Roy grew up in rural Ohio and spent summers baling hay and working in the steel mills. He graduated from Ohio University where he discovered he would not be making a living as an athlete and decided he had better apply his efforts in other areas if he was ever to leave the nest. He spent the next 40 years in the Nestle Foods organization and gained experience in Marketing and Sales. He was a VP and then a General Manager in Health Care and was involved in a number of acquisition investigations. Roy finished his career as the Vice President of a multi-functional national sales team.
“All this experience has served to provide me a firm understanding of the business process and of organizational dynamics. My wife and I have always lived with animals and currently enjoy running a small ark containing horses, birds, and dogs. One of our dogs, Sundance, is a wolfdog and he sparked our interest in the welfare of the wolves and wolfdogs. Sundance has opened my eyes to the special nature of these wonderful animals. The work we do will not only help preserve the wolves in our future but will also benefit mankind for years to come!”
TED DEFOREST, TREASURER
National Finance Manager, Nestle
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Diana was born and raised in New York where she spent her early childhood growing up in the Catskill Mountains, a pristine place where she loved to explored nature. She later received her degree in Organic Chemistry, becoming a certified Senior Flavor Chemist for over 20 years. After retiring from her career, Diana and her husband Roy relocated to Ohio where she became a wildlife rehabilitator at Penitentiary Glen Nature Center for four years. “It was both rewarding, enlightening and heart-breaking. I learned much from that experience, but mostly, I learned how animals can suffer at the hands of humans. It was a hard and valuable lesson.”
Diana has also been a Shamanic Practitioner and Ceremonial Artist for many years, having studied with many well-respected Native American Elders and Shamans including the Quechua Shamans of Peru. She is an adopted member of the Wolf Clan Teaching Lodge, and has studied with the late Grandmother Twyla Nitsch, who was then, the Leader and Elder of of the Seneca Wolf Clan. Diana’s work has been exhibited in art galleries, nature centers, and schools in the Midwest.
Diana has always loved the outdoors and loved animals. She has loved, and lived with, several breeds of dogs but the breed that called to her the most was the Siberian Husky. She loved and respected their independence and the “wildness” they possess, but the most outstanding part of her life has been living with her wolfdog, Sundance.
“He has taught me much; not only about wolf behavior and the great responsibility of caring for such a creature, but also about myself. He has changed my life for the better. It only furthers my passion to save and protect one of Nature’s most important predators, and ecological asset, the wolf. This is why I’m so proud and fortunate to be a part of this wonderful organization.”