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|The SER Team|
Executive DirectorBethanie Walder joined the Society for Ecological Restoration as Executive Director in September 2015 and has more than 20 years’ experience in environmental conservation, restoration and education.
Prior to joining the SER, Bethanie served as the Executive Director of Wildlands CPR, where she oversaw several highly successful conservation and restoration campaigns, including a program that has secured more than $400 million in U.S. Congressional appropriations for watershed restoration on national forest lands. Bethanie also worked as an organizational development, strategic planning and natural resources management consultant. She has led workshops and given lectures and presentations on ecological restoration and conservation at conferences, seminars and universities across the United States and in Canada, Ireland and Brazil. She was a founding member of several coalitions and non-governmental organizations including Women’s Voices for the Earth and the Washington Watershed Restoration Initiative. Bethanie also served on numerous Boards of Directors and Steering Committees including her current positions on the boards of the Missoula Community Foundation and Writing Coaches of Missoula.
Bethanie has an undergraduate degree in Political Science and International Studies from Duke University and a Master's of Science in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana. She lives, works and plays in Missoula, Montana.
Program ManagerAs Program Manager, Levi works in a number of different capacities to help develop the Society's programs and activities. In addition to building and maintaining the Global Restoration Network, serving as editor of the quarterly newsletter SERNews and conducting public outreach, he plays an integral role in planning and organizing the Society's biannual World Conference on Ecological Restoration. A fluent Spanish speaker, he has been instrumental in helping SER expand its presence in Latin America by translating a variety of restoration-related materials and fostering collaborative relationships with practitioners throughout the region.
His interest in ecology arose out of studies in anthropology at Northern Arizona University, where he discovered an enduring fascination with ethnobotany and traditional ecological knowledge. Subsequent travels in Latin America and exposure to rural livelihoods only served to deepen this interest, and SER has afforded him an invaluable opportunity to broaden his base of knowledge and contribute something tangible to efforts aimed at safeguarding biodiversity and fostering sustainable relationships between humans and their natural surroundings
Membership DirectorLaura Capponi joined SER in January 2018 as Membership Director, and leads member development activities to strengthen the capacity of SER’s global community. She has previous experience in membership, network building, and program development through Rachel’s Network, SHAPE America, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Laura earned her BA and MA in government and politics from the University of Maryland and Johns Hopkins University, respectively. She lives and works in Washington, DC and is passionate about ensuring that all beings have fair and equitable access to sustain life on earth.
Communications and Operations AssociateRebecca Shoer has worked with endangered species and habitats across the globe. Whether studying elephants in Thailand or rescuing turtles on Cape Cod, she is most drawn to projects that address the intersection of community and conservation. She loves engaging with the public, be it through public presentations or written media. After living in a succession of rural areas, Rebecca is very excited to be working at SER HQ in downtown Washington D.C., interacting every day with ecologists around the world.
Certification Program CoordinatorAfter volunteering to lead the development of the SER certification program, Jen officially joined the SER staff in 2016 as the Certification Program Coordinator. She has volunteered with SER for over a decade and is a co-founder and longstanding member of SER’s Midwest Great Lakes Chapter. Prior to joining SER, Jen worked for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and consulting firms (ENVIRON and ERM) on all aspects of restoration in the context of site remediation and Natural Resource Damage Assessments and settlements. Jen lives and works in Cleveland, Ohio.
Restoration Ecology Editor-in-ChiefStephen Murphy is the Editor-in-Chief of Restoration Ecology; he is Professor and Director of the School of Environment, Resources & Sustainability at the University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada. He focuses on restoration ecology in a variety of habitats, especially in the Great Lakes region. He also is involved with strategic planning, management, policy, and advances in monitoring and data analysis for restoration ecology from regional to international levels. As Steve enjoys both the professional development and social aspects of conferences, you will find him leading sessions or entire programs at SER regional and international conferences and the ESA annual conference and at the social events.
Restoration Ecology Managing EditorValter Amral is the Managing Editor of Restoration Ecology. He is a benthic ecologist at the Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre, Universidade de Lisboa, Portugual. Valter's research combines ecological and molecular tools to understand the mechanistic underpinnings of organisms' responses to environmental change and disturbance. He is particularly interested in aspects of population structure, regulation and evolutionary adaptation of marine and coastal biota. Most importantly, Valter is a father, husband, and yogi, who loves travelling and being close to the sea.
George GannGeorge has served on SER's board as Chair, Chair of the Science and Policy Committee, and as a Global Restoration Ambassador. He works with SER as an adviser in policy decisions and inter-agency meetings. George has spent the last 40 years working on the conservation of rare plants, the restoration of ecosystems and a host of other conservation and sustainability issues. Originally from South Florida, he attended the University of Colorado Boulder, where he received a B.A. with distinction in International Affairs and Environmental Conservation. He has traveled widely in Latin America, as well as Europe, Asia and Australia.
Vickie StubbsVictoria Stubbs is a passionate, energy centered, solutions oriented business consultant, accountant, and tax preparation professional. Vickie has been a member of the Society for Ecological Restoration since 2008 and is honored to help facilitate SER’s Mission as Treasurer of the Southwest Chapter. Beyond accounting, Vickie enjoys working in the yard, sprouting plants/herbs, UofA Basketball, and her absolutely wonderful husband of 27 years, Roger!
Megan KevilleMegan edits and assembles SER's quarterly newsletter, SERNews. She also works to expand the Restoration Resource Center by researching and uploading projects and resources to our searchable databases. Megan is the Research Coordinator for the Restoration Ecology lab at University of Montana and is also Co-Coordinator for the Northern Rockies Fire Science Network
Lisa ForceLisa began working with SER in March to help expand opportunities for organizations involved the field of restoration. Lisa has 20 years experience in development, strategic planning, financial management, media relations and market expansion for corporations and non-profit organizations. Her experience in ecological fields includes working for the Center for Biological Diversity, Living Rivers, and Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands to conserve and restore rivers, forests, watersheds and wildlife habitats. She has been featured on National Geographic TV, BBC and NPR for her work restoring the Colorado River from the U.S to the Mexican delta. Lisa served as a National Governing Board Member for the Sierra Club based in San Francisco, and holds Masters degrees from Colorado and Texas universities.