Dr. Byron Maas, Board Member, President

dr._maasDr. Byron Maas has been practicing for over 20 years in companion animal medicine and surgery and is the owner of Bend Veterinary Clinic. He co-founded the Bend Spay and Neuter Project and has spent time serving on both the Board of Directors for the Humane Society of Central Oregon and Bend Spay and Neuter Project as Board President.

Joined August 2016


Reese Mercer, Board Member, Secretary

ReeseReese advocates for animals large and small – their welfare and their environments – with a variety of rescue and animal advocacy organizations around the country, serving in different volunteer and non-profit board member capacities.

Reese’s background in finance, marketing, technology and corporate real estate with large corporations and small startups brings a well-rounded, thoughtful approach to serving High Desert Wildlife’s organizational needs.

Joined August 2016

J. Michael Rockett, JD, Board Member


Mike Rockett has practiced environmental and corporate law for 21 years.  He graduated from Dartmouth College with a B.A. in Economics, and received his J.D. from Lewis and Clark Law School, magna cum laude, where he also served as Editor-in-Chief of the legal journal “Environmental Law.”

Following law school, Mr. Rockett was a Trial Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and San Francisco, where he prosecuted civil cases to enforce U.S. environmental laws.  Mr. Rockett then became a Senior Associate with the law firm of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman in San Francisco, where he focused on corporate compliance with environmental laws and obtaining permits and approvals for development of large energy and environmental projects.

He is currently Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel of InEnTec Inc., a renewable energy company with proprietary gasification technology that converts all types of waste materials into fuels and other useful products.

Joined September 2016

Caroline Read-Mullins, Board Member

board bio carolineCaroline owes her passion for wildlife to her mother, who had dedicated her life to helping injured and orphaned animals. As a young girl, she and her mother would volunteer at the Lindsay Wildlife Museum. Sundays they would religiously spend hours caring for baby birds, raccoons, opossums, grey foxes and many other species. She was taught the importance of giving a voice to those that did not have one. Raising and successfully releasing animals back into their native habitat was the most rewarding part of her volunteer experience.

After graduating from the University of Puget Sound, Caroline spent more days with Lindsay Wildlife Museum, this time as a staff member of their Live Collections team. Her role included: management of the volunteers, overseeing the animals’ diets, their enrichment, and the cleaning of their enclosures. With this enriching, rewarding experience as a part of The Lindsay’s success, Caroline – now living in Central Oregon – appreciates the opportunity bring her skills and training to the High Desert Wildlife organization.

Joined May 2016

Board Advisors:

Jeannette Bonomo, Co-Founder
Jim Anderson, Naturalist
Karon Johnson, Attorney

Founders:  Dr. Jeff Cooney and Jeannette Bonomo

We’re grateful to High Desert Wildlife founders who in 2013 had the vision, passion and drive to establish the organization to serve the wildlife and people of the high desert community.  Without whom, the organization and the facility would have not been possible.