Our Staff and Board of Directors
Bob Power, Executive Director, is responsible for the overall management of the Santa Clara Valley Audubon Society, and represents the Chapter before local governments on issues of wildlife and habitat, land use, and environmental impacts. Bob works closely with volunteers and other conservation organizations to develop and implement a wide diversity of education and advocacy programs. Bob holds a Masters in Management from John F. Kennedy University and did his undergraduate work at Eastern Kentucky University.
Bob's previous professional experience includes assignments in both the public and private sectors. Most recently, Bob was the South and East Bay Trail Director for the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council. Bob also managed stores for Recreational Equipment Incorporated (REI) in Cupertino and Berkeley. Bob is a day leader for the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory's hawkwatch program, and has been a field trip leader for Golden Gate Audubon, SFBBO, The Wild Bird Center, and trip co-leader for Paradise Birding and Elder Hostel, International. Bob can be reached at (408) 252-3748 or email@example.com.
Susan Bell, Office Manager, has worked for SCVAS since 1999. She manages our delightful Nature Shop and office and is the friendly face that greets McClellan Ranch visitors. Susan is a sixth generation San Josean coming from a farming family that raised pears on North First Street, so she has a deep appreciation of the important work that SCVAS does in trying to preserve this precious valley and its wildlife. Her educational background is in Early Childhood Education, and she has worked as administrative support for nonprofits for 15 years. You can contact Susan at (408) 252-3747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toby Goldberg, Programs Coordinator, is responsible for SCVAS' Education and Volunteer Programs. She sits on the Education Committee and works closely with volunteers, educators, community organizations, and other individuals interested in receiving our various services. Toby has a B.S. in Biology from Stanford University and an M.A. in Ecology from UCSB. She has worked in conservation research in several countries and has been involved with education programs in a wide variety of settings. Ella habla Español. If you would like to learn more about SCVAS' Education Programs and Volunteer opportunities, contact Toby at (408) 252-3740 or email@example.com.
Shani Kleinhaus, Environmental Advocate, works to protect and promote wildlife habitats and to include avian conservation in local development plans. She represents the Chapter before local governments and decision makers addressing issues of land use, birds, wildlife habitat, and environmental impacts. Shani (pronounced shaa-knee) works closely with our Environmental Action Committee and volunteers on a plethora of conservation issues throughout Santa Clara County and its Cities. Shani earned her Ph.D. in Ecology from UC Davis and has contributed to conservation research, advocacy and planning in a variety of ecosystems in the US and overseas. To join our group of advocates, or to alert us to ecological concerns and opportunities in your community, contact Shani at (650) 868-2114 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board of Directors, back row: Debbie Thompson, Ashok Khosla (President), Bob Hirt (Vice President), Bob Power (Executive Director). Front row: Julio Mulero, Dotty Calabrese, Pete Latourrette (Treasurer), Tom Grey, Joan Leighton (Secretary). Missing: Vivek Khanzode, Melanie O'Brien, Diane Hart, and Peter Hart.
The SCVAS Board of Directors is always open to new ideas and suggestions from members. We work hard to uphold our bylaws, maintain fiscal responsibility, ensure that our programs support our mission, promote local conservation, and provide fun and exciting learning experiences for both children and adults.
Updated January 2013