Julie Stein, Executive Director and Co-Founder
Ms. Stein is a Conservation Biologist who has served as a consultant to large carnivore and endangered species conservation issues in the Greater Yellowstone and across North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa for over 15 years. She has examined conservation and community conflict for the Jane Goodall Institute’s Congo Basin Program, served as Community Reconciliation/Conservation Conflict Fellow for the Andrus Family Fund, was Science and Policy Coordinator for the Bushmeat Crisis Task Force and consults for Enterprise Works/Vita and Relief International. A founding member of the Human Wildlife Conflict Collaboration, she contributed to a Conservation and Conflict training program for wildlife professionals around the world. She also serves as an Environmental Leadership Mentor for graduate students at the Yale School of Forestry. She is a co-founder of the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network and Certified Wildlife Friendly™ and is the organizations first Executive Director. Ms. Stein holds a B.A. in Art History from the University of Virginia, and a M.E.S. in Conservation Biology from the Yale School of Forestry. Ms. Stein can be reached via: Julie@wildlifefriendly.org
Abigail Breuer, Program Director
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 that seek 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. Ms. Breuer can be reached via: Abigail@wildlifefriendly.org
Ms. Altmann is a wildlife conservation professional with over 5 years of experience supporting integrated strategies for the sustainable use of biodiversity, with a focus on tourism and wildlife trade. As a Conservation Specialist for the National Parks Conservation Association she created projects and reports to align wildlife research, management, and development. She has been a Research Assistant for the IUCN, a Research Associate supporting international environmental lawyer Johannah Bernstein in the evaluation of a UNEP branch, a Research Student with the Smithsonian Institution, and the U.S. Youth Delegate to the 16th Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species. She works with the Wildlife Friendly Enterprise Network to develop key partnerships across multiple sectors and to help support its general program of work. Ms. Altmann holds a B.A. in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic, and is completing her M.A. in Environmental Studies from Prescott College where her thesis focuses on ecological, socio-economic, and political indicators for the conservation impacts of wildlife-based tourism. Ms. Altmann can be reached via: Marissa@wildlifefriendly.org
Dr. Liz Macfie, Consultant
Dr. Liz Macfie is a veterinarian with twenty years’ experience in great ape conservation, much of that focused on gorillas. Her doctorate included a specialty in wildlife population medicine, which led her to Rwanda, directing the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project and then on to Uganda setting up gorilla tourism and conservation initiatives for the International Gorilla Conservation Programme. Recently Liz served as Gorilla Coordinator for the Wildlife Conservation Society and is now a consultant supporting projects to improve management and impact of ape conservation programs. Liz is the lead author of the Best Practice Guidelines for Great Ape Tourism, produced by the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.
Melly Reuling, Consultant
Melly Reuling uses the lens of community-based conservation and coexistence to engage landowners in conservation initiatives. Her graduate research on elephants in East Africa led to the initiation of community conservation projects around national parks to find solutions to the elephant-human conflict. With over 20 years of experience in human-wildlife conflict resolution, she is well-versed in combining scientific knowledge with best management practices to holistically engage and encourage private landowners and communities to live in balance with their ecosystems. From a family with ranching ties in Montana, Ms. Reuling understands the seamless interconnection between agriculture, wildlife and wilderness landscapes. A former NOLS instructor and mountain guide she is also the co-founder of the ecotourism safari company, African Environments, in Tanzania. Ms. Reuling now lives in Bozeman MT and holds a M.S. in wildlife ecology from the University of Washington.