Board of Trustees

Officers

  • President: Juanita Roushdy
  • Vice President: John White
  • Treasurer: Anthony La Creta
  • Secretary: Nancy Dickinson

Biographies

In alphabetical order

Leigh Altadonna

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 Blackburn

Randy lives in Omaha, Nebraska and Bremen, Maine with his wife Sharon. Randy 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 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.

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 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.

Steve Kress, ex officio

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 to 1981 and then Director of the Hog Island Camp program from 1982 to 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.

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.

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.

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, and a former Hog Island camper, now full-time volunteer.

David Sturdevant

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 Newcastle in 2013, 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.  Currently, he is a member of the Damariscotta/Newcastle Rotary Club, a Guest Director of Camp O AT KA in Sebago, Maine, and he serves on the Performance Improvement Committee of Lincoln Health.

David and Elisabeth have three children and seven grandchildren. They are both avid birders and love Hog Island.

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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