Youth and Family Program Coordinator
Meghan was born and raised in western Loudoun, and after 20 years away she’s moved back to the area. She has fond childhood memories of playing outside and exploring the woods, and she’s glad to be back in Loudoun so her two young boys can spend their childhoods the same way. As a mom, Meghan has learned how important a connection with nature is for a child’s development, and now she wants to make sure all the kids in Loudoun get a chance to connect with nature. It’s also become clear to her that time in nature is one of…
Native Plant Sale Coordinator
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…
Michael joined Loudoun Wildlife in July 2018 from his previous position as the executive director of Friends of Black Rock-High Rock in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert. He has immersed himself in Loudoun Wildlife’s programs and the Loudoun County community. He is a certified Virginia Master Naturalist with the Banshee Reeks Chapter. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Loudoun County Preservation and Conservation Coalition, the Linear Parks and Trails subcommittee of the Parks, Recreation, and Open Space advisory board, the Steering Committee of the Blue Ridge Conservation Alliance, and he is an active member of the Loudoun Chamber’s Nonprofit…
Office Management and Online Outreach Specialist
BJ retired from the U.S. Geological Survey, National Water Information System, in April 2018 after almost 38 years providing IT support to many projects. Prior to retirement, she became involved with the Monarch program in 2016, which led to joining LWC in 2016 and the Audubon at Home Program in 2017. BJ also completed the Virginia Master Naturalist program in April 2018. She is also continuing to develop her knowledge of botany and native planting on her 3+ acres to encourage pollinators and bird habitat. BJ also enjoys creating wool felt art in her spare time.
Habitat Restoration Coordinator
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.
Office Management Specialist
Before joining Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy, Doreen worked as an engineer for IBM and as an environmental engineering consultant for Booz•Allen Hamilton, focusing on pollution prevention. She has been an active volunteer in her school community in Loudoun County, with her husband and three children. She enjoys reading, cooking, hiking, gardening, and rearing Monarchs. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Franklin and Marshall College, a Bachelor of Science Materials Science Engineering from University of Pennsylvania, and a Master of Science in Environmental Engineering from George Washington University.
Bird-related Activities Coordinator
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…
Website Specialist, Plant NOVA Natives Representative
Sheila moved out to Loudoun County in 2009 and started gardening with native plants almost immediately. She serves on the steering committee of the Plant NOVA Natives campaign and is a co-organizer for Loudoun Wildlife Conservancy’s Native Plant Sale. Living just down the road from JK Black Oak Wildlife Sanctuary has lured her into lots of new projects there. Sheila is also a Virginia Master Naturalist with the Banshee Reeks Chapter.
Stream Monitoring Coordinator
Amy is a lifelong Western Loudoun County resident. Some of her fondest childhood memories center around the exploration of the woods and stream on her parents’ property – where she and her daughter, Emma, now have a stream monitoring site. Amy became involved with Loudoun Wildlife over 15 years ago, attending numerous educational programs and monitoring bluebirds. In 2019 she and Emma became certified stream monitors. Amy graduated from The College of William and Mary with a degree in Anthropology. In her varied past, she researched capuchin monkeys, worked in admin and fundraising for the non-profit NatureServe, and taught three…
Kim Strader joins us following her career at the State Arboretum of Virginia at Blandy Experimental Farm as the Assistant Curator of the Native Plant Trail. She has 25 years of horticultural experience specializing in native plants and wildlife habitat gardening. Throughout her career, Kim has planned and coordinated weekly workdays for volunteers. She attributes her success in all her positions to the volunteers who shared their time, energy, knowledge and dedication to the organizations she has worked for. Kim’s passion is connecting people with plants and nature and being a Certified Nature and Forest Therapy Guide. In her spare…