Mollie Hogan Founder/Executive Director.
Ms. Hogan is the founder of The Nature of Wildworks. She oversees all aspects of the Center's activities including supervision of animal care and outreach programs. In 1985 she graduated from the Moorpark College Teaching Zoo then later returned as an instructor teaching Wildlife Education and Entertainment and Education in Animal Parks. From 1986-1999 Ms. Hogan was an animal trainer and educator at the Los Angeles Zoo, presenting numerous educational and entertaining programs, one being "Wild in the City" a program on urban wildlife. When the program lost funding in 1993, Ms. Hogan acquired the shows' wildlife and formed what is now the non-profit organization, The Nature of Wildworks, Inc. Ms. Hogan is the subject of a new children's book, "Phoenix the Mountain Lion Gets a Job".
Neil Kelley, President
Mr. Kelley is a retired career publishing executive for the New York Times. He now focuses his efforts on fundraising and strategic planning for Wildworks.
Victoria Goddard Board Member
Ms. Goddard graduated from Russell Sage College with a BA in English Literature. After working for Prudential Life Insurance and KCET she joined Westlake School as their alumni director. Westlake School merged with Harvard School in Los Angeles and currently Ms. Goddard works at the new Harvard-Westlake School as the Community Service Coordinator. Through the community service program she became aware of The Nature of Wildworks and has been bringing seventh grade students to Wildworks since the 2001/2002 academic year. A life-long animal lover, she currently shares her home with three adopted mixed breed dogs, two cats, and two cockatiels.
Caroline Graham Board Member
Ms. Graham is a founding partner of C4 Global Communications in Santa Monica. Her experience includes over 30 years in journalism including being appointed by Conde Nast Publications as their second west coast editor. Prior to working with Conde Nast, Ms. Graham was a prominent newspaper columnist and director of the Monaco Government Tourist Office. As west coast bureau chief of Vanity Fair for seven years, 1983 - 90, she ran the bureau in Los Angeles for editor- in- chief Tina Brown.
Christopher Morris, CPA
Jack has represented and/or advised virtually every category of small to medium size business: manufacturers, distributors, food service, medical practices, apparel, transportation and service providers. As a founding partner of Kaufman Miller & McAndrew, LLP, he has more than 40 years of experience in providing strategic counseling to business clients. He has served as a member of the Business Advisory Committee of the US House of Representatives and is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Goodwill Southern California.
Ms. Zerweck works in film and television and is currently producing the FOX TV series, "The Mindy Project," but it's the furry, feathered and finned creatures that are her true passion in life. Born and raised in northern California, animals have always been an important part of her life. In 2005, she created and ran a non-profit animal newspaper, The Pet Gazette, promoting animal wellness for both domestic and wild animals. She has also volunteered with numerous organizations over the past several years, but it was the animals at The Nature of Wildworks that stole her heart. Lorie is our newest addition to the board.
Tricia has been a friend and great supporter of our rescued wild and domestic critters for many years. Most recently she has become the queen of the Amazon Wishlist and has purchased van-loads of much needed food and supplies for our wildlife center. She sealed the deal at our 2018 benefit in the Pacific Palisades when she purchased all items and fashioned innumerable themed gift baskets for our silent auction, creating attendee bidding wars! Sound like a board member to you? Our longtime President, Neil Kelley, was the first to welcome her and shortly after the vote was unanimous. With her help and devotion, Wildworks will continue to thrive for many years to come!
Sometimes it seems like Denise has more energy and enthusiasm than all of us put together. Always with a smile, she makes her way to our Care Center twice a week every week (rain or shine) for several years now, to directly care for our animals. Her favorites are Mountain Lions, Cliff and Pirate, our sweet older coyote siblings, Dandy the Prairie Dog, Stark the Raven, and of course, Mr. MacFly the blind fluffy Border Collie. What's not to love?! In 2018, Denise organized our fundraising endeavor at Barns and Noble in Studio City, gathering volunteers to assist in holiday gift wrapping to recruit donations for the critters. Denise has loved animals her whole life and has passed that passion on to her son who is now a vet. With that, and her years of devotion to our animals, it was an easy decision to invite her to be on our board.