Ray Victurine – President
Mr. Victurine focuses on the development of market opportunities and sustainable funding mechanisms to support biodiversity conservation long-term. He serves as Director of the Conservation Finance Program of the Wildlife Conservation Society. In this role, he offers technical assistance in innovative market and financing opportunities to worldwide field projects. Mr. Victurine has worked in conservation and economic development for over 25 years, and has extensive experience throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia. He holds a B.A. from Georgetown University, and a M.S. in Resource Economics from Texas A&M University. In addition, he holds a Certificate in Business Administration from the University of Washington, and has carried out Ph.D. studies in Conservation Biology and Economics.
Ann Koontz – Vice President
Ms. Koontz specializes in business development that is environmentally responsible while reducing poverty and improving overall sector sustainability and efficiency. As Executive Director of EnterpriseWorks/VITA, Ms. Koontz has worked on sector development for agriculture, forestry, light industry, handicrafts and furniture, tree crops, personal care, energy, water, and ecosystem services products with producer groups and businesses in Asia, Latin America and Africa. Her experience includes capacity building for local organizations, enterprise-based biodiversity conservation, market analysis, public-private deal-making, certification, and monitoring and evaluation. Ms. Koontz has a B.A. from Stanford University in International Relations, and a M.B.A. from the George Washington University.
Julie Stein – Secretary and Executive Director
Ms. Stein has served as a consultant to large carnivore and endangered species conservation issues in the Greater Yellowstone, Latin America, Asia and Africa for over 15 years. She has examined conservation and community conflict for Jane Goodall Institute’s Congo Basin Program, served as Community Reconciliation/Conservation Conflict Fellow for the Andrus Family Fund, and acted as Science and Policy Coordinator for the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force. A founding member of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, she contributed to that organization’s Conservation and Conflict training program for wildlife professionals around the world. Ms. Stein holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia, and an M.E.S. in Conservation Biology from the Yale School of Forestry, currently serving as an Environmental Leadership Mentor for Yale FES graduate students. Ms. Stein is a co-founder of Certified Wildlife Friendly® and the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and currently serves as the organization’s first Executive Director.
Mr. Bell has worked for various nonprofit organizations ranging from international relief to wildlife conservation. His experience includes 5 years in Namibia, during which he helped develop Cheetah Country Beef, an eco-label for farmers using wildlife friendly practices, on behalf of the Cheetah Conservation Fund. In this period, he developed the program’s field verification system and created market linkages with local and European retail outlets. He also worked in London, where he researched and developed strategies to help African beef achieve higher prices and gain market priority. He currently serves as Director of Outreach for the Oregon State Treasury and their Oregon 529 Savings Network. Mr. Bell holds a B.A. in Business Communications from Point Loma University and an MBA from Concordia University.
Ms. Breuer works with ranchers and herders on means to fit wildlife and livestock on the landscape and monitor the impact of agricultural practices on rangelands, with 15 years experience in the U.S., Russia, and Central Asia. She manages the organization’s Predator Friendly® certification program for North American farms and ranches pioneering wildlife friendly production practices and has focused on means seeks to resolve human-wildlife conflict on lands surrounding Yellowstone National Park, where abundant wildlife, livelihoods, and recreational interests intersect. Ms. Breuer holds a B.A. in Biology and Economics from Pomona College and a M.S. in rangeland ecology from the University of California at Davis.
With decades of experience in strategic branding, Mr. DuPuis excels in helping companies understand how to communicate visually with consumers. As Founder and President of The DuPuis Group, a strategic brand design firm with offices in the U.S. and Europe, Mr. DuPuis oversees the strategic design development of branding programs for some of the company’s premier clients including Nestlé, Quaker, Kellogg’s, ConAgra and Lance. Mr. DuPuis helps clients differentiate themselves from their competition to realize—and often exceed—their marketing goals. He is a frequent contributor to design and business periodicals, speaker at professional forums, including the Kellogg School of Management, and has work in the permanent collection in the U.S. Library of Congress. Mr. DuPuis holds a B.F.A. in Visual Communications from Long Beach State University.
Mr. Korchinsky works in the sale of Avoided Deforestation Carbon Offsets, now known as REDD (Reduced Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation) and has developed Wildlife Works, Inc. and Wildlife Works Carbon, LLC to provide people in wildlife rich areas of the world with sustainable economic alternatives to poaching and slash and burn agriculture. In prior work, Mr. Korchinsky co-founded and built Axiom Management Consulting, overseeing the company from start-up through high growth and liquidity. Mr. Korchinsky now applies his business acumen to conservation. He holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Chemical Engineering from the University of Birmingham.
Dr. Helen Crowley
Dr. Crowley supports the private sector in developing innovative ways of being sustainable and having a positive impact on society and nature. She is the Head of Sustainable Sourcing Innovation for Kering. Her earlier work on behalf of the Wildlife Conservation Society encompassed innovative finance mechanisms, protected area design and management, ecotourism development, community-based natural resource management and micro-enterprise development, with a focus on Africa and Madagascar. She also assisted the Australian National Antarctic Research Expedition as a wildlife biologist. Dr. Crowley holds a B.Sc. (Hons.) in Zoology and Biochemistry from the University of Tasmania and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the Australian National University.
Mr. Blumer promotes social, ecological and species conservation activities by harnessing the power of merchandising and conservation commerce. He is Retail Sales and Merchandising Manager for Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo, and has served as president of the Museum Store Association. Mr. Blumer has over 25 years of experience in the commercial and special interest retail industry. He has also prepared interpretive projects for Western museums, and conducted workshops in community-based arts and eco-tourism options in Russia and Kyrgyzstan. Mr. Blumer holds a B.A. in Architecture from the University of New Mexico and a Certificate in Museum Studies from Arizona State University.
Ms. Clarke advises the private sector on conserving species and habitats, providing industry with the latest science and tools for monitoring and managing biodiversity and developing, promoting and implementing biodiversity related industry standards. She is the Zoological Society of London’s Business and Biodiversity Programme Manager. In this capacity, she is a member of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) and an advisor to the Business and Biodiversity Offsets Program (BBOP). She is also Co-Chair of the Biodiversity and Ecology section of the International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) and an Associate of the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment (IEMA). Liz holds an MPhil in Environmental Policy from Cambridge University and a BSc in Zoology from Imperial College London.
Mr. Kunin provides internet users with a fast, free and easy way to make a difference through The Greater Good Network, whose “click-to-give” websites (including www.theanimalrescuesite.com and www.thehungersite.com) have raised over $25 million dollars for charity partners since 1999. As CEO and Founder of CharityUSA.com, he imports ethically sourced gifts, jewelry, and apparel from artisans in marginalized areas around the world in order to provide income to combat poverty and disease. In his travel and work in over 60 countries, Mr. Kunin has first-hand experience in for-profit opportunities to improve human well-being and achieve conservation goals. Mr. Kunin attended the University of Michigan and Carnegie Mellon University.
Ms. Miles works to showcase and promote products that support the field projects of the San Diego Zoo Global focusing specifically on the sustainable use of resources. She introduced the concept of selling “products with a purpose” which are delivered throughout the Zoo stores and via its 5,000,000 annual guests through her position since 2005 as Corporate Director of Merchandise. Charged with carrying out the mission of “Recycle, Reuse, Re-purpose” Yvonne has also served as Chapter President and Director at large of the Museum Store Association and is currently serving on the board of the Zoo & Aquarium Group (ZAG). Yvonne has over 35 years of experience in the commercial and non-profit retail industry.
As a vegetarian and raw food chef, Joy DuPuis has a unique set of creative and culinary skills and experiences spanning over 20 years. Ms. DuPuis’ knowledge and passion for the natural and organic food space has led her to develop relevant and meaningful products, like TempehSure™, a DIY plant-based protein system that allows consumers to create their own fermented tempeh. Nominated as a best new product at Natural Products Expo West, TempehSure™ is the only plant-based protein system that allows tempeh to be made with the use of any legume. In addition to creating new business opportunities, Ms. DuPuis works to educate others on the benefits of pure, organic foods by organizing food trend workshops. Through these workshops she demonstrates how trends like gluten-free, plant based proteins and fermented foods are changing consumer behaviors.