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Greg Goldman, Executive Director, Audubon Pennsylvania
Greg Goldman joined Audubon in 2016. He brings to Audubon a broad range of experience in a variety of sectors, including his most recent position as Vice President, Development for the Philadelphia Zoo. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Digital Impact Group (previously known as Wireless Philadelphia), where he was responsible for leading a citywide initiative to extend Internet access to low-income families and small businesses across Philadelphia. Greg also served as Executive Director of MANNA, a volunteer-organization that provides nutritional services to people living with HIV/AIDS and other illnesses, and Senior Program Officer at the Philadelphia Foundation. Greg received his BA from Northwestern University and a Master’s degree in public policy from the University of Chicago.

Jean Bochnowski, Center Director, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove, and Deputy Director, Audubon Pennsylvania
Jean Bochnowski was hired as Center Director for the Mill Grove Audubon Center in October 2003. She comes to Audubon with a vast array of non-profit marketing and management experience, including six years as the Executive Vice President/Chief Administrative Officer of the Zoo New England. During her tenure, Boston’s Franklin Park and Stone Zoos achieved an unprecedented eighty percent increase in attendance, a 241 percent increase in guest revenue, and a 400 percent increase in fundraising. She is credited with building from the ground up programs in marketing, development, information services, education, guest amenities, and human resources.  Ms. Bochnowski has a BS in Mass Communication and an MS in Administration. Prior to joining Audubon, she served as the Executive Director of the Rainbow Endowment, a national grant making foundation established by tennis legend Martina Navratilova.

Amy Weidensaul, Director of Community Conservation & Education, Audubon Pennsylvania
Amy Weidensaul joined Audubon Pennsylvania in July 2009, but was not new to the Audubon family --- she worked for Audubon Maryland-DC, as the center director of the Shehan Audubon Center, for nearly 8 years before moving to Pennsylvania. In addition to her Audubon experience, she was the Outdoor Center Director of South Mountain YMCA, overseeing an overnight environmental education program near Reading, PA. She was also an educator for Mass Audubon, Pickering Creek Audubon Center, Whale Camp and New England Aquarium. She holds a BS in Biology with a concentration in Ecology and a minor in Environmental Science from the University of New Hampshire and a M.Ed from Lehigh University in educational leadership focusing on non-profit administration. She is currently working on her PhD in Environmental Studies at Antioch University with a focus on long-term impacts of youth environmental education on environmental practices. She serves on the board of Pennsylvania Association of Environmental Educators (PAEE) and a member of the Pennsylvania Environmental Education Advisory Council. In 2011, she received the TogetherGreen fellowship for conservation leadership.

Judy Acker, Outreach Coordinator, Northwest
Judy Acker has worked with Audubon Pennsylvania since January 2012 and is based at our Meadville Office. Judy conducts in-school  programs for six school districts as well as adult public education programs focused on Hummingbirds, Owls, Forestry for the Birds, Bird Migration, Beginning Birding, The French Creek Watershed, Great Backyard Bird Count, Audubon @ Home and Using Pennsylvania Native Plants for Habitat Enhancement.  Judy has compiled a book on Pennsylvania Native Plants of the French Creek Watershed, now in its third printing as well as a Waterford Press Pocket Naturalist Guide on the Common Birds of the French Creek Watershed.  Before working for Audubon, Judy was the Director of the French Creek Outdoor Learning Center from 1998 until it closed in 2011. She was responsible for all aspects of its operation, including programming, public relations, curriculum development and teaching watershed education to all fourth-graders in three school districts as well as other programs to other grade levels.  Judy earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Allegheny College as a non-traditional (adult) student in 1998.

Carrie Barron, Education Manager and Assistant Director, John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove
Carrie joined the Audubon team after spending more than fifteen years in the environmental education field. She spent five years as a classroom science teacher in middle and high school schools both in rural and urban settings. Her most recent position was at a charter school in Philadelphia that focuses on student achievement and tying curriculum to the state standards. Prior to formal teaching, Carrie was a seasonal interpretive Park Ranger traveling between the Everglades, Redwoods, and Assateague Island. Then worked for both the National Aquarium in Baltimore and the Philadelphia Zoo where she conducted school-based and field environmental education programs to children and adults. She also continued her pursuit for conservation education with Audubon in Maryland and Florida. At Mill Grove, she oversees the non-releasable bird program, volunteers, educational programs, and social media. Carrie has recently been working with National Audubon Society on the Audubon Adventures as well as Plants for Birds Campaign.

Rhyan Grech, Program Manager, Community Stewardship, Philadelphia
Rhyan Grech joined Audubon in 2014 and coordinators all of the community engagement projects in Philadelphia. She holds a B.S. in Biology from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Her previous work experience includes environmental restoration and community engagement work with non-profits, coordinating a recycling program for county government, and two years of service with the AmeriCorps program. When not fighting for the environment, she spends her time running, gardening, playing music or attempting to crochet. 

Jeanne Barrett Ortiz, Program Manager, Landscape Conservation
Jeanne Barrett Ortiz brought her municipal outreach and planning expertise to Audubon in the fall of 2009. Her main responsibility is to help conserve the Kittatinny Ridge, an Important Bird Area and home to the Pennsylvania portion of the Appalachian Trail. Prior to joining Audubon, Jeanne administered the statewide Environmental Advisory Council (EAC) program for the Pennsylvania Environmental Council for eight years, which involved numerous presentations to local officials, developing and presenting at several workshops and conferences across Pennsylvania, partnering with other environmental non-profits and state agencies, and managing staff.  Jeanne also administered the local economic development and adult education programs at The Lighthouse, a settlement house in the Kensington section of Philadelphia. Earlier in her career she was a local government planner for the Chester County Planning Department and a Circuit Rider Planner for the Tompkins County Planning Department in Ithaca, New York. Jeanne holds an Associate’s Degree in Paralegal Studies from Vincennes University, Vincennes Indiana; a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Management and Policy from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Bloomington, IN; and a Master’s Degree in City and Regional Planning from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

Keith Russell, Program Manager, Urban Conservation, Philadelphia
Keith Russell is the Program Manager for Urban Conservation for Audubon Pennsylvania. Based in Philadelphia he works on a variety of bird conservation issues including bird collisions with man-made structures, birds and nocturnal lights, non-native plants, and migration stopover habitat. His work has used education, monitoring, research, advocacy, and habitat restoration to improve conditions for birds in ways that have also broadened engagement in the environmental movement. Previously he worked as a Program Assistant for National Audubon’s Important Bird Area Program (2003-2005), Assistant Editor for the landmark publication The Birds of North America (1992-2003), and Collection Manager for the Exhibits Department of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University (1982-1992). He is also a research associate of the Academy of Natural Sciences and he has received a number of awards including the 2016 American Birding Association’s Ludlow Griscom Award for Outstanding Contributions to Regional Ornithology.

Steven Saffier, Program Manager, Bird-Friendly Communities, Audubon Pennsylvania
Steven Saffier joined Audubon Pennsylvania after three years as Science Associate with National Audubon’s Science office in Ivyland, PA.  As the primary content writer for National Audubon’s Audubon At Home initiative beginning in 2003, Steven produced much of the web material and numerous regionally and nationally distributed publications including the 2005 book The Audubon Guide to Gardening for Life in Southeastern Pennsylvania.  Prior to coming to Audubon, Steven worked as an Environmental Educator at the Briar Bush Nature Center in Abington and in Southern California.  After majoring in Communications at Southern Utah State College, Steven shifted focus and engaged in extensive coursework in botany, resource management, and biology.  He has two Associates degrees; one in communications from Santa Monica College and another in Natural Resource Management from Pierce College in Los Angeles.

Sarah Sargent, Program Manager, Bird Conservation, Audubon Pennsylvania
Dr. Sargent joined Audubon as Pennsylvania’s first NW IBA Coordinator in November 2006.  She continues to teach one Biology course at Allegheny College. Positions she has held include Executive Director of French Creek Valley Conservancy; Co-principal Investigator for National Science Foundation’s Ecological Studies Program; and a Postdoctoral Associate for the Department of Zoology, University of Florida and the Savannah River National Environmental Research Park in South Carolina. Dr. Sargent has received numerous awards and research grants since the beginning of her scholarship in the early 1980s and has published more than ten scholarly publications.  Professional organizations and associations include the Ecological Society of America, Organization for Tropical Studies, Society for Conservation Biology, and Natural Areas Association. She received a Ph.D. and an M.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from Cornell University and a B.A. in Biology from Swarthmore College. Sarah has incorporated GIS into her work since the early 90s.

Kimberly Schubert, Project Coordinator, York​
Kim started with Audubon Pennsylvania in 2015 after completing her masters at Southern Oregon University in environmental education. Her previous positions included volunteer coordinator, environmental educator, organic farmer, outdoor educator and teacher naturalist. Kim has worked with a variety of different audiences from rural elementary students to urban teenagers to adults. She is passionate about engaging people in local environmental issues and working together to find solve problems. She received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from the University of Maryland.


Holly Smith, Project Coordinator, Greater Harrisburg Region
Holly started with Audubon Pennsylvania in 2002 after interning with the organization during her graduate studies. Her early responsibilities included planning, editing, promoting, and distributing the Susquehanna River Birding and Wildlife Trail guide, and assisting with education programs. She has supported the education and outreach efforts for the Kittatinny Ridge Conservation Project in many ways, including leading hikes on the Appalachian Trail and conducting numerous public programs. Holly now focuses her efforts on education programs in central Pennsylvania including developing curriculum, implementing programs to students and conducting professional development workshops for teachers. She has a M.S in geoenvironmental science and a B.S. in earth space/environmental science education from Shippensburg University.


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