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Board of Directors

Acting President and Treasurer

Susan Millward

Executive Director, Animal Welfare Institute

Susan holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1989) in Environmental Health and a Master of Business Administration (1991). Susan worked as a government pollution specialist and environmental engineering consultant prior to joining AWI in 2003 to work on its marine program. After serving as Marine Program Director she became AWI’s Executive Director in 2008. Susan has attended and provided public comment at many international meetings, including the IWC, CITES, CBD, Caribbean Environment Programme, and at the UN HQ.

Susan Millward
Vice-President and Secretary

Rob Tomiak

Rob graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in 1988 and commenced a 21 year career as a Naval Officer serving in positions related to facility and installation management, energy and environmental program management, military construction project management, policy development, troop leadership, and acquisition. After his military career, he directed the Department of the Navy’s National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) program, then served as the Associate Director of Energy and Environmental Programs with the Department of Commerce, and in 2016 accepted his current position with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. He holds a BS in Ocean Engineering from the US Naval Academy, a MS in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois, an MA in National Security and Strategic Studies from the US Naval War College and is a registered Professional Environmental Engineer in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Rob Tomiak

John Grandy, PhD

Executive Director, The Pegasus Foundation

Dr. John Grandy is the Vice Chair of the Pegasus Foundation, a non-profit organization committed to animal protection, environmental preservation and public education. He previously worked as a senior vice president for The Humane Society of the United States (The HSUS), where he started the wildlife and habitat protection section, which grew substantially over the years to include diverse programs such as the killing of animals for fur, living together with urban wildlife, zoo issues, marine mammal and shark protection. Prior to that, John was the executive vice president of Defenders of Wildlife. He also served on the President’s Council of Environmental Quality. And, John launched the Wildlife Land Trust, saving wildlife by protecting its habitat.

John Grandy

Monica Borobia

Monica is a Brazilian biologist and has worked for over 30 years with the conservation of marine mammals, management of coastal zones, including sustainable tourism, as a researcher and manager. She holds a B.Sc. in biological sciences and a M.Sc. in renewable resources. She has held different positions for a decade with the United Nations Environment Programme and has continued to work as a consultant for the UN with marine and coastal programmes including the Wider Caribbean. She has guided the development of marine mammal conservation and Management Action Plans at the regional levels including in the Wider Caribbean.

Monica Borobia

Robert (Bob) Ragan

A retired Bechtel engineering and construction executive, Bob is a passionate animal welfare and conservation advocate. Now President Emeritus, he served, for a decade, as President of Monitor Caribbean founded the late 1970s with a mission to conserve and promote the natural resources of the Wider Caribbean through the promulgation of the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW) Protocol. Prior to his 25-year-long tenure at Bechtel, he served at the Department of Defense, NASA, and Department of Energy, and for four years, on active duty with the US Navy.

Bob Ragan