Steering Committee Members

The BCSA Steering Committee provides general governance for the organization, including setting policies and objectives. The committee is made up of volunteers from member organizations who bring a range of expertise to the BCSA, in support of our mission of ending the private ownership and exploitation of wild cats in the United States. 

Noelle Almrud

Noelle Almrud

BCSA Steering Committee Chairperson

Noelle Almrud is proud to serve as the director of the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch, one of the nation’s largest and most diverse animal sanctuaries. In this role she develops and implements long-range plans, oversees strategic development, and enhances outreach and programming for Black Beauty Ranch. With almost 1,000 animals and over 40 different spices, Noelle also ensures that the animals and staff have what they need to thrive.
Before coming to CABBR in 2011, she spent many years as the Director of Animal Care for a large sanctuary and wildlife rehabilitation center in central Texas. Noelle left a career in commercial mortgage banking to dedicate her life to the care of rescued animals and has never looked back. She holds degrees in history from the University of Houston and wildlife and fisheries sciences from Texas A&M University.
Additionally, Noelle serves on the steering committee of the North American Primate Sanctuary Alliance (NAPSA) as well as Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Oklahoma Primate Sanctuary. Noelle has served as BCSA’s steering committee chair since inception in 2017 and is part of the recently formed BEAR Alliance.

Pam Fulk

Pam Fulk

BCSA Steering Committee Vice Chairperson

Pam holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from IU and has worked in the nonprofit field since 1979.  Along the way she has helped birth over a dozen nonprofits, served on local, state, and national boards of nonprofits, and continues to do private consulting.  Pam brought her nonprofit building skills to Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2003. Since then, Carolina Tiger’s budget has grown from $250,000 and 5 staff to 1.3 million dollars and 20 staff, and they’ve undergone a complete rebranding of the organization. In 2012 they were awarded the Small Business of the Year Award by the Chatham Co. Chamber of Commerce and were chosen as one of the best big cat sanctuaries in the country by Tigers in America. In 2013 they hosted the first national big cat conference with the International Fund for Animal Welfare and the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries and were awarded the Nonprofit Stewardship Award by the NC Center for Nonprofits. In 2014 they were named one of the best big cat sanctuaries in the country by Big Cat Allies. Carolina Tiger Rescue is a founding member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance and Pam serves as Vice Chair of the Steering Committee.

John Madigan

John Madigan

BCSA Steering Committee Treasurer

John Madigan serves as the Operations Manager of Crown Ridge Tiger Sanctuary (CRTS). CRTS is a big cat rescue facility funded through a 501c3 non-profit corporation, The Scott Foundation.  CRTS provides permanent lifelong care for abused, neglected or unwanted big cats.

John has a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering Technology (University of Dayton). After working for five years as an Environmental Engineer for the USAF, John took a keeper position at CRTS. He has been with CRTS for seven years, being the Operations Manager for two. John serves as the Treasurer for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance (BCSA), the Chair of the Development/Finance Committee, and is also an active member of the Membership Committee, the Communications Committee and the Planning Committee.

Meredith Whitney

Meredith Whitney

BCSA Steering Committee Secretary

Meredith Whitney is the Wildlife Rescue Officer at the International Fund for Animal Welfare.  Meredith’s work at IFAW addresses a spectrum of welfare issues for wildlife affected by human actions and natural disasters; from improving outcomes for live animals confiscated in trade, to rehabilitation and release of injured and orphaned wildlife, to addressing sustainability of lifetime care facilities.  She is a founding and active member of the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance.

Allan Kornberg

Allan Kornberg

BCSA Steering Committee Member

Allan E. Kornberg, MD, MBA is a pediatrician who has practiced both primary care and emergency pediatrics. He’s served as Vice-Chair and Associate Professor of Pediatrics, and Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, at the University of Buffalo, and as Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Brown University.  He co-founded a pediatrics practice in Western New York and served as the Chief of Emergency Medicine at the Children’s Hospital of Buffalo.   He advocated on behalf of survivors of child abuse and sexual assault and was the co-editor of a textbook ‘Child Abuse and Neglect-a Medical Reference,’ along with writing peer review articles on child abuse and emergency pediatrics.

Allan served as medical director with managed care organizations, provider institutions, and advocacy groups, frequently focused on population health for the underserved, in Georgia, New York, Massachusetts and Rhode Island.  He was the Medicaid Medical Director for Rhode Island and was Chief Medical Officer and subsequently CEO for Network Health, a managed care organization that serves impoverished families in Massachusetts.

Dr. Kornberg served as the executive director for the United States for World Animal Protection, and as the executive director for Farm Sanctuary, a not-for-profit focused on providing lifetime care for abused farm animals, educating the public, advocating on behalf of better treatment for farm animals, and in the promotion of plant-based diets.  Allan has been a board member of the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries since 2012, currently board secretary, having served as board chair and interim executive director.  Additionally, he is currently focusing much of his work on plant-based diets and children.

Allan received his B.S in Biology from MIT, M.D. from Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and M.B.A. from the University of Rochester.

Bobbi Brink

Bobbi Brink

BCSA Steering Committee Member

Bobbi Brink is the Founder and Director of Lions Tigers & Bears, a big cat and exotic animal sanctuary in Alpine, California. Bobbi has been working with and advocating for captive big cats, bears and other exotic animals since the early 90s, after witnessing firsthand the abuses and neglect inflicted on captive animals victimized by the exotic animal trade. Bobbi has made it her personal life’s mission to end the abuses that stem from this heinous industry, one animal at a time.

Bobbi serves on the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance’s steering, events, advocacy and education committees, where she brings her expertise to make major headway for captive big cats.

Bobbi has rescued hundreds of animals from captive abuse across the United States, providing them medical care and transport to new lifetime homes at reputable sanctuaries, including Lions Tigers & Bears. Bobbi is a prolific fundraiser and tireless advocate for abused and displaced animals, and she has testified before Congress, helping to advocate for legislation that would regulate the trade and private ownership of exotic animals.

Both she and Lions Tigers & Bears have won multiple awards and recognition for leadership and public service, including the Carol Noon Award for Sanctuary Excellence by the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries, and numerous accolades from the local Chambers of Commerce, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the California State Assembly.

Gary Holliman

Gary Holliman

BCSA Steering Committee Member

Gary Holliman is a 1976 graduate of Baylor School of Law and practiced law until retiring in 2010. Concurrently, Gary & his wife Carol Holliman Co-founded PrideRock Wildlife Refuge In 1992 and Gary currently serves as President and CEO of that organization. Gary has been a member of the Steering Committee for BCSA since its inception in 2017. 

Emily McCormack

Emily McCormack

BCSA Steering Committee Member

Emily McCormack attended the State University of New York at Oswego where she obtained her Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology.  Her initial internship at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge in Eureka Springs, commenced in January of 1999.  Upon completing her six-month internship, Emily was hired on to become a permanent animal care staff member. In 2002, she became the Volunteer & Intern Coordinator.  Emily was also promoted to the position of Animal Curator in April of 2011.  She has been a speaker at multiple conferences, including AZA, AAZK, & Bear Care.  Emily has also traveled and spoke at multiple zoos and universities to spread awareness of the big cat crisis in the U.S.   Currently, Emily sits on the Steering Committee for the BCSA and is part of the recently formed BEAR Alliance.

Catherine Doyle

Catherine Doyle

BCSA Steering Committee Member

Catherine Doyle is the Director of Science, Research and Advocacy for the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), which operates three sanctuaries in California, including the 2,300-acre ARK 2000 natural habitat sanctuary for rescued or retired elephants, bears, and big cats.

She designs and carries out research focused on animal behavior and human-animal relationships. Catherine also leads PAWS’ advocacy efforts and has been successful in passing protective legislation such as the ban on elephant bullhooks in California. She organizes the biennial PAWS International Captive Wildlife Conference.

Catherine has a Master of Science degree in Anthrozoology. Published work includes chapters in The Ethics of Captivity (Oxford University Press, 2014) and The Handbook of Practical Animal Ethics (Palgrave Macmillan UK, 2018), and a paper on captive wildlife sanctuaries (Animal Studies Journal, 2017).

Catherine has been serving on the steering committee for the Big Cat Sanctuary Alliance since its inception in 2017, and chairs or is active in various committees. She is a member of the BEAR Alliance and the advisory board for The Whale Sanctuary Project.