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 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 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
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 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 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 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 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 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
Marketing and Outreach Committee Co-Chair
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.
Marketing and Outreach Committee Co-Chair
Sam Krause is a photographer and birding enthusiast, with interests in environmental stewardship, animal rights, veganism, and traveling. She’s a Virginia native who recently moved to Washington D.C this past May. Sam has been volunteering with WRL since December 2020, where she assists with helpline and the marketing committee. She’s produced photographs and wildlife facts for WRL’s social media pages, as well as reached out to local media outlets to spread the Wildlife Rescue League’s word.
By trade, she works as a management consultant, helping small, women owned businesses grow their businesses within the federal market. Before that, she worked for a non-profit that specialized in STEM education. In college, she was an intern for National Harbor, where she helped manage social media pages, newsletters sent to 300K +, and coordinated with media outlets like FOX5 DC and NBC4. Sam is looking to expand her experience and take on a greater role in helping wildlife, specifically doing so with Public Relations.
Rehabilitator Committee Chair
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 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.