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 the past 25 years. Gail joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in March 2005.

You can contact Gail at

Sarah Haggerty – Education Director

Sarah loves the natural areas of the Piedmont.  She has been studying natural history and the flora and fauna of the Piedmont from an early age.  She has a degree in Environmental Education from Warren Wilson College.  Sarah joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in the spring of 2008.You can contact Sarah at

Chloe Bacon – Office Manager

Chloe is a Chapel Hill native who graduated from UNC in 2009 with a degree in International Studies. She joined PWC in May of this year and has become an indispensable part of the PWC team. Her passions include animals, horseback riding and traveling. You can contact Chloe at

gumby Montgomery

gumby  has been studying natural history for a number of years  independently, as well as through courses in wilderness schools across the country. gumby is a teacher, a storyteller, and a mentor who practices the art of coyote mentoring. gumby joined Piedmont Wildlife Center in 2008 and currently teaches naturalist classes and programs for people of all ages.

Board of Directors

Don Van Ollefen, AIA, LEEDap (President)

Michael Graziano (Vice President)

Jenny Campbell, PhD (Secretary)

Diane Helms, CPA (Treasurer)

Peter Cowen, DVM, PhD

Gary Martin

Bobby Schopler, DVM, PhD


We are extremely grateful to the loyal volunteers and interns that make such a difference at PWC.

Dedicated Volunteers include:

Dave Schell –Maintenance

Peter Hoffman — Maintenance

Jane Clarke — Raptor team and Behind the Scenes Team

Kirsten Boland – Raptor Team

Alina Boyden — Raptor team

Vanessa Simmons – Raptor Team

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