Founder of WildCare Foundation
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.
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.
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.
Animal Care Staff
Animal Care - Work-Study
Dez joined the WildCare team in September 2018 through work-study at the University of Oklahoma and continued as a full-time intern in the summer of 2019. They are pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Biological Conservation and are planning to graduate in May 2020. From seeing a snapping turtle hatch to hand-feeding baby opossums, Dez loves the wide range of animals they get to work with each day. Though WildCare provides most of their extracurricular experience, Dez also does forensic entomology research at OU and volunteers at Oliver and Friends Farm Animal Sanctuary in Luther. They believe strongly in WildCare’s mission of returning rehabilitated animals to their natural habitats.
Songbird Team Lead
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.
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.
Animal Care Staff
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.
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.
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.