Board of Directors Biographical Summaries

Warren F. Cooke, Chair, of Ridgewood, New Jersey, has been an avid birder for over 40 years. Mr. Cooke is a retired partner of the Global Finance Department of Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP. He joined the firm in 1980, where he was engaged primarily in domestic and international finance, with emphasis on international transactions.  From 1978 to 1987, Mr. Cooke was resident in the Firm’s Hong Kong office. Mr. Cooke is the author of a variety of articles on such topics as the U.S. regulation of non-U.S. banks, foreign exchange regulations, the Uniform Commercial Code, secured transactions, letter of credit transactions, and sovereign immunity.  Mr. Cooke is a member of the American Bar Association and the American Society for International Law. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and Yale Law School. He also serves as Vice Chairman for The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ; a Trustee of The Nature Conservancy of New Jersey; and is a Trustee of the Parlance Chamber Concerts, Inc., of Ridgewood, NJ.  Mr. Cooke’s interests include nature photography, birding, and wildlife conservation.

George H. Fenwick, President, received a Ph.D. from the Department of Pathobiology at Johns Hopkins University, studying the effects of alien species on native avifauna. He founded American Bird Conservancy in early 1994, and became President upon its merger with the U.S. and Pan American Sections of the International Council for the Preservation of Birds later that year. He worked in a variety of capacities during 15 years with The Nature Conservancy including Vice President and Director of Ecosystem Conservation, Acting Director of Science, and Chair of the Steering Committee for the Last Great Places Campaign. Prior to that, he has worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Earthsatellite Corporation, and been an instructor at the University of Virginia.

William H. Leighty, Vice Chair, Until September of 2007 Bill served as Chief of Staff to Governors Kaine and Warner of Virginia. As Chief of Staff, Bill served as the Chief Operating Officer of the Commonwealth. In 2005, Governing Magazine named Virginia the “Best Managed State in the Nation” and in 2007, Governing Magazine named him one of the nine “Public Officials of the Year.” Prior to serving as Chief of Staff, Bill was the Director of the Virginia Retirement System, where he led the agency to three consecutive United States Senate Productivity Awards. In July of 2008, Bill completed a performance review of the United Nations Joint Staff Pension Fund, a $52 billion pension system. Recently, Bill also completed an engagement with the Scottish Executive; advising the government on how to implement a national performance management system. Bill joined state government after serving in the United States Marine Corps. Bill graduated from Mary Washington College in 1978, and holds an MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University. 

William F. Sheehan, Vice Chair, is the Chair of the Appellate Litigation Practice Group at Goodwin Procter LLP. He has briefed and argued several cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and many cases in the federal circuit courts, bankruptcy courts, state supreme and intermediate appellate courts, and before arbitration panels.  He has filed amicus curiae briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of (among others) the American Bar Association, the Chamber of Commerce of the United States, the National Railway Labor Conference, General Electric Co., the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the American Council of Life Insurers, the American Psychological Association, the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Under Law, and the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund. Mr. Sheehan also maintains a wide-ranging litigation and counseling practice, with considerable experience in complex financial litigation. He has recently tried business breach of contract cases in California and Maryland, represented a wind power company in arbitration in Texas, and represented a nationwide mortgage lender in class action consumer finance litigation. Mr. Sheehan was Deputy General Counsel (Legal Counsel) at the Department of Defense from 1995 to 1997. From 1975 to 1978, Mr. Sheehan was an Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States. From 1971 to 1972, he clerked for the Honorable J. Edward Lumbard of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Mr. Sheehan received his BA from Yale College in 1968, and his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1971, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.  He lives in on a farm in Barnesville, Maryland, with his wife, Jacquelyn, who trains horses.

V. Richard Eales, Treasurer and Vice Chair, V. Richard Eales, Treasurer, of Malvern, Pennsylvania, is currently Lead Director of Range Resources Corporation, an oil and gas exploration and production company. He is also an active investor in a family business. Mr. Eales was formerly Executive Vice President of Union Pacific Resources Group, Inc., and has a broad business background including work in oil and gas, software, investment banking, and light manufacturing companies. Mr. Eales has been an active birder since grade school and, in recent years, has traveled to many countries on birding trips. His interest in conservation was originally based on his interest in birds. He is a past board member and chair, and currently a trustee emeritus, of the Pennsylvania Chapter of The Nature Conservancy. Mr. Eales is also on the boards of The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Willistown Conservation Trust.

Kenneth Berlin, of Potomac, Maryland, practiced environmental law with Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. Mr. Berlin is the former Chief of the Wildlife Marine Resources Section of the U.S. Department of Justice, and served as Counsel and Legislative Director of Wildlife Programs for the National Audubon Society.  He has extensive international experience representing environmental groups during negotiations of the North American Free Trade Agreement, and World Trade Organization agreements. Mr. Berlin has served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the RARE Center for Tropical Conservation and is a member of the National Council of the World Wildlife Fund. Ken also previously served nine years on the Board of ABC including six as Chair.

David Davidson served in the U.S. Navy, is an engineer and materials scientist, lived in Brazil, and taught Environmental Studies at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He was a 10 year volunteer with The Nature Conservancy of Texas Science Group. He, with wife Patricia, is ecologically restoring the "Wild Mercury Preserve," 138 acres of former ranchland in the Texas Hill Country, and is developing methods to replace an invasive grass. He and Patricia are avid central and South American birders.

Cinnamon Dornsife is currently serving as Senior Associate Director and Practitioner in Residence, International Development Program at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) of Johns Hopkins University.

Professor Dornsife is a senior executive, negotiator and advocate with nearly thirty years experience in international banking, economic development and foreign policy. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for Abt Associates and the Advisory Council for the Asian Development Bank Institute. She also serves on the Boards of Advisors for Devex, the US-Indonesia Society, and the UN Association of the National Capital Area. Ms. Dornsife consults in the fields of development policy, aid effectiveness, strategic philanthropy, international financial policy and sustainable economic development. Ms. Dornsife has served as a Senior Advisor to several non-profits and social enterprises including First Voice International, Think Impact and Forest Trends.


In 2000 and 2001, Ms. Dornsife was the US Executive Director and Ambassador to the Asian Development Bank (ADB). Ms. Dornsife served as the U.S. Alternate Executive Director from 1994 until 1999. Ms. Dornsife's prior experience also includes thirteen years with The Asia Foundation. Ms. Dornsife's career in international development also included work with the World Bank, the International Fund for Agriculture and Development, the US Department of Agriculture, the US-Asia Environmental Partnership, and the Pathfinder Fund. Ms. Dornsife is an active birder, and is a life member of New Jersey Audubon. She and her husband, Charles Barber, the US State Department Forestry Chief, center their vacation travels on birding, hiking, biking, kayaking and mountain climbing. Ms. Dornsife received a Masters Degree in International Relations from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), a Bachelors Degree in Chemistry and Mathematics from Emory University.

Jonathan Franzen, of New York, New York, and Santa Cruz, California, is a novelist, essayist, journalist, and translator. His recent books include The Kraus Project (2013), Farther Away (2012), and Freedom (2010). His novel The Corrections was the winner of the 2001 National Book Award for fiction. Mr. Franzen has written extensively about birds for The New Yorker Magazine and National Geographic, most recently on the subject of the killing of migratory birds in the Mediterranean. He received his BA from Swarthmore College.

Kay Hale’s love of nature started early, and later morphed into a love of science – particularly biology. After a trip to Africa introduced her to birdwatching, she was hooked – later, she moved to Houston, Texas where year-round birds made it easy for her to pursue this hobby. After arriving in Texas, Kay joined the Houston Audubon Society and the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory and assited these organization in various projects including habitat restoration and bird counts. She also served on the board of HAS and was president of the GCBO board. Birding and bird conservation have become a rewarding avocation and she is honored to be on the American Bird Conservancy board.


Kay has an MD from the University of Oklahoma College of Medicine with an undergraduate degree from Oklahoma City University, with residency and fellowships at Duke University Hospital and the University of Minnesota. She was the director of the Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center at Baylor College of Medicine and the Medical Director at the Pulmonary and Critical Care Section of the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. She has also worked in internal medicine at the Texas Children’s Hospital and St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital, and has been a professor at the University of Minnesota and the Baylor College of Medicine.

David Harrison is a radiologist in Salem, Oregon. He developed a passion for birds as a child growing up in the Midwest, and at age nine started a “nature center” and monthly newsletter with two friends. His love of birds and the natural world continued through college at Yale and medical school at the University of Virginia. After finishing his medical training at Massachusetts General Hospital, Dr. Harrison worked for ten years at a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Since being drawn west to Oregon in 2005, he has been actively engaged in efforts to conserve birds and their habitats at the local, state, and national levels. He is leading an effort to develop a community nature center near Salem to help connect children with nature. Dr. Harrison currently serves as President of the Salem Audubon Society and is on the board of the Oregon Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.   

Jennifer Haverkamp, an expert on international trade, sustainability, and global climate change policy and negotiations, is a Visiting Senior Fellow with the Institute for Governance and Sustainable Development and Professorial Lecturer in Law at George Washington University Law School. Her previous positions as Director of Environmental Defense Fund’s International Climate Program and Assistant U.S. Trade Representative for Environment and Natural Resources took her to many great birding spots around the world. She was honored with the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for her work on the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act during a post at the U.S. Department of Justice. Jennifer earned her J.D. at Yale Law School, M.A. in Politics and Philosophy from Oxford University (as a Rhodes Scholar), and B.A. in Biology from the College of Wooster. Jennifer also serves on the boards of the College of Wooster and the Verified Carbon Standard, and on USTR’s Trade and Environment Policy Advisory Committee.

Carolyn Hendricks has trained and worked for the past 25 years as a breast medical oncologist, most recently in private practice in Bethesda, MD. She currently serves on the Suburban Hospital Privacy Board, the American Society of Clinical Oncology's Quality of Practice Committee, and the Maryland Commission on Cancer. She is a former chair of the FDA's National Board of Mammography Quality Assurance and a former member of the Suburban Hospital Healthcare System Board. Carolyn was introduced to ABC by former board member Paul Hagen, and accompanied him on several field trips to Montauk. Her passion for hawks and owls dates back to 2005 when she participated in a raptor workshop in Missoula, MT. Since then Carolyn has been a supporter of the Avian Science Center at the University of Montana and the Owl Institute in Charlo, MT. She has participated in the Institute's longitudinal survey of short eared owls in Montana and barn owl box monitoring for Southern Maryland Audubon. She eventually hopes to do some volunteer field work on nesting snowy owls in Barrow, AK. Carolyn also supports and volunteers for the Western Pennsylvania Land Conservancy. She and her husband have just built a first-of-its-kind green revolution home on Conservancy land, and plan to shore up the small mammal population to support more raptors. Carolyn currently resides in Washington, DC with her very supportive husband (who is a terrific amateur raptor photographer) and has two 20-something children, a welder and a high school English teacher.

Nicholas Lapham owns and operates The Farm at Sunnyside, a producer of certified organic fruits and vegetables in Rappahannock County, Va. His previous positions include: senior fellow with the World Wildlife Fund in Washington, D.C.; president of African Parks Foundation of America, an organization supporting public/private partnerships to improve management of Africa’s protected areas; vice president for policy at Conservation International (CI) and director of CI’s Center for Conservation and Government; senior program officer for environment at the United Nations Foundation; senior advisor to the White House Climate Change Task Force; and special assistant to the Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans, Environment and Science. He is currently Board chair of the Krebser Fund for Rappahannock County Conservation. He holds a BA in history from Yale.

Walter Matia was educated at Williams College in Massachusetts, where he earned degrees in Biology and Art Design. Upon graduation, he worked in the Exhibits Department of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and later The Nature Conservancy. He started his art studio, Curlew Castings in 1984. His works have been exhibited across the country, and his sculptures have been selected for the prestigious Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, “Birds in Art” Exhibition as well as for tours with various shows to museums both in the states and abroad. Selected collections and commissions include the National Museum of Wildlife Art, Jackson, Wyoming; Wichita Botanical Gardens; and Blair House, Guest House of the U.S. President, Washington, DC.

Jeffrey Peters is the Managing Director of Global Institutional Distribution at Columbia Management Investment Advisers, LLC. Prior to joining Columbia Management in 2008, Jeff was senior managing director and head of international business at Putnam Investments. He also served as chief operating officer of international business and managing director of corporate development. Mr. Peters began his career with McKinsey & Company as a business analyst and had a 10-year career that led to the role of principal. Mr. Peters received a B.A., cum laude, in economics from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Jeff has been involved for many years in environmental and bird related causes. Jeff has been on the Board of the Massachusetts Audubon Society since 2001, serving as Treasurer from 2008 - 2013 and Chairman of the Compensation and Administration and Finance Committees. Jeff is also a member of the Board of the Manomet Center for Conservation Science, which is well known for its bird observatory and shorebird conservation programs. In 2008, Jeff also worked with a sustainable timber asset management company, New Forests, based in Sydney Australia to raise a carbon credit fund which resulted in the reforestation and creation of the Malua preserve in Borneo and the permanent protection of over 140,000 hectares of prime bird habitat in West Papua, Indonesia. Jeff has been an avid birder since 1989 with a global lifelist of over 3600 and an ABA list exceeding 720.

Jeff Rusinow has been an active member of the early-stage venture capital community in the Midwest since 2000, when he founded Milwaukee’s first angel network, Silicon Pastures. He earlier spent 22 years in retail management, holding senior executive positions at Macy’s, Gimbel’s, Hudson Bay Company and, most recently, Kohl’s Department Stores, where he served as an Executive Vice President. Jeff has been on the Board of Directors of a number of private and public companies, as well as non-profits, over the past several years. Jeff is currently on the board of the Wisconsin Humane Society and the Costa Rican-based Tirimbina Rainforest Fund, and has previously served as a board member for the Schlitz Audubon Nature Center in Milwaukee. Jeff became interested in birds in junior high school and got ‘hooked’ on birds during the summers when he attended the Burgundy Wildlife Camp in West Virginia. Through partial funding from his family foundation, Jeff has embarked on a project to produce and distribute a relatively inexpensive adhesive tape to reduce bird collisions into glass windows, with a particular emphasis on individual homes. Jeff has both a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Virginia. Jeff resides in Scottsdale, Arizona and Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Lawrence A. Selzer is president and CEO of The Conservation Fund, one of the nation’s top-ranked environmental nonprofits, based in Washington, DC. The Conservation Fund combines a passion for conservation with an entrepreneurial spirit to protect America’s favorite places, from city parks to historic battlefields to wilderness. Since 1985, the Fund has protected nearly 7 million acres. Prior to being named president and CEO in 2001, Selzer led the Fund’s efforts to integrate economic and environmental goals, launching the Fund’s training, leadership and climate programs, mitigation banking efforts and its Natural Capital Investment Fund. Selzer spent the first part of his professional career at the Manomet Center for Conservation Science, conducting research on marine mammal and seabird populations on the eastern outer continental shelf. Selzer serves on the boards of the American Bird Conservancy, The Outdoor Foundation, Sustainable Forestry Initiative and Wildlife Habitat Council, as well as the National Academies’ Transportation Research Board.

Shoaib Tareen of Portland, Oregon is the Founder and CEO of Anthro Corporation (1984), an industry leader in designing and manufacturing furniture for technology in healthcare, education, and general office use. Since 2005, Shoaib has been an active member of Oregon Angel Fund investing in early stage Oregon business startups and helping local entrepreneurs build successful new businesses to improve the state’s economy. Prior to Anthro, Shoaib held management positions in Finance and Marketing at Tektronix Inc., a leading manufacturer of electronics test equipment. Shoaib has previously served on the Board of The Wetland Conservancy and continues to support their mission and important programs. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Shoaib came to the US in 1974. He earned his BSc and MBA from the University of Oregon. An avid birder since 1988, Shoaib has been to South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia on multiple birding trips. A passionate bird conservationist, Shoaib is interested in the challenges of protecting birds during migration and the role of landscape restoration in providing habitat for birds.

Robert E. Weeden was the Senior Portfolio Manager at Cypresstree Investment Management, LLC in Boston, MA. Before joining Cypresstree, Robert was the Managing Director at UBS Warburg LLC and at Dillon, Read, and Co. Inc. in New York, NY. Robert holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a BA in behavioral psychology and economics from Stanford University.