Staff

Meet the Staff of Michigan Audubon

Heather Good: Executive Director

Although a native of Michigan, Heather previously worked for the Audubon Society of Portland as Membership and Development Coordinator. Her work experience also includes teaching English and History at a Waldorf high school, serving as an environmental consultant on the Kalamazoo River, and as a senior project manager for the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.

Heather served on Michigan Audubon’s Board of Directors and studied at the U-M’s School of Natural Resources and Environment before beginning her tenure as Executive Director. Heather is a writer, avid reader, a mother, and a huge fan of dogs. Her love of birds and the natural world is lifelong and was nurtured by trips to her grandfather’s property in West Branch. Her favorite bird is the Common Loon.

 

Maura Villhauer: Operations Manager

Maura is new to the world of birding and conservation, but is a passionate Michigander and enjoys exploring and learning new things about our great state. Before joining the Michigan Audubon team, Maura developed an interest in nonprofit and volunteer management as the program manager for the Mentoring to Access AmeriCorps Program, which focused on college readiness for youth across Michigan. Prior to this, she worked with a youth violence prevention program in Detroit. She received her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan in Cultural Anthropology. In her free time, Maura enjoys traveling, dancing to great music, and brushing up on current events.

 

Rachelle Roake: Conservation Science Coordinator

Rachelle’s love of birds began with a summer spent living with, and being bludgeoned by, a colony of common terns. Since then she has studied birds from Michigan to Alabama and is now passionate about maintaining healthy, native habitats for them. Rachelle received her Bachelor’s degree in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Michigan and her Master’s degree in Wildlife Sciences from Auburn University. She now lives in Dexter with her husband Tom and delightful mutt, Alpie. Rachelle spends her non-birding time hiking, traveling, reading, and crafting.

 

 

Lindsay Cain: Education Coordinator

As an environmental student researcher, Lindsay spent years developing a deep passion for the environment. She received her Bachelor’s in Biology from Alma College and her Master’s Degree in Natural Resources and Environment from the University of Michigan. Before taking this position, Lindsay taught biology as an adjunct professor. In her free time, she enjoys crocheting, cleaning, and spending time with family and friends.

 

 

 

 

Molly Keenan: Communications & Marketing Coordinator

Molly’s love for the outdoors began as a young girl in her hometown of Elk Rapids where she would frequently explore the woods surrounding her family’s cabin. Known to refer to their well-worn bird guide, she liked flipping through its pages to determine what kind of woodpecker was knocking at the birch tree outside her window or to identify which finch was dining at their birdfeeder. With a degree in journalism from MSU, Molly enjoys using her skills to help organizations that she cares about deeply. Honing communications strategies, assisting with fund development, and nurturing relationships with volunteers, donors, and partners, have played a part in her roles with BoarsHead Theater and the Old Town Commercial Association. In her leisure time, Molly is a devoted crossword-solver, avid reader and enthusiastic singer of show tunes.