Biographies of the Board
Jim McCormac, President Back To Top
Columbus (Franklin County, Central Ohio)
A lifelong Ohioan, Jim McCormac became fascinated with birds at a very young age, and was actively seeking them in the field by the age of ten. Thirty years later, his Ohio list stands at 345. He has also birded in almost every state and Canadian province. For the past seven years, he has served as Secretary of the Ohio Bird Records Committee, a task suited to his interest in rarities and changing bird distributions. He has published numerous papers and articles on birds, and conducted research on Ohio’s grassland species. He is also the principal author of "Birds of Ohio", a comprehensive 360 page guide published by Lone Pine Publishing Company. McCormac is also keenly interested in plants, and was a botanist with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources for many years. He currently is employed as an Avian Education Specialist for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife. As with birds, he has a strong interest in rare plants and their distribution, ecology, and conservation. In the course of botanizing, he’s discovered several new native species to Ohio, and published numerous scientific papers and general interest articles on plants. It is a major goal of McCormac's to help fellow board member Bill Thompson find a Connecticut Warbler, a species that Thompson has never been able to find. Says McCormac about Thompson's Connecticutless birding career... "Frankly, it's an embarrassment. The other board members and myself are working with Bill to correct this intolerable situation".
Peter King, Treasurer
Westerville (Delaware County, Central Ohio)
Peter King has been a backyard birder since he was a kid. In 1999 he joined the Ohio Department of Natural Resources where he was exposed to real birding enthusiasm and soon became a serious birder. As Treasurer of the OOS he has the opportunity to return to the hobby the many hours of enjoyment that birding has provided to him. Peter holds a BA in Biology from Ohio Northern University and an MBA from Wright State University. He resides with his wife and two children in Westerville.
Jen Sauter, Executive Secretary
Westerville (Franklin County, Central Ohio)
After being in the financial business for 17 years, Jen left to pursue a career closer to her heart. She returned to Ohio State University at the age of 35 and graduated in March of 2005 with a degree in Wildlife Management, with a specialization in Avian Ecology. She has always been a lover of nature and the outdoors, and was captivated by a Yellow-breasted Chat in the mid-90’s, and has been hooked on birds ever since. Jen became involved in the Ohio Ornithological Society in the inaugural year when she met Jim McCormac upon her discovery of a Long-tailed Jaeger on Hoover Reservoir. She has been volunteering for the society ever since as the event coordinator and is in charge of the membership database. Jen and her husband John live up on Hoover Reservoir in Westerville, enjoying the large diversity of birdlife.
Marc Nolls, Recording Secretary
Akron (Summit County, North East Ohio)
Marc Nolls spent family vacations of his youth tent camping at National Parks across the United States, and he has been an avid backpacker for several years. Gradually, soaring hawks and hooting owls began to capture his attention while backpacking.
Several years ago, he began attending birdwalks in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park near his home. During his transition from casual to serious birder he decided that he enjoyed the pursuit, and needed to step up to better equipment. And so began his journey of collecting multiple field guides and spending too much on binoculars and scope. Now, his backpacking buddies challenge him when he announces sighting either a Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, or a Black-billed Cuckoo.
Marc has enjoyed participating on various bird censuses including Audubon Christmas Bird Count, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Summit County Summer Bird Count, Ohio Breeding Bird Atlas II, and the Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge monthly census. He has begun logging birding trips afar to Texas, California, Point Pelee and Hawk Mountain, as well as the hotspots around Ohio.
He is an officer of the Greater Akron Audubon Society where he serves as the Field Trip Coordinator, and is a member of the Kirtland Bird Club in Cleveland. He looks forward to many more years of birding and serving the birding community.
Marc has served his professional career of approximately 30 years in the accounting and investments fields at various levels with large corporations.
Tom Bartlett, Director
Tiffin (Seneca County, North West Ohio)
Tom has over 35 years of birding experience in Ohio, including bird banding experience, running bird banding stations at Springville Marsh State Nature Preserve, Kelleys Island, and Winous Point Shooting Club. He is a member and officer of numerous birding and conservation organizations, and has served on the Ohio Bird Records Committee. Tom was Field Editor for The Ohio Cardinal for many years, has published numerous articles (both scientific and general birding) and has written a book on Birds of Seneca County, Ohio (1989). Tom is now a retired secondary school instructor of biological sciences.
Dana Bollin, Director
Oregon (Lucas County, North West Ohio)
Born and raised in NW Ohio, Dana has her BS from the University of Toledo and a Master's Degree from Bowling Green State University in Biology. She has always had a love of animals and the outdoors, and has worked in environmental education for the City of Toledo, Ottawa NWR, Crane Creek, and has held the position of Naturalist Supervisor at Maumee Bay State Park for the past 15 years. Dana volunteers hundreds of hours annually as a bird bander and nature camp coordinator for the Black Swamp Bird Observatory. Her favorite pasttime is camping and birding, and uses any available excuse to add to her life list.
Craig Caldwell, Director
Westlake (Cuyahoga County, North East Ohio)
Craig has been birding since the early 1970s, and began to become fanatical by the mid-90s. He has a BA in chemistry, MS in soil and water science, and an MBA in management. He has been active in numerous groups, including the Sierra Club, National Audubon Society, and the Kirtland Bird Club. Craig has held leadership posts in most of these groups, and is currently Fall seasonal editor for The Ohio Cardinal magazine.
Cheryl Harner, Director
Crestline (Richland County, East Central Ohio)
Cheryl's childhood interests in wildflowers and butterflies developed into a life-long love of gardening and a fascination with the connections between plants, insects and birds. Active in many areas promoting nature and conservation projects, she is President of Greater Mohican Audubon Society, an active Master Gardener and Ohio Governor's Heritage Garden Ambassador and enjoys promoting educational events and providing programs for many clubs and organizations. Cheryl and her family reside in the Mansfield area, but she can be found with binoculars and camera throughout the state, ready to bird anywhere on short notice.
Ned Keller, Director
Cleves (Hamilton County, South West Ohio)
Although he has always had an appreciation for nature, Ned Keller didn't begin to focus on birds until his thirties. Since then, he has made up for lost time, serving two terms on the Ohio Bird Record Committee, as well as acting as trustee or officer for several local birding and conservation organizations. He is currently a member of Audubon Ohio's Important Bird Areas technical committee. When he's not birding, Ned practices law in Cincinnati.
Dan Sanders, Director
Powell (Delaware County, Central Ohio)
Once Dan retired from teaching biology for the Worthington schools, it would be an understatement to say he launched into birding with a passion. He is one of North America's most passionate listers. In 2005, Dan embarked on a North American big year record attempt, finishing with an impressive 715 species. Few people travel as far and wide as Dan in the pursuit of birds.
Bill Thompson, III, Director
Marietta (Washington County, South East Ohio “The Other Ohio”)
Bill has been a bird watcher since before he can remember (his grandmother claimed his first word was "junco"). He's also been lucky enough to turn his passion for birds into a career as editor of Bird Watcher's Digest. BWD was started by Bill's parents in the living room of their Marietta home in 1978, and he took over as editor in 1995. He is the author of numerous bird books, including Bird Watching For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons 1997), and the editor of several others. He and BWD were also the 2005 recipients of the Ohioana James P. Barry Award for Editorial Excellence. He and his wife, author and artist, Julie Zickefoose, live with their children Phoebe and Liam on an 80-acre old farm near Whipple, Ohio. and are proud of their property list of 180 bird species. When not birding, Bill has fun playing guitar with his band The Swinging Orangutangs (who enjoy a cultlike status throughout metropolitan Whipple). Bill is pleased to be involved with the OOS and looks forward to future club field trips-which will be a good opportunity to improve Jim McCormac's bird identification skills.