About Wildlife Rescue League

What We Do

Wildlife Rescue League operates a wildlife assistance helpline that provides the public with advice, resources and referrals to licensed wildlife rehabilitators. Wildlife Rescue League is committed to educating the public about the natural history of native wildlife, how to exist with our wild neighbors and preventing the need for wildlife rehabilitation. Wildlife Rescue League also provides informational brochures as well as educational materials and presentations to inform the public about wildlife.

Wildlife Rescue League does not receive any local, state or federal funding. We are totally dependent on donations to provide life-saving food, medicine and supplies. Please support us by making a donation today.

Who We Are

Wildlife Rescue League is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to providing care for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with the intent of releasing them back into their native habitat. Our licensed rehabilitators, located throughout the Northern Virginia and surrounding areas, work with a network of volunteers, wildlife centers, animal shelters, humane societies, nature centers and veterinary hospitals to provide life-saving help for wildlife in need.

Board of Directors 

Carolyn S. Wilder

Carolyn S. Wilder

Carolyn S. Wilder is president of Wildlife Rescue League (WRL) as well as a volunteer on WRL’s helpline and a presenter to community groups and schools. Carolyn began her involvement with WRL in 2008 as a transporter while transitioning from a career as an attorney. Now retired, Carolyn devotes most of her time to WRL activities.

Carolyn has been a licensed attorney since 1979 and worked for nonprofit trade associations for almost twenty years as in-house counsel. She counseled the associations and its members on contracts, antitrust, trademarks and general legal issues.

Carolyn also served six years on the board of Senior Services of Alexandria.

Beth Axelrod

Beth Axelrod

Beth has a long history of volunteering for wildlife and animal protection groups, and became involved with WRL as a Helpline volunteer in 2007. She has served on the Board of Directors since 2011, and as President from 2013-2017. Beth currently serves as Vice President and Treasurer, as well as chairing the Wildlife Center Task Force.

Prior to retiring, Beth had a 30 year career in Real Estate Management and was the Vice President of a real estate development firm. She managed projects from start to completion and focused on team management and training, ensuring statutory compliance with multi-jurisdictional condominium acts, and that construction standards met the specifications of contractual documents. Beth also prepared operating budgets for multiple projects, served on all Declarant Board of Directors, prepared financial reports for investors and represented the Developer in negotiations regarding legal issues.

Beth grew up in Virginia, and currently lives in Centreville where she created a landscape with a focus on wildlife. The property features multiple gardens, a small pond, and wildlife and pollinator habitats. She recently became a Class I permitted reptile rehabilitator with a focus on turtles.

Philip S. Church

Mr. Church is a graduate of Ohio State University and spent over 32 years working for the Defense Logistics Agency as a logistics and contracting specialist, focused primarily on procurement automation. He has been the At Large representative to the Fairfax County Animal Services Advisory Commission since 2001.

In addition to other humane organization work he was a primary member of Humane Deer Management which was a key partner in the five year deer spay effort in Fairfax City, VA. He has been a member of the Mantua Citizens’ Association Board since 2010 and joined the WRL Board of Directors in 2021. He and his wife, Patricia, have three children and live in Fairfax, VA.

Grace Holden

Grace Holden

Grace Holden has been involved with WRL since 2002. Beginning as a hotline volunteer, she also did some transporting and got to know the local rehabilitators. Inspired by them, she became an Apprentice Rehabilitator for cottontails and opossums from 2004-2016. She served as Board Secretary from 2007-10, was a Member-At-Large for the 2013-2016 terms, and returned to secretarial duties for the Board from 2018 to the present. She is also WRL’s Rehabilitator Liaison, helping those interested in becoming rehabilitators find a sponsor.

Grace has a Master’s degree in Community Counseling and worked for many years at a women’s shelter in Arlington. She currently is retired but continues to be involved in and support a wide range of environmental and animal issues. She lives in Arlington and has a son living in Boston.

Olivia LoBalbo

Olivia LoBalbo

Olivia LoBalbo has been volunteering for WRL since 2011.

She is a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator with the state of Virginia and works at Caring Hands Animal Hospital. She specializes in small mammals such as squirrels, bunnies, and opossums.

Her interests include educating the public on wildlife issues and working with neonatal babies.

Mindy Mucci

Mindy Mucci

Mindy is an accomplished, senior professional with deep business development and program management experience, an 18-year track record of relationship building and driving strong financial outcomes, and experience leading and writing successful proposal submissions.

Although her career thus far has been centered around for-profit industries primarily in the DoD realm and she has enjoyed the strategic aspect of growing businesses, Mindy could not deny the progressively audible voice in her head to shift over to an industry that elicits more personal fulfillment. She is eager to spend the next chapter of her career applying hard-won commercial capabilities to missions about which she feels passionate, which is what led her to WRL.

Sally Russell

Sally Russell

Sally Russell has a lifelong love of animals, both wild and domestic. She has been a visual communications professional, working for organizations such as World Wildlife Fund, National Geographic, and the Smithsonian. Most recently she was the director of media production and acquisition at K12, an educational publisher in Herndon, VA. Sally’s volunteer work has included the Board of Directors of the American Society of Picture Professional’s DC branch, and ushering at the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts.

Sally lives in Arlington, VA, with her husband, a standard poodle and a box turtle rescue who they have raised for more than 20 years since his egg was accidentally dug up by a neighbor planting bulbs.

Elena Taube Bailey

Elena Taube Bailey

Elena Taube Bailey has over 17 years of private, academic and government sector experience. She currently serves as a senior national security analyst at the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), as well as, a part-time Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University in the graduate Applied Intelligence program. Elena previously served as an analyst and subject matter expert covering a variety of high-level national security issues at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), the Department of State (DoS), the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), as well as, the Consulate General of Israel and the Consulate General of Ukraine.

Elena is currently completing a Ph.D. in Strategic Communication. She is also completing an M.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. Elena received an M.B.A. from Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business, and an M.A. in Politics with a focus in International Relations and American Government from New York University.

A champion of human and animal safety and wellbeing, Elena serves as the Executive Director of Wild Things Media, and as a Board Member of the Wildlife Rescue League.

Committee Chairs and Coordinators

Christina Anderson

Christina Anderson

Marketing and Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Christina Anderson, a long time animal advocate just recently joined WRL. She has had a career in tourism advertising, marketing and event planning.

Through her participation with the Fairfax County Animal Advisory Commission, she learned of our group and wanted to be involved. She also had a recent experience with rescuing a baby bird and was impressed with one of our rehabbers. She looks forward to contributing to our organization.

Catherine Barsanti

Catherine Barsanti

Marketing and Outreach Committee Co-Chair

Catherine is currently one of the Co-Chairs for the Marketing and Outreach Committee and has been volunteering with Wildlife Rescue League since 2020 as a Helpliner and a Transporter. She has always had a love for the outdoors and animals and has enjoyed the education on local wildlife as a result of her volunteer work.

She has seven years of non-profit experience, a background in marketing and design, and a degree in Communications. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling to National Parks, running, and drawing.

Janet Schultz

Janet Schultz

Rehabilitator Committee Chair

Janet Schultz worked for over 40 years in Virginia, Georgia and Ohio and retired as a Vice President from IBM in 2018. She has an extensive background in all phases of consulting and systems integration services, both as a practitioner and as an executive with profit/loss responsibilities. She has managed multi-million dollar business units with small to large (1,000+) employee bases. She obtained her undergraduate degree from UVA and her masters degree from VCU.

Ms. Schultz has volunteered for WRL since early 2019. She is currently the Chair for the WRL Rehabilitator Committee, and a licensed VDWR wildlife care provider. She also writes a feature for WRL Nutley News called “Unsung Heroes” which focuses on our WRL partnering rehabilitators and was the WRL Transport Coordinator from 2019 – 2020. Previously, she was a Board member and lecturer for a Global EXEC Women, an international non-profit for executive-level women working in international markets.

Paul Stipe

Paul Stipe

Helpline coordinator

Paul is currently the Helpline Coordinator for WRL. He started working on the helpline in 2019, and has taken over the role of managing the group of helpline volunteers, training them, and keeping the helpline shifts staffed so we can handle calls from the public. The WRL volunteer work started up shortly after he retired from a dozen years of consulting and after a career as an Air Force program manager.

Volunteering with the WRL is finally opening up an opportunity to learn more about wildlife and to help in the Northern Virginia. Paul is part of the WRL Center Task Force, looking for ways to help more wildlife in new ways.

Vegetarian / Vegan Policy

In acknowledging the importance of our environment and animal welfare, all events sponsored, hosted or funded by WRL will have only vegetarian or vegan fare served.

You Can Help Wildlife in Need

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