West Sound Wildlife Shelter Mission Statement The West Sound Wildlife Shelter provides injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals a second chance at life and promotes the well-being of wildlife through public outreach, education, and involvement.
Values Statement 1. All wildlife are worthy of respect.
2. Wildlife deserve compassionate, humane treatment.
3. The preservation of wild species and their habitats is of utmost importance.
4. The people who volunteer their time and resources to help save and improve the lives of wild animals are essential to our success.
5. A supportive, respectful, and honest working environment for staff and volunteers leads to healthier outcomes for our patients.
6. A sound, scientific approach improves wildlife medical and rehabilitative treatments.
7. The public's trust in our animal care and resource management must be maintained and increased through regular acknowledgement and transparency.
8. Human behavior that is destructive to wild animals and natural habitats can be changed through education and outreach.
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If you have an injured, sick or orphaned animal call 206-855-9057 (please do not send an email.)
April-Aug Hours: Admissions 8am-7:30pm; Messages checked 8am-9pm Sept-March Hours: Admission hours 9am-5pm; Messages checked 8am-6pm
For after-hour emergencies, contact the highway patrol to find a state wildlife agent or call your local police department.
For Mike Pratt, Rehabilitator & Director of Wildlife Services, or if you have wildlife natural history or identification questions, contact 206-855-9057 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For questions about or to discuss the Shelter's administration or
fundraising, contact 206-855-9057
by law, our facility is not open to the public. We cannot give tours
of our facility and we cannot let people see the animals that are
in our care. Please do not stop by without calling or emailing us
West Sound Wildlife
7501 NE Dolphin Drive
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110 Phone:
West Sound Wildlife Shelter is a proud participant in One Call for All, Bainbridge Island's unique "red envelope" campaign. Find out more about One Call for All at www.onecallforall.org.
Who We Are
We are a wild animal medical facility and are able to rescue, diagnose,
treat, and release injured and orphaned wildlife. Our important work
relies on the energy, dedication, and continued wisdom of volunteers,
participating veterinarians, staff, associate state licensed rehabilitators,
and board members.
To get involved with the West Sound Wildlife Shelter, we invite you
to visit our volunteer page to identify
activities that may appeal to you.
Lisa Horn is the Executive Director of West Sound Wildlife Shelter. She joined the shelter in December 2012 after 7 years as Director of Early Childhood Education for The Suquamish Tribe. Lisa holds a Masters degree in Education. Lisa is a lifelong advocate for animal welfare and conservancy and is mom not only to her daughter but also a number of dogs, cats, chickens and a big black horse named Wyatt Earp. She is thrilled to be a part of the shelter and the incredible work being done to provide injured, orphaned, and sick wild animals a second chance at life. (Photo: Jeffrey Calnan)
Director of Wildlife Services
is Director of Wildlife Services at West Sound Wildlife Shelter and has over twenty years experience in wildlife rehabilitation, avian captive management and training of program birds. Mike joined West Sound Wildlife in 2006. He holds both federal and state wildlife permits. He has extensive experience in training bird handlers & other wildlife rehabilitators, performing public educational programs and assisting the public with wildlife questions and problems. Mike has worked at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science Raptor Center where he served as Avian Curator. He was also Operation Manager at World Bird Sanctuary and Supervisor at Missouri Wildlife Rescue in St. Louis, Missouri. Mike is a wildlife biologist and was a National Park Ranger before entering the wildlife profession.
Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialist and Volunteer Coordinator
Lynne Weber was born in Iowa, but then moved to Wisconsin, where she married her high school sweetheart. Lynne's animal care career started in the eighties as a licensed horse groomer in Illinois. She now has over 20 years experience in professional animal care, including horses, dogs, and cats, and other various critters. Lynne began volunteering at WSWS in 2007 and was hired on temporarily during the 2008 baby season in addition to serving as the Monday Shift Supervisor. She started working full time at the Shelter in 2008. A lifelong wildlife lover, Lynne has also volunteers with Stand Up For Kids, a national organization supporting at risk and homeless youth, as well as being a member of the Red Cross and Kitsap County Department of Emergency Management.
Elsa Watson began volunteering for WSWS in 2002, when she and her husband moved to Bainbridge Island, and joined the staff in 2008. Elsa's professional background includes website design, marketing, graphic design, event planning, and writing (her novel, Dog Days was published in May 2012; Maid Marian in 2004). From her days as a Peace Corps volunteer to her stint running her own website design business, Elsa has always enjoyed communicating with others. A life-long animal lover, Elsa is delighted to be working with an organization that promotes a love of the environment and peaceful co-existance with wildlife. You can contact her by emailing email@example.com.
Office Assistant Ann Simandl began her career with the Shelter as a volunteer in January 2011, and was instantly enamoured with all the animals and their various peculiarities. A lifelong admirer of all creatures great and small (even including a few of the human species!), she once aspired to be a veterinarian. In spite of not completing her studies, Ann nevertheless has maintained a great interest in science and nature, and her commitment to learning continues unabated. She grew up in Michigan on the shores of Lake Superior, and now lives in Poulsbo with her husband Doug, two rescued dachshunds, and four cats. Since Ann has dual citizenship (U.S./Canadian), they all hope to retire in beautiful British Columbia someday.
Board of Directors
President Gayle Seyl, CFE, AHFI, was born and raised in Seattle, Washington and moved to Bainbridge Island in 1976. Gayle is an Accredited Healthcare Fraud Investigator and Certified Fraud Examiner with over 15 years’ experience in fraud prevention, detection and mitigation. In her many years in the healthcare field, she has managed Health Care Payer Special Investigation and Subrogation units and directed facility based health care system Corporate Integrity Programs. She has also served as the Medicare Part A Fair Hearing Officer for Region X. In these positions, she analyzed claims data, performed health care revenue cycle audits, assessed regulatory compliance and provided litigations support and designed and monitored Corporate Integrity Agreements. She has resolved many billing related disputes using her knowledge of the intricacies and details of revenue cycles and reimbursement methodologies. She also serves as an expert witness on Health Care Revenue Cycle issues.
Vice President Elizabeth Ward has worked as a registered nurse and health care administrator for 32 years. She has specialized in public health and community mental health. She has worked in Utah, California, Alaska and Washington. She received her master's degree from the University of Washington and always hoped to be able to return here. She and her husband moved to Washington from Alaska in 1989. They lived in Olympia as she took the position in 1989 as the Assistant Secretary for Epidemiology, Health Statistics, and Public Health Laboratories for the Washington State Department of Health. Her years of work in public health created a strong interest for her in the study of the health care relationship that exists between animals and human beings. Her visit to the Fairbanks, Alaska public health laboratorys artic foxes (a study hoping to prevent rabies from moving across the border into the arctic) will remain one her most interesting memories of her years in Alaska. Elizabeth and her husband moved to Bainbridge Island in 2001 when they both took new jobs in Seattle. They believe this is their last and permanent home. Elizabeth has over the years been a board member of four different non-profit entities and was a CEO of a non-profit in Seattle prior to her current job as Chief of Inpatient Services at Navos.
John Bomben is a biotechnology consultant who has lived on Bainbridge for eight years. He graduated from Stanford University and received a PhD in biochemical engineering from the University of California at Berkeley. For twenty years, he was employed as a research engineer and business development consultant at SRI International in Menlo Park, California. Although he has always enjoyed nature and its creatures, his interests in wildlife took a big leap when his wife, Kristin von Kreisler, started her career as a wildlife writer and activist. He joined her in learning about the remarkable things that animals do and helped her in a variety of animal rescues. One of his major reasons for moving to Bainbridge was its natural beauty and closeness to wildlife. His shoreline home has given him the delightful opportunity to watch birds and animals using the beach habitat. He was elected to the Shelter Board in 2009. Secretary
Katherine De Bruyn is the principal and founder of Arcadia Associates, Inc., consultants to national and international clients for the development of information management and technology systems. She founded Arcadia in 1977 and led the company until 1989, when she joined Perkins Coie as their Chief Information Officer. She rejoined Arcadia in 2005. Most recently, she has been working as a volunteer with Non-Governmental Organizations in Cambodia and Laos, focusing on governance and organizational development. Ms. De Bruyn holds a BA in African Literature and Languages from the University of Wisconsin. She is also a member of the Board of the Technology Access Foundation in Seattle, and the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University.
Diane Crowder was born and raised in Seattle. She is a long-time Bainbridge Island resident and community volunteer who served as Director of Volunteers for Bainbridge School District. Diane volunteered for Bainbridge Schools, served on the Guild Association Board of Children's Medical Center, and was a member and president of the Eagle Harbor Church council. She served on the Board of Hospice of Kitsap County and was President of the Board twice. Currently is a member and President of the Board of Trustees of Kids Discovery Museum of Bainbridge Island (KiDiMu), Diane enjoys being an active member of both Poulsbo and Seattle Yacht Clubs. She is the mother of three wonderful daughters and grandmother of seven fabulous grandchildren and is looking forward to serving on the WSWS Board.
Biz Dailey Allen happily celebrates 16 years as a Bainbridge Island resident in 2012. Biz moved to Bainbridge to launch a public relations consulting practice after many years with regional and global PR firms in Los Angeles. She has developed winning programs for clients in fields as diverse as conservation/environment, public affairs, entertainment, transportation, public safety, and education. Biz began serving local non-profits as a volunteer for Bainbridge In Bloom in 2006. She soon joined the One Call for All board and served as board president in 2010. Biz spent many summers working at rural summer camps and cattle ranches in Northern California and Oregon where she developed an early, lasting respect for the magnificent diversity of nature and wildlife. Biz is married to architect and artist Scott Allen and has two lovely step-daughters.
Rob Frankland has lived on Bainbridge Island for nearly fifteen years. He started his technical communications career in the Boston area over thirty years ago. He has been an independent consultant for much of the past 20 years. He began his non-profit experience as a board member of the Bainbridge Island Youth Soccer board where he served as the equipment manager. He later joined the One Call for All board and served as board president. He next joined the Bainbridge Island Arts and Humanities Council board and served as board president. Rob's appreciation and enjoyment of wildlife began in New England, hiking in the White Mountains. The Northwest’s Olympic and Cascade mountains have provided that opportunity here. Living on Bainbridge Island, in a heavily forested area, has enabled Rob to see firsthand the diversity of wildlife on the island.
Barbara Sacerdote, Barbara Sacerdote, a consultant in non-profit management, fundraising and communications, is currently discovering Alaska while leading a capacity building project for the First Alaskans Institute. She worked as a Director of Development and Marketing for more than 20 years in the arts, and with conservation and public policy groups before becoming an independent consultant. She led Pacific Northwest Ballet as Development Director during its $127 million campaign for McCaw Hall and is particularly proud of leading development and marketing to build the Tacoma Art Museum. Barbara has raised more than $30 million for annual, capital and endowment campaigns since 2000. Barbara joined WSWS in 2009 and has found great satisfaction as a volunteer fundraiser for the West Sound Wildlife Shelter's capital campaign. She looks forward to helping build up the Annual Fund! Barbara has an M.F.A from Columbia University in Arts Administration and a B.S. in Marketing and Journalism from Southern Oregon State University. In 2010 she earned her CFRE, the professional credential for philanthropic fundraising executives. She is an avid sailor and traveler currently turning her Bainbridge Island acreage into a bird sanctuary and learning to live in harmony with the deer and raccoons who also claim land rights.
Sandy Schubach has been volunteering for different Bainbridge nonprofits since she moved to the island in 1999. She was an art docent in the schools for seven years, served on the steering committee for the capital campaign for Islandwood, is on the Outreach Committee for Bainbridge Island Land Trust, and was on the board of the Bainbridge Community Foundation for eight years. Her volunteering with Clear Path International has taken her to Southeast Asia twice, an area she hopes to visit again. Born and raised in the Midwest (a Michigander!) Sandy has a degree in journalism and has returned to that interest as a videographer.
Michael Sebastian has lived on Bainbridge for eight years. He and his wife had visited their son, who lived here, for the eleven years prior to their move. Mike is a Mechanical Engineering graduate from Santa Clara University and attended the Harvard Advanced Management Program. He is a retired Corporate Executive and has served on and Chaired the Governance, Finance and Compensation & Management Development Committees of four NYSE Companies serving Energy, Defense and other Industrial related markets. Living on Bainbridge's shoreline has increased his appreciation and respect for the wildlife of the area. This is his first experience serving on a nonprofit board.