Center for Wildlife
Our Staff

Kristen Lamb
Executive Director

Executive Director with barred owl ambassador BiancaKristen attained a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology from the University of New Hampshire in 2005. Here she fell in love with wildlife, and earned additional credits for research projects. Her favorite project was the radio-tracking of moose in the White Mountains, where she was lucky enough to creep up on a mother and her calf. During her second year at UNH, Kristen began volunteering at CFW as a baby bird room volunteer. From there she joined the staff wearing the hats of Rehabilitation Supervisor, Volunteer and Intern Coordinator, and Wildlife Educator; learning a lot about wildlife medical treatment, environmental education, and disabled wildlife husbandry.

In the summers of 2006 and 2007, she worked part-time at CFW to focus efforts as a Park Interpreter/Naturalist for the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation at Plum Island. There she learned to coordinate with state, federal, and private agencies to protect the endangered piping plover, along with environmental education program development and presentation. In fall of 2007, she returned to the Center full-time as the Education & Outreach Director.

In 2012 she accepted the Executive Director position, and in her tenure has led and empowered our amazing team toward the growth of the internship program from three summer interns to 30-plus throughout the year; expanded the educational programs from 50 to over 225 off-site and on-site ecology- and curriculum-based programs annually; identified and implemented diversified fundraising strategies; helped develop the education and outreach and development committees; and provided sustainability to the organization, allowing for continued growth. She most recently leads our strategic planning efforts alongside our board of directors, and provides the vision and motivation for attaining our capital campaign expansion.

Lamb is a member of the "Gateway to Maine: Outside" coalition, Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group, and Nottingham Conservation Commission. She volunteers as a Lamprey River Water Quality monitor (helping to ensure and understand the health of local watersheds), and most recently joined the ME Bat Working Group to help compile baseline data and understand habitat needs of bats in ME; in order to address the challenges and possible local extinction that our bats face today. She is often asked to speak at public events and conferences, most recently at Maine Audubon’s annual corporate donor event.Her goal is to help counteract the human-caused impact on wildlife through a combination of wildlife medical care, education, and research. She lives in Nottingham NH with her husband Ed and a beautiful (if slightly mischievous) cat named Tiny Dancer and an equally beautiful and goofy rescued puppy named Macie!

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Erin Burns

Wildlife Specialist/ Volunteer and Intern CoordinatorErin bio

With a B.S. in Biology from the University of New Hampshire, Erin has a passion for scientific research, especially when it comes to wildlife and the environment. At school, Erin was lucky enough to travel to the US Virgin Islands for a class on Tropical Ecology. While in St. John, Erin and her classmates studied coral reef ecology and the multitude of species that live within the reefs as well as on the mainland. Back in the states, Erin took a research-intensive class in field limnology, or the study of freshwater lakes. She learned many water sampling techniques in the field, wrote a research paper on zooplankton and worked in the general chemistry lab- fueling her always growing love for the sciences.

During the summer breaks, she worked as a camp counselor at an environmental-themed camp run by the New Hampshire Audubon and had the opportunity to fine-tune her excellent leadership skills. Erin also began volunteering at the Center for Wildlife in her free time and it was then that she decided she wanted to pursue a career in which she could help wildlife. After graduating from UNH, Erin worked for two years at an environmental laboratory as a prep lab technician, but knew her future would still lie in wildlife. In the spring of 2011, Erin accepted a position as a Senior Intern at CFW, learning more about wildlife medical care and case management, and just as importantly leading, teaching, training, and guiding the many volunteers and interns to provide supportive care. Because of her background in science and ecology, and excellent teamwork and leadership skills we gladly offered Erin the Wildlife Specialist position as soon as it opened up.

Erin is excited to learn as much as possible about every wild animal that comes through the door, and in 2014 was thrilled to attend the IWRC Symposium in Cincinnati, OH; bringing back a wealth of information regarding the latest research and practices in wildlife rehabilitation. Erin participates in the Development Committee providing support with fundraising and special events, and is a member of the Medical Clinic Committee helping to advance diagnostics, continuously review and update clinic protocols, and keep current on research related to wildlife medicine.

Erin lives in Durham, New Hampshire on the shore of Little Bay. She LOVES the outdoors in any season, exploring the coast, woods, and mountains. She especially enjoys hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and geocaching all over New England. Erin also likes traveling and hopes to make a cross-country road trip some day.

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Sonja Ahlberg

Wildlife Specialist/ Medical Clinic Team LeadWildlife Specialist with Eastern Screech Owl Patient

Sonja has a B.S. in Environmental Conservation from the University of New Hampshire, and a M.S. in Biology from the University of Nebraska. Beyond an extensive knowledge of native wildlife ecology and physiology, she has a strong veterinary background. Sonja first became interested in wildlife care while working at the Mt. McKinley Animal Hospital as a certified vetirinary technician. The veterinarian that she worked with volunteered her time pinning bones and stabiliizing raptors, cranes, baby songbirds and mammals, and other native wildlife. Sonja was able to observe and take part in many of those surgeries, and also learned to care for orphaned wildlife.

While in Alaska Sonja also worked for the Alaska Sealife Center as a Veterinary Lab Technician, and was responsible for the lab work and diagnostics of the marine and seabird patients admitted there. She also assisted in weighing, handling, and treating those patients. Sonja was also able to conduct necropsies for the center to help determine cause of patient death- allowing for data collection on possible environmental factors, improving medical research, and much more.

Sonja's love for wildlife expanded to field work at her positions with the National Parks and Forest Services as a Biological and Wildlife Technician. While with the National Parks she conducted surveys in California, Arizona and Montana of a variety of species from the Columbian spotted frog to grizzly bears. She was also able to conduct bat surveys in caves where she helped to determine the presence of bats and maternity colonies- estimating populations and demographics. During her tenure with the Forest Service she conducted surveys in the Pacific Northwest monitoring species such as the pileated woodpecker, Northern goshawk, and white-headed woodpeckers. These surveys help to guide best management practices, and conservation recommendations.

Sonja currently lives in Cape Neddick, ME with her dog Scrappy and an (indoor!!) cat. She has been with the Center since spring 2012 and has worked alongside our veterinarian to improve medical diagnostics and treatment. She also conducted her Masters thesis on turtle patients that were admitted to CFW due to car strikes in 2013 and continued the research through 2014. She hopes this research will shed some light on infection levels in turtles and how to best treat them while in care.


Emily CalhounEmily Calhoun- Education & Outreach Coordinator

Education & Outreach Coordinator (grant-funded position)

Emily is working towards a B.S. in Zoology from the University of New Hampshire. Her first year at UNH, Emily was excited to join a graduate research team studying the ecological impacts of Red-Backed salamanders in NH woodlands. While working on the project, she was introduced to another UNH research team studying freshwater invertebrates. Emily joined the freshwater lab to help develop a taxonomic key of freshwater invertebrates that is now a readily available resource for students and researchers alike.

Following her brief love affair with research, Emily’s enthusiasm for the outdoors and wildlife led her to internships at Clyde Peeling’s Reptiland in Pennsylvania as well as the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville, MN. These experiences drove her to apply for every internship she could find, and helped her secure an internship at the New Mexico Wildlife Center in Espanola, NM. During her time in NM, Emily had the opportunity to shadow wildlife veterinarians; work with wildlife such as cougars, elk, and golden eagles; and support the Center’s growing education program.

In the fall of 2011, Emily accepted an intern position at the Center for Wildlife. She was very excited to learn more about wildlife rehabilitation, and to have her first chance to work with waterfowl. Emily fell in love with CFW during her internship and went on to hold positions including “senior intern” and “Wildlife Education and Outreach Fellow”. In 2014, Emily was thrilled to accept the position of Education and Outreach Coordinator and has been working to soak up as much environmental education, nonprofit management, and development knowledge as possible! During Emily’s first year as EOC, she began a routine of enrichment including walks on the vernal pool trail, “fish tubes” for our non-releasable opossums, toys, and other activities to help ensure happy and healthy lives for all of our ambassadors – which is just as much fun for Emily as the ambassadors!

Emily serves as a member of the “Gateway to Maine: Outside” Coalition, Friends of Mount Agamenticus Advisory Group, and is a Speaking for Wildlife volunteer with the UNH Cooperative Extension. She currently lives in Kittery with her sweet (indoor!) kitty, Lola, and CFW supporting boyfriend. Emily now leads the development, grant-funding, staffing, training, and ambassador care for our environmental education program. In just one year she has created new volunteer opportunities such as Volunteer Educator and Wildlife Docent, developed our "Nature Discovery Walk" and "Owl Prowl Series", and most recently supported program expansion through our "Teaching Eco-Healthy Families for a Healthy World" project. Emily is a certified as a Project WILD Growing Up Wild educator, and in 2014 was selected to receive the York County Audubon Hog Island scholarship; awarded to only 1-2 environmental education leaders in our community each year. She loves spending time with our disabled ambassadors and sharing our work with the community and is very excited to continue her work with CFW!

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Laura LariviereWildlife Specialist gives fluids to common loon
Wildlife Specialist/ Facilities Coordinator

Laura Lariviere is our newest staff member, and is a skilled Certified Veterinary Technologist offering 12 years in veterinary care with over 8 years of experience teaching and training future veterinary professionals. Areas of expertise include avian medicine/rehabilitation and emergency response. Laura worked for 10 years at the renowned Tri-State Bird Rescue and Research in Delaware, and formally joined our team in October 2014. In her time at Tri-State she filled the roles of Clinic Supervisor I and II, and Oil Bird Program Coordinator.

We are very excited for Laura to lend her skills and experience in avian medicine and rehabilitation, radiography, fecal, urine and blood testing, nutritional management, environmental enrichment, and venipuncture among others to our rehabilitation program. Laura has already hit the ground running in her facilities coordination, and worked hard at organizing the safety and repair oversight for winter prep duties. She recently oversaw the renovation of our "baby bird room" roof, which added years to the addition. Laura will also lend her expertise to our oiled wildlife wash renovation; well qualified as one of the lead staff in the large BP oil spill in 2010.

Laura lives in Wells, ME with her two feline friends. She enjoys running, yoga, and being outdoors!

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Karyn Scharf Morin

Board Chairman

Karyn Scharf Morin is Vice President, Retail Market Manager at Kennebunk Savings Bank. Morin is responsible for overseeing a region of banking offices that includes Kennebunk, Lower Village, North Berwick, Sanford, Ogunquit and York as well as the direct management of the Wells office. Morin has been with Kennebunk Savings since 2001 and has held the position of Branch Administrator and has been the Branch Manager of both the Berwick and York Offices. She brings considerable retail banking experience to her new role. Prior to joining Kennebunk Savings, Morin held branch management positions in the Southern Maine and New Hampshire markets for other financial institutions.

Morin holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics and Economics from Wheaton College and was a Lordan scholar at the New England School of Banking at Williams College. A resident of South Berwick, she serves as the Board Chair of the Center of Wildlife and is a member of the Wells Rotary Club. Morin fell in love with Center for Wildlife at a volunteer workday through Kennebunk Savings Bank, helping to clean and set up turtle habitat and enclosures in 2007. She has served as board member, financial advisor, Human Resources Committee Chair, and most recently Board Chair. Her passion for wildlife and extensive financial background has helped to bring Center for Wildlife’s stability and professionalism to what it is today.

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Dawn Dickinson


Board Treasurer and Secretary


Dawn Dickinson is the Director of Client Relations and Revenue Cycle Services at Laboratory Billing Solutions in Portsmouth, NH. She is responsible for managing the day to day relationship with all of LBS’ clients. In addition to being the primary interface with the lab clientele, Dawn has the claims submission, AR management, payment posting, and Customer Service functions reporting to her. Ms. Dickinson previously worked as Director of Customer Service for Path Lab where she oversaw a staff of twenty people handling client inquiries related to lab operations and technical services.

Dawn has her MBA, and various Associates Degrees and certifications. Keen to the medical world, she began her love of animal medicine working at a veterinary hospital that treated wildlife. She brought an injured gray squirrel to Center for Wildlife in 2008 and has been hooked ever since. Dawn serves on the board of directors as Treasurer and Secretary. In addition she is a volunteer educator and Development Committee Chair. Dawn has been instrumental in growing Center for Wildlife’s Human Resources and environmental educational programming in her tenure.
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Dr. John Means

Medical Clinic Committee Chair

Dr. Means grew up in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. During his high school years he worked at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, where they have a live animal section. There he learned how to handle and train birds of prey and mammals. These experiences would ultimately lead to where he is today. Dr. Means attended Ohio State University and received a Bachelor's degree in Zoology in 1977, followed by a Master's degree in 1981. His Master's thesis pioneered techniques for analyzing subpopulations of birds using mineral analysis of the bird's feathers.

During the time he was writing his Master's thesis, he took a job for the state of Ohio as biologist running a nature center and wildlife rehabilitation program. There he specialized in care for injured birds of prey. Veterinary students at the Ohio State veterinary school were starting a raptor rehabilitation program at the veterinary school and visited Dr. Means frequently for advice and experience in the handling and care of raptors. This contact with these students stimulated Dr. Means to apply to veterinary school. So, after four years of working for the State of Ohio, Dr. Means started at the Ohio State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1983. During his time in vet school he led the raptor rehab program and implemented an outpatient exotic bird program.

After graduation in 1987, Dr. Means and his wife Jeanine, moved to Maine and he has continued to practice on the seacoast with a special interest in birds and small mammals. He provides the veterinary care and serves on the board of directors and as Medical Clinic Committee Chair for the Center for Wildlife. John's veterinary care and collaboration with our Wildlife Specialists have brought our diagnostics and treatment to new heights, ultimately improving success rates for injured wildlife. He has three children, a dog, two cats, and a bird. In his spare time he enjoys running (long distances!), hiking, camping and cutting firewood.
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Joe Tucker

Capital Campaign Committee Chair

Joe grew up in Rye , NH and from a very early age surrounded himself with birds and animals of all kinds. He attended Portsmouth High School and went on to graduate from the University of NH with a BA in Business Administration. After exploring a number of different pursuits, he settled into the building industry (owning and running Tucker Associates in Rye, NH) at the age of 28 and continues in that field today, some 40 years later.

Joe and his wife Julie live in Rye currently and have a diverse variety of birds and animals. Some are rescue through the SPCA, others are domestic livestock, as well as a collection of waterfowl. Joe and Julie are both licensed wildlife rehabilitators in the NH . Joe served on the Center for Wildlife's board of directors five years ago and rejoined the board eight months ago. Aside from involvement in a number of sports activities, Joe's passion remains the well being of both domestic and wild creatures and the betterment of the Center for Wildlife.border

Jen Niese

Development Committee Member


Jennifer graduated from Rutgers College in New Brunswick , N.J. with a degree in Biology in 1989, and received a Master’s degree in Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development from the University of Maryland in 1992. She has volunteered on several field biology projects including the Puffin Project and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service ’s Hawaiian Crow Recovery Project. Jennifer spent several years teaching biology at Delaware Valley College in Doylestown , PA before moving to Maine in 2000.

She has continued to work on a variety of environmental issues, serving on the Kennebunk Conservation Commission and Energy Efficiency Committees, and on the board of the York County Audubon Society. She has worked with RSU 21 to obtain grants for a photovoltaic array at Middle School of the Kennebunks and to develop a vegetable garden at Kennebunk High School . She lives with her family in Kennebunk. Jen's stronghold in the environmental education and conservation community, combined with experience in grant-writing and fundraising is a tremendous asset in moving Center for Wildlife toward financial sustainability.

Center for Wildlife Advisory Committee

Non-Voting Members:

Finance Committee Member and Advisor
Marge Titcomb, Yarmouth, Maine

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Infrastructure

Want to see how the many hands, minds, and hearts come together to carry out Center for Wildlife's mission every year? Take a look at our Organizational Flow Chart!

Center for Wildlife Org Chart


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