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About Us 2017-09-22T04:39:26+00:00

Conserving Wildlife Through Empowering People

GCC has committed itself to creating change with two initiatives – Our Future Rangers Program and the Zululand Rhino Orphanage

GCC has committed itself to creating change in two main areas – people (Future Rangers Program) and wildlife (Zululand Rhino Orphanage).

The Global Conservation Corps (GCC) is a US – based non-profit 501(c)3 organization. GCC was founded on the belief that conservation belongs to all of us. People have been solely responsible for causing massive destruction of our global fauna and flora. However, at GCC, we believe that people are also the solution when it comes to turning the tide on wildlife decline and degradation.

GCC’s flagship project was the creation and production of RHINO MAN the Movie. RHINO MAN serves to bring international recognition and global awareness to the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa but more importantly highlights the brave individuals who risk their lives every day to keep Africa’s iconic species safe. There are enough doom and gloom out there concerning the global decline of our planets precious species, so we have specifically focused on the hopeful stories of a select few individuals, who provide light and hope in a very dire situation.

In 2015, GCC was blessed to have Friendly Human (an Atlanta – based video production company) get behind the RHINO MAN the Movie and sponsor almost the entire project. Our partnership has seen our film throughout South Africa and beyond, on 4 separate trips to highlight various people and organizations including:

Through the creation of RHINO MAN, we became even more aware that any type of solution involves working with both people and wildlife. There are so many incredible people, organizations, and institutions that need our support, but we have learned that by channeling our efforts towards a select few areas, we can make a positive and effective difference. Our 2 main partners include the Timbavati Foundation and the Zululand Rhino Orphanage.

Meet the Team

Matt Lindenberg
Matt LindenbergPresident
Matt has spent his life between Southern Africa and the USA. Growing up near the Kruger National Park, he always admired the rangers and conservationists that protected Africa’s fauna and flora. Matt earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Management from the University of South Africa and his MSc in Biology at Grand Valley State University, Michigan. His professional career has included working at the Southern African Wildlife College where he trained field rangers and reserve managers, cheetah keeper at the Cheetah Conservation Fund and senior producer at Friendly Human.

The initiation of GCC was founded on a belief that the individuals involved in protecting and conserving our environments deserve support, recognition and global backing. Furthermore, Matt advocates that everyone should have the opportunity and accessibility to be involved in meaningful conservation practices. His passions include aviation, tennis, traveling and birding.

Brad Gill
Brad GillTreasurer
Originally from Detroit, Brad has spent most of his life in Michigan. Currently, he works as a financial advisor with Morgan Stanley (the leading global financial services firm). He is an avid outdoor enthusiast and enjoys snow skiing, snow boarding, wake boarding, sailing, fishing, hunting, swimming, motorcycling, hiking, camping, and many other outdoor activities; which brings him to his passion for the GCC and their mission.

Brad is thrilled to be a part of the Global Conservation Corps team because he loves spending as much time as possible in the out-of-doors, and always has. Whenever he has a spare moment; he is out enjoying the beautiful planet and all she has to offer. As a result of his love of life, the outdoors, and the preservation of both, he is honored to be part of the GCC family. “Let’s work together to make this world a better place!”

Kate Clemens
Kate ClemensSecretary
Kate has always had a passion for animals, which has grown throughout her life. This passion inspired Kate to pursue a degree in Animal Science focusing on Human and Animal Interactions from the Ohio State University. She continued to gain experience in all aspects of the animal industry from domestic to livestock. Her career path eventually led her to a life in exotic animal care and conservation. Kate’s current position at the Birmingham Zoo includes focusing on rhino conservation and serving as the Communication Liaison for the Bowling for Rhinos National AAZK Committee. She is also a board member for the Rhino Man organization. Due to Kate’s experience in animal care, and understanding of the poaching crisis, she strives to make a connection between people and rhinos. The more people care, the more we can accomplish together.
Dan Kopas
Dan KopasBoard Member
Dan is a marketer at heart with a burning desire to do good in the world. Global Conservation Corps originally got his attention for a number of reasons, but the main being the passion that constantly flows out of Matt Lindenberg. “His desire and pursuit to help others is something that really resonated with me quickly and I knew right away that I wanted to get involved with whatever he was doing.” Dan says this because he believes in people who stand up for what they believe in, and Matt is just that guy. “I couldn’t be happier to have met Matt and have gotten involved with such an urgent matter.” Dan loves his role at GCC.  He is the go-to man for all of the website and technological matters that the non-profit faces on a daily basis.

Beyond working with GCC, Dan runs the marketing at Friendly Human, a digital production company based out of Atlanta, GA. Apart from changing the world, Dan loves being on the outside, any kind of water-sport, dabbling in the game of tennis and cooking a mean crock-pot.

Justin Walker
Justin WalkerBoard Member
I might have grown up here in Atlanta, but one of my favorite hobbies is to travel and meet new people. I even met my wife, Janin, in Peru! We live down in Mcdonough, GA now with our son, Liam. This means I say goodbye to them at 4 AM every morning to make the 50 mile commute to the office, but it’s absolutely worth it.

I absolutely love changing people’s lives, solving problems, and helping our clients grow! I’ve always enjoyed working with my hands and building things, so one of the highlights of working here has been building our last two studios.

Lee Jones
Lee JonesBoard Member
Lee is an attorney from Louisville, Kentucky. From as early as she can remember, she has always had a very deep connection with all animals. Therefore, it is with much excitement that she has joined the board of directors of the Global Conservation Corps. Lee believes that GCC can make great strides in the protection and conservation of critically endangered species, so that their awe-inspiring beauty may be appreciated by all future generations.

In Lee’s spare time, she enjoys hiking, reading, and volunteering for organizations that try to make the world a better place for animals.

Tami McQueen
Tami McQueenBoard Member
With over a decade of digital marketing and communication experience in B2B and B2C markets, Tami’s insatiable desire to drive innovation helps fuel disruption in emerging markets. This disruption is not isolated to the technology ecosystem, but extends with great passion and depth into the non-profit arena where Tami serves on the executive board for the Global Conservation Corps. and the Kula Project.

As an advocate for rhino conservation in South Africa, Tami’s heart beats a gentle intensity for a country who’s resources are breathtaking, its wildlife an invaluable asset, and her people an indispensable asset. She is driven by the passion fueled by Matt Lindenberg’s commitment to serve the greater good of Africa, and the inspiration to lead the GCC team to accomplish more than the status quo.

A champion for experiential marketing and taking big risks to gain traction, Tami also finds time to drive the empowerment of women-led, business initiatives through mentorship programs. An avid traveller and spontaneous wandering soul, Tami is always up for an adventure on local turf or foreign soil. Follow her on social media for an insider’s account on all things tech, travel, and GCC @localatlast

Christina Ward
Christina WardBoard Member
Christina is an artist and an avid animal lover and conservationist. With a background in animal management and wildlife rehabilitation, Christina has worked in the animal care field for over a decade, all the while creating artwork in her spare time as a way to supplement her income and express her love of the natural world. Her work history includes serving as the head of animal care at a prominent nature center in Athens, Ga, where she oversaw the wildlife rehabilitation and education program. After accepting an offer to oversee the development of an educational wildlife center, located on a pristine island off the southern coast of Georgia, Christina continued her work in wildlife rehabilitation; focusing on the care of endangered species in the area, including indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, and diamondback terrapins. In 2011, Christina assumed a position as a swing keeper in the mammal department at Zoo Atlanta, where she was afforded the opportunity to work with a range of amazing animals, including giant pandas, elephants, rhinos, tigers and giant otters. With the creation of her art business (Colors for Conservation), Christina has found a happy place where her two great passions in life merge.

Christina has a B.S. in Natural Resource Management from the University of Georgia and was recognized by the State of Georgia as a registered wildlife rehabilitator from 2008-2010. She served as the Vice President of the Georgia AAZK chapter for two terms and was elected as the enrichment coordinator for the carnivore department at Zoo Atlanta, where she created and evaluated enrichment protocols within the department.