Board of Directors

Board of Directors2018-08-04T22:00:50+00:00

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:  Emily Ashlock: Emily was born and raised in Austin, Texas. She has worked with many species of animals all of her life. Of her 23 pets, most have been rescues. Emily traveled to over 50 countries and, while working overseas, she found she was interested in international culture, animals, religion, and history. She is a licensed skydiver and owns her own business. She has had a varied background, including working as an administrative assistant at a Montessori school in conjunction with a college prep school. Emily taught martial arts for several years and demonstrated techniques at several community events. She worked as a personal assistant, production assistant, a nanny and, briefly, as a pyro-technician. She is involved in preventive healthcare and nutrition. Learning about animals and their care and working with them through wildlife rescue is a rewarding experience for Emily.

Director:  Natalie Hayden:  One of the founders of ATW, Natalie has been working with wildlife since 2007 and knew right away that it was something she wanted to do the rest of her life.   Although all wildlife holds a spot near and dear to her heart, skunks and doves are among her favorites.  She is closing in on a bachelor’s degree in biology with a minor in writing.  She worked at Austin Wildlife Rescue for 3 years where she was the center manager.  Currently, she is an Animal Control Officer for Bastrop County.  Natalie has also fostered and re-homed close to 130 dogs, cats, and chickens for Austin Pets Alive.

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.