board & committees
To contact our board of directors or committee chairs, contact the office of 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.
President: Valerie Lyle
Vice-President: Tom Ruth
Treasurer: Tom McEnerney
Secretary: William Kellner
One third of the board positions are up for election each year. Terms of office are three years. The board officers are elected annually.
Listed by Term Expiration
Debbie van Zyl
Michael Madias, Jr.
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, Jr.
Trail Maintainer Coordinator:
Trail Walkers & Maintainers
* Lead Maintainer
Brinton: Michael Madias, Jr.*,
Rudy Fasciani, Erik Brodsky
Choate: Phil Heidelberger*, Kathy Elliot
Pinecliff: Lynn Salmon*
Pruyn: David Watson*, Rhys Healy
(Pruyn Arboretum: Tom McEnerney
(Pruyn Garden: TBD
Graff: Mark Magel & Nina Romanoff*,
Haas: Phil Heidelberger*, Lindsay Korotkin, Jonathan Sorkowitz