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Our Team

The International Bird Rescue staff and response team bring a multitude of skills, experience and background to the organization.

These skills include emergency management, veterinary medicine, human nursing, scientific research, human relations, physical therapy, captive breeding and management, wildlife biology and wildlife rehabilitation.

Together, they are the most qualified team in the field.

International Bird Rescue Staff

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JD Bergeron
Executive Director

JD Bergeron was appointed Executive Director of International Bird Rescue in July 2015. JD brings a birder's passion, a childlike delight in Nature, and a deep commitment to solving the world's challenges in unconventional ways. He has many years of experience in not-for-profit leadership, international development, and organizational change. JD is also the Co-Founder and Board President of Chooda, which puts on Bike Zambia, a weeklong bicycle ride that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention and economic empowerment for girls and women in Zambia. He previously served in senior roles at TrueliftKiva, Accion, and the U.S. Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis.

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Barbara Callahan
Response Services Director;

Regional Representative, Alaska

Barbara is an internationally-experienced and recognized emergency response and management professional who received her B. S. in Biological Science from the University of Alaska. She has worked in oiled wildlife response, response management and rehabilitation of aquatic animals over the course of 20 years and is certified in Federal Emergency Management. Barbara has been Response Services Director at IBR since 1997 and has held the position of Bird Unit Deputy Leader in the Deepwater Horizon Spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010; the Incident Command Wildlife Coordinator for the Rena Spill in New Zealand in 2011; and has been the on-scene coordinator in numerous other national and international spill events.

Barbara has authored multiple papers on seabird rehabilitation and oil spill response. She has also nationally and internationally presented at wildlife and other conferences.

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Michelle Bellizzi
Response Services Manager; 

Regional Representative, Northern California

Michelle Bellizzi is International Bird Rescue's Response Services Manager. She is a seasoned wildlife rehabilitation expert with over 15 years​ of​ experience responding to more than 25 oil spills around the world, while also simultaneously managing ​​the San Francisco Bay Rehabilitation Program. Her response work transported her to both national and international locations, including remote areas such as Unalaska, Alaska and Chubut, Argentina. Additionally, Michelle has worked at large-scale responses such as the Ventura Oiled Bird Incident, Los Angeles 2005, Cosco Busan, SFBay 2007, and the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill in 2010, where she oversaw the modification and operations of one of four primary care facilities in the Gulf. Her experience both within the clinic and on location appoints her as a preferred leader within the Response Services Industry.

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Julie Skoglund
Program Operations Manager;
Regional Representative, Southern California

Julie came to IBR in 2003 as a volunteer to gain experience handling and working with birds while finishing her Bachelor of Science degree in biology. She began working for the organization in 2004 when a rehabilitation technician position became available. Julie has worked on multiple spills including the Ventura Oiled Bird Incidents, Point Mugu Oiled Bird Incident, Santa Cruz Mystery Spill, Cosco Busan and the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf in 2010. Julie was the San Pedro Wildlife facility Clinic Manager until her promotion to Operations Manager in 2013. Two years later, she was promoted to Program Operations Manager overseeing both the Los Angeles and the San Francisco centers.

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Rebecca Duerr,
DVM MPVM PhD
Research Director
& Veterinarian

Dr. Rebecca Duerr is the clinical veterinarian and research director at International BirdRescue's two wildlife clinics in California. She completed her DVM, MPVM, and PhD degrees at UC Davis, with graduate work on the care of oiled Common Murres and on the nutritional energetics and physiology of Common Murres and Western Grebes. She co-edited the second edition of Hand-Rearing Birds, co-wrote the wild orphans section of Merck Veterinary Manual, just finished Seabird Medicine and Orphan Care chapters for a new textbook on wildlife medicine, and is slowly getting all her graduate papers from the intersection of seabird biology and clinical wildlife medicine published. She serves on the Board of Directors of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association and is a frequent lecturer at UC Davis on avian physiology and pediatrics.

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Michele Johnson
Development and Communications Manager

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Russ Curtis
Technology Manager

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Marcello Lalopua
Office Administrator

San Francisco Bay Wildlife Center



Los Angeles 
Wildlife Center

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Isabel Luevano
Wildlife Center Manager,
San Francisco Bay
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Kylie Clatterbuck
Wildlife Center Manager, Los Angeles

Volunteer Coordinator & Lead Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles

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Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator,
San Francisco Bay
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Jo Joseph
Lead Rehabilitation Technician
& Intern Program Coordinator,
Los Angeles

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Senior Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Senior Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Lisa Robinson
Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Celina Tu
Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Relief Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Relief Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay



Henriette-Jewell Henriette Jewell
Relief Rehabilitation Technician,
San Francisco Bay
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Relief Rehabilitation Technician,
Los Angeles
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Facilities Coordinator,
San Francisco Bay
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Facilities Coordinator,
Los Angeles


Board of Directors

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Chair/Treasurer

U.S. Coast Guard Retired

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Susan Kaveggia
Vice Chair

Wildlife Response Team

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Beth Slatkin
Secretary

Director of Marketing and Outreach,
Bay Nature

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Will Gala
Board Member

Staff Scientist, Chevron

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John Sifling
Board Member

Principal, Broad Reach Maritime

U.S. Coast Guard Retired

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Chase Norlin
Board Member

Entrepreneur, CEO, Investor

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Ian Liston
Board Member

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