POTOMAC VALLEY AUDUBON SOCIETY
                           OFFICERS AND BOARD MEMBERS


Peter Smith, President
Peter retired in 2002 as director of public affairs for the Association of American Universities, a
post he held for 15 years. Previously he had worked as a journalist and served as press secretary to
three different U.S. Senators. He joined the PVAS Board in 2004 and chaired a Board Development
Committee that developed a 2005 plan for restructuring the organization. He has a longstanding
interest in conservation issues and is a member of The Nature Conservancy. Locally, he is a
member of the Shepherdstown Rotary and has also served on the boards of the Friends of the
Shepherdstown Library and the Shepherdstown Men's Club. He is a graduate of Northwestern
University's Medill School of Journalism.

Georgia Jeppesen, Vice President
Georgia is employed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center
as an Education Specialist in the Division of Education Outreach. She has worked in the
environmental education field for over 20 years including a conservation nonprofit, state education
and natural resources agencies, and as an independent contractor. She has been a member of PVAS
since moving to West Virginia in the late 1990s, and served on its Yankauer Advisory committee
for five years. She received a Bachelor's degree from the University of Utah in the biological
sciences and a Master's from Florida State University in Science Education/Curriculum and

Mina Goodrich, Secretary
Mina retired in 1999 after a long career in health care with the Department of Veteran's Affairs,
both in Martinsburg and Washington, D.C. A native of Shepherdstown, she has been a member of
PVAS since its early days. She previously served as Secretary from 2001 to 2004. Mina has also
been active on the boards of the Friends of the Shepherdstown Library, the Jefferson County
Animal Welfare Society and the Shepherdstown Men's Club. She also volunteers regularly at the
Shepherdstown Library. She has a Bachelor's degree in Social Work from Shepherd University
and an M.B.A. from Frostburg State University in Maryland.

Lex Miller, Treasurer
Lex has been a Shepherdstown resident since 2004 and joined PVAS in 2008. Before retiring in
2002 he was the Research Actuary for Watson Wyatt and Company, an employee benefits
consulting firm, for whom he worked for 22 years. Prior to his actuarial career, he was a
mathematics teacher in the public schools of Montgomery County, Maryland. Since retiring, he has
been active in the AARP Tax-Aide program, serving as District Coordinator for the Eastern
Panhandle of West Virginia from 2005 to 2008. He is also active in the Shepherdstown Film
Society and Good Shepherd Caregivers. He earned a B.A. in Mathematics from Lehigh University
and an M.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland. He is a Fellow of the Society of

Diana Mullis, Immediate Past President
Diana retired in 2008 after working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and US Geological
Survey for 37 years. Her long dedication to the Potomac Valley Audubon Society includes service
as president from 2000 to 2006. She has also served for many years as the organization's wildlife
rescue coordinator.

                                       BOARD MEMBERS

Wayne Braunstein, At-large Board Member
Wayne has been a member of PVAS for 20 years. He is a past editor of the chapter newsletter and
served two terms on the Board of Directors in that capacity. He currently heads the PVAS Board
Development Committee. He has also served on the PVAS Yankauer Committee and as a volunteer
for various activities over the course of the years. In addition to his work with PVAS, he volunteers
with the Friends of the Peter Burr Farm, Inc., a local living history museum, in an effort to restore
and preserve an historic site and to offer the legacy of living history to the residents and greater
community of the eastern panhandle. He is a secondary education teacher by profession who is
certified in business and information technology. He and his wife are supporters of many
conservation projects and organizations, both national and regional in scope. He has a BA in
Secondary Education from Shepherd University, a BS in Business Administration from the
University of Maryland, University College, and a Master's in Computers in Education from
Shenandoah University.

Don Briggs, At-large Board Member
Don is the administrator of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail program. Based in Harpers
Ferry, the program is partnership between the National Park Service, the states of Maryland,
Virginia and Pennsylvania, and the District of Columbia to develop a system of trails between the
mouth of the Potomac and the Allegheny Highlands. Previously, Don managed technical assistance,
special studies and planning projects for the National Park Service in the Mid-Atlantic States. He
holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Ohio State University and two masters from the University
of Wyoming, one in American Studies and another in Community and Regional Planning. He has
also held various volunteer positions, including chair of the Public Lands Committee of the Jackson
Hole Alliance for Responsible Planning and President of the Shepherdstown Elementary

Clark Dixon, At-large Board Member
Clark retired from the National Park Service in 2003 following a long career with the agency that
included postings in West Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., Arkansas, New Jersey, and
Georgia. The positions he held included Resident Youth Worker, Recreation Specialist, Park
Technician, Supervisory Park Ranger, Nature Center Director, Park Manager (superintendent), and
Program Manager for the Southeast Region Career Internship Program. He currently works as a
substitute teacher in Berkeley and Jefferson County School Systems. His interests include
gardening, nature study, camping, and backpacking. He has a Bachelor's degree in Secondary
Education from Shepherd University.

A. R. (Rob) Hoxton, At-Large Board Member
Rob is president of Hoxton Financial, Inc., a financial planning firm with offices in Shepherdstown,
Winchester, and Chambersburg. Prior to joining the firm, he worked with American International
Group (AIG), a financial services provider in New York City. He is a graduate of North Carolina
State University and of the Certified Financial Planning Professional Program of the College for
Financial Planning in Denver Colorado.

Leigh Jenkins, At-Large Board Member
Leigh has lived fulltime in Morgan County, WV since 1989, after moving there from the
Washington, D.C. area. She was raised in El Paso, Texas where she was an active member of the
Trans-Pecos Audubon Society. She worked as an Environmental Specialist for Gifford-Hill and
Company, a cement corporation, in Texas before moving to the Washington, D.C. area. She
presently teaches Advanced Placement Biology and Advanced Placement Environmental Science,
as well as Advanced Biology, at Berkeley Springs High School in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia.
She is a member of the Morgan County Master Gardeners and also active in the Potomac Valley
Master Naturalist Program. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Sociology from Texas A & M
University and a Master of Arts in Sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso. She returned
to Shepherd College in 1994 to receive her teaching certification in Biology and is currently a
candidate for a Master of Arts degree in Science Education/Curriculum and Instruction at Shepherd

Jesse Morgan, At-Large Board Member
Jesse lives and raises his family in Charles Town. He grew up in Jefferson County and has strong
ties to the community, especially southern Jefferson County. He holds a Master of Science in
Geology degree from West Virginia University (1996) and a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental
Science degree from Boston University (1993). He and his wife Adrienne are entrepreneurs in
environmental services. As Director of Field Operations, Jesse oversees all drilling and other
environmental field projects for A-Zone Environmental Services, LLC.

Kathy Stolzenburg, At-Large Board Member
Kathy is currently a Realtor and co-owner of Eastern Panhandle Realty. Her professional career has
included event planning for two nonprofit healthcare organizations and almost a decade in nonprofit
fundraising with The Nature Conservancy. She has been a member of the Board of the Association
of Donor Relations Professionals and has served as a volunteer licensed wildlife rehabilitator. She
lives in Shepherdstown with her husband William, a natural history author. She received a
Bachelor's degree in psychology from George Mason University in 1986.

Carolyn Thomas, At-Large Board Member
Carolyn is a 7th grade science teacher at Wildwood Middle School in Jefferson County. She is an
avid gardener. She has a Bachelor's degree in zoology from University of Maryland, a Master's
degree in Physical Education from the University of Montana and a Master's in Teaching from
Marshall University.

Jane Vanderhook, At-Large Board Member
Jane is retired from a career as a Computer Systems Software Designer. She previously served on
the PVAS Board as Treasurer from 2004 to 2008. She is an active community volunteer and has
served on the boards of Jefferson County Youth Soccer League, Country Day School and her
homeowners' association. She holds a degree in Experimental Psychology.

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