Although a native of Michigan (magna cum laude graduate of Western Michigan University, English and Environmental Studies), Heather previously worked for the Audubon Society of Portland. Her work experience also includes teaching at a Waldorf high school, serving as an environmental consultant on the Kalamazoo River, and as a project manager at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
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’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.
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.
Diane’s childhood was split between the woods and lakes of Michigan and the sandy shores of Florida. After receiving her Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from the State University of New York, College at Cortland, Diane spent her young adulthood enjoying the beauty of the Finger Lakes region of Upstate New York while teaching history. Before returning home to Michigan in 2013, Diane spent an adventuresome 5 years working on coastal restoration issues in the bayou communities of Terrebonne Parish in south Louisiana. Each of these places gave Diane a unique appreciation for the natural world and a desire to conserve our environment for future generations. In her spare time, Diane enjoys photography, hiking a trail or two, and messing up the kitchen with her wife, Carolyn.
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.