Bird Rescue Center Leadership
Ashton Kluttz RVT
Current Executive Director at the Bird Rescue Center, Ashton Kluttz completed her BA in Environmental Studies at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in January of 2018. She began her career as a wildlife rehabber at the Marine Mammal Center, where she served as a Stranding Intern (i.e., rescue and triage response).
From 2009-2013 she worked at the Bird Rescue Center as a Shift Supervisor then took a position as Veterinary Assistant during 2012-2013 where she completed the hours required to attain certification as a Vet Technician. In the fall of 2013, she returned to BRC as Manager of the Rehabilitation Hospital and Director of Avian Care. In 2019, Ashton advanced to the role of Executive Director.
Through consultation with other facilities and under her direction, BRC dramatically improved their release rates for difficult species such as California Towhees and House Finches. She co-wrote a chapter on towhee care that will be included in a wildlife care book due out in late 2019. Ashton has come to appreciate each individual species’ behaviors but also wonders how any of them survive in the wild given that they all misbehave in their own ways. In her spare time, she visits her family on the East Coast and enjoys taking photos of food on her dog’s nose.
Jeremy Dwight Nichols graduated from Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, receiving a B.A. degree with a major concentration in physics. His working career was spent in Silicon Valley as an engineer at several major electronics firms. At one of these firms, he met Laura Cline, who became his wife in 1976. He retired in 1997 and moved to Sonoma County, where he lives in a rural setting with his wife and two cats.
Mr. Nichols has been a volunteer at The Bird Rescue Center for ten years. He joined the board in 2013 and became chairman and president in 2014. He also volunteers for both Sonoma County Regional Parks and California State Parks and sits on the boards of the Sonoma County Historical Society, the Sonoma County Genealogical Society, and the Museum of Sonoma County.
Stephanie (Sam) Marsh
Board Vice Chairman
Retired from a long career in international marketing and communications, Sam joined BRC’s Board of Directors in 2018. Having been a Bird Rescue Center ‘spouse’ for over 15 years (her husband, Brad Marsh is a long-time volunteer and the Raptor Release Coordinator) — it seemed time to make her involvement official. For many years she has put together presentations used in BRC’s outreach activities.
She has worked in a variety of industries with companies like Ketel One Vodka, CCH/Knowledgepoint (human resources software), Lowepro (camera cases) and Elements On The Plaza (day spa). Sam now uses her experience in business development and the skills she developed in marketing and communications to head up BRC’s Relocation project.
Crystal Norris became involved with Bird Rescue in 1980 after a friend signed her up for a class and after meeting Martha Bentley (Bird Rescue Center co-founder) at an Audubon meeting. She was privileged to be part of that fledging wildlife center which has since been transformed into a well-run hospital and education center that takes in birds from several North Bay counties.
In the mid ’90s due to changes in regulations that California Fish & Wildlife was proposing, wildlife rehabilitators joined together to form the California Code for Wildlife Rehabilitators (CCWR), of which she is still an Honorary Board Member. Since 1998 she has also served on the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission. The Commission receives funds from Department of Fish & Wildlife fines and dispenses funds in the form of grants in Sonoma County. Crystal returned to Bird Rescue in 2014 after attending some Heron and Egret releases, and in 2016 was asked join the Board of Directors.
Originally from Utah, Laura came to California in 1970. She worked for Hewlett-Packard for just under 25 years in marketing, manual revisions, and post-sales support for customers around the world.
Her love and respect for nature was instilled at an early age by her father, to the extent that and even now she would rather sit by a stream and watch the water striders magically walk on water than go to an amusement park.
After retiring from Silicon Valley and moving here to Sonoma County, she saw a piece in the newspaper asking for volunteers for Bird Rescue Center. She answered the call in February of 2005 and has been with the organization ever since.
In the ensuing years, and in addition to volunteering in the hospital and serving on the Board, she is the primary buyer for the Center — everything from food to office supplies — and applies her much-needed organization skills to keep inventory and order. She has taken on the logistics for the upcoming relocation and will be orchestrating the actual move when the time comes.
In addition to her work with BRC, from January through May Laura also volunteers out at Bodega Head with Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods watching for Gray Whales, helping others see them, and answering questions.
Janet Bosshard came to live in Sonoma County in 1974 to work for the Sonoma County Office of Education. After working as a vocational teacher assistant, she moved on to work for Marin County Parks and Open Space. Janet started in the Landscape Division and was promoted to Supervising Ranger, at McInnis Park, in 1981. After 28 years with Marin County, she retired and her passion for plants and wildlife led her to be a member of several environmental groups in Sonoma County. In the ensuing years, she has been an active member of Madrone Audubon, Sonoma Land Trust, Pepperwood Preserve, and a Bouverie Preserve docent.
She is the chairperson of the Lincoln School Bird Day event, involving Audubon Canyon Ranch, Madrone Audubon and the teachers from Lincoln School. At Bird Rescue Center, Janet has been a front desk phone team member volunteer. After several years absent, she is back and now serves on the Board and is acting Outreach Coordinator.
More than six years ago, Dave Laurice joined the Bird Rescue Center as a Raptor Handler because he wanted to hold an owl like the people he had seen at the Sonoma County Fair. He soon realized this place would mean a lot more to him than that as he learned about more about these animals, their ecology, and our place in helping them. As a biologist and teacher of 21 years, Dave’s relationship with birds has furthered his dedication to the environment, his knowledge of our local wildlife, and his ability to teach stewardship to the young people and the community that he serves.
At this point, Dave is an avid birder, the Raptor Handling Program’s equipment maker, a new handler trainer, a Rehabilitation volunteer, a BRC Board Member, and a strong advocate of what we do at the Bird Rescue Center. He also still occasionally handles a bird or two.
Larry is a Santa Rosa native, with lots of family in Sonoma County. A registered Mechanical Engineer in the State of Alaska, his background is in manufacturing, heavy construction and the power industry. He is also a licensed attorney at law here in the State of California.
A long-time outdoorsman, birder, and supporter of environmental causes; he joined the Board of Directors at BRC because of the “great work and service the organization provides to the area and the birds in their care.” He finds it fulfilling to work with the staff and volunteers at BRC and contribute to their success.
Capital Campaign Financial Advisory Committee
Julie is a high-energy executive with an established expertise in fundraising and management and a focus on nonprofit best practices leading to sustainability and growth. She has built both development departments and entire non-profits, collectively raising millions of dollars for the organizations she has represented.
She is both deeply strategic and highly tactical, skills that have served Julie well in building and overseeing comprehensive fundraising programs. In her six-year tenure at Pepperwood Preserve, (2012-2018), Julie grew annual giving almost 1,200%, ($93,000 to $1.2M). This past fiscal year, Julie exceeded the individual giving goal by 100%, ($600,000 to $1.2M). She works closely with boards of directors, development committees and key staff members to develop and implement fundraising and communications strategies.
Recognizing that successful nonprofit organizations must be run like businesses; Julie continually has her eye on both revenue opportunities and expense reductions. During her tenure as Executive Director of the Healdsburg Animal Shelter, she decreased medical expenses by 75% while increasing fundraising revenue 358%.
North Point Advisors
David founded North Point Advisors in 2004 with the mission to create value for its clients by providing exceptional mergers and acquisitions advice and services. Since its founding, North Point has advised on over 100 transactions representing over $20 billion in transaction value and has become the leading M&A advisory firm to the consumer industry. At North Point, David has represented many industry-leading brands including Landry’s, Jimmy John’s, Teavana, Starbucks, Peanuts, Massage Envy, Taco Bell, Papa John’s, Edible Arrangements, Snap Fitness and Kosta Browne Winery.
David has spent over two decades of his career as an M&A advisor. Prior to founding North Point Advisors, he led M&A divisions for each of Piper Jaffray & Co, Merrill Lynch and Bank of America/Montgomery Securities. Additionally, David practiced law with Cravath, Swaine, and Moore in New York and London, where he specialized in mergers and acquisitions. He also worked as a consultant for Arthur Andersen and Company. David obtained a B.S. with honors from St. Louis University and earned his J.D. with honors from Georgetown University. He lives in Sonoma County, California with his wife Heidi and their two children, Hayley and Alec.
A force to be reckoned with, Heidi is a serial entrepreneur and has created and operated five companies in the consumer space: FX Wave (electronics), Sofspin (personal care), tWibbles (toy), Teavana (as a retail franchisee) and Jimmy John’s (as a restaurant franchisee). Heidi has appeared on television interviews, QVC, and in magazines like Good Housekeeping. She currently owns eight Jimmy John’s restaurants in the greater Tacoma, Washington area.
Heidi was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota and grew up near Lake Minnetonka. She attended Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, and left college her junior year to join her father’s business as a sales representative for electronic components.
A devoted mother to Hayley (18) and Alec (16) and wife to Dave, Heidi has instilled a deep love of nature and animals into her family. The Jacquin’s have shared their home in Santa Rosa with all manner of pets from horses to hamsters and everything in between. Heidi is an avid skier and equestrian and enjoys travel, art, gardening, and books. It has been a lifelong dream to create an animal sanctuary where all types of animals can be cared for.
Harry D. ‘Hal’ Koch
High Energy Advisors
Originally from Omaha, Nebraska Hal graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in Finance. He joined his family’s business, Harry A. Koch Co. in 1983. One of the top 50 insurance agencies in the country, his career at Koch involved managing surety bonds (financial guarantees), contractor property and casualty insurance, and equity portfolios. Hal’s advancement within the company culminated in his becoming CEO in 1992. He led Koch Co. until its sale in 2004.
Hal is the Equity Manager and trustee for the extended Koch Family Trust. From 1992 until 2004, Hal also served on the board of the Food Bank of Nebraska, a nonprofit organization with an operating budget of $2,000,000 annually. In 2002, Hal was elected Board Chair and oversaw the work in both South Dakota and Nebraska, managing the funding efforts for the Food Bank and ensuring funding for its ultimate move to a new facility.
For the past 15 years, Hal has been a resident of Sonoma County. He established High Energy Advisors, LLC in 2008 and, as the sole member, builds equity portfolios for his clientele. Although not accepting new clients, he is currently managing over $50M in assets. Hal is registered with FINRA, California Department of Business Oversight, and the Nebraska Banking and Securities Bureau.