Tucson Audubon Board of Directors
President, Mary Walker
Vice President, Kimberlyn Drew
Secretary, Tricia Gerrodette
Treasurer, Richard Carlson
Conservation Action, Kathy Jacobs
Engagement, Deb Vath
Finance, Richard Carlson
Nominating & Governance, Cynthia VerDuin
Personnel, Tricia Gerrodette
Resource Development, Kimberlyn Drew
Colleen is a partner with the firm Gadarian and Cacy, PLLC, a Tucson law firm specializing in professional Tax Strategy, Estate Planning and Asset Protection law.
- J.D. from the University of Kansas School of Law (1986)
- President of the Board of the Southern Arizona Estate Planning Council
- Elected member, American College of Trust and Estate Council
- Memberships: Executive Committee of the Probate and Trust Section of the State Bar, the State Bar of Arizona, the Probate and Trust and Tax Sections of the State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Pima County Bar Association.
- Past President of the Board of ZUZI Dance Company
Richard started birding as a child in Minnesota 70 years ago. After a brief interlude at Harvard, where he majored in caving, mountain climbing, winter mountaineering and economics, he began birding again in Washington DC with the Maryland Ornithological Society. He was one of Chan Robbin’s volunteers in establishing the first Breeding Bird Surveys. Bribed by the Nixon administration to leave town with a fellowship to Stanford, he moved West in 1969. He worked at Stanford Research Institute, where he co-authored “Solar Energy in America’s Future” and led field trips for the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society. He became President of the San Francisco Bay Bird Observatory and expanded his birding to Latin America. He has birded throughout the Neotropics and in Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India, China and Europe. He hopes to ultimately see at least half the birds of the world. He and his wife Pat now migrate between homes in Tucson and Lake Tahoe depending on where the birds are.
Kimberlyn Drew has been in business and sales since she helped in her mom’s insurance agency as a kid. She went on to sell advertising to put herself through UCLA, then moved to Tucson to attend the UA’s Eller School for her MBA. After a successful corporate career at Honeywell, she returned to sales with a real estate license. When Kimberlyn joined Long Realty in 2006, she was one of the first members of Tucson Audubon’s nascent Birds & Business Alliance.
Kimberlyn Drew and her husband Andy Moore have been Audubon members since the mid-90’s, and have attended many Riparian Family Institutes, the Institute for Desert Ecology, and Bird & Wildlife Festivals with their daughter, Phoebe (a budding birder). Kimberlyn was the Honorary Chair for the 2015 Gala.
Kimberlyn is excited to join Tucson Audubon’s Board of Directors, to take her support for this important environmental organization to the next level, and to learn how she can put her business background to use in new and productive ways.
Tricia never wound up with a career but instead had a variety of jobs and life experiences. She’s been a bookkeeper, a typist, a proofreader and then a test analyst for a defense contracting company. She was a tour guide for trips into Mexico’s Copper Canyon for Elderhostel (now Road Scholar). The trips focused on Mexican and railroad history as well as the history and culture of the Rarámuri (Tarahumara) natives.
Secretary of the board for Tucson Audubon, member of the board for Friends of the San Pedro River, president of the now-defunct Huachuca Audubon Society, treasurer for Sky Island Unitarian Universalist Church, Water Sentinel with Sierra Club Water Sentinels, Steering Committee for Sustainable Water Workgroup.
When Huachuca Audubon Society disbanded in May 2016, Cochise County became part of the “assigned” territory for Tucson Audubon Society. That was a huge amount of land, although not too many people, to absorb. I was invited to be on the Tucson Audubon board to help with that effort, and to help protect the San Pedro River. That work still continues! Photo by Mark Levy,
Laurens has been passionate about (or maybe even obsessed with!) birds and birding for practically his entire life. His interest in birding was inspired by his parents, whom he delighted with his identification of an Indigo Bunting at the age of four (pronounced “Indian Bunny”). But birding has always meant more than just identifying the bird and moving on. Even as a young teenager, he sought a deeper connection with the birds. He wanted to get to know the birds, observe & study their plumages, behaviors, habits, and habitats. Once familiar with birds in his home state, he wanted to see more of the birds, and has birded throughout the United States from Washington to Florida, Maine to California, Texas, Alaska, and off three coasts. Laurens began visiting the premier birding destination of southeast Arizona in the early eighties and became a resident of the area in 1999. Though he is most captivated by birds, Laurens is also enthusiastic about all creatures in the wild, whether they are covered with feathers, fur, scales, or some sort of exoskeleton. Today Laurens is a birding guide and wildlife photographer. He formed Desert Harrier Guiding Services in 2007 and conducts day guiding & private tours for individuals & small groups throughout southeast Arizona and beyond. Guiding and sharing his photographs is Laurens’ way of helping others connect with nature. Laurens is a voting member of the Arizona Bird Committee, volunteers for Tucson Audubon and the Friends of Madera Canyon, and is an avid eBirder and regional eBird reviewer. He lives just outside of Madera Canyon near Green Valley with his very tolerant wife and the most precious cat in the world.
Bob is an Arizona native who grew up in Payson. Bob enjoys time in the outdoors as a hunter, angler, birder and volunteer archeology site steward.
- Tucson Audubon Society Board (2011 – 2017)
- Arizona Game and Fish Commissioner (2005-2010)
- Arizona State Parks Trail Committee member (2004)
- 28-year career with the Colorado Division of Wildlife, Senior Biologist
- Arizona Game and Fish Department, Biologist
- Degree in Wildlife Management, University of Arizona
- United States Army Veteran
Katharine is a faculty member at the University of Arizona in the Department of Soils, Water and Environmental Science and is the Director of the Center for Climate Adaptation Science and Solutions (CCASS) within the Institute of the Environment. CCASS builds and supports climate change adaptation and assessment capacity at regional, national and international scales, based on climate science and service investments within the University.
From 2010 – 2013, Jacobs served as an Assistant Director in the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in the Executive Office of the President. Jacobs was the director of the National Climate Assessment, leading a team of 300 authors and more than a thousand contributors who wrote the Third NCA report. She also was the lead advisor on water science and policy, and climate adaptation, within OSTP.
Prior to her work in the White House, from 2006-2009 Jacobs was the Executive Director of the Arizona Water Institute, a consortium of the three state universities focused on water-related research, education and technology transfer in support of water supply sustainability. She has more than twenty years of experience as a water manager for the State of Arizona Department of Water Resources, including 14 years as director of the Tucson Active Management Area. Her research interests include water policy, connecting science and decision-making, stakeholder engagement, use of climate information for water management applications, climate change adaptation and drought planning.
Ms. Jacobs earned her M.L.A. in environmental planning from the University of California, Berkeley. She has served on eight National Research Council panels and was Chair of the NRC Panel on Adapting to the Impacts of Climate Change and a member of the panel on America’s Climate Choices.
Doug was born in Maine and has lived in nine other states before moving to Arizona in 2017. He was seriously exposed to being in nature while a Boy Scout in California and Oklahoma, and took up birding in 1991. He was diagnosed in a serious case of the Listing Disease not too long after his first field trip with New Jersey Audubon. Doug has birded most regions of the U.S. and parts of Central America, South American, Europe, Asia and Africa. His son (an excellent birder) and wife (a reluctant, spousal birder) have accompanied him on some of these expeditions. Doug describes himself as a middling birder with poor eyesight and worse hearing. Recently he has started taking photographs of birds and hopes to advance, sometime, beyond the bird-on-a-stick level.
Doug received a Bachelor of Arts (Chemistry and History) from Grinnell College in 1973 and a Ph.D. (chemistry) from Northwestern University in 1977. He had career associated with chemistry in the chemical industry, academics and the petroleum industry. He and his wife recently retired and relocated to Arizona. Doug hopes to apply the appropriate experiences from a technical career to the Tucson Audubon Society Board of Directors.
Keith got an early start as a birder when, in middle school, he had a section in science class focused on birding. He discovered he could have birding adventures year round and was hooked. Keith grew up in Michigan and attended Grand Valley State University where he majored in Sociology and worked as a social worker. He moved to Tucson in June of 2003 where he currently is a devoted caregiver, when he’s not birding.
- Expert birder, leading private tours and groups locally as well as in Mexico, Belize and Guatemala.
- Co-founder of the group, Arizona Field Ornithologists; served the group as vice president and has written articles for its publication, Arizona Birds.
- Connection to Tucson Audubon spans over 18 years as a volunteer educator, knowledgeable conservationist, and a volunteer at the Paton Center for Hummingbirds.
R. Cynthia Pruett
For a long period I was what you might call a “lapsed birder”. I started birding in college with a boyfriend who became my husband and we traveled all over the United States while he was in the service; leading to a pretty comprehensive bird list. Then suddenly, other life activity got in the way and for about 25 years birding was shelved. In the late 80’s I was introduced to an avid woman birder at an environmental conference and the passion came back. My work career involved many executive jobs, some of them key environmental positions, which only reinforced my understanding of the need to protect important habitat around the world. It’s (the birding) led to many trips to many countries, a joy of seeing both new and revisited birds and of course, to becoming active in Audubon chapters, both here and in Virginia.
Deb has been an elementary and middle-school teacher/librarian for most of her professional career. Noting that children rarely engage in outdoor activities, Deb has made it her mission to mentor students and provide opportunities for them to enjoy and appreciate southeast Arizona’s great outdoors. With the support of Tucson Audubon, she has developed the Trekking Rattlers, a local middle school student group that offers monthly nature outings to underprivileged youth. Deb offers birding opportunities to various youth groups in the Tucson Valley.
Cynthia M. VerDuin, CPA
Cynthia brings value to clients with over 20 years of accounting, tax and business management experience .She graduated from Kent State University with a BA in Accounting with honors in 1990. She passed the CPA examination on the first attempt, achieved her license in 1992, and began her practice after college at one of the “Big Eight” accounting firms – Arthur Andersen. She has since practiced with local accounting firms prior to starting and growing her own ten years ago. Cynthia has a passion for assisting non-profits with their accounting and tax reporting/planning challenges, and has done so for her entire career. Cynthia is also a Physical Therapist and commercial hot air balloon pilot. She enjoys hiking, birding, running, biking and swimming. She completed her first sprint Triathlon last fall as well as the Tour de Tucson.
Cynthia’s birding experience: began when she was 10; she helped her girl-scout troop create a bird-watching badge, which her mother embroidered for each member of the troop. Her mother-in-law re-introduced her to her birding passion and she began birding with family, friends and with bird walks in the Northeast, Northwest, and Southeast Ohio regions. Since coming to Tucson in January 2010, she has enjoyed the local bird walks and short trips offered by the Audubon Society. Since moving here full time in June 2016, she has become more engaged with the Tucson Audubon Society, participating in the Birding Festival in 2016 and 2017, volunteering with the Festival in 2017, Meet your Birds events in 2016, and recently beginning to work on the Bird Festival Committee for planning the 2018 event. She looks forward to working on the Gala committee and the finance committee with Tucson Audubon, and joining the board..
Mary was raised in a small town in northern Pennsylvania, where she had a forest mountainside to explore adjacent to her home. When she was a small girl, her grandfather had responsibility for her daytime care, and their walks in the woods together developed her love of the peace, beauty and complexity of the natural world.
Mary became an environmental chemist through studies at Newcomb College of Tulane University, St. Andrews University in Scotland, and the University of Georgia where she received her BS degree with honors. She has worked in environmental and medical research, environmental compliance, public participation and public policy related to environment at EPA, Bowman Gray School of Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and several consulting firms. For several years she owned and operated Mary Walker & Associates, Inc., an environmental consulting firm located in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where she also founded the quarterly magazine EnviroLink®, serving Tennessee, north Georgia, and northeastern Alabama. The magazine highlighted industries, local governments and non-profit organizations that took action creatively, individually and cooperatively to promote sustainable development and enhance environmental quality in the region.
Mary was a member of the Board of Trustees of The Nature Conservancy of Tennessee for ten years and chairman for two years. She has been chairperson of the Mayor’s Advisory Council for Environment in Des Moines, Iowa, Director of the Chattanooga Task Force of the Tennessee Toxics Program, and a member and officer of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Board. She was a director of Audubon Arizona from 2010 to 2013.
Mary is an instrument rated, multi-engine private pilot with 25 years of flying experience. In 1997 she and her husband retired and moved to La Cholla Airpark in Tucson, where her favorite activities include birding, photography, and playing and teaching mountain dulcimer. The Walkers have two sons: Alan, a deputy clerk of the Superior Court in Tucson, and Ross, an assistant professor of electrical engineering at the University of Utah.
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742
Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624