Board Members

The Audubon Society of Central Maryland consists of a group of citizens who come together for a common cause, to preserve and protect our natural areas for the sake of wildlife and people. ASCM is a local, independent branch of the National Audubon Society. Meet our dedicated and talented board members.

Board Member Bios:

Chiara D’Amore, Ph.D. (Board Member) is a mother, educator, researcher, writer, community organizer, and environmental consultant.  She lives in Columbia, Maryland where she serves as the founder and president of the Community Ecology Institute, a non-profit organization focused on fostering healthy communities through connection with nature, founder and director of Columbia Families in Nature. She holds a M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering and a Ph.D. in Sustainability Education.

Julie Dunlap, Ph.D. (Education Chair) has written many children’s books about natural history and environmental heroes, including the forthcoming picture book, Janey Monarch Seed. She also co-edited two nature writing anthologies, Companions in Wonder: Children and Adults Exploring Nature Together and Coming of Age at the End of Nature. Julie teaches undergraduates about environmental history and management, and also serves on the board of the Community Ecology Institute and with Interfaith Oceans. She has volunteered with ASCM for over 20 years.

Ken Hart (Seed Sale Chair) has been a volunteer with the chapter for about 30 years.  As a founding member, he has experienced the chapter as it evolved into what it is today.  Always interested in nature, his involvement with the chapter stems from his interest in conserving our environment, providing a home for nature and in making nature accessible to the public to improve environmental awareness.   He is retired from Human Resources in the Social Security Administration.   With assistance from his wife, he has chaired the chapter seed sale for a number of years,  helping to provide needed funds for maintenance of our sanctuaries.

Shannon Kennedy (Board Member) has been a volunteer with ASCM for over 15 years starting when her son became interested in monitoring the bluebird boxes at Watkins Park in Mt. Airy. She is an elementary school teacher in Howard County Public Schools and has a Master’s Degree in Education with a Science focus and enjoys teaching children about the natural world in diverse learning environments.

David Smith, M.S. (Recording Secretary) has been interested in birds and nature since childhood. He received a Masters of Science degree in Zoology, completing a thesis on differences in winter habitat use of the sexes of American Kestrel in South Central Florida. David has served as president of the Audubon Society of Central Maryland and the Frederick Bird Club, a chapter of the Maryland Ornithological Society, and regularly leads nature and bird watching field trips for these organizations. David has also served on various bird and other wildlife conservation committees for state and non profit organizations, including the Audubon Maryland-DC Important Bird Areas Program and as a co-chair of the Maryland Amphibian and Reptile Atlas Project. David currently works as an environmental consultant for Coastal Resources, Inc., a small, woman-owned firm in Annapolis, where his focus is on wetland identification, delineation, and mitigation compliance and wildlife studies.

Hannah Vogel (Treasurer) is pursuing a Masters in Information Systems at University of Maryland. She has a bachelor's degree in mathematics from St. Mary's College of Maryland and also works part time tutoring at Mathnasium in Columbia.  Hannah has been engaged in ASCM events since she was two years old. She co-wrote the first ASCM schoolyard habitat grant application when she was in fifth grade.