Who We Are

Kim Banach

Kim Banach

Executive Director

Kim started with the Center as a volunteer in 2009 with her son Jared, as a baby bird feeder and continued as an Animal Care volunteer. Kim joined the board of directors in 2013 as Secretary and has been Board President since November 2015.

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Lisa Rowe

Lisa Rowe

Director of Operations & Wildlife Rehabilitator

Lisa started with the Center as a volunteer in 1994 and became a staff member shortly after that. She holds her Advanced Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation License and specializes in the rehabilitation and care of rodents, with her particular favorite being woodchucks.

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Debbie Verhalen

Debbie Verhalen

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Deb joined the WINC team in November 2018 as Marketing & Administrative Assistant. She has 25 plus years of marketing experience to share with us. Her nonprofit involvement has included working with The Hunger Task Force of Milwaukee, Wreaths Across America for our Veteran’s and Girl Scouts of SE Wisconsin.  Deb enjoys nature walks, nature photography and bird watching. She loves seeing the bird and squirrel activity right outside her office window.

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Mandy Feavel

Mandy Feavel

Director of Animal Care & Wildlife Rehabilitator

Mandy joined the Wildlife In Need Center in March of 2009 as a full time wildlife rehabilitator and became the Animal Care Manager in November of 2012. Mandy was promoted to WINC’s Director of Animal Care in January of 2018. She holds her advanced Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitator license along with other professional certifications including her Wisconsin endangered and threatened species permit. She has a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology, Natural Resources from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Mandy is also a member of the Wisconsin Chimney Swift Working Group helping to educate people about her favorite aerial insectivores. She has recently partnered with Carroll University to create and teach a “Fundamentals of Wildlife Rehabilitation” course for students in their Animal Behavior Department.

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Mitch Ruiz

Mitch Ruiz

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Mitch started at WINC as a full-time animal care intern during the summer of 2014. He has also been a seasonal staff member here at WINC for two summers; 2015 and 2017. Mitch earned his Bachelor’s degree in Biology and Psychology; Biochemistry Minor, with an emphasis in animal behavior from Carroll University. Mitch joined the WINC team as a full-time Animal Care Staff member in January 2018. Mitch has earned his Wisconsin basic Wildlife Rehabilitation license and is currently working towards his advanced Wildlife Rehabilitation license.

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Alexa Cushman

Alexa Cushman

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Alexa started as a full-time Animal Care Staff member in March of 2019. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and minors in both Biology and Captive Wildlife Management. She has worked in zoos, nature centers, taught wildlife based summer camps, along with multiple fellowships and internships doing wildlife rehabilitation. Through all of these experiences she discovered her true passion is wildlife rehabilitation. More recently, Alexa has been in charge of the avian rehabilitation program at The Abilene Zoo in Abilene, TX before starting her position here at WINC. In December of 2019, Alexa obtained her Basic Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation License.

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Alex Schlecht

Alex Schlecht

Raptor Training Specialist

Alex began volunteering at WINC in 2010 when she would come home from college in the summer months. Once she graduated in 2014, she completed WINC’s full-time Animal Care Internship. After her internship, she was hired on as a part-time Wildlife Educator and discovered her passion for educating. In the Spring of 2015, Alex became WINC’s Education Coordinator and held this position until the Spring of 2018. It was then that a new job for her husband relocated them for just over a year but after coming back home to Wisconsin, she returned to WINC as our Raptor Training Specialist and Wildlife Educator in the Summer of 2019. Alex graduated from Carthage College with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science with an emphasis in Conservation and Ecology. She has held a basic Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabiliation License along with other professional certifications and is now focusing on our educational raptor training program.

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Angela Nirk

Angela Nirk

Wildlife Educator

Angela joined WINC in 2010 as an animal care volunteer, and in 2011 she also started volunteering in our education department. In 2014 she was a part-time Seasonal Animal Care staff member at WINC from April to October, and as of July 2017 she began her role as our part-time Wildlife Educator.

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Board of Directors

Wayne Grandy, President

Tom Demers, Vice President

Shane Roeber, JD, Secretary

Lou Banach, Treasurer

Holly Schlenvogt, Past President

Dean Pipito

Lynn Wilde

Sara Ellenberger, DVM

Bridgett Brown

Gottlieb John Marmet, JD

Annette Wallace

Rick Nicolai

Barb Muir

Heather Merewood


Advisory Board
Michael Guzniczak
Harry Muir, Phd

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The Wildlife In Need Center is licensed by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Department of Agriculture. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.