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Meet the EPI Board

Our Board of Directors is comprised of a dedicated group of philanthropic, environmentally conscious, and education focused men and women. Please contact us if you are interested in joining our Board.

Board Members

Buzz Hines, Chair

Partner, Farella Braun + Martel LLP

Buzz Hines is a partner with the San Francisco law firm Farella Braun and Martel LLP where he practices environmental law. Buzz has been with Farella since 2000, and has practiced in the environmental law field for the last 30 years. Buzz represents clients in complex governmental and private litigation and enforcement actions, including state and federal cost recovery actions, natural resource damage claims and assessments, air, water and hazardous waste actions,... Learn More

Lisa Hogen, Vice Chair

Chief Development Officer, Kiva.org

Lisa Hogen is the Chief Development Officer at Kiva with 15 years of fundraising experience working for national and international non-profits. Prior to joining Kiva, Lisa was the Chief Development Officer at Room to Read overseeing a global team responsible for raising the $30MM annual fundraising goal, along with managing their global marketing and PR efforts. Over a five-year period she built the fundraising team from 2 to 26 staff across 6 offices located... Learn More

Christy Miele, Treasurer

Founder, Yoga4Teens

Christy Miele is founder of YogaMinded and its Yoga4Teens initiative. Co-author of Yoga4Teens, An Instructor’s Guide to Teaching Yoga to Teenagers and producer of an online training course, How to Teach Teenagers yoga, Christy trains adults to create engaging classes for teens and also teaches yoga in high schools. Prior to her life change to yoga and family, she worked in the field of corporate finance... Learn More

Dylan Charles, Secretary

Partner, Channel Cloud Consulting

Dylan Charles, a Partner at Channel Cloud Consulting, has over 20 years of strategy and business planning experience in a range of industries. He is a former Partner at Crimson Consulting, KPMG/BearingPoint and The McKenna Group and has built and run a number of start ups in industries as diverse as Solar Energy, Retail, and Software. His expertise includes market analysis, strategy development, and business operations. Dylan is an avid... Learn More

Steve Anderson

CFP, Navion Financial Advisors

Steven Anderson, CFP, PHD is career changer with a passion for personal financial planning. He is an investment specialist, who made his first mutual fund investments in 1979. His practice focuses on hourly, as needed financial planning, and investment management services including college funding and retirement planning. He has clients across the United States. Mr. Anderson began his career as a wildlife biologist, with an emphasis on applying the science of... Learn More

Peggy Bendel

President, Bendel Communications

Peggy Bendel is a globally-recognized expert in travel marketing, crisis communications and media training, and has worked for clients around the world, from Australia to Arizona, California to Chile, South Africa to Sweden. Recognized with a "Lifetime Achievement" award by the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International, Peggy is a frequent speaker at conferences and workshops, and contributes to a range of industry publications, including Travel Marketing Decisions, PR Tactics... Learn More

Matt Eggers

VP, Yardi Energy

Currently, Matt is VP of Yardi Energy where he leads the energy, IoT and high performing buildings business for Yardi Systems, the worldwide leader in real estate software. He was previously Vice President of North American Sales at Tesla Motors. In this role he managed the retail and sales strategy, and led the 450-member sales team to record sales, and large gains in market share.  Before Tesla... Learn More

Aaron Hirsh

Chair, Vermilion Sea Institute

Aaron Hirsh is a writer, biologist, and entrepreneur with strong interests in education, evolution, and the environment. He is chair of the Vermilion Sea Institute and a research associate in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of Colorado—Boulder. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, various magazines, and The Best American Science Writing. His... Learn More

Carrie Kappel

Associate Project Scientist, National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis

Carrie Kappel is a conservation biologist and community ecologist, and currently an Associate Project Scientist at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis. She collaborates across disciplines to develop, synthesize, and communicate robust, relevant conservation science that can inform marine and coastal policy and management. Carrie’s research has particularly been aimed at informing marine protected area design, ecosystem based management, and marine spatial planning. She holds a... Learn More

Steve McCarthy, Emeritus

Founder and Vice President, Systems Engineering Associates, Inc.

Steve McCarthy (2006-2011), had a 40-year career in aerospace and 10 years as a founder and vice-president of Systems Engineering Associates.  His particular interest is the dynamics and interactions of the components of ecosystems: the life cycles of key species and how they are affected by changes in their habitats and food sources, issues related to reproductive success, dangers posed by predators or other threats, and the impacts of indigenous... Learn More

John Westgarth

President, Plangea, Inc.

John Westgarth is founder and CEO of Plangea Inc. Under a number of brands, Plangea designs and manufactures a variety of specialty products aimed at improving the lives of its customers. The company’s main products are UV protective apparel for kids, which help prevent skin cancer, and its line of winter apparel products for kids, which promotes outdoor play. Other brands include products for women’s fitness... Learn More

Julie Osborn

Advancement Director & Co-founder, EPI

Julie Osborn co-founded Ecology Project International in 2000 and currently serves as the organization’s Advancement Director. She applies her background as an ecologist and analyst focused on issues surrounding global change to promote effective conservation involving local residents. With EPI, she directs organizational strategic development and has raised more than $5M in support of EPI’s mission. In 2011, Julie and EPI Co-founder Scott Pankratz received the Montana Math... Learn More

Scott Pankratz

Executive Director & Co-founder , EPI

Scott Pankratz co-founded Ecology Project International in 2000 and currently serves as the organization’s Executive Director. His strengths lie in integrating research and education, bringing common vision to a range of stakeholders, and non-profit administration. As Director, he cultivates the partnerships that are essential to successful programming and directs organizational resources to achieve the full extent of our mission. Over 18,000 individuals have participated in EPI’s field programs... Learn More



Meet Our Advisory Council

Our Advisory Council helps advance EPI's mission through strategic insight, relationship-building, and advisement in their areas of expertise. Click on their names to learn more!

Stephanie Arne - Host, Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom
Paula Jasinski - Founder, Chesapeake Environmental Communications
Peter Senge - Founding Chair, Society for Organizational Learning