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 was elected to the board of directors in 2013 as Secretary. Between November 2015 and August 2019 she was the Board President and acting Executive Director. Since September 2019 Kim has served in the role as Executive Director. Kim has 24 years of fundraising experience with non-profits in Waukesha County.

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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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Lisa Fosco (Elisa)

Lisa Fosco (Elisa)

Director of Animal Care and Wildlife Rehabilitator

Lisa Fosco (Elisa) has been rehabilitating wildlife for over 35 years. She is a licensed veterinary technician (RVT), a wildlife biologist (BA) a certified wildlife rehabilitator (CWR) and holds her Advanced Wisconsin Wildlife Rehabilitation License. She spent several years as a home rehabilitator and has managed high volume wildlife centers across North America, including her time managing the largest wildlife rehab organization in Canada. She also spent a year doing field work, focusing on the re-introduction and post-release monitoring of endangered species.

For several decades she has been a regular presenter at state, national and international wildlife conferences. She is an instructor for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and has taught professional wildlife medicine and rehabilitation on 5 continents.

Lisa’s current role is as the Director of Animal Care at the Wildlife In Need Center (WINC) in Wisconsin.

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Helen Holtz

Helen Holtz

Education Coordinator

Helen grew up just a few miles away as the crow flies from the Wildlife In Need Center on her family’s farm in Mukwonago. She is an advocate for native ecosystems and enjoys working with restored prairies and woodlands. For the past 10 years she has worked across the country and around the world for environmental nonprofits and several State and National Parks. Helen and her dog, Dobby, recently just finished hiking in every continental state together and are happy to finally have a permanent spot right here in Wisconsin with her husband Ryan.

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Judy Dollhopf

Judy Dollhopf

Marketing and Administrative Assistant

Judy started at the Wildlife In Need Center as an animal care volunteer in February 2020 and a few months later in August 2020, she joined our team as the the Marketing and Administrative Assistant. Judy was born and raised in Wisconsin and currently lives in Pewaukee with her husband. Judy has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, having majored in Finance from UW-Milwaukee and has worked in the financial institution industry for over 20 years and is currently a realtor. She has a passion for helping animals and has volunteered for several dog rescues in the past and has adopted three beautiful rescue mutts! Judy loves to run and truly enjoys the great outdoors!

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Cherish Streit

Cherish Streit

Animal Care Rehabilitator

Cherish graduated from Iowa State University in the spring of 2021 with a B.S. in Animal Ecology and Environmental Studies. She grew up on a farm in Minnesota and has been interested in working with animals since she was young. Wildlife rehabilitation has been an interest of hers for a long time and started working in the wildlife rehabilitation field in 2017 and joined the Wildlife In Need Center’s team in 2021.

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Sara Imperl

Sara Imperl

Animal Care Rehabilitator

Sara was born and raised in Oconomowoc, just a few miles away from WINC. She started at the center as an intern in 2019 and 2020, was seasonal staff in 2021, and is happy to now be part of the full-time animal care staff team. She recently graduated from Carroll University with a B.S. in Animal Behavior. Sara enjoys spending time outdoors, camping, hiking, and kayaking and is passionate about helping animals.

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Anna Schwarzkopf

Anna Schwarzkopf

Animal Care Rehabilitator

Anna is a recent graduate from the University of Minnesota with a BS in Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, but grew up in nearby North Prairie. She was a past WINC intern in the summer of 2020, and since then has gained experience working with animals in a variety of research, agricultural and rehabilitation settings. She especially enjoyed her time as a volunteer at the Gabbert Raptor Center in St. Paul MN. Additionally, Anna has a special interest in the impacts of plastic pollution on wildlife and hopes to research it further in the future. She has a dog (Philip), cat (Bali) and axolotl (Cucumber), and she loves doing anything crafty or nature related- especially exploring the beautiful springs and lakes of our area.

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Board of Directors

Thomas DeMers, President

Mike Guzniczak, Vice President

Tom Roberts, MD retired, Secretary

Lou Banach, Treasurer

Lynn Wilde

Bridgett Brown

Gottlieb John Marmet, JD

Heather Merewood

Dr. Jennifer Bloss, DVM

Advisory Board

Dean Pipito

John Rupke, JD

Holly Schlenvogt

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Licensing

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.