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.

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. …

New adoptable plush sea otters available

We are excited to introduce two new stuffed animal sea otters into our family of adoptable plush otters.     Adopt one today!   Chloe is sweet & cuddly and would love to come home with you.  Chloe makes her home along the California coast & has contributed to the growing population of sea otters there as she has given birth to two sea otter pups.               Otto is a bit rough & tumble as he is from the…