WWRA Board of Directors


Jenny Schlieps, President

Co-Chair, Wildlife Care Committee

President@wwrawildlife.org / jenny@focuswildlife.org

Focus Wildlife International

Jenny is Program and Rehabilitation Manager for Focus Wildlife. She was a rehabilitator and later Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at the PAWS Wildlife Center where she worked from 1994-2008. She has experience with a broad range of species and has responded to oil spills across the US and Canada since 2008. She specializes in oiled wildlife care, oiled wildlife response planning, and animal care standards. She is a founding and current board member of the WWRA and serves on the NWRA Board of Directors. She is Editor of the NWRA journal, Wildlife Rehabilitation Bulletin, is chair of the NWRA Publications Committee, and serves on the NWRA/IWRC Standards Committee.


Co-Chair, Board Development Committee


PAWS Wildlife Center

Dr. John Huckabee has continuously worked with wildlife rehabilitators since graduating from the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine in 1985, and exclusively as a wildlife veterinarian since 1991. He has been the lead wildlife veterinarian for the PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood since 1998, and has recently begun a new role with PAWS as Veterinary Program Manager for both the Wildlife and Companion Animal Services Departments. John has served on a number of nonprofit boards of directors, advisory boards, steering committees, task forces and editorial boards since the late 1980s, including serving on the NWRA Board of Directors.

Stephanie Estrella, Vice President & Secretary

Co-Chair, Board Development Committee


Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue

Stephanie is the director and rehabilitator for Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue, a small rehabilitation facility in Olympia, Washington that specializes in birds of prey, corvids, and bats. She started rehabilitating wildlife in 2003 as a volunteer for other rehabilitation centers, and founded Raindancer Wild Bird Rescue in 2012. Stephanie holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Science and also works as a research scientist. She serves as Board Secretary for the WWRA and as Board Secretary for Happy Valley Bats.

Emily Meredith, Treasurer

Chair, Finance and Development Committee


PAWS Wildlife Center

Emily holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and an Environmental Studies Certificate from Indiana University. Emily has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over 23 years and is the Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager at PAWS Wildlife Center. She has worked for several wildlife rehabilitation organizations across the United States and Canada. Her experience encompasses a wide range of species including large mammals and pelagic birds.

Mathew ‘Tigger’ Birch, Board Member

Co-Chair, Membership Committee


Featherhaven Native Songbird Rehabilitation

“Tigger”, as most people know him, was born Mathew Birch. A Seattle native, he started working professionally with animals in 2000 but his passion for animals started as a child visiting his grandparent’s farm on Whidbey Island.  In spring of 1999 he started volunteering at PAWS Wildlife Center. Tigger enjoyed wildlife rehabilitation so much that upon being hired the following spring as seasonal staff he spent most of the next 5 years there. In 2005 he transitioned to Veterinary Medicine working as a Veterinary Assistant in a mixed animal practice and continued to work with wildlife on the side.  In 2010 he received both a Veterinary Technician’s License and WA Wildlife Rehabilitators Permit. That same year he helped to found South Sound Critter Care wildlife center. In addition to working as an LVT full-time, he is currently working with Featherhaven Native Songbird Rehabilitation in Enumclaw and has been a board member for the last 3.5 years. In his off time he enjoys spending time with his wife, children and his current pets, which include Jake the dog, Hermione, Willow and Sassy the cats, Happy the cockatiel and Elva, Fiona and Skeeter the chickens (known collectively as “the girls”).

Lauren Caruso, Board Member

Chair, Education Committee


PAWS Wildlife Center

Lauren has been working with wildlife in a variety of capacities since 2005, including research in Southern California and Alaska, distinct faculty roles in mathematics and biological sciences, and professional wildlife rehabilitation in Missouri and Washington. She earned two Bachelor's degrees in Astrophysics and Conservation Ecology from San Diego State University in 2008 and a Master of Science degree in Biological Sciences from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2012. In addition, Lauren has over 9 years of formal teaching experience at the middle school, high school, and college levels; and her ongoing passion for education pervades her current role as a Wildlife Rehabilitator at PAWS Wildlife Center. “It is my belief that the field of wildlife rehabilitation is most impactful when joined with a desire for the pursuit of knowledge.”

Alysha EVANS, Board Member

Co-Chair, Wildlife Care Committee


Whatcom Humane Society

Alysha Evans graduated in 2010 with honors from Thompson Rivers University in the Animal Health Technology Program as a Registered Animal Health Technologist. In 2010 Alysha also received her state license as a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has been working with wildlife since 2006 at various centers gaining hands – on experience with all species including large carnivores and marine mammals. Alysha currently manages the Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Rehabilitation Services Department and oversees ~1700 patients per year.

Suzanne West, Board Member

Co-Chair, Membership Committee


Sarvey Wildlife Center

For the last six years, Suzanne has been the Executive Director at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center. For two decades, she has worked effectively with different organizations in a variety of committee and leadership roles. Her work with non-profits includes organizations working on educational, arts and sciences, environmental and wildlife related issues. Recently, WWRA recommended Suzanne to serve on the WDFW WAC review committee, and she was appointed as a member of the panel by the agency. She has attended each meeting and has tried to provide valuable insight and feedback on the rules governing wildlife rehabilitation in our state. She welcomes the opportunity to work with WWRA to further strengthen and connect the network of rehabilitators in our state.



WWRA Committees


To learn more about being a board member or active committee member, contact the committees as listed below.

Nominating Committee

Contact: John Huckabee DVM


Membership Committee

Contact: Mathew Birch


Contact: Suzanne West


Conference Committee

Contact: Lauren Caruso



Contact: Jenny Schlieps