Leadership &

Board of Directors

Meet the People Behind the Florida Ornithological Society

The Florida Ornithological Society consists of its members and a governing body. The governing body includes Officers, a Board of Directors, Editors, and Committees.


Ann Paul

President (2023-25)

Wes Biggs

Vice President

Judith Milcarsky

Secretary (2023-24)

Valerie Sparling

Treasurer (2023-25)

Board of Directors

Jim Cox


Dr. Marianne Korosy


Kara Durda


Christopher Ferro


Jon Hoch


David Goodwin


Editors & Editorial Advisory Board


Dr. Rindy Anderson

Editor, Florida Field Naturalist

Ann Hodgson

Editor, FOS Special Publications

 Mia Keriazes 

Co-Editor, Snail Kite

Veronica Richmond

Co-Editor, Snail Kite

Advisory Board

Todd Engstrom


Karl Miller

Editorial Advisory Board Member

Grants and Awards Committee members are appointed by the President.

The Florida Ornithological Society currently has two grants-in-aid of ornithological research: The Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank Research Award and The Mary J. and William B Robertson Fellowship Award, and one for environmental education with a strong ornithological emphasis: The Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank Education Award.

The awards are set up to be given annually, and separate committees consider applications for different grant according to announced deadlines. These grants and awards are given in memory of one or more individuals important to Florida ornithology. Recommendations of awardees are submitted to the FOS Board of Directors for final approval. In the past, successful proposals have received award amounts ranging from $500 to $3200.

Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank
Research Award

Beth Forys, Chair
Karl Miller
Todd Engstrom

Helen G. and Allan D. Cruickshank
Education Award

David Goodwin
Cole Fredricks

Mary J. and William B. Robertson
Fellowship Award

Wes Biggs, Chair
David Stock
Michael Brothers
Sally Robertson

The Records Committee shall consist of seven (7) members appointed by the President for staggered terms of seven (7) years. No member may be reappointed to the Records Committee until an absence from the committee of at least one (1) year. This committee shall evaluate reports of birds recorded in the wild in Florida and is responsible for updating the scientific record of Florida’s avifauna. Material provided to this committee shall be archived to be accessible to future researchers. The committee shall publish its decisions periodically in the Florida Field Naturalist. One or more secretaries shall be chosen by the committee to serve as liaison with the public, the Archives Committee, and the Florida Field Naturalist. The procedures used by the committee in soliciting, evaluating, and publishing reports shall be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors. The FOS Records Committee consists of seven members appointed by the President for staggered terms of seven years. Terms expire after the spring meeting of the years listed below.

Managing Secretary
Andy Kratter, Florida Museum of Natural History, P.O. Box 11780, Gainesville, FL 32611

Committee Members
Michelle Davis (2023)
Michael Brothers (2025)
Marie Chappell (2026)
Larry Manfredi (2027)
Andy Kratter (2028)
John Groskopf (2029)
Open position to be filled (2030)

The Archives Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members appointed by the President. The purpose of the committee shall be to seek and to catalog material it deems relevant to the avifaunal history of Florida or to the history of the Society. The committee shall attempt to arrange accessible housing for such material within Florida, whether or not under the Society’s direct control. Archived material under the Society’s control shall be available to the membership for research and for other purposes, subject to any rules or guidelines established by the committee. The FOS archives are currently housed in the Special Collections at the University of South Florida Library.

Committee Members

Andy Huse (University of South Florida), Chair

The Conservation Committee shall consist of at least (3) members appointed by the President for staggered terms of three (3) years. The committee shall track important public policy issues that might impact wild birds in Florida, serve as a clearinghouse for information about the conservation of Florida birds, and recommend specific actions with scientific bases in response to these issues to the Board. Specific actions would need to be reviewed and approved by the Board of Directors.

Committee Members

Jon Hoch, Chair
Jim Cox
Ken Meyer
Christopher Ferro
Eugene Stoccardo
Michelle Wilcox
Judith Milcarsky
Ann Paul
Adrienne Fitzwilliam
Todd Engstrom
Heather Levy

The Nominating Committee shall consist of three (3) members. Tthe President shall appoint the Chairman and the Board of Directors shall elect the remaining two (2) members.

Committee Members

David Goodwin, Chair
Todd Engstrom

The Finance Committee shall consist of at least three (3) members appointed by the President, none of whom may be related to the Treasurer by blood or marriage. The Treasurer shall also ex officio as a non-voting member of the committee. The appointed members shall serve terms of two (2) years. The Finance Committee shall manage the finances of the Society, shall review the Treasurer’s books, records, and proposed budget, and shall advise the Board of Directors on all matters relating to the Society’s finances. The appointed members of the Finance Committee shall not be deemed fiduciaries by virtue of their appointment or duties.

Committee Members

Charlie Fisher

A Membership Committee, composed of three (3) members, shall be appointed by the President for terms of three (3) years. This committee shall create and oversee recruitment efforts designed to attract new members to FOS and to retain current members.

Committee Members

Michelle Wilcox, Chair
Adrienne Fitzwilliam
Dave Goodwin

Special committee not in by-laws. Appointed by the President.

Committee Members

Bruce Anderson
Ann Paul

Past Presidents

Past presidents of the FOS have been a mix of professional and amateur ornithologists.

William B. Robertson, Jr.


Herbert W. Kale II 


David W. Johnston


William D. Courser


T.H. Below


Barbara Kittleson


Robert Brown


Dave Goodwin


J. William Hardy


Glen E. Woolfenden


Fred Lohrer


Bruce Anderson


Reed Bowman


Jim Cox


Peter Merritt


Frances C. James


Jack Hailman


Jerry Jackson


Adam Kent


Dave Goodwin

(2012-13; 2nd term)

R. Todd Engstrom


Adam Kent

(2016-17; 2nd term)

Jim Cox

(2018-20; 2nd term)

Ann Paul


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