Board of Directors – Officers
Board of Directors
Board of Directors Bios
Ms. Rebecca R. Rubin is the Founder, President and CEO of Marstel-Day, LLC environmental consulting (www.Marstel-Day.com). She established Marstel-Day in 2002 as an expression of her commitment to the conservation of natural resources, especially habitat and open space, energy, water, and the resolution of issues at their intersections. As a result, Marstel-Day is a conservation-minded company providing expertise to federal, state and private sector clients facing environmental, energy, land use and natural resource conservation issues. The company has been named to INC Magazine’s 500/5000, and Zweigwhite’s HOTFirm list, for the past six consecutive years and has been the recipient of the Alliance For Workplace Excellence (AWE) Eco-leadership award for the past two.
Of relevance to the Refuge system, Ms. Rubin was involved on behalf of the Army and Navy in the creation of several national wildlife refuges from former DoD lands, including Fort McClellan, Ala. (now the Mountain Longleaf NWR); Longhorn Army Ammunition Plant, Texas (now the Caddo Lake NWR); Savanna Army Depot, Ill. (now the Lost Mound Unit of the Upper Mississippi NWR); and Scaggs Island Naval Communication Station, Calif. (now part of the San Pablo Bay NWR). In addition, she is the creator of the “Conservation Conveyance,” a unique, Defense-Department authority permitting the transfer of lands out of DoD’s base closure inventories to private, land-acquiring non profits for conservation in perpetuity (10 USC, 2694(a)). This land transfer authority has been used to convey over 70,000 acres at former Defense Department sites into permanent conservation status.
Ms. Rubin previously served as the Director of the Army’s Environmental Policy Institute and as environmental program manager at the Institute for Defense Analyses. She has a BA in history from Harvard College and an MA in International Security from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs.
Vice-Chair – Donal O’Brien, Stamford, Conn.
Don O’Brien is the Managing Principal of Entry Point Capital, a private real estate investment and management company based in Stamford Conn., which he co-founded in 2009.
Entry Point applies a value-oriented investment discipline with hands-on real estate expertise in purchasing and managing office, retail, industrial and multi-family products nationwide. The firm approaches its investments on a non-discretionary basis with financial partners who are comprised of institutional and individual investors. Donal has over 25 years of experience in development, investment, asset management, brokerage and finance. His prior positions include: Senior Managing Director & Co-Head of CIT’s Commercial Real Estate Group, Executive Vice President of Acquisitions with Collins Enterprises, Senior Vice President & Regional Manager for Heitman Properties, Managing Director of Cushman & Wakefield’s Transaction Consulting Group and Project Manager with the Trammell Crow Company.
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Donal majored in Environmental Studies and Art, and holds an MBA from New York University. A life-long student of nature and the outdoors, he’s the past Board Chair of the National Wildlife Refuge Association and currently serves on the National Council of the American Prairie Reserve.
James McClelland is an entrepreneur and specialist in international trade and development. His early career was with Coca Cola where he co-founded and managed the Coca Cola international trading company. He expanded it throughout Eastern Europe, Latin America and South East Asia, and promoted corporate entrepreneurship in Coca Cola Bottling companies worldwide.
James went on to found McTrade, an international trading company working with US and European clients in soft currency countries to facilitate the introduction of investments, technology, specialized skills, training and related activities.
Prior to his career in international trade James served as a congressional staffer and on the Council of International Economic Policy as an Africa specialist for the Ford White House. He held a directorship on the US Yugoslav Business Council, was a founding Director of Aid to Artisans, and currently serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards.
James holds a BA in History and Political Science from Yale University, an MA in International Law and Economics from The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and an MBA from Harvard University.
James has a passion for the outdoors, a keen understanding of non-profit governance and appreciates the role of the Refuge Association in advancing the Refuge System and FWS wildlife conservation mission. He’s also an avid outdoor photographer and is eager to help the Refuge Association take advantage of opportunities at refuges to build major donor support
Rob Morgan is an attorney who serves as a director, Secretary and General Counsel of the Refuge Association.
He retired from Perot Systems, an information technology services company, in 2010 after 21 years. Before Perot he served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C. and before that as an Associate at Covington & Burling.
Rob earned an A.B. in History from Yale. He then served as a Lieutenant in the Army and was awarded a Bronze Star for service in Vietnam. After the Army he earned an M.B.A. from Harvard and a J.D. from the University of Virginia, where he served as Articles Editor on the Law Review. After law school he clerked for a judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals in New York.
Mr. Morgan lives in Lewes, Del., with his wife, Janice Erich, and is active in civic affairs. His interests include history, nature, travel and languages.
Chad Brown, Portland, Ore.
Chad Brown joined the U.S. Navy in 1991, a decorated Navy veteran who received multiple honors. After serving, he received a BFA in Communication Design at the American Intercontinental University in Atlanta, Georgia, received his MSc in Communication Design at Pratt Institute, and went onto receive the American Association of Advertising Award through the Multicultural Advertising Internship Program.
While building his career in freelance design, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) was a daily reality and struggle. Then, Chad was introduced to the sport of fly fishing and he found solace in the sport. He still recalls the feeling of the first time he hooked in on a fish where he felt himself filled with happiness, smiling for the first time in months. This was his sign to connect with the outdoors, as well as to advocate for all people to have access to the outdoors. Out of this healing experience came Portland’s first outdoor lifestyle apparel brand inspired by fly fishing, Soul River Runs Deep.
With Soul River, Chad infuses style and substance into outdoor apparel. The apparel line is inspired by fly fishing and aims to promote environmental advocacy as well the healing powers of the river. It aims to reach a younger diverse demographic, with the intention of promoting a love of and investment in the outdoors. Alongside the apparel company, Chad created the nonprofit Soul River Inc. to work in tandem with his retail business, with 15 percent of profits from sales going to the outdoor, water-based organization that brings youth and veterans together to the river and home to themselves and their communities as inspired ambassadors of nature.
Tom Goettel, South Thomaston, Maine
Tom Goettel is originally from Rochester, N.Y. After graduating from Cornell University with a degree in wildlife biology, he started his career with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. He worked at several refuges in the Northeast, and for a short time was one of the first wildlife inspectors for the Service, stationed at JFK airport. In 1984, he became the first refuge manager of what is now the Maine Coastal Islands NWR, where he initiated many of the seabird management and habitat protection and management programs that form the core of the Refuge’s mission today. After serving as refuge manager at Eastern Neck NWR in Maryland, Mr. Goettel transferred to the Regional Office in Hadley, MA. He became the first Regional Chief of the Office of Refuge Law Enforcement. He then retired from that position in 2008 when his wife, Beth, became the refuge manager of the Maine Coastal Islands NWR.
Tom and Beth now live in South Thomaston, Maine, where Tom is the treasurer of the Friends of Maine’s Seabird Islands.
Tony Judge is a broadcast and documentary film producer and distributor. He has worked with Garrison Keillor for a dozen years on Prairie Home Productions broadcast, film and television projects. Judge recently moved from Chicago to South Hadley Falls, Massachusetts. A new project is a documentary series for public television about critical issues facing National Wildlife Refuges – climate change, invasive and endangered species and funding shortfall. He served on the Refuge Association board between 2006-2012. In his spare time, Tony enjoys birding, cooking, natural history and golf.
Maya Kepner, Sacramento, Calif.
During her time working for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Black Bear, Wild Pig and Mountain Lion Program, Ms. Kepner gained substantial knowledge of ecosystem functions and their importance in habitat management. She also worked collaboratively with the Tule Elk Program, participating in helicopter elk captures as well as conducting aerial surveys using radio telemetry to monitor tule elk populations throughout Cache Creek, East Park Reservoir and Lake Pillsbury, Calif.
Ms. Kepner is currently President & Founder of American West Conservation, L.L.C. The organization specializes in working with ranchers, farmers, and business interests to resolve regulatory issues at local, state and federal levels- relative to challenges pertaining to land, water and endangered species.
Maya was raised on Laguna Atascosa National Wildlife Refuge in south Texas, and currently resides in Sacramento, Calif. with her husband Erich and son Dillon. She enjoys duck hunting, fly fishing and horseback riding.
Marge Kolar, Davis, Calif.
Marge Kolar recently retired from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as the Pacific Southwest Regional Refuge Chief with oversight of 50 National Wildlife Refuges covering about 2.5 million acres of habitats in California and Nevada. During her 37-year career with the Service, she worked at National Wildlife Refuges, Ecological Services field stations, area offices and regional offices in Mich., Wash. and Calif. as well as the national office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to working for the Service, Marge was employed by several private consulting and manufacturing firms in Ohio, Wash., Washington, D.C. and Md., She also taught high school physics and math in West Africa with the Peace Corps. Marge has a B.S. degree in Physics and Math from the University of Detroit, and a Masters degree in Fisheries and Wildlife from Michigan State University.
Marge is now Vice-Chair of the Yolo Basin Foundation, on the board of directors for the California Institute of Environmental Studies, and is an active volunteer environmental education docent at a state wildlife area near her home in Davis, Calif.
Janice Mondavi, St. Helena, Calif.
The fourth generation of a California farming family, Janice Mondavi was raised in the Sacramento Valley with a passion for the outdoors in the fishing and hunting worlds. She graduated from California Polytechnic State University in Southern California with a major in Agriculture Business Management and an interest in wine. Her career in the wine industry began with working for E. & J. Gallo Winery and eventually led her to the Napa Valley where she met her husband, Marc Mondavi. After their marriage, she co-managed her family’s vineyard partnerships in the Napa Valley and in Central California until 2004.
Janice was an active board member for eight years on the San Francisco Bay Regional (7 counties) Water Quality Control Board. Being appointed by two governors (one Republican, the other Democrat) gave her valuable insight in dealing with the state’s water, the environment, numerous government agencies, business owners and policy development for sensitive issues.
As the mother of four girls, Janice was actively involved in several Parent Clubs and was a six-year board member for the private high school where three of her daughters were students. She was instrumental in increasing community awareness and involvement in the St. Helena Boys & Girls Club of Napa Valley during her board membership and presidency there. She was also a member of the Villanova University Parent Advisory board for 7 years. During her service on these boards, she focused on property ownership, budgets and finance.
She now assists her husband in the family businesses, C. Mondavi & Family, concentrating on sales, marketing, and philanthropic events. She has been a strong advocate in helping the four Mondavi daughters follow in the family’s footsteps of careers in the wine industry. Juggling her family while maintaining some sense of her own independence and proprietorship remains a source of great adventure.
Janice’s affiliations include life membership in the Federation of Fly Fishers, as well as membership in the Wives group of the Boone & Crocket Club, the Women’s Technical Wine Group, and the Third Thursday Speakers Forum. Her hobbies include fly-fishing, hiking, travel, food and wine.
Michael Mullins is a retired entrepreneur who founded and operated several commercial businesses including finance, vacation retail, property management, and others. One of Mullins’ biggest accomplishments was the founding of a financially oriented software company in 1976, Comtex Information Systems Inc (Comtex). Comtext existed for over 20 years and engaged about 400 computer engineers.
Previously, he was VP with Chase Manhattan Bank from 1972 to 1976 and a computer services executive with Bankers Trust Co. from 1968-1971. Mullins was a board member of Greenwich, Conn. Audubon Society and also sat on the board of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) in Jamestown, N.Y.
Currently, Mullins serves as vice chairman of the Captiva Community Panel and was formerly a Captiva Civic Association governor. Michael C Mullins was elected with acclamation as Commissioner in 2006 to the Captiva Erosion Prevention District (CEPD) and was voted chairman from 2008-2011 when he voluntarily stepped down. He has maintained a keen interest in beach nourishment and other erosion activities ever since moving to Captiva in 1998. He is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of the Captiva beach and dunes systems. His extensive experimentation with diverse native plant species on his own dunes has made him a natural choice to encourage an ongoing island-wide vegetation program. He also sits on the board of the Ding Darling Wildlife Society.
Mullins remains active in a number of civic and philanthropic groups in and is a life member of the Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCF), the Cape May Bird Observatory (CMBO) and has held a long standing board membership on the Eye Bank for Sight Restoration (EBSR) of New York Foundation in New York City from which he stepped down this year. Mullins also founded and is trustee of the Michael C. Mullins Charitable Foundation.
Michael Mullins is married with three daughters. He has a BBA from Pace University in Mathematics, Computer Science and Accounting.
Mamie A. Parker is a moderator, a coach, and an environmental consultant. She spent almost 30 years working as a professional fish and wildlife biologist and senior executive at U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She also consulted for the Bureau of Land Management, Ducks Unlimited, National Conservation Leadership Institute, and the state of Maryland. After an early retirement, she became Founder and President of Ma Parker and Associates located near Washington, D.C. During her time in the Service, she worked at field stations and regional offices in La Crosse, Green Bay and Madison, Wisc.; Columbia, Mo, Minneapolis and Atlanta. She also supervised National Wildlife Refuges in Ark., La. and Miss. as the Deputy Geographic Assistant Regional Director.
During the Clinton Administration, Parker made history when promoted into the Senior Executive Service (SES) as the Regional Director of the 13 northeastern states headquarters near Amherst, Mass.– the first African American to hold this position in the history of the agency.
Good Housekeeping Magazine recognized her with a Women in Government Leadership Award and the Governor of Arkansas inducted her into the Arkansas Hall of Fame. She was also honored as the distinguished Alex Haley Lecturer and inducted into the Hall of Fame at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Dr. Parker has been recognized by many as an uncommon woman in many uncommon places and received numerous other awards, including the Ira Gabrielson Leadership Award for the most outstanding leader in the Service. She also received the Presidential Rank Meritorious Service Award (top 3 percent of all federal government executives).
Parker is currently serving as an officer among the board of directors at the Chesapeake Conservancy.
Dragana Connaughton, Palm Beach, Fla.
Dragana Connaughton is a long time resident of Palm Beach and living on the island has contributed to her great love of nature and the ocean. Over time, her enthusiasm for Mother Nature has become the subject of her photography and it is expertly exhibited in the quality of her work. She has traveled extensively in pursuit of her passion and has been capturing stunning images in Wild Life Refuges and National Parks around the world. Through her work, she is hoping to inspire others to get connected with nature and remind everyone of the importance of conserving wildlife and their natural habitat. Dragana has exhibited her works in several galleries and was recently published in National Wildlife magazine. She has won numerous photographic awards including the grand prize in 2010 in the Palm Beach Post’s 6th annual “Focus on Nature” contest.
Dragana is a Senior Sales Associate with Sotheby’s International Realty with over 30 years of experience and is currently ranked in the top half of 1% of sales associates in the nation. She has concentrated on selling premier estates and condominiums in Palm Beach and has represented buyers and sellers in the acquisition and disposition of some of the finest properties in the area. She possesses extensive knowledge of the community; its history, schools, and civic and charitable organizations and she is skilled and experienced in complex real estate negotiations unique to high-end properties. She is a member of the Palm Beach Board of Realtors, the National Association of Realtors, the Civic Association of Palm Beach, the Palm Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Preservation Foundation of Palm Beach. She is dedicated to the preservation and enhancement of Palm Beach and stays involved in civic and philanthropic groups.
Dragana has four grown children. Throughout her children’s academic years, she worked tirelessly at many fundraisers and served on countless committees representing a vast array of charitable events. She has served on the board for the Armory Art Center, and on the junior committees for the Kravis Center and the Young Friends of the Red Cross. She was instrumental in raising funds for the Seaview Recreational Center and served on the Seaview Commission.
Dragana is a graduate of Rollins College, a former Ford model and a past winner of the National Amateur Mixed Doubles Tennis championship. Her interests include, tennis, fishing, diving, boating, golf, travel and photography. She lives on the island of Palm Beach with her husband Richard.
Cheryl Hart, Portland, Oreg.
Cheryl grew up in Twin Falls, Idaho, a fourth generation Idahoan, where, if she wasn’t in school or asleep, she was outdoors. Cheryl received a BA in Psychology from Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA; a M.Ed. in Human Services (Counseling) from Boston University; and a PhD in Adult Education from the University of Idaho. She has lived in Okinawa, Nurnberg and Stuttgart Germany as well as West Virginia, Arizona, and Texas, and is now living in Portland Oregon.
Her professional background is in Strategic Planning; Organizational Development; Grant Writing; and Program planning, implementation and evaluation and education. She has served as staff or Board for several different nonprofits and enjoys developing new programs and trying to figure out how to make them successful.
When Cheryl moved to Oregon in 2005, she bought a condo, which she soon discovered is within the acquisition boundary of Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge. She joined the Friends group, becoming a Board Member and serving as Chair of the Store Committee when the store was still just part of a blueprint for the new Wildlife Center. She was President of the Board of the Friends Group from 2011 until 2016 and was a member of Friends Academy 6 at the National Conservation Training Center. The Friends of Tualatin River NWR celebrated its 20th Anniversary as a Friends Group in 2013 and was honored to be the NWRA Friends Group of the Year for 2014.
Cheryl loves to travel and recently came back from 3 1/2 weeks in Thailand, Lao, and Burma, which brought the total number of countries she has visited or lived in to 80. Besides spending time with family—son, daughter-in-law, and two grandsons—she also sings in a community choir.
David Preschlack is the executive vice president, affiliate sales and marketing for Disney & ESPN Networks Group. He oversees all aspects of domestic distribution of Disney and ESPN’s cable and satellite networks.
Preschlack is also in charge of handling the retransmission consent agreements for The Walt Disney Company’s ten owned ABC stations as well as the distribution of company’s advanced products and services. In addition, Preschlack oversees the licensing of broadband, mobile and audio content, which includes ESPN3, ABC News Now, ABC Mobile, SOAPnetic, Disney Connection, ESPN Mobile TV, ESPN Radio and the cable and broadcast syndication of ESPN’s regional sports content. Preschlack’s team launched the first-ever live, authenticated networks, making ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU and ESPN Buzzer Beater and Goal Line available to fans online or through the WatchESPN app with service from affiliate operators. In 2012, Preschlack oversaw a similar launch of authenticated products for the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Jr.
Preschlack’s many accomplishments include the recent distribution growth of ESPNU, WatchESPN, ESPN3 and the launch of new services like ESPN Buzzer Beater, ESPN Goal Line and Disney Junior. These newer services are a priority for Preschlack’s team and are designed not only to serve ESPN’s fans, but grow the businesses of The Walt Disney Company’s affiliate partners.
He first joined ESPN as a videotape librarian in July 1995 and joined the affiliate sales and marketing department in 1996 as a sales coordinator. He was promoted to associate account executive, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (1997-99), senior account executive, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (1999-2000), director, affiliate sales and marketing, northeast region (2000-02), and vice president, national accounts, affiliate sales and marketing (2002-04).
Preschlack has received Sports Business Journal’s “Forty Under 40” distinction three times (2007 – 2009, thereby becoming a “Forty Under 40 Hall of Famer”) and was named toMultiChannel News’ “40 Under 40” list in 2007. In 2004 Television Week named Preschlack to its “Hot List,” a list of a dozen men and women poised to take their places at the forefront of the television business in the next few years.
Preschlack was graduated from Denison University with a bachelor of arts degree in economics in 1995. He currently resides in Southport, Conn., with his wife and four children.
Lynn Scarlett, former Deputy Secretary and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Department of the Interior from 2005-2009, is a Visiting Scholar and Co-director of the Center for Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future in Washington, D.C. In 2009, Scarlett served as a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. She is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Scarlett became Deputy Secretary of the Interior Department after serving for four years as the Department’s Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She served as Acting Secretary of the Department for two months in 2006. Scarlett is also the author of numerous publications on environmental policies, including “Green, Clean, and Dollar Smart,” urban greening, and a report on ecosystem services in relationship to federal laws and policies.
Ms. Scarlett is a lifelong birder and avid hiker.
Kathy Woodward has volunteered nearly 5,000 hours to the National Wildlife Refuge System since 1999 when she became a member of the newly-formed Friends of Great Swamp NWR, N.J.. She is past president of the Friends, which was honored as Friends group of the Year, 2006. Currently, Mrs. Woodward helps lead educational walks, greets visitors at the Visitor Center, assists with the monthly environmental book group and leads a group of volunteers in the removal of invasive plants and restoration planting at Great Swamp NWR.
Mrs. Woodward was trained by Fish and Wildlife Service and the Department of the Interior to become a Friends Mentor. She also visited many Refuges to help set up or improve their Friends groups. She presented and/or moderated sessions at several National Friends conferences and served on the steering committee for FWS Northeast Region 5 Friends Meetings. Mrs. Woodward also attended the first Refuge System Friends Academy training week in 2007. She represented volunteers at the national Conserving the Future: Wildlife Refuges and the Next Generation conference in 2011.
Through travels, meetings and contacts, Mrs. Woodward continues to learn more about and appreciate the potential of the Refuge System, the Friends initiatives and the invaluable support of the Refuge Association.
Kathy Woodward is a retired special education administrator. Her husband, Carl, is an attorney with a specialty in environmental law, an avid birdwatcher and Refuge volunteer.
Andy Woolford, Norwalk, Conn.
Andrew Woolford is currently Managing Director and Head of Leveraged Loan Sales for Jefferies LLC. in New York, N.Y. and Stamford, Conn., where he has worked since 2004. He has extensive experience in the financial services sector, dating back to 1984 with Chemical Bank, BT Securities, followed by Morgan Stanley and most recently with CIBC World Markets, all in New York, N.Y.
Mr. Woolford majored in English Literature at Middlebury College in Vermont and holds an MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. His varied community service includes service as board member for the Norwalk Community College Foundation, coach and judge for the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship and founder and former Treasurer of Shakespeare on the Sound (Rowayton, Conn.)
A resident of Norwalk, Conn., for more than 25 years, Mr. Woolford is a life-long enthusiast of the outdoors. His hobbies include ice hockey, boating, biking, skiing, hiking, fishing, beekeeping and guitar.
William B. Buchanan, Jr., New Canaan, Conn.
Bill Buchanan has focused on raising equity capital for emerging growth companies for the majority of his investment-banking career. In 2014 he joined BTIG as Head of Investment Banking. He spent seven years as the CEO of Lazard Capital Markets LLC after joining Lazard Frères & Co. in July 2006 as Head of U.S. Equity Capital Markets and Co-Head of U.S. Corporate Finance.
Previously, Mr. Buchanan served as Head of Equity Capital Markets at Cowen & Co., and also served as a member of Cowen’s Executive Committee, Head of the Equity Commitment Committee, and a Vice President of SG Cowen Ventures. Prior to joining Cowen, he was the Deputy Head of Global Equity Capital Markets Group at Salomon Smith Barney, now Citigroup. Mr. Buchanan has also worked in a senior capacity at Bear Stearns and Credit Suisse,
He graduated from the University of Virginia and the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration. He has served on the Boards of the New Canaan YMCA (Vice President), and the New Canaan Country School (Committee Chair). He also served on the Board of the Weir Farm Preserve (the private organization affiliated with the National Park), and is currently on the Executive Council for AmeriCares in Stamford, CT, and the Connecticut Board of the Trust for Public Land.
Bill currently resides in New Canaan, Connecticut with his wife, Marianne. He has three children: William, Maggie, and Charlotte.