Our Team

Here we would like to introduce you to the great people behind the docwalks4animals organization:

Dr. Monica Metzdorf: Founder & CEO

Monica Metzdorf is a 53-year old Pediatric Urologist in Los Angeles. She is passionate about her work and devotes her time to helping make the lives of children better. Her young patients call her “Dr. Monica”.

She has other passions too: a tremendous love of animals, fish and wildlife. This was one of the reasons she chose to get her Bachelor of Science Degree in Wildlife and Fish Conservation Biology at University of California, Davis before starting medical school.

During her Medical School and Residency at the University of San Diego Medical Center, she became a member of the San Diego Zoo, to continue to support animal conservation work. Despite choosing to pursue human medicine over veterinary medicine, her passion for wildlife has never wavered.


Board of Directors

Bill Metzdorf

Bill was a Catholic priest for over 30 years. He received his undergraduate degree from St. Mary’s Seminary & University, graduate degrees from the Catholic University and doctorate from the Claremont School of Theology.
He taught in the seminary, served in parish ministry, was a chaplain in the Army National Guard, and was a licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist. He left active ministry to marry in 2006.
Now in retirement he is establishing a career as a voice over artist.
Bill and Monica live in Glendale, CA.


Karen Sabo

Karen retired in 2017, following a 45-year career in the Entertainment Industry, working in both Film Production & Post Production.
She is now enjoying retired life that allows more time to “give back” to her community. Free to cultivate her passion for gardening and the love of the outdoors, she volunteers at Huntington Library in Pasadena and at Descanso Gardens in La Cañada Flintridge.
Karen is now pleased to be a part of the docwalks4animals team.
Karen lives in Glendale with her husband, Ray, and their 2 dogs. Their son, Colin, lives in  San Diego.


Richard Walk

Richard retired in 2018 after a fifty year career focused on international business insurance and financial planning. He was a senior executive at Schinnerer and Company, a subsidiary of Marsh & McLennan, operating from their Washington, D.C. office.
He graduated from Wilkes University in 1970 with a B.A. degree in Mathematics.
Richard resides in Lutherville, MD with his wife, Claudia.


Terri Lynn Doubet

Terri Lynn Doubet grew up in Evanston, Il (first suburb North of Chicago). She received her Bachelor’s Degree from Indiana University in Radio and Tv, with a minor in Film. She has lived in California for 33 years, and currently lives and works in Burbank, CA. She has worked for the daytime drama “ Days of our Lives “ for the past 26 years; She does the Payroll and Administration for the show. In her free time she is an avid runner, loves to be outside, and loves all animals; especially dogs.


Lauren Ayers

Lauren Ayres Martinez is a Senior Wildlife Care & Behavior Specialist at a zoo in Southern California and has been on the board of several wildlife/
conservation non-profit organizations.
She currently serves as the Pangolin Project Coordinator for Global Conservation Force where she plans, organizes, and implements projects for the organization involving pangolins worldwide.
Lauren graduated from Indiana University with a Master’s of Science degree in 2011 where she focused on Marine Ecosystem Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Biology & Psychology in 2009. She lives in San Diego with her husband, dog Emma, and three cats.


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