Located at the Adriana Hess Audubon Center
 2917 Morrison Rd W, University Place, WA 98466   |   253-565-9278

 Full-time Staff

Emily Kalnicky, Ph.D.

Executive Director 

Dr. Emily A. Kalnicky’s lifelong career interest and passion for connecting youth and adults to nature began more than 15 years ago as a volunteer at the Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, WI, where she is from. She is passionate and committed to connecting people to nature as a means to improving quality of life (including physical and mental health), as well as protecting and conserving the environment.

In her most recent role as the Director of Science Education and Research at Phipps Conservatory and Botanical Gardens in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Kalnicky supervised and trained a team of seasonal, full and part-time individuals in the development and administration of field trips, internships, interpretive signage, research, and outreach programming serving over 8,500 two year olds through Ph.D. level students, and over 400,000 guests annually. 

She holds a doctorate in ecology from Utah State University, a master’s in natural resources and environmental sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and bachelor of science degrees in zoology, psychology, and Spanish from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Since she was a child she has always cherished her time outdoors, whether it be for a walk, wildlife viewing, hiking, camping, biking, swimming, canoeing, or daydreaming, and she believes that for all of us, our connection with nature is strong.  When she is not found outdoors enjoying one of the activities listed, she can also be found dancing, baking, reading, playing board games, or spending time with friends and family.

Contact: emilyk@tahomaaudubon.org, (253) 565-9278

Andrea Michelbach

Development & Community Engagement Manager

Raised in northern Idaho and living in Washington for over 10 years, Andrea is a Northwesterner and nonprofit strategist at heart. Passionate about community well-being, she believes outdoor experiences strengthen our communities and improve our lives as individuals, neighbors and community members.

As the Audubon’s Development & Community Engagement Manager, Andrea coordinates fundraising, membership and volunteer efforts, helping the Audubon engage new and current audiences, extend its reach, and measure its progress along the way.

Andrea joins Tahoma Audubon after working in healthcare publishing, arts organizations and museums, including at the Burke Museum in Seattle. She has over seven years experience in communications and project management, and over four years experience and training in nonprofits, including in fundraising, education and audience research. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in English with a Creative Writing emphasis from Walla Walla University, and a master’s degree in Museology with a specialization in Museum Evaluation from the University of Washington.

Her pastimes include drinking copious amounts of tea, cooking, camping, hiking, reading, cycling and writing. She lives in Tacoma with her husband Karl and (strictly indoors!) cat Norm.

Contact: andream@tahomaaudubon.org, (253) 565-9129

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