"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful committed citizens can
change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." - Margaret Mead
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Simone DaRos grew up on Long Island and was fortunate enough to spend her summers in Montauk. Being surrounded by the unspoiled East End of Long Island helped to nurture her deep love of nature. Simone grew up with many unusual pets, in a family who loved all animals, great and small. She joined the board in 2006 and now holds the role of Vice President. A first grade teacher in the Huntington School District for over 20 years, Simone enjoys traveling, birding, hawk watching, wildlife rehabilitation and exploring habitats on nature walks and hikes.
Sean grew up in Wantagh NY, just minutes away from the beautiful Jones Beach. His love of nature started at an early age when his parents would take him hiking on all of the nature trails Long Island has to offer. This early exposure to nature fostered a passion for wild places which developed into an understanding that these places must be protected through conservation efforts. He is also passionate about sustainability, keeping up to date on the latest technologies.
Sean holds a Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from Stony Brook University and an MBA in Finance from Hofstra. He currently works in Mergers and Acquisitions for a large gardening company on Long Island.
In his spare time he enjoys building furniture, playing 19th century baseball, and hiking with Waffles, his Pomeranian.
Brendan Fogarty is a recent graduate from the Cornell University College of Engineering, from which he has both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree. He studied energy systems and has a passion for renewable energy integration. This interest stemmed from his lifelong love of nature and planning for a more sustainable world. Brendan is an energy analyst at the Reliable Power Alternatives Corporation. He has been active with HOBAS since 2007, as a member of the Youth Outreach Committee, where he helped lead field trips and public programs. In 2016 he joined the Board of Directors as Recording Secretary.
In his spare time, Brendan is an avid outdoorsman, birder, bicyclist, and musician, playing Irish bagpipes whenever his neighbors aren't home.
Tess Copa Todd is an Environmental Educator and has also taught pre-school and kindergarten. When not volunteering with HOBAS, she enjoys yoga, hiking, and the great outdoors. Tess became Co-chair of the Children’s Programs Committee in May 2012 and has been a board member since March 2014. She and her husband, Jason, recently welcomed two future conservationists to the family-twin boys, born in October 2016.
Sonia Garrido is the Field Trip Chair and Publicity Co-Chair for Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon. She became involved in the organization in 2014 after attending a beach cleanup and connecting with the mission of the organization and join the Board of Directors in 2015. Having been passionate about wildlife and the environment from a young age, she studied Environmental Policy at the University of Kansas, where she became interested in sustainable development.
She worked in Peru at CAPIS Nonprofit where she developed environmental projects dedicated to increasing the financial means of less privileged populations as well as addressing environmental concerns. She currently works in the Communications department at Stony Brook University and holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Stony Brook University and a Certificate in Public Relations from New York University.
In her spare time, Sonia loves reading, watching foreign films, traveling to far away lands and playing with her adorable dog Roxy (aka Poopsie).
Coby Klein is a doctoral candidate in biology at the City University Graduate Center and a graduate teaching assistant at Queens College. His dissertation research focuses on the evolution of pesticide resistance in Colorado potato beetles. For the past 12 years, Coby has been a birder, bird bander, bird researcher, and general all around bird enthusiast. Coby leads popular field trips for HOBAS and is the coordinator of a bird banding project at Underhill Preserve. He lives in Huntington with his wife, Nomi, and two children, Eliana & Ezra. Look for Coby early in the morning at Makamah or Muttontown Preserves and in the evening in the kitchen making dinner.
Growing up in Sayville, Andy Burke discovered his love for nature by spending summers at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp. It was also at this age when he began to develop his passion for birds, which started with the family’s pet parakeet, and then grew into the joy of outdoor birding. Andy served in the Coast Guard and followed that with a career with the MTA. Recently, Andy, with his wife Christine, opened a Wild Birds Unlimited store in Syosset.
|Children's Programs:||Tess Copa|
|Field Trips:||Sonia Garrido|
|MAPS Banding Program:||Coby Klein|
|Membership, Community Outreach and Programs:||Open|
|Newsletter Editor:||Brendan Fogarty|
|Communications and Publicity:||Sonia Garrido|
|Website Design:||Stella Miller/Eric Larson|
|Website Implementation:||Eric Larson|