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 otters inspire me. Of course, falling in love with sea otters is easy – they’re fuzzy, playful and adorably cute. But, that’s not why they inspire me. They inspire me because of:
their perseverance to survive despite incredible odds stacked against them;
their ingenuity in using random items as tools to crack open their many meals of the day;
and, maybe most importantly, their ability to indicate to us how we are impacting our oceans.
Sea otters came back from the brink of extinction as they were ferociously hunted for their fur during the Maritime Fur Trade of the 1700 and 1800s. They fight disease, shark and orca attacks, boat propeller strikes and even a threat of re-instituting legal hunting in one of their native habitat states. However, they persevere….narrowly….but for how long?
Sea otters go about foraging for food – which daily, needs to be about 25-30% of their body weight – with their favorite rocks used as tools to crack open the tasty treat they have brought to the surface. Are their food sources safe?
Good question and a question sea otters help us to answer. Many items – clams, abalone, shrimp and urchins – encompassing a sea otter’s diet also happen to be some of our favorite seafood delicacies. Sea otters provide early warning signs of potential pollution in our own food source. We depend on sea otters; sea otters depend on us.
It is symbiotic….and for me, truly inspiring.
So, in their own perservering, ingenious and indicative way, sea otters have inspired the creation of SOFT, the Sea Otter Foundation & Trust, an organization designed purely to help us help them.
Will sea otters inspire you?
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Join me in the inspiration,
President & Founder