Michael is the President and visionary behind DUCK. When not inventing new and useful products to improve people's daily lives, Michael is traveling the world connecting with others interested in his passion: saving animals on a mass scale.
After hearing that more than 50% of the animal population has disappeared since the 1970s, Michael took it upon himself to create an organization that will make a difference. A change agent by nature, Michael has largely been responsible for building the team of experts necessary to accomplish the lofty goals he set for DUCK, the first of which revolves around saving an animal he has long been passionate about, the rhinoceros.
Dr. Ann Goody
Ann is the Executive Director of Three Ring Ranch (3RR) in Kona, Hawaii. www.threeringranch.org 3RR is Hawaii’s only accredited animal sanctuary and home to over 120 exotic residents. 3RR residents are either owner surrender or placements by state or Federal agencies. Ann is passionately dedicated to conservation as a wildlife rehabilitator, humane educator, animal advocate for the past 40 years. A former Emergency Room nurse in the California mountains Ann was the Director of a Humane Society for 13 years.
Ann obtained her doctorate in Healthcare Administration after moving to Hawaii. With her husband Norm she founded 3RR in 1998 and has served as ED ever since. Ann has cared for Hawaii’s native seabirds, forest birds, bats, turtles and whales during 17 years of wildlife rehabilitation for the state of Hawaii. She now focuses her attention on conservation, education and animal advocacy. Ann was an invited guest at the recent IUCN World Conservation Congress held in Honolulu Hawaii.
Baird has an undeniable passion for animals. He grew up in Honduras raising orphaned river otters, monkeys and sloths, to name a few. So it’s no wonder he became a veterinarian. Baird earned his undergraduate degree in Biology at Emory University and graduated from University of Florida College of Veterinarian Medicine.
He returned to Honduras and built a for-profit Biopark, Maya Key, that took in orphaned, injured, donated and confiscated wildlife, with the goal of rehabbing them and release them back into the wild. Baird ran that for about three years before becoming director of wildlife at the private Austin Savanna in Texas. In 2015, he became the new administrator for the Honolulu Zoo, after serving three years as the assistant zoo director. One objective at the zoo is to gradually update and modernize the exhibits, making them more conducive for viewing the animals and establishing an educational experience for visitors.
Dr. Jim Juvik
Jim serves as the Turtle Conservancy’s Senior Conservation Scientist. He was born and raised in California and has been hooked on turtles since infancy. Juvik joined a small traveling circus out of high-school as an acrobat and animal trainer, with the promise that for a summer of hard work his pay would be a large unwanted Galapagos Tortoise.
In 1971, after graduating from the University of California, James received a fellowship to study in East Africa where, teaming up with French herpetologist Charles Blanc, he launched an expedition to Northwestern Madagascar where he confirmed the then uncertain survival of the of the Ploughshare Tortoise in the wild. Following completion of graduate work (Ph.D) in climatology and biogeography at the University of Hawai’i, Jim took up a professorship in the Islands and helped found the Geology Department at UH Hilo. He diverted for several years to design and build the Panaewa Rain Forest Zoo in Hilo. Currently, he serves as chair of the UH Hilo Department of Geography and Environmental Studies and has published extensively on tropical cloud forests, island biogeography and tortoise conservation.
Stephen D. Alexander
Stephen has a passion for helping others and solving seemingly complex problems with simple solutions. With degrees in both Marketing and Cultural Anthropology from SMU, Stephen is the recipient of the prestigious International Richter Fellowship, which he used to study the sustainability efforts and multilayered relationships between local grassroots organizations and international NGOs. Traveling from Chile through Mexico, his research focused on environmental ecotourism in Latin America.
He has since worked extensively in Asia and in many other places across the globe with a number of non-profit organizations that focus on sustainability and cultural development. His work with GlobeAware has lead him on journeys around the world, enabling communities to more meaningfully engage with their natural environment. His efforts in the field of endangered species had him saving the nesting habitats of turtles in Costa Rica, black speckled bears in the cloud forests of Ecuador, and rare Irawaddy dolphins in the Mekong River between Laos and Cambodia. Currently, Stephen serves as the secretary for DUCK and aims to make a positive, sustainable difference in the lives of as many animals as possible.
Kimberly's entire personal and professional life, even while working in the for-profit world as a project manager at CNBC.com and portfolio manager at Capstone Japan fund, has focused on non-profit strategic partnerships. She worked at FCA Inc., where she helped bolster the self-sustainability of West African markets, and was the Associate Director of Programs at Documentary Arts, Inc. Even her vacations are often spent consulting with NGO’s around the world, a habit that lead her to co-found Globe Aware, a 501(c)3 that allows busy Westerners an international forum for giving their volunteer time and efforts in a fun and meaningful way.
Kimberly holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Dallas, an M.A. from SMU and a B.A. from Emory. She currently serves on the boards of a number of organizations including the Executive Committee for IVPA (International Volunteer Program Association), the board of Groundwork Dallas, President of Dallas' Shore Acres Beautification Club, and the Leadership Member for Service Nation, an initiative that strives to increase service & volunteer opportunities for Americans.
Dr. Ron Terry
Ron is an environmental consultant with a BA from UH Hilo and a PhD from Louisiana State University. He was an Associate Professor at UH Hilo from 1989-1992, developing a reputation for excellence as a teacher in geography and environmental sciences. In 1991, Terry went on to found Geometrician Associates, a Big Island business-consulting firm that specializes in environmental impact assessments.
Terry served several years as Education Chair of the Hawaii Island Economic Development Board. In 2000, then-Governor Ben Cayetano appointed Terry to the State’s Marine and Coastal Zone Advocacy Council (MCZAC), a public advisory body that addresses coastal issues and advocates for the State’s Coastal Zone Management Program initiatives. He has provided his environmental expertise pro bono to a number of community initiatives, including forest stewardship, the Mauna Kea Management Board, Hawaiian farming rights, cultural learning, and community facilities.
Dr. Gillian Stewart
Gillian is a biogeochemist with interest in the interactions between organisms and elemental cycling, particularly in the ocean. Currently, she uses natural radionuclides to investigate the trophic transfer and bioaccumulation of metals by plankton, as well as to trace organic carbon cycling in the surface ocean. Her work sheds light on the mechanisms of contaminant accumulation in ecosystems and the ocean’s potential to sequester atmospheric carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.
After completing undergrad at Harvard, Gillian went on to get her Ph.D. in Oceanography from the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. This led her to further research the behavior of present-day radioactive tracers that may provide insight into the use of naturally occurring paleotracers in the ocean. She serves on the board of the Association of Scientists in Limnology and Oceanography, the New York Marine Science Research Consortium, and the Long Island Sound Study Science and Technical Advisory Committee. As a full professor at Queens College, her scientific research is frequently published, and she continues to pursue regional environmental contaminant studies in addition to her work on large-scale oceanographic questions.