Board of Directors



Bernie Daniel – President

Bernie Daniel is a retired environmental research scientist who lives with his wife, Marie, in Symmes Township in southwestern Ohio. Bernie has been a member of NABS since about 2001, and has served NABS as a member of the Board, Editor, and President and is a life member, and past president of the Ohio Bluebird Society. He has been bluebirding (off and on!) since 1953 and currently maintains his own trail of 40 nestboxes in Ohio. He has published some 140 research peer-reviewed papers in environmental science and has participated in the North American Breeding Bird Survey since 1996. He enjoys the study of bird song and the challenge of “birding by ear”.

Mike DeBruhl - 1st Vice President for Affiliate Relations

Mike DeBruhl is an Air Force veteran and retired Business / Human Resources executive and business consultant. His final employment was with a Native Alaska firm in Anchorage, where he traveled throughout Alaska and gained a fascination and respect for northern and Arctic wildlife. Brought up on a farm in mountains of North Carolina he had early developed a love of wildlife. He and wife Peg moved to Aiken, SC in 2008 from Reston, Virginia and discovered they had beautiful blue-colored birds in their yard. In 2011, he joined newly formed South Carolina Bluebird Society (SCBS) and became a trail monitor. Hooked on bluebirds he now manages a “neighborhood” trail of 44 nest boxes. Mike went from being a presenter, to a Director, and he now serves as the President of the SCBS. He remains a strong proponent of establishing neighborhood trails as a method of getting people involved, providing practical cavity dweller education, and sharing the enjoyment.

Jim Burke – 2nd Vice President for Community Relations

Jim Burke is a co-founder and past president of the South Carolina Bluebird Society. He was chairman of the planning committee for NABS 2013 in Aiken, SC. Jim has been a NABS board member since 2012 and currently serves as the Second Vice President for Community Relations and as Chairman of the NABS Membership Committee. He is also a board member for the North Carolina Bluebird Society.

Kathy Kremnitzer – Secretary

Kathy Kremnitzer is a retired educator and has been a bluebird landlord for 30 years. During nesting season, she monitors 80 boxes in Frederick and Washington Counties in Maryland, and is part of a 4-person monitoring team for the Antietam National Battlefield’s 100 nestboxes in Sharpsburg. She currently serves as President of the Maryland Bluebird Society, of which she is a Life Member and also serves as County Coordinator for Frederick County. Kathy has been a NABS board member since 2009 and has served as Secretary since 2011. She is as an administrator for both the NABS and Maryland Bluebird Society Facebook pages and responds to many requests for information and assistance, especially during nesting season. She lives in Knoxville, Maryland with her husband and scotty dog, George, and loves to spend as much time as possible with her children and four grandsons.

Jim Engelbrecht – Treasurer

Jim Engelbrecht is a semi-retired management accountant (CPA) who lives with his wife, Wendy, in Rouses Point, NY, which is in the extreme northeastern corner of the state. He works part-time as a bookkeeper for the National Alliance on Mental Illness – Champlain Valley. He started bluebirding after retiring from Wyeth Laboratories, by monitoring boxes at a local golf course. He is active in the New York State Bluebird Society as a county coordinator and as 2nd VP. He has served on the NABS board since 2012 and as NABS Treasurer since late 2014. Jim issues monthly financial reports, prepares the annual 990 report and mails the Bluebird Journal to our Canadian members. He serves on the Executive Committee and chairs the Finance Committee.


(Listed Alphabetically)

Darrell Ashworth lives in West Virginia.  Darrell has been around bluebirds most of his life, thanks to family and relatives that had bluebird boxes in their yards.  He works for the US subsidiary of a global electrical solutions company that is based in Paris.  His free time over the past couple of decades has been spent hiking in 20 states, fly-fishing, winning Kentucky’s Elk Hunt lottery and helping his bluebirds to defend their box in his backyard.  Some of his best birdwatching and life birds have come while standing knee-deep in a trout stream.

Christine Boran relishes retirement in the Blue Ridge Highlands of Southwest Virginia.  It was here upon moving into a vintage farmhouse in early spring 2006 she discovered her first sight of a bluebird couple feeding hatchlings at an existing weathered nest box on the grounds—both broods that year perished from snake predation and extreme heat.  She then researched bluebirds and planned and installed a bluebird trail of 14 nest boxes in the community and named it the Woolwine House Bluebird Trail.  Today, she monitors 50 nest boxes weekly on the trail, reporting the nesting records to the Virginia Bluebird Society and to Cornell NestWatch.  She enjoys educating others on monitoring protocols and nest box management.  She manages a website with coordinating Facebook page by the trail’s name.  She maintains annual certification with the Virginia Master Naturalists.  Her other hobbies are macro photography, weather monitoring & reporting, birding by ear, hummingbirds, and hiking.  Christine currently serves the Virginia Bluebird Society on the Board of Directors and as a County Coordinator.

Jane Brockway and her husband, Alan live in Mineral County located in western Montana.  She started bluebirding in 1998. Jane and her husband purchased part of his family's ranch and they had been told by Alan's grandparents that there had always been bluebirds in the area, nesting in fence posts. Mineral County is prime bluebird habitat, with mostly Western Bluebirds, but also Mountain Bluebirds.  Jane continues to work for bluebird conservation and education and is now a master bander with Mountain Bluebird Trails (MBT), a NABS affiliate.  During the nesting season she weekly monitors (and bands) an 80+ nestbox trail that is spread over 20 miles.  In addition to being a NABS director, Jane also serves as the editor of the MBT’s newsletter and has been a director in the organization for over 10 years.  Jane is an avid bluebird photographer.

Stan Fisher lives in Boyds, Maryland and he monitors a trail at his home (Bluebird Hill Farm) as well as four other nearby trails. He is currently the president of the Maryland Bluebird Society. He actively assists others in his community on getting started with bluebirding by serving as a local resource for speaking and trail monitoring.  Stan is a Charter as well as a Life member of NABS.  In addition to serving as a NABS director, Stan is also as a member of the Grants Committee and co-chairs the Nestbox Committee.

Allen Jackson is a resident of the State of New Jersey and is retired from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  He is a co-founder and the current president of the New Jersey Bluebird Society, a NABS affiliate.  Allen has erected over 600 bluebird boxes on some 50 bluebird trails and he monitors his own 70- box trail. He has authored numerous articles on proper trail management for martins and bluebirds, with a special focus on House Sparrow control.  He is a frequent speaker on nestbox trail management and has received numerous awards including the 2002 Purple Martin Landlord of the Year.  Allen is also a master bander for Purple Martins and Eastern Bluebirds.  In addition to being a NABS director, Allen also serves on the Development Committee, the Education Committee and co-chairs the Nestbox Committee.

Schuyler (Sky) Rector was born and raised in WI and for the last 50 years has resided with his wife Diana in Atlanta, GA.  Over the years he has been actively involved in several neighborhood organizations whose purpose is to preserve and protect the community.  His favorite pastimes are bridge, golf, gardening and woodworking.  His fondness for bluebirds goes back about 20 years.  He has built and installed over 200 Peterson nestboxes and monitors a bluebird trail of 20 nestboxes.  He is a Life member of NABS, actively seeks new members and builds nestboxes at cost for those willing to make a donation to NABS.

John Schuster lives with his wife, Katarina at their vineyard property in Cotati, California.  A former employee of the California Department of Forestry, Ecology Corps, he served as a firefighter for both California and the U. S. Forest Service.  John also works on many, and varied conservation projects throughout the state of California.  In 2000, he established Wild Wings Company after personally witnessing the success that beneficial cavity-nesting birds had on reducing pestilence in his, and other vineyard operations in his area.  He is a director and Lifetime member of NABS,  serving on the Education and the Nestbox Committees.

Joe Siegrist lives with his family in Erie, Pennsylvania, and is President/CEO and directs research for the Purple Martin Conservation Association.  Before focusing on martins, he conducted avian research for the University of Illinois and the Illinois Natural History Survey studying Acadian Flycatchers, Northern Bobwhite and Neotropical migrants in general.  In addition to conservation research, he has also worked as an educator teaching high school science, a zookeeper, a naturalist and a stay-at-home parent.  He has presented at both local and regional scientific conferences and frequently speaks at public events, representing the Purple Martin Conservation Association (PMCA).  He is focused on engaging the younger generation and instilling in them an understanding of the need for conservation of both aerial insectivores and cavity-nesting birds.

Bet Zimmerman Smith worked in environmental protection for three decades. She now volunteers for several open space and conservation organizations. She maintains an educational website about small cavity-nester conservation at  Bet is also a regular contributor of articles to the NABS Journal, Bluebird, is a NABS director, and serves on the NABS Grants, Education, Nestbox and Website Committees. She and her husband Patrick manage about 100 nestboxes in Northeastern CT.

Del Straub is a resident of Gallatin Gateway, located in southcentral Montana.  He is a licensed bluebird bander and is a member of Mountain Bluebird Trails, a NABS affiliate.  Del has managed a nestbox trail of over a hundred boxes for over a decade.  A part of this trail is dedicated to a long-term citizen science project.  He has served numerous 501.c.3 non-profit organizations as a director/trustee and specializes in non-profit financial management.  In addition to serving as a NABS director, Del is also a member of the Finance Committee.

Harold Sellers lives in the city of Vernon in the Okanagan Valley of British Columbia. So far he has avoided retirement by rebranding himself several times, going from electronics technician to hiking trail planner to entrepreneur to humanitarian aid management. A life-long interest in the natural world is behind involvement in nature, trails and outdoor societies for several decades. Harold has held numerous posts, all of which have been good learning experiences as well as opportunities to help wherever needed. He is the president of the Southern Interior Bluebird Trail Society, in British Columbia. He monitors a 23-box bluebird trail that provides homes for Western Bluebirds and, some years, a Mountain Bluebird or two.