Board of Directors

Executive Board
John Nelson
President
John Nelson is a wildlife videographer who contributed to National Geographic channel’s “World’s Deadliest” series and is currently the voice of The Audubon Moment heard on the Florida Public Radio Network. Mr. Nelson is a certified Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida and holds a degree in anthropology from Seattle Pacific University.
Beverley Poppke
Treasurer
Beverley Poppke is a longtime member of Audubon of Martin County and a winner of The Presidential Award for Environmental Stewardship awarded by the 'Keep Martin Beautiful' Foundation. Ms. Poppke enjoys the Lakeside STA field trips as well as the many special speakers and events AoMC produces. A few of her favorite avian conservation efforts include: Least Tern and Bluebird nest monitoring.
 
Richard K. Forster, MD
Vice-President
Dr. Forster is Professor of Ophthalmology at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.With a 48 year tenure, he practices academic ophthalmology at the BPEI campus in Palm Beach Gardens. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Boston University School of Medicine.
        
He produces, directs, films and narrates videos on "The Feeding Behavior of Wading and Shorebirds of Florida".
Cara Campbell
Secretary
Cara Campbell recently joined AoMC's board of directors, and is an avid birder, conservationist and medical industry professional in Palm Beach County. Cara leads many of AoMC's birding field trips and her wildlife photography is often featured on Audubon's social media and chapter publication pages.
 
Dan Martinelli
Dan Martinelli is the Executive Director of Treasure Coast Wildlife Center and a long time board member of Audubon of Martin County -- Dan says that wearing both of these hats allows him "... to help advance the conservation goals these two extraordinary organizations share in common."
Eva Ries
Eva Ries is an Advanced Florida Master Naturalist through the University of Florida's Florida Master Naturalist Program, and an associate instructor to new student naturalists. Eva currently develops environmentally-focused educational programs for adults and children at the St. Lucie County Environmental Resources Department, leading hikes and teaching classes for the Guided Nature Programs series. Eva is also the Director of Avian Research for Georgia-based One More Generation™, President of the St. Lucie Audubon Society (2017-2019), and a member of the St. Lucie chapter of the Florida Master Naturalists
 
Mary White
Mary White is a former newspaper columnist, award- winning photographer and a certified Florida Master Naturalist, and an assistant instructor for the program through the University of Florida/IFAS and the St. Lucie County extension office. She is President of the St. Lucie Chapter of the Florida Master Naturalists, and the recipient of an “Award of Excellence” from UF/IFAS. Mary is employed by the St. Lucie Sheriff’s office for Judicial Services, and has volunteered extensively throughout St. Lucie County teaching naturalist students, children and the public about Florida’s treasured natural resources. Mary is a member of Audubon, National Wildlife Federation, and the North American Nature Photographers’ Association (NANPA). Her program, “The Ethics of Nature Photography,” debuted at the Florida Master Naturalists’ state conference in 2013. Mary lives in Port St. Lucie with her husband, Nick, a former local radio station manager. They fill theirspare time with traveling, photography and spending time with their grandson.

Directors

Jim Howe
Jim Howe is a retired mechanical design engineer and Florida Master Naturalist, who now concentrates on citizen science, endangered species, birds, and other eco-related volunteer efforts. He has logged over a thousand hours in the state parks, working with both Florida Scrub Jays and Sea Turtles.