Working for Wildlife
Lead Trainer and Curator
"Eagle" Erik has studied and worked with animals professionally for almost 20 years. Along with a Bachelor of Science/Zoology degree from Auburn University, he has worked specifically with raptors for over 15 years. In that time he has had the good fortune to work with a multitude of eagles. Additionally, Erik has spent over 10 years conducting wildlife education programs in nature parks and zoos across the state of Texas. Wilderness and animals are his passion. Through the WILDcenter Erik looks to help future generations of budding naturalists connect and find that same passion for wildlife that has fueled his career.
Program Development and Editor
Mary is a full time English as a Second Language professor at Austin Community College. She's worked for ACC for over 20 years, including chairing her department for 16 years. As chair, she grew her program from 200 students to over 1,300 annual enrollees. Mary has helped many people integrate successfully into the central Texas community.
She is a lifelong animal lover and is enthusiastic about helping grow strong, community supported animal education and rehabilitation programs.
IT and Content Director
Wes earned a Bachelor of Science - Zoology degree, with a concentration in Herpetology, from Auburn University and subsequently worked as a research field biologist with Gopher Tortoises. He later went on to earn a Master of Science in Informatics and has worked as an IT professional for the past 10+ years. Working with the WILDcenter has enabled him to give back to the community and rekindle his passion for natural history and herpetology.