Our Staff


Carol Holmgren

Executive Director and Principle Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

Carol is licensed as a wildlife rehabilitator by the PA Game Commission, Fish and Boat Commission and the US Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird office. She grew up in Springfield, Ohio where she had an affinity for wildlife and helped injured animals get care from wildlife rehabilitators, a fledgling profession at the time. After graduating from Earlham College, she obtained an MA from Northern Illinois in Outdoor Education and worked in outdoor programming at various environmental education centers, Outward Bound and for ten years at Allegheny College. In 2006 she began working at Tamarack and specializes in the care of raptors. She finds it a privilege to work with the wildlife and volunteers at Tamarack and is inspired daily by all who contribute to make the center possible. Outside of Tamarack, she enjoys time with her family, and being outdoors.

Email: carol@tamarackwildlife.org


Heather Wayne

Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager

Heather recently joined TWC as Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager after working as an Environmental Education Specialist at Bald Eagle State Park with the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. From an early age, Heather knew she wanted to work with animals, so she participated in youth and teen programs related to conservation biology and animal behavior during her middle and high school years. While in college, she interned at a wildlife rehabilitation center and completed multiple internships in animal husbandry and conservation education at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Heather received her bachelor’s degree in Zoology from Kent State University and then pursued a master’s degree in Environmental Science and Management from Duquesne University. She’s looking forward to bringing her experience in animal care, training, and education to help the center grow and to inspire others to have a passion for helping wildlife. In her free time, she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, kayaking, and spending time with family and friends. She also teaches horseback riding lessons to children with mental or physical disabilities and is a certified archery instructor.

Email: heather@tamarackwildlife.org


Barbara Pagano

Office Manager

We welcome our new part time Office Manager Barbara Pagano. Barbara comes to us from an environmental construction company that restores the natural functioning of streams and wetlands; critical habitats to plants and animals including frogs, turtles, waterfowl and songbirds. Barbara attended TWC’s open house in 2018, met our Ambassador birds, witnessed the release of a Red-tailed Hawk and the rest followed naturally. She attended TWC’s Wildlife First Responders course and became a volunteer. Her passion for our mission to rehabilitate and return to the wild was immediately evident. Barbara is no stranger to looking after birds, she has had many adoptees in her care over the past 25 years. In her spare time, she gardens for wildlife, planting natives that provide shelter and food. She also brings to us the experience she has gained from a diverse work background in public relations, marketing, graphic design, and nonprofit office administration.

Email: barbara@tamarackwildlife.org


Laryssa Rote

Wildlife Medic & Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator

No stranger to Tamarack, Laryssa interned at our center in 2014 as part of her degree program from Edinboro University, majoring in Writing with a minor in Biology. In 2015, she worked at the World Bird Sanctuary in Missouri, treating wildlife, training raptors and giving programs. She also trained animals at the Milwaukee Zoo. After returning to our area in 2016, she became our most experienced medic, proficient in treating patients ranging from powerful Bald Eagles, to delicate infant Cottontails and joined TWC in 2018 as Wildlife Rehabilitation Manager. With a particular passion for raptors and training, Laryssa is an apprentice falconer in her personal time, and uses her falconry skills to design training plans for our ambassadors to ensure they are comfortable and confident. She also helps Tamarack volunteers develop their skills working with wildlife.

Email: laryssa@tamarackwildlife.org


Gina Kron

Volunteer Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator, Songbird Healing Center in North East, PA

With a passion for songbirds, Gina Kron began volunteering with Tamarack in 2011 and now rehabilitates non-raptor birds from her location in North East, with licenses from the PA Game Commission and US Fish and Wildlife Migratory Bird office. Gina meticulously researches diet, and husbandry for the varied species she treats, and is committed to her continuing education. She is gifted in convincing concerned members of the public to attempt reuniting young songbirds with their wild families prior to arranging for admission.  With an eye to detail, she has successfully rehabilitated tricky species such as Woodcocks and Swifts. Gina also owns and operates four Tim Horton’s stores, in addition to enjoying her family and grandchildren.


The Tamarack Team!

A crew of volunteers including onsite assistants, interns, medics, and educators do such things as feed and care for the wildlife, give education programs, and manage the other daily needs of the facility. Also assisting the center's staff are Wildlife Helpline Volunteers. These trained volunteers respond to phone messages left at the center regarding injured wildlife or other questions. Tamarack's hands-on Board of Directors handles behind the scene details such as fundraising, promotion, and finances.

Remember, only a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator can care for injured wildlife. Please DO NOT try to treat wildlife yourself. Tamarack's expert team can be reached at: 814-763-2574.