Meet the team

Catherine Sevcenko - Director

Catherine Sevcenko is a civil rights attorney who has been working with corvids for nearly a decade. She began her avian odyssey rehabilitating raptors and then switched to songbirds. That work introduced her to crows and led to the establishment of Diva Crows, first as a Facebook page and now as as a small organization. Catherine holds federal and state rehabilitation and education permits. She is primary caretaker for Aurora, the current Diva Crow in Charge.

Lara Kazo - Wildlife Specialist

Lara Kazo is a Wildlife Biologist with a bachelors degree in Wildlife Conservation and Biology from the Univeristy of Rhode Island. Lara has worked at several wildlife rehab cetners includimg the Wildlife Rehabilitators Association of Rhode Island and Wildbase Recovery Center in Palmerston North, New Zealand. Currently pursuing a M.S. degree in Environmental Science and Policy with a focus in conversation, Lara studies the affect of fragmentation and noise pollution on birds in Virginia and in South America. 

Lara is the main wildlife caretaker at Diva Crows 

Meg Gisonda Mendelssohn - Senior Environmental Educator

Meg is an anthropologist and PhD student in Environmental Science and Policy, that studies climate change from the nature-culture nexus of indigenous people around the world. She started in animal rehab with bat research in 2013 and started working at Diva Crows in June 2019. She is currently working towards her falconry license to begin caring for raptors and has two tripawd dogs. Her love for animals extends into her early childhood and her greatest wish in life is for trash humans to stop kidnapping baby birds in Spring


Taryn Noelle Kloeden - Research Lead

Taryn Noelle Kloeden is a lover of nature and all things furry, scaled, and feathered. As a PhD student in environmental science, with a master’s degree in anthrozoology, she is dedicating her life to protecting the health of our ecosystems. Her research focuses on the nexus of the social and natural sciences, especially as they relate to instances of human-wildlife conflict.

Taryn is currently partnering with Diva Crows to develop scientific research projects to advance the practice of wildlife rehabilitation.