Monika McLennan

Sid Ray






Board of Directors


Nick Butcher




John Streicker

Board Member



Monika McLennan

Board Member


Sid Ray

Board Member

Christine Zorzi

Board Member





Nick has a lifelong passion for the environment and its conservation. He is involved in a range of environmental causes in Australia and internationally, including as a board member of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and a member of the National Council of World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the BirdLife International Advisory Group.


Nick is a Senior Managing Director and Vice Chairman of Infrastructure and Energy at Macquarie Capital.  He focuses on investment banking and the development of infrastructure and renewable energy projects globally.  He has a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) from the University of New South Wales. 

For over a decade, Monika McLennan has been an ardent advocate and supporter of the Australian Wildlife Conservancy as the Director of the US Board of the AWC in New York.


Her philanthropy and collecting span four continents, ranging from art, architecture, supporting living artists, innovation in global health and environmental conservation. 


Educated in Australia and Japan, Monika has lived in Poland, London and New York for over twenty years. Monika’s philosophy is to engage with organizations that touch her and her family as well as places close to her heart and heritage such as Australia and Poland. With her expertise, generosity and ability to connect people to ideas, Monika strives to make a difference and leave institutions in a better place than when she found them.   

Sid Ray is a professor of English and Women’s and Gender Studies at Pace University.


She is married to an Australian and like-minded conservationist, Philip Kearns and have three children and two dogs. The family spent Sid's sabbatical year, 2010-2011, living in the Northern Beaches of Sydney. They have been actively involved with AWC since 2008 and have visited several AWC sanctuaries including, indelibly, Mornington in the Kimberley.


Having received her BA from Wesleyan University and her MA and PhD from the University of Rochester, Sid has published two books on Shakespeare’s plays, Holy Estates: Marriage and Monarchy in Shakespeare and his Contemporaries (2004) and Mother Queens and Princely Sons: Rogue Madonnas in the Age of Shakespeare (2012), and has co-edited multiple essay collections.

John Harrison Streicker is the Chairman of Sentinel Real Estate Corporation, a real estate investment advisor serving institutional investors in America, Australia, Europe and the Middle East.  Sentinel is headquartered in New York City and has 12 offices throughout the US, as well as Amsterdam, Melbourne, Munich and Singapore.  The firm was founded in 1969.


In addition to his duties at Sentinel, Mr. Streicker is the founder and a board member of Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy, and owner of Streicker Wines and Clairault Wines, both based in the Margaret River region of Australia. He is also a director of the Australian American Leadership Dialogue.


Mr. Streicker is on the board of trustees of The Graduate Center Foundation of the City University of New York, and Temple Emanu-el of the City of New York, where he also has been President.  He has served on the board of The Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate, as Chairman of Manhattan's Community Board #5 and has been a member of the adjunct faculty of the Yale School of Organization and Management.  From 2001 to 2005, he served as a member of the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Christine has served on the board of Friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy for over ten years. Born and raised in Queensland and now based in New York with her husband and two daughters, Christine was educated at the University of Queensland and Harvard Law School (Fulbright and Harkness fellowships) and became a partner in the corporate department of a New York law firm.


Christine has also served as a trustee of Metamorphosen Chamber Orchestra and the Aurora Foundation and is currently on the board of Resurrection Episcopal Day School.


Working for Australia through the US friends of Australian Wildlife Conservancy has been the perfect cure for homesickness.

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