~ MANAGEMENT TEAM & BOARD OF DIRECTORS~
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR OF ANIMAL CARE/BOARD PRESIDENT:
RANDALL GARRETT HERZON
Randall has spent 34 years working with wild, exotic and domestic animals as a trainer for motion pictures and television, and as a certified Registered Veterinary Technician in California and Oregon. His field work has included marine mammal, wild animal and domestic animal rescue and rehabilitation. As a certified animal behaviorist and nutritional advisor, Randall has become known as the Pet Mentalist and had presented a Pet Seminar Series on diet & nutrition, health care and behavior & training throughout California, as well as one on one phone/email consultations nationwide. He also expresses his passion for animals and nature in his writing, animal/nature photography, and wildlife art. His poetry has won several awards and have been published in poetry anthologies. His photography and artwork have been on display are available in limited production. He received his Bachelor's of Science Degree in Wildlife Management from Humboldt State University, an Associate in Science Degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College, and an Associate in Science Degree in Veterinary Technology from Pierce College.
DIRECTOR OF ANIMAL RESCUE/BOARD VICE PRESIDENT:
MARGARET ANN HEIM
Margaret has spent a lifetime rescuing and working with cats and small exotic pets. She has been a force on behalf of cats in need as well as a vocal advocate against the California ban of ferrets. Due to her uncanny connection with cats, she had been playfully dubbed Cat Woman from the Batman series. She is a licensed Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) with certifications in Injections and Venipuncture. In addition to her on-going dedication to the critters, she works caring for Alzheimer's patients. She helped establish our Pet Mentor Program which unites persons of need with furry friends.
BOARD MEMBER: SANDRA BLAZAK
Sandra Blaszak has over 40 years experience in city government, with an emphasis in housing and urban development. Now retired, Ms. Blaszak focuses on her passions of animal rescue and photography in which she has won several awards. She has a BA in business from Humboldt State University.
BOARD MEMBER: MICHELE FELL
Michele Fell-Casale has over 30 years experience in government, with an emphasis in environmental and land use planning, and national transportation policy. Prior to her career in goverment, Ms. Fell-Casale worked in the insurance industry and operated her own public communications company. She has a BA and MA in geography and public administration, and studied law at Western States University Law School, where her speciality was constitutional law and products liability.
BOARD MEMBER: LISA MARIE OLLIVIER
With over 25 years experience working for Forest Service Research as a Wildlife Biologist and Statistician, Lisa Marie Ollivier’s studies have included wildlife life history, habitat associations, protocol development for sampling and surveying many species, and statistical analyses on a wide array of species and issues: amphibian and bird habitat use, spotted owl response to noise, small mammal and amphibian response to prairie burns, roadway crossing issues and solutions, bird population changes following riparian habitat restoration efforts to name a few. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 1989 with a B.S. in Wildlife Management and has completed coursework and data collection for a M.S. in Wildlife Management. Lisa is the President of the Humboldt State University Alumni Association Wildlife Chapter, the President of the Conservation Unlimited Alumni Association – Humboldt State University Chapter, and the President Elect of the California North Coast Chapter of the Wildlife Society. During her time with The Wildlife Society, Lisa has served as a mentor, in developing, hosting and presenting at workshops and conferences, and in assisting students to attend and interact with professionals at conferences. Additionally, she devotes time to park and greenspace development with a focus on raising awareness of the natural world and fostering better decision-making by striking a balance between habitat and the space needs of wildlife and multiple use of the landscape.
BOARD MEMBER: SANDY THOMPSON
Sandy Thompson has been in the Real Estate Business for over 30 years, specializing in Residential, Commercial, Leasing and Financing. Ms. Thompson loves helping people through her work, helping people realize their goals and dreams. As the real estate agent for Whisker Kisses, she was instrumental in Whisker Kisses acquiring the current property location for the Refuge. That dedication will help foster the need and bring to the area a Family Friendly Community Venue.