Who We Are

Board of Directors

Executive Committee

Chairman, Wendy McLean, Malvern, Pa
Elected 1998

Vice Chairman
, Frederick Beste, III, Wind Gap, PA
Elected 2001

Peter Bennett, New York City, NY
Elected 2004

Pamela Vargas, Kempton, PA
Elected 2008

Assistant Secretary, Ferd Thun, Bethlehem, PA
Elected 2005

Officers do not have term limits.

2015 Board of Directors

Board members receive no financial compensation, and offer time and expertise on a completely volunteer basis. The board meets three times per year with the annual meeting held in early November.

Barbara Altman, Orwigsburg, PA
Elected 2011. First term expires 2015.

William M. Anderson, M.D., Camp Hill, PA
Elected 2008. Second term expires 2016.

Robert Barkanic, Auburn, PA
Elected 2011. First term expires 2015.

Dick Bus, Orefield, PA
Elected 2014. First term expires 2018.

Chris Clayton, Old Lyme, CT
Elected 2014. First term expires 2018.

Richard Crossley, Cape May, NJ
Elected 2013. First term expires 2017.

Lewis Cyr, Coopersburg, PA
Elected 2012. First term expires 2016.
Deborah Edge, M.D., Washington, DC
Elected 2009. Second term expires 2017.

Stephen Edge, M.D., Elma, NY
Elected 2008. Second term expires 2016.

Ellen Ferretti, Dallas, PA
Elected 2014. First term expires 2018.

Tom Kerr, Kempton, PA
Elected 2008. Second term expires 2016.

Soloman Lausch, Ph.D., Leesport, Pa 
Elected 2013. First term expires 2017.

Joseph Mallory, Greenwich, CT
Elected 2012. First term expires 2016.

Carl Roe, Carlisle, PA
Elected 2014. First term expires 2018. 

Dan Rubenstein, Ph.D., Princeton, NJ
Elected 2013. First term expires 2017.

Bill Sands, Wyomissing, PA
Elected 2014. First term expires 2018.

Houston Stebbins, Tuxedo Park, NY
Elected 2012. First term expires 2016.
Scott Weidensaul, Schuylkill Haven, PA
Elected 2013. First term expires 2017.

Minturn Wright, Lafayette Hill, PA
Elected 2013. First term expires 2017.

Wendy McLean, Chairman

Malvern, Pa. Elected 1998

Wendy McLean is the Chairman of Hawk Mountain's Board of Directors. She is an attorney at the law firm of Lentz, Cantor & Massey, Ltd and has held previous positions as an adjunct professor at Villanova University and as a business intelligence specialist at FMC Corporation.

Wendy has served on the board since 1999 with previous positions as secretary and vice chairman before succeeding Joe Mallory. She is also a former chair of the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation, the Great Valley Nature Center, and the Upper Main Line YMCA.

Wendy earned her B.S. from Cornell, her M.S. from Drexel, her law degree from Villanova, and has been a resident of southeastern Pennsylvania for more than thirty years. She currently resides in Chester County with her husband, William.

Peter Bennett, Vice Chairman

New York City, NY. Elected 2004.

Peter Bennett is the founder and chairman of Liberty Partners, a New York-based private equity investment firm.

Peter is a member of the Board of Lehigh University, the Advisory Board of New Leaders for New Schools (NYC), the Dean's Advisory Council for Lehigh University's College of Education.

In his free time Peter enjoys cooking, gardening, golf, and sporting clays. Peter and his wife, Jean Nevins, split their time between their apartment in SOHO, NYC and their farm in Bucks County, PA.

Frederick J. Beste III, Treasurer

Wind Gap, Pa. Elected 2001.

Frederick J. Beste is the President and C.E.O. of the General Partners of Mid-Atlantic Venture Funds and the Chairman of the Board of the NET Ben Franklin Technology Partners (Bethlehem), a subsidiary of Lehigh University.

Fred is a member (and former vice president) of the Board of The Ben Franklin Technology Development Authority (Harrisburg). He was the 2001 recipient of the Blair L. Thompson Memorial Award for career achievement in venture capital.

Fred earned his B.A. in economics from Stetson University, and he lives with his wife Polly in a pre-Revolution-era stone farmhouse just outside of Wind Gap, PA.

Pamela Vargas, Secretary

Kempton, Pa. Elected 2008.

Pamela Vargas works in the grants and research administration at Kutztown University, where she is responsible for helping faculty members receive grants to fund research and projects. Previously she worked in a similar position at the University of Notre Dame and for the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.

Pam's work has enabled her to present at numerous conferences and to publish her work in peer-reviewed journals, and she volunteers in her field by reviewing and editing journals. She has also spent time volunteering with the Special Olympics.

When she's not working, Pam spends her time knitting and traveling. Her interest in birds began in her backyard after she watched her parents feed and care for their frequent visitors, robins.

Ferdinand Thun, Assistant Secretary

Ferdinand Thun received his B.S. in Metallurgical Engineering from Lehigh University in 1956 and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1960. He was the director of Planned Giving at Lehigh University from 1973 to 1995 and the director of Penn Square Mutual Fund from 1989 to 1997.

Ferd serves on the board of several organizations, including the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation, Wildlands Conservancy (including as chair of Development Committee from 2005 to 2009), and Thun Investment Company.

Ferd describes himself as a "water rat" and has enjoyed cruising most of the East Coast in a variety of boats and canoeing many local rivers. He and his wife enjoy traveling to visit nieces and nephews who are scattered about the country.

Ferd was introduced to Hawk Mountain and the nearby Pinnacle more than 60 years ago and it has always been a sanctuary for him as well as for the hawks.

Barbara Altman

Outgoing and energetic, Barbara has an eclectic background that starts with work as an environmental educator at the W. Alton Jones Environmental Campus at the Unveristy of Rhode Island, where she earned her B.S. in wildlife biology 1975. Her career  switched gears when she moved to New York City to work at the Mercantile STores home buying office before marrying her husband Jim and settling in New Jersey to raise their two children Susan and Frank.

At Hawk Mountain, Barbara serves on the education and development committees and isa  four-time chair of the annual Benefit for Birds Gala, which has enjoyed tremendous success under her leadership. She also has served two terms on the board of education in Franklin Township, Hunterdon County, New Jersey, before moving with her husband to a restored farmhouse nestled in the shadow of Hawk Mountain.

Barbara is a passionate collector and owns Aunt Elva's Antiques, featured in Martha Stewart Magazine, an avid golfer, and loves all creatures big and small.

Robert Barkanic

Robert ("Bob") Barkanic is the Senior Director for Energy Policy at PPL EnergyPlus, and he previously served as deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and as an engineering manager at Bechtel Power Corporation. He spent time volunteering at The Pennsylvania Environmental Council and The Lake Wynonah Home Owners Association Board.

Bob received his B.S. in structural engineering from Pennsylvania State University.

When not working, you can find Bob at the beach, in the mountains, on the water, or out golfing. He enjoys bicycling, teaching and coaching, watching sports, and spending time with his three children.

Dick Bus

Dick Bus is the president of the family-owned, metal manufacturer company ATAS International Inc., a family business where he worked ever since he was a child helping his father on job sites.

With 42 years at the helm of ATAS, Dick led the company to a more eco-friendly future and brings a wealth of knowledge regarding sustainability practices in the industrial sector. He was the 2011 recipient of the Larry Swaney Award, which is awarded to a person who has worked unselfishly for the betterment of the metal construction industry and the recipient of The AISI Market Development Industry Leadership Award, which  recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the competitive use of steel in the marketplace. In addition, Dick is the founder of The Metal Initiative, a coalition of manufacturers, individuals and associations that work together to provide information about the features and benefits of metal in construction.

Outside of his work in the metal industry, Dick and his wife Peggy resurrected a Boy Scout Troop in their local church. Dick is also involved with a local inner-city elementary school and provides scholarship support to underprivileged students of immigrant parents. Dick serves on the board for the Manufacturers Resource Center in the Lehigh Valley and is a trustee of the Da Vinci Science Center.

Dick and his family reside in Orefield, Pa. When he is not traveling for the industry, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family, especially his seven grandchildren.

Christina Clayton

Chris is a Harvard alum who went on to earn a law degree from Columbia before settling in at Xerox Corporation in Stamford, CT, where she served the corporation for more than 20 years, becoming Deputy General Counsel, and then Vice President and General Counsel.

Now retired, Chris can commit more time to her passion for birding and international travel. A long-time member of Hawk Mountain, she also is a life member of the Linnaean Society of New York City, President of the Trustees of the Old Lyme Land Trust, and past Secretary of the board at the Connecticut Audubon Society. She also has volunteered her expertise as a lawyer for the Partnership for Children's Rights in New York City and served on the board of Fresh Art, a non-profit focused on promoting the talents of low-income, disabled artists in New York City.

Chris resides in Old Lyme, CT with her husband Stanley where she enjoys the outdoors and adding new birds to her life list.

Richard Crossley

Richard Crossley is the co-author of "The Shorebird Guide" and the founder of Crossley Books, which publishes the award-winning Crossley ID Guide Series. He is also the owner of Crossley and Associates, a finance and insurance business in the auto industry.

A Yorkshireman, this lifelong birder is passionate about promoting his love of birding, conservation, and the outdoors, and he is also the co-founder of the grassroots birding movement, Pledge to Fledge along with the Cape May Young Birders Club.

Richard fell in love with Cape May in 1985 and he resides there with his wife Debra and his two teenage daughters, Sophie and Sam. His passion for life can be heard in conversation in just about any subject.

Lewis Cyr

Lewis Cyr is an Executive Vice President at National Penn Bank in Allentown, PA.  Lewis has nearly 25 years of experience in banking and he holds a bachelor's degree in economics and history from the University of Delaware.

Lewis also serves on the Board for the Boys Scouts of America (Cradle of Liberty Council) and is active with the Autism Society. He previously served on the board for the Salvation Army, Penn State Berks and the DaVinci Science Center.

Lewis enjoys going to the movies, learning about history, exercising, craft beer, and watching football at all levels.

Deborah Edge, M.D.

Deborah Edge is the granddaughter of Sanctuary founder, Rosalie Edge, and has served on the Board since the late 1980s. As a primary care internist, Deb founded a private medical practice on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C., where she worked for 30 years. She retired from full time practice in April, 2011. Since then, she has been working half time at So Others Might Eat (SOME), providing health care to the indigent and homeless of D.C. She also has a lifelong interest in conservation and birding, which she hopes to devote more time to.

Deb is also an avid musician, and plays classical string bass in several Washington, D.C. community orchestras, as well as chamber music when the opportunity arises. She is married to Neal Mann, and the two live on Capitol Hill, Washington, D.C.. They have two daughters, Rebecca Edge Mann and Sarah Edge Mann.

Stephen Edge, M.D.

The grandson of Hawk Mountain founder, Rosalie Edge, Stephen is a cancer surgeon and researcher with more than 27 years of experience. He currently serves as the Cancer Center Director for the Baptist Cancer Center and as an Adjunct Professor of Surgery at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Tennessee. Stephen is also part of the Executive Committee of the Commission on Cancer of the American College of Surgeons as well as the Executive Committee of the American Joint Committee on Cancer.

Stephen's research focuses on evaluating and improving community-wide quality of cancer care and he is currently leading a new cancer center program to develop high quality care across a large geographic network in the Mid-South.

Stephen recently moved to Memphis with his wife after 21 years of living in Buffalo, NY. They love bicycling, traveling, and keeping up with their kids now that they are empty nesters.

Thomas J. Kerr

Thomas J. Kerr is the president and founder of Thomas J. Kerr LLC, a privately-owned management service company, which recently served as a consultant for the city of Allentown's Office of Sustainability. He is the former president & CEO for Wildlands Conservancy, and served as the Interim president for Hawk Mountain from March 2010-October 2010, prior to the hiring of Jerry Regan.

Outside of work, Tom is deeply involved with conservation organizations, and was a founding board member for the Pennsylvania Land Trust Association and a council member of the Conservation and Natural Resources Citizen Advisory Council. He was the 2008 recipient of the L.L. Bean "Outdoor Hero" Award, which recognizes work in education, advocacy, and conservation.

Tom received his B.S. degree in business administration from Temple University. He lives with his wife Carla in Kempton, P.A., where he enjoys canoeing, biking, and competitive motor-boat racing.

Solomon Lausch, Ph.D.

Dr. Solomon ("Sol") Lausch is Executive Director of the Berks Business Education Coalition, a group that promotes business support for education. He also serves on the board of the United Way of Berks County and the Schuylkill Valley Community Library.

Sol previously served more than 20 years as superintendent for two Pennsylvania school districts, and he has a Ph.D. in educational leadership from the University of Maryland, a master’s in special education from Loyola College, and a bachelor’s in secondary education from Millersville State College.

In his spare time Sol enjoys reading 20th century American history. He also spends his days gardening, traveling, and sharing his Pennsylvania Dutch heritage with unsuspecting, captive listeners.

Joseph Mallory

An enthusiastic birder with a long history of service to the Mountain, Joe Mallory is a retired partner of Booz Allen Hamilton, an international management consulting firm. Joe served as past chairman of the board during which time he led the organization through a strategic planning process that resulted in a new mission statement. He also guided the Sanctuary through a leadership transition, and worked hard to build stronger board-staff relationships.

Joe is also active with the Connecticut Audubon Society where he served as treasurer, and is a trustee of Booz.Allen.Hamilton. He can often be seen running, biking, or birding and splits his time with his wife Wendy between their homes on the coast of Maine and in Connecticut.

Carl Roe

Carl Roe was the Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Game Commission from 2005 to 2013 and the agency’s first-ever long-range strategic planner since 2001. Under his leadership, the PGC added more than 50,000 acres of state game lands and implemented the Mentored Youth Hunting Program. Prior to Executive Director, he served as the director of the Commission’s Bureau of Administrative Services, where he spearheaded the effort to implement an electronic license sale system.

In 2013, Roe received the Warden Award, Hawk Mountain Sanctuary’s highest honor, which is presented to individuals who demonstrate outstanding support of the Sanctuary and its conservation missions. Among promoting attention to the importance of environmental education and of non-game species and their habitats, Roe helped to secure a $250,000 jump-start gift to help design and build a new Outdoor Amphitheater at Hawk Mountain, a $10,000 grant to fund telemetry research on vultures in Bradford County, and a multi-year grant to support a 2014 telemetry study of broad-winged hawks. Roe has earned three master's degrees (public administration, management, and Latin American Studies) and a bachelor's degree in political science. He boasts a 30-year military career, and has served on the boards of the American Red Cross (El Paso Area Chapter), the Rio Grande Council of Governments, and the Economic Development Committee of the El Paso Chamber of Commerce. 

Roe grew up hunting and fishing in Pennsylvania and on the eastern shore of Maryland. He is a member of Ducks Unlimited, the National Wild Turkey Federation, the National Rifle Association, and Woodcock Limited, and currently lives in Carlisle, P.A., with his wife and two daughters.

Daniel Rubenstein, Ph.D.

Dr. Daniel Rubenstein is a professor of zoology, ecology, and evolutionary biology at Princeton University, where he is the director of African studies and a chair member in the department of ecology and evolutionary biology.

Dan's research focuses on the decision-making process in animals and how an individual animal's behavior is influenced by phenotype, environment, and the actions of other individuals in the population. His research has been featured in numerous scientific publications, including The American Naturalist and Smithsonian Contributions to Zoology.

In addition to his work at Princeton, Dan serves as a member of the Board of Trustees for Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, a non-profit dedicated to preserving farmland and natural resources.

In his free time Dan enjoys traveling and visiting museums.

Bill Sands

­­Founder and CEO of Sands Enterprises, Inc., Bill Sands serves as broker of Sands & Company Real Estate, the largest branch of the corporation which is headquartered in Wyomissing and serves Berks, Lancaster, Chester and Schuylkill Counties in Pennsylvania, and the eastern shore of Maryland.

Bill has long embodied the entrepreneurial spirit and by a young age, he had amassed real estate holdings that stretched from Antibes, France, to the U.S. Virgin Islands, to the Maryland shore, and west to Rancho Mirage, California. In 2003 he established www.PaRealEstate.com, one of the first web-based realty sites of its kind in Pennsylvania, and today the firm remains a leader in social media marketing.

Bill’s success and unique vacation portfolio caught the interest of Daniel McGinn, the Senior Editor of The Harvard Review, and when in 2008 McGinn published House Lust…. America’s Obsession with our Homes, he included contributions by Sands. The ensuring national publicity surrounding the release brought mainstream media features for Bill including Forbes and Newsweek.

This drive for business is matched by his work in the community he has served for nearly 30 years, including positions on the board of the Reading Berks Association of Realtors, the City of Reading Architectural Review Board, the Collection Management Committee of the Reading Public Museum, and the Leesport Bank Advisory Board. And, with a personal interest in and commitment to architecture, Bill also has purchased and restored multiple homes throughout the region, and as a result, is preserving the rich history and value of the surrounding communities.

At home, Bill is an outdoor enthusiast with a keen interest in birding, and resides with his partner in Bern Township along Tulpehocken Creek where the two enjoy an abundance of raptors including a resident bald eagle. Bill says he has rescued many birds in his lifetime and has a 30-year friendship with his feathered friend Roscoe, his pet yellow-naped Amazon parrot.

Houston Stebbins

Houston Stebbins received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania in 1972, and is retired from his work of 30 years as a financial advisor with JP Morgan/JP Morgan Chase where he served as managing director of debt restructuring and bankruptcy. Prior to his financial career, he taught english and algebra, and he used his educator skills in the financial world, developing and teaching a new course segment for JP Morgan trainees.

He recently served two terms as mayor of Tuxedo Park, NY, where he lives, and held previous positions as chair of the board of zoning appeals. He continues to serve informally as a financial advisor for the Town of Tuxedo and other institutions.

Houston resides with his wife Dena and enjoys birding, skiing, astrony, travel and cooking, and is a noted Civil War buff.

Scott Weidensaul

Photo courtesy of Bill Ulrich

Scott Weidensaul is the author of more than two dozen books on natural history, including the Pulitzer Prize finalist "Living on the Wind," about bird migration, and "Return to Wild America: A Yearlong Search for the Continent's Natural Soul." His newest book, "The First Frontier: The Forgotten History of Struggle, Savagery and Endurance in Early America," is the result of more than five years of work, and was published in 2013.

Scott is also an active field researcher whose work centers around bird migration, particularly the northern saw-whet owls, a reclusive species native to North America. Scott works with The Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, and together they have banded more than 5,000 owls.

Scott has been coming to Hawk Mountain since he was a boy. He is also a founder of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art, a board member of Audubon Pennsylvania, and is active in many conservation and birding organizations. He and his wife Amy live in western Schuylkill County.

Minturn Wright, III

A life-long birder and conservationist, Minturn served in the U.S. Army during World War II and fought in the Battle of the Bulge before returning stateside to pursue his education. He graduated from Yale and earned his law degree from Pennsylvania Law School before joining up with the second-largest firm in Philadelphia, Dechert, Price & Rhoads, where he would remain until his retirement. He and wife Nonya had four children: Minturn IV, Richard, Robert, and Marion.

In 1958 he joined the board at the Academy of Arts & Sciences in Philadelphia, and at age 32, he was the youngest to serve. Today he has dedicated more than 50 years to the organization. In 1983 he joined the board at Hawk Mountain, and when long-time chairman Joe Taylor stepped down in 1991, he turned the reins over to Minturn, and during a new era for the Sanctuary. The position of curator had just been eliminated, and the board hired new Executive Director Cynthia Lenhart. Serving as chairman from 1992 to 1997, Minturn led the organization through this time of transition, as Hawk Mountain moved forward its global mission, and began to grow its science and training program.

Outside the Mountain, Minturn has been a passionate birder and spent decades traveling the world to add new species to his list. He and Frank Gill authored on behalf of the International Ornithological Congress the widely popular, “Birds of the World: Recommended English Names,” the book that is still supplemented by a website, the IOC World Bird List, and continues to provide regular updates to the published material.

Minturn’s life list includes 5,880 species, but he points out that there are more than 10,000 species to look for, and any travels now are solely to search for endemics. He resides in Lafayette Hill near Philadelphia where he continues to enjoy the outdoors and local birding excursions.