Meet Our Staff Members

Our valued employees are the heart and soul of our organization. They have the best interests of the birds at heart, and each and every one of them contributes to the success of our mission.


Jessica

Avian Welfare: Trainer & Keeper/Bird Intake and Boarding Coordinator

Jessica BooneI started at the aviary as an intern/volunteer in April 2010 and eventually got a job in October 2010 as an aviary technician with The Gabriel Foundation. I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry. I have a passion for birds but also am the caregiver for several other birds including 3 cockatiels, 2 Quakers, 1 Eastern Rosella and 1 Alexandrine. I am currently providing Off-site Long Term Foster care for 2 Greys (Sam, Samantha) and 2 amazons (Henry and Pickles). I chose to work at The Gabriel Foundation because I wanted to be able to help birds get adopted as well as give care to the birds the way that they should be taken care of.


Melissa

Avian Welfare: Trainer & Keeper/Enrichment Coordinator

Bio PictureMelissa graduated from Metropolitan State University of Denver in the summer of 2012 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology.  During her senior year of college she took a class in Animal Behavior and enjoyed it so much that the following semester she became the teaching assistant for the Animal Behavior lab.  It was during that class that she decided she wanted a career working with animals and studying their behaviors.  Soon she began volunteering at the Denver Zoo in the Lorikeet Adventure and as a keeper assistant in the Education Department and Wildlife Show Department to gain experience with a variety of animals.  It was her time spent in the Lorikeet Adventure that sparked her interest in birds.  In October 2012 she started volunteering at The Gabriel Foundation and discovered how fascinating and quirky birds can be.  She started working with The Gabriel Foundation in March 2013 and loves every minute of her time spent here.  Melissa has welcomed two cockatoos into her household… Lady Anna and Pearl!


Kelly

Operations Coordinator

KellyKelly joined The Gabriel Foundation in 2010 as an HR Consultant.  She has over 25 years of experience in Human Resources, Organizational Development, Sales and Operations Management. She is certified as a Senior Human Resources Professional. Her consultant role has continued to grow and she provides operational oversight services to TGF and The Birdbrain. She has worked as a Human Resources Consultant for small- to medium-sized organizations, in all types of industries. She has worked primarily for service-driven retail environments, Neiman-Marcus, May Co. Los Angeles, The Denver Dry Goods, and Kacey Fine Furniture. She is a member of the Society for Human Resources Management, and the National Human Resources Association. She has been past President of the Board of Directors for Ballet Nouveau, State Membership Vice President for Colorado Business and Professional Women’s Network and alumni of the Denver Chamber of Commerce Leadership Denver Program.


Brenda

Avian Welfare: Lead Husbandry Technician & Food Prep Supervisor

Brenda CardenasBrenda provides the utmost care for the flock of The Gabriel Foundation. She has been with TGF for many years and is a familiar face to those who stop by The Birdbrain. Kindness, compassion and exceptional care are just a few of the qualities that Brenda brings to her job. The flock (birds and people) appreciate everything she does daily. Brenda and her family have a number of their own birds at home.


Yesmin

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician and Food Prep Supervisor

Yesmin would say that her favorite thing about birds is when they talk and say funny things. She does not work with the birds a lot, but she would like to learn more about them.


Edgar

Avian Welfare: Lead Aviary Technician

Edgar is one of TGF’s aviary technicians and like many of the other techs, he enjoys the days he can bring the birds to their outdoor flights. Although he cannot remember the exact moment he fell in love with birds, he does know how much he enjoys being around them and having their care be part of his work. Edgar is a very enthusiastic to learn more about aviculture in the future.


Marcos

Avian Welfare: Aviary Technician

Marcos likes to bring the birds in and out of their outdoor flights, but does not have any birds of his own at home.


Sergio

Avian Welfare: Lead Aviary Technician

Sergio loves birds and the work that he does at TGF… so much so that he adopted an Amazon, Jake from The Gabriel Foundation. Sergio is happy that his experience at TGF has helped him learn about proper care for birds. His favorite thing to do at work is take the birds out to play.


Alonso

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

His favorite thing is to bring the birds to the outdoor flights and watch them enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Alonso does not have any of his own birds at home, but with persuasion from his co-workers, you never know what will happen in the future.


Consuelo

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

I became a bird lover the moment I started with the Gabriel Foundation. I love the birds for their similarities to children. The birds are loving and kind when you get to know them well. I find it amazing how many new things we learn about them each and every day. I have no birds at home for now.


Alyssa

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician


Tony

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician


KJ

Avian Welfare: Husbandry Technician

This is a great time to adopt. Birds included! Did you know that funds from the CPOP and license plate fund help animal shelters specifically? Thanks to the generous CO residents who checked off a donation to this fund on their taxes, and for those who purchase a CPOP License Plate, this fund dispersed over $315,000.00 to shelters, funds ranging from $2K - $30K. These funds are specifically for veterinary/medical expenses. With your support, TGF benefitted by a $4000.00 grant from this fund. This helps us offset the cost of veterinary care for our birds, especially those from hoarding, animal control, cruelty, shelter transfers and relinquishments that are unable to provide any funding to assist TGF's veterinary costs. Thank you CO animal and bird lovers.Help prevent unwanted pet births by donating on your income tax form to the Colorado Pet Overpopulation Fund. www.savecoloradopets.org ... See MoreSee Less

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adoption is the only way to go - I have been adopting my entire life and currently have 8 birds, 6 cats and 2 Greyhounds - all adopted as unwanted or rescues - they fill my heart and home with so much love I can't begin to explain my happiness♥

2 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

Eagle scout Ryan Read gathered the other members of his troop, taught them how to make large bird toys, and made the most wonderful truck-full of bird toys you can imagine. They got a production line going and surpassed our dreams by making over 250 toys in just one day. Our flock is so grateful that Ryan chose  to work with us for his Eagle Scout project and make much needed large bird enrichment. Thank you to your entire troop for all of your hard work!

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Wow I need to hear a lot of stories like this these days! Wonderful project and such a terrific and appreciated gift to the birds of TGF! Thank you Eagle Scouts and Ryan Read for showing what real leadership is about.

There are wonderful human beings out there. Thank you to them❤️

WONDERFUL TROOP!! So happy, made my week!

Can't wait to start hanging them up!

Thanks Eagle Scouts. Git 'er done!

That's terrific!

Awesome!

Great Job Ryan!

Way to go!

Awesome.

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3 days ago

The Gabriel Foundation

Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgin's trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/
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Attention music aficionados! Higgins would love to share his interest in jazz and blues with just the right person. Higgins is a wild caught Timneh African Grey parrot, purchased in 1983 from a now closed pet store. Wild caught Grey parrots were widely imported into the bird sales market before the Wild Bird Conservation Act went into effect in 1992. Higgins is a hoot, from the whistling with vibrato and a gravelly voice to the sounds of fingers snapping and of course his fondness for jazz and blues. Along with his taste in music Higgins now enjoys a varied diet and requests that his new home has plenty of wood to shred, toilet paper rolls and cardboard to take apart, bite by bite. Invest in Higgins trust and you will reap the rewards!

For more information about our adoption process, please visit our website.

http://thegabrielfoundation.org/adoption/adoption-process/

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Hope he finds a wonderful forever home! His little face is so full of personality. I thought wild caught were less likely to pluck? What is his feather problem?

Love it. I play violin for the animals at the zoo and Marvel :)

I had a wild caught B&G, my best buddy. Miss him every day. Dr.s estimate he was 40-50 at the time of his passing based on his band #. He was a rescue with an unknown history. All we had was band # and what quarantine station he came from with a approximation of what year he passed through.

Timnehs are wonderful birds. We had a wildcaught TAG years ago (had come from the shelter) that was the most loving and loyal parrot after six months of gently gaining his trust. Wish we weren't so far away...in CA.

Aww hope he gets a good home!

He's beautiful! Wish I were closer

I fell in love with his personality while volunteering. He is a wonderful little guy. Sassy too!

I think I'm in love! TAG's are the best!

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