Joe is a founding member of the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, established in 1995. He led the campaign to create the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve in 1999 and in 2000 became the first President of the Friends of Banshee Reeks. Currently, when he is not volunteering with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, he is the Treasurer and the Chairman of the Conservation and Land Use Committee of the Board of Directors of the Blue Ridge Center for Environmental Stewardship, and Immediate Past President of the Virginia Society of Ornithology. He was the President of the Board of Directors of the Audubon Naturalist…
Michael joins Loudoun Wildlife from his previous position as the executive director of Friends of Black Rock-High Rock in NEVADA's Black Rock Desert. He managed all aspects of that organization’s conservation, education, and outreach activities since he took over that position in September 2014. Prior to that he spent over a year and a half working as an AmeriCorps member with the same nonprofit. He earned a Master's in Nonprofit Management at Regis University in Denver and before that a BA in Philosophy from Tulane University. In his free time, he enjoys being outdoors exploring and going on adventures.
Julie is a 17-year Loudoun resident originally from Northern Illinois where she grew up along the Mississippi River. Her parents planted the ecology seed long ago encouraging her to investigate nature. Julie has worked with several non-profit boards in the past serving as PTA president, Master Gardener Chair and as HOA board member. She is also a member of the Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce Green Business Committee. Professionally Julie has worked as a computer analyst and training coordinator. Julie is always looking to learn. She has learned more about pesticides and their effect on the environment by becoming a certified…
Linda has been a Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy volunteer for over 10 years. She and her husband, Steve, have lived in the eastern part of the county since 1983 where they raised two sons. The entire family treasures Loudoun’s natural areas and their inhabitants, and still get together for long walks to photograph, identify, and enjoy learning about the things they discover along the trails. Linda has a BS in Accounting, is a charter member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountant’s not-for-profit section, and has over 30 years’ experience directing finance, administration, governance, and human resource functions for Washington…
Patti is particularly interested in preservation, conservation, and education efforts that pertain to the natural environment. She served several terms on the Board of Directors for the Loudoun Water Authority as well as the Waterford Foundation. She currently is a member of the state’s Catoctin Creek Scenic River Advisory Committee, which was established under the Virginia Scenic Rivers Program. This program was developed to identify, designate and help protect rivers and streams that possess outstanding scenic, recreational, historic and natural characteristics of statewide significance for future generations. A registered professional engineer specializing in water treatment, Patti's clients over the past 25 years include…
Board member, Programs and Field Trips Committee Chair
For the last six years Jim has been a volunteer with the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy. Over that time, Jim has led the Programs and Field Trip committee in developing and hosting hundreds of educational programs, events and field trips throughout the county. Jim’s love for wildlife conservation goes back to his childhood days where he spent countless hours exploring nature. As a resident of Loudoun County for almost 25 years, Jim wanted to give back to the county to help educate residents and preserve the natural environment as the County faces unprecedented growth. Jim currently lives in Waterford, Va. and…
Board member, Streams Monitoring Chair
Dave took on the leadership of Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Healthy Stream Program in 2015 and is busy rebuilding the stream monitoring citizen science network. Dave is an avid participant in the Christmas Bird Count and enjoys the many bird walks sponsored by Loudoun Wildlife. He has assisted in the establishment of bluebird box trails and actively monitors two bluebird trails. In his spare time, Dave works as an executive in the Northern Virginia high-tech community where he does not use his Environmental Sciences degree.
Board member, Audubon At Home Coordinator
Anne is a Mechanical Engineer, now retired from more than 30 years with ExxonMobil, who considers herself a life-long naturalist. She started scuba diving as a teenager and was quickly interested in the marine environment, firstly in the UK, which has a rich marine diversity, then traveling to warmer oceans and coral reefs, which led her to an appreciation of the inter-connectedness of nature. In 1996, while working in New Jersey she started birding as a result of visiting such hot spots as Cape May. Moving to Loudoun County in 2014, she bought a 3-acre mostly wooded property. Her immediate…
Hatsy's professional nonprofit experience includes serving as Director of Finance and Administration for the Rural Community Assistance Partnership, and as CFO for the American Society of Appraisers and for America Media Abroad. It was her work in these positions that built her strong accounting, audit management, budgeting and communication skills. Hatsy, who earned a BS in biology and a certificate in Accounting, currently is a senior manager in the Washington, D.C. office of Your Part-Time Controller LLC. She supports the work of her colleagues and their clients as an advisor as well as a hands-on practitioner, when needed. She is…
A longtime Loudoun County resident, Bruce has lived in Sterling and Ashburn with his wife Jan for the past 30 years. He has always enjoyed exploring the outdoors, and since moving to Loudoun, has developed a passion for birding and bird conservation-related activities. As a member of Loudoun Wildlife, Bruce has led a number of bird walks around Loudoun over the years, and is a member of the Raven Loonatics team in the organization's annual Birdathon. He has also been an active contributor to both the Loudoun County Bird Atlas project (2010-2014) and the larger Virginia Breeding Bird Atlas. Bruce…
A native of Loudoun County, Sarah has been witness to the rapid growth and changes in land use here in Loudoun, and she is engaged as a wildlife and habitat ally and advocate. As a professional educator, Sarah enjoys bringing environmental education for youth and families to the organization. Her children are active in conservation and have wildlife interests that inspire her to create engaging and edu-taining programming for the next generation of conservation stewards.
Ashley initially became involved with Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy by attend birding trips and lectures. As a biology teacher interested in place based learning and getting students outside, she utilized Loudoun Wildlife's programming and expertise to enhance her classes. With the guidance from the group, Ashley was able to direct students at Loudoun School for the Gifted to develop a certified Monarch Waystation. She also incorporates dendrology, migratory waterfowl, and stream monitoring studies into her curriculum. Ashley is an active member of the Stream Monitoring Committee. She is a certified stream monitor and stream monitor trainer.
Janet previously served on the Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy Board, with a stint as vice president and 5 years coordinating Bluebird trail monitoring for the county. She has worked in Bluebird conservation for over 20 years, joining one of the first teams formed by the Virginia Bluebird Society. She currently is the Bluebird trail leader at Crooked Run Orchard. She also participates in the Christmas bird counts and butterfly counts. Janet lives in an old farmhouse near Philomont that she shares with her husband and a menagerie of animals, including chimney swifts and brown bats. Passionate about native gardening, Janet is…
For over a decade Sarah has enjoyed exploring Loudoun’s natural beauty through Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy's programs. Her children grew up toddling through local creeks in search of aquatic life at Loudoun Wildlife’s stream monitoring events. Now a certified stream monitor, Sarah participates in the organization’s local water quality assessment initiatives. She has also experienced the wonders of raising Monarch butterflies from caterpillars found on milkweed purchased at a Loudoun Wildlife native plant sale. Currently Sarah is the director of a “life skills” literacy program that provides Loudoun residents with communication and computer instruction to advance professionally and improve their quality…
Jill has a strong appreciation of the need for green spaces and wildlife, having grown up in cities such as Hong Kong and London. She moved to Loudoun County in 2012 and promptly began working part-time for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, before which she was with the Audubon Society of Northern Virginia. The bulk of her career was with United Press International and Reuters. Jill enjoys watching birds and other wildlife that visit her Monarch waystation, meadow and trees.
I enjoy Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy because all the programs that you have are super fun! ???The bat program was my favorite because bats are incredible organisms.?? you guys are so cool ??!I learned that nature is important to humanity because without plants, there would be no oxygen, and without any oxygen, we wouldn’t be here!??????. Thanks to Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy!?
-Felix Guenther, Age 11