Our Board Members

 


President

vicki      Vicki Breazeale, (aka Dr. Bug) Ph.D. Science Educator is a visionary scientist with extensive experience in formal and free-choice science curriculum design, implementation and evaluation. She has taught biology and ecology in diverse settings to people of all ages for nearly three decades.

      Vicki's work includes creation of curricula on the natural history and ecology of San Francisco Bay for the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and nature field trips for the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley. Vicki has a comprehensive knowledge of biology, as well as a detailed understanding of cognitive development and learning. She has a B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 


Board Member

      Sara Triest, is an asthma educator and Respiratory Care Practitioner. She worked as a pediatric asthma educator and Respiratory Practitioner at Children's Hospital in Oakland for the past 29 years. For the past ten years she worked on grant funded   projects. She  has helped  create  numerous  clinics  at  Children’s Hospital for uninsured children who have asthma.  She  is  currently giving workshops in the bay area for asthmatics, lay people and providers.  She is interested in addressing the lack of education that is common in today’s health care system for the asthmatic. Sara has a strong interest in holistic medicine.

      She is a certified acupressurist and has recently obtained a training certificate in Reiki Third Degree Master. She has written a workshop proposal named "The art of teaching Asthma from a western perspective inclusive of a holistic approach."

Sara is interested in sharing her knowledge and skills and implementing them to help Great Wilderness with their endeavors. Email:   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Board Member

      Chris E. Hecht, in his life to date, Chris has worked hard to try to maintain a balance in developing many creative talents. He studied music composition and theory at University of California at Davis, completed a Masters in Music degree at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, and has kept up his lifelong passion for creating music.  He manages to study jazz trombone and write original music, which he jokingly describes as “modern classical, that people listen to, and actually like.  He writes mostly choral music, with many performed works, and has been awarded several commissions, most recently from the Piedmont Choirs Foundation. In 1981 he started Chris E. Hecht Landscape Design and Construction, Inc., which has enjoyed many successes, among which are a number of significant community service projects, such as an Outdoor Education Center and Amphitheater constructed in stone for a local Oakland grade school, and design and construction of a large new city park garden commemorating the victims of the Oakland Hills Fire of 1991. While immersed in running the business, Chris is a founding board member of Great Wilderness.

      He believes that, In saving our planet, and thus also ourselves in any recognizable future form, in order to make the major changes that are going to be needed, we all, every thinking person on earth, have to become active participants, and, as a people united in purpose, we humans need to adopt a policy of preservation-plus, to save what we’ve got left, and to work to actively restore ecosystems that have been heavily damaged or completely lost. After centuries, millennia, really, of thoughtless plunder, it is more than high time to change, to give back, and to harness human creativity in a major global effort at reconstructing, rehabilitating, and revivifying a lost Eden, our beautiful, but now often blighted world, and the precious and fragile environment that surrounds and sustains us. Let’s get busy!

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Board Member

Vernon.Biopic      Vernon L. Andrews, Ph.D., received his doctorate in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He also obtained his bachelor’s degree in English from California State University, Chico (CSUC) in 1981, and later in 1989, he earned a master’s degree in Public Communication from Chico.

      Before leaving for his Ph.D., Dr. Andrews worked for 6 years as a Public Relations manager and company historian for Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. From 1996 to 2009 Dr. Andrews served as a faculty member and later, chair, of the American Studies Department at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand. In 2009 he took up residency as a visiting scholar in the religious studies department at California State University, Chico. After returning to the states for good in 2010, Dr. Andrews conducted research and taught entrepreneurship, diversity and marketing courses in the management and marketing department at CSUC. His research interrogates ethnic entrepreneurship, institutional diversity, and cultural conflict in sports. He currently teaches the History of Sport and Physical Education in the Kinesiology Department at San Jose State University. Dr. Andrews was raised in Oakland, California, where he will on occasion visit and attend Raiders, Warriors and Athletics sporting events. 

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Welcome, Everyone

 


 Greetings! - Great Wilderness continues to work on biodiversity preservation in both Ecuador and Venezuela. We are succeeding in our mission to "Help People Help Nature."

 Please consider donating to Great Wilderness. It is easy to go to our website and donate. Thanks in advance for any help you can give to our organization.


 Volunteer and Internship Program

Our goal is to support, strengthen and enhance our partners conservation program by sending individuals interested in working and supporting the protection of Ecuador and Venezuela native forest and ecosystems. (Read more)

 


 NEWS AND EVENTS

1. On September 2015,  the Parrolet Project was featured in the segment Bird Note that airs every morning in National Public Radio. Congratulations to our Research Director, Dr. Karl Berg!  Follow this link to hear the segment:   (Bird Note)

2. Great Wilderness would like to welcome both, Dr. Vernon Andrews to our Board of Directors and Ing. Estefani Izurieta (our very first Ecuadorian intern), to our team. (Read more)


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The Parrotlet Project


 

Do Parrots Name Their Babies?

While studying Green-rumplet Parrolets in Venezuela, National Geographic Explorer and Great Wilderness Board member, Dr. Karl Berg, discovered an incredibly rare behavior.

 

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Forest Fund

Dear Family and Friends,

 

Earth Day 2016 marks the launch of a new partnership with Forest Fund. Forest Fund supports conservation of the Amazon rainforest in Brazil with the help of Great Wilderness and donors worldwide. Together we are turning landowners into forest protectors by providing opportunity cost payments to the landowner to keep the forest standing in one of the most ecologically important and threatened areas of the world. Read more     

 

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