Board of Directors

Zawadi Lemayian, PhD, is an Associate Principal in the Finance Practice at Charles River Associates. She provides economic consulting services in litigation disputes involving mergers and acquisitions, business and asset valuation, calculation of economic damages, market manipulation, and other financial analysis. Her experience spans various industries including entertainment, healthcare, telecommunications, and banking. Outside work, her interests lie in environmental conservation and sustainability.

Allison Rogers, Treasurer
Allison Rogers, MS, is passionate about community-based and data-driven strategies for biodiversity conservation. She has several years of experience studying primate behavior, human-wildlife interactions, and conservation strategies at multiple sites across Africa, including her past research focused on evaluating community strategies for improving human-wildlife coexistence. Her current work as a data analyst supports decision-making and program evaluation through qualitative and quantitative data analysis.

Jillian McCarten, Secretary Jillian McCarten initially connected with Conservation Together when she conducted a research project demonstrating the organization’s substantial impact in improving human health and well-being. Inspired by this collaboration, Jillian has since dedicated her career to the non-profit sector, focusing on education, and advocating for evidence-based strategies that facilitate student growth. She is passionate about the vital intersection between conservation, community health, and education.

KRISTA MILICH, Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Krista Milich, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and the Director of the Reproductive Ecology and Behavioral Endocrinology Laboratory (REBEL) at Washington University in St. Louis. She currently has projects at multiple sites in Africa and the Americas, primarily studying nonhuman primate behavioral ecology, human-wildlife interactions, and zoonotic disease.  Her work informs biodiversity conservation strategies, and she believes strongly in working with local communities to tackle these global issues.

Angela Puertas, MBA, has over fifteen years of experience working and serving the nonprofit sector. She desires to see local and international communities reach their full potential by strategically connecting them to the tools and resources they need and ask for. She strives and understands the importance of first listening to community members to help them solve their most pressing problems. Angela has vast experience and a successful record of connecting volunteers and donors to projects that motivate them to make a world-changing difference.