Staff and Board of Directors

2016 Board of Directors

Susen Oseth – President
Marc Brown – Vice President
Scott VanBuskirk – Treasurer
Cindy Hansen – Secretary
Bonni Distler
Julie Duke
Julie Knight
Chris Minney
Susan Waters

Amy Saxe-Eyler- Executive Director

IMG_1339Amy is a seasoned finance leader with a personal passion for observing and preserving natural resources and wildlife.  She earned a Bachelors Degree in Business from Indiana University in 1993 and has held leadership positions in finance, banking and most recently at the local electric co-op.  She is excited to bring her skills to Wolf Hollow, an organization that so closely mirrors her core values.

Amy first fell in love with the San Juan Islands while visiting in 2001, and became a full time resident of Orcas Island in 2009.  She recently served as the Manager of Member Services and Energy Savings at OPALCO, where she most enjoyed working one on one with members, students, and businesses to explore ways to conserve energy resources.  She has a long history of volunteering and fundraising at a number of schools, and was an exhibit interpreter at the Seattle Aquarium. She has served on the boards of Salmonberry School and the Friends of Moran on Orcas Island.

Amy moved from Orcas to San Juan Island in 2015 with her husband and 10 year old daughter.  Together, they enjoy kayaking, bird watching, and exploring the many beautiful trails and parks in San Juan and surrounding counties.


Lynne Mercer – Administrative Coordinator

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 Harner – Wildlife Rehabilitator


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 Taylor – Wildlife Rehabilitator

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 Aitken – Education Coordinator

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 Billington – Facilities Manager

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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.

Marc Brown – Volunteer Coordinator


Marc moved to San Juan Island in 2010 from Washington, DC.  He earned degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz and during his studies conducted wildlife and marine research in The Gulf of California, Mexico; Mendocino, CA; and eastern Mojave Desert.  Following college, Marc volunteered as a Peace Corps Aquaculture Extensionist in West Africa.  A career twist resulted in a 32+ year career with the IRS in various locations across the US; retiring in 2014.   However, having never lost interest in marine science and wildlife he is pleased to have the opportunity to work with Wolf Hollow Wildlife where he can merge his extensive business experience with marine sciences and wildlife interests.