Betsy Gaines Quammen'86 receives the 2012 Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award
Betsy Gaines Quammen, the founder and president of The Tributary Fund, recieved the Goodall Distinguished Alumna Award at a luncheon held in the Lotspeich Library on April 25. She began this fund after visiting the Eg-Uur watershed and Dayan Derkh Monastery ruins in 2002 and falling in love with the rivers, landscapes and people of Mongolia. The Tributary Fund protects endangered wildlife and animal species and their habitats by celebrating and amplifying cultural traditions that honor nature; encouraging faith communities to follow tenets that honor the Earth and to replace traditions that harm species with wildlife friendly practices.
Betsy has a Master’s of Science from University of Montana in Environmental Studies and is a PhD candidate at Montana State University in Religion and the History of Science. She lived in Kenya and worked for Swara (the magazine of the East African Wildlife Society) and has served on the national board of directors for the Sierra Club and for American Wildlands. Over the years, she’s worked with the Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Montana State University’s Center for Native American Studies and Wallace Stegner Chair, and many other conservation groups.
The Goodall Award is given annually to honor an alumna/us of CPS, Hillsdale, Lotspeich, or The Seven Hills School who has achieved distinction bettering the lives of others in a public or private career or activity.