New Executive Director Deanna Deppen

Shy Wolf Sanctuary Education and Experience Center is very pleased to announce the appointment of Deanna L. Deppen as full-time Executive Director.  Effective August 8, 2017, she will step down as President of the Board of Directors to assume these responsibilities. For over 20 years, Deppen has been actively volunteering in the nonprofit world at all levels of operation, and has been key to the growth and success of Shy Wolf Sanctuary since its incorporation in 2001.

Wolf Namid and Deanna Deppen

When asked about this major transition, Deppen said, “It’s a very exciting time for the sanctuary and I’m incredibly honored to be offered the opportunity to guide us into the future by building our dream prototype facility.  It will truly be a team effort with our amazing volunteers and supportive Board of Directors.”

Deppen’s appointment is a major step towards ensuring the future of the sanctuary.  Deppen will work with the Board of Directors in the search to obtain a new piece of property for a much needed larger sanctuary. She will oversee the capital campaign and development of the land. Other immediate goals will include directing all aspects of Shy Wolf Sanctuary’s operations, identifying and implementing improvements that will ensure the sanctuary’s sustainability, and expanding the Board of Directors.



  • Bonnie says:

    Congratulations!!!!!! Hope you can find a bigger piece of land for,all,the animals!!!!!

  • Judi Donovan says:

    Congratulations Deena. The Sanctuary is a great place and it will only get better!

  • Renee Johnson says:

    Congratulations Deanna!
    What an incredible gift for the animals.
    You can now blast forward on the New Sanctuary.

  • Doris Hamilton says:

    Your good news, Deanna, was heard all the way down here in Chile! Best of luck!
    Doris Hamilton ( long time sanctuary fan and short time volunteer while in Naples a few years back…)

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