Executive Director

After two years in general business administration at Bentley College, Kristen switched gears and attained her B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from UNH. While in her major, she became a baby bird room volunteer at Center for Wildlife, falling in love with the fact that work was being done daily to address and mitigate the local challenges to wildlife and ecosystems she was learning about. Kristen served as a Park Naturalist for Plum Island through the Department of Conservation and Recreation for 2 years, honing techniques in environmental education, PR, and collaboration between the public and environmental agencies. In 2012 she accepted the Executive Director position, and in her tenure has led and empowered our amazing team toward the sustainable growth and expansion of services and community impact. She is a member of the "Gateway to Maine: Outside" coalition, Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group, and Nottingham Conservation Commission. One of the highlights of her position is sharing the information and tools used for CFW’s recent successful growth with other non-profits and organizations in the field. The stronger our community is, the better the health of wildlife, habitats, and humans!


Medical Clinic Director
Shelley received her B.S. in Wildlife Biology from Unity College in 2002. She began her career in wildlife
rehabilitation as a volunteer/intern for Avian Haven while attending Unity. After college, Shelley went to
work at The Raptor Trust located in Millington, NJ. The Trust is a large wild bird rehabilitation and
education center that, at the time, admitted almost 3500 birds a year and housed 65 permanent
residents. For five years she was a part of the senior medical team and assisted the staff surgeon with all
of the critical care patients. In 2008 Shelley moved back to Maine and became the Infirmary Manager at
Avian Haven, which by then had grown to admit 1200 birds a year. After leaving Avian Haven in 2013
she worked at Hope Elephants for a short time and continued to remain involved with wildlife by
teaming up with Merryspring Nature Center and The Riley School leading owl prowls in the winters. She
also taught a Birding by Habitat class through local Adult Education. Shelley is extremely passionate
about the natural world and wildlife rehabilitation. While her focus and love has always been on the
medical aspect of rehabilitation, she finds continuous joy in combining education, ecology, and natural
history into her work.


Development Manager
Carolyn joined the Center for Wildlife team in January 2020.  She obtained her BA degree in Anthropology from Wheaton College in Norton, MA.  While attending college, Carolyn worked in the Corporate and Foundation Relations Office which introduced her to the world of development and fundraising.  Having spent more than twenty years focused on nonprofit fundraising at nonprofits in Boston and New York City, she has spent a better part of her career in the higher education field working at both Harvard Kennedy School as well as University of New Hampshire.  Most recently Carolyn worked at Children's Museum in Dover where she was responsible for corporate and foundation support, membership programs and special events.  Upon starting a family, she moved to Maine and found herself down the street from Center of Wildlife often visiting with her own mammals. One of the highlights of her position is working with the amazing and strong donor community that supports the critical work being done at Center for Wildlife, witnessing the care and compassion being given in the medical clinic and of course counting the beautiful ambassadors as teammates!


Administrative & Communications Coordinator

Kate received her B.A. in General Studies, with a Business Administration Concentration from St. Joseph's College in 2012. After graduation, she began working as a Special Project Coordinator for a local Maine school department. Kate managed the financials and budgeting for grants which supported local youth programs within the school. She served on several committees which promoted strengthening youth involvement in their community. She then was hired as the Family Academic Support Liaison supporting students academically as they continued their education online.

Kate has always been drawn to the outdoors, supporting wildlife and nature. She immediately jumped at the opportunity of Administration and Communication Coordinator position at Center for Wildlife. Kate joined the staff in the Summer of 2018 and has been expanding her knowledge of wildlife and fundraising. 


Senior Wildlife Specialist
Karyn graduated from Wittenberg University in 2010 with a B.S degree in biology and minor in mathematics, then immediately pursued professional opportunities in wildlife rehabilitation. After interning at Fellow Mortals in Southern Wisconsin, she moved to Noble, OK where she worked first as an intern and then a Wildlife Care Manager for the WildCare Foundation. While overseeing the daily rehabilitative and veterinary care of wild patients at WildCare, she pursued continuing education opportunities that prepared her for and helped her pass the IWRC examination to become a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator.   In addition to her wildlife background, Karyn is pursuing her degree in veterinary technology and most recently served as the Medical Manager at the Cocheco Valley Humane Society where she managed and participated in the veterinary care for several companion animal species.  Karyn is thrilled to be engaging in her passion of wildlife rehabilitation again, a multi-faceted profession that unites her interests in veterinary medicine, ecology and conservation.


Wildlife Specialist

Abby received her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability from Roger Williams University in 2017. Growing up in rural Maine helped Abby to foster a passion for local wildlife and conservation. Soon after accomplishing her bachelor’s degree, Abby completed an internship at the Center for Wildlife. It was through this internship that allowed Abby to pursue a side of wildlife conservation that she hadn’t previously thought to pursue--the medical side. In 2018, Abby was given the opportunity to take her internship to the next level and complete a medical clinic apprenticeship at CFW. With this opportunity, she enjoyed the ability to have varying hands-on experiences each day and the room to learn more within the field of wildlife conservation as a whole. She is a dynamic employee that participates in all aspects of the work, including presenting outreach and supporting our facilities needs.  Abby was thrilled to accept the Wildlife Specialist position in 2019, and is excited to continue to grow her skillset and responsibilities.


Community Engagement Specialist

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 schools and universities and loves educating.  In 2016, Sarah was thrilled to accept the position of Education and Outreach Coordinator and grew the program 70% in 2 years, adding three new species and over 10 individuals to our ambassador family. She is thrilled to take on her role as Community Engagement Specialist as it combines both of her degrees and areas of expertise as well as her love of connecting the community with nature and wildlife.  Sarah is beyond excited to engage with our community through the new Nature Center and our ambassador friends. Sarah is on the Friends of Mt. A, Gateway to Maine Outside, and is an advisee on WRAM (Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Massachusetts)


Education & Outreach Specialist

Katie studied Biology at the University of Vermont and graduated with her B.S. in 2014. She studied mostly community and behavioral ecology, but her concentration in Zoology allowed her a lot of flexibility in the courses she could take. Katie's interest in working with animals brought her to internships in veterinary clinics and animal shelters while in college, and while she found the work intensely rewarding, she knew she wanted to work with a wider variety of species.

Katie has been with the center for the past four years, growing her skill sets in wild animal husbandry and training, developing content and presenting programming to varied audiences, and the administrative side of maintaining a successful environmental education program. In these positions, Katie learned CFW's environmental education philosophy, developed relationships with many of our permanently disabled ambassadors, and provided support with ambassador care and presenting programs.  Katie now serves as point of contact for all environmental education programs, along with daily ambassador care, and recruiting and training education volunteers.  She is very excited to contribute to the new exhibits and design for our Nature Center and Outdoor Ambassador area and trails!


Volunteer Coordinator 

Tamara received her B.A. in English from the University of Maine in 2004. She soon after began a career in marketing that has since brought her coast to coast and to organizations such as Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage, Boston Medical Center, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. In 2013 she received her M.P.S. in Digital Media from Northeastern University. She recently made an exciting career shift and moved from Boston to Maine to open Lovebirds Donuts in Kittery alongside her husband.


Drawn to the mission and an interest in wildlife rehabilitation, Tamara started at the Center as a medical clinic volunteer in late 2017. She enjoyed supporting the care of wildlife patients so much that in Fall 2018 she joined the staff as the part time Clinic Volunteer Coordinator, managing the recruitment, training, and scheduling of our medical clinic and facilities volunteers. 


Hotline and Admissions Assistant

Nicole graduated from Unity College in 2014 with a B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education and interned at the Unity College livestock barn specializing in the preservation of heritage breeds. She began her career teaching people of various abilities how to ride horses as an Equine Assisted Therapy Instructor for The Carriage Barn Adaptive Therapies, later becoming the Social Outreach Coordinator and Director of Horticulture. She now serves on their board of directors. She began working with wildlife when she took a summer job as a zookeeper, and continued on to a position working with invertebrates at The Museum of Science, specializing in tropical butterflies and teaching side programs as a general science educator.

Nicole found a new passion for native species when she became a volunteer at the Center for Wildlife in 2016, before becoming the Hotline & Admissions Assistant. She enjoys being able to empower to the public to take action for an animal in distress, as well as creating peaceful resolutions that allow humans and wildlife to coexist.

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385 Mountain Road, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

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P.O. Box 620, Cape Neddick, ME 03902

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