Our Staff

Administration/Nature Center Staff
Jeanne Gural, Executive Director
In 2009, Cedar Run welcomed its current executive director, Jeanne Gural. Ms. Gural comes to Cedar Run from The Nature Conservancy where she served as the Director of Preserves. Ms. Gural also served as the Ecological Restoration Program Manager for Rutgers University, where she also attended graduate courses in Wildlife Ecology. During her time with the Claremont Colleges, Jeanne worked on wildlife and habitat focused projects in biologically diverse areas such as Venezuela, Mexico, Jamaica, Costa Rica and Panama.  Jeanne is a New Jersey native, like many of the wildlife we see, having grown up in Palmyra where she and her four brothers all attended high school. 



Denise Petti, Director of Development & Communications
An accomplished marcom professional, Denise first came to Cedar Run as a Board Trustee, where she served for over a year before joining the team. Denise is an expert in organizational branding, content management, and execution of strategic business processes and campaigns. Hailing from the private sector, Denise is a strategic, big-picture thinker with a resourceful approach to organizational development. She manages Cedar Run’s marketing, public relations, events, fundraising and major gifts programs. In her spare time, Denise enjoys spending quality time outdoors, hiking and bird watching with her husband and their two young children.
 

Kathy Cantafio, Office Manager/Bookkeeping
Kathy has been working at Cedar Run since the Fall of 2009. Kathy has many duties at the Refuge and definitely holds the place together. Even though she is very busy she never minds spending time chatting with our many visitors. A North Jersey native, she now resides in Chatsworth with her husband Louis.  In her spare time loves entertaining her friends (she's a great cook!), gardening, hiking, and birding.


Liz DeGrazia, Office Assistant
Liz has many duties at Cedar Run including greeting visitors in our Nature Center, producing our publication such as our newsletters, and much more. She has been at Cedar Run since the Fall of 2012. Liz has 3 grown daughters and 3 granddaughters that she loves visiting and spending time with.



Wildlife Rehabilitation:
Lori Swanson, Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation
Lori began volunteering at Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in 2007 and quickly became seasonal staff and an apprentice in the Wildlife Hospital.  In the winter of 2011 Lori became the Assistant Manager of the hospital and subsequently became the Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation in December 2012.  Lori has a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies, and for nine years worked in human genetic testing laboratories before becoming a full-time member of the Cedar Run staff.  She has completed internships at the Pinelands Institute of Rutger’s University and at the Philadelphia Zoo under their Education program working with a variety of reptiles.  Lori also spent two months in South Africa in 2011 volunteering at a wildlife rehabilitation clinic near Durban.  

Sara Walsh, Assistant Manager of Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator
Sara grew up in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado, where she ultimately became an accomplished nature and wildlife photographer.  From early childhood, she had a passion and deep concern for animals.  Sara obtained an Associated Degree in Veterinarian Sciences from Colorado Mountain College.  She worked several years at Veterinary Technician in clinics and emergency hospitals providing exceptional support to the doctors and patients.  Her passion for the care and nurturing of wildlife led to her obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management and Conservation from Delaware Valley College. Sara has enjoyed contributing her passion and skills during internships as a Keeper in prominent zoos in both Colorado and Pennsylvania, working closely with the animals and their nutritional needs while interacting with people of all ages, teaching them about animals, their behaviors and conservation issues.  Upon graduation Sara accepted a position at Cedar Run in 2011.

Mike O'Malley, Wildlife Assistant, Educator, and Nature Center Staff
Mike started at Cedar Run as an intern in our Wildlife Hospital in 2011, and accepted a staff position in the Wildlife Hospital upon the completion of his internship. In addition to his responsibilities in the Wildlife Hospital, Mike is member of the Education team and Nature Center staff.  Mike has a B.S. in Environmental Science from the Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. He completed his state wildlife rehabilitation apprenticeship at Cedar Run and is a NJ State Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator.  In his free time, Mike enjoys training and handling our resident raptors for education programs. When not at Cedar Run, Mike can be found hiking, camping, and enjoying the outdoors!

Ed Powrie, Wildlife Technician
Ed is a dedicated staff member who has been caring for our Resident Wildlife for more than 25 years. He is a movie buff, sci-fi enthusiast, and avid reader in his spare time.




Education:
Denise Peters, Director of Education
Denise has a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science from Pennsylvania State University. She has worked in Environmental Education for more than a decade and has a passion for teaching and getting kids into the outdoors with hands-on learning.  She is certified through NAI and active in numerous conservation organizations. Denise is a Pennsylvania native, but has also taught Environmental Education in New Mexico and Ohio before returning to the area to be closer to  family.  When she’s not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, birding, gardening, cooking, running and hiking. 
 

Erin Kiefer, Senior Educator
Erin started as a summer camp intern at Cedar Run in May 2009 and quickly became a full-time staff member in our Education Department. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from Stockton College and grew up near the shore in Ocean County. Before starting at Cedar Run, Erin worked as an outreach intern for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at Edwin B. Forsythe NWR. She still volunteers there whenever she can. When not at Cedar Run, Erin enjoys hiking, crafting, photography, and rock climbing. 

Cheryl Fisher, Educator and Wildlife Assistant
Cheryl has worked in formal education for 10 years, and informal education for 14 years.  A graduate of both Camden County College with Associate’s Degrees in Environmental Science and Biology, she also received her B.S. in Biology with honors from Rowan University. Cheryl has been an enthusiastic and active member of our organization since 2011 when she began as an intern for our Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital. An avid birder, hiker, and outdoorswoman, it was only natural for her to join our education team as well. Within a few months, she was leading tours and programs, sharing her stories with students and adults alike. Cheryl has recently become the lead educator for our monthly Nature Nuts program, immersing 5-7 year olds in activities that connect them with the natural world around them. Even on her days off, you may find her strolling through the trails with her majestic friend, Genesis (our resident female red-tail), educating visitors at Cedar Run.


Becca Freeman, Educator and Nature Center Staff
Becca graduated from Penn State University in 2009 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science with an Equine Science Minor.  She started at Cedar Run in 2013 as part of the capstone requirement for her Master’s of Science in Anthrozoology.  She has remained at Cedar Run as a part-time educator guiding tours and presenting programs for school groups, Boy and Girl Scout groups, and birthday parties in addition to working inside the Nature Center on weekends.  Outside of working at the Refuge, she also is a member of the Philadelphia Zoo's Conservation Education Department and is an active board member of the Penn State Alumni Association Southern New Jersey Chapter.  

Lee Yeash, Educator
Lee is a jack of all trades, but started with us as a volunteer in the Wildlife Hospital in 2011 to utilize her nursing skills.  She then volunteered with Education Department working on our education "Bird Team” in 2011, and later as a part-time educator in 2013, because she enjoys sharing her knowledge of the environment, conservation and wildlife with all kinds of people.  A mother of 4, an avid baker and knitter, Lee also enjoys the outdoors and hiking in the Pine Barrens with her black lab whenever possible.

Karen Hilyard, Educator and Nature Center Staff
Karen has been involved with Cedar Run since spring of 2012 when she first volunteered at the Rehab. Hospital. Since then she has worked with the education staff and at the nature center. She continues to volunteer at the rehab during the spring/summer busy season. In her spare time Karen volunteers with a parrot rescue where she works to socialize parrots that are in need of a permanent home as well as helps to screen potential adopters and prepare them for living with a rescued bird. Karen graduated from Rutgers University with a Business Management degree in 2005. 

Jayne Selwa, Educator
Jayne has been with Cedar Run since 2007 and is a part-time educator, Rehab. Hospital volunteer, and a member of our education "Bird Team.” She holds a BS in Ecosystem Ecology and a Masters Degree in Education. In addition to her work at Cedar Run, she is also a high school science and math teacher and curriculum designer. She enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, arts and crafts, and playing the fiddle.

Pat Gurgul, Educator
Pat has been teaching environmental and nature education programs in South Jersey for the last 15 years. She is a certified teacher and has a Master’s Degree in Biological Sciences. Pat had visited and studied conservation efforts in Kenya, Baja, Thailand, Borneo, Ecuador, and the Amazon. As a resident of the Pinelands, Pat would like everyone to see the beauty and uniqueness of this area. She can be found on the ski slopes in the winter and at the shore in the summer when she is not a Cedar Run.

Courtney Easterby, Educator








Amy RibinskyEducator, Summer Camp Staff, and Nature Center Staff
Amy is a senior in high school and joined Cedar Run during the summer of 2012 as a volunteer for the summer camps. She returned the following year as staff and has been doing as much as she can on both the education and the rehabilitation sides of Cedar Run ever since. Her favorite things to do at Cedar Run include spending time with the owls, getting muddy in the swamps with her camp kids, and catching frogs. When not at Cedar Run, Amy enjoys swimming, knitting, and relaxing with her friends and family. 


Sam DonnellyEducator, Summer Camp Staff, and Nature Center Staff
Sam is a high school senior who has worked at the refuge since 2012. She started as a volunteer for our summer camp and became a staff counselor the following summer. Since then she has learned to handle and now works in the rehab, nature center, and goes to programs and festivals year round. When she is not at the refuge, Sam is on her high school swim team and is working on becoming an EMT. She looks forward to her 4th summer as a Cedar Run camp counselor.




Fred Betts, Educator


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Jim Moorhouse, Buildings and Grounds

 
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