Who We Are

Conservation Professionals

Sean Grace

610-756-6000 ext. 213 or [email protected]

M.A., Environmental Studies. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2018. 

As president of Hawk Mountain Sanctuary, Sean is responsible for effective, creative, and productive mission-based programs and manages the professional staff, programs, budget, fundraising, and physical facilities.

Sean has a passion for raptor conservation and education, and has nearly 20 years of previous experience in conservation education and leadership. He has previous successes and experience in fundraising, capital campaigns, raptor rehabilitation and conservation, wildlife education programs and curricula, land conservation, and more.

Sean values volunteer service and is a dedicated community member, having volunteered his time for 25 years with a variety of projects, including: the Calling Amphibian Monitoring Project, USGS Breeding Bird Surveys, Monitoring Bird Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) stations, Kestrel Nest Box Monitoring, Wildlife Rehabilitation, a Team Leader for the Christmas Bird Count, and by training a team of volunteers to help determine the status and range of bobcats in New Jersey for the New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife Endangered & Nongame Species Program. Sean served as the Chair of the East Amwell Environmental Commission, where he had previously served as a commission member for several years. Sean is a member of the National Ski Patrol and a certified Outdoor Emergency Care Provider.

When Sean is not passionately working on various conservation initiatives, he loves to spend time outdoors hiking, biking, skiing, boating, and wildlife watching with his two sons, Elden Winter and Cooper Ridge.

Laurie Goodrich, Ph.D.

Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science
570-943-3411 x106 or [email protected]

Ph.D. Ecology. Joined Hawk Mountain in 1984.

Hawk Mountain hired Laurie as its first full-time research biologist, and more than 30 years later, she was selected her as the Sanctuary's Sarkis Acopian Director of Conservation Science, overseeing all programs, staff, and facilities of the conservation science department. 

Prior to appointment as director, Goodrich had worked in virtually every aspect of conservation at Hawk Mountain, from overseeing its long-term migration counts, to directing its education program and developing the first education plan, to conducting scientific research and publishing more than 50 peer-reviewed papers. She also helped to raise and steward more than $1 million in grants or gifts for conservation science and education, including a transformational gift of $500,000 to expand raptor conservation education, and more than $2 million for land conservation.

Goodrich is considered exceptional in her ability to bring people together to foster successful long-term conservation. Locally, she launched the collaborative Pennsylvania Farmland Raptor and The Broad-winged Hawk research projects, and globally, she co-founded the now world-famous, million-raptor conservation site at the River of Raptors in Veracruz, Mexico. Working with colleagues at the Hawk Migration Association of North America, HawkWatch International, and Bird Studies Canada, she helped develop the award-winning Raptor Population Index Project, and contributed heavily to The State of North America’s Birds of Prey, the first comprehensive analysis of raptor populations across the continent. Combined, she has coordinated the work of dozens of volunteers, trainees, and graduate students, and interacted with countless citizen scientists.

A long-time volunteer for Big Brothers-Big Sister of Schuylkill County, Laurie enjoys gardening, hiking and bird watching, and resides in Orwigsburg.

Jean-Francois Therrien, Ph.D.

Senior Research Biologist
570-943-3411 x104 or [email protected]

Ph.D. Biology. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2011.

After completing an academic internship with Hawk Mountain in the fall of 2002, JF returned nine years later as Senior Research Biologist. He now leads the Sanctuary’s research projects in the Arctic and is also involved in several studies including the movement ecology of New World vultures and peregrine falcons across the Americas.

When he's not monitoring the long-term American kestrel nest-box program or helping with the migration counts from the Sanctuary’s lookout, JF can be found teaching statistics to Sanctuary trainees and enjoying life with his wife and two young children.

David Barber

Research Biologist
570-943-3411 x105 or x110 or [email protected]

M.S. Zoology. Joined Hawk Mountain in 1999.

David is responsible for all Sanctuary GIS mapping projects and has single-handedly entered more than 300,000 'location fixes' that make up the findings of our long-term New World vulture research. He also conducts stewardship and monitoring programs, helps in conducting the annual count, and trains interns, particularly in wingtagging techniques and the use of mapping software. David is talented birder-by-ear and skilled naturalist who can be found out and about, working to complete the breeding bird, butterfly, and other annual surveys on the Sanctuary.  

An award-winning brewer, David is our resident beer connoisseur, and enjoys working with his hunting dogs and being outdoors. He resides in Orwigsburg with his wife Patti.

Wendy Nicodemus

Acopian Center Operations and Trainee Coordinator
570-943-3411 x101 or [email protected]

B.S. Graphic Design. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2007.

Wendy is responsible for all scheduling, overnight stays, and the many details that ensure smooth operations at this three-building research and training center. She also oversees all Sanctuary reprints and maintenance of its 3,000-volume library. She also serves as te Acopian Center's graphic designer and provides expertise on new publications and other print projects.

In her role as Trainee Coordinator, she arranges all logistics for the trainee program including applying for trainee visas, travel arrangements, monitors and creates all schedules and other logistics that go along with hosting up to ten residential trainees from different backgrounds.

She also monitors the computer network at Hawk Mountain, assists staff with computer or network issues, maintains computer back-ups, along with many other things that come into her lap.

Wendy is active in the community and serves as the drama director and advisor at the Shenandoah Valley High School. She is involved in the Upper Schuylkill Marching Band where she plays her trumpet. Wendy resides in Ringtown with her husband Russ and their dog Bandit.  

Todd Bauman

Director of Land and Facilities
610-756-6961 or [email protected]

B.S. Environmental Science. Joined Hawk Mountain in 1995.

A former law enforcement agent, Todd has 15 years experience in facilities management, visitor safety, and science-based land stewardship. His additional skills in interpretive education, grant fulfillment, volunteer management and public relations make him ideal for supervising various aspects of visitor relations and safety and facilities upgrades. Todd developed and oversees the Hawk Mountain Conservation Corps, a service-learning program for local teens that shares outdoor skills and important conservation lessons in exchange for hard work on behalf of its members.

Todd resides on-site in Schaumbach's Tavern, and is the proud father of two sons and a daughter. When he's not fully immersed in the Mountain, he likely has embarked on a new outdoor adventure, be it backpacking, canoeing, hiking or climbing.  

Rachel Spagnola

Senior Educator
610-756-6000 x210 or [email protected]

B.S. Education, M.S. Ecology. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2008.

Rachel Spagnola first joined Hawk Mountain in 2008 as a seasonal educator and began educating fulltime in 2013. She is a professional teacher, raptor educator, wildlife handler and trainer who for 15 years has connected people of all ages with raptors and their amazing migrations.

Rachel currently serves as Senior Educator at Hawk Mountain Sanctuary where she leads a variety of public programs and outdoor learning experiences, provides wildlife and flight interpretation, and creates science-based curricula, activities and resources for other educators including parents and teachers. She manages program scheduling, coordination and invoicing for schools and corporate groups for the education department. Rachel is responsible for the captive collection of avian educators at Hawk Mountain, for training international conservation science trainees, education interns and volunteers, and serves as a liaison between the education team and the conservation science department.

Rachel earned her M.S. in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University, including 2 summers of field work in the Pacific Northwest at the University of Washington and Olympic Park Institute in cooperation with the Audubon Expedition Institute. She received her B.S. in Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education from Cedar Crest College and maintains her licensed Pennsylvania Teacher Certification. Rachel most recently completed Contemporary Animal Training and Management with Natural Encounters Inc. in Florida and the Captive Raptor Management Workshop at Univeristy of Minnesota's The Raptor Center.

Jamie Dawson

610-756-6000 ext. 209 or [email protected]

M.S. Biology. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2018.

Jamie's prinicipal duties include coordinating on- and off- site school programs, developing new materials and programs for global export, and overseeing the international raptor trunk program. Additionally, she assists with outdoor recreation and adventure programming on-site and contributes to Raptor Care management.

Jamie has extensive experience serving non-profit organizations and, with her family, developed animal sanctuaries for rescued companion animals that provide experience-based educational, therapeutic, and recreational opportunities for at-risk youth and communities. In addition to teaching students about zoology and wildlife conservation, Jamie also has spent her career leading hiking, kayaking, and climbing excursions in efforts to strengthen connections between youth and the natural world.

Jamie loves spending time with her daughter exploring the outdoors, creating artwork, drumming, and dancing, as well as caring for her rescued animals.

Andrea Ambrose

610-756-6000 ext. 205 or [email protected]

Joined Hawk Mountain in 2018.

Andrea assists with on- and off-site educational programming for the Sanctuary, in addition to organizing materials and curriculum and managing raptor care. 

Andrea has gained experience conducting grassland bird monitoring with the Missouri River Bird Observatory and served as a research technician for the Institute for Renewable Natural Resources at Texas A&M University. She also volunteered for the Northern Saw-whet Owl Research Program and worked as an environmental educator at Middle Creek Wildlife Management Area and the Pennsylvania Game Commission. 

Shelley Davenport

Business Manager
610-756-6000 x204 or [email protected]

Joined Hawk Mountain in 2006.

Besides acting as liaison with Hawk Mountain's Board of Directors, Shelley also has a dual role that includes paying the bills and monitoring cash flow, as well as serving as primary point person for staff on employee healthcare and other benefits. When she wears the financial hat, she processes invoices and bills, and works closely with staff and the finance committee on budgeting, financial reports and ensuring proper gift stewardship. When the human resources hat is on, she maintains required documentation and personnel files, and is the contact person for insurance and other benefit representatives. 

Shelley resides in Orwigsburg with her husband David and teenage daughter and takes great pleasure in caring for and enjoying her many pets, including four horses, three dogs, one cat, several fish, and most recently, a pygmy goat.

Mary Linkevich

Director of Development
610-756-6000 x212 or [email protected]

B.A. Professional Writing. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2001.

Mary served the Sanctuary as director of communications and grants from 2001 to 2016 and assumed the position of development director in 2017. In her current role, she oversees fundraising and marketing goals, and works to meet and recruit donors, boost online giving, oversee a grants and major donor program, and encourage all forms of support to the Sanctuary.

Mary resides in Tamaqua and enjoys gardening, reading, photography, hiking, and cooking.

Tammy Jandrasitz

Membership and Volunteer Manager
Contact: 610-756-6000 x215 or [email protected]

B.A. English. Joined Hawk Mountain in 1998.

Tammy can be found writing and producing membership acquisitions, renewals and other mailings, and working with the staff to identify volunteer needs and match them with interested individuals. In her job she oversees more than 10,000 individuals in the Hawk Mountain database, and organizes all aspects of the Sanctuary's annual Gala and  other events.

In her spare time Tammy shares with college students her expertise in baton twirling, and since 2002, has served as director for both colorguard and twirling for Kutztown University band front. An avid sports fan, Tammy roots for Penn State and the Philadelphia Phillies, and enjoys spending time at home with her dog Nittany.

Gigi Romano

Communications Specialist
610-756-6000 ext. 211 or [email protected]

B.A. Professional Writing. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2016.

Gigi works with the many aspects of communications at the Sanctuary including public relations, website and social media management, event promotion, and production of news publications. She is helping to grow Hawk Mountain's online presence with the introduction of podcasts, videos, and other interactive, online elements. Gigi also completed a communications internship with Hawk Mountain during her final semester at Kutztown University in 2016.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading and participating in competitive color guard. She currently resides in Kutztown, PA. 

Annie Trexler

Development Assistant
610-756-6000 ext. 214 or [email protected]  

Joined Hawk Mountain in 1981. 

Annie began her Hawk Mountain career as the Bookstore/Visitor Center Manager in 1981, and became Business Office Manager until 2009.  She rejoined the staff in 2013 as Volunteer Manager and Membership Assistant where she is responsible for entering contributions and memberships, generating acknowledgements, and answering visitor phone calls. She also works with volunteers to complete mailings, provides support for the development team and helps as needed on special events and fundraisers.

Mary-Therese Grob

Bookstore Manager
610-756-6000 x200 or [email protected]

B.S. Parks and Recreation. Joined Hawk Mountain in 2007.

As Bookstore Manager, Mary-Therese (or "MT") oversees all aspects of both visitor services and merchandise sales, including greeting visitors, answering questions, selling and tracking trail admissions, as well as managing inventory and ordering, and promoting membership. 

MT was, and still is, an avid birder and long-time Sanctuary volunteer before joining the staff, and has been visiting the Sanctuary since the first grade. It's no surprise, then, that she loves to meet the many people who share her enthusiasm for nature at the Sanctuary and to help them have the most enjoyable visit possible.

When she's not in the bookstore you can usually find MT somewhere outside, either birding, hiking or walking her dog Zeke. She and her husband Pat reside in Hamburg.

Tara Burke

Tara at the 10th Anniversary of the Acopian Center

Bookstore Assistant
610-756-6961 or [email protected]

Joined Hawk Mountain in 2011.

Tara helps ensure smooth operations of the bookstore, a large majority of which is providing top notch visitor services and greeting every person who enters the Visitor Center. As an avid outdoor enthusiast with a personal interest in birds and native plants, Tara is great at answering questions and helping to orient first-timers.

Tara and her husband live at the base of Hawk Mountain where they are envied by other staff for living 'off the grid' in their green home.


Jane Lugano

9:49 AM on October 30, 2013
Well I congratulate Hawk Mountain Staff and volunteers for their great job to keep Hawk Mountain Developing,Hawk Mountain is a wonderful place to visit.

John Unell

9:33 AM on September 22, 2014
My hat is off to all of the wonderful staff and volunteers there at Hawk Mountain! I can truly say that it is my second home. Thanks for being there and for your conservation message! I can truly say that not only do you talk about conservation but it is practiced as well! Keep up the great work at Hawk Mountain!

Peter Mathara

9:34 AM on October 30, 2014
It was to see That laurie Goodrich and Keith Bildstein are still at The Hawk Mountain.

I was an intern at the Hawk Mountain in Fall of 1993.

God bless Hawk Mountain


3:10 AM on March 23, 2015
As a conservation science student I visited March 2013 , stay and learning at Hawk Mountain sanctuary one of the life’s unforgettable moment I will say Hawk Mountain Sanctuary lives in Hearts...

Mark Hengen

11:42 AM on October 2, 2016
I admire the work of the people involved with Hawk Mountain and hope to become an active member. I grew up North of the area and my family immigrated to the area owning a farm in Kepton
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