Charles C. Goodfellow III - Chairman & Treasurer

Charles Goodfellow, III serves as the Chairman and Treasurer of the Board. He worked as a Managing Director at the Bank of New York Mellon for over 40 years until his retirement in 2008. He was the Chief Investment Officer for the Tri State Region and managed individual, institution and large cap recommended portfolios, mutual funds, and served as Chairman of the Proxy Committee and member of the Brokerage Committee. He is active in many organizations as a Trustee of the Corella and Bertram Bonner Foundation, Director and Vice President of the Elmer and Mamdouha Bobst Foundation, and Director and Treasurer of the Barbara Delano Foundation.

Neal P. Myerberg - Secretary

Neal Myerberg, an attorney, is a principal in the firm of Myerberg Philanthropic Advisors, providing consulting services for many of the nation’s largest charitable organizations and philanthropists in charitable tax planning. He was previously National Director of Charitable Giving Services for Sanford C. Bernstein and Company. A frequent speaker at national planned giving conferences and at seminars for professional advisors and not-for-profit executives, Myerberg has served as a resource to The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NBC’s Dateline. He is the instructor for the planned giving course in the master’s degree program in Fundraising Management at Columbia University in New York and a member of the Editorial Advisory Committee of The Journal of Gift Planning.

Suwanna Gauntlett - Founder & CEO

Dedicating her life to protecting rainforests and wildlife in some of the world’s most hostile and rugged environments, Suwanna Gauntlett has set the trend for a new generation of direct action conservationists. Suwanna has designed, implemented, and supported bold, front-line conservation programs to protect threatened rainforests, save endangered wildlife populations, and directly address the causes of poverty in the tropical belt. 

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Badreyyah Alireza

Badreyyah Alireza is a Certified Health Coach, graduate of the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, focusing on Health and Wellness for Families and Children, She has a Masters in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington D.C. where she provided counseling and community services for Adults and Families. Badreyyah serves on the Advisory Board of Wellness in the Schools, a NY based non-profit focusing on Childhood Obesity, kids nutrition and fitness in high poverty schools in NYC. Badreyyah served on the Advisory Board for the University Of Maryland Music Department fundraising for student’s scholarships. Badreyyah enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and bike riding and divides her time between Reston, Virginia and New York City.

Bradford F. Andrew

Brad Andrews, Chief Zoological Officer for SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, is responsible for all Sea World/Busch Gardens parks' animal programs, including husbandry, breeding, training, beached animal rescue programs, education and transportation and acquisition procedures. He holds a biology/chemistry degree from St. Mary's College in Moraga, California. Andrews is a Board member of Hubbs-Sea World Research Institute, serves as a Steering Committee Member of the Conservation Breeding Specialist Group, Past-chair of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Past-president of the International Association for Aquatic Animal Medicine, Past-president of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums, a member of the International Marine Animal Trainers Association, the International Wild Waterfowl Association, the Society of Marine Mammalogists, and the European Association for Aquatic Mammals.

D. Randall Benn

D. Randall Benn is a lawyer and consultant with extensive experience in the environmental field. He began his career at Winston & Strawn where he advised the United States Environmental Protection Agency on controversial issues and key policy and legislative issues related to the Clean Water Act (CWA) specifically and other water issues as well. At Dewey & LeBoeuf, he worked on complex cases involving Fortune 500 corporations, municipal governments, non-profits, trade associations, federal agencies and Congress, and had great success reconciling diverse stakeholder interests and negotiating settlements in nationally significant, complex cases. He was also Senior Policy Advisor for The Cordoba Initiative, focusing on building strategic alliances between the Muslim and Western worlds. Benn has also served as a Senior Fellow at Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment and the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions. He serves as member on the President’s Council, Common Cause, a founding Board Member and Executive Committee Member of the Clean Water America Alliance, Advisory Board Chairman of Love Thy Neighbor, Board and Assembly Member of the Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington, DC, and Board Member of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence.

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James M. Prappas

James is the Director of Animal Operations for Landry’s Inc. where he oversees all aspects of the company’s animal operations. His responsibilities also include the development and implementation of the education and conservation programming as well as new exhibit design and management. James obtained his BS and MS degrees from the Florida Institute of Technology. He has been working in the zoo and aquarium industries with an emphasis on conservation for over 26 years. Some of his most notable accomplishments have been the development of the Tele-Learning Science Education Program - an outreach classroom designed for children in the hospital undergoing cancer treatment. In 2008, he was the recipient of the MD Anderson Award for Outstanding Service in Hospital Education. James managed the first successful marine mammal stranding rehab and release program in Texas. He developed the Gladys Albertson Bird Rescue and Rehabilitation Foundation for the Texas Coast. James has been a guest speaker at the AZA, IAAPA and RAW Conferences on the topics of organizational management and staff training and development. His work is published in three international journals.

John Seidensticker

John Seidensticker, Ph.D., is a Senior Conservation Scientist with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, and has been working to study and conserve wild tigers, leopards, giant pandas, sloth bears, and other carnivores since the 1960s. John pioneered the use of radio telemetry to study large, wide-ranging species and was to first to use it to study cougars in Idaho (USA) and wild tigers and leopards in Asia. Most recently, he and his students used genetic analysis to document the importance of forest corridors to tigers and leopards in the Central Indian Highlands. He has served as the Senior Independent Advisor to the Global Tiger Initiative (GTI) and a member of the GTI core team, guiding the strategy to double the number of wild tigers. Earlier he served as Chairman of the Save the Tiger Fund Council for 15 years. He is considered one of the world’s most prominent tiger conservationists.

Dr. Seidensticker served as Curator of Mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park for two decades. He was founding head of the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute’s Conservation Ecology Center. He has traveled widely in Asia and served as an ecologist and park planner for the Indonesia World Wildlife Fund Program. He has conducted fieldwork in the United States, Indonesia, the Sundarbans of Bangladesh and India, Thailand, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. He is author or editor of more than 230 articles and books, including Great Cats; The Javan Tiger and the Meru-Betiri Reserve: A Plan for Management; Sundarbans Wildlife Management Plan: Conservation in the Bangladesh Coastal Zone; Saving the Tiger; A Future for Wild Tigers; and Riding the Tiger: Tiger Conservation in Human-dominated Landscapes. Recently, he co-authored with Dr. Susan Lumpkin the Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas, Giant Pandas, Cats: Smithsonian Answer Book, Smithsonian Questions and Answers: Cats, and Rabbits: The Animal Answer Guide.

His avocations include traveling, walking, gardening, birding, and photography. He was raised on a cattle ranch in Montana and studied at the University of Montana (Ba and MS) and the University of Idaho (PhD), where he received the 1998 Distinguished Alumni Silver and Gold Award. He and Dr. Susan Lumpkin received the 2014 Benton H. Box Award "...for inspiring in students the quest for knowledge and encouraging innovation to inculcate an 'environmental ethic' as a rule of conduct" from Clemson University.