Meet The A.E.R.O Rehabbers

Olivia LoBalbo

Prince William County

Olivia grew up with animals her entire life.  Olivia became an apprentice under Janette Wright and got her rehabilitator license in 2017.   So far, her favorite animals to work with have been turtles and bats.  She is currently focusing on educating our new care providers, apprentices, and rehabilitators.

Olivia currently lives in Gainesville with her husband Anthony, two kids Ari and Ciro, two dogs Chunk and Nina, and two cats Chewie, and Patrick. Her long term goal is to create an understanding of nature, and how we as humans are part of it, what we can do to better coexist and help better support our earth. When she finally does that, she plans to retire near the beach where she can work with the sea turtles and drink wine all day. 

Laura Schultz

Prince William County

Laura is a licensed Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) rehabilitator caring for small mammals, rabies vector species (RVS), opossums, and reptiles.   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.   Laura is our A.E.R.O. go-to rehabber for orphaned newborn mammals, particularly squirrels, commonly called “pinkies”.  These 0-3 week old squirrels require a 2-hour feeding schedule and extensive care to ensure survival.  As a high-volume rehabilitator, Laura cares for the injured and sick animals who are the most at risk not to survive.  She applies a fact-based approach to her practice of care and is continuing researching new approaches to caring for our Virginia wildlife who are sick and injured. 

She lives in Haymarket, Prince William County, on 2.5 acres which she shares with her released squirrels, bunnies, and opossums.

Joy LeBaron

Fauquier County

Joy is a licensed Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources (VDWR) rehabilitator caring for squirrels, as well as sponsoring several of our experienced apprentices.  She specializes in the care of squirrels of all ages and releases all that she rehabilitates on her homestead in Marshall, Fauquier County.

Deb Drain

Fairfax County

Deb is a Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources rehabilitator licensed to care for small mammals, fawns, rabies vector species and reptiles. She especially loves working with squirrels of any age, caring for them until ready for release on her property.  Deb has been interested in wildlife her whole life but got involved in rehabilitation after moving back to the area. She lives with her family in McLean not far from Great Falls Park and was inspired by all of the animals living close by to apprentice with Olivia and learn how to take care of Virginia’s orphaned and injured wildlife.

Annie Palermo

Fairfax County

Annie is a licensed Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources  rehabilitator caring for small mammals, fawns, and foxes.  She is an animal lover raised with horses, dogs, cats, and rabbits.  Since becoming a rehabilitator, she has been blessed to rehabilitate squirrels, cottontail bunnies, fawns, raccoons, and foxes.

Annie and her husband live on 5 acres in Centreville on property which adjoins Bull Run Regional Parkland.