Board of Directors


Rod Jackson

Photo by Jon Renou

Rodney Jackson, President

Rodney is the leading expert on wild snow leopards and their high-mountain habitat. Rodney brings thirty years of experience to the Snow Leopard Conservancy, having worked closely with rural herders and farmers whose lives are directly impacted when snow leopards prey upon their livestock. Read his full biography.





Caroline Gabel

Caroline Gabel, Chair

Caroline Gabel lives in Maryland, where she directs the Shared Earth Foundation, which supports endangered species and their habitats. Caroline is also active on the boards of Defenders of Wildlife and Rachel’s Network. She served as a Congressional staffer on the House Committee on Public Works and Transportation from 1970 to 1999. There she helped establish legislation to, among other things: protect and restore the backwaters and sloughs of the Upper Mississippi; protect and enhance water quality in the Great Lakes; improve aviation safety and security, channel highway money into bicycle and hiking trails, and historic preservation. Caroline is a licensed pilot, accomplished equestrian, and avid traveler. She saw a snow leopard during the 2007 winter Quest for the Snow Leopard.


Christen Wemmer

Christen Wemmer, Vice President

Chris is a native Californian, who spent most of his career as director of the Smithsonian Institution’s Conservation and Research Center in Virginia. Among his activities there, he oversaw fieldwork on south Asian ecology in Nepal, India and Burma. Chris is also a former chairman of the IUCN Deer Specialist Group. He co-edited Elephants and Ethics: Toward a Morality of Coexistence, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2008. He is a lifelong Honorary Fellow of the California Academy of Sciences, and Scientist Emeritus of the Smithsonian National Zoological Park. These days Chris enjoys being a wildlife conservation consultant and expert camera trapper.


John Yee

John Yee, CFO

John is a San Francisco native with national and international experience in major construction projects. He has worked with the San Francisco Giants since 1992, and currently serves as Senior Vice President and CFO. He was involved in early voter approval of the new ballpark, as well as design, engineering and development issues during its construction. He worked with the City Human Rights Commission to ensure ethnic and gender diversity in all aspects of the project – an effort which drew accolades from the community. After delivering an “on time, on budget” new ballpark, John continues to be closely involved in the financial operations of the Giants. John’s travels include a trek in the snow leopard’s habitat in northern India.


Mary Herrmann

Mary Herrmann, Secretary

Mary Herrmann grew up in Minnesota, graduating from the University of Minnesota with a degree in Medical Technology. She served as a teacher in the Peace Corps in Liberia from 1969 to 1971. After returning, she specialized in microbiology, and joined Virolab in Berkeley, CA, for 21 years, working in virology and immunology. Her work involved collaboration with leading research scientists on numerous ground-breaking epidemiological studies, including HIV-AIDS, Lyme disease, and Epstein-Barr virus. Mary has traveled extensively, including trekking in the snow leopard’s habitat in northern India.


Advisory Board

Christine Breitenmoser-W├╝rsten, Ph.D.,
IUCN Cat Specialist Group

Don Hunter, Ph.D.,
Founder, Rocky Mountain Cat Conservancy, Estes Park, Colorado

Nandita Jain, Ph.D.,
Specialist in Environment and Development

Kristin Nowell, Director,
Cat Action Treasury

Camille Richard,
Rangeland Ecologist

George Schaller, Ph.D.,
Wildlife Conservation Society

Mike Weddle, Science Instructor,
Jane Goodall Environmental Magnet School