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
Development Director for the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Valerie Broadie has also served as a Senior Consultant for Campbell & Company, a national fundraising firm, where ANS was one of her clients. She is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University School of Law.
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.
Iantha Gantt-Wright is President and Founder of The Kenian Group an Organizational Development and Diversity Consulting Company. She has been a successful practice leader in these areas for the non-profit, government and private sector on issues of diversity and organizational development for more then 20 years. Before launching the Kenian Group, Gantt-Wright served as the Director of Diversity for the National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) for more then 10 years. Under her leadership NPCA became the first national conservation organization to address race and diversity in the national parks. Gantt-Wright organized and convened three national conferences that broke many relational barriers for people of color and the national parks. As a direct result of the success of this work Gantt-Wright launched the National Parks Community Partners Program in six cities around the country. Her work at NPCA catapulted her to a national leader on environmental and social justice issues within the conservation and environmental community. Iantha holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Development from Trinity College in Washington, DC. She is also a graduate of the Newfield Network’s Coaching for Professional Mastery and Coaching in Business programs. Among her many honors she has received The Department of the Interior’s award for “Stellar Deeds in Advancing Diversity.”
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.
Michael Gravitz worked as a federal lobbyist on behalf of ocean health and fishery sustainability for Environment America. He currently serves on the Board of Clean Water Action and as a member on several citizens' advisory committees in Montgomery County. Michael holds a Master of Public Policy Degree from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
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.
Patty O’Malley is a senior manager at Rubino & McGeehin (CPA firm) in the Exempt Organization Specialty Group. She serves as either the primary or final reviewer for exempt organization returns, provides technical expertise for a variety of exempt organization clients, manages audits and performs a variety of management and accounting consulting services. Prior to joining R&M, she was the assistant vice president of finance for a large trade association and its related charities, where she was responsible for all of the accounting, reporting, tax, budgeting and other financial activity of the organizations. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she is active in the Greater Washington Society of CPAs. Currently she is president-elect of the Board of Governors and chair of the Nonprofit Financial Accountability Task Force. She also has served as chair of the Not-for-Profit Organizations Committee and Symposium co-chair, and as chair of the Christmas in April Committee. She is a past member of both the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants’ Form 990 Task Force and of its Tax Exempt Organization Taxation Technical Resource Panel. She also is a frequent speaker and writer for nonprofit organizations on topics related to tax, auditing and other issues pertinent to nonprofits.
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.
A communications professional with her own company, Kathryn Westra has extensive experience creating and implementing integrated, multi-platform communications campaigns. Her work has targeted Congress and federal agencies, national television networks, and other major news outlets on the subjects of climate change, national parks, and energy.