Dr. Judy's career in veterinary medicine started in 1979 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Having grown up in the Midwest, he ventured to Southern California after graduating to begin his practice which included companion animals and exotic and equine medicine. Currently, he serves companion animals exclusively and holds membership to CVMA, AVMA, and SDCVMA. He also serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Lions Tigers and Bears, a non-profit organization serving neglected and abandoned exotics.
Dr. Judy has remained steadfast in his ethos - dedication to the well-being of animals - by frequently attending continuing education seminars beyond the required state board minimums and seeking out the latest technology to benefit his patients.
When not working with animals, Dr. Judy likes to spend time with his wife, their cat Skunk, and four dogs, two Golden Doodles, Bugs and Lola, a Pom-Tzu, Georgie, and a Terrier mix, Tinkerbell, at their home away from home near Lake Tahoe. Presently, he is taking guitar, bass, and vocal lessons, so once he retires, he fully intends to become a rockstar.
Debby has been a fundraising professional for more than 25 years. After graduating with a BA in Psychology from San Diego State, her love for animals lead her to work with several animal organizations in San Diego County, including Helen Woodward Animal Center and San Diego Humane Society. She has now firmly planted herself and her expertise at Lions Tigers & Bears.
She met Lions Tigers & Bears's Founder, Bobbi Brink, back in 2003 when the sanctuary was just beginning. Her dream was to someday work at Lions Tigers & Bears with Bobbi Brink. Her dream is a reality and she is very excited to be a part of the Lions Tigers & Bears team!
Lisa comes to us from The San Diego Museum of Art where she was the Associate Director of Donor Relations and Prospect Research and former Membership Manager. With 25 years of experience in nonprofits and an MA in Arts Administration and Management, Lisa has worked for The San Diego Humane Society, A.R.T.S.- A Reason to Survive, PAWS, East County Performing Arts Center and volunteered at the El Cajon Animal Shelter. A jack of all trades in the nonprofit world, she has developed award-winning education programs in the arts, written grants and actively fundraised, been in charge of operations, logistics, box office management, events and database services.
Lisa became a volunteer of Lions Tigers & Bears on the spot at our very first fundraiser at the ranch. Bobbi had invited her as a guest and she ended up jumping in to help sell T-shirts! Lisa lives with her cat, dog, parrot and husband, Tim. In her limited spare time, she enjoys hiking, gardening and sitting in her hot tub afterwards! As a musician, she loves to listen to music and considers lions roaring, music to her ears.
Tina has been a southern California resident the majority of her life. She joined Lions Tigers & Bears in November 2018 to assist with the many tasks and duties that need tending to around the sanctuary. From setting up our White Oak retreat for guests, to helping maintain our offices, surgical suite and gift shop, to helping with purchasing and other administrative duties - she does it all! Tina's favorite aspects of working at Lions Tigers & Bears are learning something new every day, and making a difference in the rescued animals lives.
Darby, a Chicago native, has been working with large carnivores since 2012. After earning his B.S. in Biology from Millikin University, he has pursued animal care opportunities across the country. Having worked for five accredited facilities in four states, Darby is looking to call San Diego home! He has a wide variety of animal care experience including working with reptiles, primates, birds of prey, and hoof stock - however Darby has specialized in wolves and big cats, as they are his passion! Darby's favorite thing about being apart of the Lions Tigers & Bears family is directly impacting the livelihood of the animals and seeing their improvement firsthand. Usually considering himself a "tiger guy", it is our shy cougar, Conrad, that Darby has become fond of during his time at Lions Tigers & Bears.