Board of Directors

TBD, July 2013

TBD, July 2013


Elise Lalor

bod_eliseElise is the Co-Founder of The Monkey Tail Ranch currently serving as President.  Elise oversees the Service Dog, and Equine Training Program.


Before Founding The Monkey Tail Ranch,  Elise Co-Founded Good Dog! Autism Companions.  In 2006 Elise joined K9 Training Concepts as  sole proprietress.


Prior to becoming a professional dog trainer, Elise was a Senior Director with YMCA of San Francisco, a Director for  Bay Area Easter Seals, and also worked for Morgan Autism Center.


Elise has certified three Search & Rescue dogs, and  is a Canine Search Specialist for FEMA California Task Force Four, Yosemite Search and Rescue (YODOGS) and other Search & Rescue organizations.


When not training search dogs, running a non profit, or visiting clients, Elise is a competitive equestrian and enjoys training and competing  her horses.



Tim Houweling

bod_timTim is the Co-Founder of The Monkey Tail Ranch and currently serves as Treasurer.  Tim is also a lead trainer and acts as family liason for service dog clients.   He joined K9 Training Concepts in 2008.  Before Founding The Monkey Tail Ranch, Tim created and Co-Founded Good Dog! Autism Companions.


Prior to becoming a professional dog trainer, Tim was a Director with a global investment bank in New York and San Francisco.  There he helped clients obtain private and public financing and grow through Merger & Acquisition activity.  Before his time on Wall Street, Tim was a certified public accountant for a large accounting firm.


Tim is currently a Firefighter/Paramedic, and has certified two Search & Rescue dogs, Deuce and Tater. Tim is a Member of FEMA California Task Force Three, Yosemite Search and Rescue (YODOGS) and other Search & Rescue organizations.



Michael Stoll

bod_michaelMichael Stoll has over 30 years experience providing long and short-term solutions for 1) non-profits needing grants-managed sustainable foundation and corporate resource portfolios, board training and grant writing, and 2) individuals and/or families needing assistance in creating smart philanthropy processes including NGO research,  proposal review, site visits and follow-up.


His efforts have generated philanthropic interest in mental health and mentoring services for at-risk youth in San Francisco, in-home care for infants and children with visual impairments in 16 California counties, homelessness, substance abuse, cancer, education, technology, micro-lending and humanitarian relief and IT support for NGO’s working some of the poorest communities in the world.



Tom Wirth

bod_tomTom Wirth is Manager, Facilities Operations at Facebook. Tom is responsible for managing Facilities Operations, Services, Amenities, and, emergency response/disaster recovery at the Menlo Park headquarters campus. Tom is also involved in design and construction for the new Facebook West Campus project.


Prior to Facebook, Tom worked at Apple, Cisco Systems, and, Google.   He is a native San Franciscan and has lived in the Bay Area his entire life.


Tom is a member of the Business Resiliency Advisory Committee of the San Mateo County Office of Emergency Services (OES).  Tom is also a recent graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

He serves on the Board of Directors for the Mountain View Police Activities League, The Monkey Tail Ranch, and, The Ring The Bell Fund.



Adelheid Ebenhoech

bod_adelhideAdelheid Ebenhoech, MD, began riding at age ten. By twelve, she’d earned enough money teaching piano and cleaning houses to buy her first horse. Since that day, she’s studied horses, ridden, trained and shown to second level, and honed her dressage and horsemanship skills.


Along the way, Adelheid acquired a doctorate from Michigan State University. She’s practiced Family Medicine in Salinas since 1998, specializing in Holistic Health and Integrative Holistic Medicine. With Healing At The Barn, Adelheid is realizing her vision of combining her medical expertise and her experience with horses as healers. The goal is to promote health, well-being, and happiness for humans and horses.



Matt Rossie

bod_mattMatt joined the board of the Monkey Tail Ranch in May of 2013, after having worked with Tim and Elise in Search and Rescue for several years.  Matt’s background in commercial construction offers a measure of regulatory guidance to MTR, while his personal experiences allow him to contribute the perspective of a family with a special-needs child.


Matt is currently a Vice President with general contractor Webcor Builders, providing executive project management of construction projects in San Francisco and the western United States.  Matt has managed projects that total in excess of $750 million.


Matt also serves as a search manager for the San Mateo County Search and Rescue Unit, and as a search management instructor for the National Association for Search and Rescue (NASAR) and the Bay Area Search and Rescue Council (BASARC), where he also sits on the Board.   Matt is the Founding President of San Mateo Search and Rescue, Inc., which provides training and logistical support to the rescue personnel and search dogs serving San Mateo County.