Lee Babcock, President
Lee Babcock has been a member of ANS for almost ten years. He was asked to join the Buildings & Facilities Committee in 2008, and then the Board in 2009. In addition to his role as vice president, he is now the chair of the Buildings & Facilities Committee. Professionally, Lee is one of the principals of The 360 Group, a commercial real estate consultancy that specializes in providing assistance with urban infill and mixed-use development projects. Prior to founding The 360 Group, Lee worked for various developers of hospitality, multi-family and office projects. Lee holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Virginia, and a Masters in Business Administration from the University of Chicago. Lee lives with his wife Marty, his son Caeden (who is an Audubon Nature Preschool alum) and his daughter Madeline. Recreationally, he enjoys camping with his family and being outdoors as a triathlete. Prior to joining RLJ, Mr. Babcock worked at Gaylord Entertainment as a Director of Development.
Leslie Catherwood, Vice President
As an Associate at Booz Allen Hamilton, Leslie Catherwood advises government clients on policy and communications pertaining to natural resources issues, including endangered species, migratory birds, invasive species, and habitat protection. Prior to joining Booz Allen, Leslie was the Associate Director of the Wildlife Refuge Program at The Wilderness Society. In that role, Leslie managed successful campaigns to protect the National Wildlife Refuge System, including the campaign to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.
Leslie also served as the Communications Coordinator for the Endangered Species Coalition. She holds degrees in Political Science and German.
Paul D’Andrea, Treasurer
Paul D’Andrea has over 15 years of experience in financial and cost analysis, contract negotiation, revenue generation, and business and strategic planning. He is currently a Director of Finance at HMSHost, a global operator and developer of restaurants and retail stores in travel venues. He has a BA in Political Science, a Master’s in Public and International Affairs, and an MBA in Finance.
Paul has served on the Environmental Education, Development, and Finance committees and, as result, has developed a deeper appreciation for the mission of the organization and the dedication of ANS staff. He and his family have been ANS members for nine years and his two children regularly participate in ANS education programs and attend ANS summer camps. He enjoys all types of outdoor activities with his family, especially exploring quiet trails where an abundance of wildlife can be observed.
Laura Stierle, Secretary
Laura Stierle has both public and private sector business experience in a variety of settings, including leading trade and investment programs abroad for the U.S. Department of Commerce. Laura also has experience with publishing and media and with brand management at Fortune 500 companies. She holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing and Economics and a Master in Business Administration.
Board Members in Alphabetical Order
Megan Carroll is a long-time member of the Audubon Naturalist Society who is currently employed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC. Ms. Carroll’s 21-year career at the US EPA has focused on improving access to environmental information as a means to empowering communities and individuals to take action to improve their lives and the health of their local environments. She has lived in Bethesda, MD for the past 14 years; prior to that she lived in Takoma Park, MD; Washington, DC; Guilford, CT; and spent 2 years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Kenya as a Small Town Planner. Ms. Carroll earned a Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree at The George Washington University and spent her undergraduate career at Smith College in Northampton, MA.
Ann Fieldhouse taught middle and high school math and science for sixteen years at Maret School and the Edmund Burke School in Washington DC. While teaching course work on the Chesapeake Bay and environmental chemistry, she took classes in the ANS and Graduate School Natural History Field Studies Program to augment her own and her students’ understanding of the natural world and in particular, the local ecology. She has served on the ANS Environmental Education Committee since 2006. She received her BS in Chemistry from Bates College in 1980 and spent several years in manufacturing as a chemist and process engineer in the printed circuit board industry. Ann lives in Silver Spring, Maryland, with her husband, and enjoys cooking, gardening, and trying to identify wildflowers, trees, and birds while hiking.
Allyn Finegold is a native of Chevy Chase, MD and has close ties to ANS, where she was married in 2002 and where her daughter has enjoyed several summers of wonderful camp programs! Allyn has been a government consultant and senior policy analyst supporting environment and health programs for more than 25 years. Most recently, Allyn joined SRA International, Inc.’s Health Programs Solutions Group as a senior manager leading programmatic and operations work under a federal contract related to the Affordable Care Act. Prior to this position, she was a Program Director within SRA’s Energy, Environment, and Organizational Performance Group, managing and directing a group of environmental policy analysts, scientists, and communications specialists and also engaging in strategic decision making and business development for the environmental group. The majority of Allyn’s environmental experience focuses on conducting program and policy analysis and project management with a primary focus on land revitalization, state environmental programs, and sustainable development of contaminated lands. Prior to joining SRA, Allyn was a Senior Policy Analyst with the National Governors’ Association, Natural Resources Policy Studies Division. Allyn currently serves on the Advisory Board of The Nature Generation, a 501(c)(3) environmental nonprofit organization with a focus on environmental stewardship and education. She has also served on the Advisory Board of the National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals. Allyn has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from American University and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from Tufts University.
Scott Fosler is Senior Lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Policy. He was formerly president of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA), vice president of the Committee for Economic Development (CED), senior staff member of the Institute of Public Administration (IPA) of New York, and an executive in the U.S. Federal government. He has been a consultant to governments, businesses, nonprofit organizations, foundations and international institutions in North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Fosler was elected to two terms on the County Council of Montgomery County, Maryland, where he also served as council president and president of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG). He was previously elected to the Town Council, and served as chair, of the Town of Chevy Chase, MD, where he continues to reside. He is currently on the boards of the Deschner Corporation, National Academy of Public Administration, Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, and Montgomery Countryside Alliance. Fosler’s publications include Governing the National Capital Region; Working Better Together: Achieving Public Purposes through Cross-Sector Collaboration; Demographic Change and the American Future; Public-Private Partnership in American Cities; The New Economic Role of American States; The Business Role in State Education Reform; and Urban Government for Valencia, Venezuela. He holds a B.A. from Dickinson College (Phi Beta Kappa) and an M.P.A. from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, and earned degree credits from study in Italy, Spain, and Norway.
Dr. Maria Giovanni holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania. She did her postdoctoral training in the NIH laboratory of Nobel Prize Laureate, Dr. Marshall Nirenberg in molecular neuroscience. She continued at NIH in 1988 at the National Eye Institute as Director of Fundamental Retinal Processes and then Chief, Retinal Diseases Branch, and she also lead their efforts in Ocular Genomics. In 2000 she moved to the National institute of Allergy and infectious Diseases (NIAID) at NIH as Assistant Director for Microbial Genomics and Advanced Technologies and has been involved in leading and managing genomics, bioinformatics, proteomics and system biology programs in infectious diseases including influenza, tuberculosis, malaria, human microbiome, other diseases, and Biodefense and Medical Diagnostics for NIAID. Currently, she is Director, Office of Genomics and Advanced Technologies (OGAT) in Division of Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, NIAID. Dr. Giovanni has been involved and committed to science education during her career at NIH and has organized science days and clubs for elementary school children and has been an active participant in numerous science fairs and career days.
Director, Policy & Legislation (Washington, DC) - Mike Gravitz leads development of Marine Conservation Institute’s advocacy positions on conservation and appropriations and works with Congress and the Administration to bring these into being. Prior to joining Marine Conservation Institute, Mike spent five years as a lobbyist for Environment America working on the issues of: marine fish conservation, expansion of marine sanctuaries, and opposition to offshore drilling. Mike spent twenty years in the private sector starting and leading two government software companies which specialized in government budgeting systems and workflow. While in the private sector, Mike was active on the board of Clean Water Action, a national organization advocating for clean water and community health with over one million members and supporters, and helped to found a local organization advocating for sensible re-development of downtown Silver Spring, MD. He holds a B.A. with honors in Anthropology from Yale University and a Master in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. Mike grew up near Philadelphia, PA messing about in creeks and forests where he developed, very early on, a love of the streams, swamps and marshes. Maybe he just loves getting dirty. Mike chaired ANS’s Conservation Committee when ANS served as the organizing focus behind the Campaign to Save Ten Mile Creek and is now pleased to serve on the Program Committee.
Jennifer Judd Hinrichs
Jennifer was first introduced to ANS through her children on multiple field trips and later as summer camp naturalist instructor. She is pretty convinced she learned more about reptiles from the campers than she taught. Years later she also worked with ANS as communications consultant which led to her recent involvement on the Board. As a sole proprietor of J.J. Hinrichs & Associates, Jennifer focuses her communication and project management practice on environmental issues, urban forestry, coalition development and youth education. With more than 20 years of nonprofit and government experience, Jennifer brings a strong blend of pragmatism and creativity to her practice. Jennifer holds a B.A. in communications from James Madison University and a M.A. in Environmental Education from the University of Illinois.
Diane Hoffman recently retired as Executive Director of the Northern Virginia Soil and Water Conservation District, where she led a team that works with all segments of the community to conserve and protect natural resources. They provide technical assistance, implement unique and innovative projects and carry out an array of education and outreach programs. Storm water and water quality are a major part of the conservation district’s work. One of her primary roles was to create and facilitate partnerships with local government, the development community, the environmental community and citizens to solve problems and implement projects. She is a life-long volunteer in community and charitable activities and has served on the boards of several organizations. She also has served on the board of directors of the Center for Watershed Protection. With a background in science, education and communication, she holds a B.A. in political science and a Masters in Education. She has received numerous awards, including ANS’s Conservation Award for Conservancy in 2001. She was a member of the ANS board from 2002 to 2008, serving terms as Chair of the Governance Committee and as Vice President.
An attorney with Pepper Hamilton LLP, Timothy McTaggart provides legal counsel to financial institutions. He has broad corporate governance expertise and serves on the board of several nonprofits. A longtime ANS member, Tim has also devoted much time to fundraising on behalf of schools and colleges.
Michael B. Trister is an attorney for Trister, Ross, Schadler & Gold, PLLC, Washington, DC. He represents a wide variety of nonprofit corporations, including charitable and educational organizations, private foundations, political committees, labor and professional organizations, and trade associations. A Yale graduate, Trister is a past Chair of the Committee on Legal Ethics and the Rules of Professional Conduct Review Committee of the District of Columbia Bar.
Bonnie VanDorn is an educator whose career has focused on public engagement with science. She retired a few years ago after serving for 27 years as the Executive Director of the Association of Science-Technology Centers, the non-profit organization representing science centers and museums worldwide. Before moving to Washington, DC, she spent a decade at Pacific Science Center in Seattle, directing education programs for an audience as broad as ANS's--teachers and their classes and a diverse public audience of preschoolers through adults. Her introduction to ANS was many years ago through her daughter's participation in classes at Woodend. Bonnie serves on the ANS Environmental Education Committee and the Workplace Committee. She has a Masters in Education from the University of Washington.