Board of Advisors

Hank W. Stallworth, Sr.

CHAIR (2019)

Hank Stallworth graduated from Clemson University and began his career in state government as a Law Clerk for the South Carolina Attorney General’s office. He next worked in the South Carolina Senate and from there he went for the next five years to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served as the principal staff person to the Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Hank then moved to the Executive Branch, working as Deputy Director of the South Carolna Water Resources Commission. This agency was merged with the Wildlife Department in 1994, becoming the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He then served as Governor Hodges' Director of Natural Resources Policy, overseeing the actions of DNR, DHEC, PRT, Agriculture and several smaller agencies. These were the same agencies he worked with during his time in the South Carolina House. He returned to work in the DNR and retired several years ago from his position as Chief of Staff there. He’s previously served on the board of The South Carolina Nature Conservancy and on the board and as president of the Congaree Land Trust. He and his wife, Ann Nolte, live on his family farm in Calhoun County, outside of St. Matthews, where they share their commitment to natural resources conservation, birds, Ann’s wonderful garden, and their community.

Roy Belser


Roy Belser grew up hunting and fishing in Clarendon County as well as on family property in Charleston County. A passion for the outdoors led him to pursue a degree in Wood Utilization with an emphasis on Forest Management from Clemson University, and even though the company name has changed several times, he has spent his entire working career with American Forest Management, Inc., where he has held position of Chairman since 2006. Roy enjoys working with and helping landowners. He helps landowners maximize their objectives on their properties while blending aesthetics, wildlife, and investment together. He also has a passion for conservation easements and has helped landowners protect numerous properties. He currently serves on the Forestry Association of South Carolina Board, as President of Summerton Lion’s Club, and as an Elder at New Covenant Presbyterian Church.

John Bloomfield


John is a global healthcare communications strategist with three decades of global pharmaceutical industry leadership experience. John led international and manufacturing communications for Merck & Co., Inc., and currently serves as a consultant to LabCorp and other leading life-sciences companies. John has served as Secretary and Communications Chair for New Jersey Audubon and upon moving to South Carolina in 2018 became Vice President of Hilton Head Island Audubon. John is an avid birder, nature photographer and writer. His wife, Marina, also serves on the Hilton Head Island Audubon board.

Judy Fairchild


Judy Fairchild graduated from Colgate University with a degree in English, and taught English and History to middle schoolers in Chapel Hill and the Washington DC area. She and her family are full-time Dewees Island residents, and are passionate about educating people about nature and conservation. She is a certified South Carolina Coastal Master Naturalist and serves the board of the Lowcountry Biodiversity Institute. On Dewees Island, she has served as the chair of the Environmental Resource Board and as a volunteer for the summer children’s nature camp, the turtle team, bird counts, the Archives Committee, the Communications Committee, and the Dewees Island Conservancy. She has written several publications geared to helping residents and tourists understand how to live gently on the land, as well as creating educational videos. With her husband Reggie, she has written the Dewees Island Blog for nearly ten years. Her current work as a Realtor on Dewees allows her to share nature with clients daily. She is a long-time volunteer with Audubon South Carolina's bird banding and Painted Bunting studies, and s looking forward to building more connections between the organization and like-minded coastal groups. She has enjoyed the process of making Dewees Island a bird-friendly/climate-resilient community, and is looking forward to helping expand that program as well.

Sidney Gauthreaux


Dr. Gauthreaux received his B.S. from LSU at New Orleans (now the University of New Orleans) in June 1963; M.S.  Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge,  in August 1965; Ph.D. Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge,  in August 1968; and  held a Post-Doctorate Fellowship at the Institute of Ecology, University of Georgia from fall 1968 until fall 1970.  He retired from Clemson University where he was a faculty member from 1970 -2006 and taught ornithology, animal behavior, and behavioral ecology in the Department of Biological Sciences.  He currently consults in the area of Remote Sensing and Technology and is a visiting scholar in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana -Champaign where he works with a group assessing avian radars that can be used to prevent bird/aircraft collisions. Dr. Gauthreaux’s research emphasis on studies of bird migration across the Gulf of Mexico began in graduate school in the early 1960s and continues today. He has used combinations of radar and direct visual techniques to study the characteristics and geographical patterns of bird migration throughout the United States.  His research in applied ornithology has examined 1) the attraction of migrating birds at night to different types of lighting on tall towers, 2) the risks of migrating birds colliding with man-made structures such as transmission lines, towers, and wind turbines, and 3) the problem of aircraft colliding with migrating birds.

Steve Gilbert


Steve Gilbert is retired from a career spanning more than 32 years in Federal Service as a senior biologist, leader, and supervisor for two federal agencies, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) Ecological Services Branch and the NOAA Coastal Services Center (NOAA CSC). He currently consults as a Special Projects Manager for the South Carolina Wildlife Federation. Steve was the Program Manager for the Coastal Learning Services Section of the NOAA CSC in Charleston, SC. This section develops and delivers training for Coastal Zone Management agencies, National Estuarine Research Reserves, Sea Grants, Extension Services, coastal governments and non-profits, and other coastal professionals across the country and American territories. His work with the FWS encompassed work on the Everglades Restoration Project focusing on adaptive management and ecosystem modeling. Work in South Carolina focused on wetland, stream, river and hydropower issues, especially instream flow and fish passage. He helped develop and teach many courses for the FWS at the National Conservation Training Center. Post retirement, Steve was the primary author for a University of South Carolina “State of the Knowledge” report on the ecological effects of drought on coastal Carolina ecosystems. His favorite activities are diving near coral reefs (while they still exist) and downhill skiing.

Mark Hoyle, DMD


Mark Hoyle is a graduate of Clemson University and The Medical University of South Carolina College of Dental Medicine. He practices general dentistry in Anderson, South Carolna. He is a past president of the Anderson Dental Society and served on the board of The Carolinas Nature Photographers Association. Presently he is a member of The Carolinas Nature Photographers Association and serves as a Region Coordinator and Region Treasurer. He is a published and award-winning wildlife and nature photographer. His other hobbies include hiking, skiing, fishing and travel. He lives in Townville, South Carolina with his wife Darlene.


Jessica Hardesty Norris, Ph.D.


Jessica Hardesty Norris joined Charleston Audubon in 2012 when she first moved to the area. Prior, she spent six years in D.C. as the Director of the American Bird Conservancy's Seabird Program, a program she grew from a part-time advocacy position into a vibrant international conservation effort that spanned 12 projects and six countries. A graduate of Humboldt State University, she spent several years doing biological field work in the U.S. before joining the Peace Corps in Ecuador. Her dissertation took her back to Latin America for research on altitudinal migration in Andean hummingbirds. Her present job is as a writer and ecologist for the Ecological Restoration firm Biohabitats, where she frequently works on projects involving natural resource management, urban parks and planning, and climate resilience. As president of Charleston Audubon, she has invested in broadening the demographic of Charleston Audubon's current membership and raising the organization’s profile in the region.

Harry E. Shealy, Jr., Ph.D.


Harry Shealy is a native of South Carolina. He received his Ph.D. at the University of South Carolina in 1972 after which he received a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Manitoba where he continued to work with seed development. He began his forty-plus years teaching and administrative career at the University of South Carolina Aiken campus where he primarily taught botany, conservation, and introductory biology courses. He is active in the his community having served on the vestry of St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, as well as, the boards of the Hitchcock Rehabilitation Center, the Historic Aiken Foundation, the Aiken Land Conservancy, and the Hitchcock Woods Foundation to name a few. Statewide he works with the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources dealing with natural areas of the state. He is also on the boards of The Nature Conservancy and Conservation Voters of South Carolina,  and is a past member of the South Carolina Conservation Bank. For pure fun he still loves plant taxonomy, Court Tennis, and helping the USC Libraries obtain material for their collections.

John Tynan


John is Executive Director of Conservation Voters of South Carolina (CVSC). John came to CVSC in early 2016 to serve as Political Director. He was the chief political strategist for the organization, developing and implementing election activities to support endorsed candidates. He managed the CVSC Political Action Committee, including fundraising, candidate endorsements, and independent expenditure campaigns. Prior to joining CVSC, John oversaw the customer service, marketing, and government relations sections of Central Arkansas Water. He has also served as the Deputy Director of Upstate Forever and Commissioner of Public Works for the City of Greenville. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Furman University and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University. He is also a 2010 Enviropreneur Fellow from the Property and Environment Research Center. John is married to Mary Virginia Tynan. They have two children, Jack (6) and Ida Frances (2), and a dog. They keep busy by swimming, hiking, and spending time in the mountains of South Carolina.

Donald F. Wuori, MD


Don Wuori, MD, was born and raised in New York City and attended the City College of New York and the Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn. Many of his early days, especially weekends and summers, were spent in Finnish Communities in the New York and Rhode Island countryside where he learned that he loved to commune with nature. Don is a U.S. Army reserve retiree. After working for over 20 years as the Director of the Developmental and Behavioral Pediatric Clinic at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine, he retired to spend time with his family and to pursue his passions. While practicing at USC, he and his wife Joanne developed an interest in nature photography. Since then, Don has grown his photography interest into a well-developed hobby. Countless hours spent photographing flora and fauna at the Audubon Sanctuary revealed to Don the importance of Audubon and its mission. Don and Joanne spend their time with their children and grandchildren and photographing nature. They are deeply committed to the preservation of all things natural, and hope to help assure that many generations will also be able to enjoy the natural world around them.