Dennis O. Miranda
With a legacy of over half a century, the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a storied nature sanctuary and the largest Wildlife Hospital in New Jersey. The unofficial gateway to the Pine Barrens is an idyllic preserve with stately pitch pines, majestic Atlantic White Cedars and an understory rich in Mountain Laurel, Sheep Laurel and Teaberry. The setting for the newest Executive Director of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is a timely springboard to a new decade of furthering environmental education to all audiences, saving more wildlife for the benefit of nature and providing a gateway to finding an island of wilderness in the region.
For Dennis O. Miranda, taking the mantle of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is both personal and professional. Returning to the State of New Jersey is an exciting event exclaims Dennis Miranda, “I’m coming home! As a New Jersey native, I had spent my whole life here until a decade ago and none too soon!”
With nearly thirty years of working in conservation, from saving the NJ Highlands to launching the Western Highlands Scenic Byway, he returns to a State with deep roots, a large network of friends and colleagues. Rolling up your sleeves to connect people to nature is one of the most important needs of society today! With the deep and talented staff, immense volunteer base, and supportive board of trustees of the Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, we are poised to continue and expand the mission of the refuge, the preservation of New Jersey’s wildlife and habitats through education, conservation and rehabilitation!
MaryAnn Ragone DeLambily
Assistant Executive Director
MaryAnn Ragone DeLambily joined Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge as the Development Coordinator in August 2019. MaryAnn holds a Master’s Degree in Administrative Science from Fairleigh Dickinson University with a focus in non-profit and non-governmental agencies and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from Salus University.
MaryAnn brings nearly 25 years of unparalleled experience in the non-profit sector as Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer for the South Jersey Eye Center serving the under-served population of Camden and surrounding areas. During her time at the South Jersey Eye Center, its budget quadrupled from $250,000 to $1.2 million through fundraising, grant acquisitions, and special events meeting the needs of the community and beyond with eye health and vision services.
MaryAnn’s strongest passion is for animals. Her love of animals has always inspired her to protect the well-being of animals, both domestic and wildlife. She lives with her husband, Bob, in Medford, NJ along with their rescued furry children, two dogs, four cats, and one rabbit.
Nature Center Staff
Nature Center Staff
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.
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).
Assistant Director of Rehabilitation and Volunteer Coordinator
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 became the Assistant Director of the Wildlife Hospital in the summer of 2015. 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
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.
Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager
Heather started as a volunteer in the Rehabilitation Hospital in the Spring of 2016 but quickly became seasonal staff. She has worked as a formal educator for the past eight years and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Social Work. When not at Cedar Run, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband and their 3 teen-aged sons. Heather also enjoys hiking, cake decorating, and stand-up paddle boarding. Her favorite thing about being a part of Cedar Run is working with a wide range of wildlife and helping return them to the wild.
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.
Wildlife Assistant/Shift Manager and Educator
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.
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.
Full-time Educator and 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.
Educator and 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.
Jen Van Istendal
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.
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 whenever possible.