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 over 30 years. Gail joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in March 2005.  You can contact Gail at

Karen Bio Pic 82813Karen McCall – Director of Education

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 Company. Kevin lives in Cary with his wife, Susie, and their sons, Adam, Andrew and Ryan.  
MarthaMartha Wewer (Vice-President)Martha Wewer  joined the board in March of 2016 and is a Privacy Officer for RTI International.  Martha lives in Holly Springs with her husband, Tim, and two
BrianBrian Madigan (Treasurer)

Brian Madigan joined the board in February 2016 and is the Chief Operating Officer of Big Think Innovations. Brian lives in North Raleigh.

Christon WilesChriston Wiles (Secretary)

Christon joined the board in May 2016 and is a Business Development Associate at BioResource International, Inc.  Christon is a raptor volunteer and recent graduate of North Carolina State University.

Robin BurleyRobin Burley

Robin joined the board in May of 2016 and is the Sr. Customer Operations Manager at Cisco Systems.



Tonya Gillham

Tonya joined the board in June 2016 and is the Development and Marketing Director at the National Inclusion Project. Tonya lives in Cary with her husband, David, and their son Chris.


Bill Lee

BillsmBill joined the board in June 2015 and is Senior Manager, Service Delivery Advanced Analytics at Cisco Systems. Prior to Cisco, Bill worked in the defense industry, was a Florida firefighter & EMT, ran his own consulting company, and spent 15 years in the US Air Force. He is married to Cheryl and has 2 sons and 3 grandchildren.


Derek pictureDerek Sanger 
Derek joined the board in April 2014 and is the Director of Product Management at Fidelity Stock Plan Services.  Derek lives in Durham with his wife, Sam, and their daughter Elly.


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, Elizabeth de Jongh, Adam Prince, Mariah Souder, Nicole Archuleta, Lilith Davis, Kristin Frew, Christon Wiles  — Raptor Team

Laura Gilliom, Kerry Sharp, Chailey Labajetta, Denea Labajetta, Rebekah Chiquito, Thalia Lloyd, Angus Davis — Animal Care Team

Fran Wilson, Anastasia Figuresky, Dan Jones, Patricia Mey, Kristie Hall — WildNet

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