The Executive Director is primarily responsible for the Beaver Institute’s day-to-day operations. The BI Executive Director works closely with the President, Board of Directors, Advisory Board and our host of volunteers.
Adam Burnett, Executive Director
Adam Burnett serves as the Executive Director of the Beaver Institute after a career of building and running non-profits in the field of performing arts and environmental conservation. He received his BA from the University of Kansas in Theatre & Creative Writing and spent a decade as the co-founder and artistic director of Buran Theatre. His plays, poems, and essays have been produced and published nationally, many of which concern pathways of cooperation with animals and the environment. As a Development Director and fundraising consultant, Adam has worked with a bevy of institutions including Exit Art, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Dixon Place, Queer|Art, and Health In Harmony, among others. Adam’s voracious passion for beavers developed in 2020 as he navigated co-managing a prairie pond with beavers and local farmers. Adam lives in a constellatory migration that includes Hoyt, KS; New York, NY; Trumansburg, NY; Albuquerque, NM; and Montreal, QC. Contact: email@example.com
Board of Directors
An all-volunteer Board of Directors governs the Beaver Institute. The Directors personify a wide range of organizational skills, professional and life experiences, environmental passion, commitment, and sound judgement. Their collective decisions control the organization.
Michael W. Callahan, President / Founder
Mike Callahan is the founder of the Beaver Institute Inc. He received a B.A. from St. Michael’s College and worked for 20 years as a Physician Assistant providing medical care to under-served populations. He began saving beavers in 1998 after founding the Pioneer Valley Wetland Volunteers with his wife Ruth. In 2000 he started Beaver Solutions LLC and has personally resolved over 1,900 beaver-human conflicts. He teaches beaver workshops, started an online Beaver Management Forum on Facebook, and created an instructional DVD to teach others to do this work. In 2017 he founded the Beaver Institute, Inc. to promote coexistence with beavers for watershed restoration, biodiversity and climate resilience. His duties as President of the Beaver Institute include training BeaverCorps professionals across North America. In his spare time he loves being outdoors, reading, spiritual pursuits, and time spent with friends and family.
Lawrence P. Johnson, Secretary/Clerk
Lawrence Johnson retired as the Director of Non-Discrimination Compliance at Westfield State University. A law school graduate with a graduate degree in in Higher Education Administration from Michigan State, Larry worked in higher education for 35 years, serving in capacities both inside and outside the classroom with significant administrative experience and knowledge of laws and policies affecting higher education as non-profit institutions. His integrity, commitment, and his legal training with extensive experience with higher education are great assets to the Board of Directors.
Scott McGill is the Founder and CEO of Ecotone, a design-build ecological restoration company located in Forest Hill, MD. Scott has over 30 years of applied experience in both design and construction of ecological restoration projects throughout the United States. He is a thought leader in the field of ecological restoration and has brought many new ideas and methods into the mainstream, including the use of native materials and the North American beaver to drive ecological and water quality outcomes His “less is more”, using nature to restore nature, approach to environmental restoration that incorporates conservation biology and adaptive management provides an innovative model for sustainable cost-effective ecological restoration. In addition to driving positive change to the ecological restoration industry, Scott has methodically scaled Ecotone from a small 2- person consulting firm in 2000 to a vertically integrated design-build company with over 80 employees. His firm has restored over 40 miles of stream and 1,400 acres of wetlands in the Mid-Atlantic region, as well as preserving over 1,200 acres of land in perpetuity. He and his wife of 29 years currently reside in Fallston, MD, have three grown children, and two grandchildren. Outside of Ecotone, Scott is a certified Reiki Master Teacher and enjoys cycling, dog training, fly fishing, and adventure bikepacking.
Program Director and founder of Beaver Works Oregon, and founding board member of Think Wild – Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center in Oregon. Reese brings 15 years of nonprofit and board experience to Beaver Institute, in addition to 20 years of professional experience as a business and technology consultant.
Danielle Dunn, Treasurer
Danielle Dunn graduated from Bryant University in 2019 with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration and from Western Governors University in 2020 with a Master’s in Accountancy. Danielle worked in the KPMG Providence office in the audit field. She now works for Williams Marston as a Senior Consultant. Danielle currently lives in South Carolina with her fiancé and two dogs.
Beaver Institute’s work and impact would not be possible without our cadre of committed volunteers who give their time, talent, and resources to the organization.
Amy Hunter - PR & Marketing
Amy Hunter is a publicity and marketing veteran whose clients range from Fortune 500 companies to fledgling start-ups, and from tech to travel. She is passionate about bringing compelling stories to light and has garnered national and local publicity in all forms of media. Based in Portland, Oregon, Amy joined the Beaver Institute team in 2021, and she’s excited to help spread the word about beavers, their vital importance to the planet, and how we can support them.
Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski - National Beaver Working Group Facilitator
Dr. Bonnie Gulas-Wroblewski has been a professional wildlife rehabilitator for 18 years, during which time she founded and served as executive director of a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife rehabilitation and education organization in rural Texas. She has a bachelor’s degree in Geology and Geophysics from Yale University and completed a PhD in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences at Texas A&M University, studying skunk disease ecology and One Health (the connections between environmental, animal, and human health) in the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Hospital. Concurrently, she completed a Graduate Certificate in Applied Biodiversity Science and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management at The Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University. Currently, she is an Assistant Research Scientist on the Policy Team at Texas A&M Natural Resources Institute and adjunct faculty at Unity College, where she teaches courses in wildlife conservation and animal health and behavior.
Emma Huvos - Communications and Development
Emma Huvos provides communications and development support to the Beaver Institute as a volunteer. In her day job, she works to end animal testing as a Program Officer at Rise for Animals. She previously worked as the Development Director for the Vermont Public Interest Research Group, Vermont’s largest nonprofit environmental and consumer advocacy group, and also has experience as a nature-based educator and entrepreneur. Emma holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University. She lives in Vermont where she enjoys paddling, hiking, and gardening with her husband and three-legged rescue dog, Cricket.
Mike Kesten - IT & Video
Michael Kesten met Mike Callahan in the 90’s back when Mike was running the Pioneer Valley Wetlands Volunteers. Michael ran a business for 25 years, engineering and building video production facilities. He was a Beaver Institute board member when it launched. In his retirement he volunteers with various non-profits working to benefit the environment, animals, and democracy. Michael sees beavers as integral to rebuilding ecosystems that man has altered.
Advisory Board Members
The Beaver Institute is grateful to our international panel of beaver experts and other professionals who voluntarily provide their consultative expertise on important matters.
Advisory Board Members
WI – Bob Boucher MS – Water Resource Management UW Madison, WI. Founder off Milwaukee Riverkeeper, milwaukeeriverkeeper.org Retired Director of the Cedar Lakes Conservation Foundation: He remains a strong advocate for beaver restoration in the Western Great Lakes areas of WI, MI, MN. and Ontario. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NY – Owen Brown PhD – Dr. Brown, has a PhD in Material Science, and is president of the educational nonprofit Beavers Wetlands and Wildlife (BWW). He was formerly a professor of chemistry and physics for 23 years, and co-founded BWW in 1985. BWW is based in New York State and provides beaver programs, practical advice about solving beaver/human problems and consulting nationwide and overseas.
CA – Brock Dolman – A wildlife biologist, Brock is currently the WATER Institute Director, and Director for the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center Wildlands and Permaculture Program, Since 2012 he has been co-leading the Bring Back the Beaver Campaign in California to integrate beaver stewardship into California policy and restoration in order to improve water quality and quantity, create critical wetland habitat for numerous endangered species and optimize aquatic resource conservation and climate change adaptation strategies. He is co-author of “Restoring Summer Base Flow under a Decentralized Water Management Regime: Constraints, Opportunities, and Outcomes in Mediterranean-Climate California” Water Journal (2017), co-author of Beaver In California: Creating A Culture of Stewardship (2016), co-author of “The Historical Range of Beaver in Coastal California: an updated review of the evidence” California Fish and Game Journal (2013) and co-author of “The historical range of beaver in the Sierra Nevada: a review of the evidence” California Fish and Game Journal (2012). He can be reached at email@example.com at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, CA
OR – Suzanne Fouty – Dr. Fouty currently serves as a is a retired U.S. Forest Service Hydrologist/soils specialist.at Wallowa-Whitman National Forest, OR. She has a B.S. in Geology (University of Washington), a M.S. in Geosciences (University of Arizona) and a Ph.D. in Geography (University of Oregon) where she studied how cattle, elk, and beaver alter streams. She has worked as a Water Resource Specialist for the State of New Mexico on groundwater contamination issues, as an outdoor environmental educator, and done stream-related work for The Nature Conservancy, the Bureau of Land Management, Department of Justice, and environmental groups. In exploring the issue of water in the Intermountain West, she has learned about the social and political challenges and opportunities for stream restoration. Suzanne was included in the PBS Nature episode “Leave it to Beavers” in the Nevada segment.
CA – Sherry Guzzi – Co-founder of the nonprofit organization the Sierra Wildlife Coalition. The Sierra Wildlife Coalition promotes and provides humane and practical solutions for living with beavers, coyotes, and all local wildlife in the Lake Tahoe area. www.sierrawildlife.org/about-us
MA – Jeff Horan – US Fish and Wildlife Service
Jeff was a founding Director for the Beaver Institute, serving from 2017 to 2021. He was instrumental in guiding the organization in its early years. He continues to serve as a valuable resource to the Board. He is a wetlands and conservation leader with decades of experience working for federal, state and local governments. He has a B.S. degree in Forest and Wildlife Management from Virginia Tech and taught Forest Ecology and Conservation at Johns Hopkins Univ. Mr. Horan also helped develop award winning conservation programs that provide innovative federal, state and private, technical and financial assistance for private landowners to protect and restore forest, wildlife, wetland and stream resources.
OR – Leonard Houston
South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, OR
OR – Lois Houston
South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, OR
VT – Linda Huebner – Director, Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center. Linda has worked on behalf of animals – and their habitats – for decades. She has worked closely with other animal protection and environmental groups by providing educational resources and support. Linda received her M.S. degree in Animals and Public Policy from Tufts and her B.S. in Animal Science from Rutgers. Linda monitors properties donated to The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust in the northeast. Her beaver advocacy has included being an original member of the Pioneer Valley Wetland Volunteers that pioneered flow device installations in MA, as well as administrator of the Nion Robert Thieriot Grant Program, an innovative and very successful flow device grant program for the MA Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
CA – Kate Lundquist – Kate is the WATER Institute Director, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center since 2012 has been co-leading the Bring Back the Beaver Campaign in California to integrate beaver stewardship into California policy and restoration in order to improve water quality and quantity, create critical wetland habitat for numerous endangered species and optimize aquatic resource conservation and climate change adaptation strategies. Lead author of Beaver In California: Creating A Culture of Stewardship (2016), co-author of “The Historical Range of Beaver in Coastal California: An Updated Review of the Evidence” California Fish and Game Journal (2013). Contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org at the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center, CA
UT – Mary O’Brien
Grand Canyon Trust, UT
CA- Heidi Perryman – Dr. Perryman is the founder and President of Worth A Dam, a large grassroots nonprofit organization which started as an effort to protect beavers in her home town, expanded to become an important international beaver advocate and disseminator of beaver knowledge . A child psychologist, now she educates other cities about beaver benefits with a yearly festival and a website devoted to understanding beaver issues. Her Worth A Dam website and blog are major resources for progressive beaver management and advocacy. You can contact her at email@example.com.
OR- Stanley Petrowski – Founder and President of the South Umpqua Rural Community Partnership, a 501(c)3 supporting watershed restoration projects. He serves as Board liaison for the Beaver Advocacy Committee. Stan is President of Umpqua Watersheds, a Pacific northwest conservation organization. A zealous advocate of restoration ecology, his commitments include Lomakatsi Restoration Project, Partnership for the Umpqua Rivers and Native Fish Society South Umpqua River Steward.
WA – Michael Pollock
NOAA Fisheries – West Coast Region, WA
OR – Kathy Roberts
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service – Retired, OR
OR – Jakob Schockey – Owner of Beaver State Wildlife Solutions, which specializes in addressing frustrating conflicts with wildlife in a new way. He is a wildlife biologist and a published researcher in endangered species research. He’s worked professionally in Oregon’s aquatic ecosystems for over 6 years.
WA – Torre Stockard
Methow Beaver Project, WA
CA – Kevin Swift
Swift Water Design, CA
OR – Rob Walton – Senior Policy Advisor – Retired, Oregon-Washington Coastal Area Office, NOAA Fisheries – West Coast Region, OR
UT – Joe Wheaton – Dr. Wheaton is an Associate Professor of Watershed Sciences at Utah State University, UT
WA – Kent Woodruff
Methow Beaver Project, and the US Forest Service, WA