Our Team


Carlos Arreola


Founder and Director

Dr. Carlos Arreola established the sanctuary in 1999 as a home for burros targeted for eradication from their Grand Canyon home. Soon after the sanctuary opened its doors, an expanded mission of helping animals in distressed situations was undertaken.

Mike Tichi


Facilities & Construction

As LWHA expanded, its accommodations for the animal guests had to keep up. LWHA needed someone with the know-how to help Carlos get the physical site of LWHA organized, and in 2003 Mike arrived, becoming an integral part of LWHA's success.

Martha Snodgrass Hutchinson


Sponsor Outreach & Board Member

Reaching out to sponsors and supporters has become more important than ever in making the public aware of the mission of service organizations, as well as fostering a sense of shared concern. Martha has taken to that role with energy and dedication for LWHA's mission.

Diane Holmes


Animal Guest Care

It takes a very special person to give dozens of cats (and a few of their canine friends) the attention they want one minute, then roll up your sleeves and clean up after them all the next. Diane handles both these essential duties with patience, enthusiasm and lots of love.

Sharon Oakes


Animal Guest Care & Board Member

As a long-time volunteer and LWHA board member, Sharon's love of animals translates into helping maintain a separate housing environment for our animals guests who need special care, from cleaning the building to feeding our guests.

Wayne D Holt


Website, Publications & Board Member

After many years as a municipal publications manager, Wayne retired in 2016 and continues to volunteer long-distance, supporting LWHA through website work, LWHA calendar design and administrative assistance.