Karen Marano

Karen has been with International Bird Rescue since 2018. Karen spent fifteen years in the banking field where she managed an operations department, investments, and money management. After moving from Southern California to Northern California in the early 1990’s, Karen became Chief Financial Officer of Diablo Funding Group for ten years, working in the mortgage industry. She … Read more

Rebecca Duerr

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 … Read more

Russ Curtis

Russ manages the organization’s technology systems and oversees communications. He started as a volunteer back in 1997 when he stepped up to solve some IT issues at the old bird center in Berkeley, CA. After a new modern facility was opened in Fairfield in the early 2000s, he was instrumental in launching the organization’s first … Read more

Michelle Bellizzi

Michelle 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 … Read more

Barbara Callahan

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 Bird Rescue … Read more

JD Bergeron

John David Bergeron is fascinated by birds. After 20 years of non-profit leadership, JD found a way to bring his passion together with his work experience to become the Executive Director of International Bird Rescue. An unconventional problem solver, JD has redirected Bird Rescue’s impressive track record of working over 230 oil spills to take … Read more