A native of southern California, Chanda has many years of experience as an arborist, wetland restoration coordinator and volunteer specialist. She earned a graduate degree from Portland State University and created TEAM Tualatin, a summer program for teens to restore natural wildlife habitats. Volunteering in the community is her passion. Chanda is a past board president for Nursing Mother’s Council of Oregon, a Girl Scout Leader, and she currently serves on the board of the Friday Harbor Film Festival.
Chanda moved with her husband and two children to San Juan Island in 2017 after living and working for five years in Saudi Arabia. Having traveled the world, she and her family feel lucky to now call San Juan Island their forever home.
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Penny had animal care 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 the University of Washington, and 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, which she had come to love during 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.
Elizabeth was our Seasonal Rehabilitator for six months during the summer of 2021, before joining our full-time rehab staff in January 2022. She has a bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from Virginia Tech, where she took many classes focusing on wildlife biology, ecology, and conservation. During her college summers, Elizabeth gained wildlife care experience with two internships at Mercer County Wildlife Center in her home state of New Jersey. She is happy to be working in the Pacific Northwest where she can continue to learn about many different species and can work towards becoming a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator in Washington State. As a staff rehabilitator, Elizabeth 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 our 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.