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Meet Our Team

Our team is dedicated to doing all we can to help conservation in Madagascar.

Many on our team donate their time so we can keep our overhead costs very low. Team members are compensated through stipends to fulfill specific work requirements when project budgets allow.

And, we are grateful to our volunteers, who use their talents to support lemur conservation through illustration, animation, writing, and more. Learn about volunteering for the Lemur Conservation Network.

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LEADERSHIP TEAM

Lynne Venart

Director

Lynne partnered with the IUCN Species Survival Commission to launch the Lemur Conservation Network in 2014, served as our Digital Communications Manager from 2014 to 2023, and is now the Director of LCN. Lynne has worked in design, marketing, and user experience for nonprofits and museums for over 20 years. She holds a Masters in Conservation Biology from Miami University’s Project Dragonfly program, and a Masters in Non-profit Arts Management from George Mason University. Lynne works full time for the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Seheno Corduant-Andriantsaralaza, PhD

Madagascar Manager

Seheno is a biologist who earned her PhD from the University of Antananarivo in joint collaboration with the French Agricultural Research and International Cooperation Organization. Her doctoral research focused on seed dispersal of Malagasy baobab trees. Previously, Seheno worked as a scientific coordinator at the NGO Reniala- Lemur Rescue Center. This work drove Seheno to become an advocate for lemur conservation. Seheno also works for the NGO Lemur Love, and teaches at the University of Antananarivo.

Lucía Rodríguez Valverde

Strategic Advisor

Lucía Rodriguez served as the Director of the Lemur Conservation Network from 2016 to 2023, and is now LCN’s Strategic Advisor. Lucia is a Costa Rican conservationist who specializes in psychology and is passionate about nature conservation, social development, and human wellbeing. She has worked in several different conservation and social initiatives in Costa Rica and Madagascar. She holds a Masters degree in Conservation Leadership from Cambridge University, and works full time for Bird Life International.

PROJECT LEADS

Laura Hemlock

Social Media Lead

Laura is a lifelong lover of all things natural who grew up in Minnesota digging up salamanders and chasing frogs. She has now translated her love of nature and background in filmmaking into a YouTube Channel for children, “Diggin’ Into Nature with Laura.” Laura holds a BA in Communications from Northwestern University and a MA in Biology from Miami University, and works full time as the Communications Manager for the Rockefeller Center for Public Policy at Dartmouth College.

Bryan Vasquez

World Lemur Festival Lead Coordinator

Every Fall, Bryan Vasquez leads our effort to encourage zoos around the world to celebrate the World Lemur Festival. He has worked on many conservation projects for species such as snow leopards, bats, and black-footed ferrets, and at the intersection of guest services and wildlife conservation for many organizations, including the Red River Zoo, the Amazon Spheres, the Seattle Aquarium, Bats Northwest, and Walt Disney World. He holds an M.A. in Biology from Miami University, and works full time as the Guest Engagement Manager at the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

SCIENCE COMMUNICATION

Website and Social Media Content

Malagasy

  • Diamondra Ranaivoson
  • Misa Rasolozaka

English

  • Stephanie Canington
  • Coral Chell
  • Jessica DeVille
  • Brogan Mace
  • Helen Morris
  • Rebecca Owens
  • Ellen Weatherford

Illustration, Design, and Photography

  • Sonia Antoine
  • Mathias Appel
  • Ricardo Beltran
  • Caitlin Hansen
  • Tim Iland
  • Jessie Jordan
  • Jessie Kwok
  • Tif Lester
  • Louise Miller
  • Felinar Mr. Lemur
  • Katy Tanis
  • Angela Tong
  • Jak Walter
  • Cynthia Youngblood

FOUNDING PROJECT ADVISORS

The following people were integral to launching the Lemur Conservation Network as a project of the IUCN Species Survival Commission Primate Specialist Group.

Kim Reuter, PhD

Kim co-founded the Lemur Conservation Network by reaching out to hundreds of researchers and conservation organizations, and crafting their content for our website and social media channels. A 2016 National Geographic Explorer and 2020 Churchill Fellow, Kim is a hybrid biologist and international development professional. Kim has over a decade of experience including at the senior management and executive level, and volunteers as a Deputy Chair of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group.

Christoph Schwitzer, Ph.D.

Dr. Christoph Schwitzer is the Vice Chair for Madagascar and Red List Authority Coordinator of the IUCN Primate Specialist Group. Christoph’s recent research focuses on how different critically endangered primates are coping with habitat degradation and fragmentation with regard to their behaviour patterns, food intake, population density, and parasite burden.

Jonah Ratsimbazafy, Ph.D.

Dr. Jonah Ratsimbazafy is a native of Madagascar who received his PhD in Physical Anthropology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is the Secretary General of GERP, a co-Vice-Chair of the IUCN/SSC Specialist Group-Madagascar, President of the International Primatological Society, and has studied lemurs for over 20 years.

Steig Johnson, Ph.D.

Dr. Steig Johnson is a biological anthropologist interested in population biology, community ecology, and conservation of nonhuman primates. He’s an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary whose research focuses on the ecology, conservation and population biology of lemurs in Madagascar.

THANK YOU TO OUR FORMER STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS

  • Vololonirina Cynthia, Malagasy Science Communication Volunteer
  • Matthew Moskwik, Science Education Volunteer
  • Ellesse Janda, Science Education Volunteer
  • Amber Wyard, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Meghan Bohn, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Elise Zienkowski, 2020-2021 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Katie Hallsten, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Maddie Henning, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Katy Tanis, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer Illustrator
  • Legloo Art, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer Illustrator
  • Narovana Erika Radavidrason, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Christina Burt, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Allie Dudash, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Nicole Troy, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Catherine Wysoczanski, 2020 World Lemur Festival Volunteer
  • Natalie Park, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Kristina Graves, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Alice Scott, Science Communication Volunteer
  • Corey Romberg, Director
  • Fabiola Holiniaina Kjeldgaard, Community Outreach Coordinator
  • Phil Reeks, Blogger
  • Cecily Marroquin, Blogger
  • Carmen Liberatore, Blogger
  • Jen Miller, Social Media