Suzanne West - Executive Director/Board Member (see bio under Board Of Directors section)
Jessie Paolello examines a weasel, and releases an owl. Jessica Paolello - Clinic ManagerLicensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
Clinic Manager and Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, Jessie Paolello, 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.
Miki holding Ista, our resident Peregrine falcon.
Marsha "Miki" ForsbergLicensed 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 holding Ista, our resident Peregrine falcon. Kate BouchardWildlife Technician
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. Lahner examines a Red-tail hawk.Dr. Lesanna LahnerVeterinarian
Dr. Lesanna Lahner graduated from UW Madison-Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine with a dual DVM/MPH degree and has been focused on areas of human wildlife health overlap such as lead poisoning from spent ammunition, rabies eradication, and marine health issues. Her current research involves Sea Star Wasting Disease, Steller sea lion conservation, sea otter and anesthesia medicine, and marine mammal disentanglement efforts.
In 2016, Dr. Lahner founded SR3 – Sea Life Response, Rehabilitation, and Research, a local non-profit dedicated to promoting the health and welfare of Pacific Northwest marine wildlife such that it can flourish. In addition to her role at SR3, she also serves as the veterinarian for Sarvey Wildlife Care Center.
Dr. Lahner is also an Affiliate Professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences at the University of Washington, School of Public Health. She previously worked for the Lincoln Park Zoo (Chicago, IL), the Seattle Aquarium (Seattle, WA), and the USGS National Wildlife Health Center (Madison, WI).
Kestrel shows Hu'Iyake (resident Golden eagle) to crowds during educational presentations.
Kestrel SkyHawk – Education DirectorLicensed Wildlife Rehabilitator
With over 30 years experience caring for orphaned and injured wildlife, there are not many positions at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center that Kestrel has not held. She has worked with nearly every species of wildlife in our area since she joined the center in 1988. From Assistant Director, to Board Member, and now as Educational Director, Kestrel has cared for thousands of animals and facilitated thousands of educational presentations. Kestrel has fond memories of the early days of Sarvey Wildlife and working side by side with our founder Kaye. Over the years, Kestrel has climbed trees, paddled out in boats and canoes, and jumped into rivers to help rescue animals in distress. She loves working with all wildlife, but is particularly drawn to bobcats and Golden Eagles.
Her current role as Education Director allows her to share her knowledge and experience with all who are willing to listen. She believes that sharing this knowledge can help everyone to understand the species we treat and the ecological challenges facing them. This is an integral part of securing a viable future for our area wildlife, and the more people who know and understand, the better the future will be for us all.
Paula answers emails and takes LOTS of calls helping people with injured animals.
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.
“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