Leadership Team

    Our leadership team consists of nonprofit professionals, veterinarians, wildlife rehabilitators and animal care specialists. Read more to learn about us.

  • Debra Parsons-Drake
    Executive Director

    Debra Parsons-Drake, SFWC Executive Director since late 2016, brings with her a decades-long commitment to animal welfare and an extensive list of accomplishments in both corporate and not-for-profit management.

  • Dr. Renata Schneider
    Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation

    Dr. Renata Schneider is Director of Wildlife Rehabilitation and has been with SFWC since 2003.

  • Dr. Antonia Gardner
    Medical Director

    Dr. Antonia Gardner is the Medical Director of the SFWC, and has been part of our veterinary staff since 2007.

  • Jan Del Sesto
    Sr. Director of Development

    Jan Del Sesto came to Florida from Boston, where she spent decades as a manager, CEO, and consultant to nonprofit organizations, foundations, philanthropists, and corporations.

    Board of Directors

    South Florida Wildlife Center’s board of directors includes nationally renowned animal experts and advocates.

    Jeffrey Arciniaco
    Wayne Pacelle
    Ardath Rosengarden
    Melissa Seide Rubin
    Holly Hazard


    Jeffrey Arciniaco – President/Chair
    Wayne Pacelle – Vice President/Vice Chair
    G. Thomas Waite III – Treasurer
    Michaelen Barsness – Assistant Treasurer
    Amy C. Rodgers – Secretary

Employment Opportunities

There are no positions open at this time.

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