If the name of Wolf Hollow’s new executive director has a familiar ring to it, well, it should.
Not only is Julie Duke taking over the reigns from Julie Knight, but she is also no stranger to the San Juan Island-based wildlife rehabilitation center.
In fact, Duke first became involved at Wolf Hollow back in 1997, as a volunteer animal caregiver at the time, while working on and completing an associates degree at Skagit Valley College’s San Juan Center.
Duke also volunteered in animal transport and served on Wolf Hollow’s board of directors from her home on Orcas Island before moving away from the San Juans in 2004. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Washington State University and worked in the field of non-profit management and fundraising in Mendocino, Calif., and on Bainbridge Island prior to moving back to the San Juans.
Knight steps down as director following a six-year tenure managing the wildlife rehab center. She will continue to be involved with Wolf Hollow as a member of the board of directors, a role which she has performed for more than 20 years, including several terms as board president.
The longtime director of Islands Oil Spill Association (IOSA), Knight, a Lopez Island resident, began her involvement with Wolf Hollow, as Duke did, as a volunteer animal caregiver, back in 1985.