The Staff

Scott Lange
Executive Director

Scott served on AWARE’s Board of Directors from 2014 until stepping into the role of Executive Director at the start of 2017. Before joining AWARE, he worked as both a structural engineer for Southern Company and a construction litigation attorney for DLA Piper, LLP.  Scott is a lifelong Atlantan, and says he is delighted to get the chance to help AWARE protect Atlanta’s wild animals. When not at the AWARE center in Lithonia, Scott enjoys listening to the music of They Might Be Giants and watching the 2016 World Champion Chicago Cubs play baseball.

Marjan Ghadrdan
Director of Animal Care

Marjan began volunteering at AWARE in 2005, before the center had even opened to the public. She was trained as a rehabber by AWARE’s founder, Michael Ellis, until she was hired as a Wildlife Care Supervisor in 2010. In 2017 she was promoted to Director of Animal Care, a position in which she manages all aspects of AWARE’s animal care efforts, including rehabilitation, ambassador handling, volunteer management, non-releasable placement, and a variety of side projects.

Marjan Ghadrdan received her B.S. in Biology from Kennesaw State University in 2009 and M.S. in Neuroscience at Georgia State University in 2015. She is also on track to become a licensed veterinary technician in 2018. Marjan has worked with native, domestic, exotic, and research animals in veterinary hospitals, zoos, and rehabilitation centers all over Georgia. She currently serves as the Certification Director for the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council.  At home, Marjan cares for her adorable pit bull, Little Mama, who is the love of her life.


Marielle Kromis
Wildlife Care Supervisor II

Marielle Kromis began volunteering at AWARE in 2014 and was hired as a Wildlife Care Supervisor in 2015.  That same year, she graduated from Kennesaw State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. In 2008, Marielle was a member of the Ocean Blue Education Reef Check team. At home, Marielle spends time with her Border Collie mix, Shanti.

Mariela Hoffman
Wildlife Care Supervisor I

Mariela Hoffman, started at AWARE as a volunteer in July 2013.  In August 2016, she joined AWARE’s Staff as a Wildlife Care Supervisor. Originally born and raised in Ecuador, Mariela came to the US 16 years ago with the ambition to follow her passion: saving and protecting animals.

Sami Netherton
Wildlife Care Supervisor I

Sami Netherton joined the AWARE staff as a Wildlife Care Supervisor I in 2017.

Julia Sparks
Wildlife Care Supervisor I

Julia Sparks joined the AWARE staff as a Wildlife Care Supervisor I in 2017.