Admin Team

Sarah Spangler

Executive Director

Sarah has been Executive Director since 2017. 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. Sarah is an active community member and feels at her best when she is surrounded by people (especially people who will laugh at her hilarious bird puns!) In her free time, Sarah enjoys traveling, baking, and wine tasting.

Erika Seirup

Outreach & Operations Coordinator

Erika started at Chintimini working in the wildlife hospital in 2016. She currently helps fundraise, coordinate our hectic schedules, manage internship programs, and share Chintimini’s work with the community. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology with an emphasis in Zoology and a minor in Anthropology. Her passions lie in fostering a sense of community at CWC, photographing both our wild patients and our avian ambassadors in a way that respects their wildness, and providing a safe learning environment for emerging wildlife professionals to form their career paths. 

Rehab Team

Katie Jackim

Interim Wildlife Rehabilitation Director,
Permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator

Katie began her journey at Chintimini as a volunteer back in 2015. She now works in our wildlife hospital as a Wildlife Rehabilitation Team Lead. Aside from managing volunteers and interns, she coordinates the day-to-day operations within the wildlife hospital. She oversees patient care, organizes patient surgeries and releases, and keeps things running smoothly in the animal care aspect of our Center. Katie has over 11 years of experience with exotics and wildlife; volunteering at the Oregon Zoo and other wildlife clinics before finding her way to Chintimini. She is deeply grateful that she is able to help wildlife in need and give them a second chance at a healthy, free life after release.

Dr. Claire Peterson

Wildlife Veterinarian

Dr. Peterson has extensive knowledge of domestic, exotic, and wildlife veterinary medicine. Her passion in life has always been birds, specifically wild birds like raptors. She has been involved with Chintimini Wildlife Center since 2009 when she started her veterinary school career, and has continued to refine her expertise in both domestic and exotic animal medicine. She currently provides diagnostic, surgical, and emergency care to our wildlife patients and collaborates with local veterinarians on the medical and preventative care of our non-releasable avian ambassadors. Dr. Peterson is also a falconer and an avid wildlife photographer.

Ashlee Sabiers

Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

Ashlee began as a volunteer and joined our internship program shortly after. She completed a year-long position as a Wildlife Care Intern and is now a welcome addition to our animal care team of staff. She is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Biology at OSU, with future goals of earning a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Ashlee loves getting a chance to work up close with Oregon’s native wildlife and enjoys serving as mentor to interns and volunteers alike. When she isn’t at Chintimini, she enjoys spending her free time hiking, traveling, cooking and spending time with friends and family.

Brent Leslie

Wildlife Rehabilitation Staff

Bio coming soon!

Education Team

Kathleen Dodge

Raptor Education Director

Kathleen was introduced to Chintimini in 2012 when her dog found an injured bird in her backyard. Always fascinated with wildlife, Kathleen fell in love with the non-releasable educational bird of prey ambassadors living at the wildlife center and became a volunteer. Kathleen has been Director of the Raptor Education Program since 2017. Trained as a Certified Interpretive Guide, she enjoys guiding people as they explore the Center. She is particularly passionate about vultures! She enjoys birding and spending time with her husband and three indoor cats in her spare time.

Victoria Bernhard

Raptor Curator

Victoria came to Chintimini in 2005 to see if she could put her skills as a veterinary technician and animal lover towards Chintimini’s mission. She volunteered in the wildlife hospital before joining the education program and quickly fell in love with raptors. When not caring for the resident raptors in Chintimini’s Raptor Education Program, Victoria is caring for human patients in the cardiac ICU at Salem Hospital as a Registered Nurse. Victoria has seen a lot of great changes at Chintimini over the last 14 years, and she is excited to see what happens over the years to come!