Diane Tomecek, President & CEO

Diane began her non-profit career with The Butterfly Pavilion in Westminster, Colorado. Diane’s skill at problem solving and attention to fine detail combined with her big-picture outlook make her an asset to nonprofit organizations.

Diane has spent the last fourteen years working and volunteering for many nonprofits including The Butterfly Pavilion, Family Tree, Inc., The Colorado Mountain Club, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, Downtown Aquarium, The Community Resource Center, The River Otter Alliance and, most recently, The Women’s Foundation of Colorado. Via these nonprofit organizations, Diane has gained valuable experience regarding the nonprofit industry giving her the skills to succeed in a leadership position with the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust.

In her free time, Diane enjoys maintaining a Facebook page and blog dedicated to otter education and she is making it a personal mission to visit every zoological facility that has sea otters. She only has a few left! She enjoys long-distance running, animal and landscape photography and traveling to new locales.

sea otter pup in nursery

Sea Otter Pups Benefit from Nursery at the Alaska SeaLife Center

The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC) opened in 1998 and is a pioneer in marine mammal rehabilitation in Alaska and scientific research regarding the Alaskan marine environment. Specifically, their mission is to generate and share scientific knowledge to promote understanding and stewardship of Alaska’s marine ecosystems. Last year, we funded improvements to Alaska SeaLife Center’s sea otter nursery (pictured above; activities authorized under USFWS MA73418B-1) and the purchase of a BMDS thermometer scanner. We are proud to be able to work with ASLC again this…

Our 2020 Grant Awards

Announcing  Grant Awards for sea otter science, conservation & education Proudly funding and working with these organizations and universities to bring about change for sea otters and sea otter habitat. Alaska SeaLife Center: sea otter nursery improvements & medical equipment for sea otter rehabilitative care Seattle Aquarium: studying Microplastics in sea otter feces & food-potential impacts on otter health Research studies from these university graduate students: Kyle Shanebeck, University of Alberta, Investigating sea otter inflammatory response to intestinal parasites Richard Grewelle, Stanford University;   Development…

Do you have a sea otter project?

Request for Proposals - due October 1, 2019 Sea Otter Foundation & Trust issues annual grant application for 2019.  Do you work with sea otters?  Does your organization have a funding need for work that is related to the sea otter?  Are you a K-12 school that would like to study sea otters?  Consider applying for a small grant to help your school's students learn about sea otters.  Our annual request for proposal information is available now and our application can be found here. …