Our Board

Sue Novasel, LTWC President

Sue Novasel

President

Bio

Sue Novasel has been a board member of LTWC since 2008. She is the District V Supervisor for El Dorado County, California; previously, she served as trustee to the Lake Tahoe Unified School District and is past president and clerk of the school board. She has served on many other local boards in her nearly 40 years of living in the Tahoe Basin, including the City of South Lake Tahoe’s 56-acre Citizen Advisory Board, which planned the Lakeview Commons project, a highly successful community project that created an incredible public place on the shores of Lake Tahoe.

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Morgan Amsden

Vice President

Bio

Morgan Amsden took the LTWC training class with his family in [year], and has been an active part of LTWC ever since. He has lived and worked in Lake Tahoe for over 25 years as a small business owner and timeshare homeowner. Since joining the LTWC board in 2004, Morgan has worked to help find LTWC a new home, which has finally became a reality when LTWC secured a new property in 2014.

Kevin Willits, Immediate Past President

Kevin Willitts, DVM

Immediate Past President

Bio

Dr. Willitts, a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Veterinary Medicine 1981, has been a practicing small animal veterinarian and a small business owner for over 30 years.

Dr. Willitts has been a volunteer veterinarian with LTWC since 1986, and an LTWC board member since 1990, previously serving as LTWC Board Vice President and President.

Tom Millham, Secretary/Treasurer

Tom Millham

Secretary/Treasurer

Bio

Tom is the cofounder of LTWC, and has served as its secretary since 1979 and as its treasurer since 1983. Tom wears may hats at LTWC: he has been vital to planning and organizing LTWC fundraising efforts, managing facility operations, organizing volunteers and providing community outreach. He is one of three team leaders for the eagle flight team, and led the team tasked with finding LTWC’s new home. Tom has overseen LTWC’s growth from a handful of people in 1978 to an organization with hundreds of volunteers that has treated and released over 15,000 wild birds and animals.

Cheryl Millham

Cheryl Millham

Executive Director

Bio

Cheryl is the cofounder and backbone of LTWC. She served as LTWC’s original president, and was promoted to executive director in 1983. She has personally cared for and treated thousands of wild birds and animals, has hosted two international wildlife rehab conferences in Lake Tahoe (IWRC-93, and NWRA-01) and delivered numerous papers at wildlife rehab conferences around the US. She has been the primary instructor for the annual LTWC training seminar since 1980, and has trained hundreds of wildlife rehabbers.

Jolena Hearn

Jolena Hearn

Board Member

Bio

Jolena has been a volunteer with LTWC since 2007 and has served on its board since 2013. She has worked as the Assistant Guest Service Manager/Mountain Host at Heavenly Ski Resort since 2003, and is an Epic Promise volunteer for Vail Resorts.

Karen Johnson

Karen Johnson

Board Member

Bio

As LTWC’s webmaster, Karen is responsible for LTWC.org’s design and content; she oversees online donations and fundraising efforts. She has been a volunteer with LTWC since 2004 and a board member since 2008. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Maryland and is an accomplished market research consultant, with nearly 20 years of experience in qualitative and quantitative research projects.

Bruce Richards

Bruce Richards

Board Member

Bio

Bruce is a retired Research and Development Director for the Hewlett Packard Company and has been working with LTWC since 2012.  Prior to joining LTWC, Bruce and his wife Adele rescued and rehabilitated dozens of Golden Retrievers in the SF Bay Area.  His 30+ years of experience in corporate governance, project management, budget control, and information systems has been vital to the evolution of LTWC as an organization.

Sally Sjolin

Sally Sjolin

Board Member

Bio

Sally is a senior volunteer for LTWC and has been with the organization for 13 years. She has a B.S. in Management Information Systems from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and has been a photography instructor at Lake Tahoe Community College. Prior to relocating to Lake Tahoe, she was involved in the high-tech industry working for AMS, PeopleSoft and Deloitte Consulting.

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Deborah Thompson

Board Member

Bio

Deborah has been an active volunteer with LTWC since Spring 2012 and a Board Member since Fall 2014. Her current projects with LTWC include onboarding the Volunteer Management aspect from book to system and the formalizing of Operational Practices as prep for expansion. Deborah has over 20 years of software release management experience with a career base established with the Enterprise Software Application industry and over 10 years of managing technical teams in software development. She has enjoyed supporting her community as an active member on the Board of Directors for her homeowners association as well as being part of LTWC’s Board, mission and growth. Deborah holds a B.S., Business Administration in Management Information Systems.

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Robert Deitz

Board Member Emeritus

Bio

Bob is a cofounder of LTWC, and one of the handful of people who helped LTWC get off the ground. He served as the initial treasurer for the organization. In LTWC’s early days, Bob and his family would take birds and animals into their home to raise them. Has been strong financial supporter since LTWC’s inception, and continues to be part of the board of directors.

Bob and Sue Rutherdale

Board Members Emeritii