Julie has been an animal care volunteer with Wolf Hollow for 23 years, and a Board member for 20 years. She has a wildlife biology degree and secondary education certification from Arizona State University. Other related experience includes 20 years as Executive Director of a local non-profit environmental organization, and her work as a coordinator for San Juan County Emergency Management for 5 years. As Executive Director, she focuses on fund raising, personnel and facilities projects. And, of course, she continues as an animal care volunteer for Lopez Island!
Lynne Mercer moved to San Juan Island in 1974. She has appreciated the close presence of wildlife in her life in the islands and celebrated the opening of Wolf Hollow as a resource in caring for the wild creatures she loves. Lynne spent many years in real estate on San Juan and built several homes. She is pleased to offer her business administration skills to keep the books for Wolf Hollow.
Penny has had animal experience as an intern in a marine mammal park and at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Texas before she was hired as Staff Rehabilitator at Wolf Hollow in 2007. She has a degree in zoology with emphasis in marine biology from University of Washington. She had spent a spring quarter at the University of Washington Laboratories here on the island. She always knew that she would be coming back to this place that she had come to love from her studies. Penny also brings five years of customer service and team management to Wolf Hollow. She enjoys giving a helping hand and assisting others in any way. As Staff Rehabber Penny’s work involves animal care, and training and supervising interns and animal care volunteers.
Vicki moved from Boise, Idaho to join our staff in spring 2013. She graduated from the University of Idaho in 2008 with a degree in Wildlife Resources and Conservation Biology. Her experience in animal care includes work at a bird rehabilitation center in Idaho, at an exotic animal sanctuary in Nevada and at The Wildlife Center of Virginia. As Wildlife Rehabilitator, Vicki will be involved in all aspects of animal care, and in training and supervising rehab staff, interns and volunteers.
Shona was born and raised in Scotland where she earned a degree in Biology and Environmental Science from the University of Stirling, before working for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds and as a Countryside Ranger for several years. She spent two years working at a Marine Station in Sweden before moving to San Juan Island in 1990. Shona started volunteering at Wolf Hollow later that year and soon became a member of the rehab and education staff.
As our Education Coordinator, Shona’s aim is to help people learn more about local wildlife and human impacts on these animals and their habitats. She coordinates our Educational Outreach Program, produces our newsletter, “Wild Times”, works with our education birds and coordinates the Internship Program.
Mark joined us at Wolf Hollow in May 2008 after working as Hatchery Manager at Westcott Bay Sea Farms here on San Juan Island for many years. Mark’s work at Wolf Hollow involves repairing and maintaining all of our enclosures, buildings and equipment and coordinating construction of additions to our facilities.