About WRL

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.

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.

Teresa Browder

Teresa Browder

Teresa Browder was born and raised in Richmond, VA. She graduated from the University of Richmond with a Biology degree. She resides in Manassas with her husband. They have one daughter, who teaches in Manassas.

Teresa retired in January, 2018, from the American Type Culture Collection ( ATCC). Previous employment includes Medical College of VA (now VCU School of Medicine), Fairfax County Public Health Laboratory, Abbott Diagnostics, and Johnson & Johnson.

She began rehabilitating in 1992 under the supervision of Jackie Freitag, one of the founding members of the WRL.

Other interests include biking, hiking, traveling, and taking care of her backyard wildlife.

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.

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.

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.

Roger Lanoue Jr and Masha Lanoue

Roger Lanoue Jr and Masha Lanoue

Roger Lanoue Jr and Masha Lanoue are Marketing and Communications Committee Co-chairs.

They came across WRL in 2017 while looking for a wildlife rehabilitator to take in an injured crow they had rescued. The passion all WRL volunteers shared for wildlife made Roger and Masha decide to join the organization. They have been using their branding and design services to re-develop WRL website, provide IT support and assist with fundraisers.

Roger and Masha are co-owners of Barking Creative, a branding and marketing agency. They live in Northern Virginia with 4 cats and 2 dogs.

You Can Help Wildlife in Need

Wildlife Rescue League - Viriginia
Wildlife Helpline 703-440-0800
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