Hi! We are Danene and Lorraine, and we joined the OWCN just as the Davis summer heat set in. Amidst the 100°F weather, we have spent our initial days integrating into the OWCN team. During our first few weeks, we have familiarized ourselves with university policies and OWCN protocols, and have been introduced to all of the amazing resources that the OWCN has to offer during a spill. We’ve only been the victims of one office prank so far, and are excited to see what the next few months have to offer.
But first, here’s a little background about us:
Lorraine joined the OWCN in May as Facility Veterinarian. She first entered the wildlife field as a research assistant at the Long Marine Lab while completing a bachelor’s degree in marine biology at UC Santa Cruz. She then obtained her veterinary degree and a Master’s of Preventive Veterinary Medicine at UC Davis. Following a small animal internship at PetCare and then a marine mammal medicine and pathology internship at The Marine Mammal Center, Lorraine has spent her time working with both small animals and wildlife. As a veterinarian at California Wildlife Center, she provided clinical, surgical, and rehabilitative care for a variety of avian, terrestrial, and marine mammal species. In addition to clinical work, Lorraine has also enjoyed collaborating on several marine mammal field research projects in Central and South America. In 2017, she became certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Preventive Veterinary Medicine.
Danene joined the OWCN in June as Readiness Coordinator. She earned her B.S. in Biology and Marine Sciences from Rutgers University as well as an A.S. in Veterinary Technology, and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has over 15 years of oil spill experience, including the M/V Treasure in South Africa, the San Mateo Mystery Spill/Luckenbach, the T/V Athos 1, the Texas City “Y” response, and the Wolfsnare Creek Incident. In addition, Danene spent seven months on the Deepwater Horizon Incident where she held multiple spill response exercises, training workshops, and response plans. Danene has also held positions as a wildlife rehabilitator, veterinary technician, and as a department head at a college of Veterinary Technicians. Most recently, Danene was the Oil Programs Director at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc where she was responsible for the direction of the program and ensuring its readiness to response to incidents in New England and the Mid-Atlantic. In her free time, Danene enjoys spontaneous world travel, sharing her knowledge of yoga and martial arts, and spending time outdoors with her family.
We are so excited to join this amazing team and look forward to meeting all of our new colleagues (that’s you!). We hope to see you at the upcoming OWCN trainings, the Planning Summit, or as we make our way around California.
-Danene and Lorraine