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.

 

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 are warblers (maybe you can twist her arm and get a specific favorite bird someday!). 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. Though Linnea was generally interested in birds as a young adult, her passion for bird conservation and birding grew after a college semester abroad in New Zealand, and grew again with her first seasonal bird job after she graduated; she has been working in the avian conservation field now for the past 10 years. Linnea is very excited to join Michigan Audubon, as the core mission aligns with her own values – to connect birds and people, and to do so by employing sound conservation science, research, outreach, and education. Linnea looks forward to becoming a part of the conservation community in Michigan, and to meeting you!

 

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.