Boreal Songbird Initiative Staff & Board

Staff Members

Lane Nothman, Managing Director
Jeff Wells, PhD, Science and Policy Director
Meredith Trainor, Project Manager
David Childs,
Communications and Policy Specialist
Jennifer Cerulli, Office Manager
Alecia Wells, Administrative Assistant

Board Members

Fritz Reid, President
Dr. Frederic A. Reid is Director of Boreal and Arctic Conservation for Ducks Unlimited. In that capacity, he teams with other DU staff and partners to develop strategies for landscape protection and restoration efforts across the Pacific Flyway. He has over 25 years experience with wetland and waterbird management in North America and Europe and has published over 50 manuscripts. He holds M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Fisheries and Wildlife Ecology from the University of Missouri. He began field conservation work in boreal Alaska in 1989 and has expanded boreal projects to landscape efforts through western Canada. He remains committed to enlightening and educating people to the importance of boreal habitats for birds and the need for watershed protection.

Cathy Wilkinson, Vice President
Cathy Wilkinson has over a decade of experience working on environmental policy issues, including climate change, air quality, and biodiversity conservation. She has served as policy advisor to two federal Environment Ministers on these issues, and has also worked for two national non-profit organizations, the Canadian Environmental Network and the Canadian Council for International Cooperation. As a consultant, she has worked for a number of government and NGO clients, and has developed environmental grant-making strategies for several Canadian charitable foundations. Ms. Wilkinson has also acted as Executive Director of the Canadian Boreal Initiative, which works with a wide range of conservation organizations, First Nations, industry and other interested parties to link science, policy and conservation activities in Canada’s boreal forest.

Nicole Rycroft, Treasurer and Secretary Otish Mountains proposed National Park, Quebec
Nicole is the Executive Director of Canopy (formerly Markets Initiative) - the organization behind the greening of Harry Potter. Canopy works with more than 170 book, magazine and newspaper publishers and printers to shift them away from papers containing endangered forests such as Canada’s boreal. Canopy’s successes have sparked similar initiatives with the book publishing industry in nine other countries. Nicole has worked as an advocate for social and environmental justice in Australia, South East Asia and Canada. Through this work she brings a global perspective to the protection of ancient and endangered forest ecosystems and an appreciation for the intersection between environmental conservation and social justice. Nicole is a 2006 Gold Medal winner of the Canadian Environment Award, recipient of an Ashoka Fellowship and was recently awarded the 2007 Environmental Innovator Gold Medal at the print industry’s Environmental Print Awards. She was also named one of Canada’s emerging environmental leaders by the Vancouver Sun in 2007 and one of Canada's 50 Most Influential People in Graphic Communication for the past two years.

Marilyn Heiman, Member
Marilyn Heiman was the Director of the Boreal Songbird Initiative for a number of years before creating the current U.S. Arctic Program for the Pew Environment Group, where she now serves as Director. She was also the Campaign Manager for the International Boreal Conservation Campaign, a campaign to protect one of the largest remaining Forest Ecosystems remaining on the Earth. She has a deep policy background, highlighted by her appointment by Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt as his top Alaska policy advisor in 2000. In that capacity she coordinated activities of the Bureau of Land Management, the Minerals Management Service, the National Park Service, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the U.S. Geological Survey for the Secretary in Alaska. As Alaska’s representative for the Interior Department, she was one of the six-person Exxon-Valdez Oil Spill Trustee Council. Prior to that she served as Special Assistant on Natural Resources and Oceans for Alaska Governor Tony Knowles and as an aide to the House Resources Committee in the Alaska Legislature during the Exxon Valdez Oil Spill. She presently serves on the Board of the Puget Sound Keeper Alliance. Marilyn recieved her BS for Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley in 1983.


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