Audubon International Brings New Staff on Board

Troy, NY, June 27, 2015 --( Audubon International Hires Two New Staff Members

Audubon International is excited to announce the hiring of two new staff members as the organization continues to achieve its environmental mission. Meaghan Wilkins has joined the organization as the new Communications Coordinator and Daron Blake will fulfill the role of Program Assistant. Meaghan joined the team at its headquarters in Troy, New York on May 28, 2015 and Daron will start on June 29.

As Communications Coordinator, Meaghan Wilkins will work closely with the Executive Director and the Director of Advancement to develop, manage, and implement communications strategies that advance all of the organization’s programs and further the mission. Meaghan will also develop written outreach products and oversee promotional and social media campaigns on behalf of the organization. In addition, she will managing the organization’s regular communications with its members, which includes producing the quarterly newsletter and enabling e-communications with both members and constituents.

“We am thrilled to have such a talented and creative person like Meaghan join our team,” said Doug Bechtel, Executive Director of Audubon International. “Meaghan’s strong communication skills, design training and professional administrative experiences will help advance Audubon International and continue to increase awareness.”

Meaghan holds a Master’s Degree in Recreation and Sports Tourism from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. Degree in Graphic Design from SUNY Plattsburgh. Meaghan is active in her community, serving as Recreation Director for the Village of Cambridge, NY and as a Board member for the Capital Region Park and Recreation Association. Meaghan was previously the Director of Communications for the New York State Recreation and Park Society, where she gained valuable experience working in a non-profit membership based organization. In addition, she will continue her role as the Executive Director for the Wiawaka Center for Women in Lake George, NY.

Daron Blake will assume the role of Program Assistant on June 29, 2015. In her duties, she will report directly to the Director of Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Programs and will process, assess, manage, and track certification activities for membership businesses in AI’s award winning natural resource management and sustainability programs. In addition to managing incoming AI Member documents and submissions, Daron will provide administrative and technical support to AI Members.

“We are excited to welcome Daron to our team,” said Bechtel. “Exceptional member service is a cornerstone of our mission. With Daron’s background in environmental science and her fieldwork supporting multiple land conservation efforts, she will be a great asset to our organization. Her position is vital for us as we focus our attention on servicing members and providing the highest standard to assist our constituents in realizing their environmental goals.”

Prior to joining AI, Daron was the Director of Communications for the Nature Museum in Grafton, VT. She has a Masters in Environmental History from Kansas State University and a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science from SUNY- Binghamton in Binghamton NY. Daron’s work on grasslands has been published in the Journal of Plant Ecology.

About Audubon International
Audubon International is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) environmental organization that for over 25 years has been using education, recognition, and inspiration to protect and enhance land, water, wildlife, and other natural resources throughout the world. To meet its mission, the organization provides training, services, and a set of award-winning environmental education and certification programs for individuals, organizations, properties, new developments, and entire communities.

For more information, contact Joe Madeira at Audubon International, (518) 767-9051 ext. 105, e-mail at, or visit the website at
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