WildCare's Board of Directors
President: Vaughn Maurice
Vice President: Linda Stiles
Treasurer & Finance Chair: Robert Carlson
Secretary: Veronica Geczi
Audit Chair: Beth Ridout
President Emeritus: Kate Van Gytenbeek
William R. Beech
Rob D. Kline
William R. Beech
Bill spent forty years in the aircraft and medical industries in sales and marketing. He has spent sixteen years as a volunteer at the San Francisco Zoo, both as a volunteer at the Animal Resource Center and as a Docent. He has also served as a board member of the S.F. Zoological Society, as both a Docent Executive Council representative and as an elected member. He has served two years as a board member at WildCare and also volunteers in the Wildlife Hospital clinic.
Robert is a Managing Director at JP Morgan, where he leads corporate banking coverage of technology companies on the West Coast. Robert has twenty years of corporate and investment banking experience, including capital raising, strategic advisory and relationship management responsibilities. Prior to joining JP Morgan in 2019, Robert held senior positions at Deutsche Bank, the Royal Bank of Scotland and UBS Investment Bank. Before starting his career in banking, Robert co-founded and directed the San Francisco Urban Service Project, a non-profit national service organization in San Francisco that became a model AmeriCorps program. Robert holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MBA from UCLA. He lives in San Rafael with his wife, Katie, and sons, Danny and Eli.
Darin Freitag runs Arrow Builders, Inc., a relatively small, relationship-based, full-service construction company specializing in custom home renovations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Prior to founding Arrow Builders in 2016 with his business partner Eric Friedman, Darin spent 3+ years learning the trades as an apprentice to two general contractors with extensive artist/craftsman backgrounds, then 10+ years as a trained Estimator and Manager of Small Projects and Service at the distinguished general contracting firm RYAN Associates. Before transitioning to a career in construction, Darin spent 8+ years managing cross-functional teams for big brands in merchandising (Levi Strauss & Co.) and digital media (AOL).
During his 2012 - 2018 tenure as a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Tawonga, Darin chaired the Buildings & Grounds Committee as it developed and launched its Master Plan and associated Capital Campaign to upgrade the camp's buildings and grounds over a 10-year period. At the time that Darin completed his Board service, Tawonga was achieving its Capital Campaign targets and had successfully completed several construction projects.
Darin cherishes being part of the building community. He enjoys being a resource to friends, colleagues, homeowners, and organizations to help reduce the mystery and stress often associated with the construction process. When not at a jobsite, Darin likes to spend time outdoors doing anything related to fly-fishing, backpacking, camping, skiing, and soccer. He lives in Marin with his wife Lisa and son Oscar.
Veronica Geczi - Secretary
Veronica has an immense love and respect for animals and the environment, and has spent the past few years volunteering at various non profits. She is a current volunteer at WildCare, and is the supervisor of her weekly clinic shift. She is also active in foster care, taking in rodent and opossum orphans until they are ready to be released back to their homes. Additionally, she spends her time at Rancho Compasion farmed animal rescue, Milo horse rescue, and with the Read Aloud program. Professionally, she graduated summa cum laude from UT-Austin with a BS in electrical engineering. Her focus is on microprocessors, having worked at IBM on gaming systems first in the lab as a validation and verification engineer, moving on to project management, and finally as a data scientist, evaluating next generation processors. Her passions, in addition to animals and wildlife, include sailing, scuba diving, knitting and crafting, cooking, and anything outdoors.
Robert D. Kline
Rob is the CEO and Co-Founder of the Chartres Lodging Group, LLC, a private equity investment firm focused on the lodging sector; and Co-Chairman of Kokua Hospitality, LLC, which was formed in 2005 as a lodging property management firm specializing in turnarounds. He began his career in 1984 upon graduating from Cornell University’s School of Hotel Administration and has since led over $10 billion in transactional activity. Rob previously served as the initial Head of Acquisitions for Strategic Hotel Capital. In 1998 he began investing directly as a principal and has successfully invested over $6 billion of capital on his own behalf and a select group of private investors and institutional funds. Rob sits on the Advisory Boards of Directors for Nor1 and Cornell University’s Center for Real Estate Finance as well as the Cornell School of Hotel Administration’s Dean’s Advisory Board. He also is a Board Member of AH&LA’s Education Foundation, and established No Reservations Giving Foundation – a non-profit charitable program for Chartres Lodging and Kokua Hospitality.
Kevin is a 25+ Silicon Valley product marketing leader, currently at Adobe—where he leads teams to launch market-leading software products in the digital marketing/CX space. Prior product, strategic and go-to-market roles in analytics/optimization, ecommerce and search have made for a career full of organizational adventures in startup and midsize tech. Kevin previously served as a Waldorf school board member, and is currently active with several climate action organizations, including Pachamama Alliance. Kevin earned his Bachelor of Arts in Communications at the University of Calgary and is completing his Masters in Transformative Leadership at the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) in San Francisco. Originally from Western Canada, Kevin and his wife live in Mountain View in a household that varies in size due to the comings and goings of college-age kids.
Vaughn R. Maurice - Audit Chair
Vaughn holds a bachelor’s degree from Loyola University and a master’s degree from the University of St. Francis. He has been employed by various nonprofit organizations for over 23 years.
Vaughn has been the Executive Director of the Utah Humane Society since May 2019. He previously served as the Executive Director of WildCare, the Director of Development for the Animal Legal Defense Fund in Cotati, California, and general manager of Dogs for the Deaf in Medford, Oregon. He also served as the Executive Director of the St. Tammany Humane Society in New Orleans, Louisiana and worked in various positions with the American Red Cross both nationally and internationally.
Beth has been in financial planning in both the for-profit and non-profit worlds for 25 years and has been with The Nature Conservancy for 16 of them. She has a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh and was previously with Merrill Lynch as a trust officer in their Newport Beach, California office, where she served as a relationship manager for accounts of $10M and above. She has also been with the National Wildlife Federation, traveling the country and meeting donors as a Planned Giving Officer.
At The Nature Conservancy, she heads up the Estate Administration Team, which centrally administers over 1,700 files and $160M per year in received funds for the organization. WildCare has been an integral part of her life for six years, over the course of which she’s found a home and a family. She’s been a volunteer in the Clinic, the Birdroom, and with the Wildlife Ambassador animals, and she fosters skunk kits, all of which provide peace in a complicated world.
Ryan Ross is the President of Williams Sonoma brand. With over 25 years of retail experience, he has held various roles within Williams-Sonoma Inc, including Rejuvenation, Pottery Barn, and Pottery Barn Bed and Bath brands. He gained international experience as the Director of Harrods Direct in London UK. He then became a founding executive and Chief Creative Officer of the Stylus Media Group. Prior to re-joining Williams Sonoma, he served as Executive Vice President of Marketing and Digital Commerce at the Home Shopping Network based in St. Petersburg, Fl.
Ryan is the executive sponsor for The Trevor Project and No Kid Hungry and has held boards roles for Habitat for Humanity. He currently resides in San Rafael, CA with his husband and three dogs.
Real Estate Agent, Bullock & Sarkissian Team, Golden Gate Sotheby’s
Residence: Corte Madera
Linda Stiles — Vice President
Linda has been an independent event production and management professional for nearly two decades with added experience in marketing, communications, video editing and graphic design.
Linda began her career with Miller Freeman Media in marketing, event management and development roles, and subsequently was Regional Communications Director at MTV Asia, based in Singapore. She was a partner/owner of HICAP (Hotel Investment Conference Asia-Pacific) and its Asian conferences for 18 years till the company and its events was acquired by a leading B2B travel and meetings information company.
Linda has been an active UC Marin Master Gardener since 2020. She is also involved with Bridge the Gap’s advisory council, a non-profit serving disadvantaged children in Marin City. Her passions include reading, gardening, knitting, fishing, martial arts and a lifelong love for animals.
Kate Van Gytenbeek — Board President
Kate is the Central Service Team Leader in Northern Trust’s Northern California Region as well as the Marketing Director. She came to Northern Trust after founding and publishing a niche magazine with a small group of professionals. Prior to that Kate worked on the trading floor at the Chicago BOT and has worked with various public sector entities. Kate earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California and her Master’s of Business Administration with an emphasis in International Business from Loyola of Chicago. Kate and her husband live in Marin County where they enjoy the outdoors and run a small travel and photography business.
Cover photo by Janet Kessler