MEET OUR STAFF
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 & Operations 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!
Education & Outreach Director
Josh received his BA(hons) in Education from Swansea Metropolitan University in Wales, UK. As an educator he had a focus on combining the outdoors and classroom experiences from Baby Bushcraft classes to Adult Survival sessions. Growing up in Wales allowed him to pursue his passion for wildlife, specifically mammals at the time, and outdoor education before moving to Cape Cod, MA to continue his career in the Outdoor Education Field. Having spent 6 years with the SSYMCA as their Nature Director and Program Director, Josh has spent his time developing programs and experiences for a whole age of participants with a single focus in mind - imparting passion for Wildlife Conservation. It was during this time that he took a heavier interest in the native Bird and Reptile species of New England, combined with a deep rooted natural curiosity of the natural world and exploring, Josh decided that New England was to be his new home. For the last few years Josh has spent time in the hospitality industry as a Director of programming for The Chatham Bars Inn and The Cliff House, curating experiences for guests from all around the world who have been visiting to help create lasting memories. He is beyond excited to get back into nature and can't wait to welcome more people to the center and to the programs.
Wildlife Hotline & 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.
Senior Wildlife Specialist
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.
Bre graduated from Unity College where she earned her B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education in 2019. She started her journey into wildlife rehabilitation here at the center where she was a summer intern in 2018! After completing her internship, she stayed in the field by volunteering and working a seasonal rehabilitation position at Avian Haven in Freedom, ME. After moving back home to Connecticut, Bre worked a seasonal job with the State of Connecticut in their Wildlife Division and worked as an Animal Control Officer for a local city. Bre then landed in the field of Veterinary Science and got a job at an animal hospital. Though she loved these jobs and working with domestic animals, wildlife is where her true passion lies and she returned to the center in the spring of 2021 to join the clinic team as a Wildlife Specialist! Bre is excited to work in a conservation field that truly helps to foster a great sense of community and helps connect people to the amazing wildlife around them!
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.
Marketing & Outreach Coordinator
Bob graduated from the University of Vermont's Rubenstein School of Environment and Natural Resources in 2014. After graduating, Bob spent years traveling and adventure sport guiding in both New Zealand and Australia. Upon return to New England, Bob continued his outdoor guiding career while also working for Sunday River Resort's marketing team. Along with guiding and marketing, Bob has also spent time advocating for sustainable transportation, managed operations for a variety of outdoor sporting companies and taught environmental education to adults with disabilities in Southern Maine. In his free time, Bob can be found on skis in the mountains, on a board in the water or on the trails with his dogs. Bob is excited to help spread the word about the Center for Wildlife and to help build connections with the local community.
Jeremy considers a potent curiosity his most abiding and valuable trait. Wandering between Emersonian self-reliance and John Cage’s rampant experimentalism, Jeremy considers himself a true improviser and a generalist, who believes learning something new in the course of solving a unique problem is one of life’s greatest joys. He earned an MFA from Bard College and spent almost every waking hour of his young adulthood with saxophone in hand, performing and recording original music widely throughout the region. From a job repairing docks, Jeremy worked his way onto the deck of a UNH research boat, where he stayed for the better part of a decade before moving on to the Seacoast Science Center to design and build interactive exhibits. These days he can be found sailing local waters with his family, working on something with an engine, or making up his own rules to games. Jeremy is happy to join the Center for Wildlife team, and is looking forward to putting old knowledge to use, and gaining some new knowledge in the process.
A lifelong resident of Maine, Valerie was raised with Kittery’s coastal woodlands in her backyard and grew up loving New England’s wildlife and wild spaces. She earned her B.A. in Human Ecology from the College of the Atlantic and her M.S. in Earth & Environmental Science from Lehigh University, and discovered a passion for birds, natural history, and environmental education. After college, she worked as an environmental instructor at Stone Environmental Schools of New England and a volunteer educator with the Blue Ocean Society. Returning to live in Southern Maine with her family, Valerie spent several years as a payroll and billing specialist in the private sector. Valerie is thrilled to be a part of the Center for Wildlife and is excited to support the on-site team and the local community.
Schools and Libraries Team Leader
Taylor first worked at the Center for Wildlife in 2010 as an intern while she was attending the University of New Hampshire. After graduating with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Taylor traveled the country doing different jobs until she landed in South Carolina. There she spent 6 years working at a nature preserve, creating and facilitating experiential environmental education opportunities for students of all ages. She also oversaw the management of the preserve’s wildlife habitats and trail system. Her passion and curiosity for environmental education and habitat management led Taylor to return to school to earn her M.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology from Clemson University in 2022. Taylor is excited to be back at the Center for Wildlife to continue learning and bringing awareness to how we all can live sustainably in community with local wildlife.
Emily graduated from Unity College in 2020 with a Bachelor of Science in Captive Wildlife Care and Education. While obtaining her degree and well before, Emily worked and volunteered at Nevin’s Farm MSPCA caring for homeless animals and doing humane education and outreach programs. She also designed courses in survival skills, anatomy and physiology, and disease ecology for the College for Kids Program at Northern Essex Community College. She used this background in education and advocacy later when leading award-winning research in sustainability behavior; specifically in development of methods for educators and academics to optimize their audience’s understanding of conservation sciences, increase engagement, and encourage lasting behavior change towards sustainability. Emily has also participated in research in evolutionary zoology, wildlife road mortality, genetics, and viability of citizen science data for law and policy change. Emily arrived at Center for Wildlife in 2020 as an intern and found her passion for the interdisciplinary approach to conservation and the One Health mindset was not only shared by the staff but had long been an integral part of CFW’s mission. She apprenticed in the Wildlife Clinic for nearly 2 years before accepting the position of Volunteer Coordinator, where she continues to work closely with the amazing educators, animal ambassadors, wildlife specialists, patients, and of course, all our amazing volunteers!