We are privileged to have a fine and dedicated group of individuals that make up staff, interns and volunteers. Together, we work to provide REGI patients with the finest care possible. We proudly present the people that are the moving force behind the REGI day-to-day organization.
REGI's Executive Directors
Marge and Don Gibson founded Raptor Education Group, Inc (REGI) in 1990. Marge has worked with wildlife for over 30 years. She began her work with raptors as a field biologist. She has worked with many high profile field projects including the California Condor Recovery Team and the Bald Eagle Capture and Health Assessment Program in Valdez. Alaska following the Valdez Oil Spill where she was team captain. In addition, Marge teaches wildlife rehabilitation internationally. Don is a recently retired M.D. His specialty is Pathology.
In the beginning, Raptor Education Group, Inc was focused on public education programs and supporting field research on avian species. In part due to the remote northern location of the center, it soon became apparent that rehabilitation would be a major part of the work done at the center. While specializing in large raptors and swans, all avian species are accepted for rehabilitation at the center. Since its beginning, thousands of raptors and other avian species have been patients at the wildlife center.
Director of Education & Avian Trainer
Elise graduated from UW – Stevens Point with a degree in Wildlife Ecology: Information & Education and a minor in Captive Wildlife. Before joining the REGI team Elise gained experience as a field educator at the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, WY, an educator at the Kendall County Forest Preserve District in Illinois, and as a volunteer coordinator for the Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association. She has taken courses in raptor ecology and environmental education. Elise has a passion for teaching people of all ages about wildlife and our connections to the natural world. Elise is holding a Barn Owl.
Director of Rehabilitation
Audrey graduated from UW- Stevens Point with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and a minor in Captive Wildlife. She gained experience in wildlife rehabilitation through internships at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and the Wisconsin Humane Society and has worked for two years at the SPCA for Monterey County's Wildlife Center in Monterey, CA. She joined the REGI staff in January 2013. Audrey is holding a Rough-legged Hawk.
Assistant Avian Rehabilitator
Erin is from Iowa and graduated from Iowa State with a Bachelors Degree in Biology in May 2015. She interned at REGI the summer of 2014 and was hired as full time staff after she graduated in May. Erin is holding a Great horned owl.
Wildlife Educator & Avian Trainer
Joe is from Mondovi, WI and has a degree in Wildlife Ecology, Education and Interpretation. He gained experience as an educator and raptor handler during his time as a staff member at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN and as a volunteer for Wind River Wildlife Rehabilitation. He also has experience in raptor research and banding and taken courses in avian training. He started as a volunteer for REGI back in 2011 and joined the team when he graduated from UW-Stevens Point in December 2013. Joe is a licensed falconer and is holding a Red Tailed Hawk.
Assistant Avian Rehabilitator
Jake is from La Crosse, Wisconsin. He attended UW-Stevens Point and earned a Bachelor's Degree in Biology with a Zoology emphasis. Jake banded migrating saw-whet owls for several years in college and took an internship studying seabirds in an Alaskan field camp for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in summer 2014. He started volunteering at REGI in summer 2012 and was hired onto the REGI team in October 2012. Jake is kneeling with a newly-released American white pelican.
Emily graduated from UW- Stevens Point with a B.S. in Biology and Wildlife Ecology: Research and Management and a minor in Captive Wildlife. Prior to becoming a fulltime staff member at REGI in January 2016 Emily gained experience at several facilities including the University National San Antonio Abad Zoo in Cusco, Peru, the NEW Zoo in Green Bay, WI, and the Attwater Prairie-Chicken breeding facility at Fossil Rim in Glen Rose, TX. In addition, Emily has completed two field seasons researching and monitoring Greater Prairie-Chickens in the Nebraska sandhills and South Central Illinois. Emily is holding an American Kestrel.
To the many fine people of the Wisconsin DNR, USFWS, Police, Sheriffs, and Fire Departments
and to those who have worked, frequently on their own time, to help wildlife in need.
We are so grateful for your assistance.