Meet Our Team

The Think Like A Mountain team is comprised of dedicated individuals sharing a passionate commitment to conservation, exploration, and science. The Board is guided by TLAM's core values and is responsible for overseeing the welfare of and the pursuit of its charitable mission.


Our Board of Directors


Chanelle Mayer

Cofounder/Executive Director

Chanelle leads the environmental science and project planning team for, and recently participated in a 10-day research expedition for in the Bahamas. She is an active alumna in Columbia SIPA’s Center on Global Energy Policy, and is a member of SEA (SIPA Energy Association), C3E Clean Energy Education and Empowerment, Columbia University’s Women In Energy and the Explorer’s Club, and is Vice Chairman of Toys for Tots in New York. She has a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Energy Policy from Columbia University, and studied Environmental Science at Cambridge University and International Relations and Economics at the University of Central Florida. 


dr. Simon donato


Dr. Simon Donato is the creator and host of Boundless, a program dedicated to adventure and endurance sports currently airing on the Esquire Network. Over three seasons, Simon and long-time friend Paul Trebilcock have travelled across the globe competing in some of the toughest ultra-endurance events in the world, ranging from racing 220 km on a stand-up paddle board to running 250 km across the Sahara desert, or cross country skiing 100 miles in Greenland.

Simon is also the founder of Adventure Science, an organization dedicated to combining endurance athletics with field science. He is a Fellow International with the Explorers Club and a member of the College of Fellows with the Royal Geographic Society of Canada. After completing an undergraduate degree in anthropology and biology, he obtained an MSc in paleontology at Western University and a PhD in geology from McMaster University 2008 during which time he founded and ran the Canadian Adventure Racing Association. 

Dr. John Malone

Dr. John Malone has a PhD in Marine Geology from Trinity College Dublin and an MSc in Geological Sciences from the University of Maine, Orono, including work at coastal Maine's Darling Marine Center. His research has focused on sea floor and near shore sediment transport, and included expedition work in the Gulf of Maine and Bay of Fundy, the North Atlantic and northern Oman.

Currently a Principal at Vanwall Capital, a global energy-focused private equity group, he has also worked as a PADI SCUBA instructor and dive boat captain, a commercial salvage diver and a licensed Maine Guide. He is a member of the Explorers Club and a fellow of the Royal Geographic Society. He has completed multiple marathons and Olympic-distance triathlons, along with long-distance kayaking and paddleboarding excursions, and is certified in open ocean freediving. 

Dr. Maureen Raymo

Dr. Maureen Raymo is the Bruce C. Heezen Lamont Research Professor and Director of the Lamont-Doherty Core Repository at Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University. She is a fellow of the American Geophysical Union and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and in 2016 was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences. Raymo has won various prizes for her scientific work, including becoming in 2014 the first woman to be awarded the prestigious Wollaston Medal - the highest award of the Geological Society of London - as well as the European Geosciences Union’s Milutin Milankovic Medal for her use of geochemistry, geology and geophysics to solve paleoclimatology’s big problems.

In 2002, Discover magazine named her one of the 50 most important women in science. Dr. Raymo has participated in or led expeditions to Southern India, South Africa, Patagonia, Western Australia, and Tibet among other places, and she was chief scientist on a two-month Ocean Drilling Program expedition in the North Atlantic Arctic region. She holds a Sc.B. in geology from Brown University, and an MA and PhD in Geological Sciences from Columbia University. She is an accomplished skier, sailor and canoer. 


Our Board of Advisors

Barbara Hoffman, Esq.

Barbara T. Hoffman, principal, is a pre-eminent arts, cultural heritage and cultural institution lawyer in New York City providing transactional advice and litigation services to the domestic and international arts and cultural community. Her more than thirty-five years in the field of art law, representing artists, museums, collectors, artist and other charitable foundations, galleries and foreign governments has given her wide expertise on matters involving art, antiques and cultural property transactions. She is a pioneer in the field of public art and developed, for the New York City Bar Association, the model contract for the field. She is included in New York Magazine's Best Lawyers for 2010 - 2011, 2012, Marquis Who's Who and Super Lawyers (2010-2016), and the Wall Street Journal Best Women Lawyers in New York (2016). She has been counsel to award winning film and TV productions and documentary producers including numerous international co-productions.

She is a former Chair of the International Bar Association Committee on Art, Cultural Institutions and Heritage Law and the Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Art Law. She was also the first woman associate professor of law at Seattle University School of Law (formerly UPS) where she taught for ten years before returning to full time legal practice in New York.

Ms. Hoffman served for ten years as outside counsel to the College Art Association, is a former board member of Art Table, New York Women in Film and Television, the Williams Art Conservation Institute, the Explorers Club where she was also chair of the legal committee and AICA, the International Association of Art Critics. She currently serves inter alia on the Boards of Performa, the Any One Can Fly Foundation, Currents - Art and Music, and the Salvador Dali Foundation. She is fluent in French, Spanish and Italian.

Faanya Rose

Faanya Lydia (Arch) Rose (born July 9, 1938) is a British-American business woman, conservationist, philanthropist, and explorer. She was the first woman and the first British citizen elected president of The Explorers Club. 

At founding in 1904, the membership of the Explorer Club was “limited absolutely to men who [had] been in the open and the wild places of the earth.”[4] Women were not admitted until 1981, and would wait nineteen years before being considered for president.[5] Faanya said of her election she wanted, "Not to be the first woman president, but to be the first woman to be the best man for the job."

Rose's service to volunteer leadership has included but is not limited to: Presidency of Fight for Sight (UK), Pema Ts'al Sakya Monastic Institute, Director emerita of the Lindbergh Foundation, Founding trustee, Jewish Association of Business Ethics (JABE), Duke of Edinburgh’s Award (DofE), Silver Award, Society of American Registered Architects (New York Council), Medallion of Honor 2002.