Tahoma Audubon Society Hires A New Executive Director

tas%20logo%2c%20horizontal_small@TACOMADOTFM – Tahoma Audubon Society’s  search for a new Executive Director began in early March, 2016  when the previous executive director announced her decision to leave the position.  The search committee was pleased with the response to the job positing, and by the end of July had invited Dr. Emily Kalnicky to visit the area and meet with board members and staff.

A native of Madison, WI, Kalnicky’s most recent role was Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA.  In that position she supervised and trained a team of seasonal, full-time and part-time individuals, successfully increasing program offerings and revenue.  Last year she received the 2015 Pittsburgh Business Times “Fast Tracker” award for her accomplishments in that job.

Kalnicky brings with her a wealth and breadth of experience in education, research, and administration spanning over 15 years focused on connecting people and nature.  She received her B.S. in Zoology, Psychology, and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, where she did her independent project on stickleback fish.  She earned her M.S.  in Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences from the University of Illinois—Urbana, where her thesis was on zoo-based environmental education.  She got her Ph.D. in Ecology at Utah State, where her dissertation involved human interaction with an invasive frog in Hawaii.  Her projects on fish, zoos, and frogs are all centered on human interrelationships in connecting people with nature.

Jerry Broadus, Board President, remarked, “Emily stood out from all the others. The search committee was impressed with her history of forming community partnerships.  I, for one, was especially envious of her success in recruiting new members, volunteers, and funding sources.  We are glad she accepted the position and expect to see exciting innovations in the future.”

With Tahoma Audubon approaching 50 years as an organization in 2019, Kalnicky shared her excitement for joining the organization with this milestone on the horizon.  “The organization has established itself as a leader in conservation and is poised for continued growth in conservation, education, recreation and research.  With the 50 year anniversary of the organization on the horizon, I am excited to be able to help set the strategic direction to advance the mission as we reach this important milestone.  I also think there is a really talented staff and enthusiastic board of directors and volunteers that I will learn a lot from and will enjoy working with.”