Board of Trustees


  • President: Juanita Roushdy
  • Vice President: Walter Pomeroy
  • Treasurer: Anthony La Creta
  • Secretary: Loretta Victor


In alphabetical order

Nancy Dickinson

Nancy grew up in southern New Jersey, and got a BA in Fine Arts from Rutgers.  Husband Mike’s career took them to several homes, landing near Ithaca NY for 23 years, where they raised two children and restored an old farmhouse.  Nancy volunteered and worked in fundraising at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology while becoming an avid birder.  She spent 13 years as assistant to the director at Cornell’s Johnson Museum of Art, from which she retired early to move to Maine and volunteer often on Hog Island.

Charles Duncan

Charles  was Director of the Shorebird Recovery Project at the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences. His professional training was in organic chemistry (B.A. Rice University; Ph.D. Yale University; postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Virginia), and he had a long career in academia at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM). Along the way, his passion for bird watching in the Americas grew in more rigorous directions. He founded and ran the Institute for Field Ornithology at UMM for many years, and served as president of the Association of Field Ornithologists from 1998-2000. He lives in Portland, Maine with his wife Laura, both frequent visitors to Hog Island. Charles is also an instructor at Hog Island.

Terry Haight

Terry lives in Lake Bluff, Illinois and taught Middle School Social Studies for 27 years at the Lake Forest Country Day School, co-founded a Land Trust, and helped run an environmentally oriented not for profit for ten years. He was president of Friends of Ryerson Woods and has been involved in education and nonprofit fundraising for most of his career. Terry’s first trip to Hog Island was September 2010 for the Seabird Habitat Restoration session.

Sally Jeffords

Sally lives in New York and Maine. She’s on the board of Audubon/New York and on the boards of a number of nonprofits. She has a special place in her heart for Hog Island.

Kenn Kaufman

One of the most respected contemporary birders, Kenn Kaufman is the author of the acclaimed Kaufman Field Guide series and many other books, including his memoir, Kingbird Highway, the story of his teenaged quest to set a new Big Year record, hitchhiking across North America. An artist and musician as well as an accomplished naturalist, Kenn and his wife Kimberly, the director of the Black Swamp Bird Observatory in Ohio, have been Hog Island instructors for years, reflecting their shared passion for introducing people to the delight of birding.

Steve Kress

Steve Kress is the founder and director of Project Puffin and the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program. He is also National Audubon Society’s VP for Bird Conservation. As a visiting fellow at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology, he teaches a popular course in field ornithology each spring. Steve was ornithology instructor at Hog Island from 1969-1981 and then Director of the Hog Island Camp program from 1982-1986 during which time he initiated the Hog Island Ornithology Programs. He is author of many books on birding and backyard bird attracting as well as many scientific papers about Seabird Restoration, a field that he helped to pioneer. Steve lives in Ithaca, NY with his wife Elissa and daughter Liliana and maintains his winter office at the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology.

Anthony La Creta, Treasurer

Anthony and Mary La Creta are residents of Saratoga Springs, NY. Anthony’s interest in FOHI first developed when his daughter, Katie, interned with Project Puffin, and continued through Mary’s various volunteer assignments and program participations at Hog Island. Anthony retired after a career with the National Credit Union Administration, the Federal credit union regulator. His life-long passion – which he witnessed first hand as a Peace Corp Volunteer in Botswana – has been the furthering of the co-operative economic model in the U.S.

Loree Niola

Most of Loree’s working life was in healthcare, where many volunteer opportunities that “give back to the community” are strongly supported. Over the years, her volunteering included EMT, firefighter, hospice volunteer, Emergency Management Coordinator.  After moving to Maine in 2007 and retiring in 2014,  she wanted to volunteer at something involving her love of nature. When she walked up the dock and stepped onto Hog Island, she had the most incredible feeling, the island  captured her heart instantly. The wonderful old buildings, the views of the water, all gave an immediate inner peace. She finds being on the island when campers arrive exciting. Everyone is so looking forward to their time and the great learning opportunities that they will have, the stories they’ll share, and the lasting friendships they’ll make. When they leave she also finds exciting because they still have the level of excitement they arrived with, their minds spinning with all they have learned.

She finds spending time on the island  surrounded by nature and all that the island have come to call home is soul-renewing. Sitting by the water, watching the sunrise, or set, and the birds  getting their first or last meals of the day. These are the times of peace. This is when you wish everyone could experience this, it would be a much less anxious, tense or stressful world, if people could just get close to nature.

Gaye Phillips

Gaye and her husband Robert live in Dallas, Texas. Her financial background includes auditor for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell (now KPMG) and oil and gas accountant for an independent operator as well as pro bono work for several non-profits. In 2000, they attended a session of Natural History of the Maine Coast and fell in love with Hog Island and its mission to provide educators, other adults and youth the opportunity to study natural history while experiencing the timeless beauty of a Maine coastal island dedicated and preserved for that purpose. Knowing the importance of Hog Island remaining visible, viable and available, they have volunteered as FOHI members speaking to groups, maintaining member contact information and attending work weeks.

Walter Pomeroy, Vice President

Walt Pomeroy has been an environmental advocate for more than four decades in the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic states, including serving as National Audubon’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Vice President and Chapter Services director. He and his wife were Hog Island campers in 1981, and have been promoting Hog Island activities ever since. Walt has led a dozen Audubon Nature Odyssey trips around the world and traveled in all fifty states, Canada and to over 30 countries. Now retired, Walt is an active volunteer having served on dozens of boards and committees. He is currently on the Audubon-Pennsylvania Board and the Listening Point Foundation Advisory Board managing Minnesota wilderness author Sigurd Olson’s property. Walt is an active Boy Scout leader. When not hiking, canoeing or looking through his binoculars or camera in diverse natural settings, Walt and his wife Lin live near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania. Their two sons are in graduate school.

Juanita Roushdy, President

Juanita is a full-time resident of Bremen, ME and lives just up the road from Hog Island. She was on the board of Audubon North Carolina and founded and was president of the Cape Fear Audubon Society in Wilmington, NC. During her professional career she was Senior Editor and later Director of Community Relations at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. She’s an active volunteer, birder, and conservationist.

Tom Schaefer

When Tom Schaefer first came to Hog Island in 1981 as a camper, he stopped in Massachusetts on the way to visit the Emily Dickinson homestead. Only after he arrived on the island did he discover its connection to Mabel Loomis Todd, Ms. Dickinson’s first posthumous editor. Since then, Tom wrote a master’s project paper on the origins of the Audubon Camp in Maine, edited the FOHI newsletter for a few years, served as Friends of Hog Island president, and worked on the staff for a couple of summers. He is currently working on a longer treatment of Hog Island history.

Loretta Victor, Secretary

Loretta Victor, a life-long resident of Meriden, Connecticut, is president of the Quinnipiac Valley Audubon Society (QVAS), the local chapter of National Audubon Society.  QVAS owns and operates Riverbound Farm Sanctuary Nature/Museum Center, a 23-acre wild life sanctuary with diverse habitat. Loretta has volunteered at Hog Island for ten years along with Eric Eichorn; together they are the advance team arriving before other FOHI friends come to the Island to help ready the camp at the start of the new season. Loretta retired in 2008 from Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut after 21 years as an administrative assistant serving the Financial Aid Office, President’s Office and University Relations Office.

Scott Weidensaul

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind, about bird migration; Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent’s Natural Soul; and his newest book, Of a Feather: A Brief History of American Birding. He serves on the boards of Audubon Pennsylvania and a variety of other environmental organizations, and helped found the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art in Pennsylvania. An active field researcher, he lives in the mountains of eastern Pennsylvania, where he studies the migration of hawks, owls and hummingbirds.

E. John White

John is a retired private, independent elementary school principal who has had extensive experience with development/fund raising for schools, land trusts, camps and other not for profits. He has served on Boards of Trustees for 10 different not-for-profits. He’s a life-long recreational birder who has a summer cottage on the coast of Maine, an hour from Hog Island.

Friends of Hog Island is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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