Barbara Bailey was born and raised in Fresno. Her connection with nature has been constant, growing up with a family focused on the outdoors, whether it was backpacking, skiing, or simply enjoying the surrounding area. After studying for a Master’s in Public Administration and working with local governments, Barbara went on to earn a law degree at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. Her early career with a law firm provided broad exposure to litigation cases including many involving environmental issues. After successfully handling her first solo trial, Barbara determined that she would be happier putting the pieces of the pie together, rather than sweeping up after it came apart. She moved to a large oil company building and financing private power plants. This was where she got her first hands-on experience with conservation issues. Her first assignment on arrival in 1990 was to find Kit Fox habitat as an offset for the land where a power plant was planned. She worked in the energy field for 10 years, traveling throughout the US and many Asian countries. Subsequent positions were at Bechtel Infrastructure (overseeing contracts on local and state-level construction projects throughout the U.S., Canada, and Central America), and Genentech (focused on construction and environmental issues, as well as business process). Now retired, Barbara is still a member of the California Bar Association, although in an inactive status. She was recruited to join the Audubon Board as Membership Chair shortly after she and her husband (Robert Snow) moved to Fresno. She birds with her husband whenever possible.
Mike Hauptman was born and raised within 20 miles of the California/Oregon border, living in Yreka, California, and in Medford and Lakeview Oregon. During his youth, outdoors activities from baseball, swimming and football to hiking, fishing, hunting, camping, and ranching filled most every day. Living in the relative safety of small cities during this time lent itself to Mike’s lifelong love of the outdoors and lead to his current enthusiastic interest in and affinity for the web of life and its intricate dependence on our environment.
Mike spent 3 years at College of the Siskiyous in Weed, California studying literature, Psychology, Biology, and Chemistry. Credits from C.O.S. were transferred to Oregon State University, Ashland and culminated in 4 years majoring in English-Technical Writing and General Psychology. During this period of time Mike spent many days and weekends exploring the slopes of Mount Shasta, the Trinity Alps, the Shasta Valley, and the Klamath National Wildlife Refuge. This is when birding came into focus as Mike became involved with the Mount Shasta chapter of Audubon, and later the Northern California Bluebird Society. For three seasons, Mike maintained a 52-box Western Bluebird trail that wound along the eastern end of the Scott River highway.
Mike has lived in Madera for the past 15 years, and has grown his family to the point that now birding has again become a part of his life, but now with the broader goal of supporting habitat restoration, citizen science, and helping others to see their world in a more conservation-minded light.
Michelle Gallemore has a drive for environmental stewardship and sustainability. In 2012 she received her degree in Environmental Studies, Environmental Sustainability and Social Justice at San Francisco State University. Michelle has a passion for environmental education and inspiring communities. She is currently the education program executive director for Tree Fresno and is striving to engage and inspire the community about trees and the art of living green. She has interest in public advocacy and has worked on numerous campaigns including Take Back the Tap, the Green Initiative Fund and Ban Fracking. Michelle also teaches swim lessons and on her free time she enjoys crocheting. Michelle joined the Fresno Audubon Society board in May 2013.
Holly Deniston-Sheets was raised in Fresno County. At 16, she enrolled in a high school special enrollment program at California State University, Fresno. At 17, she was accepted to the Leon S. Peters Honor Program at Fresno City College, where she studied Literature and Philosophy. She returned to Fresno State in 2013 to complete her undergraduate work in Plant Science and was hired in the Ornamental Horticulture nursery. She’s a member of the California Native Plant Society and a former member of the Sierra Club. She volunteers at the San Joaquin River Parkway and Conservation Trust and with the Plant Science Club at Fresno State. She has been working with Break the Barriers in a supportive capacity for two years. Her primary research interests are urban ecology and natural resource conservation. She enjoys kayaking, hiking, and swimming around California with her children. She joined Fresno Audubon Society in 2014.
Becoming a Member
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