Before founding Environment for the Americas, Susan worked for a variety of conservation organizations, including the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the Bird Conservancy of the Rockies, in addition to serving as a consultant for the Continental Divide Land Trust and other groups. She is convinced that community-based conservation, education, and partnerships are essential to conserve the planet’s migratory bird species. When she’s not in meetings, Susan loves to escape to her beloved Rocky Mountains, where she often spots two of her favorite birds: Wilson’s Warbler and American Dipper.
Vicky calls herself a Colorado native grandfathered in because she’s lived in our beautiful state, outdoors as much as possible, since 1974. She has been an avid vegetable and flower gardener for over 10 years, now focusing on providing excellent environments for pollinators, especially hummingbirds, and seed pods for birds. Joining The Lakewood Garden Club provides opportunity for continued horticulture education. Vicky has always loved check marks, organization and efficiency. She believes every person can make a positive impact to save our pollinators and clean up our earth because there is no Planet B.
Latino Programs Director
In Dalia’s home country, Venezuela, the Great Kiskadee is called Cristofue because of the loud noises it makes. Dalia has always liked this noisy and gregarious bird, perhaps because it reflects her own strengths. After living in Colorado for the past six years, she has become a mover and shaker in the Boulder County Latino communities. She serves as EFTA’s liaison to Latino communities in Boulder County and helps organize its diversity internship programs.
Just as a Scarlet Macaw adds color and beauty to its environment, Chu-Yu spends her days beautifying the materials EFTA produces. Chu-Yu was born in Taiwan and came to the U.S. 10 years ago. She believes that design is an essential component of our environment—and our lives. Her degree in Applied Science Graphic Design from the Community College helps her actualize the team’s ideas to EFTA’s education, communication and outreach materials.
World Migratory Bird Day Caribbean Program Coordinator
Sheylda was born in Würzburg, Bavaria and raised between the US, the Caribbean island of Puerto Rico and Germany. She obtained a Pre-Veterinary certificate from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayaguez, a bachelor’s degree from the University of Central Florida and a master’s degree from the Metropolitan University in Cupey, Puerto Rico. Sheylda is currently finishing her PhD in Ecology, from the University of Turabo, where she has worked as part of the faculty since 2007. In addition, she is an adjunct professor at the University of Puerto Rico in Arecibo.
Program Assistant, Writer/ Editor
Carol’s career has been focused on bird conservation since 1995, but her love of birds started in childhood through the influence of her ornithologist father. She coordinated the award-winning Park Flight Migratory Bird Program, working with the National Park Service, University of Arizona, Environment for the Americas, and other partners to implement bird monitoring and education projects and technical exchange in national parks across the U.S. and in 21 other Western Hemisphere countries. One of Carol’s favorite backyard birds is the Mountain Bluebird.
Sales/Marketing Development & World Migratory Bird Day U.S. Program Coordinator
As a Boulder native, Molly spent much of her childhood outdoors and developed a passion for wildlife at an early age. After graduating from the University of Colorado, she worked more than five years at a local wildlife rehabilitation center. Molly believes that through education, awareness and connection, progress will be made in the protection of the natural world.
Barbara is a native Brazilian who moved to the U.S. when she was 15 years old. At Florida International University, Barbara obtained her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Environmental Studies, and taught Ecology of South Florida for two years. Her thesis investigated the management of community forests in Oaxaca, Mexico. After completing her graduate studies, Barbara served in the Peace Corps, working as a Community Environmental Conservation Specialist in Los Santos, Panama. She strongly believes that education, community participation, and developing sustainable relationships are key components to conservation efforts.
World Migratory Bird Day Latin America Coordinator
Miguel’s interest in ornithology started when he was fifteen and led him to graduate with a Biology degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela, where he studied the birds of Portachuelo. After working with Venezuela’s Phelps Ornithological Collection for seven years, Miguel became the WMBD coordinator in an effort to connect communities in Latin America with educational outreach. In addition to WMBD, Miguel tracks migratory birds and promotes bird conservation across the Western Hemisphere.
Stephen is from Oxon Hill, Maryland, but likes to travel around a lot! He graduated from the University of Maryland in 2016 with a degree in Sociology and soon moved to Sacramento, California as a member of Americorps NCCC. From there, he traveled around the pacific region completing different volunteer projects including habitat restoration projects in the Mojave Desert. After completing a year of service, he decided to volunteer another year and found the Celebras Las Aves Internship with Environment For The Americas. He had a great time working with EFTA in the Anacostia region of Washington DC teaching about migratory bird conservation. Eventually Stephen returned home, got married and moved to Richmond, VA. He also enjoys reading, hiking, and Nascar!