Our Staff

Always Committed to Protecting Wild Animals

Pamela DeFouw

Pam

Executive Director
Contact: pamelad@wildlifeswfl.org

A Florida native, with her Mom’s help Pam started raising wildlife at a very young age.

She earned a degree in Film and Criminal Justice from __State College of Florida and started creating independent films that raised awareness about wildlife and its importance in protecting our sensitive ecosystems. Pam’s goal was to use her degree to pursue a career with Florida’s Fish and Wildlife Commission to help to preserve and protect Florida’s endangered wildlife.

In 2010, Pam became a volunteer for the Wildlife Center of Venice in order to learn more about our native wildlife and she was immediately drawn in by the mission of the Center. Soon after, she was offered a full -time position with the Center and she has spent the last 10 years caring for sick, injured and orphaned wildlife. Now, as the Executive Director, she has the privilege of helping to build one of the largest wildlife hospitals in the area focusing on education as well as rehabilitation. Pam attends several state and national conferences every year to learn more and more about this ever-changing and challenging field and she uses her knowledge to train current and future rehabilitators.

Pam holds state and federal rehabilitation permits and she is currently attending school for Veterinary Technology.

Pam loves to craft and to spend time with her family canoeing and taking nature hikes.

Adrianna DeFouw

Lead Rehabilitator
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My name is Adrianna and I am a rehabilitator for the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida. I've always had a love for animals,which brought me to the center in 2012 as a high school intern. Over the years, I have attended national conferences and recently received my certification with the IWRC. I am currently a student at SCF, working towards my associates degree in environmental science and expanding the importance of wildlife through education.

Brittany Burns

Rehabilitator
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Brittany is a Florida Native who began volunteering for the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida in 2015 and became one of our Wildlife Rehabilitator's in 2018 but her love for Florida’s majestic and stunning wildlife long surpassed that. Brittany enjoy volunteering her time outside of work with the home care of nestling mammals, rescues, and releases. Her ultimate dream is to continue learning from the phenomenal mentor and one day open another facility dedicated to the rehabilitation and education of the worlds most beautiful creatures.

Jill Caltagirone

Executive Assistant
Finance
Social Media
Newsletter
Contact: jillc@wildlifeswfl.org

I am a Florida girl born and raised, and have lived in various parts of the state. I moved to Venice in 2005 from Boca Raton. Having obtained duel degrees from University of South Florida Tampa in 2014 in Communications (Culture and Media) and English (Creative Writing). I am excited to be a part of the team here at The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida where I get to learn about the different type of animals that we take in for rehabilitation and eventually release. My favorite native animals include owls, otters and squirrels. In my spare time I enjoy spending time with my dog Loki (he is mutt I adopted from the Humane Society of Sarasota in 2015) as well as going to Walt Disney World and vlogging/blogging about my adventures.

Ivy Smart

I am truly blessed! After 20 years as a Health Facilities Administrator and 12 years in finance for a Mega Church in Indianapolis, I am now living the dream working with animals especially wildlife.

I can use all the skills and knowledge I have gleaned over the years to manage the office functions at the Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida. I have policy and procedure development, writing and implementation, legal and government inspection, finance, computer, staff coaching and public speaking experience. And, did I mention I LOVE animals?

Mike Richmond

Mike

Volunteer Coordinator
Dispatcher (Wednesday - Saturday)
Rescue Coordinator (Wednesday - Saturday)
Contact: volunteercoordinator@wildlifeswfl.org

I recently moved to Venice from Rochester, NY in early January. I am currently the Volunteer Coordinator and help with dispatch at The Wildlife Center of Southwest Florida, coordinating the rescue of all the animals that come to us for help. After living most of my life in upstate New York, I am very thankful to now be in the Venice area with my friends and to not be stuck in a snow back from November to May.

Prior to arriving, I was an Emergency Dispatcher for an electric utility company, coordinating emergency response activities during major power outages. Before that I held various positions in the technology and manufacturing sectors including marketing, sales, and business management.

I am convinced that my love for animals has guided me here to this beautiful area of the county and especially this job. There is a tremendous amount to learn about animals and every day is an adventure. I look forward to meeting more people here in Venice, especially all the animal lovers.