Meet the Team

Holly Lillie

Executive Director

Holly joined the 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 11 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 five years.  She is proud to be a wildlife rehabilitator, giving wildlife the second chance they so richly deserve.

Katrina Jansen

Education and Community Engagement Coordinator

Katrina runs the Education and Volunteer programs at the Alberta Institute for Wildlife Conservation. 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. Katrina has been involved with conservation in a wide variety of ways over the past 9 years, including working as an environmental educator and as an endangered species biologist.  At AIWC, Katrina focuses on increasing public knowledge and interest in a wide variety of Alberta wildlife, including bats, owls, and her personal favourite, skunks! She hopes that better understanding of these and other animals will lead people to better protect their local wildlife species.

Robyn Cunningham-Dunlop

Office Administrator

Robyn is a relatively new addition to our close-knit team, but that has not stopped her from becoming a familiar part of the wildlife rescue family here at AIWC. 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.

Dr. Nicole Rose (on maternity leave)

Veterinarian

Nicole was born and raised in Montréal. She always had an interest in wildlife and conservation and spent many years volunteering at the local wildlife park the Ecomuseum. After completing a degree in Applied Zoology at McGill University she moved to Calgary to work in wildlife research. Her experiences lead her to be part of the first class in veterinary medicine at the University of Calgary. After completing her veterinary degree, she went on to complete an internship in wildlife medicine at the Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine in Massachusetts. She then went on to complete a small animal internship and work in small animal practice for a couple of years before returning back to her true passion wildlife medicine.

Dr. Julie DeCubellis

Veterinarian

Julie is a native of New England, and knew she would be a veterinarian since the age of three. She completed a BA in biology at Rhode Island College, an MS in animal nutrition at North Carolina State University, and a DVM at St. George’s University, including clinical rotations at the Minnesota Raptor Center. She then completed internships in small animal medicine and surgery as well as avian and exotic animal medicine from Tufts University Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, followed by an American Board of Veterinary Practitioners dual residency program in avian medicine and exotic companion mammal medicine at Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston and Ocean State Veterinary Specialists in Rhode Island.

Dr. DeCubellis served as a clinical instructor in zoological companion animal medicine at Tufts University for several years before relocating to Alberta with her family. She is a clinical faculty (distributed veterinary learning) at the University of Calgary School of Veterinary Medicine and has published numerous research articles and textbook chapters. When not busy working with animals, she enjoys spending time with her family and numerous companion animals, as well as enjoying the spectacular outdoors and magnificent wildlife of her newly adopted home.

Erin Casper

Rehabilitation Manager

Erin joined AIWC in the spring of 2016 as an intern. Following the completion of her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Victoria, she was thrilled to return to the AIWC team to begin a career dedicated to the health of Canada’s wildlife.
An Alberta native, Erin’s previous work includes ecosystem health, wildlife population monitoring, shelter medicine, and small animal veterinary assistance. She is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council, and a Biologist in Training with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. In her free time, she volunteers banding migratory songbirds and owls.
Erin is pursuing her dream of being accepted into veterinary school to work in wildlife and conservation medicine, while continuing to learn, refine her skills, and help wildlife in need as Rehabilitation Manager at AIWC.

Jenna Anthony

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Jenna is new to the field of wildlife rehabilitation; joining AIWC in the spring of 2018 as a Wildlife Rehabilitator after completing her B.Sc. in Biology at the University of Calgary. Her passion for wildlife was spurred on at a young age and she is excited to continue her career caring for Alberta’s wildlife and being an advocate for wildlife conservation.

Jenna is expanding her skill sets and knowledge through her various volunteer efforts and the invaluable experience she is gaining as a member of AIWC’s rehabilitation team.

Rachel Swart

Wildlife Rehabilitator

Rachel first started with AIWC as a summer student in 2017. Since completing her B.Sc. in Ecology from the University of Calgary, her passion has remained with animals and nature and she is excited to join the AIWC team and make a career out of helping wildlife. She is keen on learning all she can and developing her skills in wildlife rehabilitation. She spends her free time outdoors in the mountains doing various activities. Rachel’s previous experience includes field research in Belize and Kananaskis, water quality monitoring on oil rig sites, and as a vet tech assistant at an emergency veterinary hospital.

David Ross

Facilities Coordinator

David grew up on a small mixed farm bordering on wilderness in rural Manitoba.  Growing up so close to nature he developed a deep love for nature and all forms of wildlife.

Leaving this behind at 17 he went to Ontario to find his fortune, working as a farm hand, a cooks helper in a penitentiary, in a factory, and then underground as a hard rock miner in Sudbury, Ontario.  Not seeing a future in these he returned to Manitoba, completed his grade twelve and went on to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  David took a job as a research assistant studying the tiny clay-colored sparrow but this did not last as money ran out.

He changed direction again, obtaining an MBA at the University of Manitoba, which led him to a career in business working in Manitoba, Alberta, BC, the Yukon, Holland, and Scotland.  Although this provided a career with much opportunity and allowed him to raise a family he never stopped missing the wilderness and its riches.

After retiring David followed his daughter, who was a volunteer for 5 years at AIWC, and joined in 2013 as a centre volunteer in animal care.  In the past two years he has focused on construction and maintenance, making him a fit for this position.  David is excited to have this opportunity to contribute further and give back to nature.