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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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Mike Davenport

GIS Program Manager

Mike is responsible for handling CWF's mapping projects. 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 Egger

Wildlife Biologist

Stephanie is responsible for piping plover and other beach nesting bird recovery implementation as well as conservation efforts for diamondback terrapins. She is the Mid-Atlantic Region Co-Chair for the Diamondback Terrapin Working Group. She received a BS in Marine Biology from Millersville University in 2001 and a MS in Biology from St. Joseph's University in 2006 where her thesis research focused on nesting ecology of northern diamondback terrapins along a salt marsh assess road in New Jersey. When she is not enjoying the beaches of New Jersey, Stephanie is enjoying raising her young daughter.

  • Phone: 215.350.6827
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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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Emily Heiser

Biological Assistant

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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Brian Henderson

GIS Specialist

Brian enters rare species sightings into the Biotics database. At work he deals with many species, but reptiles and amphibians are his personal interest. He received a B.S. degree in Environmental Science and has spent the last seven years working in related fields. Outside of work, Brian likes to see live music, take photographs and explore the state of New Jersey.

  • Phone: 609.777.4136
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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 and 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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