Board of Directors:
Christopher J. Gervais, FRGS
Founder & CEO
Christopher is an environmental scientist with graduate studies in marine science and vertebrate paleontology. He has decades of experience in field work and research with multiple academic institutions and natural history museums. A former science and social teacher, later an administrator, he became the youngest principal of a public school in the state of Florida. While a graduate student, Christopher conducted fieldwork and research to study the Pleistocene Mega fauna and their fossils that were deposited over 10,000 years ago. His study of these extinct species informs his concerns for preserving biodiversity and was a significant factor in the founding of the WCFF. Christopher was one of the first scientists to conduct underwater vertebrate paleontology research. He is a professional, advanced scuba diver with NAUI, PADI, SSI and NASDS with over 2,500 logged dives. Christopher founded the WCFF in 2010 using his life savings to get the organization off the ground and has maintained the operations since then. He is a philanthropic supporter of conservation organizations across the globe. Christopher is President of the International Exploration Society (IES), Fellow of the Royal Geographic Society, member of the Ocean Geographic Society, friend of American Philosophical Society and a Board Member of the Pet Philanthropy Circle.
A lifelong conservationist, Larry has worked for the National Park Service as an educator for over 25 years. His commitment to education, science and natural history includes work with the Academy of Natural Science over a 20 year span and also the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology where he served as the Volunteer Coordinator. Larry is a specialist with non-profits, particularly focused on conservation and education.
Kathleen Waybourne, Esq.
Board of Advisors:
Author, Environmentalist and Filmmaker
Dr. Sylvia Earle
Author, Aquanaut Explorer, Oceanographer, Founder of Mission Blue
Dr. Birute’ Mary Galdikas
Author, Primatologist, Founder of Orangutan Foundation International
Dr. David Guggenheim
Founder of Ocean Doctor, Director of Cuba Conservancy
Multiple Emmy Award winning Executive Producer
Wildlife Conservation Expert, Film Producer & Photographer, &
Communications Director of the Miami-Dade Zoological Park
Video Producer & Director, Conservation International
Dr. Mary J. Leou
Director, Wallerstein Collaborative for Urban Environmental
Education at New York University
Dr. Mireya Mayor
Primatologist, Host of National Geographic’s Wild Nights
Dr. Russell A. Mittermeier
President, Conservation International
Ambassador, United Nations Environment Program (UNEP)
Convention on Migratory Species, Chairman of the Great Ape Alliance
President & CEO of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International
Marine Filmmaker & Conservationist
Dr. E.O. Wilson
Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Biologist and Conservationist
Dr. Patricia C. Wright
Distinguished Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, Stony Brook University.
World’s foremost expert on lemurs.
* Celebrity Spokesperson: Matt Pickens
Professional Soccer Player and 2010 MLS Cup Champion
2015 WCFF & Biodiversity Committee:
Tyler Bel, Strategic Development
Jeff Coldwell, Webmaster
Anna Hochstadt, Graphic Artist
Matthew Benson, Development
Agnes Lelkes, Esq.
Kathleen Waybourne, Esq
Juan Carlos Velasquez
Amy Stewart Hale
Alexandra & Louis LaMontagne
Mr. & Mrs. Robert and Jewel Morris
Mr. Ilias Missyris, Festival Director & Producer of Wildlife Vaasa, Finland