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    Co-founders, Kathleen and Brian Bean

    Craig Groves

    Maurice Hornocker


    Brian and Kathleen Bean, Co-founders

    Brian Bean serves as the Institute's President.

    Brian has 30 years of investment banking, institutional derivatives and asset management experience.

    Brian co-founded Copper Creek Capital Group in 2008. He is a member of the Firm’s Board of Managers and serves on the Executive Committee.

    Previously, Brian ran the Technology Banking practice and West Coast Investment Banking business for CRT Capital Group where he served on the Executive and Commitment Committees. Prior to joining CRT, he was Vice-Chairman and Co-Head of Investment Banking at Montgomery & Co., where he ran the Firm’s Technology Banking practice. He was a member of Montgomery’s Board and of the Executive and Management Committees. Previously, Brian was Co-Head of Corporate Finance and Head of Global Technology Banking at Robertson Stephens. Prior to joining Robertson, Brian held senior positions at Pacific Holding Corporation and with Kidder Peabody where he ran the institutional derivatives practice in San Francisco and Los Angeles. Before that, Brian was an investment banker with Morgan Stanley and with Goldman Sachs in New York, and with Barclays National Merchant Bank in Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa.

    Brian is a magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Pomona College, where he was a dual major in botany—molecular biochemistry and biophysics and in zoology. Brian was awarded his MBA by the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Miller scholar. Before business school, Brian was a captain in the United States Marine Corps, serving with the 1st Marine Division.

    Kathleen Bean serves as the Institute's Secretary.

    Kathleen is a former Director of Development for The Nature Conservancy's California program. She served two terms as Board President of Earth Share of California and was for six years an officer and board member of Marin Organic, a non-profit whose mission is to promote sustainable and organic farming. Kathleen also served as Board President of St. Luke's School in San Francisco.

    As co-founders of the Institute and owners of Lava Lake Land & Livestock and Lava Lake Lamb, Brian and Kathleen are deeply engaged in biodiversity conservation and sustainable agriculture in the American West.

    Steve Popelar, Treasurer

    Steve is a Certified Public Accountant specializing in taxation with 30 years of accounting experience, and is an avid backpacker.

    Craig Groves

    Craig Groves is a highly esteemed conservation planner and wildlife biologist now serving as Director of Conservation Methods for the Conservation Science Group of The Nature Conservancy. Prior to his current position, he worked as a wildlife biologist and conservation planner for the Wildlife Conservation Society in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and selected international projects from 2002-2007. He has also worked for The Nature Conservancy as a conservation biologist in a variety of capacities in Idaho, the Western Region, and for TNC's World Wide Office. He served as the Director of Conservation Planning for TNC from 1997-2002 where his principal responsibility was to develop ecoregional planning methods and coordinate these planning activities across TNC. In May 2003, Island Press published a book that Craig wrote on planning for biodiversity conservation: "Drafting a Conservation Blueprint: A Practitioner's Guide to Planning for Biodiversity."

    From 1984-1992, Craig was the original director and nongame biologist for the Idaho Natural Heritage Program for the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. During that time he worked throughout the state of Idaho on a variety of inventory, monitoring, and research projects on sensitive nongame wildlife species. Among other projects, he helped initiate a study of wolverines in central Idaho, Coeur d'Alene salamanders in the north-central part of the state, and harlequin ducks on the Panhandle. During his years with the Heritage Program and the Department of Fish and Game, Craig implemented numerous cooperative projects on nongame species with the US Forest Service, BLM, US Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Gap Analysis Program at the University of Idaho.

    Craig received his M.S. in Zoology from Idaho State University and his B.S. in Biology from Wake Forest University.

    Maurice Hornocker

    Maurice Hornocker is a wildlife biologist best known for his research on the world's big cats. Hornocker pioneered the use of radio telemetry to conduct field studies of cougars and jaguars. He began his work with cougars in 1964 in the central Idaho wilderness. Since that time he and his students and colleagues have studied cougar populations in several other regions in the western United States. He has also studied other big cat species around the world. Along with his associate Dr. Howard Quigley, Hornocker was co-director of the Siberian Tiger Project, an international research program based in eastern Russia studying the ecology and range and habitat requirements of the Siberian tigers as a basis for a plan to try and save it from extinction. He served as leader of the Idaho Cooperative Wildlife Research Unit at the University of Idaho from 1968 to 1985. In 1985 he founded the Hornocker Wildlife Institute, a nonprofit research and education foundation. The Institute, in 2000, merged with the Wildlife Conservation Society where Hornocker served as Senior Conservationist. In 2006 he founded the nonprofit Selway Institute where he currently serves as President/Director. He has published many articles in peer reviewed journals primarily relating to carnivore biology and conservation and was the editor of: Track of the Tiger, Legend and Lore of the Great Cat published by Sierra Club Books in 1997. He lives with his wife Leslie and their horses and dogs on a small farm in Bellevue, Idaho.

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