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Seattle Audubon is supported by a dedicated Board of Directors. They help to accomplish our mission to advocate and organize for cities where people and birds thrive, through a set of shared values that underline our vision of a healthy environment in balance, where people enjoy, respect and care for our urban community.

Our Board of Directors play a vital role in ensuring Seattle Audubon has the strategic direction and necessary resources to create a sustainable community. In addition to their role as at large board members, several serve on committees. We are grateful for their expertise and focus ranging from policy/legal, marketing, management, planning, communications, and community engagement to ensuring financial stability of the organization.

Current Members

Katie Amrhein-Dang

Katie Amrhein-Dang

Vice President

Katie is a long-time conservationist and lover of all things furry and feathery. She spent many hours visiting The Seattle Audubon Nature Shop as a child, hanging out with her grandfather George Johnson, the store’s longtime volunteer manager. Katie currently works as the Education Programs Manager at the PAWS Companion Animal Shelter and Wildlife Rehabilitation Center. She has over ten years of experience developing, teaching, and managing environmental and humane education programs, and has a passion for creating opportunities for others to connect to their human and natural communities. Katie possesses a graduate certificate in environmental education and a Masters in Education from the University of Washington. In her free time, Katie enjoys running, gardening, and teaching her dog new tricks.

Chrys Bertolotto

Chrys Bertolotto

Treasurer

You can often find Chrys in the garden wearing dirty gloves or walking neighborhood trails with her pooch, ready to pause when birds, pollinators and other wildlife make themselves known.  She is a seasoned conservation program manager who enjoys initiating and adaptively managing impactful ways to protect the Puget Sound lowland landscapes on which all people, wildlife and plants depend.  She has spent 30 years helping others hone and amplify their own stewardship ethic and  voices.  Chrys has worked as a public servant for numerous government agencies and non-profit organizations, leading programs like the Issaquah Stream Team, Snohomish County Beach Watchers, Promotores del Medio Ambiente and Spartina Watch.  She is excited to bring her skills as a social scientist, team leader, educator, and problem-solver to Seattle Audubon, along with a willingness to roll up her sleeves and pitch in where needed.

Anthony Floyd

Anthony Floyd

Member at Large

Anthony is a research scientist at the University of Washington. For the past 20 years, he has helped lead numerous studies on substance use disorder treatment, much of that related to opioid use disorder. More recent work has also focused on firearm injury prevention. In addition to being a community theater actor and avid photographer, Anthony is also an aspiring birder building a portfolio of photos of local birds which he shares with his friends and family. He holds a doctorate in Sociology from Stanford University.

Catherine Maxson

Catherine Maxson

Secretary

Catherine joined the Seattle Audubon board in January 2020. She is an attorney, specializing in intellectual property law. Catherine moved to Seattle in 1996 due to the abundance of nature in the city and surrounding areas, and sees serving on the Seattle Audubon board as a way to help sustain the natural areas and creatures that she loves.

Jill Naas-Blackburn

Jill Naas-Blackburn

Member at Large

Jill is an international leader with a broad range of experience including management consulting, product/project management, financial analysis/accounting and technology/operations software implementation.  Her love of birds, animals and plants started when she attended Camp Waskowitz many years ago; learning about conservation and nature.   She is honored to join the Seattle Audubon board to broaden her knowledge of birds and help keep Washington beautiful.  When Jill is not working or volunteering, she is travelling, skiing, running long distances (recently qualifying for the Boston Marathon!), relearning Spanish and reading.  To relax, Jill watches Rugby Union with her husband of ten years.  Jill has a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from the University of Washington, a Master’s Degree in Finance from Seattle University and has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Grace Rajendran

Grace Rajendran

Member at Large

Grace was born in India, lived most of her life in the Caribbean, and now calls Seattle home. Wherever she is, she’s always spent hours admiring the regional birds, which often find their way into her art. It was, in fact, her desire to learn more about the birds she illustrates and be an advocate for conservation that inspired her to volunteer at Seattle Audubon. Grace currently serves on the Equity and Justice Committee and is part of the Equity Project Task Force. When she’s not creating art or staring at beautiful birds, Grace is surrounded by books (and has the bookshelves to prove it!) in her roles as Literary Events Producer for University Book Store and the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association, as well as reviewer for the e-publication, Shelf Awareness. She looks forward to finding ways to support the mission of the Audubon by blending her love of nature with her love of the arts as well as doing all she can to help champion inclusivity within the conservation community.

Andrew Schepers

Andrew Schepers

President

Andrew has been building growth strategies using marketing technology for over fifteen years. He is currently the Senior Manager of Creative Operations at Starbucks, where he leads a team responsible for digital content publishing and technical strategy across North America. In his previous role managing email marketing for Teavana, his efforts engaged over two million new customers. He also helps lead Starbucks’ Partners for Sustainability network. He moved to Seattle in 2014, after falling in love with the local flora and fauna, especially the birds. Andrew strongly believes in engaging diverse communities in the effort to protect and renew nature. He was a founding member of Seattle Audubon’s NextGen Advisory Council and recently assisted Seattle Audubon the launch of their new website.  Andrew is an avid birder and regularly attends Seattle Audubon neighborhood walks, classes, and the CBC.

Jennifer Steele

Jennifer Steele

Member at Large

Jen is a master birder and long-time supporter of and volunteer for Seattle Audubon. Jen is Managing Director at SEI Huntington Steele, advising her client families on investments and legacy planning.  Prior to founding her company, Jen was the Assistant Treasurer at Amazon.com. Jen started her career in corporate treasury roles at the Walt Disney Company and Microsoft Corporation. Community involvement has always been a passion for Jen and she has served in a variety of capacities through the years including as a founding board member of Seattle Summer Search, audit committee member for the YWCA, investment committee member for the Seattle Symphony and the Overlake school, and she currently serves on the board of Island Conservation. Jen has masters and bachelors of science degrees in industrial engineering and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology degree all from Stanford University.

Amanda Virbitsky

Amanda Virbitsky

Member at Large

Virb (Amanda Virbitsky) is originally from Pennsylvania and is a graduate of the 2019 Seattle Audubon Master Birder class. She is excited about conservation, and thinks that birds are a great way to get more people outside and to connect them to the natural world. In her work life, she has focused on sustainability as well as the outdoor industry. In addition to serving on the NextGen Council, she is also a member of the Board of Directors, the Equity and Justice Committee, and the Strategic Planning Committee, and has volunteered for the Neighborhood Bird Project and the Puget Sound Seabird Survey. When she’s not looking at birds, she’s probably hiking, cooking, or making art.

Sharon Wada

Sharon Wada

Member at Large

A native Seattleite and graduate of the University of Washington, Sharon enjoyed a decades long career in healthcare information technology, including 25 years managing her own independent consulting firm.  Sharon is an avid photographer but fairly new to birding.  She considers it a privilege to observe and capture images of birds in nature.  Now that she is close to retirement, Sharon is refocusing her energy towards the celebration and preservation of our precious wild creatures and their habitats for future generations.  She is honored to join the Board and excited to work on bird conservation initiatives in our region.  When she isn’t learning more about birds in a Seattle Audubon class or photographing the bird life in local parks, Sharon might be spotted flying over our planet’s coral reefs with scuba and camera gear in tow.

Board Recruitment

Seattle Audubon is currently recruiting for our Board of Directors. Women, people of color, LGBTQ, and other applicants from historically underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Click to download the position description.

Committee Leadership

In addition to the Board of Directors, Seattle Audubon has several program committees that support our organization’s mission. If you are interested in learning more about Seattle Audubon committee roles, please send a message to volunteerc@seattleaudubon.org