Center for Wildlife
Our Staff

Kristen Lamb
Executive Director

Executive Director with barred owl ambassador BiancaKristen attained a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Here she fell in love with wildlife, and earned additional credits for research projects. Her favorite project was the radio-tracking of moose in the White Mountains, where she was lucky enough to creep up on a mother and her calf. During her second year at UNH, Kristen began volunteering at CFW as a baby bird room volunteer. From there she joined the staff wearing the hats of Rehabilitation Supervisor, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, and Wildlife Educator; learning a lot about wildlife medical treatment, environmental education, and disabled wildlife husbandry.

In the summers of 2006 and 2007, she worked part-time at CFW to focus efforts as a Park Interpreter/Naturalist for the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation at Plum Island. There she learned to coordinate with state, federal, and private agencies to protect the endangered piping plover, along with environmental education program development and presentation. In fall of 2007, she returned to the Center full-time as the Education & Outreach Director.

In 2012 she accepted the Executive Director position, and in her tenure has led and empowered our amazing team toward the growth of the internship program from three summer interns to 30-plus throughout the year; expanded the educational programs from 50 to over 225 off-site and on-site ecology- and curriculum-based programs annually; identified and implemented diversified fundraising strategies; helped develop the education and outreach and development committees; and provided sustainability to the organization, allowing for continued growth. She most recently leads our strategic planning efforts alongside our board of directors, and provides the vision and motivation for attaining our capital campaign expansion.

Lamb is a member of the "Gateway to Maine: Outside" coalition, Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group, and Nottingham Conservation Commission. She volunteers as a Lamprey River Water Quality monitor (helping to ensure and understand the health of local watersheds), and most recently joined the ME Bat Working Group to help compile baseline data and understand habitat needs of bats in ME; in order to address the challenges and possible local extinction that our bats face today. She is often asked to speak at public events and conferences, most recently at Maine Audubon’s annual corporate donor event.Her goal is to help counteract the human-caused impact on wildlife through a combination of wildlife medical care, education, and research. She lives in Nottingham NH with her husband Ed and a beautiful (if slightly mischievous) cat named Tiny Dancer and an equally beautiful and goofy rescued puppy named Macie!

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Erin Burns

Wildlife Specialist/ Volunteer and Intern CoordinatorErin bio

With a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, Erin has a passion for scientific research, especially when it comes to wildlife and the environment. At school, Erin was lucky enough to travel to the US Virgin Islands for a class on Tropical Ecology. While in St. John, Erin and her classmates studied coral reef ecology and the multitude of species that live within the reefs as well as on the mainland. Back in the states, Erin took a research-intensive class in field limnology, or the study of freshwater lakes. She learned many water sampling techniques in the field, wrote a research paper on zooplankton and worked in the general chemistry lab- fueling her always growing love for the sciences.

During the summer breaks, she worked as a camp counselor at an environmental-themed camp run by the New Hampshire Audubon and had the opportunity to fine-tune her excellent leadership skills. Erin also began volunteering at the Center for Wildlife in her free time and it was then that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in which she could help wildlife. After graduating from UNH, Erin worked for two years at an environmental laboratory as a prep lab technician, but knew her future would still lie in wildlife. In the spring of 2011, Erin accepted a position as a Senior Intern at CFW, learning more about wildlife medical care and case management, and just as importantly leading, teaching, training, and guiding the many volunteers and interns to provide supportive care. Because of her background in science and ecology, and excellent teamwork and leadership skills we gladly offered Erin the Wildlife Specialist position as soon as it opened up.

Erin is excited to learn as much as possible about every wild animal that comes through the door, and in 2014 was thrilled to attend the IWRC Symposium in Cincinnati, OH; bringing back a wealth of information regarding the latest research and practices in wildlife rehabilitation. Erin participates in the Development Committee providing support with fundraising and special events, and is a member of the Medical Clinic Committee helping to advance diagnostics, continuously review and update clinic protocols, and keep current on research related to wildlife medicine.

Erin lives in Durham, New Hampshire on the shore of Little Bay. She LOVES the outdoors in any season, exploring the coast, woods, and mountains. She especially enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and geocaching all over New England. Erin also likes traveling and hopes to make a cross-country road trip some day.

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Sonja Ahlberg

Wildlife Specialist/ Medical Clinic Team LeadWildlife Specialist with Eastern Screech Owl Patient

Sonja has a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska. Beyond an extensive knowledge of native wildlife ecology and physiology, she has a strong veterinary background. Sonja first became interested in wildlife care while working at the Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital as a certified vetirinary technician. The veterinarian that she worked with volunteered her time pinning bones and stabiliizing raptors, cranes, baby songbirds and mammals, and other native wildlife. Sonja was able to observe and take part in many of those surgeries, and also learned to care for orphaned wildlife.

While in Alaska Sonja also worked for the Alaska Sealife Center as a Veterinary Lab Technician, and was responsible for the lab work and diagnostics of the marine and seabird patients admitted there. She also assisted in weighing, handling, and treating those patients. Sonja was also able to conduct necropsies for the center to help determine cause of patient death- allowing for data collection on possible environmental factors, improving medical research, and much more.

Sonja's love for wildlife expanded to field work at her positions with the National Parks and Forest Services as a Biological and Wildlife Technician. While with the National Parks she conducted surveys in California, Arizona and Montana of a variety of species from the Columbian spotted frog to grizzly bears. She was also able to conduct bat surveys in caves where she helped to determine the presence of bats and maternity colonies- estimating populations and demographics. During her tenure with the Forest Service she conducted surveys in the Pacific Northwest monitoring species such as the pileated woodpecker, Northern goshawk, and white-headed woodpeckers. These surveys help to guide best management practices, and conservation recommendations.

Sonja currently lives in Cape Neddick, ME with her dog Scrappy and an (indoor!!) cat. She has been with the Center since spring 2012 and has worked alongside our veterinarian to improve medical diagnostics and treatment. She also conducted her Masters thesis on turtle patients that were admitted to CFW due to car strikes in 2013 and continued the research through 2014. She hopes this research will shed some light on infection levels in turtles and how to best treat them while in care.

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Katie PepinWildlife Specialist/ Facilities Coordinator
Wildlife Specialist/ Facilities Coordinator

Katie attained a B.S. in Animal Sciences: Pre-Veterinary Medicine as well as an A.A.S. in Dairy Management from the University of New Hampshire. In a quest to fulfill her childhood dream of becoming a Veterinarian, Katie immersed herself in as many different areas of Animal Care as were available to her. Taking advantage of having the New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory on campus, she regularly attended Grand Rounds and Necropsies during her years there. She joined us in 2010 as a summer intern and discovered her passion for Wildlife Rehabilitation, continuing to volunteer with us even after her internship.

She took a special interest in animal behavior during her college years a spent a few of them working at a nearby zoo. There she gained experience with the importance of animal behavior observation and interpretation in a captive setting, caring for a wide variety of animals from birds to bears to reptiles to primates. Katie has also spent a year as a member of the UNH C.R.E.A.M program. She worked alongside a group of classmates to manage the campus Dairy Herd and gained invaluable lessons in management, leadership and teamwork in addition to falling in love with the cows, which prompted her to go for an Associate’s in Dairy Management.

Following her graduation from UNH in 2012, Katie became our first 12-month Medical Clinic Apprentice. She learned everything she could about wildlife medical care and husbandry and took a special interest in wound management. She also really enjoyed training and guiding our many interns and volunteers that came through during her Apprenticeship. Following her Apprenticeship Katie took a course in Wound Management through the IWRC and joined our Medical Clinic Committee as a volunteer. She became a Veterinary Assistant at York Animal Hospital where she really developed her laboratory, diagnostic and surgical monitoring skills. Katie has also been a Temporary Wildlife Specialist with us since her apprenticeship, filling in during busy seasons and vacations as need allowed.

We were delighted to offer her a full-time position as soon as one opened up. Katie officially joined us full time in the spring of 2015. She is very excited to further develop our Facilities Volunteer program and to break ground this summer on our Oiled Wildlife Wash renovation among other future projects. She currently lives in Somersworth, NH with her two (indoor!) kitties, Tiger and Monster. She enjoys running and hiking and rock climbing in her spare time!

Sarah Kern
Education and Outreach Coordinator (grant funded position)

Sarah attained a B.A. in Communications from the University of New Hampshire in 1998 and earned her M.Ed. in 2008. Sarah started as a volunteer back in 2000 doing animal care as well as facility upkeep. From there she wore multiple hats working as the Volunteer Coordinator, Wildlife Educator, and Animal Care Coordinator. Sarah left to start raising her own two baby mammals in 2005 but continued working with the Education Committee at the Center for Wildlife helping to design programs and align lesson plans and programs with current curriculum standards. Sarah has over 20 years of education experience in both traditional and non traditional settings ranging from preschool to high school.

In 2016, Sarah was thrilled to accept the Education and Outreach Coordinator position. The job combines both of her fields of study as well as her loves of education and wildlife. Enrichment, through habitat as well as dietary and mental stimulus, is a highlight of her job that helps ensure happy and healthy lives for all of our ambassadors, as well as our staff! One of her favorite aspects of her job is the fact that she is continues to learn new facts daily from both the clinical staff, her animal ambassador friends, and members of her community.

Sarah serves as a member of the "Gateway to Maine: Outside" Coalition and Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group. She lives in Strafford, NH with her daughter, Samara, her son, Sedge, a cat named Andicat, a hedgehog named Piper, 2 bunnies named Gayle and Maxwell Chain Fuzzybottom, 6 chickens, Aurum, Alice, Annie, Peggy, Wither, and Wanda, a leopard gecko name Paki and 4 frogs named Bob, Bob, Bob and William. When not playing with this menagerie, Sarah enjoys kayaking, attempting to garden, and skiing. She has a favorite spot on the ski mountain where she sees wild porcupines enjoying their hemlock boughs.

She loves spending time with our disabled ambassadors and sharing our work with the community and is so very excited to continue her work with CFW!

Center for Wildlife Board of Directors

Karyn Scharf Morin

HR Committee Chair

Karyn Scharf Morin is Vice President, Retail Market Manager at Kennebunk Savings Bank. Morin is responsible for overseeing a region of banking offices that includes Kennebunk, Lower Village, North Berwick, Sanford, Ogunquit and York as well as the direct management of the Wells office. Morin has been with Kennebunk Savings since 2001 and has held the position of Branch Administrator and has been the Branch Manager of both the Berwick and York Offices. She brings considerable retail banking experience to her new role. Prior to joining Kennebunk Savings, Morin held branch management positions in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire markets for other financial institutions.

Morin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College and was a Lordan scholar at the New England School of Banking at Williams College. A resident of South Berwick, she serves as the Board Chair of the Center of Wildlife and is a member of the Wells Rotary Club. Morin fell in love with Center for Wildlife at a volunteer workday through Kennebunk Savings Bank, helping to clean and set up turtle habitat and enclosures in 2007. She has served as board member, financial advisor, Human Resources Committee Chair, and most recently Board Chair. Her passion for wildlife and extensive financial background has helped to bring Center for Wildlife’s stability and professionalism to what it is today.

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Dawn Dickinson


Board Chair and Treasurer


Dawn Dickinson is the Director of Client Relations and Revenue Cycle Services at Laboratory Billing Solutions in Portsmouth, NH. She is responsible for managing the day to day relationship with all of LBS’ clients. In addition to being the primary interface with the lab clientele, Dawn has the claims submission, AR management, payment posting, and Customer Service functions reporting to her. Ms. Dickinson previously worked as Director of Customer Service for Path Lab where she oversaw a staff of twenty people handling client inquiries related to lab operations and technical services.

Dawn has her MBA, and various Associates Degrees and certifications. Keen to the medical world, she began her love of animal medicine working at a veterinary hospital that treated wildlife. She brought an injured gray squirrel to Center for Wildlife in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Dawn serves on the board of directors as Treasurer and Secretary. In addition she is a volunteer educator and Development Committee Chair. Dawn has been instrumental in growing Center for Wildlife’s Human Resources and environmental educational programming in her tenure.
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Dr. John Means

Medical Clinic Committee Chair

Dr. Means grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. During his high school years he worked at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where they have a live animal section. There he learned how to handle and train birds of prey and mammals. These experiences would ultimately lead to where he is today. Dr. Means attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1977, followed by a Master's degree in 1981. His Master's thesis pioneered techniques for analyzing subpopulations of birds using mineral analysis of the bird's feathers.

During the time he was writing his Master's thesis, he took a job for the state of Ohio as biologist running a nature center and wildlife rehabilitation program. There he specialized in care for injured birds of prey. Veterinary students at the Ohio State veterinary school were starting a raptor rehabilitation program at the veterinary school and visited Dr. Means frequently for advice and experience in the handling and care of raptors. This contact with these students stimulated Dr. Means to apply to veterinary school. So, after four years of working for the State of Ohio, Dr. Means started at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. During his time in vet school he led the raptor rehab program and implemented an outpatient exotic bird program.

After graduation in 1987, Dr. Means and his wife Jeanine, moved to Maine and he has continued to practice on the seacoast with a special interest in birds and small mammals. He provides the veterinary care and serves on the board of directors and as Medical Clinic Committee Chair for the Center for Wildlife. John's veterinary care and collaboration with our Wildlife Specialists have brought our diagnostics and treatment to new heights, ultimately improving success rates for injured wildlife. He has three children, a dog, two cats, and a bird. In his spare time he enjoys running (long distances!), hiking, camping and cutting firewood.
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Joe Tucker

Capital Campaign Committee

Joe grew up in Rye , NH and from a very early age surrounded himself with birds and animals of all kinds. He attended Portsmouth High School and went on to graduate from the University of NH with a BA in Business Administration. After exploring a number of different pursuits, he settled into the building industry (owning and running Tucker Associates in Rye, NH) at the age of 28 and continues in that field today, some 40 years later.

Joe and his wife Julie live in Rye currently and have a diverse variety of birds and animals. Some are rescue through the SPCA, others are domestic livestock, as well as a collection of waterfowl. Joe and Julie are both licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the NH . Joe served on the Center for Wildlife's board of directors five years ago and rejoined the board eight months ago. Aside from involvement in a number of sports activities, Joe's passion remains the well being of both domestic and wild creatures and the betterment of the Center for Wildlife.border

Tom Boisvert- Capital Campaign and Nominating Committees

Tom started his business career in 1978 when he opened a landscape and excavation firm .As the company grew it branched out into residential home building and land development. Over the years Tom has been involved in hundreds of residential and commercial projects throughout Massachusetts and Southern NH. He continues his love of the building business with property acquisitions, rehab and sales.

Past experiences include: New Castle Planning Board member, New Castle Planning Board Liaison To ZBA, New Castle Elected Cemetery Trustee, Past President SENH Habitat for Humanity. Tom is most recently the Founder and Board Chair of new Non Profit - Community Toolbox Inc. in Portsmouth NH. Tom lives with his wife Barbara and their Chocolate lab " Nabisco" in Dover NH. His love of the outdoors and wildlife has brought him CFW and he hopes his experience in business will help CFW become a premier facility in the New England region helping rescue, rehabilitate and releasing wildlife

Troy Dillow- Capital Campaign Committee/ Development

Troy is currently the Vice President of Operations for Bernier Insurance in Rochester NH. His past management and operational experience includes founding, owning, and operating a regional transportation company. that provided daily bus service along the seacoast; as well as events such as weddings and corporate events. For 9 years Troy worked for the Department of Defense at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, starting as the Training Supervisor for Welding School where he developed training plans, guided students from orientation through qualification. His final position was a Nuclear General Foreman for the Structural Group, where he was charged with overseeing, planning, training and execution of Nuclear maintenance nationwide.

Troy has lived in NH for most of his life, with short residencies in Texas and Puerto Rico. His connection to the community is evident through volunteer roles including: serving on the Board of Directors at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce, member of the Rochester Economic Development Commission, monthly sponsor and volunteer at the Fellowship Kitchen (soup kitchen in Rochester) and as a member of the Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America. Troy is excited to bring both his community networking and operational management skills to Center for Wildlife as our newest board member. He is excited about our cause and the work that is being done and became more involved because of the positive trend of the Center (both financially and organizationally). Troy lives in Rochester, NH with his wife Roxane and their two dogs "Molly" and "Taylor".

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Larry Goff - Board Member

Larry Goff is a retired Professor of Psychology and worked at Massachusetts Bay Community College, Wellesley, MA. During his 38 year tenure, Professor Goff served as the Dean of Students, Dean for Humanities and Social Sciences for the college prior to his teaching career and then went on to become the Department Chair for the Division of Social Sciences, while developing the Distance Education curriculum for the Psychology Department.

His degrees are in Psychology and Counseling, and has done extensive consulting work for school systems in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in association with Northeast Health Resources out of Exeter New Hampshire along with a private practice and EAP business.

Professor Goff was a member and Chairman of Membership of the Greater Lovell Land Trust Board of Directors, Lovell Maine and also on the Board of Directors of STEP, a Drug and Education Prevention organization, Boston, MA. In addition he has served on countless Civic and Community Boards.

Larry and his wife Sharon brought an injured herring gull to the Center for Wildlife last spring, and were so impressed with their care and response that they wanted to get involved. Recently Larry was asked to serve on the Board of Directors which he gladly accepted while Sharon will begin volunteering in the near future.

Larry and Sharon have 3 children and 5 grandchildren. They reside in York with their cat, Roxanne.

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Center for Wildlife Advisory Committee


Non-Voting Members:

Finance Committee Member and Advisor
Marge Titcomb, Yarmouth, Maine

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Infrastructure

Want to see how the many hands, minds, and hearts come together to carry out Center for Wildlife's mission every year? Take a look at our Organizational Flow Chart!

Center for Wildlife Org Chart


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