CROW Holds Membership Meeting

SANIBEL, Fla., (April 6, 2017) -- The Clinic for the Rehabilitation of Wildlife (CROW) held its 2017 Membership Meeting at CROW’s Visitor Education Center on March 29, 2017.  Those in attendance included members, staff, and the board of the directors. 
 
The agenda consisted of the introduction of new and returning board members, a review of 2016 achievements, and information about the 2017 focus including planning for CROW’s 50th Anniversary in 2018.
 
CROW is pleased to announce the election of three new board members:  Christine D. Attardo, Cathie Lewis, and Sarah M. Scruggs, DVM.
 
Christine D. Attardo received her Master of Science in Microbiology from Yale University following an undergraduate degree in biology from Vassar College.  Her career includes teaching biology at the high school and college levels as well as working at Brookhaven National Laboratory in the Medical Research Department.  Attardo volunteers in the Health Park Medical Center emergency room and at CROW greeting guests in the Visitor Education Center and helping in the hospital’s baby room.
 
Cathie Lewis, originally from Middlebury, Vermont, has spent over 30 years working in the public sector, primarily with public utilities divisions. During her time with the City of Sanibel, Lewis helped develop the Utility Department and assisted in establishing an island-wide sanitary sewer collection and treatment system. Lewis also developed a storm-water management system known as PRISM (Personal Responsibility for Island Storm-water Management) for the city of Fort Myers Beach, Florida.
 
Sarah M. Scruggs, DVM, received her doctorate from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine and a Master of Science in Clinical Sciences from Colorado State University. She is currently a Staff Cardiologist for Specialized Veterinary Services in Fort Myers, Florida. Previously, Scruggs served as a Staff Cardiologist in Denver, Colorado and a Staff Veterinarian in New York, New York.
 
The 2017 board officers are:  Dave Nichols, DVM, President; Rob Lisenbee, Vice President; Paul Ben-Susan, Treasurer; and Diane Bean, DVM, Secretary. Returning board members are Jeff Burns, Jeff Haungs, Ginnie Pritchett-McSpadden, Jeff Powers and Jeff Weigel.
 
Dr. Linda Estep, Executive Director, and Dr. Heather Barron, Hospital Director, presented CROW’s 2016 highlights:
  • At the Visitor Education Center exhibit upgrades include the addition of live animals focused on native versus invasive species.
  • At the Wildlife Hospital, 3,953 wildlife patients were admitted: 61 percent birds, 31 percent mammals, and seven percent reptiles.  More than 1,200 patients, approximately 33%, were released in 2016. 

Three recently elected members to CROW’s Board of Directors,
Cathie Lewis, Sarah M. Scruggs, and Christine D. Attardo 
with President of the Board Dave Nichols.