Our Board of Directors

12043186_10153757132610681_7540957781140159585_nGentry Leonard – President. [gentry@wolvesofsaintfrancis.org]. Gentry’s interest in animals began at a very early age. He majored in psychology at Texas A&M University with an emphasis on ethology (animal behavior). He has interned at the St. Louis Zoo studying zebra breeding and herding behavior, and at the International Exotic Animal Sanctuary in Boyd, Texas. While his day-to-day job unfortunately doesn’t involve animals, his time spent at Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary is the highlight of his week.

Drew Bennett – Treasurer. [drew@wolvesofsaintfrancis.org]. A lifelong animal lover, Drew has been a volunteer at SFWS since 2006. He joined the Board in 2014. Drew runs the fundraising and sponsorship programs at SFWS, and has developed the volunteer training and tour presentation programs, as well as contributed to the development of the animals’ nutrition program.

Jill Philipson – Secretary. [jill@wolvesofsaintfrancis.org]. Jill moved to The Woodlands, Texas in 1999, following a successful career as a television director and editor for the Boston PBS television station, WGBH. She began volunteering at SFWS in 2008, joined the Board in 2010, and has served as Secretary since 2012. She has helped to oversee many sanctuary projects including the construction of a new building to house the gift shop, kitchen, and office; and co-chairing the annual Open Day fundraiser.

mattMatthew Smith. Matthew graduated from Texas A&M University with a Bachelor of Science in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences with a focus on Wildlife Ecology. While at A&M he worked directly under wolf biologist Dr. Jane Packard. Matthew is a level III certified tracker, and has frequently traveled to different parts of Texas honing his experience at tracking and identifying wildlife based upon animal behavior, tracks, and scat. He has also volunteered for Texas Parks and Wildlife. Matthew started volunteering at Saint Francis Wolf Sanctuary in 2012 and joined the Board in 2016. He currently works as a Wildlife Biologist with Wildernex LLC.

Kati Krouse. Kati comes to the Board with over 20 years of zoo, sanctuary, and vet tech experience. She majored in Veterinary Technology and minored in Wildlife Management and Natural Resources at Purdue. Prior to moving to Texas she was the Assistant Sanctuary Manager at Black Pine Animal Sanctuary in Albion, Indiana. In working with exotics and wildlife in captive settings her main focus is their physical and mental well being.

Kimberly Kepler. [kim@wolvesofsaintfrancis.org]. Kimberly has a profound love of animals and a background in Biology and Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Texas A&M University that led her to SFWS. She works as a paramedic, and uses those skills to help with ensure safety at the sanctuary.

Tyler Kirchoff.