A lifelong resident of Sonoma County, Ian is the newest addition to our Exclusion Technician team. Ian has always maintained a vested interest in all native animal species that he grew up interacting with. After attending Santa Rosa Junior College, he obtained an Associate’s Degree in Social & Behavioral Science as well as a Skills Certificate in Outdoor Parks & Recreation Management. As an Eagle Scout and avid outdoorsman, Ian spends his free time studying herpetology, caring for his reptiles, hiking, traveling and spelunking. His passion is in Natural Resource Management and sustainable permaculture. His goal is to start his own rehabilitation center one day and discover a new species of animal.
Sierra is a Bay Area native. Looking back at a childhood spent mostly outdoors
surrounded by nature, she can see where her love of wildlife first came about. To her, there is nothing better than to go hiking, camping or mountain biking in a thick grove of California Redwoods, and seeing the incredible diversity of animals that have made that same land their home. Throughout college, Sierra volunteered at various organizations such as the San Diego Humane Society, Feral Cats Coalition, Lions Tigers and Bears Sanctuary, and Free Flight Sanctuary. She also interned at the California Wolf Center, where she developed a strong interest in gray wolves (she absolutely loves our two Ambassador wolf dogs, Willy and Cheyenne). After recently graduating from SDSU with a BS in Biology, she moved back to San Francisco and is now very excited to be working at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue as an Animal Care Assistant. Here she is able to put her passion for wildlife to good use, and hopes to continue working in the field of wildlife conservation!
Natalie has grown up at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and has helped her mom Doris, the Executive Director, build the wildlife center. Growing up involved in wildlife rehabilitation has given her a huge love and respect for nature. She will be graduating from Analy High School in May of 2018 and then attending Santa Rosa junior College in the fall. She will be earning her Associates degree in business marketing and then transferring to Sonoma State University so she can continue to work here and expand the P.E.E.P program.
Tiffani was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA where she developed a passion for animals and nature from a very young age. She even created her own snail sanctuary to rescue the snails that emerge from their homes during the rainy season. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian. She started at SRJC in 2010 and struggled for many years to pick a major. She went from Engineering to Biology and finally stumbled upon Business Administration in 2015. Her mom, Christine Kish is an independent bookkeeper and she taught Tiffani basic accounting techniques and gained experience from working summers with Christine’s clients. Soon Tiffani realized she had found a career path that combined her skills and passion. Tiffani graduated SRJC with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration in 2017. She currently attends Sonoma State University and is on track to obtain her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting. She will graduate in 2019 with the ultimate goal of earning her CPA certification so that she can better serve the needs of SCWR and the community she loves.
Dr. Dan Famini, DVM
Justin was born and raised in Sonoma County where his curiosity led him to explore every creek and river he could find. His years in Boy Scouts taught him respect for nature and its preservation. Even from a young age he dreamed of working with animals, and volunteered and pet-sit whenever he could. After a struggle in high school, he found his passion in education and sped through the Santa Rosa Junior College. Unsatisfied with a plain job, he looked for something that he could enjoy and jumped at the chance to work with us.The second Justin came to us, he fell in love and that love has never faltered. He now works as our hotline staff and receptionist, and takes every opportunity he can to teach the world about wildlife
Desirée grew up in Redding, California, where she developed a love for animals at a very young age. She dedicated her free time in high school to volunteering with various non-profit organizations specializing in the rescue, rehabilitation, and adoption of abused horses and livestock. After graduation she focused on her second love, health and nutrition, and attended Bauman College of Holistic Nutrition in Berkeley, where she earned duel certifications in Holistic Nutrition and Therapeutic Culinary Arts with a focus on sustainable, plant based nutrition.
Desirée is excited to be joining SCWR and is looking forward to supporting all of its wonderful staff and volunteers. Desirée is particularly excited to be working on the Garden Club Program, as she used to enjoy educating the public about sustainable agriculture and loves the Organic Wildlife Garden.
Animal Care Assistant
Victoria is originally from Grants Pass, Oregon. She found a passion for animal care as a teen volunteering at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. Following her interests, Victoria graduated from Oregon State University with a BS in Fisheries and Wildlife Sciences. Since graduating, she's been all over the United States chasing her animal care dreams. Victoria has lived in Louisiana, Texas, Kentucky and even Hawaii working with animals in conservation, rehabilitation and zoological facilities. She finally settled down here in Santa Rosa and fell in love with what Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue had to offer, joining the team as an Animal Care Assistant.
Dr.Dan Famini is our Veterinarian On Record. In addition to teaching at the Santa Rosa Junior College, volunteering at Animal Care and Control, and practicing at several local practices, he gives his expert advice and treatment to our wildlife patients. He likes to spend time with his wife and two daughters. His favorite animal is the chicken, even though he's worked on a huge variety of animals.
Animal Care Assistant
Ashley's has degrees in watershed management, forestry management, park and recreation, and natural sciences. She was an intern for 8 months before applying to and being hired for the animal care position at our facility.
Ashley was drawn to the wildlife rescue because of a shared love for conservation. She loves to work with the wild cats and works a lot on enrichment for Billy the Bobcat. She hopes to expand enrichment projects for animals in hopes to improve the time that the animals are with us during their recovery.
When she isn't at SCWR she enjoys hiking, backpacking, and nature photography. She strongly relates to nature and is passionate about the work we do here.
Animal Care Assistant
Katie was born and raised here in Sonoma County where she developed a dutiful appreciation for all aspects of nature through camping and hiking throughout her childhood and into adulthood. In 2012, she graduated California State Polytechnic in Pomona with a BS in Environmental Biology. While in college and after graduation she worked as a keeper at Safari West in Santa Rosa. In April 2015, she was hired on at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue as an Animal Care Assistant where she realized a deep passion for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Working closely with the Animal Care Director, she fell in love with the work and decided she was in it for the long haul when promoted to Assistant Animal Care Director. She now spends most of her time in the hospital and around the property working closely with animal care staff and volunteers making sure the wildlife that come through our doors have the best care we can possibly give them while enjoying everyone’s mutual compassion for our furry neighbors in need.
Assistant Animal Care Director
Volunteer and Community Support Coordinator
Michael is from San Diego. As our Exclusion Director, Michael helps people manage wildlife problems humanely. When he was a kid, his father’s rule was “If you kill it, you eat it,” so he quickly learned to respect and value wildlife. He has been working in construction since he was big enough to hold a hammer. He has a degree in Engineering and Physics and likes building cars in his free time. He also does pretty much every outdoor sport.
Danielle is the Animal Care Director at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. As Animal Care Director, Danielle has overall responsibility for the hospital, all volunteers that foster animals or work in the hospital, and the care of all animals in the temporary or permanent custody of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. Danielle is also the main interface with the ten Good Samaritan Veterinary practices that care for the most serious cases of animal injury or sickness. Danielle has over 10 years of hands-on experience with animal rescue and care: first as a volunteer, then as an Animal Care Assistant, and in 2010, as the full time Animal Care Director. Danielle is a Registered Veterinary Technician. In addition, she has certifications in Animal Capture and Transport and Wildlife Emergency Response. She is also 24 hour HAZWOPER certified and is on the Oil Spill Emergency Response team.
Animal Care Director
After a fifteen-year career in education, Ms. Duncan became involved in wildlife rehabilitation in 1997 at the urging of her young daughter. To support her daughter’s dream, Ms. Duncan and her daughter volunteered together at various wildlife centers in northern California. In 2000, Ms. Duncan was hired as the first employee of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director. She has served as a board member for the California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators and the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee – an appointment by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. She is currently a member of Oiled Wildlife Care Network and International Bird Rescue Center’s Oiled Wildlife Response Team. In 2004, Ms. Duncan launched a pilot nuisance wildlife exclusion service – “A Wildlife Exclusion Service.” (AWES) She now mentors other wild rehabilitation centers to start their own exclusion service.Ms. Duncan especially enjoys hands-on work including wildlife rescues, oil spill response, designing and building wildlife enclosures, and working with other professional and passionate people in the field.