President: Helen Laughlin: Helen has been rehabilitating since 2006 and is licensed for wildlife rehabilitation by both the State of Texas and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. She specializes in songbirds but also rehabilitates small mammals such as squirrels, opossums, and skunks. Helen holds degrees in English, accounting, and business administration. She retired from the Federal Government as a supervisory auditor for the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. Her favorite bird is the blue jay.
Vice President: Roger Rucker: Roger joined ATW in 2017 after moving to Georgetown from Eastern Kansas. He has been a Wildlife Rehabilitator for 10 years. He specializes in Raptors and Wildlife education. He holds a Masters degree in Zoology.
Treasurer: Ruth Rucker: Ruth moved to Texas almost three years ago after retiring from a career in accounting management with a well known Animal Health Care manufacturing company in Kansas City. Both she and Roger were volunteering at a wildlife rehab center in the Kansas City area before they moved so they were naturally drawn to look for opportunities in the Georgetown area.
Secretary: Becky Vietz: Animals have been a passion of Becky’s since she was very young, always taking in strays and nursing them to health. As pets she has had dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, lizards, rabbits and guinea pigs. At times growing up her mother had to put her foot down about Becky’s obsession! Becky obtained a BS in Nursing in 1985, worked 5 years, then proceeded to get her Masters in Science, Nurse Anesthesia in 1993. She currently works full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Austin. She has one son and, as a single mom, has kept very busy. For the last two years she has made time to volunteer with ATW. She is following her passion for animal welfare (she loves them all) to one day be a full-time licensed wildlife rehabber.
Director: Kim Fross: Kim joined ATW in August 2015 when she brought a fledgling dove who seemed to have lost her mom to Helen. Kim has always felt that all animals are God’s creatures and, like humans, have a special place in this world. Her older brother always teased her when she was younger by calling her Dr. Doolittle. Deep down inside she felt honored to be called Dr. Doolittle, but never let him know that. Kim has a degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. She has worked as a project manager for the state environmental agency for 20 years and is looking forward to retirement so that she can spend more time helping out these animals. Her favorite animals to work with are opossums, skunks, raccoons, and she hopes to gain experience with bigger carnivores one day.
Director: Lisa Donau: Lisa grew up in Colorado where her family was involved in the banking industry as well as construction. They were always a part of various animal and pet organizations from the Humane Society to the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. As an adult, Lisa moved to Arizona to begin raising a family and continued to be part of various animal organizations as well as the zoo. Now Texas is Lisa’s home where she and Steve have five wonderful grown children between them. Lisa’s daughter Shan, who is autistic, lives with Lisa and Steve. Finding All Things Wild was a great moment for the family. Animals have always been a huge part of Shan’s therapy, and the team at ATW has made her feel special. Lisa and her family couldn’t be prouder of sharing with people everything the ATW Rehabilitation Center stands for.
Director: Michael Pazienza: Michael is both a creative and technology expert with over two decades working in digital marketing and building web sites. In 2014 he co-founded Mashbox, a digital agency where he currently serves as CEO. In addition, he has a true passion for parrots and will usually find him with one of his three feathered amigos by his side, or designing unique bird-themed items for his online store, Birdwear.co. He joined ATW in 2020 and is looking forward to helping the center with its mission and protect the amazing animals in our own backyard.
Director: Sharon Dunning: Sharon is a native Texan who came back home after 26 years of active duty as a US Army Nurse. She has a B.S. and MSN in nursing and 50 years of nursing experience in trauma and emergency nursing, internal medicine, education, and administration. She has been volunteering at ATW in Georgetown since completing the IWRC’s Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation course in March 2021. She is a lifelong animal lover and has a thirst to learn more about caring for animals. Her neighbors call her “the animal whisperer” as she is the first to call if any animal needs help. She is especially fond of bunnies, squirrels, and opossums. She also stays busy as a member of the Sun City Emergency Management Committee Manager of the Pet Emergency Evacuation Center.