Leigh lives in Wyncote, Pennsylvania. He served for 12 years, 1987-83 and 2011-17, as the regional director for National Audubon Society’s Mid-Atlantic and Atlantic-North Regions. Leigh currently serves on the board of Audubon Pennsylvania and is the chair of the Montgomery County/Audubon Joint Advisory Board of the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. He is the President of the Wyncote Audubon Society that serves Audubon members in north, northeast, and northwest sections of Philadelphia as well as major portions of Montgomery County. Leigh recently retired from the Abington School District located in Abington, Pennsylvania serving in various positions over a 44-year career. He was the Assistant Superintendent of Schools and served on many community boards. He was the co-chair of the Abington Educational Foundation as well as the Abington Human Relations Advisory Council and served on the board of the Abington Community Taskforce and Briar Bush Nature Center. He is the co-chair of the Montgomery County Advisory Board for Parks and Heritage Services. Leigh first attended the Audubon Camp of Maine as a teenager in 1966 with a scholarship from the Wyncote Bird Club! Birds and their conservation are his passion.
Randy lives in Omaha, Nebraska and Bremen, Maine with his wife Sharon. He retired as Vice President Transportation at Union Pacific Railroad in 2015. Randy is a past President of Lauritzen Gardens, which is Omaha’s botanical garden, and is currently Vice President elect on Millikin University (located in Decatur, Illinois) Board of Trustees. Since moving to Maine part time, they have been supporters of FOHI and Project Puffin for the past years.
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 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). He also 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.
Tiffany Huenefeldt, ex officio
Tiffany has over 15 years of business management and development experience. She honed her skills in a variety of industries during 18 years living and working in Europe. Specifically, she has worked in the environmental, construction, government and pharmaceutical sectors, which allows her to draw from a broad base of experience and apply it to the Seabird Restoration Program. She was particularly adept at working to set up and expand companies during their early growth phases. She expects her business development, marketing, and facility management-and-renovation contract experience will be particularly well suited to help continue Hog Island’s legacy and financial success. Tiffany speaks both German and Spanish and holds a Master of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Angelo State University, Texas. Previously an avid birder, whitewater kayaker, skier, and hunter of French antiques, she now spends her leisure time traveling with her daughter or cooking up recipes gathered from countries afar. That is, when NOT trying to find an excuse to visit Hog Island Audubon Camp or one of the seabird islands in Maine.
Sally lives in Pennsylvania 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
Steve is the founder of National Audubon Society’s Project Puffin and a Visiting Fellow of the Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology. He previously served as Vice-President for Bird Conservation for the National Audubon Society and Director of the Hog Island Audubon Camp. His career focus is development of techniques for managing colonial nesting seabirds. Hundreds of professional seabird biologists can trace their first interest in seabirds to internships with Project Puffin and many innovative seabird conservation methods that he developed in Maine are now standard practice worldwide. Dr. Kress received his Ph.D. from Cornell University and his Master’s and undergraduate degrees from Ohio State University. He is co-author with Derrick Z. Jackson of Project Puffin: The Improbable Quest to Bring a Beloved Seabird back to Egg Rock and The Puffin Plan. He is also author of many books on bird watching, gardening for birds and online courses about birds as well as science papers about seabirds and conservation.
James Li, M.D.
James, his wife Kim, and their flock of ducks live off the grid on one of the handful of Maine island sites that are protected by Audubon conservation easements. Both are amateur yet avid birders and frequent Hog Island by kayak and lobster boat. James first became aware of environmentalism when he started first grade at the John James Audubon public school in Washington. As he grew older, he spent his free time hiking and guiding in wilderness areas throughout the Pacific Northwest. Before realizing that college might prove a useful endeavor, he spent a year bicycling around the US, an experience that made him an optimist. He brings experience as a long-term board member and officer for other non-profit organizations. Formerly an assistant professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, he now practices emergency medicine in the MaineHealth system and serves as the health officer for the town of Friendship
Don Lyons, ex officio
Don Lyons joined Audubon in 2018 and is now Director of Conservation Science. He leads seabird research and stewardship efforts at Audubon’s seven seabird nesting islands in Maine as well as contributing to conservation and research projects elsewhere. He has worked on seabird ecology and conservation for over 20 years from the North Atlantic in Maine to the South Pacific in Indonesia. His current efforts include expanding the use of seabird diet and reproductive performance to inform fisheries management, assessing the impacts of our warming climate on marine ecosystems, and the restoration of vulnerable tern and alcid populations.
Don also serves as an instructor at the Hog Island Audubon Camp and Oregon State University where he holds an Assistant Professor (Research) appointment in the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife. He has taught courses on seabird ecology and conservation, physiology of marine megaphauna, and natural resource management, and regularly advises graduate students. He spends summers in Maine working with the seabird island sanctuaries.
Sarah returned to her childhood village of Round Pond, Maine, with her husband Jim to raise their family. Sarah continued her banking career which includes over 30 years in commercial lending and commercial credit management. She also spent three years working with Coastal Enterprises, a Maine Community Development Finance Institution, focusing on supporting small Maine businesses and industries important to the Maine economy. Sarah spent several years on the Board of Directors of the Rising Tide Community Co-op in Damariscotta and currently serves on the Finance Committee for The Center for Teaching and Learning, a K-8 demonstration school, in Edgecomb. Sarah is currently Vice President, Commercial Credit and Collections for Bath Savings Institution.
Most of my adult life I have worked in healthcare, finding it a good way to support myself and two children, with opportunities for growth. Working in healthcare you come across many volunteer opportunities, as “giving back to the community” is strongly supported. However, my history of volunteering began long before that, probably with being a member of the Red Cross Club in high school. Over the years it has included EMT, firefighter, hospice volunteer, Emergency Management Coordinator, not to mention the “Days of Caring” for the United Way, neighborhood clean up days, etc.
Being a volunteer has become more important since my retirement. It has been a broken course of events with interruptions for knee replacements and other various things, but happily I am on a steady course now. Aside from my volunteer efforts on Hog Island for FOHI, I also volunteer for Lincoln Health, Miles Campus, in the Wellness department. Recently I became a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary. My weeks are scheduled very carefully so I can fulfill my responsibilities. I truly enjoy the variety of different duties, all very different.
I will always be appreciative of Nancy Dickinson for introducing me to Juanita Roushdy and Hog Island.
Though what I do has changed I still get a great deal of pleasure in providing my time to HI. When you have the opportunity to be on the island when campers arrive, it is very exciting. Everyone is so looking forward to their time on the island and the great learning opportunities that they will have, as well as seeing campers excitement over the puffin cream puffs, sharing stories, and creating some lasting friendships. It is also exciting to be there when they leave, tired, but still with the level of excitement they arrived with, their minds spinning with all they have learned.
To spend time on the island when you feel you are alone, surrounded by nature and all that have come to call home, is a soul-renewing time. Sitting by the water, watching the sunrise, or set, and the activity of the birds that are getting their first or last meals of the day a seal playing just off the coast, the osprey pair, Rachel and Steve, flying about. These are the times you are at 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.
Juanita Roushdy, Founding President and Executive Director
Juanita is a full-time resident of Bremen, Maine, 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 in the community and on a number of boards, avid birder, and conservationist, and a former Hog Island camper, now a full-time volunteer.
Jonathan Bacon (JB) Smith
JB began grew up in Tallahassee, Florida, sailing along Florida’s Gulf coast. In time, his sea-going career grew to include naval destroyers, a Spanish squid trawler, a Swedish cruise ship, research vessels, several sail and motor yachts, and then traditionally rigged sail training vessels.
In the late 1970s, he helped design and implement a program of education at sea which evolved over the years to become the core mission of the Ocean Classroom Foundation where he was employed for its duration as Captain and Maine Superintendent. OCF, based in Mid-Coast Maine, was successful in running sea education programs sailing the US East Coast and the Caribbean for over 20 years.
These days, JB occasionally puts to sea, but spends much of his time with a variety of not-for-profit organizations including the WW&F Railway Museum, Friends of Hog Island, Damariscotta River Association, Maine Maritime Museum, Coastal Maine Botanical Garden, etc.
He holds a BS in Biology and a 1600 ton Ocean Master’s license. He lives in Nobleboro, Maine, and has a son and a daughter, both of whom work as field ornithologists.
David grew up in northern Illinois — a bit north of Chicago and west of Lake Michigan. He earned a BA in literature with a minor in music and education at Wheaton College (IL), where he also met his wife Elisabeth.
After teaching in the Chicago suburbs, they moved to Vermont, and four years later, in 1985, to Maine. During that time he earned an M.Ed in Educational administration and supervision from Plymouth State University. During the early 90’s he completed a doctoral program in educational leadership at the University of Maine.
After working at an independent town academy in western Maine (Mount Washington Valley) for 28 years, as English Teacher, dorm parent, Curriculum Coordinator, Alternative School Founder and Director, Assistant Headmaster, and Principal, he moved to Maine to become the Head of School of Lincoln Academy.
During his time in the Mount Washington Valley, he served nine years as a trustee (and president) of the Memorial Hospital in North Conway, NH. Prior to and following his tenure at the hospital, he served for many years on the board of the Tin Mountain Conservation Center, including a term as the president of the board.
David and Elisabeth have three children and seven grandchildren. They are both avid birders and love Hog Island.
Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist Living on the Wind and the New York Times bestseller A World on the Wing: The Global Odyssey of Migratory Birds. Scott is a contributing editor for Audubon magazine and writes for a variety of other publications, including Living Bird. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and an active field researcher, studying saw-whet owl migration for more than two decades, as well as winter hummingbirds, bird migration in Alaska, and the winter movements of snowy owls through Project SNOWstorm, which he co-founded. He has been an instructor and camp director at Hog Island for more than 20 years. A native of Pennsylvania, he and his wife Amy now live in New Hampshire.