About Us

For over a decade, CANA Foundation has worked through science-backed education to create legislation that will ultimately help to effectuate rewilding initiatives. Through these efforts, we can not only change the lives of horses across the United States but better the environment, making for a healthier future for all. Through our work with partner organizations, including the Institute of Politics and Global Affairs at Cornell University, the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History, and scientists at various institutions, we initiate research studies to support rewilding initiatives with wild horses.

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Executive Team

Manda Kalimian

Manda Kalimian

Founder & CEO

Through CANA, Manda has relentlessly raised awareness of issues surrounding America’s wild horses and environmental destruction.

Dr. Ross MacPhee

Dr. Ross MacPhee

Science Advisor | Board Member

Curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Ross is a biologist specializing in mammals that are now extinct.

Moses Brings Plenty

Moses Brings Plenty

American Indian Liaison

As a Lakota, Moses works through a vision of the future of tribal America to share best practices and cultural understanding with CANA.

Steve Israel

Steve Israel

Legislative Advisor

Member of Congress for sixteen years and currently serves as CANA Foundation’s legislative advisor.

Michael Connor

Michael Connor

Legal Advisor

Partner at the WilmerHale law firm advising clients on the use, development, or conservation of public lands, water resources...

Jacqueline Kapur

Jacqueline Kapur

Strategic CFO

Jackie is a founding partner at Ignition Capital and a former CFO at a multi-billion-dollar, privately-held global firm based in New York.

Dr. Simon Mills

Dr. Simon Mills

Funding & Strategic Development

35 years experience in finance, digital communication, software development, brand architecture, technology, and strategic development.

Cello

Cello

Executive Chairman

Every organization has a boss above the boss. Cello lives at the Rewilding HQ and constantly reminds everyone what they should be doing.

Science Advisory Board

Dr. Ross MacPhee

Dr. Ross MacPhee

Science Advisor | Board Member

Curator, American Museum of Natural History, New York. Ross is a biologist specializing in mammals that are now extinct.

Dr. Hendrick Poinar

Dr. Hendrick Poinar

Professor of Anthropology and Biochemistry McMaster University. Cana Science Advisory Board

Professor of Anthropology/Biochemistry, Canada Research Chair in Paloegenetics and a senior fellow in the CA Institute for Advanced Research

Wouter Helmer

Wouter Helmer

Co-Founder, Rewilding Europe Program Manager, GRAZELIFE

Wouter brings to CANA’s Science Advisory Board over 30 years of experience with rewilding projects on this continent.

Dr. Tyler Murchie

Dr. Tyler Murchie

Archeological scientist specializing in ancient DNA Cana Science Advisory Board

Tyler did his Ph.D. research on ancient environmental DNA recovered from the Yukon Territory.

General Advisory Board

Karla R. LaRive

Karla R. LaRive

Cultural Liaison / Photographer​

Karla R. LaRive is a long-time advocate for preserving the legacy of wild horses and the vanishing American West.

Laura Leigh

Laura Leigh

Advisor

Laura has a deep understanding of the law and over a decade of on-the-ground experience on public lands.

Judy Fuson

Judy Fuson

Wild Horse Liaison

Judy advises CANA Foundation on wild horse behaviors and is a gifted teacher, author, and horse trainer.

Gayle Hunt

Gayle Hunt

Federal Agency Consultant

As witness to the weak approach of Federal Agencies to the management of wild equines, Gayle founded the Central Oregon Wild Horse Coalition

Elise Lowe-Vaughn

Elise Lowe-Vaughn

Workforce Policy / Wild Horse Advisor

CANA Workforce Policy Advisor. She is also the Colorado Dir. of Workforce Programs and oversees a large federal portfolio.