Wildlife Response Services - Principal Responders
Rhonda Murgatroyd/Managing Director
Rhonda Murgatroyd is the owner and managing director of Wildlife Response Services, LLC located in the Houston/Galveston area. She has been involved in wildlife rehabilitation and oiled wildlife response for over fifteen years, and possesses both federal and state permits, including rehabilitation of endangered species. Her experience includes working with several rehabilitation groups and area veterinarians along the Gulf Coast and inland areas. Ms. Murgatroyd also serves on the board of directors for Armand Bayou Nature Center in the capacity of wildlife committee chairman, and is the lead facilitator for Youth Educational Support Services Water-Borne BaySmart Program. She has led the environmental unit in large-scale emergency responses, and consults with industry and private entities regarding site specific contingency planning. Rhonda received Certified Occupational Safety Specialist certification in January 2010 through the Louisiana Safety Council, and is also certified as a CPR/AED/First Aid instructor through the American Heart Association.
Brian Cain PhD/Chief Consultant & Responder
Brian Cain received a Bachelor and Master of Science degree from Texas A&I Univ. in Kingsville, TX in 1965 and 1968, and a Ph D from the Univ. of Illinois in 1972. He worked as an Assistant Professor at Texas A&M University in the Wildlife Department until 1978 when he joined the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Contaminant Specialist. He remained in that position until retiring in January 2007.
As a Contaminant Specialist in the Houston Field Office his major duties included evaluation of Hazardous Waste Sites, Pesticide Applications, Petroleum Product Manufacturing and Oil or Hazardous Material Spills, as these programs related to fish and wildlife health and habitat. He was involved in writing the Natural Resource Damage Assessments both from the Department of Interior, after CERCLA, and the Department of Commerce, after the Oil Pollution Act of 1990. He was also a participant in the Area Committees established to develop the Area Contingency Plans for both the Houston/Galveston and Port Arthur areas.
Michele Johnson has been a state and federally permitted wildlife rehabilitator for 21 years. She has been involved in oiled wildlife response for the past 12 years. She has experience in inland spill response as well as spill response along the Gulf Coast. She also has experience in oiled wildlife response training.
Since 1996, she has helped organize oiled wildlife response training workshops and also has been a presenter in these workshops. Ms. Johnson is a facilitator for Youth Educational Support Services Water-Borne BaySmart program, and also presents numerous wildlife lectures for schools and community organizations. Ms. Johnson has experience working with several wildlife groups on the Gulf Coast and is currently serving as President of Bay Area Wildlife Rehabilitation.
Stacey Huffman/Rehabilitation Center Manager & Response Supervisor
Stacey Huffman has been a permitted wildlife rehabilitator for over 20 years and has responded to many oil spills throughout her career. Her studies in Environmental Science earned her a place in the Texas Journal of Science with her paper THE EFFECTS OF OIL ON MALLARDS (ANAS PLATYRHYNCHOS). TEXAS J. SCI. 51(2): 181-190. She served on the board of the Baytown Nature Center for seven years helping transform a hurricane ravaged, flooded out sub-division into the beautiful bird sanctuary it is today.
She also designed and orchestrated the Centers one acre butterfly garden. Stacey has been a volunteer with Baytown’s Eddie V. Gray Wetlands Center since they opened in 1998. She designed many of the Centers animal displays and assisted in instructing with their educational Summer Science Program.
Lisa is a 30 year employee with DuPont in LaPorte TX. As a hobby, she became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1996 because of her love for animals. She soon incorporated this hobby into her work by making DuPont the first industrial site along the Houston Ship Channel to be certified by the Wildlife Habitat Council as a Corporate Wildlife Habitat Site.
Since then she has been involved in oiled wildlife response and responded to numerous spills as a wildlife rehabilitator/responder. She is also involved in workshop training and recruiting, as well as public and facility wildlife education.