Staff

Derek Goldman
Northern Rockies Field Representative

Derek previously worked as an organizer for the Montana Wilderness Association. After receiving his MS degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana, he spent the 2005 Montana state legislative session in Helena lobbying on environmental issues with Montana Audubon. As a volunteer and board member of a local social justice nonprofit, Derek helped organize an international coalition opposing the Central American Free Trade Agreement, Free Trade Area of the Americas and other socio-economic issues. Derek has been a river guide in Wyoming, Alaska, Utah and Montana and a snowboard instructor in Wyoming.

Kathy Henley
Northeast Wolf and Predator Organizer

Kathy has valuable work experience and knowledge in wildlife and conservation education, research, and outreach through many organizations—the Denver Zoo, Center for Tropical Ecology and Conservation, Project Coyote, Conservation Psychology Institute, The Caterpillar Lab, African Wildlife Conservation Fund, Painted Dog Conservation, and the Savé Valley Conservancy. Kathy has a BA in psychology from Metropolitan University of Denver, and a MS and a Professional Science Master’s in Environmental Studies from Antioch University New England.

Leda Huta
Executive Director

Leda has 20 years of environmental experience, managing grassroots, national, and international projects. Most recently, Leda was the Acting Executive Director and Board member for Finding Species. Previous to that, Leda worked for Resource Conservation Alliance to protect forests from a “markets” perspective. Leda is a cofounder of EcoWomen, speaks Ukrainian and Spanish and has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in environmental science and environment and resource management from the University of Toronto.

Mitch Merry
Digital Director

Mitch has worked in digital and field organizing roles for multiple environmental and political organizations and campaigns. Most recently he worked with 21st Century Democrats, training progressive organizers and as a blogger with the Environmental Working Group. Mitch was also a volunteer coordinator with the Presidential Inaugural Committee and an organizer with the Campaign for Change (Obama for America) in Iowa. Mitch led our successful effort to obtain a unanimous Senate resolution proclaiming May 15, 2009 Endangered Species Day.

Danielle Moser
Pacific Northwest Wolf Organizer

Danielle coordinates all outreach efforts on wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Her campaign and advocacy experience for conservation issues is extensive, having worked for the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Michigan. Most recently, she served in the United States Peace Corps in Tanzania. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University.

David Robinson
Environmental Education Director

David coordinates all outreach efforts on wolves in the Pacific Northwest. Her campaign and advocacy experience for conservation issues is extensive, having worked for the National Wildlife Federation and Environment Michigan. Most recently, she served in the United States Peace Corps in Tanzania. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Michigan State University.

Dr. Mark Rockwell
Pacific Coast Field Representative

Mark is a retired chiropractic doctor, is a fishing guide and Vice President for Conservation for the Federation of Fly Fisher’s Northern California Council who has worked with Ducks Unlimited, California Waterfowl, California Trout and the San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge.

Melissa Smith
Great Lakes Wolf Organizer

Melissa has a special interest in the role that sociology plays in wildlife management and diversity of values, and is dedicated to wildlife agency reform and transparency, representation and democracy within these agencies. She also is a hobby farmer of Katahdin sheep and uses non-lethal, cruelty-free, and predator-friendly practices. Melissa serves as president and executive director of Friends of the Wisconsin Wolf, is a delegate to the Wisconsin Conservation Congress, and is a board member of Alliance for Animals and the Environment.

Tara Thornton
Program Director and Northeast Representative

Tara has worked in the environmental and social justice movement for 20+ years. Tara worked previously as Executive Director for the Military Toxics Project (MTP), a national network of neighborhood, veterans', indigenous, peace, environmental, and other organizations representing people affected by military contamination. Before that Tara coordinated environmental outreach programs for Texans United in Houston, South Carolina Wildlife Federation, Clean Water Action Project Virginia and the Long Island Citizens Campaign. Tara is a founding member and serves on the Board of Directors for the International Campaign to Ban Uranium Weapons (ICBUW). Tara now lives in Maine and in addition to supervising our field staff, Tara carries our Northeast field work.

Nancy Welch
Director of Operations

Nancy previously worked at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum and the Office of Museum Programs carrying out a wide range of duties. For the past 15 years, Nancy worked independently as a consultant and a writer, serving clients in the Greater DC Area, Manhattan, and Boston, including ESI/USAID, Takoma Software, User-Centered Design, OASIS/Suburban Hospital, Cambridge 7 Architects, Sierra Club, and others.