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.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager
Jenny has been with LTWC since 2015. She has 20 years of veterinary technician experience spanning the western United States. She has worked at a zoo and with a veterinarian who held a raptor license in Montana. She worked at a veterinary hospital in Salt Lake City, UT that serviced the Hogle Zoo. She has also worked at hospitals in Modesto, Malibu, Bakersfield, and South Lake Tahoe, CA. She made a career change to work with special education students at LTUSD for the last 15 years. We are happy to announce, after working part time for the last year, Jenny joined LTWC full time in 2020.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
In 2009, Eliza completed a certificate II in animal studies and Zookeeper internship at Taronga Zoo, Sydney. Her passion for working with animals was reignited in 2016 when she started as a nestling volunteer with LTWC. At the end of 2017, she became a lead volunteer and a veterinary assistant at a local animal hospital. Eliza is studying to become a licenced veterinary technician with plans to specialize in wildlife. In 2020, she became a wildlife rehabilitation technician for LTWC, working closely with the veterinarians to provide medical care and treatment plans for our rehabilitating birds and mammals.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
As a volunteer, Sue provided animal care support with a specialty in raptors; prior to becoming a LTWC staff member. Her personal background brings knowledge and hands on experience with wild and domesticated animal care. Sue has owned and managed a small ranch, which exposed her to a wide variety of both domesticated and wild animals wherein she developed care plans, food intake and preparation, housing development and maintenance, medical care as well as onsite and offsite vet care. Sue works with a variety of organizations to help monitor and protect the wildlife that encroach on private land and assists with the safe release of animals back into the wild.
Bryn creates, curates and manages LTWC’s online content and fundraising campaigns on our social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Bryn’s passion and dedication showcase the work our staff and volunteers do to rescue, rehabilitate and release Lake Tahoe’s wild birds and animals. Bryn is also the Assistant Manager of Starbucks in Incline Village, NV.
Board of Directors
Susan is the TRPA Human Resources and Organization Development Director and has over 20 years in HR expertise. In addition, she has nearly 30 years of experience in the rehabilitation of Raptors for the Rocky Mountain Raptor Program and, most recently, for the Carson Animal Services Initiative where she was involved in both animal care and also for raising money for the design, construction, and operation of their new animal care facility. Her combination of HR skills, experience with wildlife rehabilitation, and project design and fundraising are invaluable to LTWC.
Karen has been a volunteer with LTWC since 2004 and a board member since 2008. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and is an accomplished market research consultant, with nearly 20 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research projects.
Stephanie Lenstrom, CPA
Secretary & Treasurer
Stephanie has been involved with LTWC since 2009 and joined the Board as Treasurer in 2016. She has been a practicing CPA for over 25 years, the last 16 years here in South Lake Tahoe. She started her career at Deloitte, spent some time in private industry, before returning to public practice when she moved to South Lake Tahoe. She has a Masters of Taxation degree from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Business with Accounting Option from California State University East Bay. She has assisted numerous nonprofits with compliance and planning issues at both the federal and state level.
Immediate Past President
Morgan Amsden took the LTWC training class with his family in [year], and has been an active part of LTWC ever since. He has lived and worked in Lake Tahoe for over 25 years as a small business owner and timeshare homeowner. Since joining the LTWC board in 2004, Morgan has worked to help find LTWC a new home, which has finally became a reality when LTWC secured a new property in 2014.
Bruce is a retired Research and Development Director for the Hewlett Packard Company and has been working with LTWC since 2012. Prior to joining LTWC, Bruce and his wife Adele rescued and rehabilitated dozens of Golden Retrievers in the SF Bay Area. His 30+ years of experience in corporate governance, project management, budget control, and information systems has been vital to the evolution of LTWC as an organization. He is the Project Manager for our construction projects and our IT manager.
Coralin has been an LTWC volunteer and board member since 2015, and is a member of the LTWC Fundraising Committee. She is a retired college professor of exercise science and has experience in presentations, project planning, communications, budgets and research. She received her BA from the College of William & Mary and her MA at UC Berkeley. Coralin is the leader of our Fundraising Committee.
Kevin Willitts, DVM
Dr. Willitts, a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine 1981, has been a practicing small animal veterinarian and a small business owner for over 30 years.
Dr. Willitts has been a volunteer veterinarian with LTWC since 1986, and an LTWC board member since 1990, previously serving as LTWC Board Vice President and President.
Lauren joined the Board in 2017. She has a B.S. in Business Administration from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has worked in Digital Marketing for 10 years, most recently developing online content within the hospitality and healthcare industries. Originally from South Lake Tahoe, Lauren is excited to be back in her hometown community.
Morgan is Community Development Director for Eagle County, Colorado where she recently moved after seven years at Lake Tahoe. Morgan focuses her support of LTWC through applying for grants to help fund operations and capital improvements. Morgan’s experience with governmental agencies, organizational structure, and grant funding is a great asset to LTWC.
Sally is a senior volunteer for LTWC and has been with the organization for 13 years. She has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has been a photography instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College. Prior to relocating to Lake Tahoe, she was involved in the high-tech industry working for AMS, PeopleSoft and Deloitte Consulting. Sally is the leader of our Operations Committee.
Immediate Past President
Sue Novasel has been a board member of LTWC since 2008. She is the District V Supervisor for El Dorado County, California; previously, she served as trustee to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and is past president and clerk of the school board. She has served on many other local boards in her nearly 40 years of living in the Tahoe Basin, including the City of South Lake Tahoe’s 56-acre Citizen Advisory Board, which planned the Lakeview Commons project, a highly successful community project that created an incredible public place on the shores of Lake Tahoe.
Founding Board Members
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. She is now our Relief Animal Care Director as she transitions into enjoying a well-deserved retired life.
Tom is the cofounder of LTWC, and has served as its secretary since 1979. Tom wears many hats at LTWC: he has been vital to planning and organizing LTWC fundraising efforts, managing facility operations, organizing volunteers and providing community outreach. He is one of three team leaders for the eagle flight team, and led the team tasked with finding LTWC’s new home. Tom has overseen LTWC’s growth from a handful of people in 1978 to an organization with hundreds of volunteers that has treated and released over 16,000 wild birds and animals.
Board Member Emeritus
Bob was a cofounder of LTWC, and one of the handful of people who helped LTWC get off the ground. He served as the initial treasurer for the organization. In LTWC’s early days, Bob and his family would take birds and animals into their home to raise them. Bob was a strong financial supporter of LTWC since our inception. He passed away in September 2020.
Bob and Sue Rutherdale
Board Members Emeritii
Our work is not possible without our volunteers!
Volunteers are crucial to LTWC’s work, and the value of their time and dedication is immeasurable. They help feed and care for the animals staying with us, assist with animal transport and releases, pitch in with fundraisers and events, donate special skills and services and keep our facility running.