Board of Directors
Erica Moody, President
Erica, a physical therapist in San Francisco for over 15 years, specializes in sports and orthopedics rehab. For the past 4 years, Erica has also treated animals at places such as Wildcare in San Rafael, CA as well at Harnas in Gobabis, Namibia. The life changing experience of helping injured and orphaned animals led Erica to get involved with Harnas African Wildlife Rescue. Erica received her Bachelor of Art's degree from Middlebury College and her Master's degree in Physical Therapy from Hahnemann University. Erica works at Presidio Sport & Medicine in San Francisco where she has been a Senior Clinician, Clinical Director and now the Director of Development.
Marcie Rash, Secretary/Treasurer
Marcie has been an environmental consultant/project manager for over 18 years, with a focus on environmental investigation/restoration and project management. Marcie received her BS in Geosciences from the University of Arizona and received her MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University of California. Through her MBA program, Marcie combined her passions of travel, outdoor recreation, conservation and sustainable business models. Marcie consulted with the Shikahogh State Reserve in Armenia in developing an ecotourism business plan. Marcie works at Tetra Tech where she is a Senior Project Manager and is currently living in Burlington, Vermont while consulting a sister Tetra Tech company that helps people in Africa, Asia, Europe, Eurasia, and Latin America and the Caribbean create the essential conditions for successful economic development and respond to a range of environmental, social, and institutional challenges.
Adria received her Master's Degree in Fundraising Management for Non-Profit Organizations at Columbia University in New York City, after receiving her Bachelor's Degree from Case Western Reserve University. Adria is a lifelong animal lover and brings to Harnas USA extensive experience volunteering with animal shelters and rescue organizations, along with her formal education in fundraising. She works at BTQ Financial, a financial consulting and outsourcing firm for non-profits, as a Deputy Client Manager. She is a part of her non-profit clients’ executive management team, responsible for the fiscal management of the organization and for providing financial analysis and fiscal advice.
Linda resides in Tacoma, Washington and is a Nurse Practitioner that has had her own surgical assisting business for 15 years. She also has an MBA with experience in international sales and marketing. Her first introduction to the Harnas Wildlife Foundation was in the late 1990’s when she saw a National Geographic special featuring a little Jack Russell terrier named Tokolas. His job was herding baby cheetahs around the farm. She immediately knew that she wanted to go there one day. That day happened in 2012 when she went there as an Exclusive Voluntourist. Her time there was magical. She had the opportunity to feed, care for and love the most amazing assortment of animals that had been rescued. Looking into their eyes captured her soul. Her discovery on arrival at Harnas was that the needs were more basic than operating room supplies. Now, her mission is sending suitcases, full of everything from kitty milk replacement to hand tools, with any volunteer going to Harnas from the US.
Chelsea graduated from The University of North Carolina in Greensboro where she receieved her Bachelor of Science in Biology. She has been involved in many volunteer and non-profit programs benefitting wildlife both here in the US and in Namibia, Africa. Chelsea has had a passion for animals her whole life and brings to Harnas USA the drive and enthusiasm to help fundraise and bring about awareness in support of Harnas's vision for a safe life for the animals.
Marieta van der Merwe
Marieta has tirelessly dedicated over 30 years of her life to rescuing wild animals, first taking abused animals into her home and ultimately establishing a formal refuge for African wildlife. Marieta oversees all of the operations at Harnas Wildlife Foundation sanctuary in Namibia.