Meet The Crew in Delaware

Gabe Ligon

Founder

Gabe Ligon grew up in Ethel, Louisiana and always showed an interest in the natural world. His childhood was filled with hatching eggs in an incubator, working on his families cow farm, and learning about animals. Gabe started Barn Hill Preserve in Louisiana in 2012 after interning at a wildlife sanctuary in Costa Rica. He spends his free time with his 2 children Avery and Molly and traveling the World to assist in animal conservation projects.

Josh Mueller

Owner

Josh is a graduate from Louisiana State University with a degree in Wildlife Ecology. He grew up in the small town of Bethany Beach on the eastern shores of Delaware. He achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at the age of 18 and was active until moving to Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He worked under Dr. Mike Metzier as a Veterinarian Technician for four years where his love for animals took root. Josh’s love and understanding of wildlife continues to grow while working at the Barn Hill Animal Preserve.

Rachel Ejzak

Outreach Manager

Rachel graduated from Saint Vincent College in Pennsylvania with a BS in Biology. She dreamed of being a teacher since her first day of preschool and developed a love of animals and the outdoors throughout the years. A Boy Scout summer camp gave her an opportunity to combine these passions in their Ecology-Conservation Area, and this led to similar jobs with the Pennsylvania Game Commission and the Pittsburgh Zoo. Rachel's position at Barn Hill Preserve combines everything she loves (wildlife, teaching, and traveling) and gives her an opportunity to educate, inspire, and bring joy to people of all ages.

Samantha Prestia

Animal Care Manager

Samantha has a BS in wildlife conservation and ecology from University of Delaware. Since graduating, she has worked various jobs in the field of wildlife conservation, including performing bat population surveys in West Virginia and completing internships at wildlife rehabilitation centers and state parks. She has loved animals since an early age and that love was inspired through watching many educational shows and videos about wildlife. Working at Barn Hill Preserve as a mobile educator has been an amazing opportunity for Samantha, not only because she was finally blessed to meet a sloth(!!) but also because she can now hopefully inspire a new generation of kids to love and respect wildlife and their habitats.

Chelsea West

Mobile Crew Educator

Chelsea earned a BA in Zoo and Conservation Science, as well as Biology, from Otterbein University in Ohio. Having grown up on a farm, she has always had a fondness for learning about, and caring for animals. Her career started as a Certified Veterinary Assistant, where she worked with cats, dogs, and a variety of farm animals, until she decided to go back to school for studies with wildlife. While in school, she had the opportunity to work for The Ohio Wildlife Center, The Columbus Zoo, and The Salisbury Zoological Park. She also had the opportunity to spend a month in Africa doing research with animals like African Penguins, Great White Shark, and Africa’s Big Five at places like Oceans Research, SAANCOB, and Kruger National Park. This combination of experiences has instilled in her an importance of nature, and the conservation of it. She is excited to be able to share this passion and appreciation with others, especially our youth.