WWRA Board of Directors


Mike Pratt, President

Western Wildlife Encounters

Mike is a biologist and outreach naturalist with over 28 years of hands-on experience in the wildlife field. He began a career in wildlife rehabilitation in 1989 and has worked at wildlife rehabilitation centers in Missouri, Vermont and Washington. He specializes in raptors but has rehab experience with all wildlife species. Mike is currently Executive Director and founder of Western Wildlife Encounters, an outreach education nonprofit. He is also a member of the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and member of the Northwest Oiled Wildlife Response Network. Mike graduated from Purdue University and has also worked as a National Park Ranger. He has served on the WWRA Board of Directors since 2006 and is currently Board President.


Chair, Nominating 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.

Emily Meredith, Treasurer

Chair, Conference 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.

Stephanie Estrella, Secretary

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.

Cindy Daily, Board Member

Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue

Cindy has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation for over 30 years and currently operates Discovery Bay Wild Bird Rescue where she performs wildlife rehabilitation and conservation education in Port Townsend, Washington. For the past 9 years, her focus has been to build a professional center with enclosures to meet the needs of all types of birds including facilities for hummingbirds, eagles, and seabirds. Cindy studied Biology at the University of New Mexico, served as a Board Member and was the Executive Director of Wildlife Rescue of New Mexico. Cindy is a member of IWRC, NWRA, and Pacific Seabird Group.

Jenny Schlieps, Board Member

Chair, Website Committee

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. 


WWRA Committees


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

Nominating Committee

Chair, John Huckabee DVM


Membership Committee

Chair, Mike Pratt


Conference Committee

Chair, Emily Meredith


Website Committee

Chair, Jenny Schlieps