Karen Bailey, CWR
Karen Bailey is president and founder of Central Kentucky Wildlife Rehabilitation, Inc. in Georgetown, Kentucky. They specialize in neonatal and critical care of orphan raccoons, but accept all native mammals. One of the key components of their mission is to advance wildlife rehabilitation through scientific research and education.
Karen is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and possesses a USDA permit. She is also a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) with the IWRC, a Board member of the Kentucky Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, and has a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) from Vanderbilt University.
Halley Buckanoff, CWR
Halley is currently employed at the North Carolina Zoo at the helm of the Valerie H. Schindler Wildlife Rehabilitation Center overseeing rehabilitation practices, center operations, and mentoring of more than 150 volunteers and interns.
Halley graduated from Lewis and Clark College in Portland, OR with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology. She is a Certified Veterinary Technician with 10+ years of emergency, exotic, zoo and wildlife medicine and husbandry experience. She has completed graduate level course work in animal population management and animal nutrition. Previously, she worked as field biologist mist-netting, trapping, banding, tracking and radio-collaring birds; currently she holds a USFW banding permit and is conducting post-release survival studies on commonly rehabilitated backyard birds in conjunction with Guilford College.
Halley is also the Association of Zoo and Aquarium’s North American Regional Studbook Keeper for the Perodicticus potto (a small African monkey), having devised and published protocols leading to the first successful hand-rearing of a captive infant. Halley believes that the wildlife rehabilitation community are entrusted professionals and as such stewards for wildlife and wild places, relied upon to stay up-to-date on practices and provide conservation education.
Kelli Knight, DVM,CWR
Dr. Kelli graduated from Virginia Tech with a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry and from the Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine. In 1995, she did a veterinary externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia. After a successful career in small-animal practice, she completed a wildlife rehabilitation externship at the Wildlife Center of Virginia in 2011 and fell in love with the field of wildlife rehabilitation! In 2012, Dr. Kelli joined the staff at the Wildlife Center of Virginia and has held several positions including wildlife rehabilitation intern, wildlife rehabilitator, and, currently, the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services. She is also a member of NWRA’s national team. Dr. Kelli lives in Waynesboro and spends her free time at her home away from home in Blacksburg cheering on her Hokies at football and basketball games.
Kristin Madden, CWR
Kristin Madden is the former Clinic Director of Wildlife Rescue Inc. of New Mexico. She has been training educational raptors and rehabilitating wildlife since 1998. Kristin has been a wildlife biologist for 20 years, focusing on avian biology. She has a Master’s degree in environmental studies/wildlife biology and is conducting long-term research on urban Cooper’s Hawks in New Mexico.
Rebecca McKeever, CWR
Rebecca has been a wildlife rehabilitator in Texas since 1994, but has a long history of volunteering at centers since the mid-80s. In 1997, she founded Lone Star Wildlife Rescue. Her group takes care of all native Texas wildlife, but specializes in deer and raptors, including eagles.
Rebecca has been sharing her experience with IWRC students throughout the country and abroad since 2000. She has a love of teaching and spent many years at sea on a research vessel as First Scientist for the Sea Education Association. Her duties include running the lab, quality control, lectures to students on a variety of oceanic/environmental topics as well as rehabbing the occasional wayward bird that landed on the deck.
Besides rehabbing, Rebecca also runs Horse Feathers Farm; breeding select, imported Gypsy Horses and beautiful Drum Horses. Her passions are birds and horses.
Lynn Miller, CWR
Lynn began life in New Zealand, but her passion for wildlife and conservation lead to Summer School at Jersey Wildlife Preservation Trust and a stint at London Zoo.
During a holiday in France, she meet a gorgeous French Canadian chap, which led her life to Quebec. While attending McGill University’s MacDonald College, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, she began working with birds of prey at the Macdonald Raptor Research Centre. Of course, the raptor specialty did not deter people from bringing in ducklings, song birds, herons and pigeons. The mistake was to take these birds to her home, or was it?
That was 25 years ago. Since then, Lynn founded Le Nichoir in 1994, become an IWRC instructor some 9 years ago, joined the IWRC board, and is now the current president of IWRC. She is completing her PhD in Environmental Toxicology. Lynn is currently Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation at the Cape Wildlife Center in Barnstable, Massachusetts, a HSUS facility.
Mark Naniot, CWR
Mark Naniot has been mending orphaned and injured wildlife for almost 40 years. He has Bachelor degrees in natural resources and biology and has served on the Wildlife Rehabilitation Advisory Committee to the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources since its inception. This committee promotes wildlife rehabilitation as a profession with guidelines and rules to protect the wildlife in rehabilitator's care as well as safeguard the public.
From 1996-2010 Mark and his center were responsible for the care & treatment of over 10,630 wild animals comprised from over 100 different species.
Kimberly Poisson, CWR
Kimberly Poisson is the executive director of A2 Raptor Rescue, a non-profit 501(c)3 organization in Michigan. Kimberly has been working with wildlife since 1994 and holds state and federal permits for mammal and raptor rehabilitation as well as education. In 2011 she founded A2 Raptor Rescue, an non-profit organization focused solely on raptor rehabilitation, with a strong emphasis on public education. As part of A2′s educational programing, a pilot program was started aimed at young children. Wings for Literacy began as a test project to see if first-graders would have any interest in reading to the resident screech owls, much like the reading assistance dogs that provide similar services. The program was a huge success and is now growing steadily. In 2009 Kimberly was awarded her CWR by IWRC. Having long been a steadfast believer in IWRC’s mission to develop and provide quality courses and materials to rehabilitators internationally, she chairs the IWRC course development committee, which works to peer review, edit and keep current all the IWRC curriculum and courses.
Renee Schott, DVM, CWR
Renée is currently a full-time staff veterinarian at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota (WRC), one of the largest rehabilitation centers in the country. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over nine years and has worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers across the country.
Renée is passionate about wildlife rehabilitation medicine and sharing her knowledge with others; over 50 veterinary students come to WRC each year to learn more about wildlife medicine. Additionally, Renée teaches veterinary technicians at Argosy University, is involved in teaching courses at the University of Minnesota-College of Veterinary Medicine, and is on the National Wildlife Rehabilitators’ Association’s Board of Directors.
Lynne Slater, CWR
Lynne began doing wildlife rehabilitation when she was 14. She volunteered at the Virginia Living Museum (then the Peninsula Nature and Science Center) with a keen interest in the educational aspect of wild animals. In college, Lynne chose to major in biology with a marine science emphasis. After a summer internship in the Florida Everglades, she realized that this passion would not be a career path for her and for many years, pursued a different path.
Fast forward, Lynne learned of wildlife rehabilitation when she lived in Wisconsin and sought out the training and permits to begin the passion she had put on hold so many years before. In 1998, she moved to Arkansas and founded HAWK Center (Helping Arkansas Wild “Kritters”). HAWK Center specializes in avian species and small mammals, especially critical care. Lynne is also a Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation skills instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council since 2001.
Lee Theisen-Watt majored in biology as a member the National Academic Honor Society Phi Theta Kappa. Animal care and behavior were a major focus of her life, and she began working with non-profit animal groups during college. Initially she worked with domestic animals as a volunteer at Operation Kindness, then with farm animals and avian wildlife at Samuell Farm and Roger’s Wildlife Rehabilitation. This led to her career in Wildlife Rehabilitation. After receiving her Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, her experience with wildlife increased rapidly while assuming leadership roles in her local community as well as national and international. Lee has continued her veterinary medical education by earning her CVA and practicing as a Veterinary Technician at the acclaimed North Texas Emergency Pet Clinic.
Currently Lee’s efforts focus on establishing APES Sanctuary for Primates founded 2010 in Mount Pleasant, Texas. APES will be among the leading Primate Sanctuaries in the country providing captive care of Chimpanzees and Lesser Apes. APES will play an important role in advancing the care of captive primates and promoting conservation.
Lisa Tretiak, CWR
Lisa Tretiak, a founding member of the Prairie Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre (PWRC), started her career in wildlife rehabilitation in 1994. In 1998, Lisa graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Zoology from the University of Manitoba. She gained permanent employment in the wildlife rehabilitation field as a rehab supervisor, and later moved into the position of Rehabilitation Director.
From years of experience working with raptors and a successfully-completed training course, Lisa became permitted as a Master Bander for rehabilitated raptors. During the spring of 2008, Lisa became the first Manitoban and only the fourth person in Canada to be a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator (CWR) through the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Rebekah (Beka) Weiss, CWR
Rebekah Weiss is the founder and staff rehabilitator for Aves Wildlife Alliance in Central Wisconsin, U.S.A. Beka specializes in emergency and critical care for adult birds and mammals, but enjoys the challenges of improving orphan care as well. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Animal Physiology, and Captive Wildlife Management. Since 2006, Beka has worked as a full-time wildlife rehabilitator and has studied wildlife surgical nursing under two seasoned wildlife veterinarians. Between wildlife feedings and scrubbing cages, Beka enjoys digging potatoes, eating fresh raspberries, and picking what’s left of the lettuce, after first chasing the chickens out of her garden.
Susan Wylie, CWR
Susan Wylie is Executive Director of Le Nichoir, a wild bird rehabilitation center located in Hudson, Quebec that receives 1,400 wild birds annually. Susan has been rehabilitating songbirds and aquatic birds for 8 years, with her passion being the rehabilitation of insectivorous birds, especially Chimney swifts. As Director, Susan is also responsible to drive the Center’s fundraising events, manage staff and volunteers, and participate in research.
Susan graduated from McGill University with a Bachelor’s degree, majoring in Wildlife Biology, and is an environmental management technician. She also has experience working in the horticulture business, including at McGill’s research greenhouses, for 8 years while going to school, and has been a cub leader with Scouts Canada for the last 15 years. In addition to being an IWRC instructor, Susan serves on the IWRC Board of Directors as President.