Board Bios

Meet the members of the board of the Saint Paul Audubon Society

Jane has been on the Saint Paul Audubon Society Board since 2017, when two then-members cornered her at Warbler Weekend.  She is a relatively new birder who enjoys learning from other members. She is an epidemiologist who eventually moved into government management. Jane worked in infectious and chronic diseases, emergency management, and landfill planning for the Minnesota Department of Health, Hennepin County, and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. She also was an instructor at the U of M School of Public Health and served on the New Brighton Parks, Recreation and Environmental Commission. Her recent Audubon focus areas have included strategic planning, project management, and developing/documenting Chapter policies and procedures.

Martha enjoyed a 31-year career in Communications at the University of Minnesota, including 20 years as a communications director at the University of Minnesota Foundation.  In this work, she led teams of writers and designers in preparing communications materials covering every corner of the University. She has degrees in English and Liberal Studies, both from the University of Minnesota. Now retired, Martha is active in many personal interests, including birding. A relatively new birder, Martha values opportunities to learn from more experienced birders, including guided hikes sponsored by the St. Paul Audubon Society and other organizations.  Working to preserve birdlife and natural habitats is one of Martha’s highest concerns and goals.

Louise has been a member of the Saint Paul Audubon Society for 14 years and on the Board for the past five years, including three as Treasurer. She has a master’s degree in industrial relations from the University of Minnesota and worked for 27 years at the Wilder Foundation. In her last ten years at Wilder she focused on grant writing.

Rebecca is a longtime resident of the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul. She has spent her professional career in public sector service. For 30 years she worked at the Metropolitan Council and ran the environmental programs for the Council’s regional wastewater treatment plants. In 2008, she became an Assistant Commissioner at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, overseeing the agency’s statewide water quality programs. Since retiring in 2018, Rebecca enjoys having more time for birding, gardening, and helping family, friends and the community.  She is excited for the opportunity to be more active in the Saint Paul Audubon Society.

As a board member of the Saint Paul Audubon Society, David has chaired the Education Committee and assisted with the Big River Journey for the past two years. He has also developed educational activities for schools within Ramsey County that help students identify local birds, promote wildlife-friendly backyards, and teach students how to conduct avian surveys using scientific protocol. Outside of the Saint Paul Audubon Society, David is a Senior Wildlife Biologist for a local environmental firm and has more than eight years of experience in natural resources, specializing in avian ecology. He is a Minnesota DNR-approved threatened and endangered avian species surveyor and regularly conducts a wide variety of bird surveys, including targeted surveys for Henslow’s sparrow and loggerhead shrike, aerial eagle and other raptor nest surveys, and sharp-tailed grouse and greater prairie-chicken lek surveys. David is deeply passionate about the field of avian ecology and looks forward to continuing to assist and implement education and outreach activities that promote the well-being of birds.

Barbara first attended St. Paul Audubon meetings at the University Club on Summit Ave. in the 1980s, drawn by her interest in birds and the wonderful dinners that were offered, and she has been involved in Audubon ever since. She was on the State Audubon Education committee with Fred and Dorothy Waltz in the 1990s and with them, joined the St. Paul Audubon Education committee in the 2000s. Barbara taught World History at Anoka High School for 30 years and tried to bring an environmental component to her students.  After retirement, she joined the Society’s board, served as president, and has recently rejoined the board.  “I’m a very amateur birder, but dedicated to bringing the joy of birding to young people to encourage their commitment to caring for our environment,” says Barbara.

Rick retired in February, 2020 after almost 40 years in banking and consulting, the last 20 years primarily as Chief Financial Officer for local community banks.  Over the years Rick developed specialties in strategic planning and implementation, mergers and acquisitions, and special projects related to operational analysis and profitability.  Rick lived in the northwest suburbs of the Twin Cities for over 30 years, on property that adjoined over 40 acres of wetlands, ponds and woods.  He was able to enjoy birding from his deck, including local small birds, birds of prey, and varieties of migrating birds.  In 2019, Rick moved to the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul.  While the city offers much, Rick hopes to join and learn and enjoy new birding experiences and places from other birders.

Jim is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. His background is in science, research and associated research budgets. He has served as a Director on the Saint Paul Audubon Society Board for the last three years and is familiar with the Society’s activities, policies and budget matters. Activities he enjoys include Warbler Weekend preparations and Big River Journey. Jim and his wife are Audubon members and have participated in many domestic and international birding trips.

Nancy worked for 20 years at American Red Cross Biomedical Services, holding positions in Donor Resources Development, Marketing, and Chapter and Community Relations, and as Senior Account Executive, collaborating throughout with volunteers and hospitals. She was also the director of Competition/International for the U. S. Ski Association freestyle organization, working with volunteers to bring success to the organization. She is now a realtor with Keller Williams and enjoys helping clients in achieving home ownership.  As a Saint Paul Audubon Society board member, Nancy is co-chair, with Monica Bryand, of the Conservation Committee. Her most recent project was with the St. Croix River Association, developing and implementing the Wild River Journey. Their first trip was last spring on the St. Croix River with 100 students, teaching them about birding and using binoculars. The kids loved it!

Donn retired in 2017 as Central Region director of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, the nation’s largest conservation grant-maker. He received a BA in Geography at the University of Minnesota and a JD at The American University, and almost finished his PhD in Public Administration at CU-Denver. In the first half of his career he was in banking and was head of public relations for several of the nation’s largest banks.  He completed his banking career as senior vice president of US Bank in Minneapolis in 2000.  In retirement Donn indulges his curiosity by traveling, working on conservation projects, reading, and collecting maps.