Board of Directors
Cathryn Wild founded Seventh Generation Institute in 2006, noting that typical conservation efforts were often slow, expensive and less than effective. In response, she molded the vision and approach of the Institute: "New School" conservation.
Together with Bill Morris she leads Seventh Generation Institute as both a board member and as Executive Director, described below. Formally trained in conservation biology, sustainable agriculture and education, she has expanded her skills and knowledge through the years. She has worked in Honduras, Colombia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Bonaire and the western US and her work has spanned projects ranging from marine protected area management to ecotourism planning, endangered species conservation, stream restoration, and climate change adaptation.
Moving beyond the Institute, Cathryn is a member of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management and regularly contributes to their work.
She holds an M.S. in environmental management, with an emphasis in conservation biology, from the University of California at Santa Barbara and a B.S. in Agricultural Education and teaching credentials in Life Science and Vocational Agriculture from the University of California at Davis.
William J. Morris
William (Bill) Morris, president, is a life-long supporter of conservation and sustainable use. Since the founding of the Institute, he has played dual roles, the first, as board president and the second as the very hands-on Operations Director, described below, where he uses many of the skills he developed in his career in construction management. He was a volunteer in Honduras and Colombia, where he worked with residents to build local resource management skills that couple sustainable use with small-scale agriculture and ecotourism. Bill cherishes the natural heritage of the Rocky Mountains and the open spaces of the western United States. He presently resides in Santa Fe New Mexico where he has the opportunity to enjoy open space all year.
Lisa Degen, DVM
Lisa Degen, vice president, is a veterinarian with a long-standing interest in wildlife veterinary medicine. She is an advocate of personal volunteerism, serving on several professional veterinary boards and as an adult literacy volunteer, in addition to her work with 7GI. Dr. Degen resides in Florida where she owns the Village Animal Clinic in partnership with her husband, and (somehow) finds time to be a mom.
Cynthia Wagstaff, secretary, is an artist, writer, surfer and dynamo who helped launch Seventh Generation Institute and has been an integral part of the organization since the beginning. Semi-retired, she divides her personal time between the wilderness of Idaho and the remote regions of Baja California Sur. She writes and illustrates children's books, cares for abandoned dogs and enjoys long walks on the beach.
Michael Moore is the Institute's treasurer. An avid hiker, skier and self-described vagabond, Mr Moore grew up on a family sheep ranch and was educated as an economist. He has lived in small towns around the western US, as well as traveled extensively internationally. He is interested in the impacts of large-scale economic change on local communities and environmental systems. Now retired, he resides in Washington state.
Lucy Moore has been an environmental mediator, facilitator and trainer since 1981. She has worked with government agencies, communities, tribes, organizations and individuals to improve working relationships within and among entities, build public collaboration and improve cross-cultural understanding. She has helped groups solve problems, reach consensus, or negotiate outcomes related to endangered species, water rights, noise pollution, hazardous waste clean-up, mine closures, Superfund sites and land use conflicts.
With 7GI since it was founded in 2006, Cathryn Wild wanted her job title to be "wearer of many hats." Instead, she got Science and Stewardship Director/Executive Director. When wearing the hat of Science and Stewardship Director, every day is different. She works with land owners and communities to strengthen stewardship of natural resources and improving the scientific basis of that stewardship. She makes films, presents at conferences, creates posters, manipulates data and more. When wearing the hat of Executive Director, she is responsible for strategic planning and juggling all the balls.
Cathryn is an expert on the use of beavers as biological engineers in building watershed resilience and on the role of the pika as an indicator species for climate change in alpine ecosystems. Previously, she worked extensively in protected area planning and management for national parks, marine protected areas, and other protected areas in the US and internationally.
Bill Morris is the Institute's Operations Manager - a fancy way of saying he's a jack of all trades. He has thirty years of experience managing people and projects, which comes in handy during a typical hectic field season at the Institute. He coordinates and trains contractors, live-traps beaver, surveys for pika, pushes the buttons and twirls the dials on the Institute's various cameras and - oh, yes, he is also the Institute's president (see above). He enjoys all things "outside."
Ralph Pastor keeps the website up-to-date and handles the mountain of administrative tasks for the Institute. We are extremely pleased to have him working with us.
Special Volunteers and Collaborators
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The Institute also hires contractors on an as-needed basis.