Meet Our Staff!

Thanks to our talented wildlife rehabbers, interns, volunteers and board members, the Northwoods Wildlife Center is able to continue our mission in providing a better future for wildlife through education, rehabilitation and research. 

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Bryon Black

Executive Director

After serving as a board member and volunteer, and after the previous director had to leave due to health reasons, Bryon felt that he could be more involved and effective for the Northwoods Wildlife Center as the Executive Director. He brings with him years of diverse experience from fields such as marketing, graphic design, web, and application development. Bryon has also had a life long interest and commitment in the health and well being of our wild animal populations.

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Bart Kotarba

Wildlife Educator

Bart holds degrees in Wildlife Management and Biology with an emphasis in Environmental Education from UW-Stevens Point. He completed several internships-including one right here at NWC-where he was involved in all aspects of wildlife rehabilitation. Bart has been with NWC since 1992. Under his direction, our Education Department has conducted thousands of programs to educate students and adults about wildlife and the environment.

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Amanda Schirmer

Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

 Amanda attended the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point where she received her Bachelor Degree in Wildlife Ecology with an emphasis on Research and Management, and minored in Captive Wildlife and Biology. She currently holds her Wisconsin advanced wildlife rehabilitation license. Amanda joined the NWC staff in 2014 and enjoys the opportunity to pursue and share her passion for wildlife and the natural environment through the wildlife rehabilitation work she does with Northwoods Wildlife Center.

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Rafe School

Wildlife Rehabilitator and Intern Coordinator

Rafe originally joined the NWC team in April 2021 as a spring/summer intern and was hired as a permanent staff member in August 2021. Rafe divides time at NWC between our wildlife patients and mentoring the interns who join us each year. When not at NWC, Rafe can be found knitting, reading, and listening to heavy metal music, more often than not, simultaneously.

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Ashley Nilsson

Wildlife Rehabilitator


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Sheridan Perry

Wildlife Rehabilitator


Board Of Directors 

Russell Myers – President
Harv Skjerven – Vice President
Colleen Skjerven – Treasurer
Carol Warden – Secretary 

Karen Gabert
Sue Riebe
Aubrey Dalbe



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Russell Myers


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Harv Skjerven

Vice President

Colleen Skjerven


Carol Warden