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Executive Committee

Rachel Avilla, President

The Wild Neighbors Database Project | WRMD
Region 3

Bio: Rachel Avilla has been a Wildlife Rehabilitator since 2003. While still in college finishing her Environmental Science degree she started her rehabilitation career. Since then she has volunteered and/or worked at: The Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa, CA –  Lindsay Wildlife Hospital in Walnut Creek, CA – Belize Bird Rescue, in Roaring Creek, Belize –  Native Songbird Care and Conservation in Sebastopol, CA.

She is currently the co-founder of the The Wild Neighbors Database Project which has 3 projects under way. First is “WRMD” which is the free online medical database for wildlife rehabilitators. The Second is “O-WRMD” which is a collaboration of The Oiled Wildlife Care Network and WRMD to have an Oil Spill ready Medical Database for oil spill victims. Third is a the California Wildlife Disease Surveillance Project, which gleans basic data from participating wildlife rehabilitation organizations to help identify diseases in California Wildlife. The Wild Neighbor’s Database Project has been a booming success and has given her the opportunity to visit dozens of centers all of the US and abroad. With this experience, she has developed a unique view into Wildlife Rehabilitation globally and has made it her goal to discover the leverage points of this field. How can wildlife rehabilitators best continue to improve their skills and knowledge as well as bring its hard work and knowledge to the forefront and use that collective data to better help wildlife as a whole?

As much as she loves working directly with the animals and wishes she could contribute more to direct animal care, she has come to the acknowledgement that at this point her skills are best used in organizing the community as a whole. With her experience of collaborating with hundreds of organizations and thousands of users she has gained a view of the big picture. CCWR is one of the largest, oldest and best organized state organizations and has the opportunity to make a difference at a state level. Where California goes, so does the rest of the states, eventually.

Ashton Kluttz, Vice President

The Bird Rescue Center
Region 3

Bio: Ashton Kluttz is the Director of Avian Care at the Bird Rescue Center (BRC, Santa Rosa, CA).  She completed her B.A. in Environmental Studies at Washington College (Chestertown, MD), and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in January of 2018. She began her career as a wildlife rehabber at the Marine Mammal Center, where she served as a Stranding Intern (i.e., rescue and triage response).  From 2009-2013 she worked at the Bird Rescue Center as a Shift Supervisor then took a position as Veterinary Assistant during 2012-2013 where she completed the hours required to attain certification as a Vet Tech. In the fall of 2013, she returned to BRC as Manager of the Rehabilitation Hospital, and was later promoted to Director of Avian Care.  She has come to appreciate each individual species behaviors, but also wonders how any of them survive in the wild given that they all misbehave. In her spare she visits her family on the east coast and enjoys taking photos of food on her dog’s nose.

Lucinda Adamson, Secretary

Bird Ally X
Region 1

Bio: Lucinda Adamson began her wildlife rehabilitation career as a volunteer at the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center (HWCC) in 2009. In 2011 she started volunteering with Bird Ally X (BAX) and completed a BAX aquatic bird rehabilitation internship in 2012. She currently works as the Assistant Rehabilitation Manager at the BAX/HWCC facility.  Lucinda served on the HWCC board of directors from 2012 – 2015 and on the Bird Ally X board of directors from 2014 – 2015. She is trained as an oil spill responder for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network (OWCN) and has been a member of CCWR and NWRA since 2010. Lucinda graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, CA in 2012 with a BS in Wildlife Biology and Conservation. Lucinda enjoys working with all wildlife especially aquatic birds and raccoons.

Elissa Blair, Treasurer

Bird Ally X
Region 1

Bio: Elissa was first exposed to wildlife rehabilitation through Fresno Wildlife Rehabilitation in 2008 where she helped care for a group of orphaned barn owls as part of a community outreach project. In August of 2012, she moved to Arcata, CA to attend Humboldt State University where she quickly stumbled upon the Humboldt Wildlife Care Center (HWCC) and began an internship with Bird Ally X (BAX). She remained at HWCC as staff through the end of March 2016 when she accepted an opportunity to work at Pacific Wildlife Care in Morro Bay, CA. At the end of July 2017, she moved back north to Eureka, CA where she is currently involved with HWCC/BAX.

Elissa has always had a deep appreciation for living things and wild lands. Studying and educating others about wildlife both professionally and individually has been a huge part of her life for the past 10 years. She graduated from Humboldt State University in 2015 with a B.S. in Wildlife Conservation Biology & Applied Vertebrate Ecology. She also holds an A.S. in Life Science from Fresno City College with an emphasis in Field Biology.

She has worked with a variety of wildlife including aquatic birds, raccoons, opossums, songbirds, and raptors. She has been a member of CCWR and has served on the Advocacy Committee since 2013. Elissa is also a trained oil spill responder for the Oiled Wildlife Care Network.

Members at Large

Linnaea Furlong

Napa Wildlife Rescue
Region 3

Linnaea Furlong is originally from Colorado, but ended up in California after college due to a long train of events involving angora goats. She learned about wildlife rehabilitation when she was six and a wildlife rehabilitator talked to her girl scout troop, but didn’t realize it could be a career until she saw an ad on Craigslist for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. She was hired there and several years later is now the Wildlife Rescue Manager at Napa Wildlife Rescue. In her free time she likes hiking, birding, cooking, and crafting. She has a hard time picking her favorite species to work with but enjoys baby birds of all species, owls, and corvids. She finds the collaboration between wildlife rehabilitation organizations to be one of the strongest resources we have and hopes to continue to foster it through CCWR.

Jennifer Guess

California Wildlife Center
Region 5

Jennifer started out in wildlife rehabilitation in 2012 as a volunteer at California Wildlife Center (CWC).  In 2013 she was hired on at CWC as an Animal Care Coordinator.  Jennifer is currently the Senior Wildlife Technician at CWC.  Before being involved in wildlife rehabilitation, Jennifer was a Financial Analyst for 7 years.  She graduated with a degree in Marketing and Management from The University of San Diego.  After volunteering at CWC Jennifer knew that her passion in life was wildlife rehabilitation and eagerly left the finance world to pursue a career in rehabilitation.  Jennifer’s favorite birds to work with are crows and ravens, because of their intelligence.  She also loves working with squirrels.

Jo Joseph

International Bird Rescue
Region 5

Bio: Jo’s passion for wildlife rehabilitation began when she completed a summer internship at Wildlife Rehabilitation and Nature Preservation Society (now defunct) in Pass Christian, Mississippi in 2004. After graduating with a degree in Natural Resources from Cornell University, Jo moved back to Los Angeles and began her career in wildlife rehabilitation. She worked as Hospital Manager at California Wildlife Center from 2008-2014. Since 2015 she has worked at International Bird Rescue as a Lead Rehabilitation Technician, Internship Coordinator, and Volunteer Coordinator. Jo loves the challenge that aquatic birds (especially diving birds) present!

Lucy Stevenot

Region 3

Lucy Stevenot is the Songbird Hospital Manager at WildCare located in San Rafael, California. She graduated from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts with a BA in Biodiversity, Ecology, and Conservation. Prior to starting her studies at Smith College, Lucy volunteered at The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) as a hospital volunteer, while taking courses at Academy of Art University and College of Marin. Her time working in the harbor seal hospital at TMMC inspired her to switch majors from fine art to biology so she could pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation. From 2012 to 2016 Lucy volunteered with Native Songbird Care & Conservation in Sebastopol, where she first fell in love with birds and, in particular, songbirds. In 2014 she was hired to work at The Bird Rescue Center (BRC) in Santa Rosa as a shift supervisor. After several years at BRC, Lucy was hired at WildCare to manage their Songbird Hospital. Outside of wildlife rehabilitation Lucy enjoys running, hiking and spending time with her family.


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Crystal Norris

CCWR Founder
Region 3

Bio: Crystal Norris, originally from the state of Florida, has been involved with wildlife rehabilitation since 1980. She was an active member at Santa Rosa Bird Rescue Center for over 15 years and since 1994, has served on the Sonoma County Fish and Wildlife Commission. As a long time member of both NWRA and IWRC, Crystal served for 5 years as a board member of IWRC. Among other projects completed while on the IWRC Board of Directors, she worked on the accreditation for rehabilitation centers. As one of the founding board members of CCWR, I served as president for many of those years. I, along with your other Board members, believe that wildlife rehabilitators have developed better networking throughout the state thanks to work completed by the by the organization. I feel CCWR has bridged many gaps between the wildlife rehabilitation community and the Department of Fish and Wildlife.