OUR USA VOTING BOARD MEMBERS

RORY YOUNG 

CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT

Zambian born, Pro Guide, Ranger, Anti-poaching Strategist/Trainer, Author. Rory is an expert tracker with amazing knowledge, skills and highly developed intuition to become one of the best in his field. He has dedicated his life to wildlife protection and he co-authored, A Field Manual For Anti-Poaching Activities, a guide that provides workable solutions to poaching

ALASTAIR J. MACDONALD

CHAIRMAN

Alastair is an ex-safari guide, born and raised in Zimbabwe. He is currently based in the USA with his wife and two children. He is the owner of Parallax Consulting and producer of the economic and market forecasting service The Parallax Report. He has served as adviser to state governors and legislators on social and economic policy, as well as public and conservation policy think tanks. As a child of Africa, he is proud to serve the programs, people and potential of Chengeta Wildlife.

DAVID LOCHHEAD

DIRECTOR

David is an experienced field practitioner and project manager, with more than fifteen years of experience in peacekeeping with the UN in Africa. His work has included programme development linking dialogue, community-based security and conflict-sensitive development with security sector reform, counter-trafficking analysis and conservation.

KRISTEN KURCZAK NIGHTINGALE 

DIRECTOR

With extensive experience working on conservation and agricultural development issues in Africa, Kristen has held leadership roles and advised clients in the UN System, the World Bank Group, multinational corporations, investment firms, and environmental NGOs. She is the Founder and Principal of Nightingale & Company.

JOSH BOWMAN 

DIRECTOR

Josh Bowman is a British Television and Film actor and producer. Over the last few years Josh has become a big advocate for wildlife conservation and in particular anti-poaching in Africa. As an actor I have a voice. It would be inconsiderate and lazy not to lend it to such a worthy cause. Animals dont have the luxury of a voice- they are defenceless. Therefore it is our duty to help them.

BEN FRASER 

SECRETARY

Ben is a multidisciplinary social scientist with over 15 years’ experience in non-profits. His academic achievements include Baccalaureates in both Geography and Sustainable Urban Ecosystems. He is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning while leveraging his expertise in GIS/RS to create satellite image-enhanced maps for use during Chengeta Wildlife’s trainings.

JOE CHERNOV 

DIRECTOR

Joe Chernov is an award-winning marketer and popular blogger. He also makes time to contribute to conservation-related causes, first by co-producing “Shark Attack,” one of the Web’s most popular infographics, and more recently “The True Cost of Ivory Trinkets,” which brought him in contact with Chengeta Wildlife.

OUR TRAINERS

NIGEL KUHN 

TRAINER

Nigel is a former soldier and wildlife guide photographer, film maker and conservation educator. Since 2007 he has dedicated his life to conservation and education, photography and film making. He now combines his skill sets in soldiering, photography and wildlife knowledge during training of the frontline of Africa’s wildlife defenders. This all, enabling them to be able to make it home to their families after successfully completing their jobs.

FRANCK CUNNIET 

TRAINER

Franck spent 25 years in the French Army where he participated in several missions abroad in partnership with the local authorities to arrest poachers in their park. This experience got him to devote his time and use his military knowledge and love of wildlife to conservation after he finished his military career in 2007. For the last 10 years he has contributed by giving trainings in different countries to try and help to eradicate poaching and trafficking of all kinds.

YOANN GALERAN 

TRAINER

Yoann is French born. Through his experience, he has lived with diverse ethnic groups in all 5 continents which included 10 years with Australian Aboriginal and has diverse multicultural experience. He specialises in linking ancient traditions, people and biodiversity.
It’s natural that he’s become involved in anti poaching, as he believes the key for a long lasting solution in anti poaching is to work with communities in a variety of ways.

NON VOTING BOARD MEMBERS

Beckie Brocies

TREASURER

Beckie spent most of her life in Alaska, having been raised in a small community on the Alaska Highway and eventually moving to Anchorage. She spent several years in the Seattle area, and now lives in Prescott, AZ. A lifetime of compassion for animals led to an eventual focus on the plight of elephants, both captive and wild. An employment history of office administration and accounting in real estate, drug and alcohol treatment, and emergency medicine led to the opportunity to make a meaningful contribution by joining Chengeta Wildlife.

DR. ODEAN SERRANO

DIRECTOR

Dr. Odean Serrano has worked for the US Federal Government (USG) for over 26 years. She began her career with NASA as a space shuttle operations engineer at Kennedy Space Center and then as an environmental program manager at NASA Headquarters. She transitioned to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, spearheading Human and Environmental Geography projects and served as an Agency liaison for partner and academic engagement programs.

Odean was designated by the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper in 2016 as the first Intelligence Community (IC) lead for Combatting Wildlife Trafficking. She served on the Presidential Task Force for CWT as the IC representative and hosted the first IC/USG/NGO Symposium, held at NGA Headquarters. Now retired from the Government, Odean joined the Chengeta Team as the Director of Research & Geospatial-Analytics.

Dr. Serrano’s role as the Director of Chengeta Wildlife Research & Geo-Analytics: investigates integrates, processes, and evaluates geospatial data and interprets imagery to portray geospatial analysis within an interactive map environment, resulting in actionable intelligence to support wildlife conservation research, sustainable community best practices, anti-poaching training doctrine, law enforcement of wildlife crimes, and to depict the convergence of other illicit trafficking missions

HONORARY MEMBER

Lisa Groeneweg

CO-FOUNDER

Lisa is the co-founder of Chengeta Wildlife and has been a major part of the first 5 years. Due to her illness she has had to slow down and now helps out where she can. She has worked as a programmer, bank software programmer/customer service representative to 90 banks in the Midwest, payroll service provider, small business manager until she and her husband co-founded their successful business which they run together. She is best known for her positive outlook and make-it-happen attitude.

BOARD OF ADVISORS

Colonel Ronald Poetiray

“Colonel Poetiray served in the Netherlands Marine Corps for over 37 years. After the Naval Academy he served almost half of his career in marine infantry units as platoon commander, company commander and eventually as battalion commander. The other half of his career he operated in the world of (maritime) special operations and commanded SOF unites on several levels as well. He was deployed many times and amongst other types of operations he conducted operations varying from arresting persons indicted for warcrimes in former Yugoslavia and counter insurgency operations in Afghanistan to counter piracy operations in Somalia. His last deployment finished in 2017 when he was assigned the post of deputy chief of staff operations (DCOSOPS) of Minusma in Mali. As DCOSOPS he started the cooperation on request of WWF and Chengeta Wildlife betweern MINUSMA and Chengeta Wildlife. His staff functions at the headquarters of the Netherlands Marine Corps, the Royal Netherlands Navy and Ministry of Defence were also related to (special) operations. Ronald is still on active duty and serves at the Directorate of Plans & Requirements at the MInistry of Defense as the special advisor of Joint Warfare.”

Wood Dale

“Wood currently works for the United States Army Special Operations Command (SOCOM). He has 17 years of experience in conflict areas across the world including Iraq, Afghanistan, Central America, and Africa among others. A former US Marine Scout/Sniper and current Green Beret for US Army Special Forces; Wood fulfills advisory roles on Small Unit Tactics (SUT) and military/combat strategy. Wood is also a medical doctor and aids in medically related matters when necessary.”

Ira Larivers

“I J Larivers is a biologist, who first worked as an ecologist with the Department of Veterinary Services in Rhodeisa. In the early 1980s he worked on contract to the Bophuthatswana government in South Africa as a uniformed Nature Conservation Officer, and was appointed as an Honorary Officer by the Zimbabwe Department of National Parks and Wildlife Management in 1989, attached to the Investigations Branch and specialising in undercover operations. He has taught Cambridge ‘A’ level Biology, and done consultation work for various conservation NGOs.  I J Larivers has been actively involved with the development of the firearms proficiency training and examinations for licensing of aspirant professional hunters and guides, as well as small arms training for sport shooters and within sectors of the conservation enforcement community. He lives in Harare, Zimbabwe, where he writes extensively for various outdoor magazines.”

Dr Susan Canney

“Dr. Susan Canney has a variety of experience from working on conservation projects across Africa, Asia and Europe, and as a research officer for the UK Government’s independent adviser on sustainable development at the Green College Centre for Environmental Policy & Understanding. Her work involves using systems perspectives and collaborative approaches to understand the human-nature relationship and find sustainable solutions to conservation problems. She is a Research Associate of the Department of Zoology, Oxford University, a Trustee of Tusk Trust, a Tusk Award Judge; sits on the Nature Needs Half Advisory Committee, the Sahara Conservation Fund’s Science Committee, and is a member of the IUCN African Elephant Specialist Group. She has co-authored a recently published book on “Conservation” for Cambridge University Press, that takes a global perspective to bring conservation to the heart of sustainability and environmental policy.”

Liz Hall

“Liz is an anthropologist who specializes in community health and wildlife conservation at the human-wildlife interface. She is currently a PhD candidate at Purdue University and conducts health research in Central Africa”

Dr. Carolyn Jost Robinson

“Dr. Carolyn Jost Robinson is a broadly trained anthropologist with backgrounds in field conservation and studies of human-wildlife interactions. She has 10 years of experience in developing and directing collaborative research and community engagement projects across west and central Africa. These projects have resulted in increased community support for conservation and innovative applications of biocultural anthropology in biology and the sustainability sciences. Her applied work is driven by a commitment to realize futures that include both humans and wildlife through socially responsible, locally inclusive conservation practice.”

Andy Duhon

“Andy joined Spirit of America’s field operations team in March 2018 as a Project Manager for Western Africa.   Andy served as an active duty Army officer for nine years after four years as an enlisted sailor in the Navy prior to joining the Spirit of America field team. He finished his active duty time with the 91st Civil Affairs Battalion at Fort Bragg, NC.  As a US Army Civil Affairs Officer, Andy served as the Special Operations Liaison Officer to the US Embassy in Bamako, Mali during two deployments to West Africa. In this role, Andy worked closely with the Department of State, the United Nations, allied partners, and other special operations units. Andy has also deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Persian Gulf with the Army and Navy. Andy earned his master’s degree in Homeland Security – Geospatial Intelligence from Pennsylvania State University and a bachelor’s degree in International Studies from The Ohio State University.”