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The Board of African Conservancy

Janeen Carrigan Janeen Carrigan
Janeen received her B.A. degree in Diversified Education from University of La Verne, then signed on with the U.S. Peace Corps and served in Namibia as a primary school teacher trainer for three years. There, she lived in a remote village in the far north with a local family and learned their language, customs and culture. Upon ending her service in Namibia, Janeen joined the Crisis Corps in Zambia and worked as an HIV/AIDS educator for one year. The African Conservancy provides Janeen with theopportunity to share her knowledge of the area and its people, as well as help conserve the wildlife she has become passionate about during her time abroad. Janeen will soon begin work on her Masters of Education degree in International Education.
Sallie Lynn Davis
Sallie is a naturalist whose deep appreciation and lifelong personal experience with animals has led her into a successful career in nature and wildlife painting. She began her career in 1987 with pen and ink detailed renderings of wildlife, and has since studied with world-renowned wildlife artists. She currently works in pastels, watercolors, acrylics, and oils, creating paintings and life-size muralsfor private collections worldwide. With her subjects often being endangered species, Sallie presents an artist's worldview of wildlife. She hopes that the viewing public, as nature's custodians, will share her concern and passion for preserving these animals in the wild. Sallie resides in Oceanside, California.
Bill Saunders Bill Saunders
Born in the UK, Bill has been a resident of Zambia since 1997. Hehas developed strong attachments to the birdsand wildlife he has grown accustomed to in the diverse environment. An accountant by trade, Bill is a partner in the firm of Sothylingam, Saunders & Co., which represents South Africa's PKF in Zambia. Amongst his many qualifications and associations, Bill is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, and a Fellow of the Zambian Institute of Chartered Accountants, specializing in tourism consultancy and international tax planning for entrepreneurs in South/Central Africa. Bill is a Director of the African Conservancy, Zambia.
  Pamela Shlachtman
Pamela received a Bachelors degree in Chemistry from the University of Miami and a Masters Degree in Environmental and Urban Systems from Florida International University. She has been involved in Environmental Education since the 1980's as an adjunct instructor at Miami Dade Community College, Florida International University and as an instructor in the Miami Dade Public School System. As a consultant for the College Board in Advanced Placement, Environmental Science, she has had the opportunity to work with other educators and expand their knowledge of both local and global environmental issues. Pam's involvement with the African Conservancy allows her to explore these global issues further to the benefit of projects for which she has a deep resonance. Pam resides in Miami, Florida.
  Teri Sowell
After receiving a B.A. degree in Art History from the University of California in San Diego, Teri went on to complete an M.A. in Pacific, African and Pre-Columbian History of Art at Indiana University. She has since completed her PhD in the same subjects. Amongst other subjects, Teri is a lecturer of Sub-Saharan Art at the University of California and San Diego State University. Teri offers her expertise to the African Conservancy as an advisor in all art-related issues. Teri lives in Vista, California, with her husband and two children.
Heather Vanderheiden Heather Vanderheiden
Heather has had a passion for Africa ever since she spent three months in Kenya for a National Outdoor Leadership School semester. She fell in love with the land, people, and wildlife of Africa as she traveled throughout the country. She returned to Tanzania two years later with her family to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. She is thrilled to be a part of the African Conservancy and to help preserve the land she fell in love with. Heather earned her B.A in Anthropology from Skidmore College, with a focus on Africa, and now works in public relations for a large financial services company. Heather lives in Providence, Rhode Island.
  Debra Wellins
Debra was educated at Florida International University, where she received a Masters Degree in Biological Science and a Bachelors Degree in Environmental Science. The African Conservancy provides her the opportunity to inspire global environmental awareness with an emphasis on protection of indigenous species and their unique habitats. She resides in Miami, Florida with her husband Rick and teenage son, Joshua.
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