Meet the staff of the Audubon Center at Seward Park

Joseph Manson, Center Director
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After serving in multiple capacities at the Seward Park Audubon Center Joey become the Center’s director in 2015. His vision as director is to make nature-based education available to all students in local schools and provide programs for all that facilitate positive experiences in Seattle’s wild spaces. A native of Washington, DC, Joey is a life-long Maryland Terrapin, but cherishes the woods and water of the Evergreen State. Joey has also served on National Audubon’s Strategic Plan Committee and is a member of Audubon’s Diversity & Inclusion Cohort.

Charley Wilkinson, Development Director
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Charley serves as Development Director for Audubon Washington and the Seward Park Audubon Center. She brings a multidisciplinary professional background and love of the natural world to her work creating funding opportunities for Audubon’s conservation and education initiatives throughout Washington. 

She has worked for Audubon in a variety of roles since 2009, when she got her start as a conservation intern for Constitution Marsh Audubon Center & Sanctuary in New York, where she went on to serve as their Education Manager. Before moving to Seattle in 2016, Charley spent four years as the Development and Finance Associate for Audubon Vermont and The Green Mountain Audubon Center, securing essential funds for their landscape conservation work, endangered bird species monitoring, and environmental education initiatives.

Charley holds a B.A. in Communication, and when she’s not in the office, you might find her reading, hiking in the mountains, running or riding her bike, or exploring Seattle with her husband. 

Kathryn Sechrist, School Programs Manager 
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Kathryn develops & teaches in-school, field trip, afterschool, and summer camp programs for grades K-8. She is passionate about providing opportunities for children of all backgrounds to explore & play in nature; building lifelong connections filled with awe & wonder. As a child, her summers were spent camping along the California coast with her family; exploring fern-clad forests, collecting agates, whalewatching, observing wild elk, and learning with park rangers. She has a Master’s degree in 
Biology: Ecology & Conservation Biology from San Francisco State University where she trained as an ornithologist & bird expert. Before Audubon, Kathryn taught Ornithology at SFSU and volunteered with inner-city youth & retired seniors. Kathryn enjoys painting, hiking, and searching for owls.

Marina Pita, Community Programs Manager 
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Marina learned to care for the environment from her grandfather Mario, who studied the health of the Atlantic Ocean in her family's homeland, Argentina. She chose Environmental Studies as a minor at the Univeristy of Washington after his passing. During her time at UW she became a Carson Civic Fellow which led her to her first stint working at Seward Park Audubon Center in 2009 as a naturalist. Her love of teaching was born from this exprience which led her to pursue a Master in Teaching and work for five years as a dual language teacher (native proficiency Spanish speaker) at Concord International Elementary in South Park. She is thrilled to be back at Seward Park Audubon, a place that combines her passion for teaching and the environment.

 Jennie Sheridan, Nature Store and Operations Manager
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Jennie Sheridan manages Seward Park Audubon Center's Nature Store, coordinates facility rentals, and maintains finances for Seward Park and Audubon Washington programs. Jennie grew up exploring the natural wonders of the Puget Sound region from the whitecaps of the Salish Sea to the whitecaps of the Cascades. She is a Tahoma Audubon Society member and field trip leader and grew up helping her parents operate the Wild Bird Rehabilitation Clinic of Pierce County. Jennie earned a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Art History at Richmond University in London, England, where along with working in research and education at several museums, she also volunteered as an advocate with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds.  Before coming to Seward Park, Jennie operated Fort Nisqually Living History Museum's Visitor Center and Museum Store and was assistant buyer for the Northwest Museum Store at the Washington State History Museum.  As a part of the Seward Park Audubon Center, Jennie hopes to inspire visitors to continually explore and to encourage a sense of wonder for our ever-fascinating natural world.

Ed Dominguez, Lead Naturalist 
A native of Mount Shasta, Ed obtained his Bachelors and Masters degrees from California State University. Growing up in the southern Cascade Range, Ed was introduced to the plants and animals of the mountains at an early age by his father. Knowledgeable in geology, trees, wildflowers, and mammals,  Ed particularly enjoys birding and bird songs. He is passionate about environmental education and leads owl prowls, bat walks, nature hikes, and presents evening programs on a variety of naturalist topics. When not working at the Center, Ed teaches music in the Edmonds School District and leads climbs with the Seattle Mountaineers. He lives in the Madrona neighborhood just north of Seward Park.

Kat Rizzo, Naturalist
Kat grew up in the hills and forests of Marin County, California. As a young child she developed an unwavering love for exploration and adventure. She has a particular affinity for old growth conifers. Her passion for the forest led her to Seattle where she graduated from Seattle University with a degree in Environmental Studies, specializing in Environmental Education & Communication. She has worked with Seward Park Audubon Center in many capacities; beginning her tenure as an Environmental Education Capstone Intern and subsequently as Assistant Summer Camp Counselor. After a life-changing exploration of South America, Kat is excited to be back with Seward Park Audubon as a Naturalist, working with our nature-based school programs.  As a Naturalist, Kat is passionate about cultivating compassion and care for the natural world by creating dynamic relationships between people, plants, and place. 

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