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 Ohio Bird SanctuaryGail 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. 

Amanda Maugans—Curator of Birds
Amanda is a licensed veterinary technician with 10 years experience in the care and training of birds. She began her career at OBS as an intern and continued to building her expertise through careers at Med Vet and the Columbus Zoo. 

Abby Bramlage—Director of Program & Rental Coordinator

OBS’s many youth education programs are provided by a team of dedicated professionals. Abby has been a 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 — Director of Operations
 Emily Smith, graduate in Environmental Biology from Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Emily began her career at OBS as an intern and after two years as the Program Coordinator she has taken on the role of Director of Operations. Emily overseeing daily operations and the Junior Naturalist Program. 


Stephanie Lewis — Bird Curator
Stephanie began her career at OBS as a volunteer.  She has over 15 years of experience in the care and training of birds and has become a professional in the field of avian care. 


Board of Trustees

The Ohio Bird Sanctuary is governed by a volunteer Board of Trustees.


President : Preston Boyd (ESB Wealth)

Vice President : Julie Schwartz (Discovery School) 

Treasurer : Zachary Bramlage (Nationwide Insurance)    

Secretary:  Val Ashcraft (RFME Insurance)



Phil Chatman (Cardinal Health)

Donnie Clark ( Elzy Milling & Trade) 

Matthew Garrison (Springfield Properties) 

 Alex Kulka (ESB Wealth)

Nicole Lewis (Chambers of Commerce)

Sarah Mussman (Mussman Law Office)

Dave Siebold ( Retired) 


 Board Member Emeritus

Jay Allred

Edward Kulka 

Richard Thompson




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