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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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Mike Davenport

Wildlife Biologist & GIS Manager

Mike is responsible for handling CWF's mapping projects as well as being CWF's contact person for freshwater and marine wildlife issues. He received his M.S. in Environmental Geography from Rutgers University where his research focused on biogeography. Mike enjoys spending his free time kayaking, SCUBA diving, and traveling.

  • Phone: 609.259.6963
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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 assists the beach nesting bird project working with Piping Plovers, American Oystercatchers, Least Terns, and Black Skimmers. She has been involved in beach nesting bird work along the Atlantic & Gulf Coasts since 2008 and has proudly been a part of the CWF team over the years. She received her B.S. in Conservation and Wildlife Management from Delaware Valley University. She enjoys living on the Delaware Bayshore, birding, and hiking with her dogs.

  • Phone 609.628.2103
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Melanie Mason

Wildlife Biologist

Melanie has been involved with American kestrel research and conservation for several years. Through CWF and in partnership with NJDFW’s Endangered and Nongame Species Program, her role grew to help design and facilitate breakthrough migration research using geolocator technology for the first time on kestrels in New Jersey. Most recently she spearheaded a barn owl project aimed to understand and support breeding owls in underrepresented portions of the state to help reverse their decline. Beyond raptors she has a particular fondness for native wildflowers and insect pollinators (particularly bees!) and hopes to eventually expand into the realm of pollinator conservation as well.

She loves to travel and enjoys spending long weekends in Cape May and the Adirondacks. When not traveling she may be home, knee-deep in gardening or just spending time outside. She also has a dog, two cats and a revolving roster of foster kittens.

 

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Lindsay McNamara

Communications Manager

Lindsay manages the organization's social media presence and carries out other online communications, education and public relations projects. She is involved in the marketing of CWF's Delaware Bay restoration work. Lindsay earned her B.A. in Environmental Studies from the University of Delaware in 2012. A Jersey Girl born and raised, Lindsay enjoys hiking, birding, camping and blogging.

  • Phone: 609.984.6012
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Todd Pover

Beach Nesting Bird Project Manager

Todd oversees managing, monitoring, and research of piping plovers, least terns, black skimmers, and American oystercatchers in New Jersey. He has been involved in the beach nesting bird project since 1994, in partnership with NJ Division of Fish & Wildlife. When not working (or playing) on the beach, Todd enjoys traveling, movies, and culinary pursuits. He lives in Stone Harbor.

  • Phone: 609.628.0401
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Liz Silvernail

Director of Development

Liz is membership manager, event planner and director of giving for the Foundation. She is responsible for engaging people in our mission and enabling them to support it with contributions, membership donations, sponsorships and grants. 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 & Volunteer Manager

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 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.

She lives in Swainton with her husband and all their rescued animals. Outside of work she volunteers for a local animal shelter and enjoys the woods and Delaware Bay.

  • 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 122
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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

 

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