OUR TEAM

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board members are the fiduciaries who steer VIEW toward a sustainable future by adopting sound, ethical, and legal governance and financial management policies, as well as by making sure VIEW has adequate resources to advance its mission.

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DR. DEBORAH MCCAULEY

CO-FOUNDER / EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Dr. McCauley is a wildlife veterinarian who has worked with wildlife organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and ZooMontana. Dr. McCauley graduated from Royal Veterinary College and has won numerous global leadership awards including the 2017 Ashoka Fellowship and the Emily Couric Women’s Leadership Award in 2019.

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DR. GRETCHEN KAUFMAN

CO-FOUNDER / ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR

Dr. Kaufman is a wildlife veterinarian. She worked in academia for nearly three decades, and was former Director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine at Tufts University. Assistant Director for Global Health Education and Training, Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, Washington State University, 

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KATHERINE GRASS

BOARD MEMBER 

Former Head of Innovation and Ventures for Amadeus IT Group and Edinburgh University graduate.

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HEIDI SONEN

BOARD MEMBER

Native of Pennsylvania growing up on a farm with appreciation of nature.  After earning a degree in meteorology from Penn State, Heidi worked as a television meteorologist for ten years before returning to a Penn State faculty position with the Weather Communications Group.  In 1994, she co-founded Global Market Math which designs quantitative forecast models for financial markets.  Heidi strongly believes in science and that data, not ideology, is the best path to the elusive answers of science.  She was drawn to volunteer with VIEW because of it’s important mission and unique approach to wildlife conservation.

ADVANCEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Advancement Advisory Council is a non-governing body of VIEW's top supporters formed to give advice and support on organizational activities such as marketing, philanthropy, and event planning.

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MARSHALL FIELD V

Fifth generation of a Chicago family whose activities have included merchandising, real estate, publishing, communications and civic affairs. Field has a strong interest in conservation.

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NATALIE ORFALEA

Deeply involved in philanthropy for over 30 years, providing vision, inspiration, and strategy behind her family foundations’ initiatives. Her focus is on global and community health, environmental conservation and education, leadership development, social justice, and documentary films.

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DENNIS J. KELLER

Co-Founder, Retired Chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group and Princeton and Chicago School of Business graduate. 

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YEMI ADESOKAN

Yemi Adesokan is an investor, scientist and biotech entrepreneur. He is a CEO AND Chief Scientific OfficeR at Gnubiotics SA, a Lausanne, Switzerland  biotech and digital health comapnay pioneering immune based solution human and animal disease applications. 

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KAREN KRESS

Karen Bates Kress, former president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, has 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and resource development. Previously, Kress served as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the American Farmland Trust, the National Wildlife Federation and had her own consulting business. 

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SUE STANLEY

Karen Bates Kress, former president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, has 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and resource development. Previously, Kress served as the secretary of the NRPA Board of Directors. She has worked for The Nature Conservancy, the National Parks and Conservation Association, the American Farmland Trust, the National Wildlife Federation and had her own consulting business. 

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Dr. Deborah McCauley

SCIENTIFIC ADVISORY COUNCIL

The Scientific Advisory Council is a non-governing body of VIEW's top scientists formed to give advice and support on programming activities such as recruiting, grant seeking and program project management.

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DR. TIERRA SMILEY

EVANS

Wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. She has worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Nepal, and Myanmar on projects involving wildlife health monitoring, diagnostic development, and veterinary capacity strengthening. Dr. Smiley Evans received her bachelor of science from Santa Clara University, her doctorate in veterinary medicine, and a post-graduate certificate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University and a Ph.D. in wildlife epidemiology from the University of California Davis. She is a Fulbright scholar and has taught veterinary and wildlife management students at Makerere University in Uganda.

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DR. GINGER STOUT

Dr. Stout is a veterinarian with experience in wildlife capture, field surgery, research, and disease surveillance. She has worked in many different environments, including sites across the U.S., Canada and Nepal. She has contracted with VIEW, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Health Office. She graduated from Auburn University Veterinary School and has a Masters of Conservation Medicine from Tufts University. 

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DR. COLIN GILLIN

State Wildlife Veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He is also a past-president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and is Chair for the U.S. Animal Health Association Committee on Wildlife Diseases.  He also chairs several wildlife health working groups for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Colin graduated from the University of Wyoming and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

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DR. RAINA

PLOWRIGHT

Dr. Plowright is an infectious disease ecologist, epidemiologist, and wildlife veterinarian.  She received her veterinary degree in Australia and worked as a domestic animal and wildlife veterinarian in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. She did a Ph.D. in Ecology and M.S. in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis, and a postdoc at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently the Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University. 

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DR. MARK DREW

Former Idaho Fish and Game State Wildlife Veterinarian for over 20 years.

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DR. DAWN

ZIMMERMAN

Director of International Programs for the VIEW, appointed assistant professor adjunct of epidemiology at Yale School of Public Health, and affiliate faculty at the University of Nairobi. Her work utilizes a One Health approach for wildlife health issues at the human-livestock-wildlife interface, and for the conservation of endangered species.

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VIEW TEAM

This team consists of VIEW's full and part time dedicated staff members who focus on specific items from all aspects of its operations. 

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ALEXANDRA CARPENTER

COMMUNICATION & OUREACH COORDINATOR

Obtained her bachelor’s degree from Montana State University in 2018 with a major in Business Management and minors in Spanish and small business entrepreneurship. While completing her studies, Alix held leadership roles in many on-campus organizations all while participating in internships at a diverse group of Bozeman businesses. Alix currently holds the position of Conservation Outreach Coordinator; this title hardly does justice since she has been able to put her broad-reaching skill set to good use and making a deliberate impact daily. This website was designed and built by her.

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JOSH LICHTY

SOFTWARE DEVELOPER

VIEW's software developer working on the newest version of the Wildlife Health Information System (WHIS).Currently, I'm working on improving the searchability and uniformity of the existing platform and setting the groundwork to create a mobile app for field data entry. Josh began programming simple video games and tools to do his math homework in his early teens.After a detour in the USMC infantry, he resumed his passion for programming and graduated from the University of Washington Tacoma with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2019.

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DR. JUSTIN KAISER

VETERINARIAN

Dr. Kaiser grew up in Montana, where he received a degree in Organismal Biology before moving to moving to Colorado to receive his veterinary training. After graduating from CSU's vet school, he acquired a master's in Wild Animal Health at the Royal Veterinary College of London. His professional interests are focused on biodiversity conservation, keystone species, and emerging infectious diseases.  

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WHITNEY CRAVEN

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

An independent contractor providing administrative support to VIEW. Whitney earned both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from MSU in Health and Human Development and has spent her career in Montana’s nonprofit sector.

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TERRY PROFOTA

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR

Terry Profota, with Sage Solutions, has over 40+ years of work and consulting experience, with hundreds of businesses and organizations under her belt. In addition to my consulting projects, after 14 plus years, I retired as a non-tenure track Associate Teaching Professor at Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship where I was awarded Montana State University’s 2016 Innovation in Teaching Award.   She is involved with helping VIEW in many facets with a focus on its organizational and financial management.  

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CHARLENE PRYOR

DIRECTOR OF ADVANCEMENT

& COMMUNICATIONS

Charlene Pryor joins VIEW with over 30 years of experience serving the nonprofit community. Prior to her most recent experience doing nonprofit consulting, she was the Director of Development at the San Diego Audubon Society. Her most memorable professional experiences to date are leading the charitable giving team at The San Diego Foundation and developing and managing a planned giving program at the Zoological Society of San Diego. Charlene hails from the Midwest and earned her B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in marketing/sales from the University of Wisconsin - Stout. 

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VIEW VOLUNTEERS

Our volunteers help by contributing their time, skills, and experience to help further our mission's work. We are grateful for their passion and dedication!

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DR. LAUREN ELLIS

VOLUNTEER VETERINARIAN

University of Georgia graduate with DVM and a certificate in International Veterinary Medicine. Worked in pathology at the Great Ape Heart Project and completed an internship with the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Global Health Program. Practiced mixed animal, zoo, and aquarium medicine alongside conservation projects including: disease risk assessments and vet pathology training for critically endangered ungulates in Chad, telemedicine and disease modeling for mountain gorillas in DRC, and working with public health vets in Belize to improve livestock disease surveillance and food security. Dr. Ellis will work in Rwanda to lead VIEW's field activities in Akagera National Park.