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Annual Meeting
Board meetings take place on the 2nd Wednesday of every month, at 4:30 PM at:
WRR Intake Center
799 Maltman Drive
Grass Valley, CA
For more information, contact our president. president@cawildlife911.org

 

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Current Board Members

President
Janet Goodban

Janet Goodban

Janet has been a wildlife rehabilitator since 2007, specializing in raptors. Even though she’s worked in offices her whole adult life, she has always loved nature, the outdoors and animals starting at a very young age. She has always had a special affinity for birds, especially birds of prey. Janet’s 7 years of volunteering at the raptor clinic/facility includes weekly emergency on-call (rescue/transport/intake) work. Janet is a trained and experienced educational bird handler, having handled Red-tailed hawks, screech owls, Peregrine falcon, Great-horned owls and Harris’ hawks. She currently is the “keeper” of one of WR&R’s educational birds, a Western screech owl, and works closely with him nightly to keep him used to his life with humans. In 2009, she attended a 4-day “Care and Management of Captive Raptors” class at the U of MN Raptor Center (“TRC”)in Minnesota, and in 2011 she returned to the TRC to attend a 4-day “Basic Raptor Rehabilitation” class. She is also a long-time member of the National Audubon Society and enjoys writing stories about her bird experiences, many of which have been published in Audubon and Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release’s newsletters. You can read some of those stories on her blog: www.lifeasarehabber.blogspot.com. She has been on WR&R’s Board of Directors for four years, serving the last two years as Vice President.

Vice-President
Laurel Gunderson

Laurel Gunderson

Laurel Gunderson began her volunteer work with Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release in 2007 and is co-leader of the Raptor Team.

Laurel has a B.S. degree in Zoology from San Jose State University and a B.S. degree from U. C. Davis in Landscape Architecture. She recently completed a four day course in "The Care and Management of Raptors", sponsored by the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Sciences.

Laurel shares her passionate interest in wildlife, especially raptors and ravens, with her husband Eric. They are the keepers and handlers of two WRR Educational Ambassadors Tecumseh the Red-tailed Hawk and BraveHeart the American Kestrel. (Laurel's picture featuring her releasing a Goshawk was taken by professional nature photographer, Phil Robertson.)

Secretary
Joan Pancharian

Joan Pancharian

Joan joined WR&R in early 2010, and has been dedicated to working with raptors ever since. She has a B.S. in Occupational Therapy from San Jose State University, and has a bilingual teaching credential. She has worked as a therapist, vocational counselor, classroom teacher, and is parent and grandparent. In her work with raptors, she has attended CCWR trainings in wound management, parasitology, necropsy, splinting, and medication calculation. She is enrolled in the University of Minnesota’s intensive raptor rehabilitation course in spring of 2012. She is active on the fundraising committee and handles the Red-tailed hawk and American Kestrel education birds. She feels working with the wild creatures, the Ed birds and those in rehab, is one of the most singular privileges of her life.

Treasurer
Joan Morten

Joan Morten

I began working with Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release on the Fund Raising Committee in 2011 when I moved up to Grass Valley. I always wanted to help wildlife and thought this would be a good way to do that. Even though I am not a rehabber, I feel strongly about helping all wildlife return to the wild in a healthy state ready to continue their lives. Serving on the Board and Fund Raising Committee is my contribution to that end.

After receiving a BS in business, I worked in the helicopter industry starting from the ground up with a company in Torrance, CA. My jobs were varied and a great learning experience, which I feel helps me with my contribution to Wildlife Rehabilitation & Release.

Director at Large
Kathleen Willis

Kathleen Willis

I have been interested in animal welfare, especially wildlife, for many years. I strongly believe that protection and rehabilitation of wildlife is critical to all life. As an avid gardener, I plant as many flowering and fruit bearing items as space allows to provide food and shelter, including leaving brush piles for small mammals. A relative newcomer to WR&R, I believe I've found my niche. I have worked at the Intake Center and on the Raptor Team, and am beginning my training to become a handler on the Education Team. I have a BA in Psychology and an MA in Counseling, working 18 years for Napa County Mental Health.

Director at Large
Lindsay Lewis

Lindsay Lewis

Lindsay Lewis has been a volunteer with the Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release raptor team since August of 2014. In addition to learning basic raptor husbandry and care, she has also begun training to become a handler of WR&R ambassador birds. She holds a B.S. degree in Molecular Environmental Biology from UC Berkeley. During her education she had a particular interest in courses dedicated to wildlife management and ornithology. She is an avid birdwatcher and a raptor enthusiast who always keeps her binoculars within arm’s reach.

Director at Large
Stephen Dowden

Stephen Dowden

Stephen Dowden has lived in Nevada County for the past ten years. He has a Degree in Criminal Justice and currently works in Engineering and Mapping design work in Placer County. He has fostered countless animals for Sammie’s Friends and the County of Nevada for the past eight years, and has a love for all animals, especially wildlife. He and his family have been helping out Wildlife Rehabilitation and Release since 2014, working with the Small Mammal and Raptor teams. Over the past 20 plus years, he has had the pleasure of assisting his wife, Tricia, in the training, management and rescue of everything from hours-old kittens, to hoof stock, to exotics like tigers, bears and monkeys.


If you are interested in serving on the WRR board,
please email treasurer@cawildlife911.org

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