Our mission is to build pathways of compassionate coexistence between people and wildlife in the Madrean Archipelago ecoregion through actions of wildlife rehabilitation, education, conservation, scientific, investigative, philanthropic, and charitable pursuits.
Madrean Archipelago Wildlife Center (MAWC) is a non-profit 501(c) (3) Corporation organized solely for charitable purposes pursuant to the Arizona Nonprofit Corporation Act.
Executive Director, President
Kate is a certified veterinary technician, wildlife preservationist, and environmental educator working from her heart and spirit to guide the community to live in right relationship with their wild neighbors.
Living lightly on Mother Earth at Birdland Ranch Wildlife Conservation Area in the Huachuca Mountains with husband Tony Heath and four-leggeds, Tom, Frida, and Billie.
Cynthia is a free spirit with a diverse range of experience and education. She enjoys creating art, gardening & wildlife. Among her most beloved moments is time spent with family and doing “earth-faerie work” with her grandchildren. She endeavors to live in balanced unity with Mother Earth and all of her creatures.
Deb Thompson, Secretary
Clara Lee Arnold, Board Member
Board Member, Fundraising
Lee is a Development Consultant and the owner of Leepoffaith Consulting, LLC. Lee has over 25 years of professional business experience with for-profit and non-profit organizations. Her for-profit experience includes senior level, marketing positions for Citigroup, LG Electronics and Publications International, a world-wide publishing company. As a former Executive Director and Development Director for a local nonprofit, Lee’s experience includes nonprofit operations, fund development, grant writing, planned giving, community outreach, capital campaigns, feasibility studies, board development and event planning. Her broad-based marketing experience includes brand management, social media, digital strategy, public relations, website development and related marketing services. During her tenure, Lee successfully managed a $1,500,000.00 Capital Campaign to fund a new animal shelter.
Lee’s affiliations include:
Humane Society of the United States-Leadership Team, Arizonans for Wildlife Campaign
Board member (Secretary)-Rescue Me Tucson. A collaborative, nonprofit organization partnering
with local animal shelters to shelter, protect and adopt at-risk animals in southern Arizona.
Member, AFP-Association of Fundraising Professionals
Lee is originally from Chicago, Illinois and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Master’s level work in Psychology & Counseling.
Su has a M.A. Communications Science and taught organizational development, program evaluation and grant writing for many years. She worked as a consultant for Band of Lake Superior Ojibwa, County of Bayfield Wisconsin and Chicago Department of Health. Upon retirement, Su became a Licensed Volunteer Humane Officer 2010-2018 in Wisconsin, and a rescue driver for Wild Instincts Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Rhinelander Wisconsin, and a Volunteer Grantwriter and animal care at the Tucson Wildlife Center in Tucson Arizona.
Kelly is retired from Arizona State Parks and Trails. She is a Reiki Master Teacher and healing facilitator for people, animals and the planet. Currently she enjoys living in lovely Camp Verde with her husband Jack and her fur family (5 dogs, 3 cats, 2 horses and 1 burro). I am honored and grateful for this opportunity to assist with the MAWC.
Tony is an artist, conservationist, wildlife advocate, and former professional jazz musician from New York City. Tony is the man "behind the scenes" responsible for designing and documenting our journey at Birdland Ranch in construction, photographs and videos.
Except for this rare photo taken by Kate of Tony, where he finds a great deal of happiness...on his tractor!
Our deep gratitude to Rick Whipple, Graphic Designer, and his students Seoyoung Lee, Susan Bronson, Veronica Toves, and Dan Fortune for the graphic design donations.