Meet our new animal care team!

Welcome Elisa Fosco
Director of Animal Care
Elisa has a B.S in Biology and Chemistry from the University of Illinois and has been a licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator since 1987. She is a licensed Veterinarian Techician and holds a Wildlife Society Certification as a Professional Wildlife Biologist. Elisa has been the Director of Animal Care for the Ohio Wildlife Center, Walden’s Puddle, Wildlife Center of Greater Nashville, TN, Wildcare:Terwiliger Nature Education Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in San Rafael, CA, Rehabilitation Manager for the Toronto Wildlife Center and Field Biologist and Head Vet Tech for the Peregrine Fund Condor Project in Vermillion Cliffs, AZ. Lisa has also been an International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council (IWRC) Skills Seminar Instructor for 14 years and has a passion for learning & teaching. Elisa enjoys camping, hiking, yoga, music and spending time with her dogs.

Welcome Cherish Streit!
Animal Care Staff
I graduated from Iowa State University in spring 2021 with a B.S in Animal Ecology and Environmental Studies. I grew up on a farm in Minnesota and have been interested in working with animals since I was young. Wildlife rehabilitation has been an interest of mine for a while. I started working in the wildlife rehabilitation field in 2017.

Welcome Logan Shafer!
Animal Care Staff

I graduated from UW Stevens Point in 2019 with a biology degree hoping to pursue a career in wildlife rehabilitation. I have had many jobs along the way, including being an intern at your facility, but am glad to have finally found a animal care position with you. I like to relax in the summertime outdoors, especially to go on runs with my dog. And I enjoy fitness and working out in general, as well as reading when I have the time.

Welcome Jazi Manetti!
Animal Care Seasonal Staff
 Jazi having an early passion for animal care, started as a cat socializer for the Wisconsin Humane Society in 2015. In 2016 she joined the baby bird feeding program and continued both until 2018. Jazi graduated high school in 2017 and decided to volunteer for animal care at WINC. She quickly jumped to an intern position that fall. Jazi has been an intern at WINC until this year when she became animal care staff. Jazi has also been a manager at a pottery studio called glaze for 6 years.

Welcome Chrysta Beyer!
Animal Care Seasonal Staff

I have been volunteering and interning at WINC since January of 2019 and I am looking forward to taking the next step and growing as a rehabber through this experience. I decided to change careers to follow my lifelong passion for nature and wildlife and went back to school. I graduated in 2018 from UW Milwaukee with degrees in biology and in conservation and environmental science. Prior to getting into wildlife rehabilitation, I utilized many citizen science programs to help with population surveys and invasive species removal. While I loved that too, I chose the path of wildlife rehab because I love being part of the process that helps an animal heal and gives it chance back out in the world. I am more than grateful to have the opportunity to serve the animals and WINC and be a part of the seasonal staff team this year!

Welcome Sara Imperl!
Animal Care Seasonal Staff

I am from Oconomowoc, WI. I love spending time outdoors, hiking, kayaking, camping, and caring for wild animals in addition to my cat, Oskar! I am currently a student at Carroll University and will be graduating in December with a Bachelor of Science in Animal Behavior. I have always been passionate about caring for animals, but discovered my true calling for wildlife rehabilitation through my internships at WINC. I started my time with WINC as a spring intern in 2019 and loved it so much that I did another internship the following summer. I am so grateful for the opportunities I’ve had with WINC thus far and am very excited to be a part of the animal care team this upcoming season. I look forward to working with all of you!

Welcome Kamber Cofta!
Animal Care Seasonal Staff
After interning with the Wildlife in Need Center for the summer of 2020, Kamber is excited to come back to the WINC team as a seasonal staff member for the summer of 2021! She is currently at the University Wisconsin-Madison and is studying wildlife ecology with a certificate in education and educational services. Kamber is passionate about the welfare of Wisconsin wildlife and inspiring others to be an advocate for wildlife. Kamber enjoys hiking, canoeing, and cooking when she has some free time. She is especially excited to work with amphibians and reptiles.

Welcome Makayla Norton!
Animal Care Seasonal Staff
Makayla has just finished her freshman year at Carroll University studying marine biology and looks forward to being transferred to Hawai’i Pacific University in July 2022. She started as a volunteer here at WINC in October 2019 and was an intern over the summer of 2020. She then continued to volunteer with WINC and is now a seasonal staff member. Makayla loves any and all animals and finds the work she does here positively rewarding. She has made many furry/feathered/scaly friends here with the ambassadors and the animal care staff team!