WHO WE ARE

Susan Doelger, Trustee
Susan Doelger grew up in a household filled with animals. Over the years, her family rescued all kinds of animals - cats, dogs, monkeys, a rabbit, a pigeon and even a deer.

photo of Trustee Susan Doelger

Thelma Doelger, Susan's mother, died in 1983. The trust she had formed, the Thelma Doelger Charitable Trust, continued to make donations to local organizations consistent with the wishes of her husband, Henry Doelger, but did not donate a large percentage to animal charities.

Susan became concerned that animal-related organizations were not receiving support from the Charitable Trust in proportion to her mother's fervent desire to help all animals. In 1999, a legal settlement divided the original trust into two trusts. Susan stepped into the role of primary Trustee for the newly formed Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals.

Susan Doelger's studies in anthropology and her 15 years of experience on the boards of the Charitable Trust and other organizations served her well in the new role. She believes the mission of the Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals embodies her mother's vision of a resource in perpetuity for the causes she held so dear. Susan's personal love of all creatures and her understanding of the balance of nature has informed the Thelma Doelger Trust for Animals in its endeavors to support companion animals, wild animals and farmed animals, in recognition of the interdependence of all life on earth.



Margaret K. Burks, Trustee
photo of Trustee Margaret K. Burks Peggy Burks has over twenty-five years of non-profit management experience. She served as executive director of the San Francisco Zoological Society from 1978 - 1996, and of The Marine Mammal Center from 1996 - 2000. She currently consults on strategic fundraising and organizational development.

Her background in wildlife rescue, rehabilitation and animal care includes particular interest in conservation education and ocean health. Peggy has served on numerous advisory boards and task forces including the Oiled Wildlife Care Network, the Joint Use Task Force for Environmental Review of Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plants and the Salmonid/Pinniped Interaction Working Group. She has always shared her home with animals and has two SPCA cats - Pearl and Ludwig.



Paul M. Gordon, Trustee photo of Trustee Paul M. Gordon
Paul graduated from UC Berkeley in 1974 with a B.A. in English Literature. After obtaining a J.D. degree from Boalt Hall in 1977, Paul practiced law for 30 years in San Francisco and Oakland, California. Paul is married and has two adult children.





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