Slate of Nominees for the Board of Directors

Sarah Kirchen
Sarah’s active interest in birds and birding dates to 2008 when she became a volunteer at the National Zoo Birdhouse. She joined the DC Audubon Society board in 2013 and assists in the design of the website and provides support on field trips. Sarah enjoys talking to newcomers and youngsters about birds and would like to see DC Audubon sponsor events for grandparents, other seniors and kids. She retired from the Department of Energy in 2010 after a 40 year career in energy efficiency and renewable energy.

Nick Lund
Nick is an attorney who works in energy policy for the National Parks Conservation Association. He writes about birds and birding at The Birdist website, and he contributes nature writing to

Thomas Miskovsky
Thomas Miskovsky is a DC native and a carpenter in the area. A birder for over twenty years, Tom joined DC Audubon in 2007. The Chapter’s president, Tom’s goal is to foster appreciation of the District as a habitat for birds and other nature.

John Orem
John is an independent financial advisor. He is a native Washingtonian who first became interested in birding after taking a special-topics biology course on ornithology during his junior year at Gonzaga College High School in the District. His favorite bird found within the District’s borders is the Barred Owl.

Liz Pomper
Liz is the Director of Online Outreach for National Audubon Society’s policy program. She’s worked for Audubon since 1999 in a variety of positions, including as a naturalist at the Audubon Center in Greenwich, Connecticut, before moving to DC in 2006. On the DC Audubon Society board, she serves as the Technical Committee chair, overseeing the website and email list. Her favorite bird is the Chimney Swift.

Rebecca Roose
Rebecca is a life-long conservationist and has been birding for the past seven years. Rebecca has been in the DC area for over 10 years and resides in the bustling Shaw neighborhood. She joined the DC Audubon Society board of directors in 2014. Rebecca works on Clean Water Act program implementation at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Erik Schneider
Erik brings a passion for bird conservation to both his professional and personal life. During the day, he works for the National Audubon Society as a Policy Associate, in which he advocates for strong conservation policy in Congress and the Administration on behalf of birds and other wildlife. Outside of work, he enjoys visiting the local birding hotspots as often as possible. He is originally from the Chicago area, and has a Master’s degree in Environmental Policy from Indiana University.

Zach Slavin
Zach works for the National Audubon Society’s Community Conservation & Education department out of their DC office. Zach has been an avid birdwatcher and photographer for over three years, concentrating his bird watching efforts in the DC area. Through DC Audubon he hopes to educate DC residents about the incredible variety of species and habitats in DC, help them take steps to conserve these habitats, and encourage the monitoring of local bird populations through citizen science.

Jim Steele
Jim, a third-generation, native Washingtonian, is an attorney at the DC based law firm of Carr Maloney P.C. Jim was introduced to birding in 1993 by DC Audubon chapter president Thomas Miskovsky. His two favorite birding experiences were spotting a Wood Thrush (the official bird of DC) on Roosevelt Island and a Cooper’s Hawk in the fountain in front of the White House.

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.