Meet the Board of Directors
Founder and Chief Executive Officer
In 2013, Olivia founded the nonprofit Animal Education and Rescue Organization (A.E.R.O.) to help rescue, rehabilitate, and release native wildlife who are sick, injured, or orphaned. Her efforts were driven by a lifetime love of wildlife and a dream of creating her own wildlife rescue group. After years of working in vet clinics to learn the medical side; volunteering for other organizations to learn the non-profit side; working for her dad’s business and as an inventory manager at a vet clinic to learn the business side; she realized it was time to move forward and start A.E.R.O Animal Education and Rescue Organization.
Olivia is a licensed with the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources as a Category IIB organization and as such, is considered a wildlife facility and can sponsor up to 20 apprentices. That designation has allowed A.E.R.O. to grow exponentially as an organization. As a result, Olivia balances her time between hands-on rehabilitating and hands-on running our organization.
Today, A.E.R.O. is a recognized leader in the Northern Virginia wildlife community. The interviews and articles below reflect Olivia’s dedication to educating the public on our Virginia wildlife:
- For the Love of Animals InsideNoVA, January 2022,
- Community saves wounded snapping turtle from Penrose window well ARLNow, June 2021,
- To the rescue: The Wildlife Rescue League Alexandria Living, March 2021
- What to Do if You Come Across an Injured Turtle ABC Channel 7 News, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, September 2019
- What to Do if You Find Injured Wildlife ABC Channel 7 News, The Pet Show with Dr. Katy, May 2019
Treasurer and Chief Operating Officer
Officer and Chief Rehabilitator
Laura Schultz is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology with a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering and a master’s degree in applied statistics. After working in private industry for about 10 years, she left to pursue a PhD in systems engineering and operations research at George Mason University and will receive her PhD in November. She is a licensed Virginia Department of Wildlife Services (VDWR) rehabilitator caring for small mammals, rabies vector species, opossums, and reptiles. Laura is a member of our A.E.R.O. Executive Committee. As our Chief Rehabilitator, she works closely with Olivia LoBalbo to ensure the highest quality of care for our A.E.R.O. VDWR licensees.