board of directors
Peyton Curlee Griffin, President
Peyton was Executive Director of NRCC from 1993 until 2000. Her work in Greater Yellowstone has focused on biodiversity conservation education and carnivore conservation, including a book she co-edited, Carnivores in Ecosystems: The Yellowstone Experience, and the proceedings of a symposium NRCC held with Yellowstone National Park, Ecology and Conservation of Carnivores in a Changing Landscape. Peyton earned her M.F.S. in wildlife ecology from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Lance Craighead, Vice-President
Lance is executive director of the Craighead Environmental Institute in Bozeman, Montana. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of biological sciences at Montana State University. Lance develops GIS-based Conservation Area Designs using current approaches of representation, special elements, and focal species analyses, including viability and connectivity analyses of key carnivore umbrella species in Montana, Wyoming, Alaska, and British Columbia.
Paul Walberg, Secretary/Treasurer
Paul Walberg is co-founder and Project Director of ‘Online Access to Research in the Environment' (OARE), an international public-private partnership providing environmental research to governmental and non-profit institutions in Africa, Asia and Latin America. Paul developed his interests in conservation while attending graduate school at Yale, and has worked with The Nature Conservancy as a Conservation Planning Fellow and the Wildlife Conservation Society and Government of Belize as an Environmental Researcher and Development Analyst. Prior to attending Yale, he spent four years in the Technology, Communications and Entertainment Group of Ernst & Young LLP.
Denise Casey, Emeritus Board
Denise is a graduate of the geography department, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and a former librarian. She has published children's books on black-footed ferrets, prairie dogs, big birds, American martens and weather. Denise co-authored, with Susan Clark, Tales of the Grizzly (1992) and Tales of the Wolf (1996), anthologies of stories dating back to the mid-1700s on encounters with these species in the wild. Denise is also a skilled biological illustrator and artist.
Susan Clark, Emeritus Board
Susan is professor (adjunct) of wildlife ecology and policy at Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. Her research interests include endangered species, large carnivores, and large-scale natural resource management policy. Among Susan's recent books are Averting Extinction: Reconstructing Endangered Species Recovery (1997), Carnivores in Ecosystems: The Yellowstone Experience (1999, co-edited), Foundations of Natural Resource Policy and Management (2000, co-edited), The Policy Process (2003), and Coexisting with Large Carnivores (2005, co-edited with Murray Rutherford & Denise Casey).
Matt is a former president and chief operating officer of Pardee Resources Company, a natural resource land company in the Appalachian region. In addition to his experiences with natural resources issues, Matt brings a broad legal perspective. He has served as general counsel for the University of Pennsylvania and practiced law in Seattle.
Cathy was employed by the Brookfield Zoo from 1983-1990 primarily as senior animal keeper of the Australia House. Since 1995 she has been a volunteer animal keeper and veterinary clinic assistant at Willowbrook Wildlife Center in Glen Ellyn, a wildlife rehabilitation and education facility. Cathy has traveled widely and worked on diverse wildlife conservation projects, specifically in Australia on endangered species.
Richard L. Wallace is an associate professor of environmental studies at Ursinus College, and from 2002-2009 was founding chair of the Ursinus Environmental Studies Program, where he continues to teach interdisciplinary courses on species and ecosystem conservation. He is a former staff member of the U.S. Marine Mammal Commission, where he analyzed species and habitat conservation programs. He is a member of the executive council of the Society of Policy Scientists and is also a founding board member and current vice president of the Social Science Working Group of the Society for Conservation Biology.