Board of Directors

Deborah Gangloff, PhD
President of the Board of Directors of La Cruz, and President & CEO of the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center in Cortez, CO. Prior to her work at Crow Canyon, Deborah worked at the non-profit conservation organization, American Forests in Washington, DC. She served as American Forests’ executive director from 1996 to 2010, vice president of programs from 1990 to 1996, and Director of Communications from 1986 to 1990. She was instrumental in the success of American Forests’ Global ReLeaf campaign that has planted millions of trees around the world for ecological restoration. Deborah holds a Ph.D. and an MA in anthropology from Rutgers University, and received her BA from York College, City University of New York. Deborah serves on the board of the La Cruz Habitat Protection Project, the International Society of Arboriculture certification board, and the board of KSJD, the local public radio station in Cortez, CO.


Ed Rashin
Founding board member and the Treasurer of La Cruz. He is a Forester and Forest Hydrologist. With Ed has been a technical advisor to the LCHPP project almost since its inception, working with Jose Luis Alvarez since 1997. He was in the field on the project from 1998 – 2002 and from 2006 – 2010 monitoring the reforestation sites, collecting basic site data, evaluating overall site conditions and maintenance needs and program success. Ed prepared the maps and reports, including inventory of reforestation sites and participants in the program, helps Jose Luis Alvarez provide participants with technical assistance for tree planting and ongoing care and maintenance of reforested sites. He was a founding Board member of Michoacán Reforestation Fund where he served for nine years, giving him 16 years working on this project.


Sue Sill, PhD
Founding board member, first Board President and Executive Director, Sue is a botanist who works on the systematics ofTillandsia of the Bromeliaceae. She lived in Michoacán, Mexico for eight years and is familiar with the culture and the environmental challenges of the area. After her career in botanical garden administration she returned to painting and teaches art. Botanical and natural history subjects are a specialty. Her last public garden position was as Executive Director of NABA International Butterfly Park in Mission, Texas (now know as the National Butterfly Center). She continues to work in plant conservation and habitat restoration. With a strong commitment to reforestation, the teaching of sustainable forest management, and the development of non-timber forest project, she believes La Cruz is a good model for other restoration projects across Latin America. She was a board member of Michoacán Reforestation Fund where she served for two years, giving her 9 years working on this project.


Molly Hoopes
Ms. Hoopes is the Secretary of the Organization, she is also on the education committee of the American Society of Botanical Artists and she is Co-Chair of the Exhibits Committee of the Botanical Art Society of the National Capitol Region. She is a Maryland Master Naturalist with a Bachelors degree in Art, Master of Arts in Teaching, and a teacher certification in Biology, who taught environmental awareness through art activities for 20 years.


Michael Hamm, PhD
Dr. Hamm joined La Cruz’s Board in 2014, and became the Vice-President of Forests for Monarchs in January of 2015. He is the Ewing T. Boles Professor of History at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, where he has taught for 44 years. He graduated from Macalester College and holds a Ph. D from Indiana University. He is a specialist in Russian, East European, and Middle Eastern history and is the author of a number of scholarly articles and three books, including Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917 (Princeton University Press, 1993 & 1995). An avid birders, he has travelled widely around the world to observe birds and other wildlife. Mike’s interest in the monarch migration grew after visiting the winter roost sites in Mexico several years ago. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy since 2006 and chaired that board for three years. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and is past-president of the Danville-Boyle County Humane Society.


Monty at Chief-s Desk3Monty Maldonado
Mr. Maldonado is a forester with the US Forest Service stationed at the headquarters offices in Washington, D.C. He is currently the National Program Manager for the National Forests System (NFS) Trust Funds programs. Prior to this assignment, he was the National Program Leader for silviculture, reforestation, timber stand improvement, genetic resources, and nursery management. These positions provide leadership to the 155 national forests including six nurseries and seed extractories within the National Forests Systems lands. In his capacity as the National Program Leader for reforestation and nursery management, he has provided technical assistance to the Agency for International Development (USID), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), and the Forest Service International Program with the establishment and development of a seed bank in the Dominican Republic. During his career has provided technical expertise, guidance, and recommendation to the government of Honduras in the application of harvest techniques, reforestation and nursery protocols, and guidance following harvest of private lands in the Republic of Honduras. He has a degree in Forest Management from North Carolina State University, a BS in Biology and graduate work in Marine Biology. He is a Forest Service Certified Silviculturist in two Forest Service regions (R-8 and R-9), and Certified in Logging Systems.