board  & committees

To contact our board of directors or committee chairs, please use the contact information for Saw Mill River Audubon.

As a not-for-profit organization, Saw Mill River Audubon relies on the talents of our volunteer board of directors to help our organization thrive. Board members bring a broad range of personal and professional experience to Saw Mill River Audubon. The board oversees the financial well-being of our organization, develops long-range planning, and maintains overall vision.

Board Officers

President: Valerie Lyle
Vice-President: Tom Ruth
Treasurer: Tom McEnerney
Secretary: William Kellner
Board Chair: Richard Saravay

Audubon volunteers make a difference for birds, other wildlife and habitats. Photo: SMRAS/Anne Swaim.
Audubon volunteers make a difference for birds, other wildlife and habitats.
Photo: SMRAS/Anne Swaim.
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board members

One third of the board positions are up for election each year. Terms of office are three years. The board officers are elected annually.

Board Members
Listed by Term Expiration

2021
Louisa Gagliardi
Philip Heidelberger
William Kellner
Donna Lassiter
Michael Madias, Jr.
Steve Rappaport
Nina Romanoff
Larry Trachtenberg

2022
Earl DePass
Rik Kaufman
Valerie Lyle
Thomas McEnerney
Lynn Salmon
Jean Sparacin

2023
Cary Andrews
Ginger Bernardin
Suzanne Kavic
Kenneth Novenstern
Thomas Ruth
Richard Saravay
Kathleen Williamson
Debbie van Zyl

committees

Audubon volunteers repairing Pruyn bird blind roof. Photo: SMRA/Nick Fischer
Audubon volunteers repairing Pruyn bird blind roof. Photo: SMRA/Nick Fischer

Volunteers are our strength.

Many members and friends volunteer at special events, during fund drives, at sanctuary work days, on committees, and in many other ways during the year.

Our dedicated committee members are the real story behind our effectiveness. From membership to field trips to finance, committees help us carry out our mission and achieve our goals.

Major Committee Chairs

Advocacy: Tom Ruth

Field Trips: Debbie van Zyl

Finance: Phil Heidelberger

Newsletter Mailing: Jean Sparacin

Seed Sale: Ken Novenstern

Sanctuaries: Michael Madias,

Trail Maintainer Coordinator:
Phil Heidelberger

Trail Walkers & Maintainers
* Lead Maintainer
Brinton: Michael Madias, Jr.*,  Rudy Fasciani, Erik Brodsky

Choate: Phil Heidelberger*, Kathy Elliot

Pinecliff: Lynn & John Salmon*

Pruyn: David Watson*, Rhys Healy

(Pruyn Arboretum: Tom McEnerney)
(Pruyn Garden: Donna Lassiter)

Graff: Mark Magel & Nina Romanoff*, Terry Mcgarty

Haas: Phil Heidelberger*, Lindsay Korotkin, Jonathan Sorkowitz