Think Wild Staff
Michelle van Hilten
Michelle leads community outreach, education, conservation and key relationship and partnership initiatives for Think Wild.
“I am passionate about the Think Wild mission! Education and community cooperation around prevention and conservation bring real impact and results, as our High Desert wildlife encounters the increasing pressures of our regional growth. Helping people understand how their everyday choices might harm, or could help, our High Desert wildlife is what I look forward to each day!”
Michelle is a native Central Oregonian and graduate of OSU-Cascades with a Bachelor of Science in Outdoor Leadership and Tourism, and a Minor in Spanish.
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Karon's education includes a BS and MS in Science, and a J.D. in Law from the University of Oregon. She spent 37 years as a criminal prosecutor, 13 years as Deputy District Attorney for Multnomah County, 25 years as an Assistant U.S. Attorney, for the Districts of Guam and the Northern Mariana Islands. She has been a Sierra Club member since 1983, is also member of the Nature Conservancy, World Wildlife Fund, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation and more - she is passionate about the welfare of wildlife.
In Guam Karon wrote the animal cruelty, dog fighting and euthanasia technician laws for this island state, secured the management of the animal shelter for Guam Animals In Need, the Guam Humane Society.
Her specialties including prosecuting environmental and wildlife crimes, including shark finning, drift netting, turtle poaching, fruit bat poaching, and CITES treaty violations.
Terri serves as the Budget Development and Reporting Manager at OSU-Cascades where she's responsible for institutional research, data analysis, and budgeting for the institution’s Education & General funds, Foundation accounts, and capital projects. She has an MBA and over 20 years of experience with financial planning & analysis in both higher education and corporate environments.
Previously Terri was a Financial Analyst for North American facilities operations and capital construction at Symantec Corporation and was the Finance Manager at University of Oregon School of Law.
She has a passion for animals and finds being of service to them through volunteering extremely rewarding.
Dr. Jaime Thurk, DVM
Dr. Thurk was born in rural Wisconsin and grew up on a Dairy farm where her love of animals has grown into her life-long dream of becoming a Veterinarian. Dr. Thurk received her Bachelor of Science degree in Marine biology at Texas A&M University and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Ross University in 2009. She completed her one year clinical rotation at Washington State University.
Dr. Thurk’s areas of interest are preventive medicine, natural nutrition and supplementation, avian/exotic medicine, surgery and dentistry. Her priority is to maintain the highest ethical and medical standards at her veterinary practice East Bend Animal Hospital, in Bend.
Reese advocates for animals large and small – their welfare and their environments – with a variety of rescue and animal advocacy organizations around the country, serving in different volunteer and non-profit board member capacities.
Reese’s background in finance, marketing, technology and corporate real estate with large corporations and small startups brings a well-rounded, thoughtful approach to serving Think Wild’s organizational needs.