About

Staff


 

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. She has lived on James Island for 20 years and enjoys reading, traveling, and loves Japanese cuisine.




 

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 Orange Theory fitness.

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.





 

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.




 

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



 

Angelina Ricci Eisenhauer
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.

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. 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.

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.




 

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.




 

Austin Trousdale
Staff Educator

Austin was born in Memphis, Tennessee and has a B.A. in Biology from Hendrix College, a M.S. in Biology from University of Memphis, and a Ph.D in Biological Science from the University of Southern Mississippi. For ASC he takes part in leading both canoe and boardwalk trips, sharing his in-depth academic knowledge of the natural world. He enjoys exploring historic sites and watching science fiction and fantasy movies. His favorite bird is the Mississippi Kite.



 

Emily Church
Guest Services Coordinator

Emily is originally from Michigan and has a B.S. in Wildlife & Fisheries Biology from Clemson University. She has been an Animal Care Summer Intern for the Philadelphia Zoo and also a Veterinary Technician for the last 2 years before coming to Audubon South Carolina. She enjoys reading and spending time with her two dogs, and her goal for this year is to finish developing a video game.



 

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.





 

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.

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.





 

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.