Staff

Chris Soucy

Christopher D. Soucy, EdM

Executive Director

The son of Raptor Trust founders, Len and Diane Soucy, Chris Soucy grew up at The Raptor Trust and has participated in wildlife conservation, raptor research, hawk banding and rehab since he was 4 years old. Chris holds a BA from Rutgers University and a Masters in Education from Smith College. Chris is an avid musician and has travelled the country, performing concerts in 47 different states. He enjoys bicycling, hiking and spending time with his 7 year old daughter.

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Cathy H. Malok

Rehabilitation Director

Cathy has been a wildlife rehabilitator for over 35 years and has worked at The Raptor Trust since 1989. She began her career in wildlife working as an Animal Control Officer and Shelter Manager at the Somerset County Humane Society.

She has worked as a veterinary technician at both the Readington Animal Hospital and the Plainfield Animal Hospital. She is the former Vice President of the New Jersey Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators, holds a federal license for raptor banding and has worked in both mammal rehab and bat rehab in the past.

Blake Putnam

Director of Development

As the Trust’s first Director of Development, Blake manages all activities related to fundraising. She came to the Trust in January 2016 after spending the majority of her career in higher education fundraising. Blake graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University with a B. A. in sociology. In her spare time, she volunteers for Preschool Advantage, a 501(c)3 dedicated to providing scholarships for early education, and is a member of Impact 100 Garden State as well as a member of St. John’s Scholarship Task Force at St. John on the Mountain in Bernardsville, NJ. Blake grew up in Chatham with her backyard as the Great Swamp and currently lives in Basking Ridge with her husband and two young children.

Donna Pandolfino

Director of Education

Donna worked in the corporate world in NY for 23 years for The Ford Foundation, Rolex Watch, and Liz Claiborne.  She became a stay – at – home mom for 12 years, and volunteered for various organizations including Meals on Wheels.

Donna started volunteering for The Raptor Trust in 2003 and is currently the Education Director. She has always had a passion for birds and is now privileged to teach people about these magnificent creatures.

Dr. Jennifer Norton

Dr. Jennifer Norton

Veterinarian

Kristi Ward

Senior Rehabilitation Technician

Kristi’s love of birds started when she began volunteering at The Raptor Trust in 1998 after finding an injured bird and being referred there by a local vet. In her words, “As soon as I found this hidden gem, I was hooked.” Her knowledge of birds and avian medicine has come from years of working with the staff and veterinarians at The Raptor Trust. As one of the senior rehabilitation technicians, she helps share our collective knowledge to with each new group of TRT employees and volunteers.

She holds an Associate’s Degree in Hotel Restaurant management and previously worked for a spa at a local Five Diamond hotel managing employees, memberships and spa guests. Kristi manages our medical database system, runs our gift shop and helped to develop our volunteer program.

Libby Haines

Senior Rehabilitation Technician

Libby graduated from the State University of New York at Cobleskill in 2003 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Wildlife Management. She began her career at the Raptor Trust as an intern in 2003-2004 and subsequently stayed on as a staff member starting in May, 2004.

It was always a dream of hers to be able to work with animals, particularly wildlife, and at the Raptor Trust she has had the opportunity to do just that. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her dog hiking, swimming, and exploring new places.

Shari Stern

Rehabilitation Technician/Educator

Shari was born in NY, raised in NJ and graduated from the University of Delaware. She got her first taste of working with animals in high school and college as a volunteer puppy raiser for the Seeing Eye. After graduating with a Biology concentration and BS in dietetics, she worked as a zoo keeper, veterinary technician and a kennel manager, building her career before finally settling down full-time at The Raptor Trust.

She enjoys working directly with the birds as an avian technician and educator, while also putting her management and organizational skills to work as volunteer coordinator. She loves life in Northern NJ where she lives with her husband, daughter, and pointer mix and where she is close to long-time friends, family and all her favorite foods.

Alyssa Frediani

Rehabilitation Staff/Educator

Alyssa graduated from the University of Vermont in 2012 with a degree in Environmental Studies, concentrating in Ecology and Conservation. She joined the Raptor Trust staff part-time in October of 2015 and was hired full-time in May of 2016. She splits her time between the infirmary and the education department.

Alyssa previously interned with Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge and continues to do volunteer work for them. On her days off she enjoys hiking, kayaking and going to the beach.

Elizabeth Ennis

Rehabilitation Technician

A lifelong love of nature and birds in particular led Liz to volunteer at The Raptor Trust 16 years ago. After five years as a volunteer, she joined the rehabilitation staff as a part-time employee.  Every day is a learning experience. No two days are ever the same. She very much enjoys working with the other staff and volunteers who share her passion.

On her days off she enjoys spending time with her family, walking her rescue dogs and gardening.

Dylan Cobb

Facilities Manager

Dylan received his associate’s degree from RVCC and is certified in multiple fields of graphic design. For more than 12 years he has trained in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and it remains at the forefront of his life. Dylan gained over 5 years of carpentry and construction experience working for a general contractor.

Here at the Trust he is the head of Grounds and Maintenance. Currently he is working on many of our enclosure renovations and new building projects. He can also be found assisting with daily resident and rehab raptor feeding.

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Leslie Peterson

Bookkeeping / Finance

Leslie joined the Trust in November 2016 as a bookkeeper. Her responsibilities include all aspects of financial reporting and occasional administrative duties.  Prior to staying home to raise her children, she worked at Ernst & Young, LLP as an audit senior manager working with healthcare and not-for-profit clients.

Leslie graduated from Montclair State University with a B.S. in accounting and then subsequently obtained her CPA in NJ. She lives in Bridgewater with her husband and two sons and enjoys spending her free time at her sons’ baseball games.

Robert Blair

Rehabilitation Staff

Robert has been with the Raptor Trust for more than 17 years. He enjoys all aspects of nature and traveling, but his main interest has always been birds. He has participated in NJ Audubon’s World Series of Birding and volunteered doing bird walks for Duke Farms.

Kate Matta

Rehabilitation Staff/Educator

Kate graduated magna cum laude from the University of Mary Washington with a double major in Biology and English. She began volunteering with The Raptor Trust in 2010, and worked alternately as a volunteer, intern, and volunteer trainer until 2015, when she became an Educator. During that time, she only stopped for a brief stint to run away to Pittsburgh, where she worked as a Trainer/Intern with the National Aviary. Kate enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, yoga, and also does pottery in her downtime.

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Lucy Taggart

Rehabilitation Staff

Lucy has worked with a wide range of animals over the years. She has worked on horse farms, goat farms and as a small animal veterinary technician. She also has a love for sustainable agriculture and traveling with her dog, Bella. In high school Lucy attended a vocational program for pre-veterinary science. Now, she is in the process of completing her degree in Veterinary Technology.

At the Trust she works as rehabilitation staff, apprentice and maintenance assistant. She is excited about working with New Jersey’s native birds and looks forward to a future in wildlife rehabilitation.

Barbara Franko

Rehabilitation Staff

Barbara has “known” and loved The Raptor Trust for almost 30 years. When she got to know Len and Diane Soucy personally and saw what was done behind the scenes she knew that was what she wanted to do. After retiring in 2009 from a career in finance, Barbara started as a volunteer and was hooked. In 2011, she trained as a summer intern to become part of the Medical Staff. She feels honored to be able to assist the amazing Senior Rehabilitation Technicians and to help the birds that come in for care. Barbara has always had a passion for nature and especially birds, so her position is a dream come true. Currently she is a part-time volunteer Rehabilitation Staff member and has had the privilege to serve on the Board of Trustees since 2011. When not working at The Raptor Trust, she enjoys time with her family, cooking, gardening and travel.