Teresa Wilhelmsen began her animal rescue volunteer work in 1999 when she was introduced to a gal working with a research facility to find loving homes for the dogs. After helping to place several dogs, Teresa expanded her volunteer work into fundraising projects and spay/neuter efforts. In 2002, after working to produce and promote the Pets in Utah license plate, she began fostering for the Best Friends West Valley program (a partnership between No More Homeless Pets in Utah and the West Valley City Animal Shelter).
After volunteering for a couple years with Salt Lake County Animal Services to coordinate spay/neuter, vaccination and microchip clinics, Teresa was introduced, by the shelter's director and operations manager, to the newly organized nonprofit Friends for Animal Care and Effective Solutions (Utah FACES). She joined the board of directors in early 2010 to continue similar clinics offered by Utah FACES, and served as board chair for two and a half years.
Today, she still serves on the board as the programs and services chair, coordinating with the shelter the ongoing services offered by Utah FACES. These programs include low-income, pit bull and cat spay/neuter services; vaccinations and microchips; and behavior enrichment, grooming and transport programs for animals at the shelter.
Teresa is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Utah. She works full-time as the Utah Lake and Jordan River regional area engineering manager for the division of water rights. Teresa has a passion for water, water rights law and animals. She shares her home in Salt Lake City with four rescued dogs and four rescued cats.
Saturday, July 16, 2016
2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Public-Private Partnerships: Capitalizing on the Best of Both Worlds