Kevin Oliver – Board Chair
Born and raised in Northern California he made spending money by cutting neighbors lawns in the late 1950s for 50 cents a yard, but gas was only 23 cents a gallon at the time. He graduated High School in 1969 and started college right away, while many of his friends joined the military to support the nation’s role in Viet Nam. He enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard in 1971 and spent the next few years as a Corpsman at various search and rescue stations in the U.S. Following his discharge from the military, he tried the nursing field, working in hospital emergency rooms, until he realized he needed to be outside. He started work with Pacific Bell in 1979 and has enjoyed a career in telecommunications for the past 29 years.
Ranny Green – Secretary
Ranny Green was a 36-year member of the Seattle Times staff, before retiring in 2008. During that time, he served as a feature writer and copy editor for both the Newsfeatures and Sports departments. He is former president of the 500-member Dog Writers Association of America, an international writing organization whose members write about all aspects of the canine.
He is a six-time winner of the DWAA’s newspaper columnist of the year award and five times has been selected DWAA newspaper feature writer of the year award. Since retiring from the Seattle Times, he has been dedicated to pet rescue, having been a working journalist and convergent volunteer for two weeks with Noah’s Wish in Slidell, La., immediately post Katrina. He also was involved in pet rescue work following the May 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens in Southwest Washington state.
He has participated in Pasado’s Safe Haven events in the Greater Seattle area and was one of the founders of Dignidad Para Los Perros, a group of a dozen volunteers (he met in Slidell) who conducted a spay-neuter camp and dog-rescue program in San Jose del Cabo, Mexico, with CARE Humane Society, in 2006. Green brought back 18 homeless Mexican street dogs to the Seattle Animal Control shelter on three 2006 trips, all of which were quickly adopted.
He writes monthly feature stories and dog-book reviews for the Seattle Kennel Club (website www.seattlekennelclub.org) and has also written for all of the major pets magazines in the country during his career. He also serves as co-media director at Madison Square Garden for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show each February, helping handle the media credential and interview needs for 600 writers and photographers worldwide who travel to New York to cover the event, America’s second oldest continuous sports event behind the Kentucky Derby. And he is the media director for the major Seattle Kennel Club Dog Show each March in Seattle.
In retirement, he also works as a substitute para educator for a Federal Way, Wash., school district.
He and his wife Mary life in Tacoma, Wash., with their 12-year-old German shepherd, Andy, and 1-year-old Pembroke Welsh Corgi, Magg.
Lisa Couper – Director
Dr. Lisa Couper is one of the newer members of the Board having joined Noah’s Wish late in 2007. Lisa has been practicing veterinary medicine in El Dorado County California since graduating from UC Davis in 1986. She has an ambulatory practice and sees horses, sheep, goats, ranch dogs and cats as well as cattle. In 2007 she became actively in animal disaster response as a stakeholder in the California Animal Response in Emergency System (CARES).
Lisa and her husband Chris have been volunteers with their local Fire Department since 1987. Lisa is currently a captain and in charge of emergency medical training for the department. They reside in Latrobe, California along with their daughter Samantha, cats Tanu and Jagwire and horses Storm and Mister.
Free time is spent on photography, hiking the Sierras and on and off road bicycling. Lisa’s goals are to make sure Noah’s Wish is technologically ready for the years ahead and is compliant with the National Incident Management System; and that Noah’s Wish takes the opportunity to partner with other agencies (both public and private) to get communities prepared for emergencies; and works together with them seamlessly in the event of a disaster.
Rachel Thomas – Director
Born and raised in Reno, Nevada. Rachel Thomas has a love of animals that spans the globe. She and her husband, musician Mickey Thomas of Starship, share their passion of all creatures great and small. When traveling ‘with the band’, Rachel fights the urge to take in every stray she comes across, in even the remotest corners of the world. These travels have taken her to 337 cities in 14 countries.
Rachel brings extensive experience in many areas of the entertainment industry- from media relations to contract negotiations. She enjoyed being an extra in a handful of Hollywood feature films as well as walking the red carpet with her husband. It was not long before she realized that her true talent lies behind the scenes. Rachel has earned the nickname ‘Tiger’ by the CEO of That’s Entertainment because of her tenacious attitude. But her finest achievement to date has been raising her daughter, Alena.
Rachel’s hobbies include; gardening, hiking, love of the outdoors, deep-sea fishing, kayaking and crossword puzzles and has been involved with several charities, including Muscular Dystrophy Association, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, and Noah’s Wish, to name a few.
However, her heart- hands down- goes to the animals. With a busy schedule and a vagabond lifestyle, Rachel’s mission remains the same- to find a place in the world to help animals. In pursuit of this mission, her next project will be a ‘Rock and Roll Cookbook’ with all proceeds benefiting Noah’s Wish.