Palomacy Leadership Team
Clare Malone Prichard, Chair
Clare Malone Prichard is a licensed architect working in Palo Alto. She strives to use her skills to benefit her community, serving on the City of Palo Alto’s Architectural Review Board and also volunteering with Acterra as a judge in their annual Business Environmental Awards program.
Several years ago, Clare and her husband rescued an abandoned baby feral pigeon and soon discovered how intelligent and affectionate pigeons can be. They have since adopted two additional pigeons from Palomacy as pets, and maintain an outdoor aviary at their home in Cupertino for six of Palomacy’s special needs pigeons.
Marguerite “Margie” Gear
Marguerite “Margie” Gear has worked as an attorney specializing in intellectual property protection, licensing, and litigation for over 20 years. She went to UCLA as a Gold Shield Scholar and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from University of Hawaii. After working for several years as a paralegal, she attended Hastings College of The Law, where she won various awards for academic performance. She has volunteered with Mickaboo since 1999 and is an ardent supporter of Palomacy and its pigeon and dove rescue operations. Margie is also the proud guardian of 8 rescued parrots, including 4 cockatoos, 3 conures, and a moustached parakeet.
Susan Gilbert was born in New York, moved to California at 16 and her involvement with animals began in Australia in 1990 as an animal park volunteer and surrogate mother to orphaned kangaroo joeys. She served as a Docent for 16 years with the Oakland Zoo and has volunteered with Sulphur Creek Nature Center and with the East Bay SPCA where she created a Humane Education Program. Susan is considered a local expert in rescuing bottle-baby kittens. Her adopted pet pigeon Little Cloud has made Susan passionate about Palomacy and serving the overlooked pigeons and doves. She contributes in a variety of roles and is most focused on helping Palomacy earn grant funding and to support volunteer development. She has two sons, four grandchildren and is owned by two dogs, one cat and one pigeon. She crochets and is active in her church.
Zoe Martell, Bird Health Care Coordinator
Zoe Martell is a lecturer in Psychology at San Francisco State University. She earned an M.S. in Clinical Psychology in 2003, and in 2013 she completed a dual degree program at San Francisco Art Institute. (M.A. in the History and Theory of Contemporary Art, Master of Fine Arts in Painting.) She has always had a strong personal interest in biology and medicine.
In 2005, she rescued two baby feral pigeons, and became involved with the local SF Bay Area community of independent pigeon rescuers, as well as several online rescue forums. She was fortunate to meet very experienced individuals who mentored her in learning the basics of diagnosis and rehabilitation of pigeons and doves, and she has since dedicated herself to learning as much as possible about pigeon and dove health. A self-proclaimed science nerd and ‘crazy pigeon lady,’ she reads avian medical textbooks and articles for fun. She still has the two feral rescues that began her pigeon odyssey, and has added 15 more pigeons and 6 doves to the mix, not including the pigeons and doves she fosters for Palomacy.
Tania Tengan is an artist, naturalist, mom, lightworker/intuitive healer/coach and animal/environmental/human rights advocate. She has her BA in Psychology and Sociology from UC Santa Barbara and her Masters in Business Administration from National University in San Diego.
She currently has a house full of rescued animals including pigeons, doves, parrots, snakes, lizards, turtles, dogs, fish and tarantulas.
In addition to serving on the Advisory Committee, Tania supports Palomacy with her fundraising project “Art For The Birds” – Cruelty Free feather Jewelry and through community outreach and educational programs.
Raised by fabulous parents in an upper middle class American home. No childhood is perfect, but mine was close – was safe and loved, got a great eduction, traveled a lot.
Rebelled by going to performing arts school after high school (despite scholarships to some of the best colleges in the country). Spent 3 years in the Citrus College Singers – performed extensively, learned a ton, got my SAG card, and attained peace of mind that the life of a full-time performing artist wasn’t for me.
Moved on to Pepperdine University where I got world-class training in Public Relations and could see the Pacific ocean from my dorm. Confronted issues like body image head-on, and ended up with a bachelor’s degree, Magna Cum Laude.
After 9 years in the corporate world, I’m currently applying my PR and theatre experience to the world-class work of Illusion Entertainment. It’s a joy and a privilege. The art of grand illusion requires the utmost excellence in design and performance, and I’m thrilled to help facilitate this artistry that delights audiences like nothing else can.
Elizabeth Young, Founder and Executive Director
Elizabeth grew up in Las Vegas, graduated with a degree in English from UC Berkeley, worked 13 years on the front lines of the war on poverty as a nonprofit director to reduce poverty and develop self-reliance, spent 6 years making educational toys and in 2007 became an accidental pigeon rescuer. Elizabeth has always loved all animals and had no special interest in pigeons when she began volunteering at the San Francisco Animal Care & Control shelter except concern when she learned they were coming into shelters but not getting out. They were the only animals who had no one helping them. All the others, the dogs and cats, rabbits and rats, parrots and snakes, farmed animals and wildlife, all had at least one rescue to help them. Elizabeth hadn’t intended to start a rescue but she helped a pigeon named Gurumina and then another named Rocky and… now with Palomacy, has saved the lives of more than 700 directly and helped countless others.