Meet
the
Staff

Meet the Staff of Peace River Wildlife Center

Management

Meet the Staff Callie StahlCallie StahlExecutive Director
Callie started working as a veterinary technician in 1992 and continued in that career until she had her children and became a full-time mom. In 2009, she moved from Lee County to Port Charlotte and was hired at PRWC as a part-time rehabilitator. She worked rehab for three years before taking the position as Operations Manager and then Executive Director. Callie really enjoys escaping the office to educate the public with our glove-trained ambassador birds, Luna and Bella.

Fun Fact: Has every Shaun Cassidy album ever recorded.

 


Meet the Staff Robin JenkinsRobin JenkinsDVM, Director of Veterinary Services
A 1996 graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Robin Jenkins has spent most of her professional career in service to non-profits. She has worked with animal shelters trying to improve the health and adoption rates of homeless cats and dogs. She volunteered with Peace River Wildlife Center since 2004 in every capacity from cage cleaner to gift shop clerk, from surgeon to Executive Director. Dr. Robin has been the Director of Veterinary Services since 2016. Releasing healthy animals back out into the wild is her favorite activity, but she also enjoys working with the resident non-releasable birds as an education ambassador.

Fun Fact: Dr. Robin’s favorite quote is by a fictional serial killer: “Hang on to your dreams with everything you got. Because the best life is when your dreams come true. The second-best is when they don’t but you never stop chasing them.” — Serge A. Storms


Meet the Staff Connie FerrisConnie FerrisGift Store Manager
Connie started volunteering at the PRWC in 2013. She became Gift Shop Manager about 1 1/2 years later. She enjoys working to help the animals. Connie and her husband owned a retail business in Seattle, Wa. for 5 years. They moved to Asia and lived there for 17 years, then retired in Florida in 2011.

 

 

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Wildlife Rehabilitation Specialists

Meet the Staff Cara BrownCara BrownLead Wildlife Rehabilitator
A native of Pensacola, FL, Cara first had an interest in zoology and graduated with an AS degree in Zoo Animal Science in 2006 followed by a Bachelor’s of Science in Zoo Science from University of West Florida in 2008. While finishing her degree, Cara started working part-time for Wildlife Sanctuary of Northwest Florida. There she got fully involved in wildlife rehabilitation, attending wildlife conferences, taking a glove-trained turkey vulture out for events, and working around the clock feeding baby animals. In early 2011 Cara was accepted for an internship at Audubon Species Survival Center in New Orleans to working with captive propagation of Mississippi Sandhill and Whooping Cranes, where she took part in artificial insemination, egg incubation, and crane chick rearing in costume. In the summer of 2011, Cara came to Punta Gorda to be lead rehabilitator at Peace River Wildlife Center. Her favorite parts of her job are getting injured or sick wildlife recovered and back to the wild and, even though “it gives her sleepless nights”, caring for the baby wildlife is always a delight for her.

Fun Fact: Cara’s craziest animal experiences come from her crane internship, where she had to collect semen from and inseminate cranes


KarisaKarisa CokerAssistant Wildlife Rehabilitator
Karisa grew up in New Hampshire and moved to Florida in September 2018. She graduated from the University of New Hampshire in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Science and a minor in Business Administration. She interned at The Center for Wildlife in Cape Neddick, Maine while she was in college and since she has worked at various animal hospitals and shelters in New Hampshire while also providing pet sitting services on the side. She has been passionate about animals since she was a child and enjoys learning new things in the behavioral and medical field with a strong interest in animal rights. She has housed various pets in her life from cats, dogs, bunnies, guinea pigs to snakes, birds, fish and chickens. In her spare time she enjoys outdoor activities like hiking and exploring new places with her two dogs, Kooda and Louie. She is also very passionate about food and enjoys trying new cuisines and ultimately would love to travel the world.

Fun Fact: Karisa has been a bartender for 7 years and loves creating new cocktails for people!


MalloryMallory EnzorAssistant Wildlife Rehabilitator
Born and raised in Florida, Mallory has always been a wildlife enthusiast. Mallory volunteered with PRWC for 3 years before being added to staff in 2018 as an assistant wildlife rehabilitator. In addition to working part time in our hospital, Mallory is also a full-time student at Florida Gulf Coast University and will graduate with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology in May of 2019. She has spent her senior year of college researching black skimmer populations and migration patterns at Charlotte and Lee County locations (in other words, she earns school credit for going to the beach). After college, Mallory plans to continue to grow her passion for wildlife as a biologist and hopes to share that passion with others through education.

Fun Fact: If her career as a biologist doesn’t work out, Mallory has a back-up plan to one day own a food truck and catering business.


Meet the Staff Kelly GruttoKelly GruttoWildlife Rehabilitator
Kelly was hired by the Center in 2009 and has been a part-time rehabber ever since. She also works full time at the Punta Gorda Animal Hospital as a veterinary technician since 2000. Kelly and her husband have two daughters, two dogs, three cats, two pigs, numerous birds and other critters. Her compassion for animals knows no bounds and she is always willing to help make or find a home for creatures in need.

Fun Fact: Kelly loves pork, but not in the way that you think! Kelly has been known to give rescue pigs a new home.

 


Meet the Staff Jessica MalasicsJessica MalasicsAssistant Wildlife Rehabilitator
Jessica was born and raised in Englewood, Florida and always knew she wanted to work with animals. Her passion led her to go to college in Unity, Maine where she majored in Wildlife Biology. After graduating, she came back home and started working for a veterinary hospital as a veterinary technician. She has been working with Punta Gorda Animal Hospital since 2014 and the PRWC since 2017. At home, she has two dogs, two cats and a mini pig named Penelope.

Fun Fact: Jessica has a huge passion for wolves so much that when Unity College sent her a pamphlet of a girl petting a wolf she knew that was where she wanted to go.


Amy RhoadsWildlife Rehabilitator
Amy grew up in a small town outside of Buffalo, New York and was always surrounded by animals. Her father taught her how to fish before she could walk. This sparked her love and fascination with the ocean and marine animals. Amy attended the University of New England in southern Maine with a dual major in marine biology and environmental science. During college, Amy stayed busy volunteering at the local marine animal rehabilitation center where she helped rehabilitate injured seals and sea turtles. During college breaks she interned with many organizations which helped her get her feet wet in many facets of animal care. She started with the care of exotic waterfowl at the Gooseneck Hill Waterfowl Sanctuary in Delevan, New York and ended with research of North Atlantic right whales in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. After college, she accepted a position as a biologist with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission where she was responsible for manatee and dolphin rescue and carcass salvage for several southwest counties. While working for FWC, Amy started volunteering for PRWC as a habitat cleaner in 2011. Then in 2012, PRWC was able to steal Amy away from FWC and made her one of their wildlife rehabilitators.

Fun Fact: Amy has been a vegetarian since she was four years old. When she was little she would tell everyone that she was a “veterinarian”.


Meet the Staff Valerie WolfreyValerie WolfreyHospital Manager
Valerie started volunteering with PRWC in 1996 with rescuing wildlife. In 2014, she started volunteering in the hospital and was hired as a Rehabilitator in May of 2015 and is currently our hospital manager. She previously worked at Punta Gorda Animal Hospital from 2005 – 2016, and in the veterinary profession for over 14 years. She graduated from Desoto High School, has taken a few college courses as well as numerous veterinary continuing education courses. Her favorite part of the profession is delivering compassion and loving care to her patients. She has loved and cared for animals her whole life and truly loves what she does! In her spare time she enjoys going kayaking, hiking, horseback riding, and gardening. She has nine dogs, four cats, six birds, and two horses. Her outdoor activity partner is Goldie, a rescued long-haired Dachshund who enjoys hiking as well!

Fun Fact: Although not a hoarder, Valerie has had 65 rescue animals on her farm during the coarse of her marriage, with 25 animals currently — a mix of dogs, horses, cats, and birds.


Administration

Tammy GerringerOffice Manager & Volunteer Coordinator
In April of 2017, Tammy left cold winters and her 20 year career in healthcare administration behind and moved to Punta Gorda to become a full-time Floridian. A lifelong resident of North Carolina, Tammy, along with her husband, Andy decided it was time to head south for warmer temperatures, palm trees and sunnier weather. While taking long walks down to Ponce de Leon Park and trying to figure out the next steps in her life, her path led her by the Peace River Wildlife Center. In November 2017, she began volunteering as a habitat cleaner. As luck would have it, an opportunity to move out of the animal enclosures and into the office as an administrator and volunteer coordinator presented itself in July 2018. Now healthcare administration takes on a new perspective for her as part of the PRWC team. When she is not at PRWC, she enjoys boating with Andy, keeping in touch with her four sons and binge watching BBC shows.

Fun fact: Tammy is a Certified Specialist of Wine. She loves to learn and teach others about wine and especially enjoys the homework!


Meet the Staff Rick AndrewsRick AndrewsAdministrator & IT / Media Manager
Rick was born in Massachusetts, but grew up right here in Punta Gorda since he was 8 years old and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1987 (go Tarpons!). He worked at the Animal Welfare League from early 1992 – Oct. 2007, caring for abandoned and lost domestic animals as a Kennel Technician, Kennel Supervisor, Medical Assistant and Office Administrator before coming to work at the Center in April of 2009. Rick is a jack of all trades and has helped the Center as a rehabber, gift shop manager and electronics guru. He also owns his own business which supplies self-defense and personal protection products to the public. Rick is a father of two (as far as he knows) grown boys, two Step-Daughters and lives with his soul mate, Lucinda. They are owned by four dogs, four cats and one Monk Parrot. Over the years, Rick and Lucinda have fostered many homeless pets and now continue to home-care countless orphaned wild baby mammals that the Center admits. You can read an amazing story about two particular Squirrels that were in their care, “Twice Rescued“, written by Dr. Robin DVM.

Fun Fact: 16th President, Abraham Lincoln was Rick’s fourth cousin, five-times removed.


Habitat Enrichment

David Hayes – Habitat Enrichment & Maintenance
David was born and raised in North Carolina and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors in Recreation and Park Management. Upon graduating, David left the cold mountain top for warm, sunny beaches. With a history of exotic pets and a passion and admiration of wildlife, David found a perfect fit at PRWC. When not working at PRWC or his other job at Charlotte County Recreation Division, David enjoys Call of Duty, dark beer and giving his Chinchilla belly rubs.

Fun Fact: David is an aspiring Elvis Presley impersonator

 

 

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