Michael Patterson
(301) 752-5763


Michael has been a member of Audubon since 1999 and has been on the Board since 2013. In addition to being Past President he is also the Webmaster for the Southern Maryland Audubon Society. He is a naturalist and a nature center facility director in Prince George’s County.

Margarita Rochow
(240) 557-1748


A Missouri native, Margarita moved to Baltimore to study International Relations at Johns Hopkins. In Southern Maryland since 1987, she now shares the natural world with students at the Elms Environmental Education Center, part of the St. Mary’s County Public School system. She loves to travel, observing animals in the air, under the water, and on land.

Tiffany Farrell
(301) 609-1345
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.
Lee Vines
(301) 752-4976

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 SMAS, 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.

Carole Schnitzler
cschnitzler55 (at)

Carole is a retired teacher from Charles County Schools. She is on our Raptor Conservation committee and chair of our Adopt-a-Raptor program. As a passionate educator and birder Carole has brought great energy to the board. She is also an active volunteer for Friends of Chapman State Park, an Important Bird Area, and assists Nanjemoy Creek Environmental Center with raptor care.

Julie Simpson


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.

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