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Executive Committee


Rachel Avilla, President

The Wild Neighbors Database Project | WMRD
Region 3

Bio: Rachel Avilla is the co-founder of the non-profit organization The Wild Neighbors Database Project. There are currently 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 a 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. In the 7 years of it’s existence, it also offers service to more then 300 accounts in 43 states and 10 counties. It 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 it’s hard work and knowledge to the forefront and use that to better help wildlife as a whole?

Rachel has always been an animal person, raising puppies and cockatiels in here bedroom as child. In college she continued and expanded her love of animals and nature and studied Environmental Science at Saint Mary’s College of California. She fell in love with environmental science and all the aspects it included.

Before graduating she interned at The Bird Rescue Center in Santa Rosa, where she immediately fell in love with corvids, particularly ravens. The following year she started interning at Lindsay Wildlife Museum and did some work with Corvid Connection. After volunteering at the Lindsay Wildlife Hospital for a few years she was hired to work in the hospital. In 2006, she became the Volunteer Manager of Lindsay Wildlife Museum, managing roughly 350 volunteers and all of their recruitment, training and maintenance and helped with all the other tasks required to run a large rehabilitation facility. During her time at Lindsay she became particularly fond of passerines, swifts and volunteers.

In 2013 it was time for her to leave Lindsay and she temporarily took a job at Belize Bird Rescue for 1 1/2 years. There, she discovered a whole new outlook on wildlife rehabilitation, one where you had to catch your rats and fish and breed your own mealworms and mice, or the animals did not get fed. Viewing the illegal pet trade first hand with intelligent beings such as parrots and monkeys was more heartbreaking than anything California could throw at her.

By 2015 it was time to settle back into California, I joined the CCWR advocacy committee and spent the summer volunteering for the Native Songbird Care and Conservation which was very educational as well. Songbird care to perfection! In 2016 she moved to Lake County where there is only one permitted Wildlife Rehabilitator. There is lots of work to be done there…

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 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

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

Jennifer Guess

California Wildlife Center

Region 5


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

Founding Director

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Crystal Norris

CCWR Founding Director
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 Game.