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
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 Wildlife Rehabilitation and 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.
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
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.