VIEW was launched in 2012 in response to the immediate needs of the Nepal conservation community to address the health issues of their endangered wildlife.  VIEW was granted tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) status in February 2014 by the US Internal Revenue Service.

VIEW is a non-profit conservation organization, governed by a board of directors, comprised of veterinary medicine and conservation professionals, each of whom volunteers their time and expertise to further VIEW’s mission.


Board of Directors


Deborah McCauley | Founder & Executive Director


Dr. McCauley is a wildlife veterinarian and founded VIEW in response to the growing threat of disease transmitted by domestic animals and humans to endangered wildlife.  

Dr. McCauley has been extensively involved with wildlife disease surveillance, wildlife capture and immobilization, field surgery, field research, disease prevention and response. She has participated in wildlife field capture in North America, Africa and Asia and has worked with wildlife organizations including the Wildlife Conservation Society, Montana Fish Wildlife and Parks, and ZooMontana.  

 In Nepal, she has worked in collaboration with Nepal’s Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation, and the National Trust for Nature Conservation to help develop a disease surveillance and wildlife health program with an emphasis on saving endangered wildlife and training local wildlife professionals.  For her work in Nepal, she was awarded the Ashoka Fellow* in 2018 for helping to build a sustainable wildlife health initiative in Nepal that can be replicated globally.  In Spring 2019, Dr. McCauley also received the Emily Couric Women’s Leadership Award, which acknowledges exceptional women for leadership in their community and in their field.

 *Ashoka selects the world´s leading social entrepreneurs as Ashoka Fellows.





Gretchen Kaufman | Founder & Associate Director


Dr. Kaufman is a wildlife veterinarian and One Health educator. She holds adjunct faculty appointments at both Washington State and Tufts Universities. In her previous position as Director of the Tufts Center for Conservation Medicine, she led the development and launch of the unique Master’s Program in Conservation Medicine. Dr. Kaufman has conducted international veterinary medical research and service projects in Nepal since 2001. She works with the Nepal veterinary community, the national veterinary school at the Institute for Agriculture and Animal Science (IAAS) and various animal welfare institutions to promote dog sterilization and rabies vaccination in the country. She also collaborates with Elephant Care International, the National Trust for Nature Conservation (Nepal), and the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Conservation (Nepal) on various wildlife health research and capacity building projects.

Dr. Kaufman shares the values of VIEW, focusing on the critical need for inclusion of wildlife health in endangered species conservation efforts and the need to seek sustainable solutions to global health challenges facing the world today.  She strongly defends the protection of biodiversity as a fundamental key to the health of the planet and all life that benefits from it and continues to pursue and support the practice of conservation medicine.


Dennis J. Keller


Dennis J. Keller is Chairman of the Smithsonian National Board, Co-Founder and Retired Chairman and CEO of DeVry Education Group, and currently serves as Director Emeritus and Senior Advisor.  Keller co-founded Keller Graduate School of Management in 1973, and served as Chairman and CEO until 2004 and Chairman until he retired in 2008.  He is a member of the National Board of the Smithsonian Institution.  He is Vice Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Chicago, and co-chairman of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Leadership Council.  Keller is Chairman of the Board of the Mpala Wildlife Foundation, Chairman of the Equity Group Foundation, serves as a trustee of the U.S. Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation and is a director of VIEW – Veterinary Initiative for Endangered Wildlife.

 Keller is a former director of Nicor Inc. and Ryerson Inc., former vice-chairman of the board of trustees at Princeton University, former Vice Chairman of the Chicago Zoological Society (Brookfield Zoo) and former Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the African Wildlife Foundation.  In 1963, Keller received his undergraduate degree in economics from Princeton University and a master’s degree in business administra­tion in 1968 from the University of Chicago.  He is a resident of Oak Brook, Illinois, is married and has three sons and eight grandchildren. 

Katherine Grass

Managing Partner and Founder of Sharp Wire Partners:  SHARP WIRE PARTNERS helps corporations and startups connect to innovation and investment with a practical approach:  Connect to the right customers, think about business and strategic aims, design winning programs, attract investments and turn ideas into a successful growth business.

Managing Director at Thayer Ventures:  Thayer Ventures is focused on emerging technology companies in the Travel and Transportation space.  Katherine was recently Global Head of Innovation and Director, Amadeus Ventures at Amadeus IT Group, leading external research, trends and insight practices for Amadeus as well as the organization’s venture fund. In addition, Katherine focused on aligning external innovation trends and behaviors to drive corporate strategy and align internal innovation initiatives. Katherine also managed Amadeus Ventures, a venture fund focusing on minority-stake investments in early-stage companies, ensuring that equity investments align with innovation and strategy. Katherine serves on VIEW’s European Board and is an advisor for VIEW, focusing on strategic presentation.  Katherine and her family live in Madrid, Spain.

Heidi Sonen 

 Heidi is a native of Pennsylvania and grew up on a farm with appreciation of nature and the great outdoors.  After earning a degree in meteorology from Penn State, Heidi worked as a television meteorologist for ten years before returning to a Penn State faculty position with the Weather Communications Group.  In 1994, she co-founded Global Market Math which designs quantitative forecast models for financial markets.  Heidi strongly believes in science and that data, not ideology, is the best path to the elusive answers of science.  She was drawn to volunteer with VIEW because of it’s important mission and unique approach to wildlife conservation.

Team Members and Volunteers

Dr. Virginia Stout

Dr. Stout is a veterinarian with experience in wildlife capture, field surgery, research, and disease surveillance. She has worked in many different environments, including sites across the U.S., Canada and Nepal. She currently contracts with VIEW, and the US Fish and Wildlife Service, Wildlife Health Office. She graduated from Auburn University Veterinary School and has a Masters of Conservation Medicine from Tufts University. She is the Bozeman, Montana representative for VIEW.



Advancement Advisory Council 

Kat Imhoff

Senior Conservation Fellow for Piedmont Environmental Council in Virginia and former State Director for The Nature Conservancy in Montana.

Marshall Field

Fifth generation of a Chicago family whose activities have included merchandising, real estate, publishing, communications and civic affairs. Field has a strong interest in conservation.

Natalie Orfalea

Deeply involved in philanthropy for over 30 years, providing vision, inspiration, and strategy behind her family foundations’ initiatives. Her focus is on global and community health, environmental conservation and education, leadership development, social justice, and documentary films.

Karen Kress

Former president of the Yellowstone Park Foundation, has over 40 years of experience in nonprofit management and resource development.

Dennis Keller

Heidi Sonen

Dr. Deborah McCauley

Scientific Advisory Council

 Tierra Smiley Evans, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Tierra Smiley Evans is a wildlife veterinarian and epidemiologist. She has worked in Uganda, Rwanda, Nepal and Myanmar on projects involving wildlife health monitoring, diagnostic development and veterinary capacity strengthening. Dr. Smiley Evans received her bachelors of science from Santa Clara University, her doctorate in veterinary medicine and post-graduate certificate in veterinary medicine from Tufts University and PhD in wildlife epidemiology from the University of California Davis. She is a Fulbright scholar and has taught veterinary and wildlife management students at Makerere University in Uganda.


Colin Gillin, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Colin Gillin is the state wildlife veterinarian for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife. He is also a past-president of the American Association of Wildlife Veterinarians and is Chair for the U.S. Animal Health Association Committee on Wildlife Diseases.  He also chairs several wildlife health working groups for the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies.  Colin graduated from the University of Wyoming and Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.


Raina Plowright, Scientific Advisor

Dr. Plowright is an infectious disease ecologist, epidemiologist, and wildlife veterinarian.  She received her veterinary degree in Australia, and worked as a domestic animal and wildlife veterinarian in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, and Antarctica. She did a Ph.D. in Ecology and M.S. in Epidemiology at the University of California, Davis and a postdoc at the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics at Pennsylvania State University.  She is currently the Assistant Professor at the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Montana State University. 


Dr. Mark Drew

Former Idaho Fish and Game State Wildlife Veterinarian for over 20 years.



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