Pollinator Partnership People

Our team is diverse, unique and works tirelessly to make a difference for all pollinating animals and their habitat. Meet some of the people who are making a difference for pollinators.


Laurie Davies Adams, Executive Director
Laurie Adams is the Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and has over thirty years experience in management and communications. She began her career at the Public Broadcasting Service, continued in independent film and television, has received numerous awards, including a Gold Medal at the New York International Film and Television Festival. Adams was a Director of the Fortune 500 Shaklee Corporation, has created permanent exhibits in Vancouver, San Francisco, and New York City and produced for Wells Fargo Bank, AT&T, and the Army Corps of Engineers. As Executive Director of the Pollinator Partnership, she has overseen the initial organization and the development of the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), the 120 +member collaboration of stakeholders from Mexico, Canada, and the US that work for a variety of fields including science, the environment, agriculture, and private industry. NAPPC's successes under Ms. Adams include the National Academy of Sciences NRC Study on the Status of the Pollinators of North America, the US Postal Service's "Pollination" stamp series, and the US Senate and USDA proclamations creating National Pollinator Week.

Sunny Boyd, Web and Communications Director
Sunny Boyd oversees the Pollinator Partnership's social media outreach and develops and manages strategies to enhance their online communications and fundraising efforts. She works to identify innovative ways to promote the P2's work using online marketing, new dissemination channels and emerging technologies on the web. She has a love for all animals, is an advocate for animal rights, and has a passion to help preserve and protect the environment. Prior to joining Pollinator Partnership in 2009, Sunny worked in the fashion industry in New York and San Francisco. Most recently, she worked at G-III Apparel in Product Development and Design in New York City. Sunny also worked at Macy's in Buying and Visual Merchandising. Her professional service also includes acting as a NAPPC Task Force Chair. She completed graduate studies at the Academy of Art University in the Master of Fine Arts for Fashion Merchandising program and received a B.A. from Coastal Carolina University in Art Studio. Sunny also holds a Web Design Intensive Certificate from San Francisco State University.


Stephen Buchmann, Ph.D., Scientist-at-Large
Stephen Buchmann supports pollinator science and outreach at P2 with over a quarter century of experience. His ever-expanding portfolio includes science, art, research, photography, ecotourism, and conservation. Formerly a USDA-ARS research entomologist and currently an adjunct faculty member in the entomology department at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Dr. Buchmann is an expert on bees of the southwest and tropics. A prolific writer, he has authored/co-authored 8 books and over 150 scientific publications, including “The Forgotten Pollinators” which brought the issues of pollination into view for the general public. He has been active in formulating international laws (Sao Paulo Declaration) protecting pollinators and helping put pollinator friendly language into the US Farm Bill. Dr. Buchmann also holds joint research appointments with the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, and the American Museum of Natural History in NYC. As a founding member of NAPPC, Dr. Buchmann continues to serve on the steering committee and supports special NAPPC projects. He received his doctorate in entomology from the University of California, Davis. His current research interests include native bee nesting behavior, conservation biology and pollination ecology, especially buzz pollination.

Mary Galea (Byrne), Plant Ecologist
As P2's Plant Ecologist Mary develops planting recommendations for pollinator habitat, conducts rare plant research and supports education and outreach efforts. Before joining P2 in 2010, Mary was the National Collections Curator for the native seed collection program, Seeds of Success, which was s a 2010 recipient of the Secretary of the Interior's Partners in Conversation Award. She has also worked at the USDA-ARS at the U.S. National Arboretum in Washington, DC as the Plant Records Assistant, leading the plant inventory and mapping efforts at the Arboretum. In addition to working with seed and living collections, Mary has also worked with preserved specimens at the Herbarium of Kent State University. Mary has a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Kent State University and a Masters of Natural Resources from the University of Idaho. Her professional service includes the American Public Gardens Association where she serves as the Plant Conservation Professional Section Chair, the North American Plant Collection Consortium's Southern California Recruiter/Mentor, and the NAPPC CEO Task Force Co-Chair. Mary is also the Founder and Director of Bioloque, a collections management and ecological consulting company.


Evan Cole, Program and Development Associate
Born and raised in Los Angeles, California, Evan Cole has always loved nature and the great outdoors. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Earth Science, from the University of California at Santa Barbara. Evan enjoys hiking, playing guitar, and exploring his new home of San Francisco. Having held a diverse variety of jobs in the past, including call center interviewer at a market research firm, assistant cook at a UCSB cafeteria, and laboratory intern in UCSB’s biology department, Evan is eager to begin building a career in the environmental field. Working at the Pollinator Partnership (P2), he believes that he can utilize his skills and knowledge to institute meaningful and lasting change, and to improve mankind’s delicate relationship with the natural world.


Lindsay Kwong, Outreach Coordinator
Lindsay’s interest in plants and nature stemmed from gardening weekly with her mom at a young age. She expanded her interest to pollinators while assisting Dr. Vicki Wojcik on her dissertation on how habitat is used by bees in urban landscapes and what factors make a particular site more attractive to local bees. In addition, Lindsay has also worked as a Program Assistant at the Chinatown Public Health Center, Nutrition Services, for the Network for a Healthy California—Chinese Project, which strives to empower the low-income Chinese community in San Francisco to improve their nutritional and physical well-being. Through working at both organizations, Lindsay has had the opportunity to connect food production systems (P2) with public education on proper nutrition, drawing healthy environments and healthy living together. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Molecular & Cell Biology with an emphasis in Cell & Developmental Biology: Physiology from the University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she loves to cook, bake, garden, and spend time with her dog and rabbit.


Marguerite Meyer, Graphic Designer
Marguerite Meyer is a graphic designer based in Santa Cruz, California. She loved to be creative as a child, always making her own clothes, found-object sculptures, greeting cards and intricate ornaments. Her degree in graphic design from the University of Utah was a natural choice. Through the years and changing technology, she has perfected her artistic skills by combining the traditional training, experience and abilities with a command of today's digital software and tools. Operating her own business since 1994, her creative and unique graphic solutions, as well as her attention to detail and deadlines help keep her clients thriving and coming back for more. Some of her clientele include the Pollinator Partnership and NAPPC since 2006, UC Santa Cruz Arts & Lectures, Santa Cruz County Symphony, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, Summer Santa Cruz County Magazine and Student Guide Magazine and Soquel Creek Water District. She has taught software application courses through UC Extension. She loves the outdoors and animals and is competitive in U.S. Masters Swimming and an occasional triathlon. Check out her website here.


Mark Moffett, Ph.D., Scientist-at-Large
From the top of the world's tallest tree, to deep in unexplored caves, Mark Moffettt has discovered new species and behavior while risking life and limb to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature. Mark is a real-life adventurer with awards for writing and photography... and now the highest honors in exploration, the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal, from the Explorers Club and Rolex, bestowed on him at Cipriani Wall Street; and the sixth Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008). With a Ph.D. from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You have experienced Mark on Conan O'Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR.


Lora Morandin, British Columbia Associate
Lora Morandin has been doing research on bees and pollination for over 15 years. She started out working on bee pollination of greenhouse tomatoes at Western University in Ontario and that grew into a passion for native pollinators. She then did a PhD at Simon Fraser University in British Columbia studying modern agriculture and pollinators, followed by post doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley working on enhancement of native pollinators, pollination, and natural enemy insects through farm restoration. She now lives full time in beautiful Victoria, British Columbia and does consulting work on seabirds and oil in addition to pollinators and other beneficial insects. Lora is excited to be working with P2C to bring more research and outreach on pollinators to British Columbia.


Kelly Rourke, Program Associate
Kelly Rourke has loved nature, in all its capacities, since she was a young girl growing up in upstate New York. Now settled in San Francisco, she has been able to explore and appreciate a very different environment. Kelly holds a degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz. Her background in ecology, conservation, and culture has propelled her career in the non-profit sector. Prior to P2, Kelly worked at another bay area-based environmental non-profit called Conservacion Patagonica (CP). CP's mission is to establish national parks in Chile and Argentina where there is not only fragile ecosystems, but also, complex cultural and societal struggles. Kelly is committed to raising awareness about environmental issues, large and small, and hopes that her work at P2 will make a difference in the plight of pollinators.


Robinson Sudan, Biologist, SW Region

Born and raised in Houston, Robinson has called Austin, TX home since 2001. His research background is in bee community dynamics and landscape ecology, however as Regional Biologist he is also responsible for helping to develop outreach and education programs, meeting and coordinating with stakeholders, and seeking out opportunities for collaborative research. Robinson is committed to expanding P2's role in scientific research and consulting as well as connecting the public to the science of pollinator conservation. He began his graduate studies in 2010 at Texas State University in Agricultural Education but soon realized his academic goals leaned more toward ecology and conservation. This led him to the University of New Orleans where he pursued a master's degree in conservation biology. His thesis research explored the effects of forest succession on bee communities and began a four year relationship with The Pollinator Partnership which continues to this day. Gaining a solid background in conservation, ecology, and policy, Robinson moved back to Texas to develop the Pollinator Partnership's southwest regional operations and to found New Leaf (www.newleaf-tx.org).

Bianc Torres, Intern

Bianca Torres is a senior political science major at UC Berkeley. Her interest in pollinators started with her first college paper on the declining bee population back in 2011. After a summer internship in Congress in 2015 she is excited to explore the non-profit side of policy as an intern with Pollinator Partnership. She is dedicated to learning about how she can best contribute to the habitat and well- being of our vital pollinators.

Tom Van Arsdall, Public Affairs Director
With three decades of experience in the national policy arena, Tom Van Arsdall is widely known and highly respected for his expertise and demonstrated track record on environmental, energy, bioenergy, ag research and conservation issues affecting U.S. agriculture, agribusiness and agriculture’s “downstream neighbors.” Tom currently serves as the Public Policy Representative for the Pollinator Partnership (P2) and the North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC), managed by P2. He is particularly well known for helping diverse stakeholders work together toward consensus-based actions. He has a thorough understanding of the legislative and regulatory process and how to get results. Other current clients include the National Coalition for Food and Agricultural Research [Executive Director]; NCRA, a farmer-owned cooperative petroleum refinery; the Pesticide Policy Coalition; and biodiesel and biobased education and outreach for the United Soybean Board and the National Biodiesel Board. Tom received his MA in economic geography from the University of Illinois. Tom is an active outdoorsman, conservationist and river rat. Currently a houseboat is his home and office on the Chesapeake Bay.


Vicki Wojcik, Ph.D., Research Director
Vicki has been working to protect and promote pollinators with P2 for over 4 years. Her graduate research focused on understanding how bees use gardens and habitats in cities. This focus on pollinators in human-dominated landscapes has continued into her professional career.  As Research Director she oversees P2’s research program, keeping on top of new and emerging pollinator issues and managing a program that includes pollinator habitat conservation and landscape management assessments; landuse and pesticide policy review; support for threatened and critical species; and ecosystem service assessments. Vicki also has the lead role in developing Canadian pollinator programs at P2, leading the expansion of P2 Canada that began in 2013. Vicki received her B.Sc. Honours from the University of Guelph in 2004 and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science, Policy, & Management from UC Berkeley in 2009. In addition to her work at P2 Vicki is an adjunct lecturer in biology at the University of California, Berkeley.


Brian Marston, Bookkeeper
Brian Marston is President of JNM Associates, Inc. Mr. Marston has over 20 years of accounting and bookkeeping experience helping both large and small organizations maintain financial records for legal and tax purposes, and for internal business control. He has more than seven years experience doing medical billing for small medical offiMr. Marston earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with emphasis in accounting. He is a Quickbooks Professional Advisor and a member of the American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers.

  Steve Akeson, Ph.D. IT


Board of Directors

Roger Lang, Chairman
Roger Lang is the Chairman of the Board of the Pollinator Partnership. Mr. Lang's professional experience spans a variety of high-tech industries. In 1986, he co-founded C-ATS Software and worked as vice president of client services. In 1989, he launched Infinity Financial Technology, which grew to become one of the world's leading suppliers of derivatives trading and risk management software. As CEO, he led Infinity through its initial public offering in 1996, and its subsequent merger with SunGard Data Systems in 1998. Mr. Lang remained chairman of the board of Infinity, a SunGard Company, until July 1999. Mr. Lang was named one of the 50 most influential people in the history of the financial risk management by the industry's flagship magazine, Risk Magazine. As an established Silicon Valley entrepreneur, he currently sits on several boards of both for-profit and non-profit organizations. In addition, Mr. Lang is active in the Southwest Montana ranching community.



Laurie Davies Adams, Secretary see above


Matt Bonham
Matt Bonham currently serves as Vice President & General Manager of Soterra LLC, Vice President of Greif, Inc., Vice President of Greif Brothers Canada, Inc., and serves on the Board of Directors of the Pollinator Partnership, the largest non-profit organization devoted specifically to pollinators.

In his role, Matt has responsibility for leading the development of Soterra's business strategy and ensuring the sustainability of Greif's timberlands. Matt has developed multiple revenue streams in the Land Management division, including mitigation banking, residential developments, minerals, recreation, pine straw production and consulting.

Prior to joining Greif, Bonham spent 5 years with Georgia-Pacific's land management group, The Timber Company and 4 years at Tenneco Packaging.

Bonham received his undergraduate degree in Natural Resource Management from the University of Florida in 1993.

He currently serves as a deacon at Broadmoor Baptist Church in Madison, Mississippi. Matt is co-founder of Bee American, a non- profit organization that teaches veterans how to be a bee keeper. Bee American provides the veteran with all the equipment needed to start as a bee keeper and connects the veteran with a local bee chapter to teach the veteran the basics of bee keeping.


Sue Cimbricz
Ms. Cimbricz currently manages her own general management and strategic marketing consulting practice specializing in high growth financial and technology companies. She is a founding board member of the Institute for Responsible Nutrition and is Chair of the New Ventures Advisory Board of Cures Within Reach. In the course of her practice, she helped C-ATS Software, Inc. transition from a start-up operation to a NASDAQ public company and leading provider of risk management systems. She has spent a number of years helping other start-up groups in the US and abroad with their business development efforts. Previously, she was the Executive Director of the International Association of Financial Engineers (IAFE) and the Fischer Black Memorial Foundation and served on its Board of Directors. Prior to this appointment, she served as the founding Executive Director of the International Swaps And Derivatives Association (ISDA), where she helped shape the industry group that quickly developed into an important guiding force for the international derivatives market. Today, ISDA has members in 59 countries on six continents. Ms. Cimbricz also has held a corporate management position with the American Express Company. She attended Harvard Business School and holds a B.Sc. from Georgetown University.


Gladys Phillips Evans, Ph.D
Gladys Phillips-Evans is an educator who has devoted her professional career to seeking and exploring meaningful way to help children learn. Dr. Phillips-Evans is a graduate of the University of Illinois, California State University-Los Angeles and Pepperdine University from where she received her doctorate degree. Dr. Phillips-Evans interest in Pollinator Partnership came about though friendship and has since sparked an interest and a desire to ensure that children are learning not only the lessons but the value of personal knowledge and involvement in nature and its wonders.


Mark Moffettt, Ph.D
From the top of the world's tallest tree, to deep in unexplored caves, Mark Moffettt has discovered new species and behavior while risking life and limb to find stories that make people fall in love with the unexpected in nature. Mark is a real-life adventurer with awards for writing and photography... and now the highest honors in exploration, the 2006 Lowell Thomas Medal, from the Explorers Club and Rolex, bestowed on him at Cipriani Wall Street; and the sixth Roy Chapman Andrews Society Distinguished Explorer Award (2008). With a Ph.D. from acclaimed conservationist Edward O. Wilson, Mark remains active in science, with over 80 peer-reviewed publications. He has penned more than 20 articles for National Geographic Magazine, which has featured nearly 500 of his images. You have experienced Mark on Conan O'Brien, the Colbert Report, and NPR.


Martin Rosen
Martin Rosen has been involved in land conservation for more than 30 years. He is cofounder of the Trust for Public Land and was its CEO for 20 years. TPL has conserved thousands of urban and rural landscapes with an aggregate value in excess of $1.5 Billion. Mr. Rosen is Vice Chair of the P2 Board and has been since its beginning.


Steve Shestag
Steve Shestag is the director of Enterprise Remediation for The Boeing Company. He is responsible for shaping an integrated strategy for completion of environmental remediation activities, as well as leading environmental due diligence activities to support the company’s mergers, acquisitions and property transactions. Shestag has over 30 years of experience in environmental permitting, geotechnical studies, remedial investigation, contaminant treatment, engineering design, stormwater management, sustainable remediation, water supply studies and program management. His expertise includes working with diverse groups of stakeholders to find practical and timely solutions that improve the environment and reduce risks. Shestag has also led the visioning, design and creation of a variety of restoration projects, including riparian habitat in the Arroyo Seco watershed, nearly 500 acres of native habitat near Reno, NV and pollinator habitat outside Kansas City, KS. Prior to joining Boeing in 1996, he was an engineering geologist for two major environmental engineering firms. Shestag earned a bachelor’s degree in geochemistry from San Diego State University. He is registered as a professional geologist and a certified engineering geologist in California. Shestag serves on the Board of Directors for the LA Conservation Corps, which provides job skills training and education for inner-city youth and young adults. He resides in Ventura, California where he enjoys participating in beach cleanups and habitat restoration events. In his spare time, he enjoys cycling, mountain biking, general aviation, fly-fishing and hiking with his wife, Carol.


Craig Stevenson
Craig Stevenson is a Vice-President and General Manager of The Clorox Company, responsible for Burt’s Bees, a $250 million natural personal care business that is the market leader in the United States and is distributed in over 40 countries internationally.

Craig first joined the Clorox Company in 1994 as a sales manager in the Kingsford Products Division. He subsequently served in a variety of internal sales and marketing roles including positions in the Specialty Division, the Automotive Division, Asia and Latin America. In 2003, he became Vice-President and General Manager of the Professional Products Division of Clorox where he led the expansion into the healthcare business and more than tripled revenues.

Previous company affiliations include Procter & Gamble. An alumnus of Michigan State University, Craig currently lives in St. Helena, CA.


Bradley A. Stirn, Vice Chair
Brad Stirn is an entrepreneur, executive and consultant, with past focus on the technology industry, having served with such firms as Coherent Inc., Arthur D. Little, Spencer Stuart and TMP Worldwide. He founded and built two technology companies before turning forty: Design Optics, which manufactured precision optical components for laser-based systems used in industrial, military, and government research applications; and Microsensor Technology, which developed and manufactured a unique line of analytical instruments made possible by utilizing proprietary silicon micromachining technology pioneered at Stanford University. Brad first entered recruiting in 1986 with Spencer Stuart to develop and lead a high technology practice. He founded from scratch, and later managed, the Silicon Valley Office for Spencer Stuart, and served on the Firm's Board of Directors. He joined TMP Worldwide to build the Executive Search division, first as West Coast Regional Manager, and later as President, U.S. Operations. He was a member of the Executive Committee, and was instrumental in growing the division to one of the top five global leaders in executive recruiting. As a recruiter, he worked at the highest levels of some of the world's leading technology companies. Brad chose to leave the professional world for several years to pursue personal interests, including traveling to remote parts of the globe as part of his Lepidoptera hobby. Associated with the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (www.flmnh.ufl.edu/mcguire/) in Gainesville, FL, Brad helped establish international projects to survey butterflies as a template against which future surveys can be compared to determine the health of protected highly biodiverse environments. Brad earned his BA in Physics (Magna Cum Laude) from Amherst College where he later served on its Board of Trustees, and an MBA from The Amos Tuck School of Business Administration at Dartmouth College.

Vicki Vorhes
Vicki Vorhes has over 15 years' experience in nonprofit development, including work with organizations in the arts, higher education and human services. Her first interest in pollinators was as a kindergarten teacher showing young children the life cycle of Monarch butterflies. She fell in love with the story and how it affected the children. Her passion for the environment and pollinators has grown over the years. Other interests include classical music and anything related to the ocean. She holds a B.A. with honors in history from Michigan State University and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.


Terry Witzel, Treasurer
Terry Witzel’s career has focused on agriculture, food processing and food distribution.  He is also interested in promoting sustainable food systems and serves as a member of the San Mateo County Food System Alliance. Additionally, Terry serves on the Agricultural Advisory Council for the California State Fair.  He joined the Pollinator Project because of its emphasis on the global and economic importance of pollinators in food crop production.
Most recently, Terry managed food solicitation and procurement for both a regional and a local food bank until his retirement in 2011.  Previously, he managed the California office of American Farmland Trust, working to protect productive farmland for future generations.  He began his career with the largest U.S. farmer-owned cooperative processor of private label canned fruits and vegetables and rose to the position of Vice President of Corporate Relations. 
Terry earned a B.S. in Agricultural Education from the University of California at Davis and an M.B.A. in Business Management from San Jose State University.


National Advisors

David Anderson
Peter Carpenter
Yvon Chouinard
William Conway
Joan Ganz Cooney
Anne Ehrlich
Richard Goldman
Paul Growald, Founder and Chairman Emeritus
William T. Hutton
Scott McVay
Will Rogers
Peter Seligman
Martha Stewart
Jerry Tone


Adrian Forsyth, Ph. D.
Daniel Janzen, Ph. D.
Donald Kennedy, Ph. D.
E. O. Wilson, Ph. D.
Mark Moffett, Ph. D.
Peter Raven, Ph. D.