Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue is run by a team of dedicated staff and volunteers who are passionate about wildlife. While all members of our team have different professional backgrounds and areas of expertise, everyone shares the same enthusiasm and devotion to helping wildlife.
After a fifteen-year career in education, Ms. Duncan became involved in wildlife rehabilitation in 1997 at the urging of her young daughter. To support her daughter’s dream, Ms. Duncan and her daughter volunteered together at various wildlife centers in northern California. In 2000, Ms. Duncan was hired as the first employee of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and was subsequently promoted to Executive Director. She has served as a board member for the California Council for Wildlife Rehabilitators and the Animal Welfare Advisory Committee – an appointment by the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors. She is currently a member of Oiled Wildlife Care Network and International Bird Rescue Center’s Oiled Wildlife Response Team. In 2004, Ms. Duncan launched a pilot nuisance wildlife exclusion service – “A Wildlife Exclusion Service.” (AWES) She now mentors other wild rehabilitation centers to start their own exclusion services. Ms. Duncan especially enjoys hands-on work including wildlife rescues, oil spill response, designing and building wildlife enclosures, and working with other professional and passionate people in the field.
Danielle is the Animal Care Director at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. As Animal Care Director, Danielle has overall responsibility for the hospital, all volunteers that foster animals or work in the hospital, and the care of all animals in the temporary or permanent custody of Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue. Danielle is also the main interface with the ten Good Samaritan Veterinary practices that care for the most serious cases of animal injury or sickness. Danielle has over 10 years of hands-on experience with animal rescue and care: first as a volunteer, then as an Animal Care Assistant, and in 2010, as the full time Animal Care Director. Danielle is a Registered Veterinary Technician. In addition, she has certifications in Animal Capture and Transport and Wildlife Emergency Response. She is also 24 hour HAZWOPER certified and is on the Oil Spill Emergency Response team.
Katie was born and raised here in Sonoma County where she developed a dutiful appreciation for all aspects of nature through camping and hiking throughout her childhood and into adulthood. In 2012, she graduated California State Polytechnic in Pomona with a BS in Environmental Biology. While in college and after graduation she worked as a keeper at Safari West in Santa Rosa. In April 2015, she was hired on at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue as an Animal Care Assistant where she realized a deep passion for wildlife rescue and rehabilitation. Working closely with the Animal Care Director, she fell in love with the work and decided she was in it for the long haul when promoted to Assistant Animal Care Director. She now spends most of her time in the hospital and around the property working closely with animal care staff and volunteers making sure the wildlife that come through our doors have the best care we can possibly give them while enjoying everyone’s mutual compassion for our furry neighbors in need.
Megan Brown-Herrera grew up in rural Mendocino County. She knew from a very young age that she wanted to work with animals. She started as a teenager working in local pet stores. She later attended California’s Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and graduated with a bachelor’s of science in animal science in 2008. Megan’s senior year at Cal Poly she interned at the Safari West Zoo in Santa Rosa California and immediately fell in love with being a zookeeper. She was offered a job at Safari West after her internship and spent the next ten years working as a zoo keeper of carnivores, primates, and birds. In 2017 Megan went to South Africa to volunteer her time helping with the conservation of cheetahs and other African wildlife. The two months Megan spent in Africa changed her and drove her towards pursuing work with wildlife. She was offered a temporary job as the Director of Animal Care at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue in 2018 and was hired on as an Assistant to the Director later that year. Megan believes she has found her dream job and love’s every moment she spends saving and rehabilitating wildlife.
Dr. Dan Famini is our Veterinarian On Record. In addition to teaching at the Santa Rosa Junior College, volunteering at Animal Care and Control, and practicing at several local practices, he gives his expert advice and treatment to our wildlife patients. He likes to spend time with his wife and two daughters. His favorite animal is the chicken, even though he's worked on a huge variety of animals.
Kellee has lived in Sonoma County since 2012 and has fallen in love with the nature, outdoor activities, and the community's dedication to preservation and conservation. After graduating Sonoma State University in 2016 with a Bachelors Degree in Liberal Studies she obtained her Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential. When Covid-19 hit, which resulted in the loss of her teaching position, she decided to use the opportunity to pursue another love- working with animals. She worked at King's Kastle/ Green Dog Rescue Project in Windsor until the passing of it's owner lead to her finding the Animal Care Assistant position at SCWR. She feels one of the most rewarding parts of working at SCWR is when education and wildlife protection come together to create excellent learning opportunities for children and adults alike. She is an avid camper with her husband and two dogs and dreams of opening her own dog rescue/rehabilitation one day.
Casey has lived in Sonoma County his whole life and has loved spending time outside and exploring the outdoors for as long as he can remember. He started working with wildlife as a sophomore at Case Grande High School in the United Angler Program, where he had hands hands on experience catching chinook salmon from local creeks and spawning them in the student-run fish hatchery on campus. After high school, he attended the Santa Rosa Junior College where he received an associates degree in Environmental Studies. He enjoys being part of the wildlife rescue team and thinks that the raccoon is the most interesting of all the species he works with.
Kelsey moved to Sonoma County in June 2019 from Fort Collins, Colorado. Growing up in Colorado, she learned to love and respect wildlife from a young age through hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains. After High School, Kelsey moved from Denver, CO to Fort Collins, CO where she worked in property management for 8 years. During this time, she found a love of gardening by managing community gardens at both of the communities that she worked with.
On the weekends you'll find Kelsey outside. Whether she's camping, hiking or enjoying life on a sunny patio, she values any opportunity to connect with nature. Kelsey's favorite animal/insect is the bee. She loves watching them at work where ever her adventures take her!
Natalie has grown up at Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue and has helped her mom Doris, the Executive Director, build the wildlife center. Growing up involved in wildlife rehabilitation has given her a huge love and respect for nature. She will be graduating from Analy High School in May of 2018 and then attending Santa Rosa junior College in the fall. She will be earning her Associates degree in business marketing and then transferring to Sonoma State University so she can continue to work here and expand the PEEP program.
Tiffani has been the bookkeeper for Sonoma County Wildlife Rescue since Spring 2017. She was born and raised in Santa Rosa, CA where she developed a passion for animals and nature from a very young age. She even created her own snail sanctuary to rescue the snails that emerge from their homes during the rainy season. Her childhood dream was to become a veterinarian. She started at Santa Rosa Junior College in 2010 and struggled for many years to pick a major. She went from Engineering to Biology and finally stumbled upon Business Administration in 2015. Her mom Christine is an independent bookkeeper and she taught Tiffani basic accounting techniques and gained experience from working summers with Christine’s clients. Soon Tiffani realized she had found a career path that combined her skills and passion. Tiffani graduated Santa Rosa Junior College with an Associate’s Degree in Business Administration in Spring 2017. She transferred to Sonoma State University in Fall 2017 and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting in Fall 2019. She is on track to pursue her ultimate goal of obtaining a CPA license in the next few years so she can better serve the needs of SCWR and the community she loves.
Vivianna was born and mostly raised in Sonoma County. In her younger days she lived in Guerneville where she was outside 24/7 prepping salads for the chickens and looking for bugs to call friends. Her closest neighbors were raccoons and venturing Bobcats. Living in a rural part of Sonoma County, she was close to Wildlife for many years until moving to Santa Rosa where she now attends the Santa Rosa Junior College. She is in the Veterinary Technician program and although Wildlife is her passion, she hopes by obtaining her License as a Registered Veterinary Technician, it opens more doors into the Wildlife world. Her biggest goal is being able to pass down all of this amazing knowledge that she continues to gain to her son. The next BIG animal Lover in her Family.
Nate earned his Bachelor of Science in Resource Conservation at the University of Montana, where he worked in a behavioral ornithology lab; assisted with research on the relationship between vegetation composition and rodent seed predation; worked at a hunter check station with Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks; and served as the Education & Outreach Coordinator for the Student Recreation Association. When he isn’t answering wildlife hotline calls, you can find him writing music, exploring Northern California with his dogs, and butchering his grandma’s baking recipes. While the crow is his favorite animal, Nate greatly admires the hardiness, charm, and understated elegance of the opossum.