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Board of Directors

President:  Helen Laughlin:  Helen has been rehabilitating since 2006 and is licensed 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 and opossums.  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 a husband and a full-time job.

Secretary:  Elisabeth Aulwurm: Elisabeth is new to wildlife rehabilitation, but eager to learn and help. She doesn't mind getting her hands dirty! Elisabeth 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. Elisabeth is excited to use her experience to help with ATW's education outreach programs.


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:  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 works at Emancipet as a surgery technician where she continues her work in animal welfare.  Natalie has also fostered and re-homed close to 100 dogs, cats, and chickens for Austin Pets Alive. 

Director:  Garth Hillman: Garth's blind and deaf 16-year-old white toy poodle marvels Garth everyday with his ability to deal with his issues; he is truly inspirational! That plus a soft heart and experiences with animal rehab, like Fetus the fox, has led Garth to ATW. 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:  Paula LaPree: Paula has been involved with rescuing feral cats and wildlife for most of her life. She joined All Things Wild Rehabilitation (ATW) about a year ago after attending several Lunch & Learn sessions. She and her daughter Lora rehabilitate baby opossums that have been orphaned or injured. Paula is interested in learning more about the care of all wildlife, especially raptors. She owned her own accounting business for over 20 years before beginning her second career as a teacher. Paula is currently a teacher and has taught for over 18 years. She previously served a ATW treasurer and is continuing to serve as a director helping with fundraising and educational programs.

Director:  Ginger Magnuson. Ginger is a 3rd generation Austinite who has always had a love for all creatures. However, her passion for animal rights and welfare was ignited during her time in China. From 1997 to 2007 Ginger joined up with “Animals Asia Foundation” and organized 3 black tie galas for Jill Robinson, founder. During that time, she had the distinct privilege of meeting Dr. Jane Goodall and organized two fundraising events for Dr. Goodall’s Roots & Shoots Asia program. Ginger also rescued, rehabilitated and rehomed a myriad of dogs and cats (and even adopted a few) while living in China. Since 2007 Ginger has continued helping animals whenever and wherever she can. Last summer Ginger’s niece introduced her to Helen Laughlin and after spending quality time with Helen, cleaning cages and feeding babies, her passion was rekindled.  Her favorite things to do include gardening and bird watching. Currently her favorite critter is the opossum and her favorite bird - the Great-Tailed Grackle. She is honored and thrilled to serve as Fundraising Director for ATW!