Meet Our Staff

Courtney Wright, Wildlife Educator

Courtney joined the Northwoods Wildlife Center team as an intern during the summer of 2012. Following her internship, she was hired on as the Assistant Director of Education. Courtney graduated in 2011 from the University of Wisconsin – Madison, with degrees in Environmental Studies and Zoology. After graduating, she spent time working with coyotes, foxes, and wolves in Indiana, and as an Animal Technician at a veterinary hospital. She then made the migration up to Minocqua, and has been at NWC ever since! Courtney is currently working to assist in all areas of the Center including education, fundraising, marketing, rehabilitation, research, and administration departments. 

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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 Walsh, Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitator

Amanda joined the NWC staff in May of 2011 as a wildlife rehabilitator. She received her B.S. in biology and environmental studies from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. After her internship with NWC in 2008, Amanda has found herself trekking in national parks, mist-netting and tracking many species of bats from Arizona to Tennessee; and continuing her passion for rehabilitation and rescue of wild animals in Texas. Whatever the endeavor may be, Amanda believes that the best way to learn about science and the natural world is through hands-on experience.

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Amanda Schirmer, Advanced Wildlife Rehabilitator

Amanda joined the NWC staff in 2014 as the Assistant Director of Rehabilitation. She currently holds her Wisconsin advanced wildlife rehabilitation license. 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 minors in Captive Wildlife and Biology. She held internships and positions with several wildlife facilities throughout northern and central Wisconsin, which provided her with valuable hands-on experience with both wildlife rehabilitation and captive zoo exhibits.  Amanda 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.

Contact Amanda: knoll.nwc8683@gmail.comAdvanced Wil

Current Board of Directors:

Karen Gabert, President

Geri Miller, Vice President

Vickie Abraham, Secretary

Greg Kopp, Treasurer

Colleen Skjerven

Bryon Black

Katie Black

Carol Warden

Dee Dee Lund