OUR BOARD

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
 

SETH M. HENDON
CHAIRMAN

Seth is a partner at New York City-based investment firm, Tinicum Incorporated, where he has worked since 1991. Recently, he moved to a part-time role at Tinicum, in order to spend more time in public service, including working with Wild Tomorrow Fund. 

 

How did you become inspired to help African wildlife conservation?

My family has had a commitment to Africa since our first volunteer trip to Ghana in 2008 and to African wildlife since our first experience, in 2014, in the Grumeti Reserve, which is on the western boundary of the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania. There, a combination of privately funded habitat conservation, collaboration with local communities, and vigilant protection of wildlife through efforts of anti-poaching units has achieved meaningful and sustainable results. The Phinda Private Game Reserve has done the same in the KwaZulu-Natal of South Africa. These successful models are my inspiration and it is my hope that Wild Tomorrow Fund’s Ukewela Conservancy can follow suit.

 

Why did you choose to join the Board?

I joined the board in conjunction with Wild Tomorrow Fund's establishing the Ukuwela Conservancy. Ukuwela is an opportunity to support a conservation project that offers a very high level of certainty with respect to its benefits for wildlife. I hoped to bring to the Board assistance in areas that I have developed expertise in over my 25 years investing -- structuring transactions, performing due diligence and supporting pro-active and effective board-level guidance and controls.

 

What inspires you the most about Wild Tomorrow Fund's mission?

I am inspired by the team at Wild Tomorrow Fund and their passion to do the right thing for wildlife, for the communities in which they work, and for each other. I am also inspired by the fact that what Wild Tomorrow Fund's ability to make a huge difference for the wildlife in the KwaZulu-Natal is not a “pie-in-the-sky” aspiration; it is well within our grasp.

 

WENDY MCCULLOCH
BOARD DIRECTOR

Wendy is a veterinarian and the founder of HomeVetsNYC a concierge veterinary house call service in New York City. She attended Veterinary College at the University of Florida where she participated in the care of large animal and exotic species. She completed a rotating medical and surgery internship at the Animal Medical Center.

She has been active in feral cat sterilization and rescue programs in South Florida and held a board position with Purr and Pooch Foundation in New Jersey.

 

How did you become inspired to help African wildlife conservation?

I lived in South Florida for 10 years and saw what unsustainable farming practices and uncontrolled residential development could do to the environment and wildlife there.

A trip to Kenya and hiking across Tsavo National Park allowed me to witness African wildlife cohabiting in their natural habitat. This is the biggest park in Kenya and one of the few areas where elephant populations have increased in the past ten years. If given enough protected space these species will thrive we just need to allow them this.

Why did you choose to join the board?

Wildlife in South Africa is restricted to private and public reserves. This means intense wildlife management programs (contraception and relocation) are necessary to maintain the sustainability of these populations and preserve the bio-diversity of their ecosystems.

Wild Tomorrow Fund’s acquisition of Ukuwela in KwaZulu-Natal is a pragmatic step towards preserving, protecting and conserving wildlife and its habitat in the region. Due to its close proximity to 240,000 ha of protected land of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park (a UNESCO World Heritage site) we are one step closer to giving access to this vast wildlife corridor, thus, exponentially optimizing the chances of KwaZulu-Natal's wildlife to survival.

I wanted to be part of the solution and help others understand they can be too.

 

What inspires you the most about Wild Tomorrow Fund's mission?

Wild Tomorrow Fund’s passion and its practical approach has been developed from a working knowledge of the area. Their mission is sound and realistic.  

 
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HEATHER LOBENDER
BOARD DIRECTOR

Heather Loebner is Managing Director of HL Consultancy, providing strategy, stakeholder engagement and public-private partnership development to foundations, nonprofits, business and the public sector. Previously, she led Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability for ArcelorMittal North and South America, where she created the company’s first: global water strategy, human rights program, responsible sourcing policy and reporting and stakeholder engagement protocols. Prior to this role, she managed philanthropy for HSBC and was Executive Director of a nonprofit.

 

How did you become inspired to help African wildlife conservation?

During my philanthropic career, I participated in what would be a first of many species field research opportunities focused on animals and habitats. It was life changing and led to research across the world, including an expedition to South Africa. What resonated with me was the clear impact human behavior has on animals and our habitat, and our interdependency. Later, I became more deeply involved with land conservation. The important benefits habitat has for both people and animals, and the larger ecological implications, drives my continued commitment to conservation. Understanding South Africa’s rich biodiversity and economic pressures, such that exist with Wild Tomorrow Fund’s focus in Zululand, the impact of poaching is a real issue affecting not only critical species, but the people of Africa, and our shared ecosystem. Knowing there are solutions, how could I not help? 

Why did you choose to join the Board?

I was attracted to the thoughtful and holistic approach Wild Tomorrow Fund’s mission embodies, as well as the focus on a region that can have enduring impact on both animals and the local people. It is energizing to work with a savvy leadership team with a clear passion and dedication to their work. They are also very practical, using proven conservation models to deliver results. I look forward to bringing my nonprofit and foundation experience to the board to guide strategy and build a strong platform that will expand organizational efficiency and capacity.

 

What inspires you the most about Wild Tomorrow Fund's mission?

Wild Tomorrow Fund’s approach is compelling: deliver tangible benefits through proven science, collaboration and leverage of local resources. As a nimble organization with locals on-the-ground that deliver important ecological benefits, I’m inspired by Wild Tomorrow Fund’s ability to achieve locally driven co-benefits through restored habitat, improved life for animals and thriving economies for the local people. These impacts go beyond the Ukewela Conservancy and have a ripple effect on the larger, and highly biodiverse, region.