Who We Are
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.
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.
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.
Ellen is originally from Minnesota where she graduated from the College of Saint Benedict with a biology major and environmental studies minor. After graduation she worked as an educator at the North American Bear Center in MN, was a banding assistant and educator at the Alaska Songbird Institute, and worked in animal care at a Big Cat Sanctuary in Texas. From there Ellen pursued her Master of Environmental Education from the University of Minnesota, Duluth, which she completed in the spring of 2022. She recently finished a seasonal position at a natural history museum in the Adirondacks and is excited to be back in the Midwest. In her free time, she enjoys birdwatching and painting.
Marketing and Administrative Manager
Robin has a degree in advertising from the University of Southern Mississippi. She had experience with different career paths, everything from doing on-air work and DJ/voiceovers to technology sales and even working as a self-improvement coach. Most recently she pursued her passion to become a wine consultant which is what led her to WINC!
Her father is a leader in the conservation efforts here in Wisconsin and taught her and her 2 sisters to love and respect our world and the animals we share it with!
Robin also serves on several local and national boards in leadership positions that help promote and coach women in the cause of good government.
Although she grew up in northern Illinois, she is proud of being a ‘cheesehead’, having been born in Monroe, WI. Robin grew up being the daughter of avid Packer fans.
Robin has lived in the Milwaukee area since 1993 and currently resides in Brookfield with her husband Beau and their 2 dogs, Murphy and Lambeau.
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!
Wildlife Care Supervisor/Wildlife 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.
Wildlife Care Supervisor/Wildlife 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.
Animal Care Staff Member
Many of you know Steph, she started as a volunteer in 2021, and worked as seasonal staff in 2022.
Besides her time working with wildlife here at WINC, she worked at the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society (HAWS) for the past 10 years. Steph has her BA in Zoology from UWW and her BS in Animal Behavior from Carroll University.
We are so excited to welcome Steph!
Lynn has been volunteering in different ways at the Wildlife In Need Center since 2001. She became the Volunteer Coordinator in 2023. Lynn has a passion for nature. She enjoys working with all animals, especially raptors. Previously she greatly enjoyed being a bilingual elementary teacher for 37 years. She also enjoys hiking, reading, spending time with family, and helping with Special Olympics.
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
- Christine Jeschke
- Dean Pipito
- John Rupke, JD
- Holly Schlenvogt
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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.