Staff

Rondi M. Large

Founder of WildCare Foundation

WildCare is Oklahoma’s oldest, established in 1984, and largest wildlife rehabilitation facility in Oklahoma, accepting over 7,000 wild animals annually. Rondi volunteers full-time, leading and managing the organization. Rondi is a native of Maine but has lived in Oklahoma since 1979.
Rondi holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire-Keene State College. She 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 build and direct the operations of WildCare. In addition, Rondi is a former Advisory Board member of the Oklahoma State University – OKC Veterinary Technology Program and a former member of the Kirkpatrick Foundation Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare. Rondi has attended or presented at 11 National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association symposiums. WildCare was selected in 2015 to host the National Rehabilitators Association symposium in Norman. Rondi has attended the Oklahoma Institute for Non-Profit Management’s Standard for Excellence class and Sarkeys Foundation’s Leadership Forum.
 

Inger Giuffrida

Interim Assistant Director

Inger Giuffrida is serving as part-time Interim Assistant Director for WildCare, an organization she has admired since moving to Oklahoma in 2004 from Washington, DC. She served in the U.S. Peace Corps in East Africa, directed a regional nonprofit women’s economic development organization, started a microenterprise and financial wellness program within a nationally recognized federal credit union, and ran the field services division of a think tank in the nation’s capital. For the past 17 years, she has operated a consulting business providing services for a wide variety of clients including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the FDIC, the CFPS, United Way Worldwide, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and many others, working in all 50 states and Canada. She has a B.S. from Miami University, M.B.A. from Western Michigan University, is a graduate of Leadership Grand Rapids `98 and Leadership Norman `19. She also serves on numerous boards and in a wide number of volunteer positions in the community.

A lifelong animal lover, she lives on a mini-farm in Norman with her husband of 22 years, children, Sam and Sofia, and an ever-growing population of pets including Stella and Penelope, two American Guinea Hogs.

Email: [email protected]

Dr. Kyle Abbott

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine

Dr. Kyle Abbott joined us in November 2019. He was born in the state of Oklahoma, and grew up splitting time between Oklahoma and Michigan. Dr. Abbott obtained his B.S. in Ecology, Behavior and Evolution from the University of California, San Diego in 2013. Dr. Abbott graduated from the University of California, Davis – School of Veterinary Medicine in 2017. He completed a small animal surgery and internal medicine internship in San Diego, and a wildlife medicine internship in Sanibel, Florida prior to joining the WildCare team.

Dr. Abbott loves using his knowledge and skills in wildlife medicine, rehabilitation, and husbandry to contribute to conservation through direct impact on the animals we treat and rehabilitate.

Email: [email protected]

Laura Biddick

Animal Care Staff

Laura is a life-long resident of Norman, OK and has always found working with animals greatly rewarding and challenging. She first came to WildCare as a staff member in the fall of 2006, then left in 2008 to attend the University of Oklahoma where she received her B.S. in Environmental Studies. Following graduation, Laura worked as a research assistant at OUHSC, and later as a technician for an analytical lab. She continued to volunteer for WildCare and eagerly rejoined the staff in the fall of 2018.

Laura’s favorite duties at WildCare include working in the raccoon and mammal nurseries. “It’s really hard work, especially in the summer when it’s hot and we have seemingly endless mouths to feed – but it never gets old. Every day these babies make us smile and laugh, and I feel that we’re very lucky to get to experience that.” She also works with a variety of adult animals and helps to maintain their outdoor enclosures, including beavers, bobcats, squirrels, and raccoons.

Email: [email protected]

Allison Brannan

Animal Care Staff

Allison showed an interest in animal care and animal welfare throughout her childhood, and made it her mission at an early age to learn as much as she possibly could about them. In 2017, she graduated college with a B.S. in Integrative Biology, and started working at a local wildlife rehabilitation center in her hometown in Texas where she had volunteered during her time as a student, After a year of experience as a caretaker and rehabilitator, she made the move to Oklahoma and joined WildCare in late February 2019.
She loves being able to make an impact in the lives of animals, and in turn giving them a chance to be part of the world that they otherwise would not have. Seeing babies grow up and injuries heal, and learning how to help that process is her favorite part of the job.
 

Dez Brooks

Jami Elkins

Administrative Assistant

Chelsey Gundlach

Songbird Team Lead

Chelsey joined the WildCare team in March 2019 as the Songbird Team Lead. She graduated from the University of Maine with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology with a concentration in Conservation Biology. Chelsey began her wildlife journey in the summer of 2016 as an intern at a bird rescue in Maine, and has been involved with bird rehabilitation every since. She managed to survive the Oklahoma summers by dreaming about Maine winters.
 

Elise Gundlach

Reptile and Small Mammals Team Lead

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

Raptor Team Lead

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.

Bekah Holder

Animal Care Staff

Bekah began an internship at WildCare in June and has recently become part of the animal care staff. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a degree in Wildlife Ecology & Conservation. After completing previous animal care internships, she decided to focus on wildlife rehabilitation and chose WildCare Foundation to gain more experience in the field.
Some of the skills Bekah has learned or improved on include: administering oral and injectable medications, proper handling and restraint techniques, and taking radiographs of injured wildlife. Bekah focuses primarily on bird and mammal care, but has experience with reptiles as well.
 

Linda Skaggs

Volunteer Coordinator

Linda joined the WildCare team as a volunteer in June 2018, shortly after retiring from a lifelong career primarily in the construction industry. WildCare fit into her plan to take on a new role after retirement that could make even a small impact on our Oklahoma wildlife. Her involvement at WildCare has continued to grow and she now serves as the coordinator for WildCare’s Volunteer Program.

Email: [email protected]

Jenna Staggs

Raccoon Team Lead

Born and raised in Oklahoma, Jenna joined the WildCare team as a full-time intern during the Spring of 2018. Jenna graduated with a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University and went on to work at a veterinary clinic in her hometown of Tulsa. After working with domestics for two years, she decided she wanted a change and accepted a position at WildCare. She quickly found her passion while working with the raccoon team.

After a year at WildCare, Jenna became the Raccoon Team Lead. She loves how intelligent and curious raccoons are and enjoys watching them grow, knowing they will one day be released back into the wild. Her favorite part of wildlife rehabilitation is helping animals that have been impacted by humans and playing a role in educating the public on how to coexist with native wildlife.

Email: [email protected]

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.

Email: [email protected]

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