ELEFENCE DIRECTORS

 

Dick Houston 
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Dick Houston, President and co-founder of EleFence, has spent most of his adult life in Africa as a safari leader, conservationist, teacher, and writer. Born in Ohio, he taught English in the United States, Venezuela, Kenya, Zambia, and South Africa. As a safari leader, he ran journeys across the Sahara Desert, through the rain forests of central Africa, and in the bush country of eastern and southern Africa. He has written on Africa topics for Smithsonian, the New York Times, and Los Angeles Times.  He wrote of his adventurous life in the critically-acclaimed Safari Adventure [Penguin USA, 1991] 

His newest book, Bulu African Wonder Dog, will be published in 2010 by Random House.  

   
Bruce J. L. Lowe
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Bruce J. L. Lowe, Legal Counsel and co-founder, is a partner with Taft, Stettinius & Hollister LLP where his practice focuses on international law and litigation, general business and commercial litigation and business bankruptcy matters. He is President of The Greater Cleveland International Lawyers Group, and is listed as one of Northeast Ohio's Leading Lawyers by Inside Business Magazine and as an Ohio Super Lawyer by Cincinnati Magazine. He is Chair of the British - American Chamber of Commerce of Ohio and has also served as Honorary Legal Advisor to Her Majesty's Consul. He is past chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Cleveland Bar Association. He holds BA and MA degrees from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University and the Degree of Barrister at Law from the Inns of Court School of Law, and is a member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple, London, England.
   
Max Seymour
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Max Seymour, Chief Executive Officer, came to Elefence as it’s first member in August of 1998. Mr. Seymour served in the Navy from 1969 to 1973 as a Hospital Corpsman, serving most of that time with the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated with a BA in history from The Ohio State University in 1977 and was selected as Outstanding Senior in 1977. Mr. Seymour also held many leadership roles while at university. Mr. Seymour has been employed in chemical sales for over 20 years. Most of this time has been with the pulp and papermaking industry. Taking a new position, with Nalco Company, Mr. Seymour relocated to Oklahoma in 2010. During the past few years Mr. Seymour has been a guest lecturer at The Ohio State University focusing on “Human Wildlife Conflict”. 

   
Jane Rodwan 
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Jane F. Rodwan, Director of Project Development, is the owner of A “Paws” for Pets, LLC where she is a professional pet sitter, caring for dogs, cats, fish, pocket pets and some exotics.  She is also a Master Assayer with Aurum Strategies LLC, purchasing unwanted gold jewelry and coins at home parties and one-on-one consultations.  Jane donates a portion of her commissions from the gold purchases to Elefence International and other animal causes.  She formerly worked in the telecommunications industry for 13 years, in commercial banking for 8 years and has 14-years’ experience in office administration and customer service.  Jane attended Baldwin-Wallace College for business courses and Tri-C for courses in video and film-making.  Her passion for wildlife conservation was sparked by a safari to Kenya in 1996 and reinforced with a subsequent safari to Zambia with Elefence board members in 2001. She has been a volunteer at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo since March 1997 and with Berea Animal Rescue as a Dog Companion since July 2008. She has also worked as a volunteer at The American Association of Zoo Keepers’ annual Bowling for Rhinos event.  You will often find her with her nose in a book, leaning more about nature, wildlife, animal behavior and Africa.  When not in a book, her nose is often hidden behind the lens of a camera, capturing nature in all its glory.  Favorite travel destinations are Africa and Ireland.  She has been involved with Elefence International since April of 2000.
   
 Barbara Brooks
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Barbara Brooks, Public Relations Director, is Tour Coordinator for the Scot Symphonic Band and Wooster Chorus at The College of Wooster (Ohio).  Animals have always been a part of her life from living with domestic cats and dogs, to providing hands-on care for tigers and lions, and educating the public about the conservation of exotic felines.  Because of her experience with cats of all sizes, many friends request her help with dispensing medication and pet sitting while they are away.  Previous to her involvement with exotic animal conservation, she danced with the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes in New York City.  As a freelance publicist, she has promoted Cat Dancers, Tiger Missing Link Foundation, and authors, Dick Houston, Nancy Moulton and Michael Talbot.  From 2000-2002 she was Director of Education for Rivendell Exotic Animal Park, a privately owned facility in Wooster, Ohio.  Published work includes a nine-part segment about tigers for the United Kingdom magazine, ANIMALS, ANIMALS, ANIMALS.  Her determination to help save wildlife in Africa began in junior high school literature class when the teacher instructed the students to read a two-page story about photographing elephants by adventurers, naturalists, authors and filmmakers, Martin and Osa Johnson.  Inspired by the Johnson's work, she has been to Africa several times and looks forward to many more trips with Elefence International projects.
   
 Ana Hill
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Ana Hill, DVM, PhD.  Member, Board of Directors.  Teaches Animal Science courses at the Ohio State University and is a member of the Admissions Committee for the OSU Veterinary College.  She has lived in Washington D.C., Maryland, northern California, and now resides in Columbus Ohio. She is mother to two grown daughters and “parent” to four cats.   She has been a licensed veterinarian since 1986 and earned a PhD in companion animal nutrition, with a special interest in carnivore nutrition, in 2002.  She has experience in private practice (both mixed and small animal clinics), pet food industry, animal nutrition research, and academic teaching, both in veterinary schools and with undergraduate students.  Her passion for animals is life-long and her interests in wildlife conservation were fueled by teaching the Animal Sciences Department contemporary issues course to 400 students per year.  The course looks deeply at human-animal interactions and includes international issues.  The plight of wildlife in Africa, especially concern for rhinos and elephants, is always an important component of that course. She believes education of both undergraduates and future veterinarians is critical to animal conservation for generations to come.