2018 Advisory Board

Consie Von Gontard, Director of Training, Florida State Animal Response Coalition

Richard Wolocombe, Award-Winning Nature Videographer, Galapagos Resident

Richard Wollocombe is an Emmy and RTS award winning and BAFTA nominated cameraman with fifteen years experience specializing in terrestrial and aquatic natural history filmmaking. His experience spans Blue Chip Natural History, Presenter-Led and Observational Documentary genres.
Richard’s cinematography credits include critically acclaimed South Pacific, BBC aka

Wild Pacific, Discovery (Principal Series Cameraman, Emmy for Cinematography, Best Cinematography and Best Underwater Cinematography International Wildlife film festival at Missoula), Galapagos (Principal Underwater Cameraman, RTS award for Photography, BAFTA nomination for Photography Factual, Best Film at Jackson Hole Film Festival), Human Planet (Sequence, Cameraman, BAFTA and RTS nominations for Photography), Blue Planet (Contributing Cameraman).
Richard’s filming experience both on land and underwater is in Digital 35mm, HD, High Speed, Time- Lapse, Infra Red and Macro cinematography.

After graduating from University, Richard’s passion for nature and adventure led him to the Galapagos Islands. He spent many years there as a naturalist and pioneering dive guide gaining invaluable experience as a field naturalist. Richard has worked with many of the worlds leading cinematographers and directors and credits these highly talented, generous filmmakers for sharing their knowledge that has contributed to Richard’s knowledge and skill as a natural history cameraman.

His work has taken him around the world where he has filmed in many diverse terrestrial and aquatic environments. Richard is equally comfortable working in a team or self-directing. He has extensive experience organizing challenging remote land, boat and aerial logistics for major productions. He has also co-produced, co-directed and filmed for French Television and environmental Non-Governmental Organizations.

Having grown up in England and South America, he has traveled and worked on the continent developing knowledge and understanding of its natural world and diverse local cultures.
Languages: Fluent in English and Spanish. Russian upon request.

More recently Richard contributed sequences on Discovery’s landmark North America series produced by Silverback as well as BBC's Monsoon and Life Stories and was a principal Natural History cameraman on Volcano Island, Silverback's presenter led series Mystery of The Lost Islands. He just completed co-producing and was principal cameraman on the BBC's Natural World: Changing Islands.

https://www.naturalhistorynetwork.co.uk/freelancers/richard-wollocombe

Maia Jill Kincaid, Ph.D, Community Organizer and Consultant for Holistic Intuition, Galapagos.

"Not only is TNR (Trap, Neuter & Return) the kindest, most effective management for feral animals it is a balanced holistic method, that even young people can be positively involved in."

Animal Communication World Website

Dr. Roger Tabor, Author, Biologist, International Feral Cat Expert

“Your project is a bold project combining trap-neuter and return technique with local involvement in the public outreach campaign. It stands a very good probability of working as you have outlined it, and I wish you success with the project." 

Roger Tabor is a television presenter, biologist, naturalist, behaviourist and award-winning author.

Most of his TV presenting has been on wildlife, plants and animals, yet he is best known for his groundbreaking BBC TV series 'Cats' filmed around the world.as a biologist he is recognised as one of the worlds leading authorities on cats.

http://www.rogertabor.co.uk

Carla Naden, Artist, Director of Synergy Rescue and Rehab, Bohemian Unicorn

"Ordinary life does not interest me." - Anais Nin ::: Maybe it won't work out. But maybe seeing if it does will be the best adventure ever.

Craving a simple, bohemian kinda lifestyle ::: where the pursuit of wealth or traditional indicators of success are abandoned. Living in favor of a creative life & a constant search for alternative ideas of tangible compassion, true heartfelt kindness, deep belly laughter, exquisite love & unexpected forms of beauty. A simpler approach to it all ::: Deeply human, living modestly, a surplus of empathy, wealthy in the heart --always thyself but completely versatile…

I figured out a long time ago that making a living was not the same as  living... you can create your own reality if you want it bad enough - where animals, beauty, laughter, simplicity, travel, art, paint spills, change, love, friendship, awareness and livelihood all coexist together...
I specialize in art gone wild, glitter, busted animals called love nuggets, and Aesthetic Screams-In-The-Night. I love traveling. Like my artwork, my history is just as varied, colorful, and completely unexpected. I started off with a Montessori-based education (in Baltimore, MD) and then morphed into a Friends (Quaker) high school. After that, it was a tour of Florida and Montana colleges. I then did some traveling and currently reside in San Diego in a hobbit house, aka my rental.

 I am a strong proponent of animal / human rights and that often influences my life's work & artwork. I use my artistic abilities to promote kindness and compassion toward animals (globally). I feel creativity must come out or it destroys you and that humans are not the only important animals. I have a strong love of collage, old animals, explosive paint devices, making a mess, experiencing different cultures, and spilled pigment / ink on rugs... And I love to laugh

 I dabble in the world of art under the alias Mulletpony & Manrabbit. I am the Director of the non profit, Animal Synergy. I believe by working together and through awareness & education we can create great change together. Synergy rescues geriatric, special needs and terminally ill animals who have run out of time at animal control. Their souls are restored for whatever time remains. Our goal is provide respect and dignity to all beings, no matter their age, appearance, or health status, & increase the save rate of all animals at shelters, promoting a life saving nation. Aka change society's views - busted is the new puppy

Unicorns have always fascinated me because they are cute, imaginary, and illusive. They also have a point.

Animal Synergy Website

Julie Levy, DVM, Ph.D, ACVIM, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Florida

"Efforts to control homeless animals by lethal means are typically frustrated by the remarkable ability of the survivors to repopulate, leading to a continuous cycle of killing and community opposition.
Sterilization of free-roaming animals loosely owned by the community is the only viable long-term solution. Recognizing the bond that the community shares with these cats and dogs, Animal Balance has designed a
project that will engage the community in a humane and effective animal control program that meets the needs of all stakeholders in this remarkable and fragile environment."

 

 

 

Dr. Godfrey Merlen, Biologist, Conservationist

Godfrey Merlen was born in England but has been a permanent resident of the Galápagos Islands for the last 43 years. He was deeply involved in the establishment of the Galápagos Whale Sanctuary, which contains a wide diversity of cetacea, the development of the Special Law for Galápagos, and the establishment of the Galápagos Marine Reserve. Although he is no longer an employee of the Galápagos National Park, he currently works as an assessor and collaborator with the National Park and the newly created Biosecurity Agency, whose work Merlen considers the most important for the survival of the Galápagos biodiversity. He was delighted to team up with his long-time friend, Dee Boersma, in the search for methods to secure the survival of the Galápagos Penguin, a charismatic, endemic, and endangered species.

Stan Minasian, Director of Animal Fund

We are in complete support of Animal Balance's efforts to engage in a program of trap, neuter and release of feral cats and dogs throughout the Galapagos Islands. This time-proven strategy is the only method guaranteed to humanely reduce the population of feral cats and dogs and Animal Fund is totally behind this ambitious effort.”

Stan Minasian is the Director of Animal Fund and is an incredible film director and videographer. For decaades he has been creating thought provoking documentaries on a range of cutting edge animal rights issues.

Becky Robinson, National Director, Alley Cat Allies

The most effective method to permanently reduce and then manage cat populations is through a community based Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) program for feral cats and adoption of tame house cats. By working collaboratively with local agencies, local people and local veterinarians, Animal Balance is poised to create a program that could serve as a blue print for other human inhabited islands around the world.”

Becky Robinson is President and Founder of Alley Cat Allies, the nation’s leading cat advocacy organization. She stands at the forefront of the global movement to protect and improve the lives of all cats.

Becky founded Alley Cat Allies in 1990 after discovering a colony of alley cats in Washington, D.C. Learning the local animal control advocated killing them, she resolved to protect alley cats right then and there. Becky and her organization popularized Trap-Neuter-Return (TNR) in the United States, and developed best practices that are still in place today. She established three spay/neuter clinics in the Washington, D.C. area that are models for feral cat veterinary care.

A highly sought-after authority on cats, Becky meets with groups and policymakers throughout the U.S., Europe, and Australia. She is the recipient of the New Zealand Companion Animal Council’s Assisi Award for outstanding service to animals, and the Golden Paw Award from the Feral Cat Consortium in Southeast Louisiana.

Her book, The Evolution of the Cat Revolution, documents 25 years of pioneering efforts to revolutionize the way cats are treated in the United States.

Under Becky’s leadership, Alley Cat Allies’ campaigns have been featured on top media networks, ranging from NBC Nightly News and PBS to the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. She also has her own column for the Huffington Post.

Becky holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, and a bachelor’s degree in social work from Bethany College.

https://www.alleycat.org

Jonathan Balcombe, Ph.D, Biologist, Author

Jonathan Balcombe is an ethologist, and the author of four popular science books on the inner lives of animals, including Pleasurable Kingdom, Second Nature, and What a Fish Knows, a New York Times best-seller. He has published over 60 scientific papers and book chapters on animal behavior and animal protection. Formerly Department Chair for Animal Studies with the Humane Society University, and Director of Animal Sentience with The Humane Society Institute for Science and Policy, Jonathan currently serves as Associate Editor for the journal Animal Sentience. He also teaches a course in animal sentience for the Viridis Graduate Institute.

http://jonathan-balcombe.com

Elizabeth Peach, Licensed Veterinary Technician and Instructor at St. George’s University Veterinary School, Grenada; former Peace Corps Volunteer on the Galapagos.

“My experiences as a Peace Corps volunteer provided a great deal of perspective with regard toward how veterinary medicine is practiced in different parts of the world and the attitudes people have towards animals.  The Galapagos Islands for two years were my home and the people and animals there my family and therefore I strongly see the need for spay/neuter programs to control the pet population and programs to provide client education in general.”

Elizabeth Peach is a Demonstrator in the Department of Small Animal Medicine and Surgery Department at St. George's University in Grenada, West Indies. She has over 15 years of experience as a licensed veterinary technician, with a focus in shelter medicine and spay/neuter clinics for low-income clientele.  Her interests include non-surgical forms of sterilization and the One Health, One Medicine Initiative. She volunteers her time with several nonprofit groups that work internationally and with Native American reservations to set up MASH-style sterilization clinics.

Ms. Peach earned her Bachelor of Science degree from Tufts University in 1999, and her Associate Degree in Veterinary Technology from Bel-Rea in 2000.