Directors

Director 
Tim Wells

timothw@gmail.com

Tim is a resident of La Plata, MD, graduated from La Plata High School and received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Agricultural and Biological Engineering from Clemson University. He has been employed as a Conservation Engineer with the Charles Soil Conservation District since 2013. His knowledge regarding the importance of employing conservation best management practices, and how it benefits avian habitat, will benefit the mission and goals of our society greatly. In addition to birding, Tim is a member of the Oyster Management Reserve with the Potomac River Fisheries Commission, volunteers at the American Chestnut Land Trust in Prince Frederick as a Master Naturalist and enjoys hiking, barbecuing, and tennis. Anything to be outside!

Director
Julie Simpson

jsimps@runbox.com

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Julie is a long-time resident of Charles County and a graduate of the University of Illinois and Georgetown University Law Center. She recently retired from a career as a federal attorney, first with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and later at the Environmental Protection Agency. While at EPA, Julie had the opportunity to participate in the Brookings Legis Fellows program, assigned to the office of Congressman James P. Moran of Virginia, where she developed legislative proposals in the fields of environment and health. She has been an active volunteer and was a member of the Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2015.

Director
Tiffany Farrell
Georgia_collie@yahoo.com
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Tiffany is a native Southern Marylander. She graduated from La Plata High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After living “across the pond” and across the Potomac, she migrated homeward in 2007. Tiffany became interested in birds when an adventure in Namibia brought her face-to-face with a Lilac-breasted Roller. A magical encounter with a Scarlet Tanager in the spring woodland sealed a new-found delight in birding. Tiffany has worked for the Smithsonian Institution since 1999 and previously served as a city council-appointed commissioner for the arts in Alexandria. 

 

Director
Lee Vines
Leevines3@gmail.com
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Lee is a retired Biology professor from the College of Southern Maryland. He taught at CSM for 16 years, before that Botany and Environmental Science at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. Along with being a member of Southern Maryland Audubon Society, he is also a member of the Maryland Native Plant Society. Personal: Wife, Mary Hunt, they live in White Plains. Between the two of them they have 5 grandchildren, ranging in age from 6 (twin Grandsons in NC) to 15. Besides being a novice birder, he loves road trips and travel.

 

 

Director
Tom Seaton

tjsaccokeek@gmail.com

Tom has been a resident of southern Maryland since 1992 and an avid birder since he was sixteen.  He lives in Waldorf with his wife and two children.  After a stint in the Navy JAG Corps, he joined EPA in 1988, where he currently works as an attorney in EPA’s criminal enforcement program, and previously worked in the Agency’s Office of Water.  For the past few years he has been assisting Maryland-DC Audubon and the Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership sponsored  breeding bird surveys at Parkers Creek and Mattawoman Natural Environment Area.  Besides birding, he enjoys playing classical guitar, cooking, and family life. He has a degree in history from the University of Connecticut, and a law degree from Pepperdine University.

 

Director 
Greg Klesch

greg.klesch@gmail.com

Greg is a retired Navy helicopter pilot and works as a contractor performing operations research and program analysis at Patuxent River Naval Air Station.  Since his first love is biology and he enjoys connecting with nature, his wife Georgiana suggested they participate in the Great Backyard Bird Count at the Indian Head Rail Trail, that’s where he first met Lynne and was introduced to the Southern Maryland Audubon Society.  Greg currently serves on our Conservation Committee as a representative for St. Mary’s County and also volunteers as the Bald Eagle Nest Monitoring database manager for Maryland Bird Conservation Partnership.

 

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