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Susan Tellem, RN,BSN, co-founded American Tortoise Rescue (ATR) in Malibu with her husband, Marshall Thompson, 24 years ago. ATR is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation founded to provide protection of all turtles and tortoises. ATR has provided sanctuary to abandoned tortoises, as well as those that are confiscated from law enforcement. ATR has adopted more than 3,000 turtles to caring homes. Susan is also a partner in Tellem Grody PR, Inc. a PR agency specializing in healthcare, social media, entertainment and animals. She graduated from Mount St. Mary’s College with a BS in nursing and studied PR at UCLA where she was an extension instructor for more than 11 years. She also served as an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University. Susan is a LAPD Reserve Officer Specialist (ret.), a former member of the Malibu Public Safety Commission, a voting member of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences and a member of Malibu’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). Tellem has four adult children and shares her home with her husband and sheep, goats, cats, chickens and turtles and tortoises.