Animal Wonder's Board of Directors
Jessi Knudsen Castañeda
Founder and Executive Director
Jessi spends her days caring for and training the animal residents and giving presentations. She takes care of the business end of the organization though she prefers to spend her time in the company of the animals.
Founder and Assistant Director
Augusto keeps himself busy caring for the animals and giving presentations. He spends any extra time researching new and better ways to improve the animal's nutrition and overall care.
Katherine brings knowledge and experience with wild animal rescue and rehabilitation to the Board. Her compassion for animals and nature drives her enthusiasm to grow Animal Wonders in new directions.
Sara's excitement for science and education is contagious! Her experience as a volunteer and working as a program coordinator for a science education organization brings passion and energy to the Board.
Caitlin is a deep well of creativity, innovative ideas, and organizational skills. We're fortunate to have her advocating for Animal Wonders' growth and stability as an organization.
Juan gives Animal Wonders a fresh point of view because he is not part of the animal world. He also helps the organization with any legal questions. Juan's children help Animal Wonders by giving their unique point of view about the presentations.
Dr. Cynthia Stringfield, DVM
Animal Care Advisor
Dr. Stringfield is an exotic animal veterinarian. She has cared for animals at the Los Angeles Zoo, Santa Barbara Zoo, and America's Teaching Zoo. Dr. Stringfield provides knowledge and experience of best care practices for captive exotic animals. She helps keep the animal residents healthy and happy.