Executive Board

John Nelson

President, Treasurer

John is a wildlife videographer who contributed to National Geographic channel’s “World’s Deadliest” series and is currently the voice of The Audubon Moment heard on the Florida Public Radio Network. Mr. Nelson is a certified Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida and holds a degree in anthropology from Seattle Pacific University.

Jim Howe


Jim is a retired mechanical design engineer and Florida Master Naturalist, who now concentrates on citizen science, endangered species, birds, and other eco-related volunteer efforts. He has logged over a thousand hours in the state parks, working with both Florida Scrub Jays and Sea Turtles.

Robin Potvin



Robin is an avid birder and has served in Operations Management in the private and public sectors. After attending birding festivals and meeting the volunteers at the Possum Long Nature Center's bird banding station, she learned that birders are eager to share their knowledge and help folks become even better birders. Their generosity made her want to “pay it forward” and show others how fun and exciting birding can be -- and working with the Audubon of Martin County board offers a wonderful opportunity to do just that. 

Carly Batts

Carly earned her bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Marketing from Stetson University and lives in Martin County.

As AoMC's Education Coordinator, Carly organizes environmental projects, oversees volunteer programming and develops a youth committee within the Martin County School District.

Richard K. Forster, MD

Dr. Forster is Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.With a 48 year tenure, he practices academic ophthalmology at the BPEI campus in Palm Beach Gardens. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Forster produces, directs, films and narrates videos on "The Feeding Behavior of Wading and Shorebirds of Florida".

Jody Foster

Jody became hooked on birding several years ago when she attended the "Big O Birding Festival" and began taking birding tours all around Lake Okeechobee and South Florida. She is a graduate of the first Certified Birding Naturalist course offered by Audubon of Martin County. Starting in 2009 Jody has posted her daily birding report on Facebook from her walks around North River Shores with her dogs. This has made her keenly aware of the difference even small changes in habitat, such as the removal of a tree, can have on the bird populations. Jody graduated from the University of Miami School of Law and practices maritime law statewide.


Ray Klahne

Ray is designated as a Wealth Advisor and Senior Portfolio Manager at UBS Financial Services Inc in Stuart. Ray is an avid long-distance backpacker having hiked nearly 900 miles of the Appalachian Trail and numerous others. Ray is trained in Wilderness First Aid and Leave No Trace outdoor ethics. He is a member of the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, the Pacific Crest Trail Association, the Continental Divide Trail Coalition and the Appalachian Long Distance Hikers Association. Ray also works to develop his photography skills in his spare time. 


Geoffrey Smith

Geoff is an American wildlife sculptor and photographer. He is a graduate of Montana State University, and currently resides in Stuart, Florida. His best-known work is that of the Stuart Sailfish, an 18 foot monument situated in downtown Stuart that serves as the iconic symbol of the city.

Geoff is a member of the prestigious Society of Animal Artists. In addition to having two Signature Galleries, Smith is represented by fine art galleries throughout the United States and regularly exhibits at fine art shows, including the Annual Society of Animal Artists exhibition where he received The Merit Award for his Modern Pelican sculpture in 2015.

Mark Tauscher

Mark spent forty years in the medical device industry, the last fifteen as the CEO of a small, public medical device company.

Since retiring, Mark has renewed his focus on a love of the outdoors and nature. He is a Certified Florida Master Naturalist and volunteers at the Smithsonian Aquarium in Ft. Pierce, FL.

Learning more about the wonders of our area and helping folks understand how special Florida is are just a couple of Mark's ongoing goals.

Our mission is to promote conservation through education about birds and their native habitat, while providing avenues to experience the joy of observing birds in the wild and the beautiful natural scenery around them.

© 2021 Audubon of Martin County

Audubon of Martin County

621 SE Palm Beach Road

Stuart, FL 34994