About

Staff

Sharon Richardson
Executive Director

Sharon, who took the helm of Audubon South Carolina in 2015, has worked in land protection in South Carolina for more than two decades years. That includes 15 years as a strategist and lead fundraiser for Audubon South Carolina, and also time spent as Executive Director of the Lowcountry Open Land Trust.  Sharon, whose consultancies with conservation groups have protected 30,000 acres in six states, graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and got her M.P.A. from the University of Vermont.

srichardson@audubon.org
 

Candace Gillespie
Director of Philanthropy

Candace is a longtime birdwatcher who merged her passion with her profession by joining the Audubon staff. After getting her degree at USC, she worked in nonprofit management, culminating in eight years as Development Director for the College of Medicine at MUSC. 

cgillespie@audubon.org

 

 

Timothy Boatright
Philanthropy Associate

Tim was born and raised in Savannah, Georgia. He obtained his undergraduate degree in wildlife ecology from the University of Georgia and went on to receive his master’s degree in environmental studies from the College of Charleston. Tim’s hobbies include reading, yoga, trying new experiences, soapy/reality television and OrangeTheory fitness. He works part time as a bartender and has a cat named Squirrel.

Tboatright@audubon.org

Matt Johnson
Director of Bird Conservation & Engagement

 Matt is an expert in bird biology.  He manages many of our key projects, from remapping South Carolina’s Important Bird Areas to avian research. Matt, who has both a B.S. and master's degree from Clemson, also helps build bird-friendly communities, teach bird-friendly forestry, and lead bird walks around the state.

mgjohnson@audubon.org



 

Nolan Schillerstrom
Coastal Coordinator

Nolan’s enthusiasm, paired with a B.S. in biology and environmental studies from Cornell College in Iowa, make him the perfect choice to rally volunteers to protect coastal birds and speak out on coastal issues. He is also our in-house photographer and videographer.

nschillerstrom@audubon.org


 

Jennifer McCarthey Tyrrell
Bird-Friendly Coordinator

Jen is a Master Bird Bander and an expert in bird biology, with a B.S. from Coastal Carolina and a Master's degree from the College of Charleston. Before joining Audubon, Jen worked with Wild Birds Unlimited and the Center for Birds of Prey. Today, Jen spreads the word about bird-friendly communities and the benefits of native plants, and also manages bird banding and Painted Bunting research

jtyrrell@audubon.org

 

Angelina Ricci Eisenhower
Director of Policy and Communications

A seasoned public relations profession with deep experience in grassroots advocacy, Angelina joined Audubon South Carolina as director of policy and communications in January 2018. Before making the shift to the conservation world, Angelina was a senior vice president at Edelman, a global communications agency, in their Washington and Shanghai offices. As a member of the agency’s energy and public affairs team, Angelina managed large, cross-practice education and advocacy programs on behalf of clients ranging from Fortune 10 companies to major national trade associations.

She has a bachelor’s degree in English from Centre College in Kentucky, and a master’s degree in publication design from the University of Baltimore. When she’s not at work, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two young sons.

aeisenhauer@audubon.org

Sarah McKenna
Communications Associate

Sarah assists with internal and external communications and marketing initiatives for Audubon South Carolina. Coming from Sharp Communications, a New York-based agency, she worked on the PR team serving clients in the home and design, hospitality and real estate sectors.

She earned her B.S. in Marketing from the University of Central Florida and joined Audubon South Carolina in November 2018. From North Palm Beach, Florida, her previous experiences include volunteering and interning with Susan. G Komen for over a decade as well as chartering a chapter of Nourish International at UCF. When she’s off the clock, you can find her exploring South Carolina’s diverse landscapes, nestled up in a coffee shop or running by the beach.

Shelly Knight
Engagement & Development Associate

Shelly, who has degrees from both Trident Technical College and College of Charleston, manages data and email for Audubon South Carolina. When time permits, Shelly also enjoys assisting wth field projects, private tours, and summer camp. Previously she worked with recreational fisheries for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  

sknight@audubon.org


 

Alma Bubsy-Williams
Center Manager

Alma discovered Beidler Forest shortly after moving to Summerville from California. She was quickly inspired by the opportunities Audubon offers the community,  and is eager to expand that outreach even further. Her background in consulting and nonprofit fundraising serves her well in her role as manager of our Beidler Forest Center, where she oversees general operations, community outreach, education and programming. Previously she served as an outreach committee member for the Oakland Zoo and as a board member of the East Bay Chapter of the Amigos de las Americas for three years. When she’s not at Beidler, Alma can be found outside, leading a nature walk with Outdoor Afro, or spending time with her son.

abusbywilliams@audubon.org

Emily Davis
Guest Relations Coordinator & Naturalist

As an artist, data enthusiast, traveler and passionate birder, Emily brings a rich and unique perspective to her role as guest relations coordinator and naturalist for the Audubon Center and Sanctuary at Francis Beidler Forest. With an undergraduate degree in fine arts from Kent State, her experiences have ranged from shadowing contemporary artists in New York City to having her own work auctioned off in support of warbler research and studies. Her background with groups such as the Avian Conservation Center, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, combined with her drive for continued education, will serve her well in her role with Audubon.

Richard Covey
Naturalist

Richard leads canoe trips through the swamp, nurtures Beidler's small menagerie, and — thanks to a bachelor's in fine arts from Columbus College of Art and Design — serves as our webmaster and graphic designer.  Before coming to Audubon, Richard developed environmental ed programs for the U.S. Forest Service in Nevada.

rcovey@audubon.org


 

Noel Williams
Staff Educator

Noel, who has a B.S. in zoology from the University of Georgia and M.S. in biology from Georgia College, leads tours at our Beidler Forest center and sanctuary and helps run our summer camp. Before joining Audubon, Noel worked for a state wildlife preserve in Georgia, where she guided tours and did research that helped keep local fish populations healthy.

nwilliams@audubon.org


 

Paul Koehler
Sanctuary Manager

Paul has spent his career running or helping to run Silver Bluff, our 3,400-acre sanctuary and demonstration site for bird-friendly forestry.  With a bachelor's degree in wildlife and fisheries from University of Tennessee, he loves any work that keeps him outdoors, from avian research to mentoring novice birders.

pkoehler@audubon.org



 

Timothy Evans
Forest Manager

As a TWS Certified Wildlife Biologist, forester and Geographic Information Systems specialist with nearly 30 years of experience in resource management in both the public and private sectors, Timothy brings a wealth of experience to his role as forest manager. His responsibilities include oversight and management of Audubon’s Silver Bluff and Francis Beidler Forest sanctuaries, which comprise more than 22,000 acres of ecologically diverse forests, fields, lakes, ponds, streams, and swamps and expanding our bird-friendly forestry outreach in South Carolina’s Continentally Important Bird Areas and Climate Strongholds for birds facing increasing threats to habitat. If there’s anything Tim loves more than forestry, it’s spending time with his wife and his dog.

tevans@audubon.org

Mark Musselman
Land Manager

Mark's responsible for the nuts and bolts of managing 18,000 acres, including longleaf restoration.  And if you’re looking for a lost fighter jet, put Mark on it.  A former Marine, former teacher, and graduate of USC, Mark recently happened on the wreckage of an old military plane, then spent months tracking down its history.

mmusselman@audubon.org



 

Brandon Heitkamp
Land Manager

Responsible for land management at Silver Bluff, Brandon’s also on fire to teach landowners bird-friendly forestry.  Armed with a degree in forest management from Clemson, Brandon helped Audubon South Carolina develop this novel concept.  His dream is to spread the word among landowners and land managers, and eventually get bird-friendly techniques included in forestry curricula throughout the Southeast.

bheitkamp@audubon.org