Ed holds an undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Management from Kettering University, but a blossoming interest in folk music and society led him to graduate school at Michigan State University, where he earned his Master's and Ph.D. degrees in Cultural Anthropology. Although he loved seeing birds like the Green Bee-eater and Indian Roller in the village where he carried out his field work, he taught Anthropology and Ethnomusicology at San Diego State University for 33 years before doing more serious bird-watching and bird-photography. Birding in San Diego County as well as other parts of the world has made Ed ever more concerned about the need for protecting wildlife habitat. Ed and his wife, Connie, have an adult son and daughter.
Lisa Chaddock, Vice President
Lisa teaches Geography and researches Earth Systems at San Diego City College and Cuyamaca College. She is a National Science Foundation researcher, and participates in their Quality Education for Minorities program, as well as in the MESA (Math, Engineering, Science Achievement) Program. Her research includes Kumeyaay ethnobotany and cultural ecology and a project for Homeland Security assessing readiness for a major earthquake on the San Andreas fault, with a special focus on mapping environmental hazards in relation to known smaller faults throughout San Diego.
Conny Jamison, Treasurer
Conny served as Economist and City Treasurer for the City of San Diego from 1978-2001, and has served on the Boards of SD Foundation, Kiwanis Club of San Diego and Kiwanis Club Foundation, EdFund, and has served as Treasurer of Kiwanis and Kiwanis Foundation. Conny has a keen interest in birding that has grown over the past 15 years, and has traveled extensively in Mexico, South and Central America, and Africa. Conny holds a BA from Occidental College, a Master of Public Administration-City Planning from SDSU and a PhD in Economics from UCSD.
Renee first fell in love with nature and the outdoors when, at age 5, her family moved to the outskirts of Grand Rapids, Michigan. In a new area surrounded by forests, swamps and all manner of critters including deer (and in my dreams, wolves), Renee spent her childhood climbing trees and peeking into robin’s nests at the bright blue eggs, finally called home at the days end by mother ringing a large cow bell. What a wonder to a little kid. After two years of college at Golden West, Renee became a legal secretary to the Managing Partner at one of the largest law firms in Orange County. After 20 years in the field she returned to California State Fullerton where she received a degree in Finance in 1998 and became a financial analyst.
Rebecca Wilbanks, Anstine Committee
Rebecca is the Resident Manager at Anstine-Audubon Nature Preserve. Throughout Rebecca's life, she has worked in a couple of different fields, including teaching for 14 years and is currently an IHSS Provider. Rebecca's heart truly belongs outside among the trees, the animals and the birds. She has studied and trained to receive certifications in wildlife tracking, wilderness basics, gardening and native plant restoration.
David is a professional Graphic Designer and Illustrator at Melden & Melden Advertising. His work includes graphic design and illustration for printing and web, original art is various media, and copy editing and writing. David first became active with San Diego Audubon when he contributed artwork to the newsletter in 1980. He has since designed numerous logos, brochures and other printed materials, as well as produced original illustrations and paintings for San Diego Audubon use. David holds a BA in Visual Arts from UC San Diego and continues to lead the organization's strategic communications work.
Jim is the previous chair of the City of San Diego’s Wetlands Advisory Board and the Independent Rates Oversight Committee, which advises the Mayor and Council regarding the Water and Wastewater Departments. Jim is also the Chair of the board of Friends of Famosa Slough and a founding Board Member of the San Diego River Park Foundation. Jim previously worked as a civilian physicist and engineer for the Navy research laboratories on Point Loma in the fields of sonar systems, undersea warfare, and ocean engineering. He holds a BA with a major in Physics from Occidental College.
Sarah Zakaria, Education
Sarah has over 10 years of experience in non-profits and higher education in the East Coast and San Diego. Currently, she is the associate director of Alumni Relations at University of San Diego. Sarah is a former board member of the Southern California Museum Educators, and earned a bachelors degree in anthropology from George Washington University and a masters in museum education from University of the Arts. She is certified by the National Association of Interpretation as a Certified Interpretive Trainer and Certified Interpretive Guide.
David Kimball, Membership & Bird Festival
Having resided his whole life near the Pacific Ocean, David became involved with San Diego Audubon following his retirement as San Diego site manager of Lockheed Martin. He has chaired the San Diego Bird Festival since 2007. As his favorite activity is working on native plant restoration, he can regularly be found at San Diego Audubon's habitat restoration events. He is also on the board of Friends of Famosa Slough and leads the revegetation work for the Sunset Cliffs Natural Park council.
Eowyn Bates, Development
Eowyn Bates grew up in Green Bay and the Northwoods of Wisconsin where she learned to love the outdoors from her father, a naturalist and writer. She attended Macalester College and moved to San Diego 16 years ago. Eowyn has nearly 20 years of experience working for nonprofits and is currently the senior director of development and membership at the San Diego Natural History Museum. She lives in Normal Heights with her husband, a high school science teacher.
Wayne Harmon, Member-at-Large
Wayne is a retired geography professor who has been interested in birds and their habitats, fly fishing and other cultures much of his life. He taught Cultural, Economic and Physical Geography at Grossmont College and served as a Divisional Dean. Wayne has been active in San Diego Audubon since 1990. Wayne has a BA and MA in geography from San Diego State University and has done additional graduate work at the University of Iowa. He was also a Fulbright Scholar to the United Kingdom, where he studied the Industrial Revolution.
Mike Matherly, Member-at-Large
Mike is a retired professional geographer, working for over 35 years at Grossmont College, where he taught in the Earth Sciences Department specializing in urban growth and resource issues. Mike has been involved with the San Diego Audubon board for 9 years and presently heads the Speaker Bureau, presenting to groups on topics ranging from bird conservation to nature deficit disorder in children. He has been a birder and bird photographer since 1996, when he discovered that the search for birds gets you to some of the wildest places on earth.
Joe became interested in ecology while working as a seasonal firefighter in Humboldt County in the 1980s and 1990s. He holds a bachelors degree in Wildlife from Humboldt State University, and has worked as an ecologist ever since. Joe's main focus is wetland ecology, where he works to minimize and mitigate project impacts and restore degraded wetlands for birds and other wildlife. He and his family enjoy traveling and have taken expeditions in western United States as well as Mexico and Central America.