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

Lauren Schulz
Wildlife Center Supervisor

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.

Alicia Grubessi
Wildlife Center Supervisor

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!

Cristen Sagevick
Education Coordinator

Cristen has a bachelor’s degree in animal biology & conservation from Oxford Brookes University. She has previous experience working with cats and dogs as well as researching wildlife at Ranthambore National Park in India and volunteering in South Africa. Cristen joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2018 as a rehabilitation intern and then transitioned to her current role in 2020. Cristen’s favorite ambassador to work with is Lucille the Virginia Opossum.

Brianna Cornachio
Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator

Brianna has a bachelor’s degree in animal & veterinary sciences from Clemson University and is currently pursuing 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.

Katie Meyer
Wildlife Rehabilitator

Katie has a bachelor’s degree in biology from SUNY Cortland and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in biology from Miami University. She has previous experience in the field of research working with the Cactoblastis cactorum caterpillar as well as volunteering with big cats in South Africa. Katie joined our staff in 2016 as a wildlife rehabilitator. Katie particularly enjoys working with baby rodents that come to our Center—species which require dedication and around-the-clock care!

Amandine Tooth
Wildlife Rehabilitator

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.

Bob Pedian
Seasonal Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant

Bob has a bachelor’s degree in conservation biology from SUNY College of Environmental Sciences and Forestry. He has previous experience working on a team of biologists in Spain to address ecosystem service, human-wildlife conflict, and urban environmental planning. Bob first joined our organization in 2012 as a volunteer, completed a rehabilitation internship in 2014, and then joined our staff shortly after college graduation. One of Bob’s favorite species to work with is the Great-blue Heron—a large, powerful, and regal species of wading bird.

Wendy Raye
Human Resources Manager

Wendy joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2014 as a volunteer, working with both our education & rehabilitation teams. Wendy has an extensive background in Human Resources, working for many years in the corporate world in Manhattan. Wendy is especially fond of the baby waterfowl (ducks & geese) that come to our care!

194-A Bayville Road Locust Valley, NY 11560

(516) 674-0982

info@volunteersforwildlife.org

Volunteers for Wildlife, Inc. is a tax exempt 501(c)3 not-for-profit charitable organization. Copies of our annual audited financial statements as well as annual IRS 990 and NY State CHAR500 reports can be accessed on the NYS Attorney General's Charity website http://www.charitiesnys.com.

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