Our Board is an accomplished group of leaders who help keep us focused on our mission.
This team brings diverse expertise and experience and ensures a unique perspective.
Board of Directors
Dr. Rob Swihart
Rob conducted undergraduate work at Butler University and Purdue University, obtaining a B.S. in Wildlife Science from Purdue in 1979. He graduated from Minnesota with a M.S. in Wildlife in 1981 and then moved to the University of Kansas to work on a Ph.D. as an Honors Fellow. He received his Ph.D. in Ecology in 1985. In 1986, Rob accepted a position as a research ecologist with the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, where he investigated non-lethal methods for managing crop damage by wildlife in commercial nurseries and orchards. Since joining the faculty at Purdue in 1991, Rob and his students have conducted numerous studies examining the impact of agriculture and habitat loss/fragmentation on vertebrates. Rob has published over 100 manuscripts in scientific journals. He is presently the Head of the Department of Forestry and Natural Resources at Purdue.
Gary is currently employed by the New Haven Board of Education as a teacher at the Hyde Leadership School. He is certified to teach Social Studies (grades 7-12) and has done so for 15 years. He has served as Dean of Students for three years. Also, Mr. Aurora has coached four varsity level sports teams over the last ten years. He received a BA from Colgate in Political Science and his J.D. from Quinnipiac School of Law. Gary also has obtained a 6th Year Certificate in Educational Leadership from Southern Connecticut State University (SCSU), and is certified in school administration. He has conducted diversity workshops for the Anti-Defamation League and been a guest speaker in an Anti-Bias course held at SCSU the last six semesters. Gary also is licensed by the State of Connecticut as a foster and adoptive parent.
Dr. Robert Warren
Robert J. (Bob) Warren is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Georgia, where he worked as a Josiah Meigs Distinguished Professor in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources from 1983 until his retirement in 2016. From 1979-1983, he was on the Wildlife Faculty at Texas Tech University. He received a B.S. from Oklahoma State University and M.S. and Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. Bob's research interests included management of wildlife populations in parks and urban/suburban areas, predator ecology and management, and wildlife physiology. He is a Fellow and Past President of The Wildlife Society (TWS) and received the TWS Excellence in Wildlife Education Award in 2013 and the TWS Aldo Leopold Memorial Award in 2014.
Eric Grant, Esq.
Eric received his B.A. in Economics from Trinity College, and graduated from New York University, School of Law, cum laude in 1993. He represents publicly and privately held companies in various industries, including manufacturing of industrial and consumer products, insurance, reinsurance, construction, commercial real estate, aerospace, tobacco, trash to energy, automobile dealerships, healthcare, banking and investment banking. Eric has served on the Board since the company’s founding and assisted in the process of obtaining its tax-exempt status as a public charity.
Dr. Anthony DeNicola
Dr. DeNicola is the founder and President of White Buffalo Incorporated. In 1988, Tony received a B.S. in Biology from Trinity College of Hartford, CT, and a M.S. from the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 1990. He completed his Doctorate work at Purdue University in Wildlife Ecology in 1996. His dissertation was entitled "Control of reproduction in overabundant white-tailed deer populations." He is a member of the National Animal Damage Control Association, the Society for Conservation Biology and The Wildlife Society. In addition to being certified as a wildlife biologist by the Wildlife Society, he held/holds research affiliate positions with Yale University, University of Illinois, Rutgers University, Trinity College of Hartford, and the Denver Zoological Society. Dr. DeNicola has 30+ publications in reputable scientific journals and has presented at numerous professional conferences. Tony’s professional interests are behavioral/ecological approaches to wildlife damage control, wildlife reproductive control, and control of introduced vertebrate species. Most recently he has been involved with international research efforts assisting colleagues with capturing endangered Argali Sheep in Mongolia and working with the Royal Government of Bhutan to establish a wild pig management program.