LORRAINE VASS, FRIENDS OF THE KOALA

Lorraine was the Koala Care Community representative on the Koala Health Hub Advisory Committee during 2015. She served 15 terms as President of Friends of the Koala in the Northern Rivers region of NSW. She has been a great champion for koalas and Friends of the Koala and is in constant pursuit of ways to position the group to be a fighting force for koalas and their conservation. 

CHEYNE FLANAGAN, KOALA PRESERVATION SOCIETY OF AUSTRALIA

Following decades of voluntary work in wildlife rehabilitation while working with cattle sheep and horses, Cheyne moved to full time wildlife work in the 90’s and  has been employed by the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital for the last 18 years as the Clinical Director. Over that time Cheyne has provided us vital insights into koala care and rehabilitation, both as a collaborator in koala care projects and, more recently, as a member of our advisory committee.

VICKII LETT, WIRES

Vickii has been a member of the NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) since 1987 and is currently the Koala Coordinator for the WIRES Large Mammal Team where she enjoys the opportunity to exchange information with carers, wildlife care groups and researchers. She completed koala care training with WIRES, Native Animal Trust, Friends of the Koala in Lismore, and more recently at Port Macquarie Koala Hospital. Vickii has had a longstanding career with NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service in Blue Mountains Region for 24 years and has also been involved in a number of bushcare groups, including Yellomundee Aboriginal Bush Care Group, Hawkesbury Rainforest Network, Meroo Reserve Bush Care, and Hawkesbury Environment Network.

KERRY THOMSON (COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER)

Kerry has an Honours Bachelor of Science at the University of Guelph and a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario and is now a veterinary student at the University of Sydney, with interests in zoological medicine, surgery and diagnostic imaging. Kerry is the founder of the Association of Avian Veterinarians Student Chapter and Association of Reptile and Amphibian Veterinarians Student Chapter at the University and generously contributes her time to the Hub’s communications activities.

CAROLINE MARSCHNER (PhD CANDIDATE AND LIAISON)

Caroline graduated in Veterinary Medicine at the University of Vienna in 2012 and has followed her passion for wildlife to Vancouver Aquarium, Abu Dhabi Falcon Hospital and also the Avian Reptile and Exotic Pet Hospital at the University of Sydney. She joined the Koala Infectious Diseases Research Group in 2013 and has been a great contributor to the KHH, leading training of students, carers and koala managers in sample collection and necropsy. The KHH has provided Caroline a supplementary scholarship to support her PhD studies on the koala’s adaptation to plant toxins.