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A mechanical engineer and manager by trade, Jack retired from his last loved position as director of the largest piano restoration facility in Los Angeles in 2014 and moved to Tucson. Already an accomplished pianist, Jack’s first goal in retirement was to challenge himself even further ( But even with this new goal of becoming a better piano player, he quickly realized he had many more hours of free time to fill and began looking for volunteer opportunities.

By chance, he happened to be watching the evening news one night when he saw a segment highlighting the Tucson Wildlife Center. As a lifelong champion of animal welfare, Jack realized getting involved with TWC was for him. His first volunteer position was weighing and cleaning enclosures for songbirds and small mammals in the Orphanage. “After two weeks in the Orphanage, I was asked if I would be willing to help organize TWC’s vast collection of photos and was given the title of Photo Asset Manager (which I maintain to this day). Shortly afterwards, I took over the role of Volunteer Coordinator and in 2016 I joined TWC’s Board of Directors as Board Secretary.”

For Jack, his favorite aspect of volunteering at TWC is having the opportunity to meet and interact with other volunteers and staff who share a common dedication to wildlife rehabilitation. “After working with TWC’s Executive Director Lisa Bates for so many years, I can honestly say that every decision she makes is what she feels is best for the animal.”

As a largely volunteer-run wildlife center, Tucson Wildlife Center is proud to recognize Jack as an invaluable member of our dedicated team, and we thank him for his continued service (over 1,000 volunteer hours so far in 2022)!

Caring for sick, injured, and orphaned wildlife requires a collaborative network of rehabilitators, volunteers, and caring citizens. If you would like to aid TWC’s efforts, please consider volunteering by contacting or making a donation by clicking this link

And just a quick reminder … for all who might happen to shop online at Amazon, please shop through AmazonSmile and register Tucson Wildlife Center as your designated Charity. We appreciate it, as will all the wild animals in Southern Arizona!

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