Boards and Councils
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Helen is the Chief Executive Officer overseeing day to day operations and program delivery. On any given day, she handles a range of issues from land conservation to safety and risk management. Areas of engagement include public access and natural resource management, property and facilities maintenance, outreach and education programming, fundraising and financial management, Board support and volunteer involvement, community engagement, human resources and team building, payroll and budget, strategic planning, policy issues and ongoing threats to birds in the environment.
Prior to becoming Executive Director in 2012, Helen directed the Galveston Bay Estuary Program for 11 years, where she led the organization in winning 10 national awards for environmental improvements and establishing effective public-private partnerships at the regional and local level. She has served on numerous national, state, and regional committees, including the board of directors of the Association of National Estuary Programs, Texas Sea Grant Advisory Committee, the Houston-Galveston Area Council’s Natural Resources Advisory Committee and the Environmental Institute of Houston’s Advisory Committee. Helen cares deeply about the natural world and future generations. She has dedicated her 30-year professional career studying, protecting and managing coastal resources, and the wildlife and fisheries that depend on them. Her work is more than a career, it is a passion.
Helen holds a Bachelor of Science in Marine and Environmental Science from Hampton University in Virginia and a Master of Science in Environmental Management from the University of Houston in Clear Lake.
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Richard is our Conservation Director and a Research Associate of the LSU Museum of Natural Science. He has worked as an ornithologist for more than two decades on the Gulf Coast and throughout the Americas. Richard works with his team to manage and restore habitat in our 17 nature sanctuaries, including the famed High Island and Bolivar Flats sanctuaries. Richard develops and manages monitoring and science programs, and advocates for birds and conservation in the 11-county service area. Prior to moving to Houston, Richard worked at Louisiana State University's Museum of Natural Science coordinating citizen science projects while earning his PhD studying birds, wetlands, and climate change in Peru’s high Andes.
Coastal Sanctuaries Manager
Pete is responsible for the day-to-day management of Houston Audubon’s eight coastal sanctuaries on the upper Texas coast. Part-time biologist, boat captain, electrician, carpenter, plumber, mechanic, bird guide, outreach specialist, and all around problem solver are just of few of the hats he wears down on the coast. Each day brings new and exciting challenges. Pete received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Missouri- St. Louis. Since then he’s worked on several projects including wind energy-driven bird mortality and Greater Sage-Grouse response to mining in Wyoming, to Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Coastal Waterbird Program, and even on an organic farm. Pete joined the Houston Audubon team in September 2013.
713-932-1639 ext. 108
Berri is responsible for managing the Natives Nursery at Edith L. Moore, the upcoming Entergy Coastal Nursery, and three sanctuaries - Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary, Winters Bayou Sanctuary, and Damuth Sanctuary. Her work at Houston Audubon continues her lifelong commitment to creating sustainable intersections for people, plants, and animals. Berri was born and raised as a naturalist in the Rocky Mountains and received her Bachelor of Science from Colorado State University. She is an avid birder, rock and fossil hound, and amateur mycologist. She also volunteers with wildlife and animal rescue agencies to rehabilitate and release wild animals and promote conservation through education.
Bird-Friendly Communities Program Manager
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Kathy manages the Bird-Friendly Communities program where she aims to provide accessible opportunities for everyone to engage in conservation efforts. Kathy grew up in the DC area and has lived most of her life along the east coast from Maine to Florida. As a novice birder living in coastal environments, she thought that shorebirds would be the easiest group to start with (she was wrong!). She earned her bachelor’s from Old Dominion University in Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Studies and her master’s from the University of Denver in Natural Resource Management. Her thesis analyzed the ecological impacts of coyote range expansion and developed a framework to manage coyotes in a way that supports a healthy ecosystem.
Conservation Specialist (part time)
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Anna fills several roles in her position at Houston Audubon, including coordinating bird surveys, the Bird-Friendly Communities program which includes coordinating citizen science efforts, the Lights Out Program, and Houston Audubon’s plastic reduction initiative. Anna was born in Texas, but spent a large portion of her childhood living in Vicenza, Italy. She attended the University of Tampa for her undergraduate degree and then moved around, living in Ohio, California, and then on Midway Atoll, before moving to Houston. Anna came to Houston Audubon after obtaining her master’s degree in environmental science and biology from the University of Houston – Clear Lake, where she did her thesis research on waterbirds in Galveston Bay.
Education and Outreach
Environmental Educator and Staff Naturalist
Javier considers himself an artist but holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from The University of Texas at San Antonio. There, he ran cross country and worked as an ecology summer camp counselor and in monarch butterfly conservation. Since then, he has volunteered and worked at three different wildlife rehab centers, including the Alaska Raptor Center doing public education programs. After relocating for seasonal work at Lake Houston Wilderness Park in 2020, he became enamored with the diversity of birds in Houston and eventually discovered the Houston Audubon Raptor Center. Now that he is a part of the Houston Audubon team, he is excited to get people passionate about conservation through birds. In his spare time, he runs his personal art business and goes on trail hikes throughout the Houston area.
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Aimee oversees the development department. Her department is responsible for individual giving, foundation and corporate relations and grant writing, membership and member services, planned giving, and events including the gala, Birdathon, and speaker events. She has served Houston nonprofits in a variety of development roles for the past 19 years and has a passion for bringing individuals together for great causes such as Houston Audubon. Aimee is a 5th generation Texan and a graduate of the University of Texas. She and her husband make their home in Memorial and enjoy home restoration projects, visiting art museums, and attending cultural events and concerts around Houston. They have 2 teenage daughters. Aimee and her family can be seen on the weekends enjoying the outdoors and love spending time at Edith L. Moore Nature Sanctuary. She is excited to be a part of an organization that impacts both her local community as well as the greater Houston-Gulf Coast region.
Marketing and Events Manager
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In addition to managing Houston Audubon’s fundraising events such as the annual gala and Birdathon, Zineera’s responsibilities include marketing, social media and graphic design. Zineera also co-leads Houston Audubon’s Young Professionals Advisory Council. Zineera has a Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Management from the University of Houston. Zineera has held marketing and event positions in various industries such as healthcare, oil and gas, media, and nonprofit, but working in conservation has been the most fulfilling job. While Zineera has always loved nature and animals, working at Houston Audubon has given her a greater appreciation for birds and wildlife.
Membership and Volunteer Manager
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Lauren manages volunteers and membership for Houston Audubon. As Volunteer Manager she’s helping to meet our conservation goals while giving members of the community a way to give back to the city we love. Prior to joining Houston Audubon, Lauren worked with The Nature Conservancy in Washington state managing their community outreach and volunteer program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Conservation from Kent State University. She has also worked for the National Park Service at Mount Rainier, the Bureau of Land Management in Yuma, Arizona through the Student Conservation Association, and the City of Edmonds Parks and Recreation Department.
713-932-1639 ext. 104
Andrew assists the Executive Director and other leadership staff with organization-wide strategic, financial, and administrative planning, which includes contract administration and management, project tracking and reporting, risk management and safety, and land and property management. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Recreation, Park and Tourism Administration from Western Illinois University. Andrew also has two master’s degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Madison: one in Public Affairs and the other in Urban and Regional Planning. Prior to moving to Houston, Andrew worked in environmental education and recreation programming as well as budget and policy analysis in both local and state government.