Dedicated people are one of our best resources. In addition to our central Institute staff, we have a network of consultants who bring their own unique backgrounds and experiences to assist us in the completion of our shared mission.
PresidentEmail Dianne Russell
Dianne Russell serves as President of the Institute for Conservation Leadership (ICL) and leads the fundraising, financial management, and oversight of program design and delivery. Dianne has worked with local, state and regional activists and groups in the environmental and conservation community since 1985. Dianne has worked with over 1,000 groups across North America on leadership, organizational development, strategic planning, campaign development and fundraising in her tenure with the Institute.
Previous staff positions included work with Americans for the Environment, Union of Concerned Scientists, and Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). A native of the Great Lakes region, Dianne earned a double degree in Religion and Sociology from Wittenberg University (Ohio). When she’s not working, she enjoys playing and learning with her partner and two daughters, seeing the world through her camera, biking, or messing around in the garden.
Senior AssociateEmail Sarah Clark
Sarah Clark serves as a Senior Associate for the Institute. She provides consulting, meeting design and facilitation, training, and coaching, particularly with coalitions, networks and other collaborative initiatives.
Sarah is adept at working with leaders to assess needs, clarify outcomes and develop strategies to create change and meet goals. She enjoys and is skilled at working to increase diversity and inclusion in groups and collaborative initiatives. Sarah has led a variety of successful in-person and virtual learning and training programs.
Sarah has extensive experience designing and implementing national leadership development initiatives and collaborative efforts with the American Lung Association, Amnesty International, Habitat for Humanity International, and as an independent consultant. Her experience includes several years in Great Britain supporting the development of Habitat affiliates and national boards of directors in Europe. Sarah earned her MSOD in Organization Development from American University/NTL in 2010 and her BA in Sociology from Miami University (Ohio).
Sarah lives in Bowie, MD with her husband and daughter. She is a volunteer leader with several local organizations, and enjoys traveling, camping and connecting young people with nature.
Program and Administrative CoordinatorEmail Ashley
Ashley is the Program and Administrative Coordinator working across the entire organization providing support to programs and the organization as a whole. She also plays a key role in marketing, recruitment of our programs, and manages ICL’s messaging on social media.
Ashley comes to the Institute with a breadth of knowledge and experience in community engagement, facilitation, workshop development, and event planning. As a part of her personal and professional development, she has been engaged in non-profit work for over 15 years, serving on steering committees and Boards of Directors for organizations such as the YWCA, National Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, and Finger Lakes Health Systems Agency. In addition to her volunteer and civic engagement, she has been a consultant working with several organizations, including Youth 4 Change, Finger Lakes Community College, and Women In Networking and Service (WINS). She is also the co-founder of a non-profit organization focused on bettering the health and wellness of inner-city residents, in her own words, Ashley is committed to “doing the work.”
Ashley graduated from Norfolk State University, with a BS in Mass Communications in 2007. After obtaining her degree, she made a bold decision to move to Suwon, South Korea to teach English to young Korean children.
A Rochester, NY native, Ashley enjoys traveling, poetry, and spending time with friends and family.
Senior AssociateEmail Carol
Carol Hamilton serves as one of ICL’s Senior Associates for the Institute, providing consulting, meeting design and facilitation, training, and coaching, particularly with coalitions, networks and other collaborative initiatives.
She has expertise as an innovator leading groups applying human centered design or design thinking principles to program and organizational challenges. She led two associations in their adoption of online learning, including e-learning, webinars and online conferences. She enjoys collaborating with colleagues and volunteers to design and facilitate professional learning programs and their curriculum. These programs cover a wide range, including leadership development and train-the-trainer programs. She has worked in the association and nonprofit sector for over 20 years, most recently serving as internal innovation consultant for NAFSA:, the Association of International Educators. She has also worked with education and social change organizations including the American Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (AACTE), the Mountain Retreat and Learning Center, Grantmakers for Children, Youth and Families, Women Work, and the Coalition on Human Needs. Carol graduated from Swarthmore College and completed her Masters in Organization Development from American University in 2013.
After growing up overseas, Carol is happy to call the Washington, D.C. region home. Carol lives in Hyattsville, Maryland with her husband and her 90-year-old father. In her spare time, Carol enjoys reading, biking, swimming, kayaking, and movies.
Senior AssociateEmail Cheryl
Cheryl Glaeser serves as one of ICL’s Senior Associates, providing consulting, meeting design and facilitation, training, and coaching.
From 2005 to 2015, Cheryl’s work with the Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) included advancing a statewide rural energy development initiative to build renewable energy capacity, expertise, and leadership throughout Minnesota. She was also instrumental in the creation of YES!, a youth leadership and sustainability initiative that has empowered over 2,000 youth across the state of Minnesota, engaging them in positive change impacting over 100,000 community members to promote sustainable energy. Prior to that, Cheryl provided consulting services, education and training in the technology sector.
A life-long resident of rural Minnesota, Cheryl and her husband, Tom, reside in Hutchinson, Minnesota where Tom works as a Tool-maker at Hutchinson Technology Inc. and manages Glaeser Farm Partnership, a partnership to maintain a century farm in rural Minnesota. They have 3 adult children and two grandchildren. Cheryl loves to sing, play piano, ride her Harley, and spend time with family and friends to keep her life in balance.