WILDLIFE CLINIC STAFF
Executive Officer (Volunteer)
Kristin has been Executive Director since 1999. Her leadership and commitment have made our organization what it is today. Kristin holds a Level 2-X license.
Dr. Mariah Rayfield Beck, DVM
Dr. Beck graduated from Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and completed an internship at Ocean State Veterinary Specialists. She joined our team in 2021.
Director of Operations
Arianna joined as a technician in 2008. She is a former board member and the current Director of Operations. She holds a Level 2-X license.
Dr. Meredith Bird, DVM
Founder and Veterinarian (Volunteer)
One of the original founders of WRARI, Dr. Bird remains dedicated to helping wildlife. She provides surgical and specialty care to our wild patients.
After Hours Coordinator
Elisha volunteered at the Wildlife Clinic for two years before accepting the position of After Hours Coordinator. She holds a Level 2-X license.
Olivia joined the team part-time in 2018. She holds a Level 2 license and loves working with all of our wildlife patients.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS 2022
Sandy currently serves as Board Chair and has been a board member since 2017. A retired healthcare executive, she also serves on the boards of the Roger Williams Zoological Society and South County Health.
Peter Green, graphic designer and wildlife photographer, joined the board in 2017. He designed our new logo and keeps us looking professional. See his work at providenceraptors.com and doubleagentdesign.com.
Kimberly Bernard joined the board in Fall of 2020. She holds a Ph.D. from the Heller School of Social Policy & Management at Brandeis University. Kim has over 20 years of experience working with non-profits to help implement new programs, use data to measure performance, and facilitate organizational planning.
Elaine has been the Board Secretary since 2020. She has a background in IT project management. Volunteer activities include Soup for the Docks for the Galilee fishing community, team leader for the GFWC WCSC, and member of the Matunuck Community Association.
Randelle joined the board after volunteering with one of our home rehabbers – Sheida Soleimani’s “Congress of the Birds.” Randelle is an attorney in the Environmental and Energy Unit at the Rhode Island Office of the Attorney General.
Judy is a retired landscape architect living in North Kingstown. She has always loved native animals, plants and has been associated with WRARI for over 10 years. Judy helps with fundraisers and brings the experience and wisdom of an octogenarian to our board! And, she recently became a wildlife rehabilitator!
Cody joined the board in the fall of 2018 and currently serves as Treasurer. He is a Vice President of Wealth Management at UBS and an avid hiker and nature photographer.
Dr. Lucy Spelman, DVM
Chris is Vice President/Partner at RDW Group, Inc. a full service marketing communications agency. From November-March, he moonlights as radio color analyst for the Rhode Island Rams men’s basketball team. Chris joined the board in fall of 2022.
OUR PARTNERS IN WILDLIFE REHABILITATION
It takes a village to meet the needs of the thousands of animals that come to the Wildlife Clinic for care. We couldn't do this alone and are grateful for the support of our partner organizations.
Born to Be Wild Nature Center
Since opening its doors in 1998, Born to Be Wild has been dedicated to the rehabilitation of sick, injured and orphaned wildlife with a specialized focus on Raptor Rehabilitation and Education. BTBW is home to raptors whose injures rendered them unreleasable but who act as education ambassadors in BTBW's educational programs.
Veterinary Services of Wickford
VSW is the veterinary practice of WRARI founder, Dr. Meredith Bird. Through her practice Dr. Bird helps hundreds of wild and domestic animals and has been an asset to the animal community in Rhode Island. VSW is a full service veterinary practice that caters to a variety of clientele including cats and dogs, as well as small animals, exotic birds and reptiles.
Ocean State Veterinary Specialists
East Greenwich, RI
OSVS is the leading 24 hour emergency veterinary hospital in Rhode Island. OSVS intakes wildlife when the Wildlife Clinic is closed and provides care until animals can be picked up by Wildlife Clinic staff and volunteers the following day. They also assist in providing very specialized surgical and diagnostic care to wildlife when needed.
West Place Animal Sanctuary
Founded in 2007, West Place Animal Sanctuary provides a home to domestic farm animals that have been neglected or abused and the rehabilitation of injured and/or orphaned waterfowl and game birds like Wild Turkeys, Canada Geese and wild ducks.
Founded by board member, Dr. Lucy Spelman, Creature Conserve is a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing artists and scientists together to foster sustained support for animal conservation. Through the artists' works, the science of saving species and the importance of taking a one-health approach to conservation becomes accessible, meaningful, and relevant—and the source of positive change.