STAR – St. Louis Avian Rescue, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit all-volunteer organization governed by an elected Board of Directors. Its officers are charged with conducting STAR’s business in accordance with our Code of Ethics.
Justin Reis, President
Fascinated by animal intelligence from an early age, Justin became interested in parrots after auditing a course in cognitive ornithology.
He joined the rescue in 2009 as a way to become better acquainted with an animal which captivated him. The experience of fostering was a wonderful way to share life with these remarkable creatures and the need for a rescue organization to improve conditions for these long-lived animals was soon obvious.
Cage cleaning and home visits eventually evolved into an election to the Office of Secretary. In 2011 he joined the Board of Directors and in 2018 he was appointed to the Office of President.
Steve Wagner, Executive Vice President
Steve is a molecular biologist and a senior scientist with Kypha, Inc. He has a strong passion for animal rescue and is closely involved with Chihuahua Rescue Midwest 501(c)3 in addition to fostering for STAR since 2017. A St. Louis native, he holds a B.S. Biology from Saint Louis University. He hopes to leverage his 22 years of experience in academics and industry to help STAR improve it’s operations and grow to help as many birds as possible.
Megan Augustin, Chief Operations Officer
Megan got her first parrot in the fall of 2015 and joined STAR in the summer of 2016 when she adopted Fern, a feisty little Meyer’s Parrot. After two years of fostering and helping out with various aspects of the rescue, she accepted the position as Chief Operating Officer in November of 2018. Megan has been a lifelong advocate for animals and has refused to eat them since her hermit crab died when she was 11. Megan has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in biology and currently works as a Research Associate at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center where she studies medicinal plants in the Kutchan lab. Megan was also recently elected to the board of the Gateway Parrot Club and hopes to promote proper parrot care through education and workshops in the greater St. Louis region.
Board of Directors
Denise joined the rescue as a volunteer in 2017. She joined the Board of Directors in 2019.
Kelly began working with the rescue in 2010, serving as both a volunteer and foster.
She has been a steady presence on the Board of Directors since 2012.
Paige first adopted from STAR, then joined the rescue as a volunteer in 2016. She joined the Board of Directors in 2019.
Justin joined the rescue as a volunteer in 2009. He was first elected to the Board of Directors in 2011. Justin is serving out the remainder of his term on the Board of Directors, having been asked to serve as President for the rescue in the Fall of 2018.
Jeanne joined as a volunteer for STAR in 2015. She is an avid fan of parakeets and cockatiels and has owned birds most of her life. She was elected to the Board of Directors in 2016.