Meet Our Staff

Lauren Schulz Eddings

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 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, and horses, 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.


Alicia Grubessi

Wildlife Center Supervisor

Katie joined Volunteers for Wildlife in July of 2016 after she received her bachelor's 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 catepillar Cactoblastis cactorum. She gained past wildlife experience from volunteering in South Africa while working with big cats. Katie is a licensed New York State Wildlife Rehabilitator. 

Katie Meyer

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Brianna Cornachio

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. 

Senior Wildlife Rehabilitator

Bob Pedian

Bio coming soon!

Jade Hernaez

Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant

Wendy Raye

Office Assistant

Bio coming soon!

After 30+ years in Human Resources in NYC in advertising, Wendy joined Volunteers for Wildlife in 2014 as an animal care volunteer, working with both residents and patients. Looking to increase her involvement with the organization, Wendy recently began working part-time in our office to help with administrative duties and answering our Hotline. Wendy doesn't have any pets at home, so she really enjoys working with our wildlife!

Wildlife Rehabilitation Apprentice

Cristen Sagevick

Wildlife Center Assistant

Cristen began her time at Volunteers for Wildlife as a Rehabilitation Intern in the autumn of 2018. She has now joined the staff as the Wildlife Center Assistant; working for both the talented rehab and education teams. Cristen graduated from Oxford Brookes University with a bachelor’s of science 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.