The following members and affiliated organizations of Save The Snakes help us with technical guidance, field assistance and intellectual input.
Choti Singh developed a passion for wildlife and nature as a child. She spent her school years in India, Kenya, and rural Zambia. Among all the animal species she spent time with, Choti was especially drawn to snakes, as well as her early love of frogs! After pursuing a degree in Zoology with a focus in animal behavior, she conducted graduate research involving taste-choices in rodents, as well as maternal bonding in primates. She subsequently specialized in forensic psychology and working within the mental health field professionally, but has maintained her love for conserving wildlife and preserving the environment. She has traveled to Central and South America to photograph wildlife, and plans to return to Zambia soon.
Laura Gruber is the Conservation Training Programs Coordinator at White Oak Conservation Holdings LLC, where she oversees conservation related professional development programs, including the Emerging Wildlife Conservation Leaders (EWCL). As a 2014 EWCL graduate, Laura embraces the programs mission by promoting training and development opportunities that strengthen the capacity of conservation professionals through skills and leadership trainings. With a lifelong dedication to biodiversity and conservation, Laura has worked in the zoological and conservation field since 1999, where she has filled roles in education, outreach and animal care at the Zoological Society of San Diego and Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Laura received her undergraduate degree with a BS in Biology from San Diego State University. As an admirer of lesser known species and an avid outdoors enthusiast, Laura spends her free time exploring North Florida’s wild spaces, caring for her menagerie of pets and sitting on the board of Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation.
“Why do I love snakes? I’ve always admired lesser known and unappreciated species, and snakes are definitely under appreciated. The wide variety found within the roughly 3,000 species of snakes is awe inspiring, alone the family Elapidae includes not only the largest venomous snake (the king cobra) but also entirely aquatic sea snakes! Unfortunately snakes instill fear in humans for a variety of reasons, but after enough chance encounters it’s hard not to gain a healthy respect for these amazing creatures that avoid conflict whenever possible and remove the rodents that so many of us consider pests.“
Ru Mahoney is a Science Impact Producer working at the nexus of conservation, education, and storytelling. That passion takes many forms, ranging from researcher and impact producer on documentary film projects, to NSF PI on science communication research. She brings nearly a decade as a classroom educator and five years as executive director of a nonprofit nature center to Save the Snakes. Ru’s love of snakes comes from her childhood in central Florida, where she enjoyed the indigo snake living in her backyard, and plenty of childhood encounters with beautiful corn and king snakes, cottonmouths, and a few rattlesnakes. Ru is passionate about empowering conservation through education, and believes that changing public perception about snakes is especially critical in communities where human interaction is a risk to native reptiles and humans alike.
Laura Patterson is the Statewide Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Coordinator for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife. Her lifelong love of nature led her to obtain a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology and a M.S. in Biological Conservation. She began focusing on reptile and amphibian issues in 2000, particularly on the giant gartersnake, a threatened species endemic to the disappearing wetlands of California’s Central Valley. A large part of Laura’s current work involves participating in multiple-stakeholder groups to develop and implement strategies to research, monitor, protect, conserve, and recover sensitive amphibians and reptiles within sometimes complex regulatory, social, and political frameworks. She hopes bringing this experience to the Board will help Save the Snakes advance understanding, respect, and conservation of snakes across the globe.
Are you interested in serving on the Board of Save The Snakes?
Save The Snakes currently seeks board members to assist with our snake conservation efforts in India and around the world. If you feel you have expertise that would contribute to our Board, please emails us your resume and include your responses to the following questions:
(1) What do you see as being your main role within Save The Snakes? How would Save The Snakes benefit by having your active involvement?
(2) Do you expect to be able to donate to or fundraise for Save The Snakes, and if so, to what extent? Please be as specific as possible.
(3) Are there any steps Save The Snakes should take in the near future to improve our organization and thereby further our mission?