Meet the OBA Board of Directors

Sarah Swanson
President
Sarah Swanson

Sarah began birding at age 10 but didn’t start birding regularly until she met her birding buddy and husband, Max, while studying Zoology in graduate school. In 2013, they co-authored Must-see Birds of the Pacific Northwest. Sarah loves birding across Oregon, especially at the coast and near Sisters. Her most recent life bird was a Great Grey Owl.

Sarah has worked at Portland Audubon and Waterwatch of Oregon. She has volunteered as a field notes editor for Oregon Birds and led bird walks for Portland Audubon. She holds a degree in Biology from the University of Oregon and a Masters of Public Administration with a concentration in Natural Resources from Portland State University.

Brodie Cass Talbott
President Elect
Brodie Cass Talbott

Brodie grew up in Portland, turning over every rock in Balch Creek. After graduating from Portland State University with a degree in Applied Linguistics and working summers as a wildland firefighter, he began six years of birding and working across Asia, from teaching English in Taiwan, teaching at a monastery in Bhutan, and photographing waste picker communities in Pune, India. To escape the monsoons he spent summers working as a raft guide and managing a rafting company in Maupin, which gave him a particular love of birding Wasco county.

He now resides in Portland with his wife, and combines his love of natural history and his passion for teaching as an educator with Portland Audubon, where he also leads bird walks and ecotours. In his free time, he goes birding.

Nagi Aboulenein
Past President
Nagi Aboulenein

Nagi grew up in Germany and Egypt, and moved with his wife, Taghrid, to the US in 1989 to study at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His introduction to birding was around 8 years ago, courtesy of the Lincoln City Audubon Society’s weekend field trips. He is passionate about birds, birding, scuba diving, and nature/wildlife/underwater photography.

He works as a microprocessor architect, and has lived in Oregon since 1997. Nagi and Taghrid are members of the Oregon Birding Association, the Washington Ornithological Society, the Portland Audubon Society, and the ABA.

Erik Bermann
Secretary
Erik Bergman

Erik is both a word nerd (writer and editor) and a bird nerd (enthusiastic birder since 1974). He earned a BA in English literature at Columbia University before co-founding and co-directing High Country School, an outdoor adventure program.

Later he enjoyed a three-decade career in journalism, advertising and public relations. Since retirement he’s made it a priority to go birding every day, often as a volunteer outings leader at Portland Audubon. His nonprofit experience includes serving as past board president of Open Adoption & Family Services and district leader for Toastmasters International.

Nick Martens
Treasurer
Nicholas Martens

Nick first became interested in birding while pursuing his doctorate in experimental psychology at Florida Atlantic University. Along with his wife and birding partner Maureen, he began relating their many adventures on their website and social media as Hipster Birders. After moving to Oregon in 2014 they were quickly made to feel at home by the wonderful and active birding community they found.

While Nick is out birding he also keeps an eye out for anything else new or interesting. He’s recently taken up macro photography and has enjoyed learning about and documenting the many strange arthropods he finds near his home.

Director
Tom Myers

Tom Myers was born and raised in Massachusetts and received a BA in Philosophy from Colby College in Maine. After serving in the Peace Corps, he joined AmeriCorps and moved to Portland in 2009. He holds a Masters in Teaching from Lewis and Clark College and currently teaches 3rd Grade in Portland. He lives with his husband in Warren.

Tom began birding in 2017 when he bought a kayak and started to explore Smith and Bybee Wetlands and Sauvie Island. Since then, he finds and photographs birds whenever possible and completed a county Big Year in Columbia County in 2019. When he’s not teaching or birding, Tom stays busy hiking, kayaking, keeping honeybees and making pizza.

Angela Calabrese
Director
Angela Calabrese

Angela grew up in Independence, Oregon. She was first introduced to birding as a teenager when a friend took her to Baskett Slough National Wildlife Refuge. While in college, she volunteered for Chintimini Wildlife Center in Corvallis. While there she helped care for a wide variety of native species and trained birds of prey for educational programs. Her favorite birds to work with were the center’s two Turkey Vultures. During her time there, she realized how much she loved all things bird.

Angela moved to Portland in 2013 to pursue a career in animal husbandry. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Zoology and currently works for the Oregon National Primate Research Center. When not hanging out with monkeys, Angela can usually be found photographing birds at her favorite spots or hiking in the Columbia River Gorge.

Candace Larson
Director
Candace Larson

Candace is an all-around nature nerd who is particularly obsessed with the birds, plants, mushrooms and dragonflies of the Pacific Northwest. She can be found looking up at stars and starlings and down at forbs and fungi, and she also enjoys underwater birding through her snorkel mask.  Candace shares a homestead with her partner Mary and their always entertaining family of dog, cat, chickens and honeybees.

Candace has been active in social and environmental justice struggles since 2001, and her concerns represent the strong connection between healthy ecosystems and healthy communities. She currently works as a field biologist and educator at Portland Audubon, measuring bird populations across the state and introducing folks to the wonders of bird biology and habitat conservation.

Director
Kayla McCurry