WHO WE ARE

STAFF & BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JULIE GHRIST
Founder and Executive Director
(2006 to present)
Julie, founder of the Art of Conservation, whose quest for learning, creative thinking and tremendous love for animals, inspired her to move to Rwanda to work with local communities about the importance of conservation and health for local communities bordering the Volcanoes National Park, home to the Critically Endangered Mountain Gorilla. After seven successful years, Julie handed over the management of AoC’s programming to a local Rwandan team who continues to pursue AoC’s mission. Having seen the impact she made on the local communities in Rwanda, Julie surveyed other regions which she believed could benefit from her innovative programming. She now lives with her two African Street Dogs in Tulum, Mexico running AoC's programming.


MANUEL DEL MONTE
Program Manager and Facilitator
(2014 to present)
Manuel was born in México City and grew up fond of nature and sports. Manuel's mother, Beatriz, an anthropologist, and his father, Manuel, a timber contractor, were clear with their children on their ideas towards personal relationships and attitudes toward the environment. Manuel has worked for the last eleven years on sustainability and human development. He worked in south Thailand on a crisis program in primary schools along the coast after the December 26, 2004 tsunami. He continues his work on human development and resources management with forest communities in México. Manuel has lived in Tulum for the last seven years and loves to work with Art of Conservation close to nature and children.

KATíA PERAFAN
Communications Officer
(2017)

ANAïS VAN SULL
Director of Development, Translator, and Facilitator
(2014 to 2017)
EDGAR MORALES
Translator
(2015 to 2016)

ESTEBAN 'PLUMA' PLIEGO ESCAREñO
Artist and Facilitator
(2014 to 2016)

PATRICIA 'PATO' PAGNUCCO
Artist and Facilitator
(2014 to 2016)

TARA DERKSEN
Intern
(2016)

BOARD AND ADVISORY COUNCIL

BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Julie Ghrist President, Tulum, Mexico
Michele Marsh Vice-President, New York City
Amber Kiwan Secretary, New York City
Nigel Gillah Treasurer, New York City
Meredith Adler, New York City
C. Hawthorne Flaherty, Tulum, Mexico
Danielle Pere, Washington D.C.
Maria (Malú) de Lourdes Guïjosa Garcia Colin Associate Member, Tulum, Mexico
Alberto Alvelais Associate Member, Playa del Playa, Mexico
Richard Lozier Counsel to the Corporation, Des Moines, Iowa

PARTNERSHIPS COMMITTEE
Lulu Betancur

ADVISORY COUNCIL
Alyson H. Ball, BoardsThatExcel.com
Ilze K. Berzins, scientific advisor, PhD, DVM, MPH, One Water, One Health, LLC
Bunny Bruning, United States Professional Tennis Association – Missouri Valley
Mary Burns, Archaeological Consultant
Mike Cranfield, DVM, Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project, Inc.
Susan Garrison, Greenwood Elementary School
Magdalena Lukasik-Braum, DVM, University of Pretoria
Jan Ramer, DVM
Carole Reichardt, Iowa Natural Heritage Foundation
Chad Robertson, Independent Artist
Cheryl Stockton, Stockshot Studio, New York City
John Terpkosh, United States Tennis Association – Missouri Valley
Patricio Diez de Bonilla García Vallejo, DF, Mexico
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