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. 

 
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.

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. In January 2015, Erin won the "Outstanding Environmental Educator" award from ANJEE (Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education).

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. 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.




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 Pinelands 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 an educator in both formal and informal settings since 1986. She earned her B.S. in Ecosystem Ecology from UCONN and her teaching credential and Masters in Education from the University of California in Santa Barbara. Jayne began volunteering in the Wildlife Rehabilitation Hospital shortly after moving back to New Jersey in 2007, and quickly began working for the Education Department as well. She leads our monthly Night Hike series, as well as other educational programs for children and adults. In addition to her work at Cedar Run, she is also a high school science and math teacher and curriculum designer. An avid birdwatcher and naturalist, she enjoys hiking, camping, kayaking, arts and crafts, and playing the fiddle.

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 started as a volunteer for our summer camp in 2012 and became a staff counselor the following year. Since then she has been promoted to head counselor, learned to handle animals, currently works in the rehab, nature center, and goes to programs and festivals year round. When she is not at the refuge, Sam is a student at Rutgers University and volunteers as an EMT for Medford EMS. 




Veronica Williamson
, Educator and Nature Center Staff
Veronica is our "Bug Lady" and teaches children in our summer camp and homeschool programs. When she is not teaching or working the front desk at the Nature Center, Veronica is working towards her Master's Degree in Entomology at Rutgers University. Having lived in Burlington County all her life, Veronica has come to love the surrounding Pinelands and the creatures that live there. In her free time she enjoys creating miniature scale dollhouses, collecting insects, touring historical mansions, hiking and riding her bike.

Kristen Volpi, Educator
Kristen started as educator at Cedar Run in February 2015. She has B.S. in Captive Wildlife Care and Education and a B.A. in Art and the Environment from Unity College in Unity, Maine.  Kristen had previously interned at Topeka Zoo in Kansas, where she worked with everything from lions, tigers, and elephants all the way down to goats and a spunky llama. Kristen is a member of the AAZK where she has published a paper on animal training. Kristen is a New Jersey native, in her free time she enjoys herping, collecting bones and artifacts, and taking care of her critters.

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.

Fred Betts, Educator


Grounds:
Jim Moorhouse, Buildings and Grounds

 
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