Our dedicated staff oversees all aspects of wildlife care, education, and administration. The diverse backgrounds and experiences of our staff combine to create a dynamic team devoted to Long Island's wildlife.

Meet Our Staff

Theresa Statz-Smith
Executive Director
Lauren Schulz
Director of Rehabilitation & Operations

Lauren has a bachelor’s degree in zoology from Connecticut College and a master’s degree in education from Saint Lawrence University. She has previous experience working as a naturalist at the New Canaan Nature Center in Connecticut. She first joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2004 as an animal care & education volunteer! Lauren attends both the state & national rehab conferences to further her knowledge in this ever-changing field. Her favorite species to work with are Eastern Gray Squirrels—a very charismatic and ecologically important species.

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Alicia Grubessi
Director of Rehabilitation & Administration

Alicia has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Stony Brook University. She has previous experience working at small animal veterinary hospitals as well as volunteering at the Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Health Center. Alicia joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2013 as an animal care & education volunteer. Alicia attends the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association’s annual symposium and especially enjoys visiting other Wildlife Centers throughout the country. Some of her favorite animals to work with are Virginia Opossums and young waterfowl!

Brianna Cornachio
Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor

Brianna has a bachelor’s degree in animal & veterinary sciences from Clemson University and has a master’s degree in biology from Miami University. She has previous experience working with farm animals such as cows, sheep, and horses. Brianna first joined our organization in 2013 as an animal care & education volunteer. Brianna enjoys working with all of the different species that come into our care.

Brianna Rienzi
Resident Animal Caretaker
Kim Schoedler
Wildlife Educator
Artelen Reyes
Rehabilitation Assistant