Our Staff and Board of Directors


Calgary Wildlife relies on a synergy between our volunteer board of directors, who govern the organization, and our paid staff who are on the front line, carrying out Calgary Wildlife’s mandate through our programs and services. We are grateful to everyone on our team for their dedication, expertise, and collaborative spirit.

Employment Opportunities


Calgary Wildlife is currently hiring for the following position:

Executive Director

To apply please submit your resume and cover letter no later than June 20, 2020, to kjacarlson28@gmail.com with the Subject Line, Executive Director Application.

Our Staff

Andrea Hunt, BA – Executive Director


As Executive Director, Andrea fills many roles including running the business side of CWRS, overseeing the education program, coordinating volunteers, and liaising with media and the community. Andrea started at CWRS as an animal care and pickup volunteer. She transitioned from this to a position as Business Administrator, which allows her to have in depth knowledge of the many streams of this organization. Andrea brings an eclectic skill set to her role as executive director having worked with child protective services, managing a software development and media company, and maintaining a successful independent music career. Andrea brings enthusiasm, a love of animals as well as an extremely varied skill set including experience with marketing, grant-writing, business administration & communication skills to her work at CWRS.

To contact Andrea please email her at andreahunt@calgarywildlife.org

Melanie Whalen – Director of Animal Care


Melanie has a diverse career that includes wildlife research, rehabilitation and husbandry that spans over 20 years. Melanie has worked as a wildlife technician doing field research and wildlife rescue for both the Ontario and Newfoundland provincial governments. She has worked on a variety of projects from Rabies ,Chronic Wasting Disease research to nest ecology studies to moose and wolf studies in Algonquin Park. Melanie has worked with the Canadian Wildlife Health Cooperative where she contributed to co-ordinating the first province wide white-nose syndrome surveillance program nationally. Melanie has worked with a variety of species from bats to musk ox in wild and captive settings. She is an advocate for wildlife conservation and in her spare time enjoys nature photography and painting.

To contact Melaine please email her at melaniewhalen@calgarywildlife.org

Britany Borodenko – Assistant Manager


Britany joined the CWRS team in the summer of 2013 and has been an invaluable member of the team ever since. A recent graduate of the University of Calgary’s Bachelor of Science program, Britany is a biologist in training (BIT) with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists and aspires to become a working wildlife biologist. She has a passion for fitness and photography and is CWRS’ resident “bird nerd”. Britany is currently on leave.

To contact Britany please email britanydowney@calgarywildlife.org

Lottie Taylor – RVT


Lottie was born and raised in Aldworth, England, but moved to Cochrane, Alberta with her family when she was 10. On her family’s acreage north-west of Cochrane, she grew up with Flat-Coated Retrievers, chickens, and sheep. She spent weekends and summers working as a technician assistant at a small animal clinic in Cochrane, which reinforced her desire of working in the veterinary field. Lottie has a keen interest in wildlife, ecology, and conservation, and works full-time at a small animal veterinary clinic; birds are her all -time favourite patients. Currently, she shares her house with Bow, a Flat-Coated Retriever; Mac, a German Short Haired Pointer puppy; and Red Rock, Barred Rock, and New Hampshire Red chickens.

Photo Credit:  Evan Buchanan

Teresa Calla – RVT


Teresa is originally from Ontario and has always had a passion for animals and wildlife. I have been a veterinary technician for 14 years and have worked with all sorts of pets. Working with wildlife is very rewarding and I am always learning new things. If I am not working I am usually spending time with my dog or travelling.

Tiffany Millan – RVT


Tiffany graduated the AHT program at Olds College in 2015. Since graduating she has worked with both small animals and wildlife. Tiffany has a tortoise (Elliott) and a cat (Kash) who mean the world to her. In her spare time she enjoys yoga and going to the movies.

Kyla Rae – Wildlife Technician


Kyla comes to CWRS with a diverse background in rehabilitation and animal care. Her background started in human rehabilitation working with an active population and incorporating animals into her work. The importance of animals in her life lead her back to school and into a career change. The experience she had in human rehabilitation helped her develop ways to use that knowledge to help animals. Her experience in animal care encompasses domestic, wildlife, and captive populations. She endeavours to treat each animal as an individual and assess and care for them to the best of her ability. She recognizes that every animal provides a valuable tool to help educate people and to facilitate a connection to the wild world; a connection that could help change how people see and interact with that world.

Jessie Benson- Wildlife Technician


Growing up in rural Saskatchewan, Jessie was exposed to all kinds of animals, large and small, from a young age. Because of this, she always knew that she wanted a career working with and caring for animals. To pursue this goal, she moved to Calgary in 2015 and enrolled in the University of Calgary’s Zoology program, from which she has recently graduated. While working in the field of wildlife rehab for a summer, Jessie fell in love with the hands on, fast paced, day to day life that comes with the job and narrowed her career scope to becoming a certified wildlife rehabilitator. She is eager to learn all that she can about wildlife rehabilitation and conservation in Alberta.

Breanne Marois – Wildlife Technician


Breanne is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with a passion for animal welfare and conservation. After completing her Bachelor of Science, she worked as a junior biologist performing habitat assessments, nest surveys, fish salvages, and water quality monitoring. She is a current Biologist in Training with the Alberta Society of Professional Biologists. First exposed to the field of wildlife rehabilitation as an intern in 2016, she immediately fell in love with the fast paced environment, and helping wildlife in need. She aspires to be a veterinarian specializing in wildlife and conservation medicine, and to continue to work in the field of rehabilitation in that capacity. She loves to learn, and in her spare time, she can often be found reading, or hiking in Alberta’s natural areas.

Our Board of Directors

Elizabeth Huang – Treasurer


Elizabeth grew up in Calgary and graduated from the University of Calgary with a Bachelor’s of Commerce. She then pursued her Masters of Professional Accounting at the University of Saskatchewan and became a designated Chartered Accountant. She has held various positions with companies in Calgary with a focus on financial reporting, budgeting and forecasting, internal controls and process improvement. She has also held the role of Treasurer with a non-profit organization that focused on providing health care to a small community in India. When away from the office, Elizabeth enjoys travelling, spending time with her friends and family, and enjoying the outdoors with her two dogs.

Alycia Smith – Director of Communications


Alycia recently moved to Calgary from Victoria on the west coast of Canada. She brings a wealth of experience from various marketing communications roles. Alycia is inspire by telling unique and engaging stories that educate listeners and inspire them to take action.  Alycia’s passion for wildlife started at a young age, growing up in camping, hiking and learning to live alongside wildlife and the important role they play in our eco-system.

Rachel Wade – President


Rachel is a born and raised Calgarian with a passion for animals and community which inspired her to get involved as an animal care and pickup volunteer at CWRS in 2015. After getting to know the organization Rachel was elected as Director of Communications on CWRS’ board where she was able to put both her professional experience and her Masters in Professional Communications to use in service of CWRS’ goals. In May 2017 she continued her journey with CWRS as the President of the Board. Rachel is also the Manager, Global Diversity & Inclusion, Culdture & Engagement at Parkland Fuel.  In 2019 Rachel won Top 40 under 40 in Calgary in part due to her work securing sustainable funding for Calgary Wildlife.

To contact Rachel about sponsorship or board opportunities please email her at rachelwade@calgarywildlife.org.

Jaryd Zinkewich – Director of Governance


Jaryd recently, moved to Calgary from Denmark after completing his Masters in Disaster Management at the University of Copenhagen. Jaryd’s respect for wildlife accelerated during his four years of tree planting in University. His crews lived primarily in the bush in Northern Alberta for four months at a time. Because of their isolated camps, interactions with both small and large wild animals occurred on almost a daily basis. This coexistence fostered both an appreciation and respect for wildlife.

Jaryd’s past work experience focuses on using data to inform and support operations, strategy and process refinement. Jaryd’s work history positions him well as the Director of governance with CWRS.

Shayenne Selleck – Director of Fundraising


Shayenne is a professional fundraiser, communicator and designer, with nearly a decade of experience working in non-profit development. Shayenne brings to the board a diverse educational background in math, public relations and visual design that allows her to integrate storytelling, data analysis and relationship building into a successful fundraising practice. Born in Germany, raised in Edmonton and now living in Calgary, she is a lover of travel, music, books, food and, of course, animals (especially her two cats). Shayenne is inspired by connecting people to the causes they care about and building a culture of philanthropy in the Calgary community and beyond.

Karen Carlson – Director of Human Resources


With a Bachelor of Commerce and Masters in Communications, Karen’s career in HR and communications has taken her from consulting in Saskatoon to healthcare in Calgary, with stops in management at the Town of Banff, and senior leadership in the energy sector too.  She has experience volunteering on boards, including professional associations (Human Resources Institute of Alberta and Saskatchewan) and also the Bow Valley SPCA. In 15 years of mountain adventuring in the Bow Valley her wildlife encounters include wolves and wolverines on ski and hiking trails.  Before recently moving to Calgary, moose sightings were highlights of her daily commute to Calgary. Karen’s passion for animals extends from her pets to the wildlife we share our urban spaces with, and is keen to contribute to draw attention and support to the important work of the CWRS.