The ACCA’s Board of Directors is responsible for overall policy and direction of the ACCA and delegates responsibility of day-to-day operations to the staff, volunteers, and committees.
Our current Board members:
Katie is an educator and a writer. She is the author of Vulture (2020, 2017) and Cerulean Blues (2011), and for children Look, See the Bird! (2017) and Look, See the Farm! (2018), and she has taught writing at West Virginia University and Virginia Tech. Since the mid-1990s Katie has worked with a wide variety of raptor, parrot, and songbird species. For more information, visit Katie’s website.
Erin E. Katzner, CPBT-KA
Erin is Director of Community Engagement at The Peregrine Fund and serves on the Board of Directors of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators. She is also a Certified Professional Bird Trainer, and has trained hawks, eagles, vultures, owls, falcons, and corvids at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, the National Aviary in Pittsburgh, and the ACCA.
Jesse A. Fallon, DVM
Jesse is one of the owners of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital in Morgantown, WV, as well as the Conservation Chair and West Virginia State Liaison for the Association of Avian Veterinarians. He is also a PhD candidate in Fish & Wildlife Conservation at Virginia Tech. Jesse has provided veterinary care for many species of birds at zoos and wildlife centers as well as for private enthusiasts and falconers.
B. Jean Meade, DVM, MD, PhD
Jean is the owner of Cheat Lake Animal Hospital, as well as co-founder of The Human-Animal Bond, Inc., a 501c3 nonprofit. Her wide range of research interests include wildlife conservation, service dog training, and immunotoxicology.
LeJay Graffious had a thirty-six year career as a teacher and principal in Preston and Monongalia Counties, WV. He has had a lifelong interest in the natural world. His special interest in bird watching has led him to many unique locations and introduced him to many like-minded friends. He has completed his Master Naturalist certification. After a thirty-three year friendship with authors, George Bird and Kay Evans, he is currently managing their estate and working to perpetuate their literary works and philosophy of upland hunting. He serves with three other directors to manage the Old Hemlock Foundation a charitable educational trust.
Todd Katzner, PhD
Todd is a Research Wildlife Biologist at the USGS in Boise, ID. His research focuses on wildlife conservation ecology and the interaction between wildlife and the role of wildlife in natural systems. For more information, visit Todd’s website.