International Advisory Board

We are in the process of creating a Community Council and the Board of Trustees to act as local and national governing entities in Tanzania, complementing the activities of the international Board. We have identified more than 300 potential candidates for the Council and the Board in interviews and focus group discussions between 2004 and 2006, and intend to interview more interested stakeholders in 2007.

Our International Advisory Board currently consists of nine members; qualifications are as follows:

Mr. Yared Fubusa, GOSESO founder, was born in a small village outside Gombe Stream National Park in western Tanzania. Through his involvement with world-famous primatologist Dr. Jane Goodall as a young research assistant, Mr. Fubusa became one of the founding members and spokesperson of Jane Goodall's global program for the youth, Roots and Shoots. He earned a B.S. in economics at Longwood University in 2000 and a M.S. in parks management and eco-tourism from the University of Utah in 2003. He spent the 2003/04 academic year teaching at the University of Virginia. He is currently in his final year of Ph.D. candidacy at Utah State University (USU), where he specializes in sustainable livelihoods, the rural economy, and local institution building.

Dr. Claudia Radel is Assistant Professor at USU. She joined the faculty in 2005, following the completion of her Ph.D. in geography from Clark University. Her research examines the changing livelihoods in the rural developing world and the outcomes of those changes for the wellbeing of households, the status of women, and the sustainability of human-environment systems. She holds an M.S. in international development from Princeton University, has been Rotary Scholar to the University of Zimbabwe, and has worked in several countries in Latin America and sub-Saharan Africa.

Dr. Terry L. Sharik has been Department Head and Professor of the Department of Environment & Society at USU since its inception in 2002. Previously, Dr. Sharik was Department Head of the Dept. of Forest Resources at USU. He has held academic appointments at Oberlin College, Virginia Tech, Michigan Tech, and the University of Michigan. His overseas research, focused on infrastructure development, has been primarily in Uganda and Morocco.

Dr. D. Layne Coppock is an ecologist and social scientist, and has been Associate Professor at USU since 1991. His research addresses community-based problems in rural areas of the developing world, using risk management interventions and building human capital to promote sustainable livelihoods. Dr. Coppock has led multi-year projects in Ethiopia, Kenya, and Bolivia, and his involvements in East Africa are ongoing. He currently counsels the Afghanistan Ministry of Agriculture & Food on rehabilitation strategies, through the US Agency for International Development.

Mr. R. Kent Clark is Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations at USU, and has extensive experience in non-profit development and management, including over 13 years on staff and boards of organizations. In addition to supporting the fundraising of GOSESO, Mr. Clark acts as pro bono counsel on organizational and strategic matters.

Mr. Jack Shea is Executive Director of the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, Wyoming, since 1988. He holds a B.S. in wildlife/forest management from the University of Vermont and an M.S. in wildlife biology from the University of Alaska. He has over 25 years of teaching experience in environmental, outdoor, and science education.

Dr. Rob Lilieholm is Associate Professor at the University of Maine. His research focuses on sustainable management of wildlands to promote a wide range of ecological and social goals, and he has done extensive work related to African national parks. Professional appointments have included the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and the Organization of Tropical Studies in Costa Rica, and he has been consultant to the U.S. Congress, the Danish Government, the Kibale Forest Foundation, and many other industry and environmental organizations.

Dr. Chris Conte is Associate Professor at USU, where he teaches African and environmental history. His research examines the historical dynamics of landscape change in East Africa's mountain environments. In 2004, Ohio University Press published his book, Highland Sanctuary: Environment and History in Tanzania's Usambara Mountains.

Dr. Reuben S. Rose-Redwood is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Texas A&M University. He earned a B.A. in Environmental Sciences from the University of Virginia as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. in Geography from Penn State University. His research explores the historical geography of landscape transformation and the cultural politics of environmental change. He also has a longstanding interest in environmental history and the politics of postcolonial conservation.