Our Staff

 Left to Right: Katie Ibsen, Ashley Nisson, Audrey Gossett, Greg Russ, Katie Needles

Left to Right: Katie Ibsen, Ashley Nisson, Audrey Gossett, Greg Russ, Katie Needles

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 with a Snowy Owl

Marge and Don Gibson with a Snowy Owl

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.

 

Audrey Gossett
Director of Rehabilitation

 Audrey Gossett, Director of Rehabilitation

Audrey Gossett, Director of Rehabilitation

Audrey is originally from Oconomowoc, WI but has called Antigo home since 2013.  Audrey graduated from UW- Stevens Point with a degree in Wildlife Ecology and minors in Captive Wildlife and Biology. She fell in love with both rehabilitation and birds through her internship at the Vermont Institute of Natural Science and decided that avian rehabilitation is the career she wanted to pursue.  She gained more experience in wildlife rehabilitation through internships at the Wildlife In Need Center and the Wisconsin Humane Society and also worked at the SPCA for Monterey County's Wildlife Center in Monterey, CA. She was able to find her dream job at REGI where she started in January 2013; she enjoys each day she is able to learn as well as teach the public about native wildlife and the environment. 

 

Terri Johnson
Volunteer & Event Coordinator

 Terri Johnson, Volunteer & Event Coordinator

Terri Johnson, Volunteer & Event Coordinator

A recently retired university administrator and former professor, Terri also has experience in event planning, fundraising and volunteer coordination from her time at the Milwaukee Public Museum. Since 2016 she has been a resident of the northwoods and began volunteering for REGI in 2017. She joined REGI as Volunteer & Event Coordinator in Feb 2018.

 

Katie Ibsen
Avian Technician / Wildlife Educator

 Katie Ibsen, Avian Technician / Wildlife Educator

Katie Ibsen, Avian Technician / Wildlife Educator

Katie Ibsen is from Iowa City, Iowa and graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor's Degree in Wildlife Education. While at UWSP, she served as the Education Coordinator for the Herpetology Society, participated in saw-whet owl banding, and taught various environmental education lessons during her practicum experience. Before joining the REGI team Katie gained experience volunteering at the Iowa Raptor Project and the Iowa Parrot Rescue where she spent time socializing unwanted parrots. In the summer of 2016, she interned at the World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis, Missouri and was a counselor for the University of Iowa Wildlife Camps in the summer of 2017. Katie loves every type of bird but always finds herself being drawn towards corvids, falcons and parrots. Katie enjoys sharing her enthusiasm and knowledge about birds, as well as inspiring people of all ages to care about bird conservation in all its forms. 

 

Greg Russ,
Avian Technician

 Greg Russ, Avian Technician

Greg Russ, Avian Technician

Greg grew up in Oak Park, IL, a suburb of Chicago.  While studying pre-veterinary medicine at University of Minnesota Twin Cities, he discovered that he loved working with birds.  He has had internships and jobs as a field assistant and wildlife rehabilitator taking him from Minnesota to Vermont and Oklahoma.  He joined the REGI staff in February of 2018 and is excited to continue to learn and work with birds.

 

 

Katie Needles,
Avian Technician

 Katie Needles, Avian Technician

Katie Needles, Avian Technician

Katie is from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. She graduated from the Animal Behavior Institute with certificates in both Wildlife Rehabilitation and Zoology and Aquarium Science in 2017. She first started working with birds in 2016 when she interned at the National Eagle Center in Wabasha, MN. There she lead educational programs, as well as worked on handling and training the birds. She furthered her experience with birds working as an intern at the Florida Keys Wild Bird Center in the summer of 2017. As an intern, she gained experience working in a wildlife hospital, as well as taking care of the permanent residents in their sanctuary. Katie then joined us here at REGI in January of 2018.

 

 

Ashley Nilsson,
Avian Technician

 Ashley Nilsson, Avian Technician

Ashley Nilsson, Avian Technician

Ashley graduated from UW-River Falls with a degree in Biology and a minor in Conservation. Throughout the years she gained her experience with wildlife rehabilitation through internships and volunteering at the Green Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota, and the Gabbert Raptor Center in Minnesota where she found her love for birds of prey. Her passion for birds lead her to join our crew in January 2018.

 

Thank You!

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.