Danene Birtell, Readiness Coordinator
Danene earned her B.S in Biology and Marine Sciences from Rutgers University. She also earned an A.S. in Veterinary Technology and is a Licensed Veterinary Technician. She has over fifteen years of spill response experience, including the M/V Treasure in South Africa, San Mateo Mystery Spill/Lukenbach in California, the T/V Athos 1 on the Delaware River, the Texas City “Y” response, and the Wolfsnare Creek Incident in Virginia Beach, Va. In addition, Danene spent seven months on the Deepwater Horizon Incident where she held multiple leadership roles in the Louisiana facilities. She has contributed to multiple spill response exercises, training workshops, and response plans. Danene has also held positions as a wildlife rehabilitator, veterinary technician, and as a department head at a college for Veterinary Technicians. Most recently, Danene was the Oil Programs Director at Tri-State Bird Rescue & Research, Inc where she was responsible for the direction of the program and ensuring its readiness to response to incidents in New England and the Mid-Atlantic.