JULY 2, 2014 – Stinson Beach, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education programs, announced today it has elected three new members to its board of directors during its annual meeting on June 28.  Barbara Ramsey of Santa Rosa, Joan Turner of Woodacre and Joe Mueller of Kentfield will now have key roles on ACR’s Board.

An active volunteer with ACR’s award-winning elementary school education program, Joan will fill the seat of the Martin Griffin Preserve Docent Council Representative, acting as a liaison for the Council with the ACR Board.  Joan has held numerous professional roles as a nurse and nursing professor, and has earned several professional awards during her nursing career. Joan holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in nursing.

A 2002 graduate of ACR’s docent training program, Barbara Ramsey will fill the seat of the Bouverie Preserve Docent Council Representative.  Over the past 40 years, Barbara has served in numerous positions at many non-profit organizations including the Sonoma County Medical Association Alliance Foundation, where she was president of the board of directors.  Barbara currently volunteers with the City of Santa Rosa and serves as vice-chair of the Santa Rosa Board of Community Services. Barbara holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master’s degree in Non-Profit Administration.

Joe Mueller, a biology professor at College of Marin, will serve as a new At-Large Director for ACR. Joe has extensive knowledge with a wide variety of subjects including Marine Biology, Mammalogy, Ornithology and Environmental Science.  

In addition to participation with the College of Marin Academic Senate and Curriculum Committee, Joe has served on the Bolinas Lagoon Technical Advisory Committee since 1994. In 2008, Joe received the Terwilliger Environmental Award, recognition that goes to educators who are actively involved in teaching the public to appreciate and protect the natural environment.

ACR’s new board directors join the following roster of elected officers:

PRESIDENTDiane Jacobson of Glen Ellen

1st VICE PRESIDENTAndré Brewster of San Anselmo

2nd VICE PRESIDENTDiana Sanson of Glen Ellen

SECRETARYMark Tarpey-Schwed of Mill Valley

TREASURERBarbara Kosnar of Mill Valley

About Audubon Canyon Ranch

For more than 50 years, Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR) has been dedicated to protecting nature through land preservation, nature education and conservation science.

ACR’s preserves include the Cypress Grove Research Center on Tomales Bay, the 535-acre Bouverie Preserve in Sonoma’s Valley of the Moon near Glen Ellen, the 1,000-acre Martin Griffin Preserve on Bolinas Lagoon near Stinson Beach, and the 3,320-acre Modini Mayacamas Preserves above Healdsburg.

ACR is an independent non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status and is not affiliated with the National Audubon Society. ACR’s programs are made possible thanks to the contribution of thousands of hours of volunteer service, and donations from caring individuals, foundations and businesses. Look for ACR on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. For more information, call 415-868-9244, email [email protected] or visit www.egret.org.