Our Board Members

DeAnn W. Executive Director -  de@bird-haven.org 

I can’t even IMAGINE life without my birds. I have always had animals, ever since I  was a young child. We’ve had mice, rabbits, dogs, cats, turtles, ferrets, horses…. I even had a bird but not until I was an adult did I find my TRUE PASSION. I just love them. My first birds as an adult were cockatiel. At the time we got them I  really started seeing my interest in them in a whole new light.

Through my reading and research, I realized just how many were being abused and treated unfairly. I realized that we (people in general) had taken these birds out of their natural habitat, and unfairly locked them up. We tried to fit them into “our world” instead of letting them be as God created them to be: FREE. It was at that time that I decided I needed to do something about it. Wings of Love Bird Haven, Inc. was established for the purpose of taking in these abused, sick and needy birds. We also strive hard to educate the public on what it takes to keep a bird "healthy and happy".

DeAnn and her husband Stanley have known each other since DeAnn was 1 year old and have been married for 36 years. They have 3 grown children and six  grandchildren. Her favorite pass-time truly is spending it with birds. In her "away from the birds time" she enjoys fellowship with friends and family, spending time with her grandchildren,  interpreting and teaching ASL classes, learning and using Essential oils and helping people understand how to get and remain "healthy", and reading Christian books. She is an avid researcher; loves to dig deep into research on many different subjects.

Cindy L. cindy@bird-haven.org 

Cindy joined the Haven board over nine years ago. Cindy's primary role at the Haven is to design and supply marketing materials. In addition, she occasionally performs local home checks.  Cindy and her husband, Chad, currently have four parrots and one rabbit. The current flock includes Lulu (Cockatiel), Butters (Patagonian Conure), Dusty (Sulphur Crested Cockatoo) and Cali (DuCorps Cockatoo). All but Lulu were adopted from WOL Bird Haven. Butters has been with her for nearly ten years and the Cockatoos for almost six. Cindy and Chad also help at large events and are regular Haven donors to the Haven.

Cindy's primary position at the Haven is to design all of our flyers, brochures, business cards, etc.   She also does local home checks. Having worked in marketing and design for more than 12 years, she uses that experience to help us with things we need done .

 

Debbie S. - debbie@bird-haven.org debbie boardmember1

Debbie’s position at the Haven, although mostly an “in the background” job has benefited us immensely. Debbie has spent many hours working on updating files for us and has also helped a lot with research that needs to be done in different situations… including but not limited to items we want donated, companies who might be willing to sponsor us with funding, grant research, and more. She also comes down  (she lives in Oklahoma so not really close by) each time we have large events and spends several days helping with these. Debbie is currently helping us design and order new Tshirts for the Haven. She has and will continue to be a huge help here at the Haven.

 

Jon C. - Jon@bird-haven.org 

Jon C. Joined the Haven board in Jan 2015 after volunteering with us for several months. He not only helps us with many of the online networking responsibilities but also is willing to help with emergency bird situations any time something comes up. He fosters for us on a regular basis and has also adopted an African Grey from the Haven as well. He currently has 3 birds of his own; Bunny- the African Grey, Charlie the Goffins Cockatoo and a Lovebird named Trouble. Jon is also faithful to continue to come to Haven workdays each month.

Jon is married to Missy and they have 2 children, both of whom are very involved in their own activities. Their son (age 10) is involved in boy scouts and is a handful that keep them both hopping much of the time. We are very grateful for Jon and his willingness to do all he does to help the Haven.

 

Missy C. - Missy@bird-haven.org 

Missy C. joined The Haven in June of 2015 as the Secretary after volunteering for almost a year. She takes care of our newsletter as well as other items we need written and sent out. She is currently working with 1 of our Fosters and has already helped with finding several others their forever homes.

Missy is also the Troop Leader for Rowlett Girl Scouts Troop 9311, Treasurer for Rowlett Girl Scouts Service Unit 147 and works full time as a Project Manager with the same company for 20 years. She currently has 3 birds,(Bunny- African Grey, Charlie-Goffin and Trouble- Lovebird), 3 dogs (Layla, Maverick and Rocky) and a fish whose name changes weekly. She is married to Jon C. and they have 2  very busy kids; a 17 year old daughter and a 7 year old son.

 

Lou D. - Lou@bird-haven.org 

Lou D. began volunteering at the Haven in July 2011. Her very first "volunteer job" was to swing a paint brush inside our new toy building. She later joined the Haven board in 2015.

She is owned by Shaka, her late husbands Goffin's Cockatoo and Sinbad and Cleo who are Unbrella Cockatoo's she adopted from the Haven in 2012.

Lou began working part time for the Haven in January 2015. She is always ready and willing to do just about anything we need her to... In her spare time Lou enjoys traveling and hopes to some day get a motor home and travel the country. I'm anxious to see that..especially with 3 Cockatoos. 🙂

Advisory Membership

The below people have graciously volunteer to be "on call" to help answer any questions we have in their area of expertise any time we have an emergency situation that might need them. We are very grateful to have such great knowledge at our "wing-tips".

Dr. Pilar Fish--- DVM
Dr. Dustan Clark--- DVM, PhD
David N. Phalen, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ABVP (Avian)
Lainey A.--- herbs and nutrition for birds
Zahara A. ---Attorney at Law
Andrea R. --- Financial advisor/Tax preparer
Dr. Sharman Hoppes- DVM, Dipl. ABVP (Avian)
Dr. Anna Osofsky- DVM, Dipl.ABVP (Avian)
Terry Traveland--- Legal Advice

 

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