Christopher D. Soucy, EdM

Executive Director
Chris Soucy grew up surrounded by raptors. His parents, Len and Diane Soucy, founded the Raptor Trust in the family backyard. He 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 in Massachusetts. He enjoys bicycling, music, hiking and spending time with his wife, Allison, and daughter, Leah.

Cathy H. Malok

Director of Rehabilitation

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.

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Shari Stern

Director of Education

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, while also putting her management and organizational skills to work as Education Director. 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.


Dr. Jennifer Norton


Dr. Norton’s passion for veterinary medicine began after her first visit to The Raptor Trust with an injured bird in 1993. She has over 20 years of experience with birds, first as a volunteer, later as an independent licensed rehabilitator, and now as a veterinarian. Dr. Norton received her DVM from the University Of Minnesota, where she studied avian orthopedic surgery under the direct tutelage of renowned raptor surgeon Dr. Patrick Redig. She has lectured at numerous wildlife conferences, regionally and nationally, and won an award for her paper published on pharmacological treatments for avian aspergillosis.

In 2013, she was appointed by the NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife to serve as the veterinarian on the Wildlife Rehabilitators Advisory Committee. She previously served on the Board of Directors for the NJ Association of Wildlife Rehabilitators. When she is not at TRT, she practices emergency medicine and surgery at AERA in Fairfield, where she treats dogs, cats, and pet birds. 

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

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.

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Heather Natola

Educator/Volunteer Coordinator

Heather gained a passion for raptors while working on her Ph.D. in Neuroscience. She spent her days in the lab but her weekends at Wild Wings, Inc in Rochester, NY. After moving to New Jersey, she joined The Raptor Trust Education team in 2019, where she is excited to be able to combine her love of science, education, and birds on a daily basis.


Nikki Nobles

Rehabilitation Technician

Nikki graduated in 2003 from North Carolina State University with  a Bachelor’s in Animal Science.  After graduating, she worked professionally in the equine industry as a trainer, farm manager and instructor specializing in dressage. She began volunteering at The Raptor Trust in 2017 before joining the staff part-time.

On her days off she enjoys spending time with her family and doing some wildlife photography.

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Amanda Cannizzo

Rehabilitation Staff

Amanda graduated from Unity College in 2018 with a degree in Wildlife Biology. She joined the Raptor Trust team in May of 2018 as an intern before becoming part time, and eventually full time, staff in 2021.

In her free time, Amanda enjoys hiking, baking, and spending time with her four turtle doves.

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.


Ashlee Adams

Director of Development

Ashlee Adams joined The Raptor Trust in 2019. She has served in diverse marketing and communications roles, from cultural resources to tech startups to higher education. Ashlee holds a MA in History with a focus on women in environmental science.

In her spare time, she does volunteer fundraising for animal and environment-based organizations and is a member of Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She enjoys writing, kayaking, and travel.

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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.