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. Serving as the Center’s director since its inception in 1991, Steve is past president of the Statesboro Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, has completed Leadership Bulloch, Leadership Southeast Georgia, and Leadership Georgia, and is a past chair of Leadership Southeast Georgia. He served two terms as a council member of the Bulloch County Board of Education. Steve and his wife Kathy have four adult children, Adam, Meredith, Colleen and Mallory and one granddaughter, Hattie.
Pam Harley, Assistant Director
Pam Harley joined the Wildlife Center staff in 2005. As Assistant Director, 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 working at 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, waterfowl, 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 in the Georgia National Guard as a Platoon Sergeant with Delta Company, 2nd Battalion, 121st Infantry (L). 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.
Wayne Paulk – Education Program Coordinator
Wayne Paulk joined the Wildlife Center on August 1, 2017 as the Education Program Coordinator. Wayne is responsible for developing, scheduling and implementing all educational programs offered at the Center. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology. After graduating, Wayne completed his first bird banding workshop, which only strengthened his interest for all types of birds, especially birds of prey. Wayne has also participated in multiple summer camps, including directing the Center’s 2017 Junior Naturalist Summer Camp. Wayne brings both experience and enthusiasm when it comes to educating all age groups about wildlife and the importance of establishing a strong bond between human and nature.
Christel Monk, Administrative Coordinator
Christel Monk joined the Wildlife Center staff on August 1, 2016 as the Administrative Coordinator. Christel was not new to the University campus. Before coming to the Center she worked in the Georgia Southern Institutional Effectiveness Office and Georgia Southern University Equal Opportunity & Title IX Office. She holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from Kaplan University. Christel served a total of 15 years in the Military where she worked in the Personnel and Finance Office.
Last updated: 3/18/2019