Sharon Schmalz – Executive Director

Sharon Schmalz is executive director of the Wildlife Center of Texas in Houston, Texas. The Wildlife Center cares for approximately 10,000 wild animals each year and educates over 50,000 adults and children about wildlife, conservation and the environment.

The Wildlife Center works closely with the Texas A&M University School of Veterinary Medicine professors and students. Ms. Schmalz is the representative for the Wildlife Center of Texas on the advisory council for the Texas State Animal Resource Team (TXSART), a program of the Texas Veterinary Medical Foundation that coordinates preparedness, response and recovery efforts for animals affected by disasters in the state of Texas.

For 32 years, Ms. Schmalz has maintained the multiple state and federal permits necessary to care for injured, orphaned, endangered, educational and oiled wildlife. A founding member of the Wildlife Center of Texas Oiled Wildlife Response Team, she has acted as the director for 25 years. The team responds to oiled wildlife in both inland and coastal areas of the Gulf Coast.

Ms. Schmalz is 40 hr. HAZWOPER (Hazardous Waste Operations and Emergency Response) certified and ICS (Incident Command System) trained to care for oil-contaminated wildlife. She maintains a TWIC (Transportation Worker Identification Card) card to allow for the collection of oiled wildlife in locations sensitive to Homeland Security such as ship channels and ports.

She was involved in the development of the “Best Practices for Migratory Bird Care During Oil Spill Response” document in Anchorage, Alaska in 2001. For 11 years, Ms. Schmalz has coordinated oiled wildlife response workshops for the Texas General Land Office and for industry and maintained the resulting database of potential volunteers for response.

Brooke Yahney – Operations Manager

Brooke started at the Wildlife Center of Texas in September of 2014.  She is involved with customer service and administrative tasks at the center, along with general animal care and triage.

After graduating with distinction in University Honors from New Mexico State University, where she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Music Education, Brooke realized another lifelong passion of working with animals.  After a brief teaching career, she completed a wildlife rehab internship at Wolf Hollow Wildlife Rehabilitation Center in Friday Harbor, WA in the summer of 2013.  Brooke moved to Houston in January of 2014 and briefly worked with the Houston SPCA’s Adoptions team before joining the Wildlife Center of Texas.

 Ann Mulder – Operations Manager

Having started volunteering in 2012, Ann is no stranger to The Wildlife Center of Texas. Prior to her position with us, Ann was a technical writer in the plastics and oil and gas industries for 14 years. When an opportunity to volunteer at The Wildlife Center of Texas came up, she did not hesitate. Volunteering a few hours one day a week quickly turned into three full days a week. Since 2012, Ann has amassed over 4,100 volunteer hours and has become closely involved with many aspects of center operation.  When a full-time position became available in 2016, it was a natural next step for Ann to join The Wildlife Center of Texas staff.

As our hospital grows into one of the largest in the country, Ann’s background in professional technical writing has become a real asset to our team. While she continues to be closely involved with all aspects of patient medical and supportive care, Ann is also helping develop and maintain the center’s safety policies and procedures.  She is also a current member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.