Board of Directors
Rensselaerville, NY. She does live education programs as Wildlife Alive.”
Barb Cole attended the State University at Cortland, and earned a Master’s in Education. She retired from teaching after 28 years; but continues as a practicing rehabilitator. She has been licensed by NYS DEC and USF&WS since 1984, and has handled a wide variety of wildlife in the ensuing years. She also joined NYSWRC in 1984. Since her election to the Board of Directors, she has served as Legislative Chair, Secretary; and was President for 6 years. She works with the Southern Tier Wildlife Center, and continues to rehabilitate wildlife, while working to help provide public education, and support for environmental causes.
Lauren is the Volunteer Coordinator for one of the satellite store cat adoption centers for Last Hope Animal Rescue. She is also a frequent team leader on the capture team for Long Island (domestic) Rabbit Rescue. Outside of animal rescue, Lauren’s other passion is for rowing and she coaches the Cold Spring Harbor High School rowing team. She resides in South Huntington, NY with her husband and pets.
Cheryl is a licensed rehabilitator who has been with the Wildlife Department of the SPCA of Erie County since June of 1999. She is also a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association. Cheryl has received her certificate for oil spill training and RVS training. In addition, she took the basic training for and joined EARS. She has been actively involved with the Board of Directors of NYSWRC since January 2002 and has assisted in the arrangements for the annual NYSWRC conference each year since that time. In 2003 Cheryl was nominated for and accepted the position of Secretary for NYSWRC.
After several years of rehabbing squirrels, bunnies, woodchucks, possums, hawks and owls, she rehabilitated her first fawn and never looked back. She now specializes in white-tailed deer and the Virginia opossum.
She has been on the NYSWRC Board since 2006, is a member of NWRA and the National Opossum Association. She has been the neonatal care specialist for the Lakeshore Humane Society since 2008, is a foster mom for the Erie County SPCA, and a board member for the Tango Fund, which was established in 2012 and offers complimentary physical therapy for animals in need.
Terri is a graduate of Cornell University, School of Industrial and Labor Relations and spent 24 years as office manager for the Williamsville Teachers Association and Executive Assistant for the New York State United Teachers.
Ellen holds a Class II NYS Wildlife Rehabilitation License as well as a Federal Migratory Bird Permit, RVS, Oil Spill, Chemical Capture, Falconry, and Education/Exhibition License to Possess. With a background in early education, Ellen has given wildlife presentations for public schools, groups and clubs throughout Ulster, Rockland, Columbia, Dutchess, NYC and Orange Counties.
Ellen hosts a 2-week nature camp for kids ages 8-14 at her home in Saugerties. The children study native flora and fauna, identify native birds, reptiles, mammals, insects, mushrooms, and medicinal plants. They hike, swim, enjoy arts and crafts projects and study pond and stream life. In addition, they learn about attracting wildlife to our backyards and have fun understanding the circle of life.
In addition, Barbara has a nuisance wildlife license, is certified for Chemical Immobilization, Oil Spill Training, and Rabies Vector Species. One of her tasks as a board member, in conjunction with the NYS DEC Special License Unit, is to conduct the NYS Rabies Certification Course each year.
Barb has a Masters of Science in Adult and Public Education with a Certification in Human Resource Management from Buffalo State College. She has been a Veterinary Technician since 1985 in multiple animal realms.
She currently works for the Webster Police Department in the Animal Control Unit, at Rochester Community Animal Clinic as a surgery technician and an Associate Professor for Medialle College in Veterinary Science.
Sue’s appreciation for nature attracted her to the Erie County SPCA’s wildlife department nearly eight years ago. She is fond of small mammals, particularly squirrels. Sue has continued her interest in wildlife by becoming a beekeeper this year with two active hives. Her passions outside of wildlife rehab include gardening and birding. Her skill in taking wildlife photographs has led to her participation in regional art shows. Sue shares her home with a dog, four cats and two rats
Andrea was previously affiliated with Hiscock & Barclay, LLP, in the firm’s litigation department, before leaving to form The Sammarco Law Firm, LLP. She is admitted to practice in New York as well as the United States District and Bankruptcy Courts for the Western District of New York.
Andrea is past Chair of the Erie County Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Committee, and a regular presenter at CLE accredited regional and statewide conferences on topics of general interest, including alternative dispute resolution, labor and employment, and other issues. In addition to being a long time member of the Erie County Bar, Andrea has held memberships in the the Labor and Employment Relations Association of New York, the New York Chapter of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the New York Sate Bar Association. Andrea is also a certified mediator through the Cornell School of Industrial and Labor Relations.
Andrea received her law degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo, with a Certificate of Concentration in State and Local Government Law. Andrea served as Attorney for the Town of Pendleton, New York from 2004 – 2013. More recently, Andrea serves as local counsel for class-actionwage and hour litigation on behalf of Buffalo Bills cheerleaders.
She is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Niagara Hospice, Inc., as Board Member of The Hospice & Palliative Care Group. Inc., and as Advisory Board Member and legal counsel to the New York State Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.
Andrea is a New York State licensed wildlife rehabilitator, and has volunteered for numerous charitable organizations, including the Bless the Beasts Foundation, the Erie County SPCA Wildlife Department and others, and served as in-house counsel for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, a national animal rights/welfare organization. She lives in Clarence, New York with her husband Scott.
Jay Hyman Professor of Wildlife Medicine, emeritus
Wildlife Health and Conservation, specifically Infectious Diseases, Epidemiology, Reintroduction Medicine
Education and Training
1982 University of California, PhD
1974-1976 University of California Davis, Residency in Wildlife/Zoological Medicine
1972 University of Missouri, DVM
Westcott Hospital for Animals, Detroit, MI, Intern, Small Animal Practice
American College of Zoological Medicine
Diplomate – American College of Zoological Medicine
Clinical Associate Professor, Section of Zoological Medicine
Section Chief of Zoological Medicine
Education and Training
1989-1991 University of Florida, Residency in Zoological and Wildlife Medicine
1988-1989 University of Florida, Combined program: Third year residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology and Training in Zoological and Wildlife Medicine
1986-1988 University of Florida, Residency in Veterinary Anesthesiology
1986 University of Montreal, Master of Sciences (Veterinary Clinical Sciences)
1984 University of Montreal, DVM
2004 American College of Zoological Medicine