Board of Directors

The Audubon Society of the District of Columbia is an all-volunteer organization that depends on the hard work of our members, officers, and directors.

Officers, 2016-2017

  • Zach Slavin, President
  • Chris Murray, Vice President
  • Kathleen Cromley, Secretary
  • Liz Pomper, Treasurer

Board of Directors, 2016-2017

 Kathleen Cromley


 Kathleen was born in D.C. and has spent most of her life here with the exception of one major detour to Los Angeles, California. She was an Executive Producer with the Discovery Travel Channel for five years and the National Geographic Channel for nine years. Currently working as an independent producer- writer, her clients include Discovery Studios, and The Weather Channel. A casual birder for years during trips to the Outer Banks of N.C., she recently began a more focused approach and is now delighted to be making up for lost time. Her favorite bird is the Scarlet Tanager.
Barbara Elkus


Barbara was born in D.C. but raised in San Francisco.  Returning to D.C. for “2-5 years,” Barbara has instead been here for 40 years.  The first 25 years were at EPA, primarily in the water and waste programs, then several years with various environmental non-profits.  A founding Board member of Rock Creek Conservancy and long-time Christmas Bird Count participant, Barbara enjoys more focus on local issues, and birding, in her retirement.  Her favorite bird is the Wood Duck..
Sara Fuentes


Sara started birding about a year ago, and quickly become obsessed. Originally from Corpus Christi, Texas, she has been in the DC region for over 10 years, working as a government relations expert in the defense and maritime industry. This is her first year serving on the Board.  Her favorite bird is the Great Blue Heron.
Angie Gipson


Angie started birding with her parents as a teenager in Galveston, Texas.  She moved to DC almost a decade ago and works on refugee and asylum matters at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.  Angie joined the Board in 2015 and also volunteers with City Wildlife’s Lights Out DC program. An enthusiastic amateur, she never leaves home without a pair of binoculars and tries to combine birding with  other leisure pursuits: biking and craft beer. Her favorite bird is the Painted Bunting.
Sarah Kirchen


Sarah’s active interest in birds and birding dates back to 2008, when she became a volunteer at the National Zoo Birdhouse and a member of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Club. She joined the Board in 2013 and assisted in the design of the website. Sarah enjoys talking to newcomers and youngsters about birds and has been active in DC Audubon’s education and field trip activities. She retired from the U. S. Department of Energy in 2010, after a 40 year career in energy efficiency and renewable energy. Her favorite bird is Darwin the Emu at the National Zoo.
Nick Lund Nick began birding in Maine before moving to DC. He works by day doing energy policy for an environmental non-profit, and works by night as The Birdist, writing about birding for Audubon, Slate, the Washington Post, National Geographic, and any other outlet that will have him.
Joel Merriman


Joel began birding in the late 90’s as a result of an optional morning field trip in an undergraduate ornithology class.  This interest carried him through two degrees in wildlife biology and then nearly a decade of ecological consulting in the Pacific Northwest.  After an extraordinary year of graduate study in Australia, Joel moved to Washington, D.C. to focus on conservation on a more international stage.  He joined the board in 2015 and is very excited to help shape the organization’s programs. His favorite bird is the American Woodcock.
Tom Miskovksy


Tom is a lifelong nature enthusiast and has been birding for more than twenty five years; he has been a director with D.C. Audubon for over ten years. Born, raised, and currently residing in D.C., he has also lived in Maine and Massachusetts. He is a carpenter in residential home improvement and is a twenty year member and assistant manager at Whitehaven Community Garden in Glover Park.  He has a special fondness for three birds that have provided the soundtrack for his life since before he can remember – the Northern Mockingbird, American Crow, and Mourning Dove.
Chris Murray


Chris is a lecturer in political science and coordinates the internship and academic programs at the Marquette University Les Aspin Center for Government.  He teaches courses in the area of American politics.  A native of Wisconsin, Chris has lived in Washington, DC for the past 20 years and was introduced to birding largely through DC Audubon’s monthly bird walks.  When he is not birding he enjoys scouring the area’s record stores for treasures and trying to prevent the further decline of his once relatively-decent tennis game. His favorite bird is the Red-headed Woodpecker.
John Orem


At 16, John enrolled in a “special topics” biology class at Gonzaga College High School. The focus was ornithology, and it included dissection, identification, conservation and two field trips to the Everglades in search of Ivory-billed Woodpeckers. He has been an amateur birder ever since. John is a principal at Potomac Wealth Advisors, LLC, an independent financial planning, insurance and investment firm. He is in his fifth year serving on the Board of Directors, where he assist with governance and finance matters. His favorite D.C. bird is the Barred Owl who lives in the wooded border of Oregon Ave, NW.
Liz Pomper


Liz joined the board in 2012 and currently serves as the Treasurer. Liz is the Director of Online Outreach for the National Audubon Society’s public policy program. In this role, she manages Audubon’s online advocacy efforts and supports the online advocacy work of Audubon’s state offices. Prior to moving to Washington, D.C., in 2006, Liz worked as a naturalist at the Audubon Center of Greenwich in Connecticut. She also volunteers as a tour guide at the National Zoo. Her favorite bird is the Chimney Swift.
Erik Schneider


Erik Schneider joined the board in 2014. Erik is a Policy Associate for the National Audubon Society, where he works to advance Audubon’s legislative and administrative priorities. Outside of work, he enjoys visiting local birding hotspots, such as Rock Creek Park. He is originally from the Chicago area, and has a Master’s degree in environmental policy from Indiana University. His favorite bird is the Short-eared Owl..
Zach Slavin


Zach joined the board in 2012 and serves as the Secretary and Education Chair. Zach is a program manager with National Audubon Society’s Science division where he works on citizen science programs including the Christmas Bird Count, Great Backyard Bird Count, and Hummingbirds at Home. Previously he managed the Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grants program that provided funding and training to environmental projects and leaders around the country. Zach enjoys leading bird walks, especially for beginners, and is also interested in bird and wildlife photography. His favorite bird is the Pileated Woodpecker.
Carol Stoel


Carol has always been a backyard birder from the days when her father threw grapefruits at cats that came near their bird feeder in New Jersey.  Carol has lived in Washington for many years and still enjoys backyard and local birding on the Canal in the spring, and in the parks and countryside around DC.  Although a somewhat longer trip, she also enjoys birding on Chincoteague Island. Carol recently retired from the National Science Foundation, but still works there on an intermittent basis.  Prior to working at NSF, she worked on school reform and studied teaching practices of science and math in various countries.  She is an active community member, particularly involved with the Columbia Heights Education Campus in DC.
Callie Ward Callie was born and lives in DC. Currently at the State Department in international youth exchange programs, Callie has extensive international experience. She started birding while living in Japan in the early 1990s after becoming fascinated by cormorants swimming in the river near her apartment.