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

2019 Staff

2019 Staff

Fishing hook removal

Fishing hook removal

Renesting of a Great-Horned Owl

Renesting of a Great-Horned Owl

Examining a Red-Throated Loon

Examining a Red-Throated Loon

2019 Holiday Party

2019 Holiday Party

Brianna collecting branches

Brianna collecting branches

Theresa Statz-Smith
Executive Director
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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.

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Amandine Tooth
Wildlife Rehabilitation Supervisor

Amandine has a bachelor’s degree in applied animal biology from the University of British Columbia as well as master’s degree in animal ecology from Sweden’s Lund University. She has previous experience volunteering at the Greenburgh Nature Center in New York, working with the British Columbia SPCA, and completing her thesis about the Tawny Owl! Amandine loves to work with our raptor patients such as hawks, owls, and falcons.

Jessie Rebenstock
Resident Animal Care Manager
Caitlin Merrins
Wildlife Educator
Shalyn Gordon
Wildlife Rehabilitator