Meet the Board

Bobbi Brink

Founder/Director/Vice President

Bobbi is Founder, Founder, Director and Vice President of Lions Tigers & Bears. Bobbi has been working with and advocating for captive big cats, bears and other exotic animals since the early 1990s She began her personal involvement with these efforts, after witnessing the abuses and neglect inflicted on captive exotics victimized by the exotic animal trade.  Bobbi made a decision that something must be done, and since then she has made it her personal mission to work to end the abuses that stem from this heinous industry, one animal at a time. Bobbi plays an active role in managing all aspects of Lions Tigers & Bears’ daily operations, from daily feedings to office management. She is a prolific fundraiser and tireless advocate for abused and displaced wildlife. Bobbi has worked across the country to coordinate the rescue and relocation of hundreds of big cats, bears and exotic animals – providing them an opportunity to live out their lives at reputable sanctuaries, including Lions Tigers & Bears. Bobbi has testified before Congress, help instill legislation that would regulate the trade of these animals. She is also very active in local planning groups, Soroptimist and Rotary Clubs. Both she and Lions Tigers & Bears have won multiple awards and recognition for leadership and public service from the Alpine Chamber of Commerce, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and the California State Assembly.  Read Bobbi’s Read Bobbi’s Curriculum Vitae.

Mark Brink


Mark is Co-Founder and President of Lions Tigers & Bears. In addition to running his own full-time business specializing in truck door lettering, vehicle graphics, and fleet lettering, Mark oversees all construction projects at Lions Tigers & Bears with a true hands-on approach. His expertise can be seen in virtually every building, enclosure and habitat on the property.

Susan Burchett


Susan serves on LTB’s Board of Director as Board Secretary. With a Masters degree in Business Administration, and over 20 years experience in Systems Consulting and Information Resources, Susan brings an impressive resume of experience to Lions Tigers & Bears, including a background in financial services and software training. Susan helps with fundraising procurement, Auction Pro Maestrosoft data entry, packaging and display of auction items. She also performs administrative support, and conducts educational and group visits.

Dr. David Judy

Board Chair

Dr. Judy’s career in veterinary medicine started in 1979 after graduating from the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine. Having grown up in the Midwest, he ventured to Southern California after graduating to begin his practice which included companion animals in addition to exotic and equine medicine. Currently, he serves companion animals exclusively and holds membership to CVMA, AVMA, and SDCVMA. He also serves as Chair on the Board of Directors for Lions, Tigers, and Bears, a local non-profit serving neglected and abandoned exotics.

Dr. Judy has remained steadfast in his ethos – dedication to the well-being of animals – by frequently attending continuing education seminars beyond the required state board minimums and seeking out the latest technology to benefit his patients. Although he doesn’t plan to retire for a couple more years, Dr. Judy is looking to scale his hours back in order to spend more time with his wife, their cat Skunk, and four dogs, two Golden Doodles, Bugs and Lola, a Pom-Tzu, Georgie, and a Terrier mix, Tinkerbell, at their home away from home near Lake Tahoe.

Presently, he is taking guitar, bass, and vocal lessons, as once he retires from his day job, he fully intends to become a rockstar god.

Julie Schuettenhelm


Julie serves on LTB’s Board of Directors as Treasurer. Julie is a Certified Nurse Assistant and Medical Assistant. She has spent her career prepping operating rooms, assisting in surgery and coordinating quality assurance programs for human clients. She now brings that medical acumen to her animal charges at Lions Tigers and Bears, where she assists in medical procedures and examinations in our on-site medical facility. In addition to assisting with the medical needs of our rescued residents, Julie volunteers several days a week providing daily care to our resident bears and big cats. She prepares the animal’s specialized diets, administers medication, vitamins and supplements, provides husbandry, and ensures the animals are happy, healthy, and well cared for.

April Schumsky

Board Member

April serves on LTB’s Board of Directors. April is a Registered Nurse for the San Diego County Unified School District and has been involved with LTB since its founding. April helps out during special events at the sanctuary and advocates for LTB within our local community.

Jackie Smith

Board Member

Jackie serves on LTB’s Board of Directors. Jackie has over 30 years experience in the hospitality field, with key positions in purchasing, hotel renovation, and project management. An English major in college, she has a strong background in writing proposals, contracts, advertising copy, and media releases. Jackie has been involved with Lions Tigers & Bears since 2004, performing many functions, including fundraising, event co-chairperson, media relations, and writing/editing newsletters, collateral materials, news releases, and grant applications.