Staff

Suzanne West - Executive Director/Board Member (please see bio under Board Of Directors section)

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Jessica Paolello - Clinic Manager, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator 

Jessie joined Sarvey in December 2013. She graduated top of her class as a Veterinary Assistant at the Great Lakes Institute of Medical Careers and in her undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies and Geography at Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. 

While attending college, Jessie started volunteering at Tamarack Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center in Pennsylvania working with birds of prey.  This experience led her to pursue other opportunities in caring for wildlife. She worked as an intern with Northwest Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Bellingham, WA (now known as Whatcom Humane Society Wildlife Center) and The Conservancy of Southwest Florida in Naples, Florida.

Jessie also spent time volunteering at the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre in Johannsonburg, South Africa. Before accepting the position at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, she worked as the Avian Care Specialist at the Center for Birds of Prey, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. During her time there, she furthered her knowledge of raptors, as the center boasts 120 different species from around the world. 

As Clinic Manager, Jessie brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Sarvey Wildife Care Center. She has helped to incorporate new medical techniques, husbandry, and wildlife care to our hospital. Her favorite animals are waterfowl, especially the hundreds of orphaned mallards and geese Sarvey receives each summer.  Her favorite part of rehabilitation is teaching the interns, who travel from across the country to work with us. She also enjoys teaching the public about co-existing with wildlife and how to humanely and non-violently remove unwanted wildlife from their homes.

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Jonathan Pusateri, Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Jonathan joined Sarvey full-time in 2019. Previously, he was a seasonal staff member in 2018, and a baby season intern in 2017. He graduated from Washington State University Tri-Cities in 2017, where he received a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in Environmental Technology. 

Jonathan has worked with wildlife at several other facilities. In 2016, he was a PAWS Wildlife Center intern working primarily with baby songbirds. He was a volunteer at Blue Mountain Wildlife where he learned about working with raptors. He also traveled to China for several months to work with moon bears rescued from bile farms. Jonathan is happy to be back at Sarvey helping wildlife in the area where he was raised. His favorite part of the rehabilitation process is being able to see the transformation of an animal from intake to release. 

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Lesley Kovar, DVM - Consulting Vet and Sarvey Board Director

Dr. Lesley Kovar graduated from Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in 1991, before moving across the country to settle in Seattle. Dr. Kovar has been practicing small animal medicine at Bothell Pet Hospital since 1993, and also has experience with exotic pets and birds. She spent several years working at a zoo in New Jersey, and has a passion for wildlife. She feels fortunate to be able to offer her services to Sarvey Wildlife Care Center and in January 2020, Dr. Kovar joined the Board of Directors. 

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Elise Koszarek - Raptor Program Coordinator

Elise joined the Sarvey team in March 2019 after moving back to Washington from the sunny state of Florida. She grew up in Washington state but left to attend Colorado State University. Elise graduated with a B.S. in zoology and a passion to work with animals. 

While attending college, Elise worked in veterinary clinics and interned with the Denver Zoo and other animal care facilities. After her internship, she eventually began working at the zoo and the Denver Aquarium where she had the opportunity to develop skills in avian husbandry, educational presentations, and river otter rehabilitation. 

Elise gained more experience at the Florida Aquarium as a biologist caring for a diverse group of animals, including otters, penguins, and the aquarium’s non-releasable raptors, many of which came from rehabilitation centers. She has a strong background in animal training utilizing positive reinforcement methods where the animals are given choices to participate voluntarily in their own care and natural behaviors. 

Throughout her career Elise has worked in both animal care and education roles and loves sharing her passion for animals and wildlife with people. She believes educational programming with animals allows facilities to engage, inspire, and empower both children and adults to respect and help the environment. 

Her favorite animals are falcons and wolves. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling the world, horseback riding, and spending time with her two cats. She is happy to be back in the Pacific Northwest and working with and sharing Sarvey’s incredible non-releasable birds of prey with the community.

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Amanda Baer-Peckham - Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Amanda joined the staff at Sarvey in January, 2020 and is excited to have the opportunity to fulfill her passion of helping wildlife. She had been an intern during the 2018 Baby Season and returned as a seasonal staff member the following summer. Amanda graduated from Washington State University in December 2019, where she received a B.S in Earth and Environmental Sciences with a focus in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation Sciences.

Amanda discovered her love of working with wildlife after completing a volunteer abroad program in Laos at an elephant conservation center. After returning from Laos, Amanda changed her major from Microbiology to Wildlife Ecology. In November of 2020, Amanda transitioned from a Wildlife Rehabilitation Assistant to becoming a licensed rehabilitator. She passed the state exam this fall and we are happy to have her on the team.   

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Cathryn Gandy - Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator 

Cathryn joined Sarvey’s staff as a seasonal wildlife rehabilitation assistant in the spring of 2020 after graduating from Oregon State University with a B.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science. Prior to working for Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, she completed summer internships at Wildlife Images in southern Oregon, and Center for Wildlife in Maine. In the spring and summer of 2018, she worked as a rehabilitation staff member at Elaine Conners Wildcare in New Hampshire. 

After baby season 2020 ended, Cathryn was offered a permanent staff position at Sarvey Wildlife Care Center, and recently earned her Washington State wildlife rehabilitation permit. 

Although Cathryn enjoys working with all of the animals that come into the center, her favorite patients are the baby opossums and songbirds that come in for care in the spring and summer months. Her favorite part of the rehabilitation process is watching hand-reared animals grow up and finally be released back into the wild where they belong. 

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Jesse Murch - Office Assistant 

Jesse joined the Sarvey team in February 2021. In 2018, she graduated from Colby-Sawyer College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies and a minor in Business Administration. After graduation, she put her love for the outdoors into a position with the Vermont State Park System. The following year, she started her work with environmental nonprofits at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens in the philanthropy department. After moving to the West Coast during the pandemic, she is happy to have a position with Sarvey Wildlife using her nonprofit and business administration skills to help make a difference in wildlife and educating people about the importance they play in our ecosystem.