About Us


Meet the Audubon Vermont Staff!!
About Us


Meet the Audubon Vermont Staff!!

We are a group of people who are passionate about our work and believe in the power of education, conservation, and policy action!

Debbie Archer 
Education Program Manager
802-434-3068 ext: 13 | Debbie.Archer@audubon.org
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Contact Debbie with questions about education programs, field trips, and camps.

Growing up in a military family, Debbie moved around the country throughout her childhood. But, as a fourth-grader, she made a declaration that she would live in Vermont when she grew up. Many years later she is very happily putting down roots here in Vermont and working for Audubon. Debbie joined the education team in 2015 with a Master of Science in Environmental Science from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She gained experience in outdoor education working as an educator, naturalist, and camp program manager at environmental education camps in Alaska and California. She lives in Montpelier where she continues to be excited to see and experience all that Vermont has to offer during each of its seasons.  

Emily Calder 
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Emily grew up playing in the woods and mountains of New Hampshire with her family. This interest in the outdoors grew through her participation in backpacking camps in high school. Emily discovered her love for outdoor education while working at a summer camp in Rhode Island. She earned her B.S. in Environmental Science from Saint Michael’s College in 2019. After graduation, Emily spent two years living in the White Mountains while working as an environmental educator. She gained additional education experience as a paraeducator with the Burlington School District. Emily is excited to get back outside as an educator with Audubon and cannot wait to teach in and explore the nature here this year. Emily lives in Burlington and enjoys birding, rock climbing, hiking, and playing board games. 

Tim Duclos
Forest Program Senior Associate
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Tim is a native Vermonter with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Vermont and Master of Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. His passion for conservation extends back to teenage years spent at the Green Mountain Conservation Camps. In times since, he has worked with birds in almost every role he has held in his career. His passion for Northern Forest birds really took flight after becoming involved with the work of the Vermont Center for Ecostudies, where he fell in love with the Bicknell’s Thrush and mountain conservation. This led to his graduate studies where Tim conducted pioneering research with the USGS Climate Adaptation Science Center and USFS Northern Forest Research Station investigating the role that climate and forests play in shaping the avian communities of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. After graduate school, Tim returned to Vermont where he combined his knowledge of forest birds with the field of forestry at Merck Forest & Farmland Center.

For Tim, his passion for birds is rooted in the functional application of the story that avian diversity tells in terms of ecosystem health - and the connections that all people can have with conservation through our feathered friends. Growing up off-the-grid in rural Vermont his interest in avian conservation also directly relates to the importance of working lands. Today, he continues this legacy himself, homesteading on 35 acres in Dorset, Vermont with his wife Carolyn and their pup, Rodeo. Beside working the land, Tim spends his free time occupied by many passions involving the mountains, the waters, and woods.

Margaret Fowle
Senior Conservation Biologist 
802-434-3068 ext: 22 | Margaret.Fowle@audubon.org
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Margaret Fowle is a senior conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont's Priority Bird and Working Lands Initiatives. Prior to coming to Audubon in 2009, Margaret coordinated Peregrine Falcon and Bald Eagle recovery efforts in Vermont. Margaret also works with private landowners to promote management activities that enhance grassland, shrubland, and farmland habitats for priority bird species. Margaret obtained her Master's degree in wildlife biology from the University of Vermont, where she studied the population of Double-crested Cormorants on Lake Champlain. She lives in Huntington with her husband Breck and two daughters Ada and Frances. They enjoy hiking, skiing, biking, and gardening. 

Kim Guertin
Green Mountain Audubon Center Director 
802-434-3068 ext: 12 | Kim.Guertin@audubon.org
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Kim has worked for Audubon Vermont since 2000 and before that worked for the local Audubon chapter. Nature-based education is her passion and she became the first National Audubon certified teacher-naturalist in the country. Kim now works as the Director of the Green Mountain Audubon Center in Huntington. She graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Environmental Studies, with a concentration in Environmental Education. She also attended the School for International Training in Arusha, Tanzania where she studied wildlife, conservation and ecology. Kim lives with her husband and two children in North Duxbury. She enjoys hiking with her dog, skiing out her back door, yoga, and drinking coffee by her woodstove.  

Steve Hagenbuch
Conservation Biologist 
 802-434-3068 ext: 21 | Steve.Hagenbuch@audubon.org
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Steve has worked with Audubon in a variety of roles since 1998. Currently, he is a conservation biologist with Audubon Vermont's Forest Bird Initiative. In this position, Steve works with private landowners, municipalities, foresters, and land managers to promote management activities that will enhance the habitat value of forestland for priority bird species. In 2009 Steve obtained his master's degree in conservation biology from Antioch University New England. His graduate research investigated the implications of maple sugarbush management for Neotropical migrant songbirds. When not in the woods on business Steve can still be found there - hiking, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, exploring with his kids, or whatever else seems like fun. Steve, his wife Dana, and their two children live on an 1850's farm in Waterbury Center, VT. 

David Hewitt
Community Science and Chapter Engagement AmeriCorps Member 802-434-3068 ext: 17 | david.hewitt@audubon.org 
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David’s love for the natural world was initially spurred by the Science and Nature Program at the American Museum of Natural History in New York and growing up adjacent to the trails of the Audubon Society in Fairfield, Connecticut.  When he was a junior in high school, he received the James Lowenstein Scholarship to attend the Conserve School, an environmental semester program in the Northwoods of Wisconsin. This experience was transformative and strengthened his resolve to learn more about biodiversity. A 2020 graduate of Hobart William Smith College, he majored in Environmental Studies and minored in Public Policy. David is an avid sailor and has taught summer programs, coached a high school team and been the director of a non-profit sailing program for the past three years. He looks forward to serving with Audubon Vermont as their Community Science and Chapter Engagement AmeriCorps Member

Sarah Hooghuis
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Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator 
802-434-3068 ext: 20 | sarah.hooghuis@audubon.org 
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Sarah grew up in Connecticut and graduated from Skidmore College with a BA in Environmental Studies. As a kid, you could find them playing in streams and woods. Sarah discovered a love of birds later in life, her spark bird was a Steller’s Jay in Colorado - from then on a bird guide and binoculars were necessities on every walk. Prior to joining our team as the Youth Conservation Leadership Coordinator, they served as our Outreach and Education AmeriCorps member from 2019-2021, and returned in the winter of 2022 as a Sugaring Assistant for our bird-friendly maple syrup operation. They come to this position with seven years of experience in environmental education and communications. 

Sarah describes themself as an amateur naturalist with a desire to sponge up as much knowledge about the natural world as possible. They are excited to be back at Audubon Vermont working to provide opportunities for youth around the state to engage in environmental conservation.

Emily Kaplita
Senior Educator 
802-434-3068 ext: 14 |Emily.Kaplita@audubon.org
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Emily is originally from Connecticut. Vermont has always held a special place in her heart since she was young, and she is happy to now call Vermont home.  Emily has been at Audubon Vermont since 2016, first teaching as summer camp staff, then serving as Audubon Vermont's first AmeriCorps Member, and now joining the Education Team as a Teacher/Naturalist. She has a Bachelor's of Science degree in Biology from Dickinson College and a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education from Champlain College. Emily has multiple years of experience in environmental education and research experience with amphibians, mostly the American Toad, and will enhance our education programs more with this knowledge. Emily currently lives in South Burlington.  She enjoys hiking, biking, swimming in fresh water, skiing (both Nordic and downhill), and spending time with family and friends.   

Mark LaBarr
Conservation Program Manager 
802-434-3068 ext: 10 |Mark.LaBarr@audubon.org
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Mark has been with Audubon for more than 15 years. His work includes coordinating the Vermont Common Tern Recovery Project, the Green Mountain Audubon Center bird banding station and the Audubon Vermont Conservation Internship Program. He has worked on bird projects from Hawaii to Belize studying everything from albatrosses to catbirds. Mark also oversees the stewardship needs at the Green Mountain Audubon Center. Mark has a B.S. in Wildlife Biology from the University of Vermont and a Master’s in Education from St. Michael's College. He enjoys spending time with his two children, Owein and Mae, and lives in Huntington. 

Meghan Lee-Hall
Office Coordinator   
802-434-3068 ext 18|meghan.lee@audubon.org

Meghan started at Audubon Vermont in the summer of 2023. She has always loved spending time outdoors and has a passion for birds and wildlife. Meghan moved to Vermont from Massachusetts to attend UVM and earn her BS in Zoology. She fell in love with the mountains and spends most weekends exploring with her husband and dog. She is excited to join the Audubon Vermont team and help them protect the beauty and biodiversity of Vermont for future generations.

Drop by the Visitor Center front desk to say hi! She's happy to help you plan your hike around our trails, share the best spots for birding, or sell you some Bird-Friendly Maple Syrup.

Jillian Liner
Interim Executive Director and Director of Conservation
802-434-3068 ext: 24 | Jillian.Liner@audubon.org
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Joining Audubon Vermont in 2022, Jillian is a newer member of the Vermont team, but she is no stranger to Audubon or Vermont. She spent the last twenty years at Audubon NY—first as the Important Bird Area Coordinator, then Director of Bird Conservation, and most recently Director of Conservation. In those roles she co-authored Important Bird Areas of New York: Habitats Worth Protecting, a reference for groups looking to protect bird habitat, and launched new conservation initiatives focused on the most at-risk birds.

Prior to joining Audubon, Jillian was involved in a variety of research projects in Florida, Minnesota, Montana, and Vermont, many studying raptors. She also worked on landscape inventories and conservation plans to prioritize limited resources on the most vulnerable habitats. Jillian earned her B.A. in biology from Skidmore College and M.S. in Ecological Planning from UVM’s School of Natural Resources. She also participated in the School for Field Studies’ Wildlife Management program in Kenya.

Kyra Monsam 
Education and Outreach Americorps Member
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Kyra is originally from North Carolina, where she spent her childhood fishing, swimming, and exploring in and around Lake Norman. She has always had a deep love for the natural world, especially the animals that inhabit it. Kyra attended the Pennsylvania State University, where she first discovered her love for environmental education through a program known as Outdoor School. She was able to couple her love of the environment and her affinity for teaching with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Science and a minor in Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management. Kyra first visited Vermont in early 2022 and immediately felt connected to the expansive views and incredible stars. She spent the summer on Lake Fairlee as a camp counselor, and was amazed by the vibrancy and beauty of the Green Mountain State. She is looking forward to spending her second summer in Vermont hiking, exploring, and brushing up on her knowledge of native species. Kyra is so excited to be serving the Green Mountain Audubon Center and building connections within the Huntington community and beyond. 

Amy Simmons
646-290-0821| Amy.Simmons@audubon.org
Director Individual Giving

Originally from Kentucky, Amy supports Audubon Vermont remotely from New York City, where she’s lived for most of her adult life. She’s passionate about birds and the environment.  As a child, she and her family watched birds and spent a lot of time enjoying nature.  In the years since, she’s noticed the reduction in the number and diversity of birds and insects and wondered how she could help -- given that her college degree is in history.  After years of working in the corporate world, in 2019 she gave herself permission to “pivot” and do work that was truly meaningful for her, and that brought her to Audubon where she was able to put her business skills to work raising funds to help birds and the places they need.  Amy lives with her partner, Audrey, in Manhattan and spends as much of her free time as possible birding – often in Central Park. She’s thrilled that her work often brings her to Vermont and loves nothing more than squeezing in a bit of local birding while here.

Cassie Wolfanger
Conservation Research Fellow 
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Originally from western New York, Cassie Wolfanger spent her childhood exploring the great outdoors and refusing to come inside. She holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Environmental Science and Ecology from SUNY Brockport, where her research focused on land use and restoration influences on coastal wetland biogeochemistry.

Previously, Cassie worked for the Vermont Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit on juvenile lake sturgeon and then for the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources. She’s most passionate about the protection of rare, threatened, and endangered species, and keeping natural places wild for their survival. With a firm belief that a connection to nature must be accessible to all, she values engaging historically underserved communities in the conversation around environmental action and policy. Cassie’s goal is to find the best ways we can be stewards of the land, even in human-dominated landscapes, in order to coexist with wildlife, so this fellowship opportunity is very exciting! Currently, Cassie lives in Richmond where her free time is spent hiking with her dog, kayaking, playing women’s rugby, or Nordic skiing. 

Audubon Interns 

Alison Choate
Environmental Policy Intern 
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Alison is the Policy Intern at Audubon Vermont. Alison grew up exploring the outdoors with her family all over the United States. As a child, she would go hiking and camping every other weekend. In the winters her family would enjoy hitting the slopes together. Her parents are avid birders and taught her and her sisters the joy of birding. All of this engrained in her a love for nature and the need to contribute to protecting it. As an adult, her love for the environment and her need to be outside has not dwindled. Receiving her undergraduate degree in Environmental Policy, she was inspired to further her education to better equip herself in the fight towards better environmental protection through policy and legislation. She is a current 3L (third year) at Vermont Law and Graduate School. She will then continue on in her studies to work towards an LLM in Environmental Law. 

Hans Nedde
Youth Conservation Leadership Intern 
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Hans grew up being fascinated by the surrounding flora and fauna at his home in Vermont. He carried this love for the natural world into his education where he graduated from St. Lawrence University with a BA in Environmental Studies. Hans discovered his love for birds while researching vulture conservation in his study abroad program in Nepal. Now Hans spends much of his free time outside exploring the birds of Vermont. After graduating college, he spent the fall at the South Hero Land Trust as a Conservation Intern. Hans is very happy to be at the Green Mountain Audubon Center and is excited to support the Vermont youth in practicing environmental conservation.
Noah Wilson
Environmental Education Intern 
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A native Vermonter, Noah grew up in the Northeast Kingdom and has spent a lot of time outdoors all around New England, participating in nature camps in both Vermont and New Hampshire. Noah graduated with his B.S. in Biology from Boston College in 2023 where he studied the impacts of climate change on springtime leaf-out phenology of trees on BC's campus during his senior year. This is also where he gained his admiration for birds and avian conservation when he took a field-intensive ornithology course and never looked back. Noah most recently spent the summer in Holderness, New Hampshire as a member of the Lakes Region Conservation Corps where he was able to get on the ground and put conservation plans into action around the Squam Lake watershed. He is now excited to be on the other side of things and teach others about the importance of natural resource conservation. 
Audubon Vermont Staff
Silly staff photo... (2019) Photo: Rae Bronenkant/Audubon Vermont

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