About JRS / People

Board of Trustees

Sandy Andelman

Wildlife Conservation Society

Seattle, WA (USA)

Dr. Sandy Andelman is Vice President, Conservation Strategy and Partnerships with the Wildlife Conservation Society. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington in behavioral ecology and has three decades of experience at the interface of biodiversity research and policy in Africa and globally. She previously served as chief scientist of Conservation International and deputy director of the U.S. National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS).

Akiça Bahri

National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia

Tunis, Tunisia

Akiça Bahri, Ph.D., is a Professor at the National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia. With a background in agricultural engineering, she has decades of experience in water resources management, with emphasis on the agricultural uses of marginal water and impacts on the environment. Previously, Akiça worked as Coordinator of the African Water Facility at the African Development Bank, Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), and as Director of Research at the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF) in Tunisia.

Bonnie Cockman

Organization for Tropical Studies

Cambridge, MA (USA)

Bonnie Cockman is Chief Financial Officer at the Organization for Tropical Studies.  She has held executive finance positions at Grameen Foundation, Root Capital, and Conservation International, and serves on the board of Foundations of Success.   With a passion for climate action, she helped launch Mothers Out Front, working first as Managing Director and now as Treasurer of the Board. Bonnie is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and holds a B.A. in business from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Allyson Fish

DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (USA)

Allyson Fish has an MBA from Yale University in corporate environmental strategy and was a Hewlett Fellow at the Environmental Defense Fund’s Corporate Partnerships program. Currently Allyson is Global Business Director for the Food Enzymes program at DuPont Industrial Biosciences.

Lucy W. Irungu

Machakos University

Nairobi, Kenya

Professor Dr. Lucy Irungu is the Vice-Chancellor of Machakos University. She is also currently the Chair of the Academic and Management Board of the Kenya Wildlife Service Training Institute (KWSTI), a member of the Pan African Mosquito Control Association, and a Fellow of the Royal Society to Tropical Medicine and Hygiene and the Kenya National Academy of Sciences. Previously she worked at ICIPE before joining the University of Nairobi where she held positions as Professor and Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, Production, and Extension. 

Leonard Krishtalka

University of Kansas

Lawrence, Kansas (USA)

Dr. Leonard Krishtalka is the Director of the Biodiversity Institute and Professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Kansas. He received his Ph.D. in Systematics and Ecology, and Biology and Paleontology from the University of Kansas and Texas Tech University respectively. He has served as Program Director in the Division of Environmental Biology for the National Science Foundation.

Sarah Lynch

World Wildlife Fund

Washington, DC (USA)

Dr. Sarah Lynch is a Senior Director on World Wildlife Fund’s Food and Freshwater Team. An agricultural economist by training, she received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Agricultural Economics from Michigan State University and Cornell University, respectively. She has served at the USDA Economic Research Service, the Henry A. Wallace Institute of Alternative Agriculture, and as an advisor to Cameroon’s Ministry of Agriculture.

Ellen Martz

Raymond James Investments

Saginaw, Michigan (USA)

Ellen V. Martz is an Associate Vice President of Investments at Raymond James where she oversees approximately $95 million in assets for 200 plus clients for 36 years. Ellen is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary® (AIF®). She is a very active trustee serving on the governing and endowment boards of several non-profit and educational non-profit organizations in Michigan.

Ruth K. Midcalf

The Methodist Church

Hampshire, United Kingdom

Dr. Ruth Midcalf is a Methodist Presbyter currently stationed in the Basingstoke and Reading Methodist Circuit in the United Kingdom. Her ministry training followed a scientific career based at Royal Holloway, University of London where she was an Honorary Lecturer in Biological Sciences, serving as the Deputy Dean of Science (Teaching) Science Outreach Officer and Deputy Programme Director for Science Foundation Year. From 2008-2011, Ruth was the Executive Secretary of the Linnean Society of London.

Guy Midgley

University of Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch, South Africa

Guy Midgley, Ph.D., is a Professor at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa. As a researcher in ecology, his work has included plant ecophysiology, biogeography and species ranges, population demography and dispersal, and aspects of systems ecology (including disturbance) and global ecology. Previously, Midgley worked as a scientist at the South Africa National Biodiversity Institute.

Benjamin Rader

Goldman Sachs Foundation

New York, New York (USA)

Benjamin Rader has served as a Vice President of Goldman Sachs since 2005 and currently serves as the General Counsel for The Goldman Sachs Foundation. Benjamin received an LL.M. in International Law from Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.

Baldwyn Torto

International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology

Nairobi, Kenya

Dr. Baldwyn Torto, is a Research Leader in Chemical Ecology at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), a world-class research center focusing on insect sciences. Previously, he worked as a scientist in some of the top research institutions in the world including Rothamsted Research, UK, and the USDA/ARS-Center for Medical, Agricultural and Veterinary and Entomology. Baldwyn is a Fellow of the Entomological Society of America, Fellow of the African Academy of Sciences and an Extraordinary Professor at the University of Pretoria, South Africa.

JRS Staff

Don Doering

JRS Executive Director | Seattle, WA (USA)

Dr. Don Doering has served as Executive Director of the JRS Biodiversity Foundation since January 2013. JRS has committed $16M to biodiversity informatics since 2007 and has an active grant portfolio of about 20 grants and $3.5M in total commitments. His expertise is philanthropic strategies to create change and he has over 20 years of experience in strategy development and execution in the for-profit and non-profit sectors. From 2006-2011, Don served at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation where he helped to start and lead a sixty-five person team in Agricultural Development that committed over $1.7 billion in four years to help poor farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. In addition to making about $250 million in grants in soils, root crops, agricultural data and extension as Program Officer, he later had responsibilities as Business Officer and as Senior Strategy Officer for group operations, financial planning, evaluation and strategy processes. Don has held senior positions at the Wharton School of Business, World Resources Institute, Winrock International, and the International Food Policy Research Institute and consulted to Fortune500 companies and major non-profit organizations. He is a graduate of the Johns Hopkins University in Biophysics and received his Ph.D. in Biology from M.I.T.

Former Trustees & Staff

The J.R.S. Biodiversity Foundation gratefully acknowledges the valuable contributions of our former Trustees and staff to the growth and development of the Foundation and to the success of our grantees.


David Molyneaux

Trustee, 1999-2008

Leonard Saari

Trustee • 1998 - 2006

Bea G. Leopold

Trustee, 2000 - 2005

Janet Boudris

Trustee • 1999 - 2007

Colin Day

Trustee, 2000-2008

James H. Beach

Trustee, 1999 - 2006

Jim Edwards

Trustee, 2002-2010

Carole Haywood

Trustee, 2003-2008

Janet McCue

Trustee, 2002-2008

Scott Nichols

Trustee, 2006 - 2011

Michael Jensen

Trustee • 2001 - 2009

Vinand Nantulya

Trustee, 2006-2011

Bryan Heidorn

Trustee, 2007-2013

Rebecca Schrader

Trustee • 2007 - 2013

Jorge Soberón

Trustee, 2007-2013

Richard Kiome Bagine

Trustee, 2008-2014

Daniel Masiga

Trustee, 2008-2014

Jon Paul Rodriguez

Trustee, 2013-2015

Aaron McNevin

Trustee, 2009-2015

Souleymane Konaté

Trustee, 2015-2017

Robert Guralnick

Trustee, 2011 - 2017

Sarah Feresu

Trustee, 2010 - 2017

Harry Cerino

Executive Director & Trustee • 2006 - 2012

Former Staff

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Lillian Mcgill

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Lillian McGill served JRS 2017-2018 as a science communications intern. She is currently a graduate student in the Quantitative Ecology and Resource Management program at the University of Washington. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Applied Mathematics from the University of Notre Dame. Lillian enjoys the challenges of communicating technical science to a broad audience. 

Emily Grason

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Emily Grason served JRS 2015-2017 as a science communications intern. She recently completed a Ph.D. at the University of Washington studying biological invasions. She enjoys communicating conservation and biodiversity science to broad audiences, as a speaker, a blogger, and as the person sitting next to you to on the airplane.


Ariel West

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Ariel West served JRS 2015-2016 as our third management intern. She is a graduate student at the Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington and received her Bachelor’s Degree in International Studies from the University of Michigan.


Samantha DeMars-Hanson

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Sam DeMars-Hanson served JRS 2014-2015 as our second communications intern. She is a University of Washington graduate with a degree in Environmental Studies. Sam is a huge animal lover.


Alison Saperstein

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Alison served JRS 2014-2015 as our second management intern. She completed her Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington. Allison has a background in Geology-Biology from Brown University and professional experience in non-profit program management and environmental education.


Izabella Phillips

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Izzy served JRS 2013-2014 as our first communications intern. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a degree in Communications and is a Seattle local. Izzy managed JRS’ social media and was JRS’ point of contact for grantee communications and has developed the Grant Portfolio content in partnership with JRS grantees.


Chris Clark

University of Washington | Seattle, WA (USA)

Chris served JRS 2013-2014 as our first management intern. Chris completed his Master’s of Public Administration at the University of Washington’s Evans School. He is also a graduate of Portland State University in International Studies and Economics and served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Niger, West Africa.

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