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Audubon Missouri Board Members

Anita Randolph, President. Anita is the retired director of Missouri’s Division of Energy, having been appointed to the position in 1998. Prior to becoming the Energy Director, she was employed by the Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDot) in the Office of Transportation Planning and Policy Development. Before being employed by MoDOT, Anita worked for the Missouri House of Representatives where she developed legislative approaches for environmental, energy and natural resource issues. She has served on the State Energy Advisory Board, a federal advisory board to the U.S. Department of Energy, and has served as a board member of the National Association of State Energy Officials.  Anita pursues many outdoor activities, including birding, hiking, bicycling and canoeing.  She was a founding and charter member of the Audubon Missouri Board of Trustees and is a long-time member of Audubon chapters in Tulsa, OK, and Jefferson City, MO, where she previously served as chapter president.  She holds a bachelor of journalism degree from the University of Missouri and a master of public health from the University of Oklahoma.

Susan Flader, Secretary/Treasurer. Susan is professor emerita of American Western and environmental history at the University of Missouri-Columbia. She has written widely on the career and thought of conservationist Aldo Leopold and on various other natural resource-related topics, including books and articles on the parks, forests, and waters of Missouri. She has served as president of the American Society for Environmental History and on the boards of the National Audubon Society, the Forest History Society, and the American Forestry Association. She is editor and past president of the Missouri Parks Association, vice president of the LAD Foundation, and a director and former board chair of the Aldo Leopold Foundation.

John Solodar, Vice President.  John holds a B.A from Swarthmore College as well as an M.S. and Ph.D. from Yale University in Organic Chemistry, and did his Post-doctoral work at MIT. He specialized in catalytic chemistry for the Monsanto Company for nearly 30 years and retired May 1, 1997. He was an active board member of the St. Louis Audubon Society from 1997 through 2012. While a member of the board, he served as VP of Finance, Treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee.  He also revised the field trip format recruiting 7 other people to help him lead trips while he was the coordinator.  John has been a part of many conservation projects including the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary Least Tern Breeding Project in 2002-03 and the Litzinger Road Ecology Center’s bird surveys. He has put in many volunteer hours for The Nature Conservancy, Ruth Park Woods, and is currently Chairman of the Board of Adjustment for University City's city government and is on the board of directors of The Green Center in University City.

Charley Burwick, Chapter Representative. Charley retired from the U.S. Government, serving four years in the US Air Force, and thirty-one years in the Federal Aviation Administration.  Since retiring he has been an active member of the National Audubon Society and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society (GOAS) fulfilling numerous positions including past presidents of both Audubon Missouri and the Greater Ozarks Audubon Society.  Also, he is presently treasurer of GOAS, and compiler for the Taney County, Missouri, Christmas Bird Count.  Charley has been a long-time board member of the Wildcat Glades Conservation and Audubon Center in Joplin, MO.  In addition to being active in Audubon organizations, he is a member of the Missouri Bird Conservation Initiative steering committee, is an active member of the Springfield Plateau Master Naturalists, supports his wife Lisa Berger in conducting three Breeding Bird Surveys, and serves as a long-time volunteer at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center.

James Fossard, At Large Trustee. Jim has practiced law in Springfield, Missouri, with the firm of Pratt, Fossard, Jensen & Masters, L.L.C. and, before his retirement, practiced primarily in the areas of real estate and construction law. He grew up in Missouri and Kentucky. He enjoys a lifelong love of animals, wildlife and outdoor activities such as fishing.  He spent a lot of time outdoors and was active in Boy Scouts. Starting in high school and college, he was engaged in many outdoors sports, including hiking, biking and canoeing. During law school, he went to Alaska during the summer break and worked on commercial fishing boats in the Gulf of Alaska. He could not believe just how beautiful and unspoiled parts of the world were, and he grew to appreciate the precious wilderness and wildlife treasures in this country and the precarious status of many of them. Starting in law school and after, he engaged in kayaking, mountain climbing, wind surfing, and hang gliding. He is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the Missouri Chapter of The Nature Conservancy and Vice President of the Ozarks Green Building Coalition. He now enjoys birding and flying an ultralight aircraft.

Brad Jacobs, At Large Trustee.  Brad earned a BS in conservation of natural resources from Cornell University and an MA from the University of Missouri – Columbia in avian ecology. He spent three years with the U.S. Peace Corps in Colombia and Ecuador working on conservation issues in the park systems. He taught high school on the Navajo Reservation in Arizona from 1980-1986 where he also wrote Birding on the Navajo and Hopi Reservations about the birdlife of the region. From 1987 to the present he has been a wildlife ecologist/ornithologist with the Missouri Department of Conservation. He works on all bird species, conducts training workshops, monitors bird populations, as well as works internationally on securing habitat for migratory birds at stopover sites and on wintering habitats. He has served as chairperson of the Partners-in-Flight's Midwest Working Group and the PIF National Steering Committee. He is author of Birds in Missouri and co-author of the Missouri Breeding Bird Atlas. He is a founding and charter member of the board of Audubon Missouri, and has been president and board member of the Columbia Audubon Society for eight years.

Charlie Nilon, At Large Trustee. Charlie is a professor in the School of Natural Resources at the University of Missouri where he’s worked since 1989. Before coming to MU, he was the urban wildlife program coordinator for the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks. His research and teaching interests are in human dimensions of wildlife conservation and in urban wildlife ecology and conservation. He's been a member of Columbia Audubon and this is Charlie's second time serving as a board member of Audubon Missouri.

Charlie Deutsch, At Large Trustee. Charlie is a supervisory wildlife biologist and manager of the Environmental Stewardship Program at the US Army Corps of Engineers Rivers Project Office in West Alton, Missouri.  He oversees the management of 155,000 acres of public lands and waters on the Mississippi and Illinois rivers, including the Riverlands Migratory Bird Sanctuary.  He has been at the Rivers Project since 1991 where he focuses most of his management efforts on floodplain forest sustainability, restoration and migratory bird habitat.  Additionally, he serves on The Audubon Center at Riverlands Board and has served in the past as a board member for the St. Louis Audubon Society.  He has an M.S. in Biology and a B.S. in Ecology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.