Meet The Team
This podcast was made possible by the efforts of our incredible team and dozens more talented people from all over the world.
Creator / Writer / Director / Producer
Graham Sibley is an Emmy-nominated actor who has premiered multiple films at The Sundance Film Festival as a writer and actor. Sibley has worked with Oscar-winning directors Clint Eastwood and Bill Guttentag as well as guest starred and recurred on many television series. In addition to Sibley's film and television work, he co-founded the prestigious Los Angeles-based IAMA Theater Company where he also sits on the Board of Directors. Sibley has also been recognized by the California State Senate for co-founding The YOUnited Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on using film to fight apathy. He lives in L.A. with his wife, screenwriter Marilyn Fu, and their twin boys, Lyon and K.P.
Sound Designer / Producer
Kyle O’Neal is a re-recording mixer & sound designer based in Los Angeles. In 2017, O’Neal won an Emmy Award for his work on HBO’s Westworld. Since then, he has moved between studio features such as Disney’s Black Beauty starring Kate Winslet, Jay Karas’ The Main Event, and Mark Amin’s Emperor. O’Neal’s television resume includes most recently NBC’s Debris, The Fugitive starring Kiefer Sutherland and Perpetual Grace LTD for Epix. O’Neal has also mixed live comedy specials for Kevin Hart, Rob Schneider and Hannah Gadsby for Netflix. O’Neal is a graduate of University of Kansas currently living in a tiny house.
Scientific Advisor / Producer
Lisa Mills has over 30 years of experience in the field of wildlife conservation. As the University of Montana’s Program Specialist for the Wildlife Conservation and Enterprise Program, her work focuses on the broader impacts of scientific research in order to protect species. She is co-founder of the Elephant Friendly™ Tea Certification program. Lisa is also founder and president of Elephant Origins Tea company, a philanthropic enterprise that promotes elephant-friendly farming in India to the global marketplace in order to encourage best practices to protect the endangered Asian elephant. In addition, Lisa is the founder and serves on the board of the Linnea Foundation, established in memory of her daughter Linnea Rose Mills, who inspired her work to support vulnerable communities across the globe as they strive to live in harmony with nature and each other.
Visual Artist / Producer
A Brooklyn-based artist, now 62, Rosenthal has been painting for over 45 years. He has maintained a gallery presence in New York, as well as earning coveted artist residencies including The Florence Trust in Highbury in London and most recently NES Artist Residency in Skagaströnd, Iceland. His other lifelong infatuation, wildlife, has manifested in voluntary fieldwork in conservation and rescue efforts across the globe.
Graphic Designer / Producer
Based in NY, Janice graduated from the New York Institute of Technology at the top of her class. She has since worked in various companies in multiple fields in Shanghai, Miami, and NYC.
Consultant / Co-Producer
Peter Lichtenthal has a Master's Degree in Ecology, Evolution and Conservation Biology from Columbia University. Peter previously worked as a biodiversity researcher for Tortuguero National Park in Costa Rica, as well as assisted in numerous wildlife rehabilitation centers in South Africa. Peter’s current projects have him engaged as a researcher in Dr. Andrés Bendesky’s betta fish lab in Columbia University’s Zuckerman Institute. He is also working as a researcher for the American Museum of Natural History, in a project aimed at showing the benefits of wildlife conservation on human well-being. He currently works for WWF-US.
Consultant / Co-Producer
David Brown is a biologist, wildlife conservationist, and environmental educator. He has researched giraffe population genetics, and along with his colleagues discovered that many of the giraffe subspecies in the wild may be distinct species. David has written for National Geographic Kids, Highlights, and Mongabay.com. He is the coeditor of Mongabay Kids.
Consultant / Co-Producer
Megan Strauss is coeditor of Mongabay Kids. Megan has a background in ecology and received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota for studies of the giraffe population of Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Megan is passionate about the outdoors, learning about plants and animals, and biodiversity conservation. In her role as an environmental educator and illustrator for Mongabay, Megan hopes to inspire a new generation of lifelong learners and environmental stewards.
Consultant / Co-Producer
Dr. Kelly Garbach is an ecologist and earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Davis. She is delighted to be part of the "pit crew" for the Endangered Podcast and share her love for conservation science with diverse audiences. Her work includes research and applied ecology with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, Google, Gates Foundation, the USDA and US Environmental Protection Agency.
Based in the New York City Metro Area, Thomas holds a Master's Degree in Digital Marketing from Rutgers Business School. He is a member of the Int'l Business Honors Society: Beta Gamma Sigma. For over a decade, he has established himself as a Digital Marketing leader, promoting brand awareness, and elevating social media presence in the digital space. He has extensive knowledge and experience managing complex projects, strengthening relationships with clients, and collaborating closely with internal teams.
Nikbo is an Independent Music Award-winning singer-songwriter and producer based in Oakland, CA. Born in Morocco and raised in Canada, Malawi, and Kazakhstan by her Filipino family, Nikbo is a Third Culture Kid who makes "Third Culture Pop." As an artist and organizer, she is devoted to social + environmental regeneration, creative health, and joy. Connect with her at www.nikbomusic.com
Photo credit: Max Velasco Knott
Charise Sowells is an award-winning scriptwriter & songwriter who also produces, composes, and directs. She graduated from Orange County School of the Arts and NYU's Tisch School of the Arts with honors. As an artist with an activist's heart, she loves putting her talents to use for a good cause. Through her multimedia company, Unabashed Productions, Charise creates art in many forms that encourages people to not only think outside the box, but live there too. Follow her journey on www.charisesowells.com www.unabashedproductions.com
Mongabay is one of the world’s most trusted sources for environmental news. The non-profit media outlet publishes original content online in English, Indonesian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, and Hindi. Mongabay Kids is Mongabay’s youth based site focused on connecting kids, families, and educators with nature and conservation.
The landmark Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens draws 1.8 million visitors each year, is accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and its members meet rigorous professional standards for animal welfare. It has achieved renown as an international leader in the preservation of endangered species and a conservation center for the care and study of wildlife. The L.A. Zoo is home to a diverse collection of 1,400 animals representing 270 different species, 58 of which are endangered.
Learn more at www.lazoo.org
The University of Montana’s Wildlife Biology Program ranks #1 in North America with its nationally recognized education programs and research. Montana has become a center of conservation interest in the inter-mountain west with many private conservation organizations having found a focus there. The environment provides an outstanding opportunity for the cultivation of ideas and potential funding sources for research.
Learn more at www.umt.edu