Maggie Howell, Executive Director, has worked at the Wolf Conservation Center since 2005, starting as the WCC's Managing Director and taking the helm as Executive Director in 2013. She continues to lead the WCC's education and advocacy initiatives and be the main voice of the WCC. Maggie's interest and experience with wildlife run deep. Growing up in New York City, Maggie visited her local veterinarian more often than her pediatrician, routinely bringing in injured city "wildlife" she had rescued. She continued her studies more formally at Vassar, earning a degree in Biology, focusing on Animal Behavior and ecology. After a several years working in the jungles of Wall Street, her passion for natural wildlife led her to Washington State, where she began working with big cats. Maggie soon expanded her experience to other predators working closely not only with big cats, but also with wolves, bears, and hyenas.
Rebecca Bose (Curator) is in charge of the well-being of all the Wolf Conservation Center's Ambassador and Species Survival Plan (SSP) wolves. Rebecca started as a volunteer with the WCC when it first formed and quickly proved invaluable thanks to her animal care skills. She was named Curator in 2003, becoming one of the WCC's first staff members and was elected to join the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan Management Group in 2009 and the Mexican Gray Wolf Species Survival Plan Management Group in 2010. Rebecca holds a BS in biology (with minors in chemistry and pre-veterinary studies) from Pace University and a Masters degree in biology from Miami University. Harboring a great love for animals and the environment since she was a child, Rebecca always envisioned herself working for a conservation/ animal cause. She is rarely found far from her German Shepherd Kai, who not only travels with Atka, but also helps keep the WCC grounds clear of wayward sticks.
Spencer Wilhelm, Director of Operations, is in charge of constructing and maintaining the WCC's extensive enclosures and grounds. He also assists in animal care and leads many of the WCC's onsite education programs. Raised in a small town in Wyoming, Spencer earned a BS in Zoology from the University of Wyoming before traveling to Washington State to work with large cats. His passion for wildlife next brought him to Arizona where he not only continued working with big cats, but also gained hands-on experience with bears, wolves, and hyenas. Spencer then headed east to a position at the Bronx Zoo, before joining the WCC in 2005.
Alex Spitzer (Educator) teaches many of the Wolf Conservation Center's onsite and offsite programs and assists with other aspects of the WCC's daily operations. After graduating from the State University of New York Environmental Science and Forestry School in 2010, Alex became an educational intern at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN before joining the Wolf Conservation Center staff. Alex leads the WCC Wolf Camp for Kids and joins Maggie Howell as a member of the WCC Curriculum Committee.
Regan Downey, Director of Education, teaches many of the Wolf Conservation Center’s onsite education programs and works with groups of all ages to develop engaging and interactive environmental education lessons. Regan graduated magna cum laude from Providence College in 2015 with a BS in Biology and a minor in Economics and spent three years researching the mechanics of avian flight. After college, Regan’s passion for conservation education brought her to the Wildlife Conservation Society where she worked in the Education Department for six months before accepting a position at the WCC as the Youth Education Coordinator. She became the Director of Education in 2018.
Summer Hoogenboom is our Development & Events Coordinator whose focus is to plan the WCC’s many fundraising events. Summer’s lifelong passion for wildlife and environmental conservation led her to the University of Connecticut where she earned a B.S. in Animal Science and a minor in Wildlife Conservation. She studied wildlife in Chilean Patagonia and South Africa during her undergraduate career and continued after graduation as an environmental field technician in El Yunque National Forest, Puerto Rico, studying the effects of natural disaster destruction on rainforest organisms before accepting her position with the WCC.
Reyanne Neal, Educator and Volunteer/Intern Coordinator, studied Animal Science with an emphasis in physiology at the University of California, Davis. She then did an internship at Green Chimneys in Brewster, NY incorporating animals into the daily activities of students. It was there that she discovered a passion for animal assisted therapy, education and interventions. She continued on as staff there developing programs and curriculum involving animals for populations served by the agency. Reyanne then moved back to California to expand her animal and educator skills at a wildlife and exotic animal sanctuary. Through working with students, staff, volunteers and animals there she developed an appreciation for conservation education and an understanding that everyone has a role in conservation efforts. She's continued her education with certifications through the Institute for Human-Animal Connection at the University of Denver and is looking forward to building upon her skills in education at the Wolf Conservation Center.
Mark Ode is our Director of Technical Operations and Development and has the responsiblity of overseeing and enhancing the use of technology across all Wolf Conservation Center operations and initiatives. Mark is a passionate advocate for wolves, wildlife and the environment. He spent 6 years volunteering at the Organization for Bat Conservation in a variety of capacities including animal care, docent and an associate educator. In his leisure time, Mark has been found mist-netting and cataloging bats in Trinidad and backpacking in Isle Royale supporting the Isle Royale Wolf-Moose research project. Mark has an extensive IT background across numerous industries and technologies and has held numerous positions in Information Technolology, most recently as Manager of Cybersecurity Audit for General Motors. Mark holds a Bachelors of Arts in Philosophy from Oakland University, a Masters degree in Information Assurance from Walsh College and is currently pursuing a Master's degree in Biology from Miami University.
Dana Goin, our Wildlife Outreach Specialist, is focused on educating the public on the local wildlife with whom we share the landscape, and how to best foster peaceful coexistence with them. Dana got her start at the Wolf Conservation Center in 2013 as a summer intern. One of her first positions working with wildlife, it lead to other research opportunities in college and beyond. After receiving her degree in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Delaware in 2015, she went on to travel around the country as a wildlife technician. Her study species include mountain lions, coyotes, bobcats, gray foxes, raccoons, opossums, and white-tailed deer. She has researched large carnivore populations in megacities such as Los Angeles, predator-prey dynamics and movement, and the efficacy of rabies vaccination baits on mesocarnivores.