Alliance Secretariat

Helen Meredith
Helen MeredithExecutive Director
​Helen joined the ASA in 2016, following 10 years working on the coordination of global conservation actions for amphibians. She coordinated the EDGE Amphibians initiative at the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) from 2006-2011, developing conservation programmes for evolutionarily distinct and threatened species, and raising awareness of the plight of amphibians. She recently completed her PhD at the Institute of Zoology (ZSL) and the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (University of Kent) on “Improving the impact of amphibian conservation”, which focused on developing the practice of evidence-based conservation decision-making. During this time, she was also a Programme Officer for the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group, contributing to the development of ASG’s strategy and the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan (ACAP), which acts as a vital roadmap for the work ASA. Helen is committed to continuing to promote collaboration across the amphibian conservation community and beyond, and celebrating the amazing work of ASA’s partners around the world.
Phil Bishop
Phil BishopChief Scientist
​Phil has been working on amphibian behavior and conservation for over 30 years. He has a MSc in Parasitology (University of Wales, UK) and a PhD in Behavioural Ecology (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa). He is currently the Co-Chair of the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. He has played an important role in producing distributional maps of amphibians (e.g. Atlas and Red Data Book of the Frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland), developing conservation action plans and raising public awareness about amphibian declines.

Phil is a professor at the University of Otago (Dunedin, New Zealand), where he runs a frog research group and teaches a wide range of subjects from cell biology to science communication.He works on the conservation and behavior of the very primitive New Zealand frogs of the genus Leiopelma (for more information see www.nzfrogs.org) and has extensive experience working with many different species of amphibians in different countries. His latest research focusses on amphibian breeding behavior, the chytrid fungus disease and translocating frogs to new habitats. He has published over 60 scientific papers which can be found on the University of Otago website.

Candace M. Hansen-Hendrikx
Candace M. Hansen-HendrikxDirector of Communication & Partnerships
Candace, a spokeswoman for underappreciated species, is also the Editor-in-chief for FrogLog and co-founder of TSTP.tv. She received her degrees in Geography and GIS from McMaster University, Canada. She is also a former Program Officer for the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. Having grown up in West Africa, Pakistan and India, as well as travelling throughout the world, she brings to the ASA a lifelong passion for amphibian. She has been featured in various forms of media ranging from TV series, radio shows, news shows, newspaper/magazine articles and has both domestic and international experience filming and photographing amphibians in their natural habitats. She is both on-screen wildlife presenter and off-camera narrator, while assisting with script writing, HD video editing and all other aspects of production. Her role within the ASA is to assist with the identification, development and management of communication strategies and media projects designed to build understanding and support for ASA’s strategic priorities.
Reid Harris
Reid HarrisDirector of International Disease Mitigation
Reid started turning over logs to find salamanders at an early age. While an undergraduate at Duke University, he discovered that he could follow his passion for amphibians by conducting research projects on them. He completed his masters degree at the University of Maryland before returning to Duke for his doctoral degree and postdoctoral work, all focused on amphibian ecology and evolution. Reid joined the faculty at James Madison University in 1988, where he is now a professor of biology. His is credited with the idea of using skin probiotics to combat the lethal chytrid fungus that has decimated amphibian populations, and he has published widely on this topic. These publications can be found at his James Madison University website. Reid was a delegate to the 2005 Amphibian Conservation Summit that led to the development of the Amphibian Conservation Action Plan. His research has received funding from the Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust, the Mohamed Bin Zayed Species Conservation Fund, and the National Science Foundation. He was recently elected a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his research in amphibian microbial ecology and probiotics.
Robin D. Moore
Robin D. MooreConservation Officer
Robin works with local partners around the world to develop projects for the protection of key habitat for amphibians. Robin’s first foray into herpetological research was at the age of 20 when he ventured to the rainforests of Cameroon to study chameleons. He went on to conduct research and develop conservation projects in the Philippines, Trinidad and Chile, before receiving his Ph.D in Biodiversity Conservation from the Durrell Institute of Conservation and Ecology (DICE), University of Kent, UK. Robin is also an award winning photographer and an Associate of the International League of Conservation Photographers, and has authored his first book, entitled In Search of Lost Frogs, to be published by Bloomsbury in September 2014.
Nathan Yang
Nathan YangIT Director
Nathan Yang ensures that the ASA’s websites run smoothly and have the capacity for future growth. He graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science. Nathan enjoys software engineering, especially the construction of large, complex software systems, software design, and mobile applications.

Affiliate Members

Wim Shih

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Wim has been an affiliate of the ASA board since July 2012. Wim has a bachelor’s of science degree in Biology from The College of New Jersey. He spent his junior year at the University of Exeter where he took a yearlong course in Ecology. It was this course that first sparked his interest in conservation, the environment, and the ecosystem. After attending an event held on behalf of the University of Exeter by the UK Ambassador in Washington D.C., Wim had the pleasure of meeting a member of the ASA team. They immediately hit it off, and began to develop business plans to assist the Alliance.

Wim has worked in finance for over six years and is now a Director at Knight Capital Group, Inc. He started his career in finance as a Securities Lending Analyst at Deutsche Bank in London. He moved to New York to join Deutsche Bank’s Prime Brokerage Client Management team in 2007. In 2009 Wim was hired by Knight Capital Group to flagship their Self-Clearing initiative. He plans to utilize his business knowledge and professional contacts to help market the Alliance’s mission and bring forth potential strategic partnerships.

Gabby Wild

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“Gabby Wild” is considered the “new” face of animal activism. Dubbed the “guardian angel of wildlife”, she founded the 501(c)(3), The Gabby Wild Foundation, Inc. Through her organization, she travels the world to promote animal conservation through creative fundraising and awareness campaigns. Previously, Wild has conducted competitions, challenges, and travel expeditions to places like Thailand to work with elephants, Africa to study baboons, Alaska to tend Iditarod sled dogs, and Ireland to aid horses.

Wild’s most recent campaign involves a cat-walk into the fashion forest. Wearing only one sustainable outfit representing an endangered animal for an entire month for each month of 2012, she has employed high fashion to raise an eyebrow for her furry (and bald) friends. The outfits were predominantly designed and tailor-made by Lifetime’s Project Runway designers. Within the first five months of her campaign, she received over 150 media credits for her efforts, including the NY Times. Rod Manley, SVP of Communications at Giorgio Armani US, has proclaimed the campaign as, “Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant!”

Gabby has been internationally recognized for her philanthropic efforts by organizations such as the Humane Society, GreenPeace, Conservation International, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resource Defense Council, Arkive, and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature. Among the honors she has received include the “Champion of the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence Programme” and “Hero of the Revolution” by Sustainatopia. In an effort to marry her dual interest in animal conservation and fashion, she premiered in the fashion world with Luis Valenzuela at TheGreenShows at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week (February 10, 2012), and has been featured at EarthDayMiami and Fashion Fights Poverty in Washington D.C.

Also a fundamental scientist, Gabby has conducted molecular research since she was 15 years old, conducting her first independent research project on the bacterial composition of indolent eye ulcers of dogs.

Wild has yet bigger ambitions to work not only for animals but directly with animals too. She is a graduate of Cornell University (2011) with a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Animal Science and currently attends Cornell Veterinary College in pursuit of a degree in veterinary medicine.

Willem Ferwerda

willemWillem Ferwerda studied tropical ecology and environmental science in Amsterdam and has background in non profit and profit organizations. He has worked in several (tropical) countries in Latin America, Africa and Asia on conservation and restoration. He was director of the IUCN Netherlands from 2000 until March 2012. Under the Ecosystem Grants Programme, IUCN NL financed more 1,500 local projects in more than 40 developing countries. Willem has put biodiversity on the agendas of business and government in The Netherlands, strengthened the Dutch IUCN network and introduced TEEB, The Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity to business in the Netherlands. He also founded Leaders for Nature, a business network on biodiversity and ecosystems in 2005. A year later he convened 80 CEOs to sign an open letter to the Dutch government, which led to the creation of the governmental Taskforce on Biodiversity and Natural Resources.

In 2010 his efforts resulted in an agreement on biodiversity between the Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers (known as VNO-NCW) and 35 nature organizations. As an entrepreneur, lobbyist and connector Willem is always looking to find new challenges where nature can be positively included in peoples thinking and acting. “We are living in an economic world where disconnectivity between man and nature has become the norm. The need to reconnect with nature will be our utmost challenge and will lead us to a sustainable economy.”

Willem is Special Advisor at the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management (www.iucn.org/cem) dedicated to create an international Broker Consortium on Ecosystem Restoration with Business. He is also recently appointed Executive Fellow at the Erasmus Rotterdam School of Management with the special task to bringing ecosystem thinking into the business. As advisor and board member he is associated to several companies and nature organizations, such as the World Land Trust (UK), the Charles Darwin Foundation (Galapagos, Ecuador) and Van Lippe Biesterfeld Natuurcollege (The Netherlands).

 

Caroline Born

Caroline Born

Caroline Born is an independent animator, currently working as a character designer for a German cartoon production company. Seeking warmer weather Caroline moved to Austin, Texas from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania after completing her B.S. in Media Arts and Animation.

Caroline grew up in Berlin, Germany and was introduced to the wonderful world of amphibians when given a clutch of frog eggs that she raised in her mother’s kitchen. Her passion for nature continued to develop and with it her artistic talents that she now brings to the Alliance to help communicate the importance of saving the world’s amphibians.

Everett Brothers

everettEverett is proud to be one of the newest affiliates of the ASA, specializing in creative production and social media. An entertainer by trade but a conservationist at heart, Everett seeks to provide exciting and innovative ways to communicate the importance of conservation to a greater audience for the ASA. Utilizing his background in live performance and his skills as a producer, Everett looks to develop fresh public awareness campaigns mixing entertainment with conservation and drive engagement further online and in person. Everett was introduced to the ASA on behalf of his friend Wim Shih, a fellow conservationist and ASA affiliate.

Currently, Everett co-produces the Bar-Top Bandits, a traveling nightlife production featuring professional vocalists and dancers performing on bar tops throughout the United States. To date, the Bandits have volunteered a significant portion of their time performing and participating at non-profit events, including: The Boys and Girls Club, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Wounded Warrior, American Cancer Society, and most recently, hurricane relief efforts for their homes on the Jersey Shore. Everett graduated from American University with a degree in Communication Studies: Media and Society and a minor in Anthropology.