Peter Colson fills the vacancy that will be created by Debbie Reeder’s departure after 13 years of service, eight as director.
Peter’s work experience includes over 25 years of programming, planning, administration and marketing experience in the nonprofit, education and local and state government sectors. Peter served as the founding director of the Interlochen College of Creative Arts at Interlochen Center for the Arts in Michigan. Prior to his ARC appointment, Colson was employed as the Director of the Parks, Recreation and Forestry Department for the City of Brookings, SD. Peter lived and worked in Sitka for 11 years between 1992 and 2004. During that time, he held several positions with the University of Alaska Southeast.
Ange is responsible for helping maintain a relationship with all of our members, including mailing renewals, managing the database and a large variety of other correspondence. She also works on development, helps with the summer tour planning and operations and jumps in anywhere she see’s a need! Ange has been with the Alaska Raptor Center since 2004.
After more than 10 years with no one on staff to take care of our maintenance needs, we were able to add this position back, and when Steve came through our doors we hit the jackpot! Steve came to work with us in 2009 and hasn’t stopped for a second since then. He is in constant motion, and sometimes has a project completed before we’re done thinking about it! With 17 acres of property, a large physical facility and more than 10 years of deferred maintenance, Steve has plenty of job security with us.
Jen is typically referred to as our “rehabber,” since her primary duty is to take care of the injured and sick birds admitted to our clinic. Jen works part time for the Center, adjusting her schedule to match our patient load. The rest of the time she is a research assistant for a humpback whale biologist.
Dr. Vosburg supports the Center on a contract basis, diagnosing, treating and helping rehabilitate our wild patients. In addition, she performs regular exams and care for our resident education birds. She was our staff veterinarian at the Center from the mid 1990’s through 1998, and returned to us on a contract basis in 2005. We are very fortunate to have someone with her level of experience with raptors, coupled with a thorough knowledge of our organization and a love for both.
Lolly is our official ray of sunshine! She originally came to the Alaska Raptor Center in 2001 as the receptionist. In 2006 Lolly left us to return to work for the State of Alaska where she worked until her retirement in 2010. After retiring from that position, Lolly returned to us and now is here on a more seasonal basis. She will most likely be the person you talk to if you call, or the smiling face to greet you at our front counter.