Suzanne West - Executive Director/Board Member (see bio under Board Of Directors section)
Jessica Paolello - Clinic Manager, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Jessie joined Sarvey in December 2013. She graduated top of her class as a Veterinary Assistant at the Great Lakes Institute of Medical Careers and in her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Geography at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.
While attending college, Jessie started volunteering at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Pennsylvania working with birds of prey. This experience led her to pursue other opportunities in caring for wildlife. She worked as an intern with Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Bellingham, WA (now known as Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Center) and The Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida.
Jessie also spent time volunteering at the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Johannsonburg, South Africa. Before accepting the position at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, she worked as the Avian Care Specialist at the Center for Birds of Prey, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. During her time there, she furthered her knowledge of raptors, as the center boasts 120 different species from around the world.
As Clinic Manager, Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sarvey Wildife Care Center. She has helped to incorporate new medical techniques, husbandry, and wildlife care to our hospital. Her favorite animals are waterfowl, especially the hundreds of orphaned mallards and geese Sarvey receives each summer. Her favorite part of rehabilitation is teaching the interns, who travel from across the country to work with us. She also enjoys teaching the public about co-existing with wildlife and how to humanely and non-violently remove unwanted wildlife from their homes.
Marsha "Miki" Forsberg, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Miki first heard about Sarvey Wildlife Care Center from a newsletter that came in the mail when she was just 15 years old. She dreamed of working somewhere were she could help animals. In the fall of 2012, she was only working part-time and finally had the time to start volunteering. Miki started coming in multiple days per week, and in the summer of 2013 was hired as a part-time seasonal employee. She says her favorite part of the job is actually cleaning the animal’s enclosures, because in the wild you would never be able to see these amazing creatures so close. Her favorite patients are the bats and river otters.
When her seasonal position ended, Miki continued coming in as a regular volunteer learning everything she could about becoming a licensed rehabilitator. During the 2014 baby season, Miki participated in our internship program; and then went on to obtain her Washington state wildlife rehabilitation permit. While the work is hard and the days can be long, she feels deeply that everything we do here is contributing to giving back to Mother Nature and the earth. Rescuing, rehabilitating, and releasing these animals so that future generations will still have the chance to see animals in the wild is an important part of why she loves her job.
Kate Bouchard, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Kate joined the staff at Sarvey in July of 2017. A previous intern from the 2016 Baby Season, she is a recent graduate from the University of Washington-Seattle where she received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Terrestrial Resource Management, specializing in Wildlife Conservation.
The UW gave Kate many opportunities to work with both domestic and wild animals. Identifying native fauna and flora of Washington State was essential to her success across the board. Various hands-on classes gave her live trapping skills for both small mammals and songbirds. She is currently working towards the publication of her senior thesis where she conducted an extensive and ongoing study looking specifically at the cognitive ability of the American crow.
Kate has a colorful animal background. Shortly after moving to Seattle in 2012, Kate started her own volunteer based battery hen rescue in the small Seattle suburb of South Park. Today, the Marra Farm Chicken Co-op houses over twenty- five chickens, and is used for educational purposes throughout the community.
One of Kate’s dearest accomplishments is using her pet rock doves and fancy rats to advocate for these incredibly misunderstood species. She believes that education is the most important part of wildlife conservation. Through positive interaction with these kinds of animals, people can come to love and appreciate them just as much as she does.
Dr. Kovar examines a Red-tail hawk with an fractured wing. Dr. Lesley Kovar, DVM - Consulting Vet
Dr. Lesley Kovar, DVM graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, before moving across the country to settle in Seattle. Dr. Kovar has been practicing small animal medicine at Bothell Pet Hospital since 1993, and also has experience with exotic pets and birds. She spent several years working at a zoo in New Jersey, and has a passion for wildlife. She feels fortunate to be able to offer her services to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.
Paula Harris - Office Assistant
Paula was born and raised in Southern Arizona, a confirmed desert rat. She spent her entire life there with the snakes, scorpions, and coyotes until she moved to the Seattle area in 2006 to be with the ducks, squirrels, and raccoons. Paula joined Sarvey in June 2014 as our office assistant. She has always been an avid animal love (even slugs need love). She has 3 cats and 4 fish.
Paula received much of her work experience organizing medical records for various nursing homes in Arizona. Her job was to ensure the records were state compliant. However, she loved being around the older generation, sitting and talking with them, listening to all that they had to share. Much of her compassion and empathy was developed through speaking with the residents of the community of which she would grow quite fond.
Paula married her husband in 2000, and they later had a son in 2004. In 2006, they all decided Arizona had grown too hot and, as her husband had always been a Seahawks fan, decided to relocate to the Seattle area. Having been raised in the desert, it still amazes her at times just how beautiful it is in the Pacific Northwest. Her first encounter with a raccoon was terrifying to her as she had never seen one up close before. It was standing tall on its two hind legs outside her back door. After she got over the initial shock, she was able to admire its beauty and she knew she was living in a very special place.
Paula answers emails and takes LOTS of calls helping people with injured animals. She manages a variety of administrative tasks connecting the office and the clinic so everything can run smoothly.
“Those who wish to pet and baby wildlife love them, but those who respect their natures and wish to let them live their natural lives, love them more.” ~Edwin Way Teale
Elise Koszarek - Raptor Program Coordinator
Elise joined the Sarvey team in March 2019 after moving back to Washington from the sunny state of Florida. She grew up in Washington state but left to attend Colorado State University. Elise graduated with a B.S. in zoology and a passion to work with animals.
While attending college, Elise worked in veterinary clinics and interned with the Denver Zoo and other animal care facilities. After her internship, she eventually began working at the zoo and the Denver Aquarium where she had the opportunity to develop skills in avian husbandry, educational presentations, and river otter rehabilitation.
Elise gained more experience at the Florida Aquarium as a biologist caring for a diverse group of animals, including otters, penguins, and the aquarium’s non-releasable raptors, many of which came from rehabilitation centers. She has a strong background in animal training utilizing positive reinforcement methods where the animals are given choices to participate voluntarily in their own care and natural behaviors.
Throughout her career Elise has worked in both animal care and education roles and loves sharing her passion for animals and wildlife with people. She believes educational programming with animals allows facilities to engage, inspire, and empower both children and adults to respect and help the environment.
Her favorite animals are falcons and wolves. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, horseback riding, and spending time with her two cats. She is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and working with and sharing Sarvey’s incredible non-releasable birds of prey with the community.