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Jessica Kole, Director of Development
Start Date: 2018

Jessica has been an active wolf advocate since the early 90s. Her family claims she was cutting out newspaper clippings of the reintroduction of wolves in Yellowstone and hanging it on her refrigerator since the age of 10. With a Bachelor's Degree in English and Education, Jessica has over 10 years experience in developing strategic marketing campaigns creating international processes for Fortune 500 businesses. Jessica spends her free time traveling with her family, including baby Druid named after Yellowstone's Druid Peak Pack, and educating others on wolf conservation and ethical tourism.

Kendra Kellogg, Development Manager
Start Date: 2019

Kendra began volunteering at W.O.L.F. in the fall of 2018, shortly after completing her PhD in astrophysics. She knew that, as fascinating as astrophysics is, her heart lay with helping animals - in the wild or in captivity. She plans to make a new career in the wildlife field and what better way to start than with W.O.L.F.! She enjoys the multifaceted nature of working with W.O.L.F. and getting to know all the quirky personalities of the residents. In her time off, she enjoys everything outdoors and traveling to new and exciting places.

Dr. Valerie Johnson, Staff Veterinarian
Start Date: 2017

Dr. Johnson is a post-DVM fellow in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Pathology at CSU. Dr. Johnson has worked for years to provide quality veterinary care for a wide variety of wild animals and is excited to be on staff as a part-time veterinarian at W.O.L.F.

Olivia Van Vleet, Volunteer Coordinator
Start Date: 2019

Olivia had been a devoted volunteer at W.O.L.F. before being hired as Volunteer Coordinator. She has a strong passion for animal rescue and working diligently managing our volunteer programs and working closely with our Director of Animal Care and Education.

Dr. Shelley J. Coldiron, CEO/Executive Director
Start Date: 2012

Shelley holds a BS in Biology, an MS in Analytical Chemistry, a PhD in Biomedical Engineering, and has launched multiple biotech companies. For over 25 years she has been intimately involved with the rescue, sanctuary and rehabilitation of both shelter and wildlife animals namely canids, felines and birds of prey.

Shelley has been involved with W.O.L.F. since her move to Colorado in 2010. In 2012 she moved from her position as a Board Member to Executive Director. In that time, Shelley has guided the organization through some of the most trying experiences in its existence: the enormous High Park Fire of 2012 (which affected the sanctuary and necessitated emergency evacuation of the wolves), and multiple flooding events that year and in the historic state-wide flood of 2013.

If she finds any down time, Shelley can be spotted competing at bouldering events (bouldering is a form of rock climbing that is performed without the use of ropes or harnesses), hiking, or enjoying the company of her six rescue dogs.

Michelle Proulx, Educational & Program Outreach Manager, Primary Animal Caretaker
Start Date: 2008

Michelle began volunteering with W.O.L.F. in 2005 and has been employed with the organization as Animal Caretaker & Educational Programs Director since her graduation in 2008 from Colorado State University, from which she holds a B.S. in Zoology. She enjoys all aspects of animal care with a special interest in the rehabilitation aspects of W.O.L.F.'s rescues. As a Colorado native, Michelle savors anything outdoors, particularly rock climbing, and can usually be found with her eye pressed against the lens of a camera attempting to capture the magnificence of nature.

Bob Proulx, Facilities & Operations Manager, Video Productions
Start Date: 2012

Bob believes in the "Red Green Show" philosophy that if people don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy. Bob has a degree in wildlife biology and finds working at W.O.L.F. as the Facilities & Operations Manager a rewarding and satisfying change of pace. Originally from Michigan, Bob likes outdoor activities and Murphy, his gentle giant Bullmastiff.


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