Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors volunteers their time to steer The Fur-Bearers towards a sustainable future. They help to ensure our organization has the adequate resources, proper governance and policies to advance our mission.
Erin Ryan, RPBio (President)
Erin Ryan is a Wild Animal Welfare Specialist with the BC SPCA’s Science & Policy team.Erin is a Registered Professional Biologist who holds a BSc in Applied Biology and an MSc in Applied Animal Biology from the University of British Columbia. Much of her work focuses on urban wildlife, including wildlife and rodent “pest” control. She has experience in research, communications, stakeholder relations, fundraising and event planning. Erin is a proud member of the Syilx nation.
Erin has been a passionate follower of The Fur-Bearers for many years with a shared passion for improving wildlife welfare and ending inhumane trapping. In 2019, she was a co-recipient of the Clements Award for “Outstanding Organization”, awarded to the AnimalKind program.
Ingrid Katzberg (Vice-President)
Ingrid Katzberg is a Martial Arts School owner – Champions Martial Arts Academy Ltd. for 29 years. Upon arriving in Canada from Chile, Ingrid embraced martial arts and that began her journey in competition and finally in opening her own school.
Today, with over 35 years of training and instructing experience and a background in health and fitness, Ingrid continues to teach and mold the future generations of Champions.
Martial Arts holds a special place in Ingrid’s heart but so do animals. As a small child she was always bringing home cats, and dogs in need of love and a good home. Currently she has 14 cats and 2 dogs. They are all rescues and pretty much drive her crazy!
Today she is a proud animal activist and is very proud to be a part of The Fur-Bearers. Ingrid began volunteering with The Fur-Bearers because of what the organization stands for; fighting for fur-bearing animals and educating the public on how to co-exist with them. “I feel so proud to be a part of The Fur-Bearers. I feel complete as a human being when I am volunteering in events that take what we do out into the public”, she says.
Charly Jarrett (Treasurer)
Charly Jarrett splits her time as a Digital and Data Specialist between Veterinarians without Borders and the BC SPCA. She is dedicated to growing the supporter bases of animal welfare organizations through optimizing and implementing digital best practices. With her specialties in social media and e-commerce, Charly brings a wealth of knowledge in current trends that will help Fur-Bearers continue to grow their message and strengthen their financial position.
Charly is passionate about The Fur-Bearers mission and has been following their amazing work for years. She is thrilled to join the team of animal advocates that have been working to save lives.
Anne Carchesio (Secretary)
Bio coming soon.
Dr. Elisabeth Ormandy (Director At Large)
Elisabeth brings a diverse background in animal welfare and ethics, policy change, and nonprofit management to her role as a Board member for The Fur-Bearers. A descendent of the Ormandy “boat people” of northwest England and the Davidson clan of the Scottish Highlands, Elisabeth is grateful to live and conduct her animal advocacy work on the unceded traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation, who provide rich teachings on respect for animals and the environment. In her day-to-day life, Elisabeth is the Director of Research for Animal Charity Evaluators.