President: Helen Laughlin: Helen has been rehabilitating since 2006 and is licensed for wildlife rehabilitation by both the State of Texas and U.S. Department of Fish and Wildlife. She specializes in songbirds but also rehabilitates small mammals such as squirrels, opossums, and skunks. Helen holds degrees in English, accounting, and business administration. She retired from the Federal Government as a supervisory auditor for the Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Labor. She is a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council and National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association. Her favorite bird is the blue jay.
Vice President: Karen Davis Orth: Karen began working with wildlife in 1995 and immediately fell in love with raccoons! She became a permitted rehabilitator in 2002 and also holds an Educational Display permit from TPWD. Although raccoons will always be her favorite, Karen also loves to work with coyotes, armadillos, bobcats, horses, goats, and other mammals. Karen holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Education (EC – 4th) and an Associate’s Degree in Animal Medical Technology. She passed the state boards and became a Registered Veterinary Technician in 1985 and has worked for veterinarians for over 20 years. Some of the animals that she has assisted in treating include a snow leopard, mountain lions, ostriches, exotic foxes, primates, and a giraffe! She established her own nonprofit group, Little Rascals, as an animal sanctuary and currently manages it along with rehabilitating numerous animals for All Things Wild.
Secretary: Elisabeth Aulwurm: In addition to her position as secretary, Elisabeth serves as the education director for All Things Wild. She also coordinates the volunteer program, manages the website, and acts as the computer expert for the organization. Before going to work full-time at the Georgetown Public Library, Elisabeth helped rehabilitators clean cages and feed babies. She has over twelve years of experience working with children from infants to high school students. For nine of those years, she taught second and third grade students and organized school-wide events in San Jose, CA.
Treasurer: Sharon Buford: Sharon started volunteering for All Things Wild Rehabilitation in August 2016 and was immediately hooked after “walking skunks” on her first day! Sharon has a degree in accounting and retired from the federal government in 2012 where she worked as a supervisory auditor for the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration. In her spare time, Sharon enjoys traveling, playing golf, and volunteering at a local animal shelter.
Director: LaRita Bopp: LaRita got involved in Wildlife Rehabilitation after years of volunteering at the local animal shelter. She retired after 30 years in the banking industry and never imagined how exciting working with animals would be. As a lifelong birder she is especially interested in helping birds.
Director: Kim Fross: Kim joined ATW in August 2015 when she brought a fledgling dove who seemed to have lost her mom to Helen. Kim has always felt that all animals are God’s creatures and, like humans, have a special place in this world. Her older brother always teased her when she was younger by calling her Dr. Doolittle. Deep down inside she felt honored to be called Dr. Doolittle, but never let him know that. Kim has a degree in Biology with a Minor in Chemistry. She has worked as a project manager for the state environmental agency for 20 years and is looking forward to retirement so that she can spend more time helping out these animals. Her favorite animals to work with are opossums, skunks, raccoons, and she hopes to gain experience with bigger carnivores one day.
Director: Garth Hillman: As an engineer, Garth is, in his own words, under the delusion that he can fix anything, leading to his nickname-Mr. Fix-It. He worked for Motorola Semiconductor for 19.5 years, Dell for 1.5 years, and AMD for 8 years. Garth consulted for the last 6 years and he is now semi-retired. After years of focusing on his family (a single-parent of two) and his career, he wants to give back through his fulfilling work with ATW.
Director: John Kendall: John has lived in central Texas for 20+ years and graduated from Texas State University and is currently employed by Keysight Technologies as an equipment support specialist. He has a strong interest in animal conservation and rehabilitation. John is excited and proud to support the All Things Wild mission in the central Texas area through service, advocacy, and education.
Director: Vicki O’Connor: Vicki and her family (husband, Brian, and daughter, Veda) were lead to Helen and ATW through Veda’s interest in wildlife. While living in Chicago in 2014, they drove Veda to her interview at the Brookfield Zoo, where she was then invited to become a member of the Chicago Zoological Society and volunteer at animal exhibits within the zoo. Upon moving back to Austin in 2015, a gem of an opportunity was found to help Veda continue her wildlife passion at ATW. Vicki and her family have been volunteering their time and talents ever since. Vicki is currently a Project Analyst at LCRA. She and her husband are both certified Texas Master Gardeners within Williamson County, which they understand is a great complement to the goal of ATW
of keeping our wildlife healthy – and, well, wild! Vicki will be responsible for the landscaping of the rehabilitation facility, and her part in this role will help beautify the facility while enhancing the natural habitats of our local wildlife.
Director: Janet Perkins: Janet has been rehabilitating song birds since 2014 when her daughter found a baby dove. Her favorite birds are grackles and doves. She can work with them all day as she just loves their personalities.
Director: Roger Rucker: Roger joined ATW in 2017 after moving to Georgetown from Eastern Kansas. He has been a Wildlife Rehabilitator for 10 years. He specializes in Raptors and Wildlife education. He holds a Masters degree in Zoology.
Director: LM Sharron: Although LM has had a corporate job of 21 years, she is anxious to retire and live her passion of serving animals full-time. LM serves ATW as a grant writer and is an animal chaplain at Unity Church of the Hills. LM is working on her ordainment for her ministry, Paws for Prayer. She has loved animals all her life and is looking forward to continuing her service to animals with ATW.
Director: Budgie Thompson: Budgie’s sisters often joke that her love for animals and raccoons began “as an infant.” All joking aside, as long as she can remember she has loved all animals, particularly raccoons. As a young adult, Budgie first became a veterinarian technician then a zookeeper. As a zookeeper, she became passionate about wild animals and wild babies and eventually became a wildlife rehabilitator at the LSU vet school. When she moved to Austin there
were no jobs in wildlife so she worked as a vet tech while working on a nursing degree. In 2013 after a long career in nursing, and after raising two children to adulthood, Budgie began to pursue her passion of wildlife rehabilitation once more. She began as a volunteer and later as an employee at a local wildlife rehabilitation facility in Austin. In 2018 after returning to nursing full time, Budgie found All Things Wild. Agreeing with the values and mission of this organization, she became a board member in January 2019. Raccoons remain at the top of her list of favorites, but she loves all wildlife and remains passionate about seeing them in the wild. Budgie is a birder, an amateur wildlife photographer, and an avid wildlife watcher. She has been a permitted wildlife rehabilitator
since 2015 and is so proud to serve All Things Wild.
Director: Becky Vietz: Animals have been a passion of Becky’s since she was very young, always taking in strays and nursing them to health. As pets she has had dogs, cats, ferrets, birds, lizards, rabbits and guinea pigs. At times growing up her mother had to put her foot down about Becky’s obsession! Becky obtained a BS in Nursing in 1985 working 5 years then proceeded to get her Masters in Science, Nurse Anesthesia in 1993. She currently works full time as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) in Austin. She has one son and as a single mom has kept very busy. For the last two years she has made time to volunteer with ATW and happily met Helen at a Wildlife Rehab volunteer meeting and following her passion for animal welfare (she loves them all) to one day be a full-time licensed wildlife rehabber.