Ross Fuller, Board President, is a C-level executive for a technology business that helps critical infrastructure companies solve their resource management challenges by enabling them to respond, restore and report in real-time for normal day-to-day operations and emergency service interruptions. He is passionate about embracing the whole human, which naturally extends to the environment we live in to ensure that humans exist in balance and equanimity with nature – including our friends the beavers!
Mohamad ‘Mo’ Cheikhali, Board Vice President, is an attorney who practices in the fields of administrative law, medical malpractice, personal injury, and immigration law. He is a lifelong animal lover, and beaver’s are no exception. Mo respects the beaver’s contributions to their ecosystem and wants to be sure they are given what they need to continue their excellent work.
Dr. Aaron Hall, Board Secretary, works as a Senior Aquatic Biologist at Defenders of Wildlife to protect species in riparian habitats. He focuses on beavers as a restoration tool by leveraging their ecosystem engineering skills to create and enhance habitat for many at-risk species including freshwater fishes, amphibians and reptiles, shorebirds, aquatic insects and others. Aaron holds a BS and MS in Environmental Science from The Rochester Institute of Technology, and a PhD in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from The University of Toronto. (Photo from https://defenders.org/people/aaron-hall)
Alison Zak, Founder & Executive Director, studied human-wildlife conflict in graduate school, then worked for six years in environmental education and outreach before founding HBCF. She is particularly intrigued, inspired, and challenged by human-beaver coexistence work, because few other animals have such an impact on the world around them. Alison jokes that beavers filled the monkey-sized hole in her heart as she transitioned away from primatological research on endangered, crop-feeding macaques. She now enjoys working with human primates and semi-aquatic rodents alike! Alison holds a BA (University of South Florida) and MA (San Diego State University) in Anthropology. (Photo by Christopher Frost)