Originally from Tigard, Oregon, Sarah has worked in Corvallis since graduating from Oregon State University. Chasing a lifelong passion for volunteering, she has found a sense of community and fulfillment in working with local environmental nonprofits. She joined Chintimini in 2017, excited to help the organization protect and celebrate the amazing wildlife of the Mid-Willamette Valley and beyond! While working as the Community Engagement Director, she was honored to accept an offer to follow in Founder Jeff Picton's steps as the organization's second Executive Director. Her educational background in biology and anthropology combined with her professional experience in nonprofit organizations provides a solid foundation for directing the Chintimini Wildlife Center. In her free time, Sarah is a clumsy traveler, an avid reader, and an amateur baker.
Outreach & Animal Care Assistant
Erika grew up in California, lived in Utah for ten years, and finally settled down in Corvallis, OR in 2015. She has a bachelor's degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and a minor in Anthropology. She primarily focused on courses such as Wildlife Ecology, Environmental Anthropology, Ornithology, and Animal Behavior. Erika began volunteering at Chintimini's clinic in 2015 and became an Animal Care Staff Assistant in 2016. She has completed a Zoonoses course from IWRC and earned a Grant Writing certificate from OSU's Professional & Continuing Education program. She currently works as Chintimini's Outreach Assistant, helping to promote each program, schedule events, assist with the grant writing process, and assist the Executive Director in daily tasks. Erika spends most of her down time hanging out with her awesome husband, three children (a teen, a tween, and an infant), and their Golden Retriever.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Director
Another Midwest transplant to the Willamette Valley, Mary lived in Lawrence, Kansas and Madison, Wisconsin before relocating to Corvallis, OR in 2003. She worked in natural foods cooperatives, on small organic farms and as an in-home care provider for seniors before starting at CWC as a volunteer in 2005. After a year of training, she became a shift leader for three shifts each week. In 2008, she became the Assistant Animal Care Director and a year later the Animal Care Director. She currently is the Wildlife Rehab Program Director and the full-time Animal Care Director in the clinic. When Mary isn't putting in long hours at CWC, she spends her time with her boyfriend and their infant daughter, Norah, doing house projects and gardening on their country property; which is also home to several goats, ducks, turkey, chickens, and dogs. She also enjoys reading, hiking, catching up on sleep, and planning her next tropical vacation.
Animal Care Director
A native Oregonian, Kelsey grew up in Salem and graduated from Oregon State University with degrees in Zoology, Chemistry, and Fisheries/Wildlife Science. She first joined Chintimini in 2010 as a clinic volunteer and quickly fell in love with the world of wildlife rehabilitation. Over the next two years, she became shift leader on several weekend shifts and spent as much time as she could at CWC during the summers. After completing college in 2012, Kelsey worked a brief stint as a salmon surveyor on the coast and then moved back to Salem where she became a part time legal assistant and veterinary pet nurse. During this time, she continued to work one to two days a week as Animal Care Assistant at CWC and later became a full time Animal Care Director in 2014. A year later, she started veterinary school at Oregon State University and is currently a third year vet student and the part time Animal Care Director in the clinic. She hopes to use her veterinary skills to perform life-saving surgeries for Chintimini in the future, while continuing to maintain the highest level of patient care. When she is not in class, studying, or busy working at CWC, Kelsey enjoys spending time on the coast, going on long hikes in the woods, sleeping, and watching Netflix with her two indoor cats, Kitten and Baby Kitten.
Animal Care Assistant
Born in California, raised in Washington and attending college in Oregon, Katie has fallen in love with the west coast she calls home. Katie has a long history in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. Her passion for wildlife started at an early age and grew as she began volunteering at the Oregon Zoo. With nearly six years experience at the zoo caring for program animals and educating the public, she shifted her focus into Wildlife Rehab. She spent two years volunteering at the Portland Audubon rehabilitating sick and injured wildlife before moving to Corvallis to attend OSU's Fish and Wildlife program. She found her dream job at Chintimini and has spent the the last three years working in the wildlife clinic. When not studying or working, Katie enjoys being involved in her sorority and hanging out with friends. You can also frequently find her reading, watching Netflix and practicing archery. Working with birds of prey is her favorite part of the job. Her passion is to help the community see how beautiful and amazing the natural world is.
Raptor Education Director
Kathleen grew up in Corvallis, OR, and graduated from Oregon State University in 2003 with a degree in Merchandising Management. When her dog found an injured bird in her backyard, she was introduced to the Chintimini Wildlife Center and quickly became a weekly volunteer in the clinic in 2012. Always fascinated with wildlife, Kathleen fell in love with the non-releasable educational bird of prey ambassadors living at the wildlife center. After a year of volunteering in the clinic as a shift leader, she joined Chintimini's Raptor Education Program and began to handle the birds for educational talks. In 2017, Kathleen was offered the Director position.. Trained as a Certified Interpretive Guide, she has lead hundreds of educational talks for venues such as schools, senior centers, nature walks, and even a juvenile detention center. Her favorite environmental topic is how vultures play an important role in our ecosystem, and will talk at length about the subject if given the opportunity. She enjoys birding and spending time with her husband and three indoor cats in her spare time.
Originally from Virginia, Victoria earned an Associate's Degree in Veterinary Technology before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2001 to work in a small animal clinic as a licensed veterinary technician. She came to Chintimini Wildlife Center in January 2005 after moving to Corvallis from Portland to finish a Bachelor's degree at OSU. A friend and former CWC volunteer recommended she check out Chintimini to see if she could put her skills as a veterinary technician and animal lover towards Chintimini's mission. She volunteered in the clinic on two shifts per week before joining the education program, and quickly fell in love with raptors of all kinds. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Public Health from OSU in 2009, and became a Registered Nurse in 2014 having graduated from OHSU's School of Nursing. When Victoria isn't working with and caring for the resident raptors in Chintimini's Raptor Education Program, she is caring for human patients in the cardiac ICU at Salem Hospital. Victoria has seen a lot of great changes at Chintimini over the last 13 years, and she is excited to see what happens over the years to come!