BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Phil Cronin, President, Education
Sonja Hadenfeldt, Secretary, Clinic, Rehabilitation, Education
Sandy Pickup, Treasurer
Jodeane Cancilla, Clinic, Rehabilitation, Education and Facilities
Lisa Dreesman, Clinic, Rehabilitation, Education, Fundraising
Ellen Dice, Clinic, Rehabilitation, Education
Eric Kahl, Clinic, Rehabilitation, Education
Michele Nigg, Clinic, Rehabilitation
Dania Barnett, Clinic
Tom Bragg, Clinic
Ralph Canapa, Marketing
Erin Casey, Clinic
Tammy Cronin, Fundraising
Dr. Mary Ebert, Veterinarian
Sarah Gilpin, Clinic
Veronica Graves, Clinic
Lane Gundrum, Clinic
Teal Hadenfeldt, Clinic
Nathaniel “Luke” Hart, Clinic, Rehabilitation
Nikki Herbst, Marketing, Rehabilitation, Clinic, Photography
Brian Melloy, Facilities
Erin Melloy, Rehabilitation
Ben Nigg, Clinic
Dawn Pawlowski, Clinic
Cari Redondo, Marketing, Photography
Dr. Lacey Slutts, Clinic, Rehabilitation
Eric Swartzendruber, Clinic
Dr. Kim Vercande, Veterinarian
Jennifer Vick, Fundraising
A FEW BIOS 🙂
Jodeane Cancilla, a co-founder of RARE, holds a Wildlife Rehabilitation Permit from the Iowa DNR and a Federal Migratory Bird Rehabilitation Permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. She brings to the group 30 years of experience in raptor rehabilitation, care and management of captive educational raptors, wildlife and raptor education, and raptor banding. She recently retired as long-time Director of the Macbride Raptor Project.
Phil Cronin devoted nearly 20 years as a volunteer and then staff member at the Macbride Raptor Project, caring for the education birds and rehabbing the releasable ones, assisting in the veterinary clinic, and tending to the full range of behind-the-scenes office chores. During the last 14 years he presented programs with live birds as Education Specialist. Phil received his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Iowa in 2001 and has been manager of Vernon Village True Value in Cedar Rapids, IA since 2002. He is married with 3 children, 2 grandchildren, and a grandpuppy.
Lisa Dreesman earned her Bachelor of Science degree in wildlife biology from Oregon State University and also holds a certificate in animal training and zoo-keeping. She completed a year-long internship under Jodeane’s and Luke’s supervision at the Macbride Raptor Project and then stayed on for another year as a volunteer, helping care for the education and rehab raptors and conducting educational programs and tours. She has assisted with Wildlife Camps through the University of Iowa.
Dr. Mary Ebert, DVM, is owner of Gentle Heart Pet Clinic in Iowa City, IA. She donates her facilities and her services as the licensed veterinarian for RARE.
Sonja Hadenfeldt found a red-tailed hawk close to her home in April of 2016, called The RARE Group’s hotline, and arranged to meet a volunteer to pick up the bird. She then filled out a volunteer application for RARE, and has been with the group since that summer. She began working with the birds, and has since also started to present educational programs. Sonja attended an IWRC (International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council) class on Basic Wildlife Rehabilitation and received her certification. She continues to volunteer and work on spreading the word on why we need to have these amazing creatures in our lives.
Nikki Herbst has found that when it comes to birds, dancing, photography, and chocolate, resistance is futile. She was a volunteer rehabilitator at the Macbride Raptor Project for 21 years and is thrilled to be part of the RARE team, where she will attempt to juggle all of her loves while learning more every day.
Michele Nigg, RVT, has been a Registered Veterinarian Technician for over 15 years. She volunteered for Jodeane while attending Kirkwood Community College and joined the Macbride Raptor Project in the winter of 2014, loving every minute of it. Michele currently teaches veterinary technician students in addition to volunteering for RARE.
Dr. Kim Vercande, DVM, is owner of Best Friends Veterinary Care in Iowa City. She donates x-ray services to RARE.