By Sandra Skolnik, President
WRI's busy season is winding down, and we have had a successful year thanks to all the work of our volunteers and animal care staff. We said goodbye to animal care coordinator (ACC) Kathy Tyson, who embarked on her veterinary studies at Davis. We are fortunate to welcome Shawn Wilson as our new ACC, who comes to WRI with a bachelor of science degree in wildlife biology from Humboldt State University.
Thanks also to the assistance of Rachel Millin, ACC assistant, and our summer interns, Anne Baden, Samantha Chang and Louisa Jaskulski, our 1999 season went very well.
We thank Nancy Tantzen, office manager, and Becky Duerr, who will stay during the off-season as weekend ACC, for the excellent jobs they have done this year.
The board has been busy interviewing candidates for our coordinator of volunteer programs, and we hope to fill that position soon. I would like to thank my fellow directors, Martha Kudlacik, Lori Isakson and Pam Haunschild, for doing such a great job for WRI during its 25th anniversary year.
I'd like to thank board member Martha Kudlacik for conducting our successful Donation Drawing. I wish everyone could have won a prize, but thanks to everyone for helping to raise funds.
In 1999, we increased our animal care staffing, which has immensely improved our programs and provided the best quality care to our wild patients. In order to maintain this level of care and ensure our continued success, the board will focus in the year 2000 on increasing our fund raising capabilities.
As always, we thank you, our members and donors, for your continuing and generous support which provides WRI with the funds to do its work.