WHO ARE WE?
Meet Our Team
(PhD, Botany) serves pro bono as the Director of Project Eleven Hundred. For 40 years Mary has worked within environmental organizations on pesticide reform, environmental law, and conservation-based public lands management. Her masters and doctorate in Botany were pollination studies in the San Bernardino National Forest of southern California.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR • UTAH
PROGRAM ASSOCIATE • CALIFORNIA
Melissa Arellano, a student researcher within the bumble bee-focused Woodard Lab of University of California Riverside, is now with Project Eleven Hundred half-time to help extend our effort into the sprawling, bee-diverse state of California. Melissa has fallen in love with all things native bees: field work, lab work, and now advocacy for native bees. Embedded within the team of bee researchers in the lab of Hollis Woodard, Melissa is heading toward graduate work starting in 2025. Melissa has served as a STEM career advocate for Latinx and other underrepresented communities at Lincoln High School in San Francisco.
Looking back, I think I have known about native bees since an early age spending summers at Lake Tahoe and then broadening my knowledge through college and career. But my real fascination with bees began in earnest in 2002, after retiring from my career as a consulting soils/watershed scientist in the Northern Rockies, when I moved to SE Utah and began gardening. I am fascinated by the bees and other pollinators that visit. I was further inspired by reading The Forgotten Pollinators by Stephen Buchmann and Gary Paul Nabhan and then, of course, by Mary O’Brien’s expertise, enthusiasm, and vision for Project 1100.
PRESIDENT • UTAH
Utah Navajo Eirene Nakai Hamilton is a continuous San Juan River valley resident. She has retired from 30 years of teaching, most of those years teaching her first language: Diné Bizaad, Navajo. Now, she devotes time to writing, gardening, ethno-botany and artistic ventures.
Bruce is retired, after field work for the World Health Organization, the Forest Service, several environmental groups, and then teaching high school science for three decades. Like most Americans, he deeply appreciate the beauty and diversity of our landscape, in particular the Colorado Plateau, and seek to support efforts to protect the health of these public lands.
Thomas is a conservation advocate, ecologist, and composer currently based in Bozeman, Montana. In 2019 and 2020, Thomas helped launch the Project 1100 campaign to protect native bees and end public lands apiary permitting on the Colorado Plateau as a fellow with the Grand Canyon Trust. A graduate of Whitman College, Thomas has surveyed birds, plants, and pollinators as a field technician across the western/central U.S. and Costa Rica, and is now pursuing his Master's in ecology and pollinator conservation at Montana State University.
TREASURER • MONTANA
Monica has extensive experience with non-profit environmental and social justice organizations, and several community and family foundations. She has served as a member or advisor to the boards of many local, national, and international groups. Monica earned her BS in Political Economy of Natural Resources and MS in Wildlands Resource Science at UC Berkeley, and has published on pesticide reform and integrated pest management, environmental health, and food justice issues. She is excited to be a part of P1100, to help protect and praise native bees and their habitats, and the dedicated board of directors.
Ellie has worked in the non-profit sector for the past eleven years, at organizations with missions from youth workforce development to health education. Since 2018 she has been working for organizations with an environmental focus to better fit her passion for the natural world and joined Project Eleven Hundred in 2020 as a six-month Pollination Intern. She currently works as Field Data Technician for the Springs Stewardship Institute, based in Flagstaff, Arizona.
SECRETARY • ARIZONA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF BEYOND TOXIC
Lisa Arkin, Executie Director of Beyond Toxics since 2006, has expanded Project Eleven Hundred past its Colorado Plateau home base to include Oregon. Beyond Toxics is a statewide environmental justice organization with clean air, clean water, and safe places to lives for all, including native bees.
Ellie earned her Masters degree at Northern Arizona University in May 2023, with her research focused on the impact of livestock grazing on pollinators’ food and nesting resources (such as diverse flowering plants and nesting materials). Ellie returned to Project Eleven Hundred to serve as our part-time Program Associate while locating a great full-time job. She has found that at the Springs Stewardship Institute (SSI) in Flagstaff, AZ. There she will combine field data collection, analysis, and management with communications with land managers in SSI’s efforts to help increase surveillance and stewardship of springs, and to conserve endangered springsnails.
Ellie first helped develop Project Eleven Hundred in 2020 when she was a six-month Pollination Intern with Mary O’Brien at Grand Canyon Trust. She joined the Board of Directors of Project Eleven Hundred when we formed as a separate organization in 2021 and will continue to serve as Board Secretary. Ellie is a Project Eleven Hundred treasure. [photo taken by Sarah Colombo]