Our Staff

Tom & Cheryl Millham

Cheryl Millham

Executive Director


Cheryl is the cofounder and backbone of LTWC. She served as LTWC’s original president, and was promoted to executive director in 1983. She has personally cared for and treated thousands of wild birds and animals, has hosted two international wildlife rehab conferences in Lake Tahoe (IWRC-93, and NWRA-01) and delivered numerous papers at wildlife rehab conferences around the US. She has been the primary instructor for the annual LTWC training seminar since 1980, and has trained hundreds of wildlife rehabbers.

Denise Upton, Animal Care Director

Denise Upton

Animal Care Director


After joining LTWC in 1995, Denise became one of our most hands-on volunteers involved with the daily care of wild birds and animals at LTWC. She served on the LTWC board for six years and as its president for two terms before being hired as Animal Care Director in 2014. She is slated to become the first resident in the new caretakers’ house at LTWC’s new property. She has attended numerous wildlife rehabilitation conferences, including IWRC, CCWR & NWRA symposiums and training.