About Us: Meet the Team:

Board of Directors


Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld, President

Dr. Laly Lichtenfeld is a woman with a passion for Africa. She lives in Tanzania and is co-founder and executive director of the African People & Wildlife Fund and a research affiliate of Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She has over 15 years of experience in East Africa working with large carnivores, local communities and community-based conservation programs. Dr. Lichtenfeld received a Ph.D. from Yale University in 2005 for her research combining wildlife ecology and social ecology in an interdisciplinary study of human-lion relationships, interactions and conflicts. She is a National Geographic Explorer, a member of the African Lion Working Group, the Yale Large Carnivore Group, the National Geographic Big Cats Initiative and the recipient of the Fulbright Award. Her work has been featured on National Geographic Wild and the Discovery Channel Canada.

Charles Trout, Vice-President

Charles Trout is co-founder of the African People & Wildlife Fund. Raised in the Democratic Republic of Congo, he has spent the last 20 years living around the protected areas of Tanzania, including the Serengeti National Park and the Selous Game Reserve. Prior to APW, Mr. Trout worked with several conservation and tourism companies. He has experience working in all four corners of Tanzania particularly in developing village agreements with tourism outfitters and in managing human-wildlife conflict mitigation programs. Mr. Trout is a graduate of the Rosslyn Academy in Nairobi, Kenya.

Jonathan D. Meade, Secretary

Mr. Meade is the Vice President of Planning for the Heritage Conservancy in Doylestown, PA, which aims to preserve the natural and historic resources of the region through conservation and land acquisition programs. His work involves developing river conservation plans, open space plans, implementing outreach and education programs and strategic planning. His extensive experience in protected area planning, most recently with the National Park Service in Washington, D.C., includes management, business, strategic and financial planning. Mr. Meade received his MS from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies and was a Fulbright Scholar in western Canada in 1996-1997.

Rosalie Ballantine, Treasurer

Ms. Ballantine is currently retired and devoted to environmental issues. She is serving her 3rd term as an environmental commissioner in the Bernardsville, NJ community. She also enjoys taking courses at Drew and Rutgers Universities. Prior to retirement, she worked for many years at the law firm of Pitney, Hardin, Kipp & Szuch in NJ. Ms. Ballantine holds a BA from Smith College and an MA from New York University in art & archeology.

Mark L. Lichtenfeld, Director

Mark L. Lichtenfeld is a senior vice-president of investments for the Lichtenfeld Group at UBS Financial Services in NJ. He began his career at Bear Stearns in 1994 and continued with Prudential Securities before joining RBC Dain Rauscher (formerly Tucker Anthony) in 1997. He received a bachelor’s with honors from Rutgers College and was a Henry Rutgers Scholar. In addition to APW, he served as a member of the Board of Trustees of The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey. Mr. Lichtenfeld lives with his wife, Laurie, and children, Summer and Charlie, in Bernardsville, NJ.

Ann C. Smith, Director

Ann has lived in Jackson Hole for 29 years. She has 2 sons, Tucker and Tyler.  Africa is her passion and she has traveled to East Africa ten times and has learned so much about the people, wildlife issues and conservation projects. One of the most exciting trips was a trek in Rwanda to see the endangered Mountain Gorillas.  Ann was born in Norfolk, Virginia and graduated from Florida Atlantic University with a degree in English. Graduate work at the Oregon College of Education prepared her for her job as an elementary school librarian. Since moving to Wyoming, Ann has been in Real Estate and was an owner of Jackson Hole Realty which was sold to Sothebys 5 years ago. She is still active in the business.  Ann founded PAWS of Jackson Hole in 1999. The organization promotes responsible pet ownership and assists the local animal shelter with projects and adoptions. Besides involvement with Paws, Ann is on the Board of Interconnections 21, a Jackson Hole-based non-profit whose goal is to connect local students with children in other countries in hopes of nurturing understanding of different cultures. Recently, she was appointed to the Advisory Board of POD (Protect our Dolphins), a Santa Barbara-based organization dedicated to the study and preservation of marine mammals along the central California Coast. Ann was on the board of the Teton Science Schools for many years and has been active with the Jackson Hole Land Trust and Jackson Hole Conservation Alliance. Several years ago, Ann purchased a small cottage in Montecito, California where she spends several months of the year (mostly off season ) enjoying the ocean and cultural events.  But Jackson Hole is home … there is no other place in America that offers the abundant wildlife, beautiful scenery and wonderful people who care so much about protecting their extraordinary landscape.

Stephen R. Kellert, Ph.D., Member, APW Board of Advisors

Tweedy/Ordway Professor of Social Ecology and Co-Director of the Hixon Center for Urban Ecology at the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Professor Kellert’s work focuses on understanding the connection between human and natural systems with a particular interest in the value and conservation of nature and designing ways to harmonize the natural and human built environments.  His awards include the National Conservation Achievement Award (1997, NWF); Distinguished Individual Achievement Award (Society for Conservation Biology, 1990); Best Publication of the Year Award (International Foundation for Environmental Conservation, 1985);Special Achievement Award (NWF, 1983); Fulbright Research Award; as well as being included among 300 individuals listed in \“American Environmental Leaders: From Colonial Times to the Present.\” He has served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences, is a member of IUCN Species Survival Commission Groups, and has been a member of the board of directors of many organizations.

Oswald J. Schmitz, Ph.D., Member, APW Board of Advisors

Oastler Professor of Population and Community Ecology and Director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation Science at Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.  Professor Schmitz’s research examines the dynamics and structure of terrestrial food webs. His specific focus is on plant-herbivore interactions and how they are shaped by carnivores and soil-nutrient levels, both at the level of herbivore foraging ecology and plant-herbivore population dynamics. He is also examining how natural systems are resistant and resilient to natural and human-induced disturbances. His approach involves developing mathematical theories of species interactions in food webs and testing these theories through field experiments. The work deals with a variety of ecosystems and herbivore species, ranging from moose deer and snowshoe hare in northern Canadian forests to insects in New England old-field ecosystems.