Meet the OBA Board of Directors

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.

President Elect
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.

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.

Treasurer
Jeff Harding

Jeff Harding is an enthusiastic amateur naturalist who grew up exploring California’s woods and wetlands. After earning a BS in Zoology from Oregon State University, he made his home in Oregon, and a career in accounting.

He has been birding in Oregon for 40 years, conducting Breeding Bird Surveys, compiling and participating in Christmas Bird Counts, helping with the Breeding Bird Atlas program, and currently serving as an eBird reviewer for Linn and Marion counties (and the country of Colombia). For several years, he edited Oregon Birds, the quarterly journal of the Oregon Birding Association.


Director
Jeff Dillon

Jeff Dillon 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. He worked as a wildlife biologist in California before moving to the northwest over 19 years ago. 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
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.