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July 27, 2020

International Bird Rescue Announces Two New Board Members

International Bird Rescue is excited to announce the election of two new members to its Board of Directors. The newly elected Board members are Elizabeth Kinney and Dave Westerholm.

“I am pleased to welcome our two newest members to the Board of Directors,” said JD Bergeron, Bird Rescue’s Executive Director.  “They both bring a unique background and diverse experiences that make them an asset to the Board and to the organization as a whole.”

Elizabeth Kinney

Elizabeth Kinney leads communications across Procter & Gamble’s (P&G) North America Home Care business, which includes brands such as Dawn, Cascade, Swiffer and Febreze. She has spent the past nine years at P&G, working across the company in a variety of roles, including corporate media, sustainability, Fabric Care communications, and on P&G’s ‘Thank You Mom’ program. She has a Bachelor’s degree from DePauw University in Indiana, and a Masters in Strategic Communications from American University in Washington, D.C. She is located in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she lives with her husband, Doug.

Dave Westerholm photo
Dave Westerholm

Dave Westerholm is currently consulting having recently retired from NOAA where he served over 11 years as a Senior Executive and Director of the Office of Response and Restoration. He led national operational programs in Emergency Response, Marine Debris, Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) and Disaster Preparedness. Prior to NOAA, he had 5 years of corporate experience as Senior Operations Director and Vice President with Anteon and General Dynamics, where he managed portfolios in Maritime Security, IT, Policy and Communications. He is a retired Coast Guard Captain with over 27 years of experience in a variety of fields including maritime safety, port security and environmental protection with his last assignment being Coast Guard’s Chief of Response. He also served as Vice Chair of the National Response Team and Chair of several interagency and industry partnerships focused on emergency response and oil and hazardous material spill research. He holds a science degree from Temple University and a Masters from the University of Michigan.

Bird Rescue’s 2020 Board of Directors is:

Officers:

  • Toni Arkoosh Pinsky; Board Chair; Community Leader
  • John Sifling; Vice Chair & Treasurer; Principal, Broad Reach Maritime, U.S. Coast Guard Retired
  • Ron Morris; Secretary & Immediate Past Chair; U.S. Coast Guard Retired

Directors-at-large:

  • Carmine Dulisse; President & CEO, Marine Spill Response Corporation (MSRC)
  • Elizabeth Kinney; Procter & Gamble NA
  • Dr. Maria Hartley; Chevron; Adjunct Professor, Rice University
  • Dr. Ian Robinson; Retired Veterinarian
  • Beth Slatkin; Director of Marketing and Outreach, Bay Nature
  • Dave Westerholm; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Retired
December 1, 2018

New Board Member: Dr. Maria K. Hartley

Maria K. Hartley, PhD

International Bird Rescue is pleased to welcome Dr. Maria K. Hartley to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Hartley brings a wealth of experience to the Bird Rescue’s board as the global technical lead in Chevron’s Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response. She is also the assistant lead of Chevron’s Environmental Functional Team responsible for providing technical specialists to address environmental issues during potential oil spills and other emergencies. She has been with Chevron since 2009.

Maria has supported oil spill response in Chevron for 8 years, responding both domestically and internationally. Prior to this role, she developed and implemented Chevron’s industry leading environmental standards and processes worldwide, such as ESHIA (environmental, social, health impact assessment) and the Natural Resources Environmental Performance Standard and led permitting initiatives for Chevron’s major international capital projects. In addition, she advises on biodiversity and endangered species issues and advocacy.

Maria also volunteered her expertise to the Red Cross assisting and supporting disaster assessment. Receiving both her Doctorate and Masters of ecology from Rice University, she is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor, teaching Ecosystem Management at Rice, and elected member on the Board of Affiliates for the Professional Master’s Program and on the Advisory Board of the School of Natural Sciences. Maria is a British citizen, currently residing in Houston, Texas.

Bird Rescue’s ten-member board is integral in supporting the mission “to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis”, providing fiduciary oversight, and overall support to all aspects of the organization’s growth and impact.

 

November 16, 2018

New Board Member: Dr. Ian Robinson

Dr. Ian Robinson

International Bird Rescue is pleased to welcome Dr. Ian Robinson, a wildlife veterinarian and experienced response professional, to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Robinson received his veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, UK, in 1975 and the diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) in 2006. After a spell in general practice he joined the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in 1990, to establish the Norfolk Wildlife Hospital, which treated over 6,000 wildlife patients annually.

In 2003 he joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), moving to Cape Cod, Massachusetts. In 2006 Dr. Robinson rose to the position of Vice President for Animal Welfare and Conservation before retiring in 2016. As part of his involvement in wildlife rehabilitation and conservation, Dr. Robinson has attended many oil spills, wildlife emergencies and disaster responses globally.

Bird Rescue’s ten-member board is integral in supporting the mission “to inspire people to act toward balance with the natural world by rescuing waterbirds in crisis”, providing fiduciary oversight, and overall support to all aspects of the organization’s growth and impact.

December 20, 2017

Ron Morris: Bird Rescue Board Member Since 2014

Editor’s Note: The work we do at Bird Rescue wouldn’t be possible without our amazing team of staff, volunteers, and board members! Read below to meet one of our stellar team members!

While Ron may be a relatively new member of the Bird Rescue board, he’s a long-time friend to the organization. As a retired Captain in the U.S. Coast Guard and the former General Manager and President of Alaska Clean Seas, Ron has been an ally of Bird Rescue since the mid 90’s. From spill exercises and oil spill response, to capture and stabilization training throughout mainland and coastal Alaska, Ron’s collaborative efforts with Bird Rescue have a long and rich history.

Ron first met our Response Services Director, Barbara Callahan in the late 80s and our late Executive Director, Jay Holcomb in the late 90s. Ron remembers working emergency response efforts with both Jay and Barbara and looks back on the events fondly. “When you’re working in that sort of a situation with someone, one where every moment counts, you begin to get a sense of who they are, of what they are made of.” Both Jay and Barbara were a pleasure to work with, and I knew I could rely on them”.

Though Ron’s official capacities may have shifted when he retired, the same sense of duty and willingness to help has stayed with him as a now Board Member and currently chairman for International Bird Rescue. Ron not only brings a career’s worth of coastal and oceanic knowledge to the table but an Officer’s ability to step in and get the job done as needed. Our Executive Director, JD Bergeron, said it best “Ron brings to the board all of the confidence and reassuring demeanor of a ship’s captain. He calmly and skillfully steers the board through the challenges of a successful not-for-profit organization as it approaches its 50th year.”

Ron found both his career with the U.S. Coast Guard and with Alaska Clean Seas to be rewarding and fulfilling but is happy to be retired and enjoying a different side of life. When Ron is not busy with Bird Rescue, you can find him traveling the countryside with his wife Kandis (married 40 years!) in their RV, at his cabin in Oregon, or spending time with his two daughters and grandchildren (including furry ones) in Washington. When reflecting on his life’s accomplishments Ron’s family was at the top of his list, his eyes lighting up the whole time he spoke of them. Ron loves to travel, golf, kayak, and ski, and is proud to stand by Bird Rescue as a beloved board member. Thank you, Ron, for bringing all that you do to the organization!