at the Wildlife Conservation Film Festival.


During Art of Conservation's strategic planning and expansion process, Allison assisted in workshops with Julie and board member Lucy Spelman in Guyana and Honduras and helped with the evaluation and decision to locate AoC's new global base of operations - effective in June 2014 - to Quintana Roo, Mexico in the heart of the biodiverse Mesoamerican region.


We wish Allison great success and know her talents and commitment to one-health conservation will continue to make the world a better place.


During this transition, I will serve as the point of contact for Art of Conservation. Please reach out to me at julie@art-of-conservation.org. I love hearing from our friends.



Julie Ghrist

Program Director and Founder, Art of Conservation

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