Taking the reins in July 2017, Megan Fulton is the Executive Director of La Cruz/Forests For Monarchs. Earning a Bachelor’s with honors in Marketing Communications from Emerson College in Boston, MA and soon will hold an MBA from Southern New Hampshire University, Megan became interested and invested in the monarch butterfly population rehabilitation efforts while working with La Cruz Board Member, Peggy Farabaugh and advisor José Luis Alvarez on a La Cruz educational tour throughout the Northeast. Often out hiking the mountains of New England with her black lab, Megan can also be found in Boston advocating for reforestation and pollinator gardens, as well as rooting for her beloved Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots.
Board of Directors
Michael Hamm, PhD, President
An avid birder and conservationist, Mike Hamm joined La Cruz’s Board in 2014 and became Board President in May of 2017. He holds a B.A. from Macalester College and a Master’s Degree and Ph.D from Indiana University, specializing in Russian history. From 1970 until 2014 he taught Russian, European, and Middle Eastern history at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, holding the Ewing T. Boles professorship and serving as Faculty President from 1998 until 2001. He is the author of a number of scholarly articles and books, including Kiev: A Portrait, 1800-1917 (Princeton University Press). From 2006 until 2016 Mike served on the Board of Trustees of the Kentucky Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and chaired that Board for three years. He is currently Trustee Emeritus of TNC and has also served as President of the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and the Danville-- Boyle County Humane Society.
Ed Rashin, CFO, Treasurer
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 José 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 José 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 and is the current CFO and Treasurer of Forests For Monarchs.
Peggy Farabaugh’s passion for wildlife conservation led her to found Vermont Woods Studios in 2005, an online furniture business focused on the sustainable sourcing of wood. Peggy holds a B. S. in chemistry from SUNY, a Master’s Degree in training technology from the Rochester Institute of Technology, and a Master’s Degree in environmental health and safety from Tulane. Peggy lives in Vernon, VT. She joined our Board in July 2017.
Molly Hoopes, Secretary
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.
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.
Candace Bowden became an active environmentalist in the 1970s when she joined the Mothers for Peace Movement that involved itself with safety and environmental concerns during the construction of California’s Diablo Canyon Nuclear Facility. She holds a B.S. from Eastern Oregon University with an emphasis on geology and is an accomplished writer. She lives part-time in Oregon, part-time in Michoacán, Mexico. Prior to joining our Board in July 2017, she worked on occasion with José Luis Alvarez and our reforestation efforts in Michoacán.
Ben Miles runs Shire Environmental in Danville, Kentucky. He has worked with River Fields in Louisville, Bluegrass Conservancy in Lexington, the Central Kentucky Wildlife Refuge and Boyle Landmark Trust in Danville, among other organizations. Prior to relocating in Kentucky, Ben was the Executive Director of the Shasta Land Trust in Redding, CA from 2008 until 2014. Ben holds a B.A. in philosophy from Sewanee and a Master’s in environmental science from UT-Chattanooga. Ben joined our Board in July 2017.