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

Lauren Schulz
Wildlife Center Supervisor

Lauren graduated from Connecticut College with a bachelor's degree in zoology in 2006.  Lauren's first introduction to wildlife rehabilitation was here at Volunteers for Wildlife as an animal care volunteer in the summer of 2004! Lauren spent the next two summers working at our center as an intern in 2005 and then as a wildlife educator in 2006. The following fall, Lauren pursued a master's degree in education from Saint Lawrence University and worked as a summer teacher naturalist at the New Canaan Nature Center in 2007. In 2008, Lauren was welcomed back as the Education Coordinator and she began work in her current role in 2012. Lauren is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.  

Alicia Grubessi
Wildlife Center Supervisor

Alicia joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2013 as an animal care & education volunteer. That summer, she graduated from Stony Brook University with a bachelor's degree in biology and became a member of our staff. Alicia has past experience working with cats & dogs in a veterinary hospital as well as volunteering at the Bronx Zoo's Wildlife Health Center. Alicia is a New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitator. Her favorite species to work with at Volunteers for Wildlife are loons, Wood Ducklings, and Virginia Opossums.

Cristen Sagevick
Education Coordinator

Cristen began her time at Volunteers for Wildlife as a Rehabilitation Intern in the autumn of 2018. She then joined the staff as the Wildlife Center Assistant before becoming the Education Coordinator in January 2020. She loves working with the resident Animal Ambassadors and educating the public about Long Island's wildlife. Cristen graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a bachelor's degree in Animal Biology and Conservation in 2016. She has followed her passion around the world volunteering with the Big 5 in South Africa, researching the Bengal Tiger in India, and working with both domestic and therapeutic animals close to home. 

Brianna Cornachio
Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator

Brianna joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2013 as an animal care volunteer and continued her involvement over the years as both a volunteer and seasonal employee. She received her bachelor's degree in animal and veterinary sciences from Clemson University in 2017. At Clemson, she worked with farm animal species but realized her passion for wildlife had been right in front of her all along. After college graduation, Brianna obtained her New York State wildlife rehabilitator license and joined Volunteers for Wildlife full-time. 

Katie Meyer
Wildlife Rehabilitator

Katie joined Volunteers for Wildlife in July of 2016 after she received her bachelor's degree in biology from SUNY Cortland. During her time at SUNY Cortland, she was involved in the biology club, Tri-Beta Biological Honor Society, and spent two years doing research with a professor studying the caterpillar Cactoblastis cactorum. She is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Biology through Miami University. Katie has gained past wildlife experience from volunteering in South Africa while working with native big cats. Katie is a licensed New York State wildlife rehabilitator. 

Bob Pedian
Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice

Bob joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2013 as a volunteer and subsequently interned there before college. In 2014 he pursued his bachelor's degree in Conservation Biology at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry. While there, he co-authored a paper in the journal of Food Security regarding field research on rain-forest restoration and traditional Mayan forestry. Additionally, he traveled to Spain and worked on an international team developing solutions to human-wildlife conflict in a European Green Capital City. After receiving his degree, he returned to Volunteers for Wildlife as a wildlife rehabilitation apprentice and is excited to continue his training. 

Amandine Tooth
Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice

Amandine first joined Volunteers for Wildlife in the summer of 2019 as a wildlife rehabilitation intern, with previous volunteer experience and coursework, focused on animal welfare, wildlife ecology, and conservation. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Applied Animal Biology at the University of British Columbia in 2018, and went on to pursue a Master’s degree in Animal Ecology at Sweden’s Lund University. After completing her Master’s thesis on variation in reproductive strategies of the tawny owl (Strix aluco) in early 2020, Amandine excitedly returned to Volunteers for Wildlife as a wildlife rehabilitation apprentice. She particularly enjoys working with our raptor patients and is looking forward to learning more about the diverse species that Volunteers For Wildlife helps year-round.

Wendy Raye
Human Resources Manager
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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