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Tucson Audubon Staff

Emanuel Arnautovic, since 2020

Invasive Plant Strike Team Crew, email
CoATIS – Collaborative Audubon Treatment and Inventory Squad, in partnership with the National Park Service’s SouthWest Invasive Plant Management Team, Saguaro National Park, and Fish and Wildlife Service

Born in Croatia, Emanuel grew up in the Tucson area since moving to the area in middle school. He spent his formative years camping with close friends building forts and watching the patterns of life change on the mountain throughout the seasons on Mt Lemmon. Being newly introduced to the outdoors during college, he looked for ways to immerse himself further and signed up for an introduction to permaculture class that opened the doors for him to dive in. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelors in Illustration and Design, he joined Arizona Conservation Corps and got to learn the Tucson surroundings on a personal level through back country hitches, invasive species management, and education mentorships. His background in painting and drawing taught him the foundational skills of observation and exploration that he nurtured alongside his outdoor adventures. Having the privilege of wandering the washes and creek beds of Saguaro National Park to find a nice tree to sit under and paint and listen to the sounds of the desert is all that was necessary to cement his love and commitment to the natural wonders of the Sonoran desert and its Sky Islands.

Keith Ashley (he/him), since 2014

Director of Development & Communications, 520 260-6994, email
Keith taught German, English, and English as a Second Language for 18 years in Ohio, California, Indiana, Kentucky, Arizona, on the Navajo Nation and in the Tibetan refugee community in India. He began volunteering with Tucson Audubon in 2013, helped to launch the nest box project as part of a Prescott College graduate studies program in Urban Wildlife Conservation, was hired as the first Paton Center Coordinator in 2014, and began working in Development for Tucson Audubon in 2015. Most recently Keith was engaged for a year as Director of Philanthropy for the International Dark-Sky Association, returning to Tucson Audubon as Development Director in July 2018.

Howard Buchanan, since 2018

Sonoita Creek Watershed Specialist, email
Arizona native Howard was raised, in houses owned by Phelps-Dodge, to appreciate orange juice, hamburgers, cotton clothes, and exploration along the banks of the San Pedro River. Studies in music and computer science led to work in the big city, but the calls of the bosque, the night sky, and ancestral entanglement proved irresistible. Fortunate to have spent much of the past decade outdoors in rural southeast Arizona, he’s been found smashing crawdads, digging Johnsongrass, torturing tamarisk, banding hummingbirds, monitoring sediment flows and water quality, recording soundscapes, and working to facilitate watershed science and share it with the public. He still takes every chance to “be quiet near a little stream and listen”. Although notoriously camera-shy, Howard is believed to have visited wildlife photo traps near Sonoita Creek fairly regularly.

Marci Caballero-Reynolds, since 2020

In-house Strike Team Lead, email
Marci moved to the United States when she was 18, she grew up in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Egypt. The constant movement in life between cultures and environments have perfectly placed her in Tucson, AZ.  In 2011 she graduated with a BFA in printmaking then wandered off into the Rocky Mountains working on trails crew for 4 years. In 2015 she decided to get another bachelor’s degree at University of Arizona in Natural Resource Management. This second time around she concentrated on her love of restoration ecology and found herself working on restoration projects throughout the Sonoran Desert and Colorado Plateau. Being outside is where she is at peace and feels the most grounded. Understanding her environments inspires the work she pursues and the art she continues to make.

When not in the field apologizing to plants she’s stepped on, you can find her and her partner climbing rocks, talking about restoration way too much, trying to figure out where the next check dam should be installed, mountain biking way too early in the morning, cooking up a feast from another country, or carving creatures out of linoleum blocks. “I’ve always strayed away from a straight path and continuously wander. This wandering has ultimately brought me to gold every time.”

Patti Caldwell, since 2021

Interim Executive Director, email

Patti has lived all of her adult life in Tucson, moving from Michigan after obtaining her undergrad degree in social work and women’s studies. She immediately fell in love with both the Sonoran Desert and the sky island mountains. She deepened her knowledge of the flora and fauna as a docent for the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. After obtaining a master’s degree in social work, Patti worked in direct human services for 10 years, then moved into management and community education and advocacy. Patti has had the pleasure of serving several nonprofit organizations in Tucson as their Executive Director/CEO. She is passionate about workplace culture and systems thinking. Patti loves living in midtown Tucson with her best friend and husband Bob and two indoor cats, though most summers will find her at her cabin in Willow Canyon. Patti enjoys quiet time, reading books, playing euchre and other games, cooking, travelling and staying close with her siblings.

Tony Figueroa, since 2019

Invasive Plant Program Manager, email
CoATIS – Collaborative Audubon Treatment and Inventory Squad, in partnership with the National Park Service’s SouthWest Invasive Plant Management Team, Saguaro National Park, and Fish and Wildlife Service
I’m a Tucson native, born and raised. I’ve lived on the east side of town for the majority of my life and I fell in love with nature through by way of adventuring through Mt. Lemmon and Reddington on my days off. I was always fascinated by plants, animals and rocks, but I didn’t realize that you could find a full time job working in nature until later in life. My wife and I traveled around the country on month-long summer road trips, and it was during these trips that we would keep on ending up in National Parks, monuments and forests, and I had the realization that there are people working in these amazing places, so I said to myself “why don’t I figure out how to get a job that lets me work at these places?” So I went back to school after being a pharmacy technician for 13 years, to get a degree in Natural Resources with an emphasis on Wildlife conservation and management. I graduated in May 2018, and then landed an internship at Saguaro National Park as a member of the invasive plant management crew. Starting this role in the middle of summer in Tucson was only further affirmation that I made the right decision, because even when it’s over 100 degrees out, you’re drenched in sweat and it’s not even noon, I was having the time of my life and didn’t miss being under fluorescent light bulbs one second, even if it had air conditioning. After that I worked at the Grand Canyon as an invasive plant management bio-tech, during the 2019 summer season. Now I’m happy to be back in the place I love, Tucson, working for a great organization. Not many things in life are easy, but chasing your dreams can pay off with hard work and dedication.  When you are working in places that are spectacular and overflowing with natural beauty, it makes you excited to go to work everyday. 

Paul George-Blazevich, since 2021
In-house Strike Team Crew, email

Paul grew up in Madison, Wisconsin and graduated from the University of Wisconsin – Madison in 2016. After being inspired by the writings of Aldo Leopold as a college student, he began his conservation journey as a Crew Member with WisCorps in La Crosse, Wisconsin. His two years in La Crosse were filled with many weeks of building trails, battling invasive species, and teaching environmental education courses throughout the Driftless Area. A Crew Leader position with the Arizona Conservation Corps brought him to Tucson in 2018, where he worked in Saguaro National Park and developed a deep love for the Sonoran Desert, saguaros, Phainopeplas, and Gila monsters. From 2019 to early 2021, Paul worked as an Outreach and Donor Programs Coordinator with the Upper Valley Land Trust in Hanover, New Hampshire, and enjoyed weekend getaways to the Green Mountains of Vermont and White Mountains of New Hampshire. He’s honored to be working with the Tucson Audubon Society to protect sacred ecosystems and crucial bird habitat. If he’s not waging war against buffelgrass, you can find Paul biking to his local coffee shop, hiking on Tanque Verde Ridge, browsing at Bookmans, or camping in the Catalinas with his partner and dog.

Matt Griffiths, since 2006
Communications Coordinator, 520 971-7924, email

Matt first fell in love with the diverse biology of southeastern Arizona while volunteering at the Southwestern Research Station in the Chiricahua mountains. Later, his interest in birds reached new levels during a season of surveying for Southwestern Willow Flycatchers in the Grand Canyon. Now he can imagine nothing better than listening to Whip-poor-will and Canyon Wren song in one of his favorite Sky Islands! He considers the Loggerhead Shrike to be the coolest local bird.

Starting at Tucson Audubon in 2004 as a habitat restoration field tech, Matt is currently webmaster, coordinator of the Vermilion Flycatcher magazine, and an IBA Program Associate. He participates in Important Bird Area surveys all over southeast Arizona, and also volunteers for the Tucson Bird Count and various Christmas bird counts.

Matt is originally from Los Angeles and has a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He has extensive experience gathering data as a field biologist, including participation in the Mt. Graham Red Squirrel Monitoring Project at the University of Arizona and the El Segundo Dunes restoration project in Los Angeles. Matt has also worked in a print shop, done graphic design and was a bicycle messenger in San Francisco. In his free time, Matt enjoys teaching his young son about the biological bounty of the Sonoran desert, and riding one of his many bikes up Mt. Lemmon or across the US.

Kari Hackney, since 2017
Senior Restoration Project Manager, email

Kari’s love for nature was instilled at a young age. She grew up on a farm in Iowa where she spent most of her time outside exploring the fields and forests or building habitats for the resident toads. Her annual family trips to the mountains of Colorado only furthered her fascination for the natural world. As the spouse of a military member, she has been lucky to live in Alaska, Arizona and England where she pursued an education while exploring the region. She obtained a B.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Parks and Recreation from Arizona State University. She also graduated with a Master of Science in Parks and Resource Management from Slippery Rock University. Kari is happy to call Tucson her permanent home as she is enchanted by the biodiversity and the extremes of the Sonoran Desert. In her free time she can be found running, hiking with her dogs or reffing for Tucson Roller Derby.

Jonathan Horst (he/him), since 2012
Director of Conservation & Research, 520 971-6238, email

Ecology and rock climbing brought Jonathan to Tucson. Though his first job here was only a four-month position, he has yet to successfully move away. Since then he has studied band-tailed pigeons and burrowing owls, climbed throughout the region, played lots of ultimate Frisbee, and gotten a Master’s degree from the University of Arizona studying the ecology of winter plants on Tumamoc Hill. He also discovered a new exotic plant, Matthiola parviflora, never before identified in the Americas.

In August 2012 Jonathan joined Tucson Audubon Society as a Restoration Biologist. He is currently working on designing experiments to optimize control of a number of invasive species on Tucson Audubon managed restoration properties, as well as strategizing revegetation work toward supporting a number of Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan “species of concern.”

Saff Killingsworth (she/her), since 2021
Restoration Project Manager, email

Saff grew up in San Diego, CA, where she cut her teeth in ecology through learning about the plant communities of local lagoons. She spent a year studying redwood forest ecology during her time at UC Santa Cruz. She finished her BA/BS in natural history and ecology at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA. There, she began her work in restoration, conservation, and research in the rare and threatened South Puget Prairie ecosystem. In this capacity she studied fire effects on plant community assembly, pollinator networks along restoration gradients, and cattle grazing impacts on prairie ecosystems. She also worked at the Rocky Mountain Biological Lab in Gothic, CO, authoring research on pollen use by cavity nesting bees. She came to Tucson in 2020 to pursue ecological restoration built around strong community partnerships, and to learn more about the diverse bee fauna of the area. In her spare time, she enjoys dancing, hiking, and swimming.

isaiah kortright (they/them), since 2021
In-house Strike Team Lead, email

isaiah was born and raised in Chukson to families with deep local roots. Rockhounding, bone collecting, and relaxing in the shade of a mesquite listening to birds have grounded isaiah in the natural aspects of the Sonoran Desert. However, it was in 2015 while working with the Arizona Conservation Corps that a life-changing set of experiences began. Interacting with incredible people in amazing places, connecting with a simpler way of life, and playing in the dirt (aka trail work and ecosystem restoration), initiated a long-term life and career transformation. Their path included two seasons trail building on the Continental Divide Trail with the US Forest Service in Taos, NM and then working as a field instructor for Ironwood Tree Experience here in Chukson…until the pandemic cut things short. isaiah brings extensive experience with a range of invasive species control techniques and methods, as well as a passion for youth engagement and outdoor participation. These skills and interests promise to make them an organizational asset on multiple fronts.

While not working, they stay involved with a number of youth programs and enjoy being a working musician. Self-expression through music and art, cooking, and being outside provide isaiah fulfillment and keep them grounded. Their motto “…que busca? Tal ves, busca su destino. Tal vez, su destino es buscar.”

Rodd Lancaster, since 2002
Field Crew Supervisor, 520 256-6909 (cell), email

Dan Lehman, since 2008

Field Crew
Daniel Lehman was born in El Paso Texas. He attended the University of Texas El Paso where he studied both biology and art. He received his BFA in 1993 and moved to Tucson the same year. He has maintained a sculpture studio in Tucson since 1994 (lehmansculpture.com). Dan has worked for Tucson Audubon since 2002.

Kim Lopez, since 2017

Finance and Operations Director, 520 629-0510, email

Jennie MacFarland, since 2010

Bird Conservation Biologist, Tucson Bird Count Coordinator 520 629-0510 x7004, email

Jennie is a nearly life-long Arizonan that loves exploring different habitats in Southeast Arizona. Birding is an integral part of her social life and work life and much of her free time is spent in the field birding or learning more about birds and their ecosystems. As Conservation Biologist for Tucson Audubon, Jennie coordinates the Arizona Important Bird Areas Program and other bird survey conservation projects. She is also the coordinator for the Tucson Bird Count and organizes several large scale community science efforts in Southeast Arizona each year including Elegant Trogon surveys of five Sky Island mountain ranges, Western Yellow-billed Cuckoo surveys and the Desert Purple Martin Project. Jennie also enjoys sharing the amazing bird life of Southeast Arizona and amazing work of Tucson Audubon Society and frequently gives presentations and online talks on various subjects. 

Kimberly Matsushino, since 2015

Habitat at Home Coordinator, 520 209-2474, email
Kim is a Tucson native who grew up embracing nature and outdoor adventures with her family and dogs. Birds and conservation became Kim’s main focus and interest in college after taking her first ornithology course. After graduating from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Conservation Biology and minor in Music, Kim began volunteering at Saguaro National Park which eventually lead to working for Tucson Audubon.

Ethan Myerson, since 2021

Development & Communications Manager, 520 247-8613, email
Ethan comes to Tucson Audubon with many years of nonprofit fundraising and marketing experience in Tucson. In previous career roles, Ethan has worked as a photographer, illustrator, and web developer. He looks forward to bringing those diverse experiences to his role at Tucson Audubon. He is most excited about sharing the art and science of birds. Originally from New York, Ethan has lived in Tucson for more than 20 years. He shares his home with his partner, their two children, and two cats. When not at work, he enjoys painting, woodworking, and playing games of all kinds.

Olya Phillips, since 2015

Community Science Coordinator, email
Olya was born and raised in Ukraine where her geologist grandmother inspired her great interest in nature. Olya moved to Arizona at the age of 13, excited to eventually get an education in conservation. At University of Arizona she was one of the leading officers in the Fish and Wildlife Society Student Chapter strongly involved in student engagement in current conservation issues. In 2016 she received her Bachelor’s of Science in Natural Resource Management with emphasis on Wildlife Conservation and Management with Summa Cum Laude and an Outstanding Senior Award.

Starting as an intern at Tucson Audubon Society in 2015, Olya is now involved full-time with many conservation and restoration projects and is eager to continue her journey here.

Diana Rosenblum, since 2014

Membership & Development Coordinator, 520 629-0510 x7002, email
Diana is Tucson Audubon’s Membership and Development Assistant. Originally she interned at the Tucson Audubon Society and in 2014 was thrilled to discover that a position had opened for which she was well suited. Diana was excited about returning to Tucson Audubon because she really enjoyed working with the people she met during her internship and also because she understood the importance of environmental conservation.

Diana has a Bachelor of Science degree. She majored in Environmental Studies and has minors in Geology, Anthropology, and Humanities. The core classes for her college work related to her passion for environmental conservation. She found that she could weave her classes together in a way that broadened her understanding of the interplay between humans and the environment.

Diana was born in Tucson and grew up in Pima County. She spent her college years in Flagstaff at Northern Arizona University. After four years of cold, blustery winters, she was ready to return to Tucson. Now, she lives with her family, including a cute dog, in northwest Tucson.

Taylor Rubin, since 2021

Volunteer Program and Engagement Coordinator, 520 209-1810, emailTaylor grew up outside of Washington DC and went to the College of William & Mary where she majored in biological anthropology. After graduating, she took a leap and moved to Argentina working as a field research assistant studying tufted capuchin monkeys. She fell in love with biological field research and moved back to the states to get her master’s degree in neuroscience & animal behavior from Emory University. While she was a graduate student, she had the opportunity to participate in the Roots & Shoots program, which pairs scientists with local elementary schools to give students hands-on lessons about ecology and conservation. Wanting to continue down the path of conservation education, Taylor started working in the education department at Zoo Atlanta. In a lucky twist of fate, Taylor got the opportunity to move into the Bird Department as a keeper at Zoo Atlanta and that’s when her love affair with birds began. She was able to learn a ton about avian biology, behavior, husbandry, and conservation, and also got to relay that information to zoo guests. She was the primary incubation keeper as well as the primary keeper for lappet-faced vultures and Chilean flamingos and will happily talk your ear off about any of those topics if you dare bring them up. Taylor recently moved to Tucson with her husband, cat, and dog and is so excited to work with the wonderful Tucson Audubon Society volunteers and staff and combine her love of birds, conservation, community engagement, and education.

Luke Safford, since 2016

Volunteer Program & Festival Manager, 520 209-1811, email
Luke grew up in a family that loved the outdoors and quickly blossomed into a birder after his grandparents gave him his first bird book when he was seven. He was enamored with the idea of making bird species lists and keeping track of the day to day bird life in his suburban back yard near Tacoma, WA. In his teenage years he tried to hide his birding disease from his future wife but was found out early on. Thankfully, she was able to bear the inevitable side trips to sewage treatment plants and the constant carrying of binoculars, and still married him in 2000. After moving to Yakima, WA, Luke became involved in the Yakima Valley Audubon Society and served on the board, as field trip coordinator, CBC compiler, and field trip leader. His favorite birding in Yakima was along the Yakima River on the Poppoff Trail, where he led a weekly bird walk for three years.

In 2009, Luke and his wife, Jolene, took a vacation to Tucson which sparked a desire to eventually move to the beautiful Sonoran Desert. Living in Tucson became a reality in December 2014 when they packed everything up the day after Christmas and moved to Tucson with their two young kids to help start a new church in mid-town. Quickly after the move Luke attended the Sweetwater Wetlands walk and began to help lead it on a weekly basis. Along with the weekly Sweetwater field trip, Luke also helped to coordinate the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival and is involved with the Tucson Valley Christmas Bird Count. As the volunteer coordinator he is excited about the many opportunities he will have to motivate the people of Tucson to actively love their city, birds, and the surrounding environment by becoming involved with Tucson Audubon.

Karin Sharp, since 2020

Bookkeeper, email

Karin was raised in Northern California on the coast in a small town called El-Granada. She started working in the family business at 14 and learned almost everything about bookkeeping working there. Her Parents lived in Tubac for 20 years. She visited quite often and fell in love with the area and decided to move to Tucson in 2018.

Roswitha Tausiani, since 2020

Nature Shop Assistant, email

Roswitha was born and raised in Berlin Germany (“behind the wall”). Besides Berlin, she has lived in Sweden and Turkey, and now calls the US her home, especially Tucson. She worked close to 20 years in the travel industry and LOVES to travel.

The pandemic brought Roswitha to Tucson Audubon where she found a new interest learning about birds and everything that goes along with it. She is grateful for fabulous teachers, the volunteers at the nature shop, and Tucson Audubon staff.

Jaemin Wilson, since 2020

CoATIS Lead, email
CoATIS – Collaborative Audubon Treatment and Inventory Squad, in partnership with the National Park Service’s SouthWest Invasive Plant Management Team, Saguaro National Park, and Fish and Wildlife Service
Originally hailing from Michigan, Jaemin has been getting to know the southwest, and Tucson, since 2015. After participating in the Phoenix Field School in 2016, Jaemin found a love for the desert and a passion for conservation work. After many internships and time spent in programs with Arizona Conservation Corps and Saguaro National Park, she found her niche in vegetation management and learning about plants. When not out in the field putting the hurt on invasive plants, Jaemin enjoys camping/hiking with her partner and their dog, finding new places to explore, and riding her motorcycle.

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120 Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447

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Tucson Audubon Society
300 E University Blvd. #120
Tucson, AZ 85705

Mason Center
3835 W Hardy Rd.
Tucson, AZ 85742

Paton Center for Hummingbirds
477 Pennsylvania Ave.
Patagonia, AZ 85624
520 415-6447