MEET OUR TEAM

CEO & FOUNDER
Officer

A Navy veteran, John founded SFW in July 2017 in order to take action to combat what he sees as the biggest crisis of our generation: the extremely accelerated rate of extinction.

John lives in South Africa and spends his time training Game Ranger units in need, providing necessary

gear and equipment to these same units, assisting in field conservation missions, and collaborating with

other NGOs and nonprofits in the region.

JOHN GARCIA
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VICE PRESIDENT
Officer

Michael chose to leave a a successful career in corporate tech sales after years in the industry, in order to leverage his skills for a cause he believes in.

 

Bringing significant experience in client-facing sales, onsite management, marketing, and team leadership to the table, Michael is responsible for recruiting and retaining strategic partnerships at SFW. His passion is to help effectively protect these great animals while educating others on the priority of conserving them.

MICHAEL CARROLL
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DIRECTOR OF MARKETING
Board Member

An accomplished marketing professional, Sara has devoted her passion and drive to creating a world where humans and animals can co-exist in mutual respect and harmony. Since SFW's founding in July 2017, Sara has worked to share its critical message with audiences in the conservation community. Her goal is to educate others about the realities of poaching in Africa, and empower people to take action in order to truly make a difference. 

SARA POLLACK
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 Founder & Instructor of
The Dung Beetle Bush School  

Les is the  founder of the Dung Beetle Bush School and has over 40 years of knowledge & experience in over a dozen African countries. In both conservation and as a South African Special Forces Operator. He is a member of The Field Guides Association of Southern Africa and is Level 3 Qualified. Les travels the globe for speaking on conservation and the environment. Media appearances include UK television’s ‘Wish you were here” and newspapers and magazines including Sunday Express, Scottish Sunday Express, Wanderlust, Red, Survival Africa and National Geographic. Les is an extremely passionate conservationist who is directly focused on the protection of Africa's wildlife and education. 

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LES BRETT
DIGITAL DIRECTOR
Board Member
MICHAEL TERRELL
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Michael has never met an animal he did not immediately connect with,which led him into the conservation movement. An accomplished business development specialist with a history in marketing and data analytics, Michael is responsible for data & campaign management at SFW.

His deep passion and concern for animals serve as his daily motivation for achieving SFW's organizations goals.

STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Board Member

Jenik is Adjunct Professor of the School of Public and International Affairs, Columbia University, where he teaches in the area of sustainable natural resource development. Among his many accomplishments, Jenik is the recipient of SIPA’s “Top Five” teaching award and was selected as a Fulbright Specialist (2012) at the Law School of Makerere University, Uganda, in the extraction industry and serves as a member of the Board of Advisers of Stevens Business School.

JENIK RADON
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CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Christian has been photographing for the past 10 + years professionally. He has done work in various fields from high fashion to travel and exploration. Graduating with a BFA in photography from SUNY Purchase, his focus has always been documenting international issues in disadvantaged areas. Christian has always had a passion for genuine causes that make a positive difference in the world and always has been an avid outdoorsman which led him to pack up his things and join the efforts of SFW.

His goal now is to bring the SFW story to viewers around the globe.

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Christian Giliam
Christian Giliam

Kayla is an adventure traveler, conservationist, and U.S. Army veteran. With experience in operations, project management, and law enforcement, Kayla seeks to merge her professional abilities with her passion for conservation and protected area management. For the last two years, Kayla has traveled the world and contributed to a variety of conservation projects, including: sea turtle conservation in Costa Rica; federal land, resource, and wildlife management in Washington; jaguar and big cat monitoring in Belize; and human-elephant coexistence in Kenya. Leveraging her multi-disciplinary professional knowledge and her recent diversity of experience as a conservation professional, Kayla is excited to contribute to the SFW team.

KAYLA HODGES
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