Gail Gatton, Executive Director
Gail oversees the Washington State Audubon conservation and education programs. As the founding Center Director, Gail led the effort to build the Audubon Center and ran it for its first five years. She has over 25 years’ experience ranging from high school education to conservation policy work. Gail spent eight years working as an environmental policy consultant for the firm of Ross & Associates, specializing in environmental program development. Her 15 years in Alaska included working for a variety of political and environmental organizations and serving on the boards of several organizations, including the ACLU. She has a B.S degree from the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. Gail lives in the Mt Baker neighborhood with her husband and has two grown daughters.
Charley Wilkinson, Development Director
Charley serves as Development Director for Audubon Washington and the Seward Park Audubon Center. She brings a multidisciplinary professional background and love of the natural world to her work creating funding opportunities for Audubon’s conservation and education initiatives throughout Washington. She has worked for Audubon in a variety of roles since 2009, when she got her start as a conservation intern for Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in New York, and went on to serve as their Education Manager. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Charley spent four years as the Development and Finance Associate for Audubon Vermont, securing essential funds for their landscape conservation work, endangered bird species monitoring, and environmental education initiatives. Charley holds a B.A. in Communication, and when she’s not in the office, you might find her reading, hiking in the mountains, running, riding her bike, or exploring Seattle with her husband, Kevin.
Trina Bayard, Ph.D., Director of Bird Conservation
In addition to her formative experiences exploring Puget Sound tide-pools and Cascade mountain meadows, Trina’s path to Audubon includes more than ten years of experience on a broad range of plant and wildlife studies in eastern Oregon, coastal California and coastal Connecticut including her doctoral research on Saltmarsh Sparrows. Trina’s perspective is shaped by her experience working in the public and private sectors and her studies and travel in East Africa and Southeast Asia. She brings to Audubon a dedication to advancing bird conservation in a way that is scientifically relevant, inclusive of the diverse constituencies making up our state and flyway, and mindful of how future generations may connect with and be inspired by birds.
Christi Norman, Program Director
In Christi’s work for National Audubon since 1997 she has managed Washington Wetlands Network, the Great Washington State Birding Trail and the Tribal Grasslands project. These programs contributed to Washington State’s Growth Management Act implementation, private landowner incentive marketing, nature tourism promotion, including an iPhone app, and cross-cultural habitat stewardship. She managed the production of five publications including the Important Bird Areas of Washington. Christi is currently leading Audubon Washington’s Sagebrush Steppe program incorporating bird population monitoring, bird-smart wind farms, and conservation engagement. Before joining National Audubon she helped start Seattle Audubon’s Neighborhood Bird program. Her first career was as a ceramic artist. Christi has been bird watching on five continents. She has a Bachelor of Arts from Adams State College, Colorado.
Ben Silesky, Field Organizer
Ben is focused on bringing Audubon’s climate science front and center through community engagement, grassroots mobilization, and chapter capacity building. He is an inspirational story teller, trainer and organizer, and is passionate about strengthening the civic engagement of the Audubon network in Washington. He has been a field manager for Carbon Washington, the ACLU, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, empowering individual citizens to make a difference in their community by focusing on coalition building, creativity, and leadership development. Ben has a BA in Media, Communication and Political Culture from the Johnston Center for Integrative Studies at the University of Redlands. He enjoys making short films, playing his synthesizer keyboard, and cross country skiing in the winter months.
Adam Maxwell, Campaigns Manager
Adam originally hails from Florida, but had his first glimpse of a life best lived outdoors on teenage hiking trips to Vermont. He truly fell in love with the great outdoors when he moved to Seattle for graduate school. After finishing up his education at UW he took a job with the Washington Wildlife and Recreation Coalition advocating for strengthened and more fully-funded habitat and outdoor recreation grant programs at the state and federal level. More recently, Adam spent a few years with his partner in Vermont directing field operations for the state's largest environmental advocacy organization before returning to the Pacific Northwest in March of this year. He lives with his partner and 8-year-old rescue dog in the Madison Valley neighborhood of Seattle and takes great pleasure in hiking all over Washington state, trail-running in Seattle's urban forests, and playing ice hockey with friends.
Teri Anderson, Chapter Network Manager
Teri serves Washington’s 25 chapters as a liaison and collaborator. She brings a diverse and international perspective to the work of conservation management. Having served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Mexico and a National Park Ranger in Alaska, Teri recognizes the challenges of balancing human development with environmental health. Her work in community-based science in Mexico engaged local, Indigenous youth in bird monitoring, resulting in new conservation policy and the arrival of ecotourism to the area. Teri published a field guide to birds of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and a visitor’s guide to the National Park of American Samoa. She has a BA in Journalism and Foreign Languages and a MS in Natural Resource Management from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She performs with the Market Street Singers, trains outdoor guides for Ballard Kayak, and lives on a sailboat.