Staff

Administration

Mike O'Malley

Director of Operations

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. Mike was the Assistant Director of our Wildlife Hospital from 2015-2020. Mike became our Director of Operations in June of 2020. Mike holds a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stockton University. Mike currently serves on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators as a Director and as Chair of the Education Committee. He also serves as an adviser on the Wildlife Rehabilitators Advisory Committee with the NJ Division of Fish and Wildlife to provide advice and assistance to the Division of Fish and Wildlife on how improve the wildlife rehabilitation program and the care that is provided to injured  and orphaned wildlife in NJ. Mike is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator™ by the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. Mike is a volunteer at the Jennings Horse farm in Medford, where he cares for rescued and retired horses.

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Kristi Rose

Development Manager

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Tracey Francois

Nature Center and Communications Manager

Tracey started at Woodford Cedar Run as a wildlife hospital volunteer in the winter of 2019, and accepted a staff position in 2020. Tracey holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree in Graphic Design from Moore College of Art & Design, and has 10 years marketing experience specializing in promotional retail. Tracey adopts retired racing greyhounds, giving them a great home to retire in. She currently has one greyhound. In Tracey’s free time, she enjoys kayaking, camping, crafting, baking, and refining her new gardening skills.

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Zachary Tait

Stewardship Director

Zac accepted his position at Cedar Run in the beginning of 2018. Being an avid outdoorsman and having a background in landscape management and construction helps with the many jobs required to care for all of the animal enclosures, buildings and manage the trails on the 171 acre property. In Zac’s free time he enjoys hiking, herpetology, skateboarding and camping.

Rebecca Szatkowski

Welcome Staff

Becca started at Cedar Run as a volunteer in the animal hospital in the summer of 2011.  She continues to volunteer at the hospital and was a camp counselor for our summer camp for two years.  Becca received a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management with a minor in Media and Communications from Delaware Valley University in 2017.  She is currently working part-time at a farm in Pemberton, NJ.  When she is not working or volunteering, Becca enjoys biking, hiking, and spending time with family and friends.

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. She also currently serves as Secretary on the Board of Directors for the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators (NJAWR).

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Heather Evans

Assistant Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation & Volunteer Coordinator

Heather came to Woodford Cedar Run as a volunteer in the spring of 2016 and accepted a staff position in 2017. She became the Assistant Director of Animal Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator in 2020. She has a B.S. in Education from Austin Peay State University and an M.S in Social Work from Edinboro University. She previously worked in the field of Applied Behavior Analysis and as a Prevention Educator for a local non-profit. Heather also serves on the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators Board of Directors with the goal of bringing quality education and support to other rehabilitators throughout New Jersey.

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Ed Powrie

Wildlife Technician

Ed is a dedicated staff member who has been caring for our Resident Wildlife for more than 30 years. He is a movie buff, sci-fi enthusiast, and avid reader in his spare time.

Kelsey Lawler

Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager

Kelsey started at Cedar Run in the summer of 2015 as a wildlife care intern in our wildlife hospital. She stayed on as a volunteer throughout the winter and was offered a seasonal staff position in 2016. Kelsey has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Stockton University. She has also completed an internship with Conserve Wildlife Foundation of NJ. Kelsey is involved with the state park system and aspires to continue a career in protecting and highlighting our beautiful Pinelands ecosystem. When not working and volunteering at Cedar Run, Kelsey loves exploring with her dog and pampering her cat.

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Taylor Schmidt

Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager, Educator & Welcome Staff

Taylor started at Cedar Run as a volunteer in the Wildlife Hospital in the spring of 2014 and happily accepted a staff position in the rehab in 2016. Too add more to her busy schedule, Taylor started working with the Education Department in September 2019. She is a graduate of Camden County College with Associate’s Degrees in Biology and Liberal Arts and Science and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology at Rowan University. When Taylor is not at Cedar Run, she also works as a part-time nurse at Regional Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center. In her free time she enjoys hiking, kayaking, reading, and spending time with her friends and pets.

Ally Horan

Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager & Welcome Staff

Ally started at Cedar Run in the summer of 2017 as a wildlife care intern in our wildlife hospital. She stayed on as a volunteer until she was offered a seasonal staff position in 2020. Ally has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science from Stockton University. She is a naturalist for the state park system where she educates the public on the natural history of New Jersey. Ally attributes her love of nature to her frequent visits to her family’s vacation home in the Adirondack Mountains of New York. When she is not volunteering or working, Ally spends her time hiking throughout New Jersey, reading, exercising and spending time with her friends and family.

Jenna Black

Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager

Jenna started at Cedar Run as an intern in the wildlife hospital in 2016 and stayed on as a volunteer until accepting a seasonal staff position in 2020. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Zoo Science from Delaware Valley University in 2017 and currently works as a relief zookeeper at an AZA accredited zoo in New Jersey. She has a passion for animal welfare and enjoys exploring new places and spending time with her two cats in her free time.

Education

Erin Kiefer-Rounds

Director of Education

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 accepted the Director of Education position in November 2019. Erin has a B.S. in Environmental Science from Stockton University and grew up near the shore in Ocean County. When not at Cedar Run, Erin enjoys hiking, crafting, photography, and spending time with her husband and young son. In January 2015, Erin won the “Outstanding Environmental Educator” award from ANJEE (Alliance for New Jersey Environmental Education) and as of September 2017 serves on their Board of Trustees.

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Rachel Ndeto

Full-time Educator & Summer Camp Director

Rachel has worked as an environmental educator for over ten years after graduating with a B.S. in Outdoor Recreation from Lock Haven University. She started volunteering at Cedar Run in spring of 2018, working in both the animal hospital and the nature center. She was hired as an educator and camp counselor the same year and she accepted a full time educator position in 2019. In her off time, Rachel enjoys hiking and looking for interesting bugs, plants, and fungus to photograph. She is an avid crafter and is always looking for ways to incorporate art into nature education.

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Alexandra Desipris

Educator

Bridget Cardenas

Educator

Cheryl Fisher

Educator & Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager

Cheryl has worked in formal education for more than a dozen years, and informal education for more than 15 years. She is currently a high school biology teacher at a local school. 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 a bird of prey in tow, educating visitors at Cedar Run.

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Jen Van Istendal

Educator

Jen started at Cedar Run as a volunteer in the Wildlife Hospital in 2015 and soon became part-time staff in the nature center and education team in 2016. Jen currently works full time at the NJDEP as an Environmental Specialist but remains a part-time educator and avid Pine Barrens enthusiast, having grown up in Shamong. Jen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of South Florida and a M.S. in Environmental Studies with a Concentration in Conservation Biology from Green Mountain College. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, kayaking, photography, reading, and spending time with her friends and 3 cats.

Jim Hansen

Educator & Welcome Staff

Jim started with Cedar Run in October of 2019 with the education department. He has been a naturalist and an educator for several different organizations throughout New Jersey and even once worked for a famous mouse in Florida. With a bachelor degree from Stockton University specializing in Environmental Studies and Marine Science, Jim enjoys the wide variety of nature that one can experience here in NJ. From the beaches to the forest there is always something new to discover.  He is also a National Geographic Certified Educator.  When Jim isn’t at Cedar Run he enjoys going on adventures to various state parks and beaches, as well as spending rainy days inside with a book or video games.

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