Carolina Tiger Rescue, formerly the Carnivore Preservation Trust, is a 501(c)3 nonprofit wildlife sanctuary whose mission is saving and protecting wild cats in captivity and in the wild.

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Carolina Tiger Staff

Heather Bell- Gift Shop Manager

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Kathryn Bertok- Curator, Assistant Director

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Kathryn Bertok has been a member of the Carolina Tiger Rescue staff since August of ' 99. Her love of animals brought her to Carolina Tiger as an animal care intern. After completing her internship, she was offered an animal keeper position. From there she has worked her way up to Curator of Animals. During her time at here she has been a part of many changes as Carolina Tiger continues to grow. While working the animals is what brought her here, the people are what make it a place to call home. The family, both furry and non-furry, have made an invaluable and lasting impact on who she is as a person. In addition to working with animals, Kathryn also enjoys making jewelry. Her jewelry can be found right here in the Carolina Tiger gift shop.

Kyra Bucich- Office Manager

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After moving around from place to place for years, Kyra found her way to North Carolina. It was career change time, from acting to...what? The thought of a corporate job wasn't appealing. Then, as luck would have it, her wish to "work for the welfare of animals" came true when she discovered Carolina Tiger Rescue needed an Office Manager in 2006. She loves being a part of the animals' lives each and every day, regardless how much paperwork has piled up on her desk.

Pam Fulk- Executive Director

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Pam has worked in the nonprofit field for over 30 years, and has spent much of that time in resource development, program planning and evaluation, policy, and management. Along the way she has helped birth 10 nonprofits, served on local and national boards of nonprofits, and done private consulting as well. Pam began her nonprofit education by working for John Carver, the "father" of the Policy Governance Model, and is an alumna of trainings through the Foundation Center, Stephen Covey, and the Center for Creative Leadership. Pam brought her "nonprofit building" skills to Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2003 for a more "joyful" experience in the animal care world.

Nicola Goodman- Donor Services Assistant

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Nicola graduated from Lancaster University in the northwest of England with an MSci Mathematics degree. She spent a study abroad year in North Carolina, where she met her husband. In 2005 Nicola moved to Pittsboro to join her husband, and with only one car between them, found herself stranded during the day, but living very close to a certain tiger rescue! She began volunteering in animal care and in the office, eventually joining the staff in January 2007. While Nicola no longer lives within walking distance of Carolina Tiger Rescue, she still looks forward to every day she comes to Carolina Tiger. The staff, volunteers and animals of Carolina Tiger Rescue are a large part of what makes the USA feel like home.

Ryan Howard- Construction Assistant

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Lauren Humphries- Keeper

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Lauren graduated from Virginia Tech with a degree in Wildlife Science and Animal and Poultry Science. She completed several internships in the animal field, including working with cheetahs at Wildlife Safari and native Australian species in Cairns. She joined the Carolina Tiger Rescue team in January 2008. The best part of her job entails working with Vincent tiger through positive reinforcement. Lauren also loves music, movies, and bad jokes.

Susan King Cope- Development Director, Special Events Coordinator

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Susan King Cope joined Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2014 as the Director of Development. She has worked in the health and human services sector of nonprofits for over 20 years in the areas of program development, advocacy, fundraising and special events. "While working to raise money and awareness for a variety of health organizations has been extremely rewarding for me, it is wonderful to work with so many dedicated people who love animals and conservation efforts just as much! I feel like I have been rescued and finally found my home!" In her spare time, Susan enjoys spending time with friends and family, practicing yoga and gardening.

Angela Lassiter- Veterinarian

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Dr. Lassiter started at Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2001 as a veterinary assistant, prior to obtaining her DVM from Ross University in 2007. She returned to Carolina Tiger Rescue in August of 2008 and is currently the senior veterinarian on staff. Dr. Lassiter also works full-time as an after-hours emergency veterinarian in Raleigh. She enjoys spending her time off playing, hiking, traveling and gardening with her family. Her 2 year old daughter loves to come to Carolina Tiger Rescue with mommy to provide enrichment for the animals.

Kelly Martin- Keeper

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Kelly joined Carolina Tiger Rescue in 2013, after completing a year-long internship at Turpentine Creek Wildlife Refuge. She graduated from George Mason University in 2012 with a BS Biology degree and Communications Minor. During school, she worked as a veterinary assistant and volunteered at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. She has worked with clouded leopards, red pandas, cheetahs, grizzly bears, naked mole rats, lemurs, porcupines, meerkats, maned wolves, howler monkeys and many more, but large carnivores are by far her favorite. Kelly has a strong desire to conserve predators in the wild and teach the public to admire them and their importance in their respective ecosystems, instead of fearing and eradicating them.

Dan Munn- Site Manager

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Dan has a long experience in construction and maintenance. He has supervised volunteers and other irregular labor sources over several years at Carolina Tiger and prior to that as a volunteer with the Woods Charter School. Dan is a long-time resident of Pittsboro.

Heidi Zangara- Planned Giving Manager

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