Kelvin J. Buchanan, P.E., C.P.G.President
Kel is President of the HB Engineering Group. As an active member of the community serving several local non-profits, Kel was excited to help Animal Ark as well. He received his bachelors at the University of British Colombia and an MBA at Pepperdine University. His wife of 35 years, Holly is also a volunteer at Animal Ark.
Marcia Trujillo-PenmanTreasurer, Secretary
Marcia is the Corporate Secretary and Assistant Treasurer of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, having served the foundation for 23 years. Her experience also includes serving City of Reno, American Lung Association, March of Dimes, and St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital. Marcia joined Animal Ark for two reasons: 1) a love of animals and belief in Animal Ark’s mission, and 2) found the Founders to have proven themselves to be incredible stewards of Animal Ark’s mission.
Jerry M. PolahaTrustee
Judge Jerry Polaha, a husband and father of four sons, was appointed to the bench by Gov. Guinn in 1999 and retained in the last two elections. Jerry was one of the original three lawyers who started the Washoe County Public Defender’s Office in 1969. With a 30 year career as a lawyer, Jerry is currently a commissioner on the Nevada Judicial Discipline Commission. Jerry was elected to the Animal Ark Board of Trustees in January 2013.
Tommy B. ThompsonTrustee
Tommy received his Ph.D., M.S. and B.S. in Geology from the University of New Mexico. He taught for over 47 years at Oklahoma State University, Colorado State University and University of Nevada, Reno (UNR). He became the first Director of the Ralph J. Roberts Center for Research in Economic Geology (CREG) at UNR after an international search and served in that capacity for 16 years. Accomplished teacher, researcher, author and advisor, Tommy has also served the Society of Economic Geologists and has held the positions of Vice President and President of the Geological Society of Nevada, Reno.
Bob is President and CEO of Robert H. Wolf Consulting, LLC. The Reno and Los Angeles based firm provides high level strategic counsel on advertising and branding issues to national and international marketers. He has also served as Chairman and CEO of Chiat/Day, a leading global advertising agency. Bob was elected to the Animal Ark Board of Trustees in 2014. He also is a Trustee of the Reno Philharmonic. Bob and his wife Reba moved to Reno in 2011.
AaronCo-founder and Executive Director
Aaron, a native Nevadan, having founded Animal Ark with his wife, has served as President from 1985 to 1996 and again from 2001 to 2005, and has been Executive Director since 2005. As Executive Director, Aaron is the primary spokesperson for the organization, leads major fund development efforts, communicates with governance boards, and is responsible for the overall management of the organization. Aaron has been responsible for the design and construction of the Animal Ark facility since its inception in 1981.