Meet the Staff of Michigan Audubon

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.

Heather Good: Executive Director

Heather attended Western Michigan University where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental and Sustainability Studies and English. She worked for the Audubon Society of Portland in Membership and Development and as well as in an emergency and critical care veterinary facility. Her work experience also includes teaching English and History at the high school level, serving as an environmental consultant on the Kalamazoo River, and as senior project manager for the University of Michigan’s College of Engineering’s Communications & Marketing team.

Heather was a member of Michigan Audubon’s Board of Directors, studied at the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources and Environment, and volunteered with birds of prey at the Leslie Science and Nature Center and as an independent rehabilitator of raptors before beginning her tenure as Executive Director in early 2016. She 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 regular visits to her grandfather’s property in northern Michigan.

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.

Sarah Pooler: Development Manager

Sarah is overjoyed to be joining the Michigan Audubon team and to utilize her passion for relationship development to propel our mission forward. Sarah studied Recreational Therapy at Michigan State University and she comes to us with over a decade of non-profit and volunteer management experience. She is excited to support and expand the scope of Michigan Audubon’s efforts and to grow its ranks of supporters and bird enthusiasts across the state of Michigan.

A native of Kalamazoo, Sarah can trace her own love of wildlife and conservation to her first week of day camp at the Kalamazoo Nature Center, where she met a great horned owl on her very first day. He certainly made an impression and in turn, Sarah is happiest when she has the opportunity to explore a dense forest or a stretch of Michigan shoreline. She also enjoys tennis, yoga, and reading a good book in a great hammock.

Linnea Rowse: Conservation Program Coordinator

Linnea is an avid birder, and though she doesn’t like to pick favorites, her unofficial favorite group of birds is warblers. Linnea grew up in Minnesota, and feels lucky to have parents who encouraged her to get outdoors and got her involved with birding (i.e., participating in Birdathons!) at an early age. Linnea has been working in the avian conservation field for 11 years now, with work experience ranging from field research on breeding ecology of Black-throated Blue Warblers, to Western Bluebird social behavior studies, to migration banding in New England, the Gulf Coast, and in the Rocky Mountains, to wintering ecology studies of American Redstarts in Jamaica. She worked for three years for Audubon New York, restoring young forest habitat for Golden-winged Warblers on private lands in northern New York, and was employed by Pheasants Forever to implement Farm Bill conservation programs in Ohio. Linnea received her B.S. in Wildlife and Conservation Biology from University of Rhode Island, and her M.S. in Fisheries and Wildlife Science from The Ohio State University. Michigan Audubon’s core mission aligns well with Linnea’s own values – to connect birds and people, and to do so by employing sound conservation science, research, outreach, and education, and she looks forward to continue meeting and working with others in the conservation community in Michigan.

Elizabeth Throckmorton: Operations Manager

Born and raised in northern Michigan, Liz’s passion for animals and nature led her to the Fisheries and Wildlife program at Michigan State University, where she completed her B.S. and M.S. degrees. From there, she has held a variety of positions related to conservation and administration, including assisting in the planning of the largest ornithology conference in North America in 2017 and contributing to a diversity of research projects and publications involving fish, small mammals, mollusks, and birds. With her love of animals, nature, and connecting with people, she is so pleased to be a part of the team at Michigan Audubon. Her other passions in life include training dogs at the local humane society, caring for her rescued animals (dogs, cats, and roosters), learning about companion animal behavior, and teaching people about the magnificence of her favorite bird, the American Crow.

 

 

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