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Board Leadership

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Ron Morris, Chair
U.S. Coast Guard Retired

Board Member since 2014

Before joining the Board, Ron was President and General Manager of Alaska Clean Seas from 2006 to 2012. Alaska Clean Seas is a not-for-profit cleanup co-op supporting the oil and gas industry exploration and production efforts on the North Slope of Alaska. Bird Rescue has a long history of association with Alaska Clean Seas. Prior to his time with Alaska Clean Seas, Ron served for over 33 years of active duty in the U.S. Coast Guard, completing his Coast Guard career as Captain of the Port for Western Alaska. During his career, he worked with International Bird Rescue in response training and in actual spill responses. He resides in Gig Harbor, Washington.

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Toni Arkoosh Pinsky, Vice Chair
Community Leader

Board Member since 2017

In addition to serving on the Board of Directors, Toni has been an active clinic volunteer at both International Bird Rescue's San Francisco Bay-Delta Rehabilitation Center, and at Wildcare in Santa Rosa since 2015. She started her career with Tiffany & Co. in 1980, and rose to the position of Director Business Sales from 1993 through 2009. Toni has a Bachelor's Degree from California State University - Long Beach. She lives in San Anselmo, CA.
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John Sifling, Treasurer
Principal, Broad Reach Maritime
U.S. Coast Guard Retired

Board Member since 2016

John's 25-year Coast Guard career included assignments in New England, the Mid-Atlantic, Central Pacific, and Alaska, numerous oil spills responses (including the Exxon Valdez), and emergency salvage and abandoned vessel removal. He retired from the Coast Guard in 2006 as Captain of the Port of Southeast Alaska. He then joined Princess Cruises as VP Fleet Security where he was responsible for security operations and policy development for 18 ships on worldwide itineraries. John lives near Los Angeles and holds a B.S. in Marine Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a M.S. in Oceanography from the University of Rhode Island.
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Jodi Benassi,
Secretary
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Board Member since 2017

Jodi grew up going to the beaches of Santa Cruz, California. It was her desire to protect the bird life on those beaches that led her to join International Bird Rescue and support the stewardship of our global waters. As an attorney at McDermott Will & Emery, Jodi counsels clients on intellectual property protection.

Board of Directors

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Maria Hartley
Chevron

Board Member since 2018
Dr. Maria Hartley is the global technical lead in Chevron's Center for Emergency Preparedness and Response and has been with Chevron since 2008. She is also the assistant lead of Chevron's Environmental Functional Team which is responsible for providing technical specialists to address environmental issues during potential oil spills and other emergencies. She developed and implemented Chevron's industry-leading environmental standards and processes worldwide, such as ESHIA (environmental, social, health impact assessment) and the Natural Resources Environmental Performance Standard, and led permitting initiatives for Chevron's major international capital projects. She advises on biodiversity and endangered species issues and advocacy. Maria also volunteered her expertise to the Red Cross assisting and supporting disaster assessment.  Receiving both her Doctorate and Masters of ecology from Rice University, she is now an Adjunct Assistant Professor teaching Ecosystem Management at Rice, and elected member on the Board of Affiliates for the Professional Master's Program and on the Advisory Board of the School of Natural Sciences. Maria is a British citizen, currently residing in Houston, Texas.
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Ian Robinson
Wildlife Veterinarian

Board Member since 2018

Ian received his veterinary degree from the University of Bristol, UK, in 1975 and the diploma of Fellowship of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (UK) in 2006. After a spell in general practice he joined the Royal Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) in 1990, to establish the Norfolk Wildlife Hospital, which treated over 6,000 wildlife patients annually. In 2003 he joined the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), moving to Cape Cod, Massachusetts in 2006 and rose to the position of Vice President for Animal Welfare and Conservation before retiring in 2016. As part of his involvement in wildlife rehabilitation and
conservation, Ian has attended many oil spills, wildlife emergencies and disaster responses
globally.

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Beth Slatkin,
Director of Marketing and Outreach,
Bay Nature

Board Member since 2010

Beth officially joined Bay Nature in the spring of 2011, but her first contribution was a sidebar on saving local frogs to accompany Bay Nature magazine's April 2002 cover story "A Leap of Faith." A passionate observer of and advocate for the natural world, Beth has a dual background in magazine publishing (MJ, UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism) and digital marketing for both nonprofit and for-profit organizations which helps her reach new audiences and inspire others to fall in love with local nature. An experienced grant writer, Beth roams Northern California's wild spaces in her spare time.

Ex-Officio Members

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JD Bergeron
Executive Director

JD was appointed Executive Director of International Bird Rescue in July 2015. JD brings a birder's passion, a childlike delight in Nature, and a deep commitment to solving the world's challenges in unconventional ways. He has many two decades of experience in not-for-profit leadership, international development, and organizational change. JD is the Founder of Chooda, which puts on Bike Zambia, a weeklong bicycle ride that raises funds and awareness for HIV/AIDS prevention and economic empowerment for girls and women in Zambia. He previously served in senior roles at TrueliftKiva, Accion, and the U.S. Peace Corps. He is a graduate of Washington University in Saint Louis.

Emeritus Directors

Alice Berkner
Dan Brumlik
Randall Davis
Dr. Michael Fry
Dr. Will Gala
Martyn J. Green
Andrew Harmon
Jay Holcomb
Ron Holton
Susan Kaveggia
Ian Liston
Pat O'Brien
Laurie Pyne
Sam J. Sacco
Chuck Webster
Dave Weeshoff
Ken White
Michael Ziccardi DVM MPVM PhD

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