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F ollowing an extensive nation- al search, Geri E. Unger has been named the new president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary Associatio n, a position she assumed on January 3, 2017. The Sanctuary, founded in 1934, works to

protect birds of prey glob- ally. Unger, who most recent- ly served as the executive director for the

Society for Conservation Biology in Washington, D.C. brings more than 25 years of experience in conserva- tion and environmental science and education to the job. “She has the perfect mix of lead- ership, programmatic, and fund- raising skills,” says Fred Beste, III, Hawk Mountain’s board chair. “Geri understands our global mission, has international experience and vision, and embraces our unique blend of conservation science, conservation education, and public appreciation.” Unger first encountered Hawk Mountain as a high-school student from Cleveland, Ohio. Her experi- ence at the Sanctuary launched her interest in natural resources protec- tion through conservation science and education, as well as non-profit management and organizational development. Following her undergraduate degree from the University of Mich- igan, she moved to Jerusalem, Israel

to attend Hebrew University, and af- ter completing her master’s degree in environmental biology, she worked there, first as an instructor in ecol- ogy and environmental science and later as the Co-Executive Director at the Jerusalem Science Center. From 2008-2013, Unger was the Director of Education and Research at the Cleveland Botanical Garden. Unger brings experience with scientific research and conservation education, staff development and mentoring, and organization devel- opment along with strong program-

Member News continues on page 4 sure to weave my experience into building Hawk Mountain Sanctuary ming, fundraising, and administra- tive skills, Beste said. The president is the Sanctuary’s top-ranking position, responsible for effective, creative and produc- tive mission-based programs. The president manages Sanctuary staff, programs, budget, fundraising and physical facilities. Unger expressed her optimism for this opportunity: “It is my great plea-

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