President and Center Director
Linda holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Wildlife Biology, with over fifteen years as a Wildlife Rehabilitator, Certified Oiled Wildlife Responder, and International Wildlife Responder. She has earned 40-hour Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response (HAZWOPER) certification, and has accumulated over two decades of experience as an educator, supervisor and emergency response manager. Linda has been and continues to be a leading member of an international wildlife emergency response team participating in eighteen international rescue operations to date and is also the only oiled-wildlife rehabilitation manager in the State of Hawai‘i. Linda works on wildlife recovery and conservation projects in partnerships with Hawai‘i government agencies and nonprofits and has participated in a half-dozen Hawai‘i wildlife conservation projects in 2010 that included teaching wildlife response courses to the Wildlife Agencies throughout Hawai‘i, Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
JUAN GUERRA, D.V.M.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager
Juan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biological Sciences with a Minor in Animal Sciences from Cornell University and a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree, also from Cornell University. While at Cornell University he was awarded the American College of Veterinary Anesthesiologists’ Award and the Colonel Floyd C. Sager Equine Obstetrics and Pediatrics Award. In addition to experience from multiple externships, veterinary conferences, and wildlife and exotics symposiums, Dr. Juan was also a volunteer with us at HWC starting in 2013 and was HWC’s primary care veterinarian from 2016-2018 before leaving the island to serve as a clinical fellow and clinical instructor at Oregon State University. While in Oregon, Dr. Juan gained additional wildlife experience as a volunteer at the Chintimini Wildlife Center.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
Heidi moved to Hawai‘i from Southern California in 2015 to finish her Marine Science degree at the University of Hawai‘i Hilo. While at UH Hilo, she interned at the Hawai‘i Wildlife Center as a part of her degree program. After graduating, and before coming back to work at HWC, she worked in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve System (NARS) with the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON) collecting samples and data.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Technician
Shelby holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Botany, two Certificates of Achievement in Veterinary Assisting, and is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator with the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council. After years as a professional freediver, Shelby transitioned with a goal to achieve her dream of working with wildlife and fully immersed herself into the world of animal care. Through her training and education Shelby learned how to treat and care for a variety of species, but maintained a special dedication to Hawaiian wildlife. Shelby began as a volunteer/intern with Hawai‘i Wildlife Center and worked through her internship before happily joining the wildlife staff at the center.
Rae holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences from Cornell University and a Masters of Environmental Studies degree from the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals Aloha Chapter and the National Association of Charitable Gift Planners. She has been with HWC since 2012 and is in charge of all areas of fund development, PR, outreach, and our social media accounts (Facebook, Instagram). She is also passionate about art and graphic design and has designed most of HWC’s collateral materials as well as the logo gear in our store and the various fun stuff on our Activities page. Rae was born and raised on O‘ahu where she developed a passion for native birds early on. During her school years, she was especially inspired by her work with the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology and the Nature Conservancy of Hawai‘i. She is a self-proclaimed “bird nerd” and is extremely happy to be back home in Hawai‘i. If you see anyone in a bird costume at HWC, it’s probably Rae.
Delivering outstanding customer service has been an essential part of a day’s work for Marie. As Administrative Manager, she handles all financial matters such as client billing, accounts payable, accounts receivable and payroll. Marie holds a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of San Carlos in the Philippines. As a long-time Kohala community member, she loves spending her free time connecting with family and friends and living here in Hawai‘i.
‘Io (Hawaiian Hawk) Ambassador
Maka‘io was rescued in Kona in late September 2019 with a torn pupil and a wing injury. His wing injury healed, but his eye injury prevented him from surviving on his own in the wild. His name was given to him by Kumu Keala Ching and his favorite foods are rodents and quail.