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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.

Officers

Jennifer McKeirnan, President
Andrew Schepers, Vice President
Catherine Maxson, Secretary
Susan Marks, Treasurer

Board At Large

Katie Amrhein
Anthony Floyd
Robert Sieh
Jennifer Steele
Amanda Virbitsky

Seattle Audubon Director Biographies

Jennifer McKeirnan, President: Jen is a Master Birder and leads field trips with Seattle Audubon. She is a graduate of the University of Washington with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and has earned her Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. She has worked at Boeing for over 15 years as a stress engineer, flight controls test director and currently as a Project Manager. In 2016, she took a year off of work to do a WA State Big Year and designed a website http://www.wabirdyear.com. In her free time, she volunteers for various activities with Seattle Audubon including the Governance Committee. She also enjoys traveling, hiking and biking.

Andrew Schepers, Vice President: Andrew has been building growth strategies using marketing technology for over fifteen years. He is currently the Senior Manager of Marketing Operations at Starbucks, where he leads a team responsible for digital content publishing and technical strategy across the US, Canada, and the UK. In his previous role managing email marketing for Teavana, his efforts engaged over two million new customers. 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 has been active with Seattle Audubon’s NextGen Advisory Council since its inception in October 2018 and recently assisted Seattle Audubon with their email system migration and newsletter redesign. Andrew is an avid birder and regularly attends Seattle Audubon neighborhood walks, classes, and the CBC.

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.

Susan Marks, Treasurer: Susan is a CPA and a semi-retired Audit Principal with McDonald Jacobs, P.C., with over thirty five years of experience as an auditor and practicing accountant, specializing in the nonprofit industry. After 15 years of commuting between Seattle and Portland for work, Susan has settled permanently in Kirkland with husband and pets. Susan also serves on the finance committee for The Street Trust (Portland). Susan received a BS degree in business administration/accounting from Oregon State University.

Katie Amrhein: 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.

Anthony Floyd: 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.

Robert Sieh: Bob is a past president of Seattle Audubon (1992-94), current chair of the Martin Miller Special Habitat Selection Committee, and was for many years a board member of EarthShare Washington. Bob grew up in Illinois, and moved to Seattle with his wife, Ellen, in 1975. Since then, Bob has practiced law in various areas, including real estate, corporate, and general practice.

Jennifer Steele: 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: 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.

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