Primaries – Executive Board
Secondaries – Ambassador Board
Tertiaries – Volunteers and Rescuers
Contour – Core Supporters, Grant Sources and Service Providers
Downies – Under 18 Volunteers
APCH BIRDS OF A FEATHER
Primaries – Executive Board
Marilyn Lavezzoli – Secondary Feather to Flock
Regalia, Re-nesting Crew, Educator
Marilyn is an artist with a love of nature, rocks, animals and especially birds. A New York transplant, she lives in Killingworth with her husband Bob and her two dogs Raven and Sophie . She joined APCH in 2009 and became a Board Member in 2010. Her husband Bob has also become an active participant in APCH during re-nesting season as a part of our necessary Rope Crew. Together, they have become “family” to the many Feathered’s in our care. With Marilyn’s artistic background, she has a knack for creating and designing many of our advertisements as well as our popular annual APCH Calendar. She also enjoys painting many of our resident birds, past and present.
Russ Miller – Secondary Feather to Flock
Re-nesting Crew, Educator, First Responder, Marketing Awareness
Russ Miller has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and has worked for the Department of Environmental and Energy Protection for over 20 years. Ranger Russ found his views on conservation and preservation compatible with the overall mission of APCH and became an affiliate to this organization in 2007 and ultimately a Board Member in 2011. Russ has an admiration for all wildlife and has worked as the Director of The Meigs Point Nature Center – Hammonasset State Beach Park for over 15 years. Russ has been an amateur naturalist his entire life stressing a message of conservation. His years of Educational experience helps to strengthen our mission. He has also been trained to handle emergency wildlife distress calls and is at the ready to rescue. Russ also enjoys being a part of the Re-Nesting Team with the goal to reunite nest fall victims with their natural parents and environments further promoting the conservation of natural ecology.
Vickie Silvia – Secondary Feather to Flock
Operations, Rescuer, Educator, First Responder
Since her retirement as a Police Officer, Vickie has become an active APCH volunteer since 2016. Her life long passion for both domestic and wild birds has led her down a path of wildlife rescue. She attended one of APCH’s Rescue/Transport Seminars and has now become an assistant teacher to the class. Over time, she has honed her abilities in rescuing distressed, and often dangerous, birds in the field and has taken on a teaching role for new class graduates. Vickie joined our Board in 2018 and resides in Old Lyme with her spouse and dog Stella. Her goal is to become more involved with the educational as well as the rehab aspect of our mission. She was able to acquire her permit in 2018 as a State licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and has joined us in presentations with live ambassador birds to help inspire change. Since so many animals are harmed in conflicts with us humans, it is our goal to help people understand simple ways to undo some of the damage we as humans have caused to our wildlife.
Janet Colandrea Secondary Feather to Flock
Volunteers, Technical Support, Website
Janet has been an active volunteer for APCH since 2014 assisting with technical needs including the development and maintenance of our website and event outreach. Her company, ColandreaDesign LLC which offers graphic design, web development and marketing has helped APCH create not only a professional appearance but a user friendly format that perpetuates APCH’s overall message of preservation. Her love for all nature introduced her to her husband Ranger Russ, who introduced her to APCH’s educational mission. This has become a shared “family” passion as her son is also a supporter of anything APCH. She resides in Killingworth with her husband, son and their adopted dog, Amber.
Kathy Grasso Secondary Feather to Flock
Volunteer, Rescue, Medical Assistance and Diagnostics
Kathy Grasso has been involved with APCH since the relocation of the Center in 2011. Kathy is a neighbor just across the Cranberry Bog. She lives with her husband, 7 Great Danes, 3 rescue parrots, 3 horses, 2 cats and several chickens.
Kathy has been a Veterinary Technician for the past 38 years, and manager of Yalesville Veterinary Hospital in Wallingford for 20. She has the ability to assist some of our patients in critical x-rays, blood work, and often a role in euthanasia to help us end some of the more severe cases suffering. Kathy has been a State appointed and Federally licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator since 1989. Her life long love for animals of all kinds
and her history of expertise, benefits the many birds we cater to. She is a bonus to our core flock and we are fortunate to have her on board. “Giving back to these beings is important to me as I feel humans play a strong part in the destruction of wildlife. I am honored to participate in this way.”