Holly LillieExecutive Director
Holly joined the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation (AIWC) team in June 2014 after previously managing a wildlife rehabilitation centre and then going on to work as an Oiled Wildlife Specialist for Focus Wildlife.
Originally from England, Holly has spent the past 17 years working with domestic, exotic, and native North American wildlife. Her experience with animals ranges from American robins to Amur tigers.
Holly has extensive project management experience, she loves to learn and enhance her skills and enjoys attending the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association conference annually, where she has presented for the past several years. She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.
On maternity leave.
Katrina TerrillActing Executive Director / Community Engagement Manager
Katrina has been with the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation since 2016, first as the Community Engagement Coordinator and most recently Acting in the Executive Director role. She has received a BSc. in Conservation Biology from the University of Alberta, along with a Master’s degree in Geography from the University of Toronto and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Simon Fraser University. Katrina has been involved with conservation in a variety of ways over the past 15 years, including working as an environmental educator and endangered species biologist.
Katrina is looking forward to taking on the leadership of this great organization, and putting her managerial skills to the full extent of their use!
RAelee BarthOperations Manager
Raelee got her start in wildlife rehabilitation in 2017 by volunteering with AIWC while finishing her Bachelor of Science at the University of Calgary. Her time spent volunteering confirmed that she wanted to turn her passion for wildlife and conservation that she had developed while growing up in Southern Alberta into a career. This led her into spending the next six years working at four different rehabilitation centers across Canada (as well as volunteering at one in Costa Rica) to try and gain as much experience in the field as possible. After these years spent away she was extremely excited to be able to come back to Alberta to help rescue wildlife here and to share the knowledge she acquired with the dedicated staff at AIWC.
Alex KellingtonCommunity Engagement Coordinator
Alex’s background is in human health sciences, and she received her degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Calgary. Her work experience includes research and animal husbandry, and she is now growing her career in conservation and education. She is excited to be joining the AIWC team, as she has always had a passion for animals and sharing her perspective with others.
Outside of work, Alex loves to hike, camp, and cross-country ski. She is grateful to live so close to the mountains and experience the natural world around her.
Robyn Cunningham-DunlopOffice Manager
Robyn’s desire to continue to develop upon her varied education has brought her here, with the hopes that she might continue to learn about the rewarding profession of Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Robyn’s atypical background resides in the area of Physical Anthropology and Bio-Archaeology. Specializing in areas such as Anthro-zoology and Zoo-archaeology. Having first completed her undergrad at the University of Victoria, she then went on to undertake prominent positions in archaeological excavations across the world. In addition to pursuing a secondary degree in Forensic Science.
Robyn jumped at the chance to accept a position at AIWC in order to expand her knowledge of wildlife conservation, donor management and fundraising. She is delighted to be involved in such an influential, and valuable institution.
Scottie PotterCommunications Coordinator
A born and raised Calgarian, Scottie has spent her life sharing her passion for Alberta’s wildlife in any way she can..
Scottie has a diverse background in educational video production, in-person natural history interpretation, and social media content creation. By sharing the story of AIWC’s patients, staff, and volunteers, Scottie hopes to inspire a sense of wildlife stewardship in all of our audiences. .
Outside of work, Scottie is also an avid birder, herper, and nature photographer. She has a big soft spot for species that don’t often receive the spotlight – including bats, snakes, and salamanders.
Gerhard doegeFacilities Coordinator
Gerhard, who joined AIWC in May 2022, likes to contribute and collaborate jointly with volunteers to ensure the institute and its facilities stay in the right shape to enable the crucial wildlife rehabilitation work. He has a University Degree in Business Economics and graduated in 1991 on his final year project to discuss the proactive inclusion of environmental requirements into company policies and processes.
Gerhard moved from Germany with his family in 2008. Living only within minutes from the AIWC, they value the natural treasure that many Canadians still have the privilege to experience.Gerhard believes that we need to constantly try and reflect on our actions and aspirations with regards to their impact on the natural environment. Processes we have once unknowingly initiated, have lead to a daily loss of species, and they will further damage vital ecosystems if not reversed.
Gerhard loves to explore Alberta on longer journeys with his canoe in the company of family and friends.
Dr. Cara NewberryVeterinarian
Dr. Cara Newberry is our wildlife veterinary intern. She is a California native, where she grew up and went to both undergrad and veterinary school. She has always had an interest in conservation and got involved in both wildlife research and rehabilitation during school. After graduating, she completed a small animal internship with a focus on exotics, prior to starting at AIWC. She is super excited to get to work in wildlife full time and gain experience with a whole range of new species. In her free time, she loves to be outside - climbing, snowboarding, or exploring the mountains with her dog.
Cassandra Lacusta Rehabilitation Manager
Cassandra moved to Alberta in the spring of 2023 from British Columbia where she was born and raised. She earned a Bachelor of Science from the University of Victoria where she majored in both biology and earth and ocean sciences.
During her time in university she started working at a wildlife rehabilitation center outside of Vancouver where she specialized in avian and bat patients. She also spent time working at the Vancouver Aquarium and the Marine Mammal Rescue Center where she got to expand her love and knowledge of all the ocean organisms. In her spare time she enjoys shooting and developing film photography and getting into the mountains as often as she can.
Cassandra is very excited to learn about and work with Alberta's wildlife, and lead AIWC's wildlife rehabilitation team.
Samantha VogtWildlife Rehabilitator
Samantha grew up in Southern Alberta and gained her Bachelor in Conservation Enforcement at Lethbridge College. She spent four years at a wildlife rehabilitation center in Northern British Columbia, specializing in black bear, grizzly bear and moose rehabilitation. This developed a passion for wildlife rehabilitation and a drive to work full-time in the field.
She spends her spare time hiking, camping and learning to rock climb. Samantha would like to continue to use her knowledge and experience to provide the best care to wildlife in need, and share with the public what they can do to help.
Renée MagnanWildlife Rehabilitator
Born and raised in Alberta, Renée attended the University of Victoria to pursue her Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. Her passion for marine conservation grew throughout her undergraduate studies when she had the opportunity to work at an off-grid, cold-water scuba diving lodge.
After graduating in 2023, Renée moved back to Alberta, eager to broaden her scope and gain experience working in wildlife conservation and rehabilitation. She spends her free time running, doing yoga, and taking trips to the mountains. Renée is thrilled to be a part of the AIWC team, where she hopes to mitigate the impact of humans on Alberta's wildlife and inspire others to do the same.