Executive Board

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Ray Klahne

President

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 over 1,000 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 drawing and photography skills in his spare time. 

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Jim Howe

Vice-President

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.

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Lisa Dawley

Treasurer

Born and raised in southeastern Connecticut, Lisa has held positions in banking and accounting. Lisa opened and owned the largest consignment store east of the Connecticut River. In 1990 Lisa obtained her real estate license and currently works for Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices.


Lisa enjoys golfing, spending time with family and friends, vacationing and raising money for muscular dystrophy along with birding with her daughter.


Lisa and her husband, Bill, moved to Hobe Sound in 2004.

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Jordan Silvia

Secretary

Jordan is a high school art teacher and holds a Bachelor’s degree in Art from Brevard College and a Master’s degree in Art Education from the University of Florida.

 

Outside of teaching, Jordan spends her time creating in her private, in-home studio and is active in the local arts community as a member of the Martin Artisans Guild.

Jordan is the office administrator for AoMC.

Directors
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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.

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Eula Clarke

Eula is an urban planner, attorney, elected official, and  the daughter of a Jamaican sugar cane cutter in Belle Glade, Florida. As a youth in Jamaica, Eula would scour the countryside near her home for the sights and sounds of many birds which are endemic only to Jamaica such as the Doctor Bird, which is one of over 232 species of Hummingbirds. As a teenager, Eula was involved in her community and pursued her education at Palm Beach Junior College and later at Florida State University. Eula is an avid gardener and creates many opportunities in her yard for birds to gather year round.

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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".

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John Nelson

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.

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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.

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Sonia Sousa

Sonia has spent a good portion of her working years in the sales, marketing, digital design
and product photography arena. This led her to start photographing flora and fauna as a hobby, and cultivating her knowledge of different species of birds, and their habitats, calls and behavior. Spending time outdoors and studying the complexities of different
ecosystems opened her eyes to the importance of the education and conservation efforts needed to preserve this for generations to come.

 

Sonia comes from a multi-cultural background and looks forward to sharing her knowledge and information with others to create the needed awareness.