About Us

OUR NONPROFIT MISSION IS TO USE TECHNOLOGY TO CONSERVE ENDANGERED SPECIES AND ECOSYSTEMS

Wildlife Protection Solutions is an international wildlife conservation non-profit, headquartered in Colorado, whose mission is to use technology for the conservation of endangered species and ecosystems.
Our team of conservation tech experts has developed a mobile and desktop app to fight wildlife crime in real-time we call wpsWatch. We help provide 24/7 wildlife monitoring wildlife reserves using custom camera traps and software which can detect wildlife threats and prompt an immediate response to active intrusions and illegal activities.

 


 

WPS has established research camps in a number of international locations. Our research camps are located in remote natural environments and consist of housing facilities, personnel, research equipment, and communications infrastructure. These test sites provide a live environment to develop, refine and demonstrate the latest in technology-based conservation applications.

OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS

sue thompson

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Sue Thompson has extensive experience with both for-profit and non-profit organizations. For over 23 years, Sue was involved with two for-profit software companies, Columbine Systems, Inc. and Antalys, Inc., where she held key management positions including Vice President, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, and Chief Financial Officer. She is also a Principal in two real estate investment companies, Indigena, LLC and Laramie Ridge, LLC. Since 2002, Sue has been actively involved in many non-profit groups, as an officer, board member, and general supporter. She has also served for several years as a committee member of a major grant-giving foundation. Sue is currently on the board of Four Winds Interactive and the Boulder Kathmandu Sister City Project. Sue loves nature and is an outdoor enthusiast and animal lover. She is thrilled to bring her broad-minded acuity in both for-profit and non-profit organizations to her lifelong value for preserving lands and protecting the wild animals that live there. Sue also has a deep passion for dancing Argentine Tango and teaches in Boulder, CO.

dave weidner

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Dave Weidner has a strong history of leadership in for-profit companies. As a true entrepreneur, where his legacy has been in the software industry, he founded two very successful software companies: Four Winds Interactive, which has ranked in the ‘Top 50’ list of Forbes most promising companies two years in a row, and Antalys, Inc.. Previous to his two companies, he was President of Columbine Systems, Inc.. He is a Principal in Indigena, LLC and Laramie Ridge, LLC, which are real estate investment companies investing in land, residential, and commercial properties. He now applies his business acumen to his lifelong passion for wildlife protection and conservation. Over the years, Dave’s love of nature and the outdoors has led to numerous land acquisitions and subsequent conservation easement agreements, which ensures the continued welfare of the land and its key habitats. Now with Wildlife Protection Solutions, he is able to bring his enterprising nature, high-tech background, and love of animals together in service to wildlife conservation.

david levin

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David Levin Co-founded Four Winds Interactive in 2005 and has served as the president and CEO of the company since the company’s beginning. David holds a BS in Business with an emphasis in Marketing and Entrepreneurship Small Business Management from the University of Colorado, Boulder.  As an undergraduate, David was the winner of the Leed’s School of Business business plan competition for a company he successfully raised financing for following graduation.

Andrew Currie

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Andrew C. Currie is an experienced entrepreneur and business leader passionate about helping endangered wildlife and the underserved people, especially children, who live with and near endangered wildlife. His work encompasses impact investing including land conservation for wildlife habitat, pro-Nature election work, democracy reform, engaged philanthropy, business consulting for wildlife NGOs and policy advocacy. Andrew led a small impact investment team that helped create a 5,000 acre prairie wildlife preserve in Colorado, and as impact investor, aided in adding land threatened with development to James Peak Wilderness. He also uses media and storytelling with a TEDxBoulder talk on endangered species and human population growth and as creative director of the motion graphics piece ShiftGivingToNature.org.

Katharina Haidenthaler

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Katharina Haidenthaler is a Managing Director of BNY Mellon and has extensive experience in the financial service industry. She spent the last 16 years in various roles at BNY Mellon in both London and New York. After university, Katharina managed the marketing department of an e-commerce start-up company in Vienna. Katharina holds a Master’s Degree from Vienna University of Economics and Business. Having grown up on a farm outside Linz, Austria, Katharina has had a lifelong love for animals and nature. Her trips to South Africa, Rwanda and Uganda motivated Katharina to be more active in the protection of endangered species.

HOW WE'RE DETECTING GLOBAL WILDLIFE THREATS

Catching Poachers in South Africa In case you missed it, here’s an awesome video of our Executive Director telling the story of WPS assisting in the apprehension of poachers in South Africa. Posted by Wildlife Protection Solutions on Friday, January 27, 2017
 

OUR STAFF

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Combining a deep understanding of technology with a passion for wildlife allows Eric Schmidt to approach conservation issues from multiple perspectives.  With a Master’s degree in conservation biology, Eric has worked with governmental institutions such as the US National Renewable Energy Lab and various local and regional government entities focusing primarily on grassland flora and fauna, as well as large mammal wildlife management.  Having had a taste of conservation from the perspective of public institutions, Eric shifted gears and entered the world of tech startups, eventually leading large scale enterprise software deployments to Fortune 500 clients including Verizon, American Airlines, Ernst & Young, Deloitte, Hershey’s, Kaiser Permanente, Boeing, Intel, and more.  Today Eric is back to applying those same skills to conservation by leading Wildlife Protection Solutions, an international NGO focused on protecting endangered species and ecosystems through the practical application of technology to field settings.

corey lockman

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Corey Lockman has been involved in WPS since it’s inception.  Having been working in and with many philanthropic organizations for the last 20 years, he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the team.  He is currently head of our South Africa operations, working with our property managers and our different project locations on the front-lines of conservation and promoting our anti-poaching efforts.

mike hicks

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Michael comes to Wildlife Protection Solutions by way of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he served in the role of a Patent Examiner for over 11 years, with over half of that time in the capacity of a Primary Patent Examiner. Prior to his work for the USPTO, Michael studied Computer Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University, from which he received a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005. He brings a strong technical background to the team and is eager to apply his knowledge to address the needs of the conservation world.

mike griffiths

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Mike comes to WPS with a wealth of experience in conservation projects.  With over thirty years in conservation and project management, he’s been instrumental in helping to get official recognition for a 2.7 million expanse of rainforest in the north of Sumatra as a conservation area.

Frank Ivan

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Frank comes to WPS with a wealth of knowledge as a software developer with decades of experience and success delivering mission critical systems. Accomplished in full software development lifecycle capacities including requirements analysis, agile project management, design, architecture, development, continuous integration, automated testing, and deployment.

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George has made a career of blending field study and technology innovations to enhance biodiversity conservation. While working on his PhD in Costa Rica, he co-founded the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and co-initiated the development of a national conservation plan for the country. He went on to study several Central American iconic species, producing data to steer protection of the region’s mega-biodiversity. As a biologist with World Wildlife Fund (WWF), George helped develop conservation plans for biodiversity hotspots across South America and researched protection strategies for jaguars, macaws, and other southeastern Amazon megafauna, with subsequent WWF assignments in Thailand and southern Africa. Joining WPS in 2019, he applies decades of field experience to our 360-degree virtual reality program, with the aim of exciting people about nature through filmed, close-up encounters with animals.

todd lehman

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It has always been Todd’s passion to connect the world around sustainability and environmental science. When it comes to the health of our planet and our increasingly global community, he believes sustainability is not just a buzz word anymore, but an imperative that we must all strive for. After receiving his degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies from the University of Utah, he quickly turned his passion into action with the founding of an environmental education non-profit, EnviroHub, as well as with the creation of Colorado’s first glass-recycling company, Clear Intentions. He is incredibly enthusiastic about the mission of WPS and hopes to further diminish the plight of many endangered species around the planet.

Chris Perkins-Cook

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Christopher Perkins-Cook is a film graduate from Columbia College in Chicago, focusing on Cinematography and Video Editing.  Growing up along the Mississippi River, Chris has always been inspired by nature and wildlife.  With high respect for adventure and exploration, Chris embraces his role as a Videographer for WPS.  He compares setting up camera traps with the excitement of developing photography on film and brings that energy to WPS’s video projects, as well as the 360-VR wildlife videos.  Chris is also an independent filmmaker and produces art/movies with his brother in Boulder/CO.

Rosie Faccone

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Rosie is a sustainability advocate and conservationist with a passion for using technology to improve the lives of all beings on the earth. Her background spans technology and wellness; she earned her degrees in Mathematics and Computer Science and went on to work in outdoor recreation for several years. Having seen firsthand the relationship between time spent outside and a person’s general happiness, she is eager to protect the natural world and all of it’s inhabitants for future generations to experience and enjoy.

Joel Perkins-Cook

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Joel began co-producing movies and videos with his brother, Chris, in 2013. Together they own Sage Cinema, a video production company based in Boulder, Colorado. Joel is fluid as a videographer, editor, writer, and director. His films are inspired by his love for animals, and the nature documentaries he watched growing up that introduced him to a wide variety of species and the places they live around the world. Joel sees film as a powerful medium to communicate the wonder of the animal kingdom so that people might admire, understand, and protect wildlife. He is excited to use his skills in service of wildlife protection with WPS.

lisa johnston

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From her early years building a socially relevant youth theater to starting a business as a trapeze artist to helping non-profits clarify and reach their potential through marketing and development initiatives, Lisa has sought work that aligns with her passion for personal and societal transformation. Prior to WPS, she was the Marketing Director for a multi-million dollar retreat center in the Colorado Rockies. Lisa considers herself fortunate for the opportunity to be a part of this team of wildlife enthusiasts working to protect endangered species. 

Larry Watkins

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Larry comes to us with an extensive background in full stack application development, from bare metal to the cloud. He has fulfilled roles from developer to enterprise architect. As an architect he has led a multinational team in successfully implementing solutions used around the world. His passion for technology has inspired him to explore and understand not just the larger solution, but the intricacies as well. In working with various STEM programs, he has inspired and educated kids to the possibilities in applying creative thinking to technological solutions. Following his passion for the outdoors led him to the great state of Colorado from the midwest.

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Matt grew up on a small farm in rural New England. He spent much of his growing years exploring and connecting with the natural world. After spending more than a decade developing software for various organizations in the business world, he joins the WPS Team to combine his technical skills with his passion for nature and conservation.

Jon Sims

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Jon has spent the last 26 years developing his expertise in film, video, and animation. Jon has built 2 in house studios for fortune 200 companies and created production pipelines for multiple clients. Jon holds a BAS in Digital Media, Film and Animation. Jon has worked with animals from a very young age, re-homing rabbits, chickens salamanders and frogs in his youth while also spending weekends at his grandparents farm, and into adulthood supporting rescues and rehabilitating wounded animals locally both in Oregon and Colorado. His love of bringing awareness, education and enlightenment is why he is excited daily about working for WPS.

Matt Hron

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After 12 years working in various technical roles in healthcare IT, Matt decided to follow his passion and pursue a career in wildlife conservation. He worked closely with several endangered species at VulPro in South Africa and the Denver Zoo before joining WPS. He brings a strong technical background, knowledge of wildlife ecology, and passion for making the world a better place through connecting people to nature. Matt got his bachelor’s degree in Zoology at the University of Wisconsin and is currently pursuing his Master’s degree in Biology from Miami University.

Tom Coetzee

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Tom comes from a career in conservation stretching over 24 years. He started out studying Nature Conservation and was soon offered a position at the Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre as a ranger. He quickly climbed the ladder from ranger to manager and over the next 19 years worked in a number of South Africa’s well-known private game reserves. In the 5 years prior to joining WPS he was the Reserve Warden at Thornybush Nature Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park. Tom counts himself very fortunate to have been included into the team at WPS and brings with him vast conservation experience and aims to carry this knowledge over into the global conservation of the world’s most endangered species and ecosystems.

arrie potgieter

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Arrie has been working in South Africa, and other areas around the world, for the last 50+years.  An expert in ranch managing and game-breeding, he’s been supporting WPS in it’s efforts to boost white rhino populations in South Africa.