One More Generation (OMG) was founded in 2009 by 8 year old Carter Ries and 7 year old Olivia Ries. Carter and his Sister Olivia are both extremely passionate about animals and conservation. Following the adoption of Cheetahs in South Africa, Carter and Olivia began to question why humans would need to adopt wild animals like the cheetah. Carter and Olivia soon learned of the pressing issues surrounding endangered species, and knew they had to act.
Carter and Olivia started their own nonprofit in an effort to help educate children and adults about the plight of endangered species. Carter and Olivia’s intention is to preserve all species for at least One More Generation… and beyond.
Shortly after starting their organization, Carter and Olivia took action to assist marine wildlife affected by the BP Gulf Oil Spill. After spending four months collecting animal rescue supplies, the two spent five days delivering their supplies and rehabilitating marine wildlife. The two learned first hand that many animals are at risk of extinction due to environmental threats, specifically plastic pollution. Carter and Olivia proceeded to create a Plastic and Recycling Curriculum for elementary school students, launching their first environmental conservation initiative.
Carter and Olivia have since launched additional divisions within OMG designed to empower youth around the world to stand up and help create solutions for the pressing issues of today.
For more information on the Division of One More Generation, check out our various Programs.
Brother and sister, Carter and Olivia Ries have a unique perspective on environmental and animal conservation. They believe that children have the power to solve the issues of endangered species and threats to the environment.
Carter has always had a passion for caring about all living creatures and as he learned that animals needed someone to speak up for them, he sprang to action. Carter’s interests lie in conservation and he hopes to someday be a marine biologist and an inventor.
Carter has been practicing piano for about 4 years and he even dabbles with writing his own music. He spent four years training in the art of Taekwondo and is halfway to his second-degree black belt. He enjoys playing soccer and is very competitive at every sport he tries.
Carter has recently taken up photography and enjoys taking pictures outdoors. He thoroughly enjoys taking close up shots of animals. He also loves learning magic tricks and shows off his tricks every chance he gets.
When Olivia was seven, she asked the question “Why do animals need to be adopted?” When she learned that some animals were on the brink of extinction and needed people to adopt them in order to have a chance to survive, she cried and vowed to help save as many animals as she could. That was in 2009 and she hasn’t stopped since.
Olivia has always known that she was destined to help animals and she will, without a doubt, someday be a veterinarian. Unlike her brother, she is not squeamish and she has already picked out the veterinarian school she plans to graduate from (Cornell or UGA) and is counting down the years until she can attend.
Olivia is also learning the piano and is very interested in learning how to do all types of crafts. She enjoys all aspects of running her nonprofit and is always looking for ways she can help anyone or anything that needs help.
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
Carter Ries – Co Founder
Olivia Ries – Co Founder
Lauren Ries – Conservation Program Advisor
Jim Ries – President
McCall Langford – Director of Development
McCall is a graduate from Georgia State University’s Robinson College of Business. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration with a focus in Marketing. McCall directly serves One More Generation’s founders and president via business development efforts. She strategizes One More Generation’s partnership involvements, donor relations and fundraising efforts. McCall comes from a family background submerged in sustainable practices. Her grandfather, Ray C. Anderson, is known in environmental circles for his advanced and progressive stance on industrial ecology and sustainability. Following Mr. Anderson’s passing, McCall’s family vowed to continue the legacy of her grandfather through the establishment of The Ray C. Anderson Foundation. McCall serves as a member of The Ray C. Anderson Foundation’s NextGen™ Program, a council consisting of Ray’s grandchildren that aims to involve the younger generation in the movement of sustainability.
Asher Jay – Creative Conservationist
Asher Jay, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, is saving the world’s threatened wildlife—with creativity. Her cause-driven art, sculpture, design installations, films, and advocacy advertising campaigns bring attention to everything from oil spills and dolphin slaughters to shrinking lion populations. “The unique power of art is that it can transcend differences, connect with people on a visceral level, and compel action,” she says.
Much of her best-known work spotlights the illegal ivory trade. In 2013 the grassroots group, March for Elephants, asked Jay to visualize the blood ivory story on a huge animated billboard in New York’s Times Square. Viewed by 1.5 million people, the internationally crowd-funded initiative aimed to provoke public pressure for revising laws that permit ivory to be imported, traded, and sold. “Conservation can no longer afford to be marginalized,” she asserts. “Today, we need everyone’s involvement, not just core conservationists.
She participated in the Faberge Big Egg Hunt in New York, where her oval oeuvre went on to raise money for anti-poaching efforts in Amboseli. Jay’s upcoming projects will tackle biodiversity loss due to wildlife trafficking and climate change. Tackling issue after issue, Jay’s projects have become global sensations. Yet her ultimate goal is to motivate the one person she believes holds the real power to determine nature’s fate. You.
Dr. Michael Black – Biology Lecturer and Neuroscience Institute Research Scientist, Georgia State University
Dr. Black works as a Research Scientist in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University. He graduated from Cornell University and received a Masters and PhD from Georgia State University. He currently teaches at Georgia State and conducts research on social interactions and how they affect the brain. Since he was a little boy, Dr. Black has had a love for animals and nature. Dr. Black is our resident Herpetology Expert and a key advisor to OMG regarding all Reptile and Amphibian issues.
Julie Lawson – Trash Reduction Policies Advisor
Julie Lawson is an environmental advocate and social marketing consultant in Washington, DC. As co-founder and director of Trash Free Maryland, as well as Trash Free Virginia, she is the primary policy analyst and lobbyist for trash reduction policies in this region. She is formerly the chair of the DC Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and was founder and principal of Communication Visual, a marketing and design studio for nonprofit organizations. Julie will be helping us create plastic bag reduction policies for the Atlanta area and beyond.
Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas – World Renowned Orangutan Expert
Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas has been studying wild orangutans for over 43 years at her Camp Leakey study area in Tanjung Puting National Park, Kalimantan Tengah, and Indonesia. With the exception of Jane Goodall’s work, Dr. Galdikas’ research is the longest continuous study of any single wild mammal population undertaken by a principal investigator.
Dr. Galdikas is the co-founder and President of Orangutan Foundation International (OFI), a non-profit with sister organizations in Canada, Europe, Indonesia, and Australia. Dr. Galdikas and OFI are fighting the threat of orangutan extinction, which is mainly due to the destruction of tropical rainforests, the orangutan’s only habitat.
OFI runs numerous conservation and orangutan welfare programs in Kalimantan, including purchasing and protecting tracts of forest land, patrolling national parks and other conservation areas, promoting sustainable eco-tourism, and providing education initiatives to local people and training plantation workers to implement a “zero-tolerance” policy on killing, harming, and capturing endangered species. OFI also runs a Care Center and Quarantine (OCCQ) that takes in orphaned orangutans and rehabilitates them for release back into the wild, providing them with medical care, support, and nurture. Currently, the OCCQ houses over 330 orphan orangutans.
Dr. Galdikas has won numerous awards and prizes for her scientific and conservation work including the prestigious Tyler Prize (sometimes said to be a precursor to the Nobel), Officer of the Order of Canada, and Chico Mendes Award from the Sierra Club, as well as the Indonesian Kalpataru Award. Dr. Galdikas leads OFI’s work and spends up to half the year in Kalimantan at the OCCQ and Camp Leakey.
Dr. Bruce Means – President and Executive Director Coastal Plains Institute and Land Conservancy
Dr. Means is a world-renowned expert on the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake. His work has been documented worldwide and he is often seen on National Geographic and many other media forms. Dr. Means recently hosted a conference for us at the Atlanta Zoo and will be instrumental in helping our efforts of saving the Eastern Diamondback Rattlesnake.
Jennifer Palmer – Conservation Strategist
Jennifer is a conservation scientist, youth mentor, world explorer, and nature enthusiast. With 20 year’s experience and a master’s degree in International Ecology and Conservation, her career includes professional organizations such as the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), The Ocean Foundation, Women’s Wilderness Institute, BeyondGear, the WILD Foundation, and many other conservation and education non-profits worldwide. As an esteemed Kinship Conservation Fellow and member of the Pleiades Women’s Sustainability Network, she strives to inspire, unite, and support a global community of leaders and visionaries. When she is not traveling around the globe or exploring nature, she is deeply enriched by dance, yoga, photography, hiking, tree hugging, and rock climbing. Here is a recent interview with Jen by World Minded
Cheryl Cook – South African Chairperson / Community Outreach
I have been interested in wildlife since a very young child and spent many holidays in the Kruger National Park, both as a child and as an adult. I have done volunteer work in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve with the Friends of the Pilanesberg Society (FOPS) where we cleaned up the park, removed alien plants and cleared an Iron-age site. I got involved with Rhino SA through Robin Cook, my son, as he was their Chairperson.
Rhino SA was involved with the education of the youth at the various schools and I used to take photographs at all the talks. When Robin resigned from Rhino SA due to university commitments, I decided to leave with him and offered my services to Margie Kolver who was starting OMG in South Africa. I met Carter and Olivia when they came to South Africa and was so impressed with these children, that I wanted to be part of their organisation.
I have worked with Margie on numerous projects for OMG and 1 000 000 Footprints To Save Africa and hope to continue with the work of educating the youth so that our planet and all life on it-be it human or wild or domestic animals can continue to exist for many generations.
Jim Igler – Community ‘Green-Initiative’ Coordinator
Jim is currently the Volunteer Dive Coordinator at the Florida Aquarium, and has been for the past 6 years after volunteering with the Aquarium since it’s opening in 1995. He’s on the Board of Trustees of keep Tampa Bay Beautiful, a member of the Citizens Advisory Committee for Tampa Bay Estuary Program, and also a board member of the Egmont Key Alliance as well as a member of several other local and national environmental organizations. HJe enjoys giving his time and energy to just about any group that’s doing something to protect out home… Mother Earth. He received the Vol of the Year award at the Florida Aquarium in 2001 as well as similar award from Tampa bay Watch in 2009, and has been nominated for other similar awards from various organizations. He enjoys donating his time to any environmental group or one that is doing good for others. He likes to tell people that ask… “It’s a great way to spend my time…” doing good things with good people….not a bad way to spend the day”
Vittoria Gnetti – European Director of Environmental Programs
When I tell the people I want to be a marine biologist, maybe they imagine me swimming with dolphins or whales. It’s true, I like to swim very much and I have a strong passion for the sea since I was younger. When I swim under the water, seeing many animals and fishes, and especially when I’m in touch with the ocean I feel so good, smiling all the time. I like the nature in its wholeness and I find that it encourages the meditation. When I’m plunged in the nature, I fill in peace with myself. The world seas are fantastic and various. It’s for that I wish to see beaches and ocean clean by all the plastic. I’d like also to teach and improve people awareness on the impact of plastic in the ocean, and to engage them in activities that stimulate their creativity and facilitate reconnection to nature..
Kerryn Vaughan – Australian Community Engagement Advisor
Beyond her long-time dedication of philanthropy and humanitarianism, Kerryn Vaughan has for many years used her passionate voice for inspiring people to advocate and take responsibility for their choices and how it will reflectively impact our planet. Kerryn is an educator and has spent many years working with disengaged youth – helping them to find their inner-spark and motivation for life and contribution, and is also an accomplished singer-songwriter with an array of worldwide visibility on many animal advocacy websites.
As an international author, Kerryn is the powerhouse behind the remarkable book ‘Magnificent Kids!’ which focuses on empowering young people to contribute to a kinder, more sustainable world. Through her book she has been able to create a multitude of networks amongst youth and others who care about making a difference. While writing ‘Magnificent Kids!’, Kerryn developed a strong relationship with the founders of One More Generation, Carter & Olivia, and is now an Advisory Board Member.
Kerryn is a highly skilled inspirational speaker and as a result of Kerryn’s recent presentations, hundreds of school children are now involved in efforts to save endangered species. Not surprising, Kerryn’s life mantra states, ‘If we can make a difference, why wouldn’t we?’
Ryan Williams – Advisor, Technical & Internet Media Strategy
J. Ryan Williams is Principal/Director of Websuasion, LLC — offering web development, content production, technical consultation and brand strategy for commercial businesses, non-profit institutions and government agencies. With over a decade of web development experience combined with an insight into user psychology and persuasive design, Ryan helps organizations to utilize the internet to work more efficiently, develop better customer relationships and build strong brand presence. That is exactly what we at OMG needed. Ryan helped us find the most cost effective and functional web-presence without cutting corners. We think you will agree, our site and its content are designed to inform and empower.
Ryan created and co-developed Capocus!, an open source suite of Ruby on Rails plugins which seamlessly integrate web publishing, web marketing and business functionality while dramatically speeding up development turnaround of mid-to-large scale web projects. He also has 18 years of audio and video production experience; a love for word craft and the communication of concept; and a passion for directing visual presentation into a clear message, voice and identity — all focused on spotlighting each client’s story, expertise and mission.
Please visit Websuasion LLC (http://websuasion.com) for an outline of services. You can follow Ryan at his “Artful Execution Blog” (http://jryanwilliams.com), on Twitter (http://twitter.com/websuasion_ryan) and LinkedIn (http://linkedin.com/in/websuasionatl).
Irene-Eva Ries – Director of Avian Research
Eva brings over a decade of interpretive experience with regard to conservation issues affecting wild birds both in the United States and Southern Africa. Her knowledge of industries and social trends affecting birds has enabled her to effectively advocate for wildlife, especially birds, for over 10 years.
Eva holds an instructional design degree and is a Master Naturalist. She combines these skills to create environmental and ecology learning and educational programs, particularly for avian-related topics, is her focus area. She also engages in meta-analysis of current research on avian-related topics to advocate for the conservation of wild bird populations.
Service to the conservation community includes interpretive and instructional projects and advocacy for the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation’s Pocahontas State Park, the Richmond Audubon Society, The Smithsonian Marine Ecosystems Exhibit, and the St. Lucie County Cooperative Extension.
She resides in the Treasure Coast area of Florida.
YOUTH ADVISORY BOARD
Han Duc Minh (Ming) – Children’s Outreach Director for Vietnam
My name is Han Duc Minh (my American friends call me Ming). I was born in 06/27/2009 in Hanoi, the Capital of Vietnam. I’m currently in grade 4. My major strengths are in mathematics, music and painting. I started learning piano and drawing since I was 4. Music and art has become a path for me to express my ideas and my love for nature. Some of my drawings and painting about my hopes for the future world and wildlife conservation have earned me a number of awards from my school and city contests such as Toyota Dream Car, Vietnam Airlines Flying Dreams. I’m also an enthusiastic collaborator for my school monthly magazine. I like to draw pictures and posters for the school magazine to raise environmental awareness among my peers. I believe that no matter how old you are, one person can make a difference for the world to become a safer and greener place. It can start with very simple things like planting a tree in your garden or taking good care of your pets.
I had a chance to meet with the OMG team and spent a lot of time talking with Carter and Olivia about their “Save the Rhino” Project in Vietnam as well as other wildlife conservation projects that they are working on. They really inspired me through their commitment, passion and knowledge of our environment. They helped me to understand that it’s the belief in myself that will keep me working towards my dreams of becoming a civil engineer, designing environment friendly automobiles or a biologist studying about marine biology and ocean science.
I’m so looking forward to be part of the OMG family to learn and share our enthusiasm to solve the environmental problems around the world.
Ava McQueen – Children’s Outreach Director for Australia
My name is Ava McQueen and I am now 9 years old. I live in Melbourne Australia and I am in grade 4. I have always loved animals and I take very special care of my dog, cat, 2 rabbits, Canary and goldfish. When I was 8 years I traveled with my family to South Africa and I was most lucky to experience Kruger National Park. What a wonderful place, it felt like there were no barriers between animals and humans, like WE CAN live together. Every day we saw the most wonderful things from the smallest creatures to the enormous Bull Elephants. On my return I did a special project for school on Lion bone wine and medicine which is a similar issue to Rhino horn. I think it is just crazy that this happens. I feel horrified and those people have no right to do that.
In South Africa we stayed at Royal Kruger Lodge and I met Amber who is also working with the OMG team. Recently Amber’s dad kindly let us know what was happening since our trip to Kruger and we were shocked about the increasing rate of the poaching, it was really bad when we were there. When I learned about OMG and I Skyped with Carter and Olivia I knew I wanted to make a difference. Carter and Olivia have made me feel so welcome and they are very supportive.
Redfields School – Children’s Outreach Director(s) for India
We are very pleased to announce that we have our very first school signed-on as OMG Youth Advisory Board Members. The students and faculty of Redfields School in Andhra Pradesh, India have agreed to work with OMG and help bring our various community outreach programs to communities in their area. Redfields School is located in the south eastern part of India. Olivia and Carter recently Skyped with all the students and their amazing Headmaster Shiv and we really had a blast. All the students took time to tell us their names and favorite animals and some even showed off their dance and musical abilities. We really had a great time. You can see all the pictures we took from the Skype session on our FaceBook page here: OMG Skype Session
We are so excited about our new contacts and about the fact that the school will be working with us to bring our animal and environmental conservation programs to their part of India as well. Stay tuned for more exciting news. You can learn more about the school by visiting their website and their FaceBook pages here:
CAMEROON CENTRAL AFRICA
RESOURCE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT – Environmental Development Outreach Directors for Cameroon Central Africa
OMG just added the folks from the RCESD (RESOURCE CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT) in Cameroon to our advisory team. RCESD carries out capacity building, interdisciplinary research projects and policy engagement activities. Bringing social and natural scientists together, they work in and across the areas of environment, development and governance. They aim at generating new thinking and practical solutions. Their work looks at how environmental integrity and social justice can be achieved in a dynamic and complex globe that we find ourselves in. The RCESD team (headed up by Mbunya Francis Nkemnyi) will be bringing our various community outreach programs to their region with the emphasis on empowering the local youth with knowledge about environmental and animal conservation. You can learn about their work by visiting their website here: Website: http://rcesdcam.org/
Robyn Cant-Haylett – Children’s Outreach Director for Cape Town South Africa
Robyn is nine years old and lives in Cape Town, South Africa with her Mom, Dad, three cats and hamster. Robyn loves all animals and is passionate about caring for them and the environment. She wants to study veterinary science when she leaves school as long as her career involves working with animals. A born leader, according to her teachers and mentors, Robyn sets very high standards for herself and takes any task assigned to her seriously.
Olivia and Carter recently met with Robyn and her family while in South Africa and immediately knew they needed to have her as part of our organization. Robyn’s passion and sincere desire to want to make a difference is exactly what helped found OMG and we are so pleased to have her onboard. Robyn will be helping to continue our children’s educational programs in South Africa in an effort to educate kids all over the world about the need to get involved with helping to save animals and clean up our environment.
NAIROBI KENYA AFRICA
Luca Berardi – Children’s Outreach Director for Nairobi Kenya, Africa
About: Luca Berardi, a 12-year-old recording artist, was born in Italy and has so far lived in 4 different countries (Italy, Romania, Thailand and Kenya). Has a great passion for music and acting. He first went on stage at only 4 years old in a school production, taking lead role. Holds a grade 3 Musical Theatre Certificate from the London College of Music with a distinction. Founder Young Animal Rescue Heroes (Yarh) that creates awareness for endangered wildlife and environmental conservation
Youngest Kenya TEDx Youth talk Speaker November, 2015, Brookhouse School Kenya Youngest Speaker at Global March for Wildlife October 3, 2015 in Kenya. Speaker at the international conference on Capacity Building for Conservation, attended by 170 people from 90 organisations from 35 countries July 2015
Acting, Theatre, Film And Television
Current – Co- Host children programme ‘Big Minds’ KBC TV Kenya, airing Saturdays 9.30am Performed one of the songs he composed at a child finance summit at the UN headquarters in New York (May 2014)
Acting: in the children’s programme ‘Playhouse’ airing every Saturday morning on CitizenTV (Kenya)
For the past 3 years he has been taking lead roles in yearly school productions.
He was a soloist in the first Kenyan opera production ‘Ondieki the Fisherman’
- Fluent in Italian & English with an addition of basic French &German
- Singer with piano skills
- Golf with a good swing
- Special interest in and knowledge of world’s wildlifeTraining
- Summer School (Terni, Italy) training & production of ‘Musical’ Bugsy Malone
- Wynton House of Music, Nairobi (Kenya)
- Drama Classes at Helen O’Grady drama school, Nairobi (Kenya)
- Superstar Academy Bangkok (Thailand)Links
Julean Bender – Youth Outreach and Creative Director for North Georgia
My name is Julean Bender and I was born September 4th, 1998 in Elkins, West Virginia. My family moved to Woodstock, Georgia when I was 8 months old. Growing up, I have always been interested in animals and the environment, with a particular interest in Australia. I admired Steve Irwin from a young age and was devastated when he passed away on my birthday. However, being exposed to such passionate role models has influenced and inspired me to think about the world and how I can be part of the change to make it better. I hope to attend either Duke University or Dartmouth to study Environmental Conservation and History. Working with One More Generation is an opportunity that I am extremely grateful for and I look forward to changing the world in any way that I can.
Naseem Amini – Children’s Outreach Director for South GA
Hi, this is Naseem, I am 13 years old and I live in Peachtree City, Georgia. I love animals very much, but I especially love Pandas, White Tigers, and dogs. I wanted to help One More Generation because I love to learn about and save endangered species. My number one goal is to become a veterinarian and heal animals both big and small.
Neda Amini – Children’s Outreach Director for South GA
Hi, this is Neda and I am 11 year old and as with my sister, I too love animals and will someday be a veterinarian and go to UGA with Olivia. I love the work OMG is doing and I enjoy helping them out at events all over the state. We have a dog, a bird and a lizard and if my parents would allow it, we would have lots more.
Peyton Major – Children’s Outreach Director for North Atlanta GA
Desires to be an Oceanographer when he grows up and continues to learn about all types of animals in his spare time. Peyton has been interested in OMG since Carter and Olivia visited his school on an animal conservation day.
He is an avid supporter of OMG since hearing of the organization and often studies items from the website. In the next few years Peyton wants to learn to dive and become more involved with ocean life. Since being a Boy Scout Peyton has lead in ways to preserve the environment while also learning about many types of animals even those that are endangered.
Spencer Bond – Children’s Outreach Director for North Atlanta GA
My name is Spencer Bond,I am 12 years old.I live in Pace, Florida. One day I would like to attend Florida State University and study Marine Biology . My favorite sea animals are bottle nosed dolphins and loggerhead sea turtles.I would like to help one more generation because love learning about animals and helping endangered species.
Catalina Sacanamboy Martínez – Student Outreach Director for South America
My name is Catalina, I was born in Cali-Colombia the 10th of October of 1998 and I’ve been living here ever since. I have always been quite fond of animals, as a little girl I used to always watch animal planet and nat geo constantly, which increased significantly my love for nature. I have studied in two different schools, I am currently a tenth grader. My involvement with the OMG organization has allowed me to realize that every effort to make a change does count. I appreciate this opportunity and I will always cherish it.
Qian Zhang salutes from Chengdu, China. She is a dedicated environmentalist who lives an eco-friendly life, defying societal expectations, for the sake of planetary longevity. Her one-and-a-half year old son, Hati, inspires her to provide the next generation with the pure planet they deserve. She has a particular passion to clean up China, a once beautiful country that has been decimated by polluted air, tainted water, poisoned food, and the consumption of rare species.
Through an online MOOC course, she wrote an award winning essay about domestic abuse in Chinese households, which garnered her ticket to the United States. Dr. Jane Goodall presented her with the 2014 Day of Compassion Award, where she met Jim Ries, president of OMG, who was looking for a board member in China. She was astounded by the amazing hearts of Carter and Olivia, and feels honored to contribute to their incredible work. As a Chinese and a global citizen, she dedicates her life to make the world a safer, greener home for all of its inhabitants.
OMG officially filed with the state of GA and with the IRS as a nonprofit in January of 2010. OMG was granted their 501(C)(3) status by the IRS in May of 2010. Copies of annual 990’s are available upon request. Here is a copy of the nonprofit certification:
As a nonprofit we rely solely on donations and grants. We encourage you to consider supporting our efforts by donating here: