About

Staff

Justin Stokes
Vice President and Executive Director of Audubon South Carolina

Justin most recently served as Audubon’s vice president of political affairs and executive director of the Audubon Action Fund. Prior to joining Audubon, Justin served six years as chief of staff in the United States House of Representatives working for four members of Congress, including from the South Carolina delegation. Justin also worked on a Republican presidential campaign and got his start in public service in the South Carolina Governor’s office. He is a native of Camden, South Carolina, a graduate of Clemson University, and recently completed the Wilson Fellowship in Strategic Management for Environmental Leadership at Harvard Business School. His ‘Spark Bird’ is the Hooded Merganser!

Timothy Boatright
Development Associate

A native of Savannah, GA, Tim 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. Prior to joining Audubon, he worked as an outreach associate with the South Carolina Aquarium and the Lowcountry Land Trust. Tim’s hobbies include reading, yoga, trying new experiences, soapy/reality television and fitness.

Matt Johnson
Beidler Forest Center Director

 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 Program Associate

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 Communities 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
Communications Director

A seasoned public relations profession with deep experience in grassroots advocacy, Angelina joined Audubon South Carolina 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 going on outdoor adventures with her two young sons.

Julia Dietz
Policy Director

Julia relocated to South Carolina from Florida, where she most recently served as the Acting Director of the Office of Environmental Accountability and Transparency at the Florida Department of Environmental Protection. She previously served under two Florida Governors as Environmental Policy Coordinator and Deputy Chief of Staff, leading conservation, energy and other environmental-related legislation and budget initiatives. She got her start at Conservation International and the Sea Turtle Conservancy. She is a two-time graduate of the University of Florida and holds a graduate degree in Forest Resources and Conservation with a concentration in Ecological Restoration and an undergraduate degree in Environmental Science. Julia lives in Greenville, SC and in her free time takes advantage of the plentiful outdoor recreation opportunities in the Upstate with her family and two yellow labs.

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.

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.

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.

Brandon Heitkamp
Sanctuary Manager

Brandon is Sanctuary Manager on behalf of Silver Bluff, Audubon's 3,400-acre sanctuary and demonstration site for bird-friendly forestry. Equipped with a degree in forest management from Clemson, Brandon is also passionate about teaching landowners bird-friendly forestry, a concept that he helped Audubon South Carolina develop. 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 United States.

Mark Musselman
Land Manager

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