(Left to Right: Molly Keenan, Rachelle Roake, Heather Good, Lyn Scrimger, Lindsay Cain, Carrie Nowlin, Diane Huhn).
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 as Membership and Development Coordinator and Editor of their member publication, The Warbler. Her work experience also includes teaching at a Waldorf high school, serving as an environmental consultant on the Kalamazoo River, and project management at the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering.
Lyn’s fascination with and value of the natural world and curiosity about conflict management led to a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Education, and a Master’s degree in Labor Relations and Human Resources from Michigan State University. He worked for several years in conservation as a database manager and as a budget and project manager. With interests in epistemology, Aikido, and computer technology, Lyn has taught college classes ranging from Introduction to Logic to Medical Law and Ethics and Microsoft Excel. When he’s not getting to know the birds, plants, and animals around him, you can find him cycling, fly-fishing, or in his garage, working on what he hopes will be a personal fleet of wooden watercraft. A steadfast fan of MSU, Lyn is devoted to and loves to spend time with his wife, two daughters, and three grandchildren.
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.
Carrie’s love of nature stems from growing up on the banks of the Shiawassee River in Owosso, Michigan. The river, woods, and trails provided a wondrous backdrop during her childhood. Carrie currently resides in Okemos and is grateful to be surrounded by nature in her current home as well, including several bird feeders and two resident chickens. Carrie holds a bachelor’s degree in English from CMU. She enjoys being active with her family, reading, music and of course, kicking back in nature.