2018 Election – Vote Now!

2018 Nominees for WOS Board Positions

Please vote for our new slate of WOS Officers and Board Members. Voting will open at 12:01 a.m. on September 27 and will close on October 5 at midnight at the following site: VOTE HERE. The candidates are as follows:

President – Eric Dudley, DVM
Vice President – Jennifer Kauffman
Secretary – Tom Bancroft
Treasurer – Kathy Sletteback
Kim Thorburn – Board Member
Faye McAdams Hands – Board Member

Our three continuing Board Members, Ed Swan, Bob Flores and Kevin Black, will be starting the second year of their two year terms so won’t be included in this election.

You will have a chance to either vote for the individual listed above (yes or no) or enter another person’s name.

Eric Dudley, DVM – President


Hello everyone! I’ve very much enjoyed my membership in WOS over the past four years. It’s been a blast meeting so many fine birders and serving on the Board for three years under the direction of such luminaries as Penny Rose, Jim Danzenbaker and now Cindy McCormack!I’m very committed to the mission of WOS and would consider it a privilege to serve as president during the coming year. Professionally, I’ve practiced veterinary medicine for 35 years, most of that time in the north end of Tacoma. I sold my practice about a year ago and retired at the end of 2017. I now find that I have time to pursue many interests that have been on the “back burner” before, including my musical pursuits, gardening, reading and traveling. I’ve had much fun on birding trips over the last couple of years, including several with Field Guides, but I’ve especially appreciated the WOS trips we’ve taken more locally. So many of our members are so generous and knowledgeable: thanks to all! We live in Gig Harbor, where we’ve been for the last four years. My wonderful wife Mary Kay is the Director of Service Training at TrueBlue (a staffing company)in Tacoma, and between us, we have five kids, a couple of whom engage in birding-related activities. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the near future!


Jennifer Kauffman – Vice President


Jennifer has been a member of WOS for more than five years and has thoroughly enjoyed many field trips and annual conferences across the state. She appreciates the opportunity to contribute her organizational and leadership skills to the organization. Jennifer grew up in Ohio exploring birds and nature. She studied environmental science and water resources management in college and graduate school. She was an environmental and public outreach consultant for more than 20 years, and then spent 15 years with King County managing wastewater capital projects. She retired from King County in 2016. Jennifer completed the Seattle Audubon Master Birder class in 2017. She is a past Seattle Audubon board member and continues to support its outreach, operations and science programs (Neighborhood Bird Project, Puget Sound Seabird Survey). She also served on the Vestry (board) at her church and volunteers at meals programs. Jennifer and her husband Jerry live in Seattle.


Kathy Sletteback – Treasurer


I was living in a Cook County Forest Preserve farmhouse in Illinois when a Sparrow Hawk landed in the tree outside my kitchen window. It visited nearly every day that summer. Seeing its bright colors and patterns up close, and watching the intensity of its hunt lured me into the world of birds.  After moving to Seattle in 1972 and “discovering” Discovery Park, my birding skills developed thanks to Seattle Parks-sponsored Saturday morning bird walks, field trips and classes through Seattle Audubon, WOS conferences and the Master Birder program.

Birding is always a part if not the sole purpose of travel. My local patch, though, is Discovery Park where I have been doing the monthly bird count for the south meadow since 2003, raised funds for the park’s native plants with donations from eight annual Big Sits and participated in many CBCs. I enjoy introducing new and veteran birders to my favorite park by leading Seattle Parks and Seattle Audubon bird walks with my husband Arn.

My experience ground-truthing the South Sound Prairies chapter in the WOS A Birder’s Guide to Washington introduced me to an area rich with birds that was new to me.  I hope to continue to explore new areas and learn more about the birds of Washington.


Tom Bancroft – Secretary


Tom Bancroft has been exceptional in his role as Secretary of WOS and becoming more involved with birding in Washington. He is on the board of Washington Audubon Society and previously served as Vice President of the Florida Ornithological Society. In Florida, he helped host one of their semi-annual meetings. Tom has also been a board member of the Wilson Ornithological Society and the Ornithological Council. Seattle is now his home where he is working on writing and photography. He is a member of Seattle Audubon and Washington Environmental Council, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and active in conservation issues. For more than a decade, Tom worked on Everglades restoration issues for National Audubon Society and Archbold Biological Station before moving to Washington, DC. In D.C., he led the research department of The Wilderness Society for a decade and helped build conservation programs across the west and in Alaska. He then served as chief scientist for National Audubon Society for three years, helping them expand their conservation WOS News August – Sept. 2018 page 18 2018 Nominees for WOS Board Positions (cont.) work across the Americas. During that time, Tom was appointed to a panel providing recommendations to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on the placement of wind turbines relative to birds and bats. He has a Ph.D. from the University of South Florida with an emphasis on ornithology. Tom hopes to build his bird list in Washington so that it catches up with his sightings from Florida and Pennsylvania. His daughter lives in Australia, and he has birded extensively there and now has seen more birds in Queensland than in any other state in the world. He hopes to have his Washington list surpass his Queensland number soon.


Kim Thorburn – Incoming Board Member Candidate


Kim is a retired public health physician who never particularly enjoyed sitting behind a desk. Since wildlife biology uses much of the scientific methodology of public health it seemed a natural post-retirement avocation. She turned her attention to wildlife conservation. At least, it provides some time in the field. She has worked as a volunteer with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Greater Sage-Grouse and Columbian Sharp-tailed Grouse recovery for which she received the 2010 WDFW Volunteer of the Year. In 2015, Governor Inslee appointed her to the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission. Kim served as WOS treasurer during 2013-14. She has also led conference field trips.


Faye McAdams Hands – Renewing Board Member


My name is Faye McAdams Hands and I am an avid birder who has been a member of WOS for many years, attending many of the Annual Conferences. I also am a member of Tahoma Audubon in Tacoma/Pierce County and have been a past Fieldtrip Chairperson, and am the current Christmas Bird Count Coordinator for this chapter’s Count Circle (since 1999). Additionally, I am a member of the American Birding Association. I enjoy submitting and perusing sightings on eBird locally, and when traveling. And I LOVE to travel! I am also a contact person for BirdingPals and have both enjoyed their connections in foreign countries, as well as having been contacted by traveling birders seeking some guiding assistance in Washington. I am also a charter member of the Washington-based Willettes – a group of like-minded lady birders that enjoy each other’s company and birding adventures. I am recently retired from my sequential careers as first, a Flight Attendant, and later, a psychiatric social Worker. I live in Belfair, where I co-lead (withJohn Riegsecker) bi-monthly walks at Theler Wetlands on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. My awesome husband Wade is a Professor of Economics at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma. We have two Labrador Retrievers that share our home.