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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Programs: UnschoolAfterschool,  Free Nature Playgroup 

Emily's curiosity for the outdoors grew from a childhood of exploring the marsh behind her house in New Hampshire. She came to Vermont for college where she earned a B.S. in Environmental Science from Saint Michael’s College in 2019. Emily has worked in education for six years, with experience ranging from summer camps, to teaching in the White Mountains, to leading teen trail crews, to being an elementary school paraeducator. At Audubon Vermont, Emily is the lead educator for Unschool and Free Afterschool, as well as teaching many other programs including Free Nature Playgroup, library programs, and field trips. In her programs, she loves to teach about aquatic animals, tracking, birds, and letting kids explore to make their own discoveries. Emily lives in Burlington where she 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. 

Matt Hallahan
Conservation AmeriCorps Member
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Growing up near Seattle, Matt gained his love for the outdoors through years of backpacking in the Olympic and Cascade mountains. He chose to explore the upper Midwest for school, and in 2021 graduated from St Olaf College with a B.A. in environmental science. With a goal to help others begin their journeys of connection to nature, he embarked on a year of naturalist training where he lead environmental education programs on the north shore of Lake Superior. His interest in birds was sharpened by an internship presenting hawks and owls to visiting school groups. Matt later moved east to seek new adventures and spent his first spring and summer here monitoring birds with Audubon's Vermont's AmeriCorps program. During the winter, he led youth ski programs for the Catamount Trail Association in their AmeriCorps position. Now that spring is here, Matt is looking forward to another term with the Audubon conservation team. He is excited to hike some familiar peregrine cliffs, scout for nesting bobolinks and help conserve biodiversity in this beautiful state. 

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.   < /p>

Maddy Kokot
Conservation Field Specialist AmeriCorps Member 
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Maddy grew up near Boston, and enjoyed camping and hiking in Vermont on the weekends. She recently graduated from American University with a B.A in Environmental Studies. While studying, she spent a few semesters abroad in Panama and Wales where she was able to explore various ecosystems and gain experience working with various species, including birds! After graduating she took a job in Colorado working with the US Forest Service on the Amphibians and Fisheries crew. In this position she worked with boreal toads, macroinvertebrates, and trout. She discovered her passion for restoration work, especially within riparian habitats and farmland. After completing her field work in Colorado, Maddy spent a few months traveling in New Zealand and Australia, visiting family and working on regenerative farms. Since returning she has moved to Burlington, Vermont and is excited to be working with birds again! In her free time Maddy loves backpacking, cooking, farming, skiing, reading and listening to music!

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.

Audubon Interns 

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.
Ashley McGrann 
Bird-Friendly Maple Intern
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Ashley grew up in eastern Kentucky, spending all her time on her family farm or in the woods near her house. She has spent the last five years traveling around and working for various conservation teams across the country doing a multitude of varying fieldwork, including trail work in the Arizona desert, being a part of a sawyer crew in Colorado, and even restoring bird habitat in New Mexico (which sparked her love of birds). But more recently, she has been establishing roots in Vermont. Ashley is currently attending Vermont State University-Johnson, majoring in Wildlife and Forest Conservation and Biology. At Johnson, she is conducting research with her mentor on how climate change affects the timing of fledging in songbirds. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys canoeing, baking treats for her neighbors, volunteering at the local farmer's market, and going for a walk with binoculars in hand!

Devan Kajah 
Priority Species Conservation Intern
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Growing up in Vermont, Devan was always outside exploring the rivers nearby or checking the swamp in her backyard to see if the Great Blue Herons had returned. Watching the trees grow their brilliant green leaves, smelling the lilacs, and hearing the spring peepers chorus echo through her house in the spring made it her favorite season. When she came to the University of Vermont, the signs of spring, especially the returning birds, made enduring the winter worthwhile. Hearing the birds on campus is what sparked her newfound love for the avian world. Devan is currently pursuing a degree in Natural Resources Ecology and Place-Based Education at the University of Vermont and hopes to continue working in the conservation world after graduation this coming year. This summer, Devan is excited to be working with the Green Mountain Audubon Center alongside the Golden and Blue-winged Warblers and looks forward to visiting the terns, hard hat and all!

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