Staff, Board & Volunteers


Gail Abrams – Executive Director

Gail has a B.S. degree in Physical Education from Towson University and a M.S. degree in Outdoor Education from Northern Illinois University.  She has been leading environmental education organizations and developing raptor education programs for the past 30 years. Gail joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in March 2005.  You can contact Gail at

Sarah Haggerty – Director of Education

Sarah is a lifelong nature mentor who has a passion for natural history and community design.  She has a degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Education from Warren Wilson College.  She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the spring of 2008.   She has also served as Lead Teacher and Program Director at Schoolhouse of Wonder, an Advisor for Picard Mountain Eco Institute and an Affiliate of Art of Mentoring International. Sarah received the 2012 North Carolina Environmental Educator of the Year award from NCEE. You can contact Sarah at


Karen Bio Pic 82813Karen McCall – Education/Volunteer Coordinator

Karen grew up in Chapel Hill spending much of her life outside immersed in nature.  She has spent many years along the southeast coast and in the tropics studying the varying ecosystems.  For more than ten years, she has been working in Environmental Education.   She has a B.S. degree in Mathematics from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in May of 2012.   You can contact Karen at


Sara Marschhauser Steffen– Conservation Coordinator


Sara is our Conservation Coordinator.  Sara grew up in Apex, North Carolina and loved the natural world from an early age.   She attended the University of North Carolina Wilmington where she received a B.A. in Psychology, and went on to complete her Master’s from North Carolina State University in Fisheries, Wildlife and Conservation Biology where she studied Loggerhead sea turtles on the NC coast. Since graduate school, she obtained her NC environmental educators certification. She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the summer of 2011.  You can contact Sara at


Board of Directors

KevinKevin Wojcikewych (President)
Kevin joined the board in March 2014 and is Senior Director & Global Head of Business Optimization at Novella Clinical, a Quintiles


Jennifer Campbell, PhD (Vice President)
Jenny joined the board in June 2009 and is a biology professor at NC State University.
Derek pictureDerek Sanger (Secretary/Treasurer)
Derek joined the board in April 2014 and is the Director of Product Management at Fidelity Stock Plan Services.



Dave SchellDave A Schell, Ph.D. 

Dave has volunteered at the Piedmont Wildlife Center since 2007 and joined the board in June 2010.  Dave was recognized for his service winning the  prestigious 2011 North Carolina Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.  

He retired from IBM as a Senior Technical Staff Member and Master Inventor.  Dave managed world-wide software tool development projects for IBM’s technical documentation teams. 

We are always looking for new board members who can help us to fulfill our mission and expand programs and conservation projects to new audiences.  If you are interested in joining our volunteer board, please complete our board application and we will be in touch with you to schedule a tour and meeting to discuss your interest.


We are extremely grateful to the loyal volunteers and interns that make such a difference at PWC.

Dedicated Volunteers include:

Dave Schell — Maintenance & Construction Team Leader

Darryl Spancake – Administrative Team

Celeste McKnight, Matt Jenkins, Jane Clarke, Elizabeth de Jongh, Adam Prince, Mariah Souder, Nicole Archuleta, Lilith Davis, Elke Zoe, Beth Willard, Kristen Frew — Raptor Team

Laura Gilliom, Kerry Sharp, Donna Norfolk — Animal Care Team

Fran Wilson, Jenny Campbell, Anastasia Figuresky, Dan Jones, Kristen Bagley, Patricia Mey — WildNet

If you are interested in volunteering with us, please check out our volunteer page.