The Staff


 Aldea Boaz


From Adjunct Professor in Sociology to C-level business professional, Aldea’s love for nature has always been prevalent. Aldea served as Board Chair of the Narrow Ridge Earth Literacy Center and was an exotic animal caretaker for the Tennessee Nature Center, handling animals, such as cougars, bobcats, servals, leopards and tigers. She began at AWARE as a volunteer animal caretaker and is now performing administrative duties for the center.


   Marjan Ghadrdan

Director of Animal Care

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 2016. 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. Marjan is a licensed wildlife rehabilitator and is certified to work with all species of native wildlife. Marjan began at AWARE as a volunteer in 2005 and had the honor of mentoring under AWARE’s founder, Michael Ellis, and in 2010 became employed as a Wildlife Care Supervisor. She supervises volunteers and manages day-to-day care for all the animals in the center. Marjan also manages AWARE’s ambassador enrichment program, which she created in 2011. At home, Marjan cares for her adorable pitbull, Little Mama, who is the love of her life.



Marielle Kromis

Wildlife Care Supervisor

Marielle Kromis graduated in 2015 from Kennesaw State University, with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science. In 2008, Marielle was a member of the Reef Check team, alongside 9 other students, with Ocean Blue Education. They analyzed various reefs throughout the Bahamas. Their goal was to assess and compare reefs inside the Exuma Land and Sea Park with other non-Marine Protected Areas off of Conception, Long Island and the Northern Exumas. Reef Check divers gained awareness of their own relationship to the sea while gathering pertinent information on coral cover, fish/invert populations, and site conditions. In 2014, Marielle started volunteering at AWARE and was hired as a Wildlife Caregiver the following year. At home, Marielle spends time with her Border Collie mix, Shanti.

Mariela Hoffman

Wildlife Care Supervisor 

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.

Emily Roth

Wildlife Care Supervisor


Emily started as a volunteer at AWARE in September of 2015 and was hired as wildlife care supervisor in August of 2016. She received her bachelor’s degree in biology from Kennesaw State University where she became inspired to work in nature conservation and fostered a lifetime commitment to preserving our natural areas and resources. In May of 2016, she became a certified Master Naturalist of Georgia through the continuing education program at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA. In her free time she is an avid camper, music lover, and knitter.

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 Chicago Cubs baseball.

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AWARE Wildlife Center
4158 Klondike Road
Lithonia, GA 30038

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