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 centers including 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 conservation, Lara studies the affect of fragmentation and noise pollution on birds in Virginia and in South America.

Meg Gisonda Mendelssohn - Environmental Educator

Meg is an anthropologist and PhD student in Environmental Science and Policy who 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 tri-pawed dogs. Her love for animals extends back to her early childhood, and her greatest wish in life is for trash humans to stop kidnapping baby birds in Spring.

Taryn Noelle Kloeden - Research

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.

Alison Meredith - Intern Coordinator


 is an undergraduate student at George Mason University pursuing her bachelor’s in Biology with a conservation concentration. Alison plans to apply to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia in Spring 2022 to study endangered species conservation. In the future, she hopes to be involved in wildlife research and become a zookeeper or exotic animal caretaker of some kind (preferably involved with endangered species). If Alison furthers her education, she hopes to get her master’s in a wildlife-related field and even become a certified vet tech. Alison has been captivated by animals since her childhood, and while this is her first experience working with wildlife, she’s found her time at Diva Crows to be an incredible learning experience and always looks forward to spending time around the birds!is an undergraduate student at George Mason University pursuing her bachelor’s in Biology with a conservation concentration. Alison plans to apply to the Smithsonian-Mason School of Conservation in Front Royal, Virginia in Spring 2022 to study endangered species conservation. In the future, she hopes to be involved in wildlife research and become a zookeeper or exotic animal caretaker of some kind (preferably involved with endangered species). If Alison furthers her education, she hopes to get her master’s in a wildlife-related field and even become a certified vet tech. Alison has been captivated by animals since her childhood, and while this is her first experience working with wildlife, she’s found her time at Diva Crows to be an incredible learning experience and always looks forward to spending time around the birds!