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OUR TEAM

Gretchn Kaufman
Deborah McCauley

Our Team

Established in 2012 by Dr. Deborah McCauley and Dr. Gretchen Kaufman, VIEW owes its success to it's stellar team of experts in veterinary science, academia, government, and corporate sectors. Over the past decade, we've garnered international recognition and forged strong partnerships, thanks to our dedicated team and string of volunteers.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The board members identify priorities, establish goals and objectives, and allocate funds to support decisions made around strategic programming. 

Heidi Sonen
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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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GRETCHEN KAUFMAN,DVM

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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MICHELLE LAND

Bio coming soon.

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DEBORAH MCCAULEY,DVM

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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KATHERINE GRASS

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

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DAVID KIRUBI

David is a passionate advocate for sustainable business practices and wildlife conservation, leveraging his 21+ years of global business experience to serve on VIEW's board. An expert in building and leading high-performance teams, driving large-scale transformations, and managing nine and ten-figure transformations and P&Ls, David also has experience building and scaling start-ups and executing private equity transactions, most recently in the built environment and sustainability. A graduate of GE's premier leadership programs, Operations Management Leadership Program (OMLP) and the Corporate Audit Staff, he undertook his undergraduate studies at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a BSc in Industrial Engineering. David is dedicated to protecting endangered species for current and future generations.

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HEIDI SONEN

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 its 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 provide knowledge, and critical thinking in areas of their expertise and support organizational activities around philanthropy.

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YEMI ADESOKAN

Yemi Adesokan is an investor, scientist, and biotech entrepreneur. He is the CEO AND Chief Scientific Officer at Gnubiotics SA, a Lausanne, Switzerland biotech and digital health company pioneering immune-based solutions for human and animal disease applications. 

https://www.aiche.org/community/bio/yemi-adesokan

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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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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

Board Trustee Emeritus

Co-Founder, Retired Chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group, and Princeton and Chicago School of Business graduate. Dennis has supported VIEW since the beginning - serving on the board and advancement advisory council.

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WENDE LAWSON

Bio coming soon.

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SUE STANELY

Bio coming soon.

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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DAWN ZIMMERMAN,DVM, MS

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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GINGER STOUT, DVM, MCM

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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MARK DREW,DVM, MS, Diplomat ACZM

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

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TIERRA SMILEY EVANS, DVM, PhD

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. She received her B.S. from Santa Clara University, her Ph.D. in veterinary medicine, 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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RAINA PLOWRIGHT,DVM MS PhD

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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COLIN GILLIN,MS,DVM

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.

VIEW SUPPORT TEAM

This team consists of VIEW's full/part time staff members and independent contractors dedicated to VIEW's operations to further its mission.

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JENNIFER YU,DVM, MS

WHIS Project Manager

Dr. Jennifer Yu obtained her DVM from UC Davis and MS in conservation medicine from Tufts. She completed an internship with the Smithsonian's Global Health Program, and a wildlife rehabilitation medicine internship with the Wildlife Center of Virginia. She currently works part-time in wildlife rehabilitation, in small animal general practice, and as a WHIS Project Manager with VIEW.

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JUSTIN KAISER,DVM

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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JOSH LICHTY

Senior 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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ULLA KARPPINEN

Director of Communications

With more than 30 years of experience in banking, telecommunications and business education, Ulla is a global marketing an corporate communications professional. She has a solid track record in creating effective communication and marketing strategies for companies that want to expand into new markets or strengthen their internal communications. Ulla has worked in leading multinational organizations such as Nokia, IE Business School and BBVA. Ulla is a world citizen who speaks 6 languages and besides her home country, Finland, has lived in Brazil, Germany, USA, UK, Spain and Luxembourg.

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DAVID MURENZI,DVM

Veterinarian

University of Rwanda graduate with BVM. I completed internships at domestic animals clinics and was involved in the Human Dog Population Management project (HDPM) obtaining a certificate in Small animal practices and Field Surgeries. Highly interested in domestic and wild animals behavior and welfare.

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CHARLINE RUTAGENGWA, BVM

Veterinarian

Dr. Charline Rutagengwa joins us as a veterinarian based at the University of Rwanda (UR), to lead VIEW’s collaboration with the university. As a recent graduate from UR College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, she is passionate about conservation medicine and wildlife health research.

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DASHA MAGHOOLI

Operations Manager

Dasha has been working in healthcare administration for most of her career, with a five-year hiatus teaching at universities in Thailand and South Korea. She has degrees in sociology and education from California State University and Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before joining VIEW, she founded a website highlighting conservation projects at AZA-accredited zoos, and currently serves as a docent at the Los Angeles Zoo and a transporter for California Wildlife Center. She is excited to be able to merge her professional skills with her passion for wildlife conservation.

VIEW VOLUNTEERS

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

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HARRISON BASKT

Harrison is a third year psychology student at Pace University. He has always had a love for animals and nature as well as a passion for protecting the environment. As an intern for Pace’s Animal Policy Project, Harrison is conducting policy research on state wildlife health programs in support of VIEW’s mission. Harrison will continue his efforts through the prestigious UN Millennium Fellowship, for which he will be analyzing State Wildlife Action Plans to identify wildlife disease monitoring priorities.

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KRISTEN TOBIN,DVM

Dr. Tobin is a small animal veterinarian with an interest in One Health and Zoological Medicine. She was a prior Smithsonian Global Health Program fellow and has worked on an OIE research project on Avian Influenza in Chittagong, Bangladesh. Current projects with VIEW include developing a series of wildlife Problem-Based Learning (PBL) cases with the University of Rwanda’s and Western University’s College of Veterinary Medicine to foster international collaboration between US and Rwandan veterinary students and increase interest and experiential opportunities in wildlife medicine. She is a graduate of Tufts University Veterinary School and completed a small animal internship in Red Bank New Jersey.

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BAILEY CLARK

Bailey is a second year DVM student at the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine, working towards a career in conservation medicine. She previously conducted field research on tiger sharks for the Bimini Biological Field Station and worked as an intern for Smithsonian’s Global Health Program. Currently, she is assisting Dr. Dawn Zimmerman with various VIEW-related projects, including providing content for a partner-led project assembling “tools” used in the field of wildlife health. 

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LAUREN ELLIS,DVM

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. 

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BALBINE JOURDAN,DVM

Dr. Balbine Jourdan received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Public Health at The Ohio State University. She currently resides in Sacramento, California working as an associate veterinarian in a private practice. On the side, she has a passion for conservation medicine with a particular focus on zoonotic disease and conflicts within the human-animal interface. Using her skills in data organization and consolidation, she has collaborated on variety of projects spanning allostatic load in great apes (both ex situ and in situ), field anesthesia in wild mountain gorillas, morbidity and mortality in zoo-housed takin. and capacity-building for veterinary medicine in developing countries. 

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STEPHANIE MITCHELL

Stephanie Mitchell is a doctoral student at the University of Washington (fall 2023) with the Center for One Health Research working on emerging zoonotic diseases. She completed a fellowship and several internships with the Smithsonian’s Conservation Biology Institute. She's worked on projects in Peru, Tanzania, Chad, Niger, Kenya, and the Greater Virunga Transboundary Area involving infectious disease modeling in mountain gorillas, vector-borne disease monitoring in wildlife and livestock, and food and water security with local women’s organizations.

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