Our Leadership Team
The knowledgeable staff at the Ohio Bird Sanctuary bring extensive and varied credentials in both bird care and nature/science education to our non-profit’s mission. Meet our leadership team!
Gail Laux—Founder & Executive Director
Gail established the Ohio Bird Sanctuary in 1988 and has steered its growth ever since. She has a B.S. in Biology from Wittenberg University and three decades of experience in environmental education.
Mary Meixner—Curator of Birds
Mary began at OBS as a college intern and now works as our Curator of Birds. She earned a B.S. in Zoo and Wildlife Biology from Malone University and has field experience in a number of zoological parks and preserves.
Abby Bramlage—Operations Assistant
Part of the OBS family has been dedicated to the organization for more than a decade, She has a degree in Environmental Education and Interpretation from The Ohio State University. Abby has also worked at the Cincinnati and Columbus Zoos in education programs and animal presentations.
Emily Smith & Julie Schwartz—Youth Program Coordinators
OBS’s many youth education programs are provided by a team of dedicated professionals. Current Coordinator Julie Schwartz is stepping down to pursue other career options. Emily Smith, graduate in Environmental Science from Mt Vernon Nazarene will be stepping into the role as Youth Program Coordinator overseeing the Nature Camps, Jr. Naturalist Program and continuing to grow and expand our educational programs.
The Sanctuary relies on the following group of dedicated individuals that assist part-time with bird care, educational programming, special events and greeting visitors: Jan Ferrell, Stephanie Lewis, Susan Kalkbrenner, Dawne Snyder, Tracie Stadleman, Ayla Stock.
Board of Trustees
The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.
President : Thomas Witkowski (Entrepreneur)
Vice President : C. Richard Thompson (Attorney)
Treasurer : Zachary Bramlage (Nationwide Insurance)
Secretary: Jay Allred (Richland Source)
Val Ashcraft (Ohio Dreams)
Robin Barrett (Central Elementary)
Preston Boyd (ES Beveridge & Associates)
Alex Kulka (ES Beveridge & Associates)
Nicole Lewis (Chambers of Commerce)
Sheila Hummel (Corpad)
Edward Kulka - Board Member Emeritus