President James Billstine

James started his birding career by volunteering at North Mountain Park Nature Center in Ashland, where he helped revise the Outdoor School Birding Program.

In 2015, he became a board member of the Umpqua Valley Audubon Society, where he led fund-raising efforts as well as promoted and led field trips. In the spring of 2016, he wrote a monthly birding column for the Roseburg Mail Tribune before relocating to Garibaldi.

As a first-generation college student, James completed his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. He currently teaches high school sophomore and Advanced Placement English at Neah-Kah-Nie High School in Rockaway Beach.

President-Elect Diana Byrne


Diana’s passion for birding is a result of visiting Malheur NWR each spring with her husband Alan, starting over 20 years ago. She enjoys learning about different bird habitats and meeting other birders all around Oregon.

She is a software program manager. Diana earned her master’s degree in computer science at University of Oregon.

In addition to membership in OBA, she is a member of ABA and the Audubon Society of Portland. Diana always carries a camera along with her binoculars, and is the photo editor for Oregon Birds journal.

Past President Cathy Nowak

Cathy has worked as a wildlife biologist for over 17 years. She has been watching birds since she left restaurant management to pursue an education and career in wildlife and natural resources over 20 years ago.

Cathy participates in the Union County CBC, serves as Union Co. coordinator for the NAMC and previously ran 3 ECAS winter raptor routes.

As biologist for Ladd Marsh Wildlife Management Area, she conducts a number of different bird surveys including point counts, marsh bird surveys, owl surveys and monthly all-bird surveys on driving transects. Cathy also closely monitors nesting sandhill cranes on Ladd Marsh including arrival and nesting dates, nest success and color banding colts when possible. She coordinates the Ladd Marsh Bird Festival and is ODFW liaison to the Friends of Ladd Marsh.

In addition to membership in OBA, Cathy is a member of the ABA and the Iowa Ornithologist’s Union. She is a 14-year member of Union County Search and Rescue and served on that board in various capacities for 9 years.

Secretary Caryn Stoess

Caryn grew up in Reno, Nevada, and moved to Oregon in 1990. Despite having quail running around the lot behind her house when she was a kid, Caryn didn’t discover birds until 2011 when she received a bird feeder as a gift. Since then the number of bird feeders she owns has grown substantially, as has her optics collection and life list.

She recently moved to Corvallis where she works as an Executive Assistant at Oregon State University. Previously she lived in Eugene and was on the board of the Lane County Audubon Society.

Treasurer Jeff Harding

Director Jeff Dillon

Jeff grew up in west-central Indiana on his parents’ farm where birding was basically a “see what has come into the feeders.”

While earning a Bachelor of Science in Forestry at Purdue University, Jeff was shown by a good friend (an avid birder) what birding could really be like with a fall warbler migration on the south side of Lake Michigan. This was the day he became an avid birder himself.

Jeff moved to Baton Rouge, earning a Master of Science in Wildlife Ecology studying Northern Bobwhites at Louisiana State University. He spent several years in Louisiana, Georgia, and Mississippi birding every chance he could get. Eventually, he moved to California and worked as wildlife biologist out of Sacramento for a year. Then an opportunity came to move to the northwest and he has been here ever since (19+ years).

Jeff now lives in Gladstone, Oregon, with his family on their little lot trying to create just a tiny bit of bird habitat while teaching his daughter to appreciate the wonder of birds.

Director Kathy Krall

Kathy is a retired family nurse practitioner who now enjoys citizen science projects as an opportunity to contribute to conservation science.

She and her husband Michael take part in CBC and NAMC for Portland and Netarts, a raptor run for Tillamook east, as well as Coastwatch and COASST (Coastal Observation and Seabird Survey Team). Kathy has birded in Israel, Costa Rica, and Southern Africa.

Director Ken Chamberlain

Ken has been birding for the last 17 years. He loves birding and exploring rural areas of Oregon, with the majority of his time afield spent in Tillamook County. Ken lives in Portland Oregon with his wife and birding partner, Jeanne. He enjoys traveling and birding in Latin America, especially Mexico.

When not birding he enjoys fly fishing for trout and steelhead, winemaking, and playing upright bass in a bluegrass band.

Ken is a retired registered Land Surveyor. He surveyed for the Forest Service and BLM for 34 years. He was lucky enough to work in many parts of both Oregon and Washington during that time.

Director Diane Cavaness

Diane is a retired mddle school science teacher. She taught thirteen-year-olds for 37 years, but remains surprisingly sane! She continues to involve kids in birding through summer birding clubs, and participates in CBCs and Raptor Runs.

Diane teaches an occasional class at Southwestern Oregon Community College, and enjoys traveling and reading. She runs a small home business, creating and selling handmade cards, and teaching card-making classes. She recently became a volunteer with CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).

Diane is married to Gary, who sometimes enjoys birding with her, and they have two grown kids who live in Portland and Bellingham, Washington.

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