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 & Education Programs 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. Shelley serves as a member of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife wildlife rehabilitation steering committee, along with the Rabies Vector commission.
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. 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 Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Saint Joseph's College of Maine in 2012. After College, she spent several years working at a school department managing financials, supporting outreach programs, and working in the curriculum office. She gained valuable experience managing a budget and supporting the grant funded programs. Kate then transitioned to working at an online school supporting students. Kate has always felt a draw to nature and wildlife so when the Administrative and Communications Coordinator position became available, she jumped on the opportunity. She is thrilled to be deepening her connection to nature, supporting Center for Wildlife's mission and continuing to learn something new each and every day.
Senior Wildlife Specialist/ MCA Coordinator
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.
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 Wildlife for the past four years, growing through positions like our Education & Outreach Fellow and Resident Environmental Educator. 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's knowledge and passion is a tremendous asset to our education & outreach program.
Volunteer Coordinator (p/t)
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 the delicious 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.
We are so happy to have Tamara as part of our team!
Wildlife Hotline and Admissions Coordinator
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 Director of Horticulture, and then program developer. 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. Nicole found a new passion for native species when she became a volunteer at the Center for Wildlife in 2016, before accepting her current position. 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.
Wildlife Specialist/Intern Coordinator
Sam received her Bachelor of Science degree in Animal Science from the University of Vermont in 2015. While in college, she worked on a family-owned dairy farm, as well as volunteered at a local animal shelter, which strengthened her passion for animal husbandry. After graduation, she worked as a Genetic Testing Analyst for a dairy breed association before switching gears to explore a new curiosity for nature. Sam began her time at the Center for Wildlife as an intern in 2018, where she found a passion for wildlife and conservation. She later accepted positions as a Medical Clinic Apprentice and Senior Medical Clinic Apprentice, as she continued to grow her skill set and learn more about the field of conservation medicine. Sam is excited to continue to engage in research projects and contribute to CFW’s mission.
Abby attended Roger Williams University in Rhode Island where she completed her B.S. in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability. Growing up with many animals in the woods of Maine, she was always passionate about wildlife and care taking. Abby completed a 3-month internship at the Center for Wildlife and felt connected with the sustainability aspect of rehabilitation. She enjoyed her time so much, she decided to become a Medical Clinic Apprentice in hopes of learning as much as she can while caring for the wildlife. In 2019, Abby accepted the full-time position of Wildlife Specialist, and beyond providing excellent medical treatment and care to our patients and ambassadors, she takes the lead on housing and facilities upkeep.
Resident Environmental Educator
Kristen graduated in 2015 from SUNY Brockport with a BS in Environmental Science and Biology. After college, she worked a few research technician jobs through the New York Department of Environmental Conservation and the United States Department of Energy before moving to Baltimore, Maryland to complete two AmeriCorp service terms through the Maryland Conservation Corp. While in Baltimore, she learned about working in a nature center, programming, and raptor care. Kristen then moved to Maine and started at the Center for Wildlife in fall 2018 as the education and outreach fellow. Kristen is grateful for the opportunity to work with our non-releasable ambassadors and is excited for the new educational opportunities our new nature center will allow us to offer.