Wildlife Center Staff
Steve Hein, Director
Steve Hein brings his passion for falconry, artistic talent, business skills and a tremendous sense of fun to his work at the Center for Wildlife Education. Steve earned a degree in Business Administration from Georgia Southern University. He holds Federal and State Licenses as a Master Falconer, and practices this ancient art with tremendous enthusiasm. As a wildlife artist, Steve received the Georgia Governor’s “Artist of Excellence” award: won the 1987 and 1988 Georgia Wildlife Management Area Stamps; was chosen in 1986, 1987, and 1990 Georgia Ducks Unlimited Artist of the Year; and worked on a national level with Ducks Unlimited, Quail Unlimited, and the National Wild Turkey Federation. Corporate patrons include Nations Bank and Coca-Cola. Most recently, Steve painted Drumming Palm Cockatoo for the American Zoo and Aquarium Association (AZA) Species Survival Plan and White Oak Conservation Center. Serving as the Center’s director since its inception in 1991, Steve is past president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau and has completed the Leadership Bulloch and Leadership Southeast Georgia Programs. He is a 2002 participant in Leadership Georgia and past chair of Leadership Southeast Georgia. Steve and his wife Kathy have four children, Adam, Meredith, Colleen and Mallory.
Pam Harley, Business Manager
Pam Harley joined the Wildlife Center in 2005 as Business Manager. Pam is responsible for all business and day-to-day operations at The Center for Wildlife Education. Pam graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1990 with a BBA in Marketing, joining the Georgia Southern team immediately after graduation. Prior to the Wildlife Center, Pam worked in the Georgia Southern University Foundation Office and the Georgia Southern University President’s Office.
Scott Courdin, Wildlife Curator
Scott Courdin manages the entire collection of the Center for Wildlife Education’s animals, which include raptors, reptiles, mammals, amphibians, fish, and invertebrates. Scott also directs the flighted demonstrations and designs and maintains the centers exhibits. Scott is an accomplished wildlife rehabilitator, falconer and environmental educator. Scott serves as a member of the Georgia National Guard with the 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry Regiment. In 2005 Scott was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom and again in 2009 to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom. Scott holds an A.A. in General Science from Georgia Military College, and a B.A. in Anthropology from Georgia Southern University. While attending Georgia Southern, Scott worked alongside the Director, Steve Hein, caring for and training animals before the centers opening. Scott has been employed as the Curator at the Wildlife Center since its establishment in 1997.
Casey McCall Corbett, Education Coordinator
Casey McCall Corbett is enthusiastic when it comes to educating youth about wildlife and the habitats in which they live. She came to work at the Wildlife Center as the Education and Program Coordinator in 2009. Her passion in introducing youngsters to the outdoors led her to write a youth outdoor adventure book entitled Lost in the Great Swamp and she is currently working on a sequel. She holds a B.A. in Biological Science from the University of Georgia’s College of Agriculture and Environmental Science. Casey taught Biology and Physical Science at Tattnall County high school for two years before working in Students Services at Southeastern Technical College in Vidalia, Georgia. It was at that time, in 1999, that she became a certified Hunter Education Instructor and continues to teach the course regularly at the Wildlife Center. Casey also recently became a Master Naturalist through the UGA Cooperative Extension Service to be more informed about habitats, natural resources and the natural environments of our state. She and her husband, Craig, have one daughter, Coa.
Kirsten Rappa, Administrative Coordinator
Kirsten joined the Wildlife Center on December 1, 2014 as Administrative Coordinator. Kirsten comes to the Center well prepared and experienced, having worked as the Executive Administrative Assistant to the Vice President for Finance and Administration at Reinhardt University in Waleska, Georgia. Prior to entering Post-Secondary education administration, Kirsten worked as a paralegal with a focus in the areas of real estate, insurance defense and taxation. She holds a B.A. in Organizational Leadership with concentration in Public Safety, also from Reinhardt University. Kirsten volunteers with CASA Ogeechee Judicial Circuit, advocating for the best interests of abused and neglected children. She currently resides in Statesboro with her husband Richard and their dog Zeppelin.