Meet the Officers & Board Members
Juliet’s been in love with birds since her earliest memories, birding with her Dad at Pointe Pelee Provincial Park. She’s been President of Washtenaw Audubon (WAS) since 2014, and the ornithologist for Natural Area Preservation (NAP), a division of City of Ann Arbor Parks and Recreation since 2016. She coordinates and compiles the Washtenaw May Bird Count, as well as leading many field trips for WAS and NAP. The joke at work is, “What does Juliet do in her free time, when she’s not working? The same thing she does when she’s at work!” Juliet enjoys cooking, baking, and canoeing, as well as anything outdoors. Her many friends and her family are her greatest gifts. Juliet lives in Ann Arbor with her husband, and they have a college-age son and daughter.
Keith Dickey is an avid birder and passionate amateur wildlife photographer. He is the treasurer for the Washtenaw Audubon Society, and a relatively new resident of Michigan, having moved to Ann Arbor from New Hampshire in 2017. When not traveling, birding, working in his garden with his wife Alison, or hiking with his Irish Water Spaniel Phineas Finn, Keith leads strategic planning for Michigan Medicine, the academic medical center of the University of Michigan. Keith has a PhD in classical archaeology and was a Fulbright scholar to Greece in 1987.
Diana is new to the Membership Chair position with Washtenaw Audubon Society and is excited to take on this new role. Born and raised in Ann Arbor, she’s been an outdoor enthusiast since her childhood days of Girl Scout camping, hiking, and backpacking. Diana has traveled extensively on birding trips to a number of different spots around Michigan, the nation, and the world, including: the Leelanau Peninsula Birding Festival, the Tawas Birding Festival, several UP Winter Birding trips in Sault Ste. Marie, Sax-Zim Bog Birding Festival near Duluth, MN, The Biggest Week in American Birding Festival at Magee Marsh and Maumee Bay in northern Ohio, Point Pelee Provincial Park in Ontario, Canada, the Rio Grande Valley Birding Festival in southern Texas, the San Diego Birding Festival, the Southeast Arizona Birding Festival in Tucson, Costa Rica, the foothills of the Himalayas in Northern India with Himalaya Birding Tours, a private Birding trip to Southern India’s Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamil Nadu, and she also spent considerable time birding while on safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe, and South Africa. Diana is especially looking forward to continuing her birding adventures with the wonderful folks of the Washtenaw Audubon Society.
Victor Chen is a chemistry teacher at Thurston High School in Redford. He lives in Ann Arbor and got into birding and bird photography during the start of the pandemic. He became the education chair in 2021 and hopes to bring the joy of birding to more youth and underserved communities. While he enjoys all forms of birding, he is in his “happy place” when it involves hiking through a park or preserve. He loves being outdoors with his wife, Jill, and daughter, Morgan.
Jacco was introduced to birding by his dad and older brother when he was 7 or 8 years old and spent his youth looking for birds in and around his native Netherlands with them. After moving to the Ypsilanti-Ann Arbor area in the late 1990s, Jacco joined the vibrant Washtenaw County birding scene and has never looked back. He participated in his first Ann Arbor CBC in 1999, became area leader for area 6 soon thereafter, and has been the overall count compiler for the past 15 years or so. In the early 2000s, he served for several years as the WAS field trip coordinator and has recently re-joined the board as Newsletter editor. He also writes the Washtenaw County rare bird report for that publication. For many years, Jacco has volunteered for the Ann Arbor City Parks breeding bird survey, for which he currently covers South Pond, Scarlett-Mitchell Woods, and Redbud Park. Aside from birding locally, Jacco tries to get in some birding time whenever and wherever his family travels take him and has enjoyed birds in Peru, Mexico, Jamaica, Puerto Rica, and numerous states in the US.
Rob has been involved with Washtenaw Audubon for more than 30 years, serving previously as Newsletter Editor and President. He has been running the WAS website since launching it in early 2001. In addition to birding (which he doesn’t do enough of any more), he enjoys nature photography, beekeeping, and outdoor sports ranging from hiking and running to cross-country skiing and mountaineering. He retired in March of 2020 after more than 30 years with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where he developed regulations and policy for vehicle emissions and fuel economy. He currently works part-time for the Ann Arbor Running Company. He and his wife Nancy are longtime Dexter residents.