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Conserve Wildlife Foundation Team

Meet the dedicated staff and professionals behind Conserve Wildlife Foundation's important work.

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David Wheeler

Executive Director

David is responsible for running the Foundation, as well as raising the funding needed to support CWF's mission. A proud New Jerseyan, he has written frequently about the state's incredible biodiversity. He earned his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business. David enjoys being active outdoors with his daughter and son in his spare time.

  • Phone: 609.292.1276
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Stephanie DAlessio

Director of Education

As the Director of Education for CWF, Stephanie creates and presents engaging educational programs for children throughout New Jersey. She earned both her B.A. in English and Masters Degree in Education from Seton Hall University. Stephanie has over 17 years of experience developing and teaching hands-on and interactive programming for at-risk youth. Prior to her position at CWF, Stephanie directed the day-to-day programming operations of a large nonprofit and was responsible for program development and implementation, staff and grant management, and budgeting. Stephanie has been a part of many educational and community committees and volunteers her time and effort to many local wildlife conservation initiatives.

  • Phone: 609.984.0621
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Stephanie Feigin

Wildlife Ecologist

Stephanie is responsible for projects designed to protect and enhance habitats for forest bats throughout New Jersey. She is also involved in conservation and research efforts for shorebird populations including CWF’s Delaware Bay Restoration work. Born and raised in New Jersey, Stephanie received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resource Management from Rutgers University in 2013. Outside of work, she enjoys hiking, traveling, riding her horse, and spending time with her family and friends.

  • Phone 908.892.9993
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Rebecca Hanson

Parks Conservation Coordinator

As a Naturalist at Island Beach State Park, Becca works hand-in-hand with the partnership between the CWF and IBSP’s Nature Program. She is responsible for educational program development and outreach, as well as public communication and outreach campaigns. She received her B.S. in Ecology & Natural Resources from Rutgers University in the fall of 2013. In her free time, Becca enjoys hiking, exercising, eating (a lot), and spending time with family & friends.

  • Phone 732.793.0506
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Emily Heiser

Wildlife Biologist

Emily Heiser works on coastal ecology projects including coordination of CWF's marine debris project, assisting with Diamondback Terrapin projects and partnering with state biologists to manage the Beach Nesting Bird program. She has primarily been involved in beach nesting bird work along the Atlantic & Gulf Coasts since 2008. She received her B.S. in Conservation & Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley University. She enjoys birding, adventures with her dogs and long walks on the beach (really!).

  • Phone 609.628.2103
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Corrine Henn

Communication Coordinator

Over the years, Corrine has worked to raise awareness for endangered wildlife through hands-on educational outreach programs and her writing. She now works alongside Emily Hofmann to continue this pursuit by engaging the public and keeping them informed of CWF's latest projects. Corrine graduated from Delaware Valley University with a degree in Conservation and Wildlife Management. In her free time she enjoys hiking, traveling, live music and fostering kittens.


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Emily Hofmann

Project Coordinator

Emily works to engage the public about CWF’s mission and updating the community about projects and outreach events through our social media outlets. She graduated from Virginia Tech in 2014 with a B.S. in Environmental Science – Land Resources and minored in Animal & Poultry Science. She is from the Long Beach Island area and enjoys the summer months out on her family’s Boston whaler. In her free time, Emily is camping in Maine or New York, or spending time with friends.

  • Phone 609.984.6012
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Todd Pover

Senior Wildlife Biologist

Todd heads up our beach nesting bird project, including monitoring, management, and research of piping plovers, least terns, black skimmers, and American oystercatchers in New Jersey. In addition, he leads our Bahamas piping plover wintering grounds initiative and international Shorebird Sister School Network. He has been involved in the beach nesting bird project since 1994. When not working (or playing) on the beach, Todd enjoys traveling, movies, and culinary pursuits. He lives in Stone Harbor.

  • Phone: 609.306.4475
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Liz Silvernail

Director of Development

Liz develops and maintains relationships with individual, foundation, and corporate donors and implements fundraising plans to achieve CWF’s financial goals. She coordinates fundraising events throughout the year, including the annual Women & Wildlife Awards Reception. In addition, she develops programs, such as Rare Wildlife Revealed: The James Fiorentino Traveling Art Exhibition, to further the organization’s mission to educate and engage the public in the protection of at-risk wildlife. Her experience in non-profit fundraising, event planning, and environmental advocacy spans 25 years. A native of New York State, Liz enjoys surf fishing in New Jersey and raising 3 great children.

  • Phone: 609.292.3707
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Larissa Smith

Wildlife Biologist

Larissa has worked for the CWF foundation since 2000 as a Wildlife biologist. She coordinates CWF's volunteers and works on the New Jersey Bald Eagle project, Eastern Tiger Salamader project as well as a variety of other projects. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Stockton College and an M.A. in Environmental Education from Rowan University.

  • Phone: 609.628.0402

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Kelly Triece

Wildlife Biologist

Kelly Triece provides technical guidance and assistance to private landowners to develop voluntary conservation plans for the benefit of wildlife. She also works on other conservation projects that aim to identify and restore critical habitat linkages in New Jersey. Kelly received a B.A. in Biological Sciences from University of Delaware and a M.S. from Montclair State University where her research focused on identifying wildlife road mortality hotspots in northern New Jersey. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, photography and yoga.

  • Phone: 908.852.2576 ext 7524
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Ben Wurst

Habitat Program Manager

Ben is responsible for identifying and restoring degraded wildlife habitat and he helps manage and protect ospreys as part of the NJ Osprey Project. He received a B.S. in Environmental Science with emphasis in Wildlife Conservation from Unity College in 2004. Ben also works on a variety of other conservation projects that include peregrine falcons and diamondback terrapins. Outside of work, Ben enjoys spending quality time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys photography, backpacking, and woodworking. Ben collects salvaged wood that he uses to create reclaimed wood picture frames and other artwork.

  • Phone: 609.628.2103
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Special Concern

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Learn about some of the newest species in decline in New Jersey. From the bottlenose dolphin to the fowler's toad, this special listing applies to a growing list of species. Learn ways to help these sensitive species in New Jersey.

>>Explore our Field Guide


Conserve Wildlife Store

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We offer a variety of excellent wildlife books and field guides as well as shirts, hats, and other cool merchandise.