Meet the ProjectThorn Team

ProjectThorn shares information about rhino in South Africa, functions as a site for blog posts, and promotes fundraising initiative to prevent poaching.

Karrie Hovey is the founder of ProjectThorn. She is a visual artist working in the San Francisco Bay Area. Karrie is a FGASA certified Field Guide, Back-up Trails Guide, and Marine Guide in Southern Africa. Currently she is studying to obtain her California Naturalist Certificate from College of Marin. Karrie’s full bio

Jill Shoemaker is a semi-retired business executive, outdoor enthusiast and global traveler.  She has traveled extensively for business, adventure and culture across several continents, including Africa.  Jill has joined Project Thorn because of her love for the wildlife of Africa, and because she appreciates a well-targeted project that can make a difference. Jill’s full bio

Samantha Dorsey is an organic farmer and business executive who lives in Northern California.  Her years of organic farming have instilled in her a strong understanding of the importance of ecological diversity, which makes supporting Project Thorn a natural fit. A lover of wildlife, horses, and dogs Samantha sees the elegance of working animals supporting wild animals in our modern world. 

Ruth MacKay-Shea recently concluded a career at San Francisco State University working in both the colleges of Science and Fine Art. Her lifelong wanderlust has taken Ruth around the world and a love of pachyderms brought her to volunteer for the ProjectThorn team. Ruth’s full bio and photography

Ali Ivmark is an Experience Design Director with a passion for design, technology and human-centered impact. Ali recently return from Stockholm to the Bay Area where she became involved with ProjectThorn. Full bio will be available shortly.

Charles Merrill is a technologist, cyclist and wildlife advocate who lives in Northern California. He is working with ProjectThorn on the Hornucoppia project to reinstate horse mounted anti-poaching patrols at Makhamisa Outpost at Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park located in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. He will be assisting with research, outreach and fund raising. Charles’s full bio

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