Our Volunteer Staff
Meet Our Co-FoundersKent Weber, Co-Founder and Executive Director
Kent has spent the past three decades as an experiential educator working to provide a home for rescued animals. His patience and skill as a teacher have benefited thousands of volunteers and visitors over the years. He is the main spokesperson for the traveling Ambassador Wolf Program and has inspired countless people to care. Kent has profound architectural knowledge from his background in construction management and applies this knowledge to making the sanctuary sustainable through solar power and passive solar design. Kent wears many different hats at the sanctuary. You might find him in the Mission: Wolf tool shop teaching new volunteers how to build something for the first time, talking about group psychology to a bunch of high school students, or explaining wolf-dog regulations to someone on the phone. During the summer, the one hat you can count on him wearing almost every day is his cowboy hat.
Tracy Ane Brooks, Co-Founder and President
With over two decades experience working with wolves and horses, Tracy oversees animal care at the sanctuary. She understands animal behavior and has developed gentle handling techniques that are truly her own. Tracy teaches interested Mission: Wolf staff how to use body language to communicate with wolves and horses. As the primary Ambassador Wolf leader, she has developed successful handling techniques for the captive Ambassador Wolves to help them be calm and happy in public, unnatural and new environments. Tracy is currently developing a wolf/horse body language teaching program at the sanctuary, using positive interactions between people and animals as an educational and therapeutic tool. She published a book about her work, entitled A Walk in Connection. An accomplished artist, Tracy has raised money for the sanctuary from sales of her artwork.
Meet Our StaffMike Gaarde
Mike is a self-proclaimed happy hippie who just loves wolves. He came to Mission: Wolf in September 2013 and is our Animal Caretaker. Mike's bonus charisma points and excitement for our mission makes him a driving force on our staff. When he's not working with the wolves, Mike can be found helping out with construction, being artsy fartsy, or eating his strict diet of ketchup, cheese, and tortillas. In his free time, Mike likes to ride his dirt bike, be silly, and go snowboarding. He is the point person at Mission: Wolf, and much like the wolf, Mike is always striving to be mindful, aware, and knowledgeable of the world around him.
Megan first visited Mission: Wolf with a Rice University service group in 2014, and she came back as soon as she could to be a long-term volunteer. With her strong organizational skills and calm demeanor, Megan is a great addition to our community. You can usually find her in the office, making sure daily operations and finances are being tended to, or outside working and educating visitors and groups.
John has been working with animals in a sanctuary environment since the year 2000, and brings great experience and perspective to Mission: Wolf. Along with being an avid voice for the wolves, he has been internationally published and won awards for his photography. At the refuge, you may find John patiently trying to catch the essence of our resident wolf Arrow through his camera lens, or in the staff building jamming on a guitar! John's welcoming nature and buddhist philosophy always makes the wolves and staff feel secure and cared for.
Austin has taken on revamping our education programs at Mission: Wolf. Spreading knowledge about the wolf and its vital role in our ecosystem brings him great joy, as well as creating a cohesive environment among the staff. If you don't find Austin giving attention to our resident wolf Soleil, you can hear him advocate for worker's rights, be a lover of basketball, an enthusisast of odd reptiles, and a man of books. He has degrees in sociology and philosophy and plans on going to graduate school to study the relationship between modern society and wildness.
Board of Directors
Mission: Wolf operates with a board of five directors that oversee the work Mission: Wolf does, ensuring that our mission is being executed and that we adhere to our values. The board of directors set priorities and expectations for on site animal care needs, and works to assure all licenses, permits, insurance and other legal requirements are in order. Most directors own adjacent land to buffer the refuge from encroaching development. For more information about our Board, please contact us directly.
Webmaster - Jeff Wagner
Trouble with the website? Suggestions for further resources? Jeff is an outdoor educator and environmental activist in addition to serving as a longtime Mission: Wolf staff member, and still works regularly on the website. You can contact him via his personal environmental website.