Board of directors

Jennifer Ancevski, Board Chair

Jennifer Ancevski has found her passion in supporting the nonprofit space after being the Deputy Director of Turnip Green Creative Reuse. Wearing many hats in this role enabled her to work in every facet of this sector, allowing her to understand nonprofits in a holistic way. She is now using that experience to consult and support other organizations and businesses. 

Originally from South Florida, she was an interior designer followed by an educator and believes the experience she gained in those positions has helped develop her professional skills. 

She has 5 dogs and loves spending time with them and her husband in Nashville. She enjoys traveling, playing soccer, reading, and pottery. 

Jared Bornstein, Intern

Jared is originally from New Jersey, and is now a Nashville local of three years. He first moved to the South to attend The University of Alabama, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting. He then moved to Nashville, where he earned his Master of Accountancy from Vanderbilt's Owen Graduate School of Management. 

Jared works as an Audit Associate for KPMG, and obtained his CPA license in 2023. In addition to Harmony Wildlife, Jared has volunteered for JDRF, a global organization with a strategic research plan to end type 1 diabetes (T1D) and Alabama’s LIFT program, where he helped aspiring minority small business owners learn about basic business concepts, Microsoft Excel skills, and how to develop financial statements. He has been involved in his company’s charitable organization, KFFL, and has organized multiple events to support this charity and other local charities in the Nashville area. 

His passion for more exotic animals began as a child when he grew up with a hamster, a pig, and a rabbit, and this passion has continued ever since.

Carol Burgess, Member

Carol is the founder of Harmony Wildlife Rehabilitation. She became a licensed wildlife rehabilitator in 1986, in Plano, Texas. She openeded Harmony in 1992. Carol is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator with the State of Tennessee and a member of the National Wildlife Rehabilitators Association.

In Her Own Words:

One of the most memorable events in all my years as a wildlife rehabilitator was when I had a litter of gray fox kits—five I think—and I was letting them run loose in the animal room for some play time. I had forgotten that the floor registers were being cleaned and had a piece of cardboard laying over them. When I went in to check on the kits, they were nowhere to be found. After quite some time looking for them, I finally noticed the cardboard was moved and all five kits were having a big time running through our AC ducts. It took a lot of patience and treats to catch them all.

Dr. Katie Conklin, Member

Dr. Conklin joins as our veterinary lead to help oversee animal medical care. She is currently the Medical Support Director for My Pets Wellness. When not seeing patients, she travels to out of state networks to provide education and support to veterinarians and their vet nurses. She holds a veterinary license in both Tennessee and Florida. Dr. Conklin has special interest in pain management, anesthesia, surgery and wound care. 

After a career in veterinary pharmaceuticals, she pursued a veterinary degree at the University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine. During that time, she sought out electives around exotic and wildlife medicine.  She was thrilled to work on patients from such locations as Tiger Haven, Zoo Knoxville and Appalachian Bear Rescue. She loves all species, but particularly enjoys working with large predators and birds of prey. 

Dr. Conklin was raised in Ohio, but her career has taken her to many places along the way, including New York City and Boston. She now calls the Nashville area home with her two, wonderful children, yellow lab and two cats. She enjoys rock climbing, nature walks, music and all things Fall. 

Liz Lago, Member

Elizabeth Lago's love for animals and desire to impact the community drives her motivation to bring success to the board. Elizabeth is committed to fostering growth and success and contributing to the overall strategic direction of Harmony Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. In her free time, she spends time with her husband and puppy. She enjoys hiking, reading, crafting, and yoga.

Robert J. Notestine III, Esq., Board Secretary

Bob is the President/Director of Belle Meade Title & Escrow and senior partner at Notestine Law Firm. He  started his real estate profession in 1980, selling and managing residential, investment, and commercial real estate properties as well as managing brokerage divisions. He has extensive experience in the planning of residential and commercial development and the acquisition and development of real properties.

Upon completion of his Law Degree (J.D.), Bob engaged in private law practice with an emphasis for real estate. He has experience in zoning law, real estate development, state and local administrative law, commercial law, leases, landlord and tenant matters, and contracts. Robert has previously been an instructor in Real Estate and Real Estate Law at Cumberland University, Nashville State Technical Institute, and the Southeastern Paralegal Institute.

He serves as a law instructor for the Continual Learning Institute in Nashville, Tennessee; he was Nolensville, Tennessee's Town Attorney from 1996-2020, and he was the City Attorney for Oak Hill, Tennessee from 2003-2011. He currently is an adjunct professor of law at the University of Mississippi.

A native of Biloxi, Mississippi, Bob has made Nashville his home for more than 40 years. When he is not walking and enjoying the natural beauty of West Meade, you might find him hiking and spending time at our beach home in Mississippi with his wife, Jenny. Bob has two children, a corgi and two pugs.

Matthew Trautman, Member

Matthew brings a Finance/Accounting background to Harmony where he is excited to get more directly involved in the community, particularly to support wildlife and environmental efforts. After growing up nearby in Kentucky, he moved to Nashville in 2012 for post-graduate studies at Vanderbilt. He is currently a Finance Director at Bridgestone Americas. 

Matthew stays busy in his free time traveling, playing soccer, hiking, taking care of too many houseplants, and entertaining his two dogs.