Mark Tobin – Board President
Mark is a research wildlife ecologist with more than 30 years of research and management experience with the Federal government. His research has focused on resolving problems caused by the interaction of wild animals and society, and on developing practical methods to resolve these problems while maintaining the quality of the environments shared with wildlife. He was project leader of research teams in Hawaii and Mississippi before moving to Fort Collins 18 years ago. He currently is Assistant Director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, National Wildlife Research Center. Mark also has been a member of his neighborhood homeowners’ association for more than a decade, and currently serves as treasurer of this organization. He has worked with youth as coach of his sons’ soccer and baseball teams. Mark’s interest in Loveland Youth Gardeners lies primarily in helping to instill and cultivate an interest in gardening and nature among the next generation.
Todd Wirsch – Board Vice-President & Secretary
Todd is a Nuclear and Missile Operations Officer in the United States Air Force and manages government assets totaling over $73 million. In addition to his immediate role, he leads various lean six sigma projects at Francis E. Warren Air Force Base and throughout the Front Range. Todd is very active in the community with a diverse background in his volunteering. He is a mentor at Partners Mentoring Youth and, in the past, has served as an assistant scoutmaster for the Boy Scouts of America and been involved in several poverty alleviation projects in Honduras. Being able to help children of all backgrounds develop critical thinking skills, strong work ethics, and respect for each other are what drew Todd to Loveland Youth Gardeners.
Tom Paulson – Board Treasurer
Born in Southern California, Tom graduated from Stanford in 1965 with a B.A. in Economics and was commissioned in the U.S. Army upon graduation where he served on active duty from 1965-1967 as a computer programmer in Washington D.C. Tom, then, earned an MBA from Stanford in 1969 and worked as a VISTA volunteer in Oakland, CA for 1 1/2 years, helping minority entrepreneurs. He moved to Boulder in 1971, doing various part-time jobs until becoming a CPA, which has been his profession (along with being a licensed financial planner) for around forty years. Tom and his family moved to Loveland in 1988, where he is still active in his CPA practice, at about 3/4 time.
Tom has been an active church member for over forty years and a Rotarian for almost thirty years. He’s also been a volunteer at North Shore nursing home for around twenty-five years. Hobbies include playing the piano and organ, hiking, and gardening, as well as traveling with his wife.