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 loves the natural areas of the Piedmont.  She has been studying natural history and the flora and fauna of the Piedmont from an early age.  She has a degree in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College.  Sarah joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the spring of 2008. 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


Crystal Morel – Customer Relations & Office Coordinator                                                     Crystal w spider

Crystal is dedicated to facilitating the relationships between people and nature.  She has a B.S. in Education from North Carolina State University and is a lifelong learner.  With nature as her teacher she spends time in her sit spot, participates in natural crafts and is learning about Piedmont wildlife.  Crystal has been getting her hands dirty with the Piedmont Wildlife Center team since 2011.  You can contact Crystal at

Sara Marschhauser – 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.  She joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the summer of 2011.  You can contact Sara (M) at


Board of Directors

 Dave as young manDave Schell (President/Treasurer) 
Ginger Tran, DVM,  (Secretary)
jennyJennifer Campbell, PhD 
Becky Olejar
Derek Sanger
Kevin Wojcikewych
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

Jane Clarke — Raptor Team and Behind the Scenes Team

Darryl Spancake – Administrative Team

Celeste McKnight, Matt Jenkins — Raptor Team

Laura Gilliom; Kerry Sharp — Animal Care Team

Kim Sabbagh, Fran Wilson — WildNet

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