Staff

Rondi Large, B.A.

Executive Director and Cofounder

Rondi volunteers full time leading and managing the organization. Rondi is a native of Maine but has lived in Oklahoma for the past 31 years. She is cofounder of WildCare and holds a B.A. from University of New Hampshire, Keene State College. Rondi worked in civil and environmental computer aided drafting for 18 years before leaving the business world to establish and dedicate her efforts full time to directing the operations of WildCare. In addition, Rondi is former Advisory Board member of the Oklahoma State University-­‐OKC Veterinary Technology Program, sits on the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare, and has been a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council since 1994 and National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association since 1995.

O.T. Sanders, MS., Ph.D.

Facility Director and Cofounder

O.T. Sanders holds a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. O.T. is retired after working 26 years in the diagnostic medical industry. Prior to entering the world of business O.T. was an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Brunswick Community College, GA for one year and at North Carolina State University for four years. In addition O.T. served as an Assisance Chief of the Game Division of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for 3 years. O.T. Sanders assists with daily operations of WildCare and oversees facility maintenance and construction needs.

Elise Gundlach

Team Leader

Elise joined the WildCare team in 2016 and is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator from International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council certification program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with two B.S. degrees in Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation. Elise has been active in the wildlife rehabilitation field since 2011 and loves the variety of animal she sees, the medical aspects, and the fast paced atmosphere involved with wildlife rehabilitation. While she enjoys Oklahoma she thinks this state needs a bit more snow.

Adisen Hamm

Staff

An Oklahoma native, Adisen’s love for animals and desire to see them thrive started early. From making sure her parents stopped for every turtle crossing the road to donating her birthday money to local shelters, her interest in animal welfare was present at a young age. Adisen went on taking every opportunity to learn more about working with animals whenever possible, whether on family farms or volunteering with multiple sanctuary and rescue organizations. After relocating to Norman to attend school, Adisen was offered the opportunity to join WildCare as an Intern in 2017 and later that year as a staff member. She loves the work she does, the important mission that WildCare serves and values the skilled, knowledgeable and caring co-workers who she learns from every day.

Kristy Wicker

Community Liaison

As part-time Community Liaison, Kristy works with the public to effectively and compassionately handle wildlife emergencies and human-wildlife interactions in mostly urban environments. She also conducts most of our education programs. Originally from Illinois, Kristy earned a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, working as a social worker for several years before returning to school to pursue a graduate degree from Texas A&M University where she received her master’s degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Kristy is also an independent researcher, consulting on several projects to improve and understand animal well-being and serves as a citizen member of the City of Norman’s Animal Welfare Oversight Committee.

Kassidi Zarate

Team Leader

This Oklahoma native joined the WildCare team as a volunteer in 2016. After graduating with a B. A. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Oklahoma, Kassidi accepted a position as an intern. Since then, she has been able to work with the variety of animals that WildCare accepts, and is now the Small Mammals Team Leader. Kassidi enjoys the many different aspects involved in her daily job, but her favorite is the unpredicatabilty and surprises every new day brings. Kassidi loves her home state and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to it.

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