The nominating committee of the Houston Audubon Board of Directors recommends the following slate for election to the Board of Directors. Elections will be conducted at the membership meeting on May 12, 2016. Also, according to the By-Laws, nominations will be accepted from the floor.
Stanley (Skip) Almoney, Director. Skip was born and raised in York, Pennsylvania and educated at Lowell Technological Institute and Lehigh University. In 1970 upon receiving his PhD in Nuclear Physics he came to Houston to work as a geophysicist for Texaco in Bellaire. During the next 31 years he worked in a variety of petroleum exploration positions for Texaco including over ten years in international exploration. He took early retirement after the merger between Chevron and Texaco and has spent his retirement time with various volunteer endeavors. He began bird watching in the summer of 1993 before being transferred to Indonesia for a year. When he returned to Houston he joined the Ornithology Group of the Outdoor Nature Club and has served that organization as Vice-Chairman and Chairman. He is a certified Texas Master Naturalist and as a member of the Houston Audubon Society has served on the Board of Directors and worked as a volunteer on workdays at High Island and Bolivar Flats, as a mentor at the Boy Scout Woods rookery, and as a goods salesman at High Island. He has lead birding trips throughout Texas for both Houston Audubon and The Ornithology Group. He has birded on all continents.
In 2004, he cofounded Friends of Mandell Park and over ten years raised over $1 million to rebuild Mandell Park into a beautiful city park that includes Meredith Gardens.
Nigel Curlet, Director. Nigel has lived in Houston for over 35 years. A Chemical Engineer, he worked for Shell Oil in a number of roles in the downstream businesses and retired in 2006. After joining the board of the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center in 2006, he became interested in birding and more specifically bird photography and spent hours photographing a pair of nesting Cooper's Hawks at the Arboretum. Over the past six years, Nigel and his wife Cherry have enjoyed their many visits to the Houston Audubon sanctuaries on the Gulf Coast. Nigel continues to serve on the Executive Committee of the Houston Arboretum. He looks forward to contributing to the Houston Audubon Society.
Edie Dillon, Director. Edie was raised on the beaches of South Florida and graduated summa cum laude from Rice with a degree in biology and psychology. Thanks to her good friend, Skip Almoney, Edie and her family are birders-in-training. Edie brings a unique perspective to the Board with 27 years of experience in technology – first as a partner at Accenture and currently as the Global Chief Information Officer for Norton Rose Fulbright. She is hoping to help Houston Audubon advance its mission through the use of technology – to conserve birds and their environments, to educate the community and to grow membership.
Mary Fitzgerald, Director. Mary is a Career Counselor/Assistant Professor at Lone Star College-CyFair. She has been birding for about 10 years and is a long-time Houston Audubon member. She has just completed a two year term as Houston Audubon Secretary.
Joseph V. "Joe" Smith, Director. Retired from a business career, which included Executive Director of Magellan Behavioral Health and Acquired Companies and General Manager of Direct Marketing and Planning with Gulf Oil Corporation, Joe is an advanced amateur photographer whose current focus is 35 mm nature and landscape color photography. He is a member of the Houston Photochrome Club, The Houston Center for Photography, and the Photo Forum at the Museum of Fine Arts. Joe is also a member of Houston Audubon Nature Photography Association (HANPA) and has worked closely with Houston Audubon to develop policies regarding photographers' access to HA sanctuaries. Joe is married to Jane R. Smith and has three adult children. They have lived in Houston since 1978.
Sam Smith, Director. Sam is a professional engineer working at Wood Group Mustang. He became a birder because when he would go on hikes with his wife, Becky would stop to look at the birds, so why not join the party and is now frustrated with identification of little brown things like most everyone else. He has been a former city council member for the city of Spring Valley, and a Texas Native Plant society member. As a member of the Houston Audubon Society, he has been seen working at High Island during post Hurricane clean ups as well as he and Becky working either the Kiosk at Boy Scout Woods or Smith Oaks during spring migration. He has served on several different community committees and supports the Texas Land Conservancy.
Martha Wright, Secretary: Martha became a docent with Houston Audubon's Docent Guild over 25 years ago. She has held many board positions with ADG and currently serves as Past President. Martha graduated from Rice University in architecture, worked for an interior design firm and as a computer programmer for the California firm, FMC Corporation. The rest of her "career" has been volunteering and serving on boards for various organizations. She "has loved the opportunity to instill in others, both young and adult, a love of nature and a desire to protect it."