Board of Directors
Though Bill Milestone was born in the Richmond District, he grew up with sand in his socks in the Sunset. He remembers the very large coveys of California quail that inhabited the chaparral on Golden Gate Heights and the thousands of Western gulls that used to fly over the City from the Farallones.
He received an Associate of Arts Degree from City Collage of San Francisco, a Bachelor’s in History and a Master in Secondary Education from San Francisco State. He holds California Teaching Credentials in History, Biology, Anthropology and Community College Administration.
Bill began his teaching career at John O’Connell School of Technology, but spent his last 20 working years teaching Biology at Lincoln High School. It was during this time that Bill worked with the City's Natural Areas Program and the National Park Service throughout San Francisco on various environmental restoration programs. His high school Biology students participated in projects at Laguna Puerca in Sigmund Stern Grove, the Oak Woodlands along Fulton Street in Golden Gate Park, Heron Head Park, Fort Funston, Mountain Lake, Farrel Dunes, Lobos Creek, Baker Beach, Fort Miley, and Crissy Field. The work usually included removal of invasive exotic vegetation and planting Native plants in their place, as well as field observation and data collection concerning the abundance and distribution of local flora and fauna. He often led his students on field trips to the Marin Headlands and, working with the "Canoes in Sloughs" program of Save the Bay, onto the tidal marshes of San Francisco Bay.
During those years Bill and his students frequently benefited from association with a variety of supportive organizations such as the Crissy Field Center, Randall Museum , the Presidio and Fort Funston Native Plant Nurseries, California Academy of Sciences, Yosemite Institute, Streibing Arboretum and Library, the San Francisco Mycological Society and the University of San Francisco Biology Institute.
A few years before retiring and for some time after, Bill served as a director of a local "Planet Art" education program. Students from a cross section of San Francisco grammar schools were given class lessons and field trips to local parks for nature studies and artistic expression. Bill oversaw the redesign of the 'Planet Art' curriculum so that it fit the appropriate State Standards for each grade level.
He retired from the San Francisco Unified School District in 2004. Bill first studied Ornithology with Dr. Robert Bowman and once worked with Dr. Luis Baptista in an effort to hatch Trumpiter pigeon eggs imported from Germany, intended for use in research on avian vocalization.
Bill is pleased to join San Francisco Nature Education’s Board of Directors. He formerly served on the Advisory Committee as a specialist on SFNE’s Internship Programs.
Tom is the owner and operator of Type & Graphics and has been self-employed as a graphic artist for the past 30 years. He has served on various Boards of Directors. Tom has been a supporter of San Francisco Nature Education for over ten years, and looks forward to serving on the SFNE Board of Directors.
Barbara has been a supporter of San Francisco Nature Education since its inception and participated in the organization’s birding programs with her son over 10 years ago. She is looking forward to participating now on the Board. She recently returned to the Bay Area after living in Sacramento for 18 years. She works full time for the State of California, serving as an administrative law judge for the past five years.
Belinda is a dental specialist with a private practice in downtown San Francisco.
She grew up in England and has been a keen birder since her grandmother bought her a children’s subscription to the RSPB ( Royal Society for Protection of Birds). The first hand experience of early mentorship and introduction to the wonders of the natural world has proven very powerful.
The work of San Francisco Nature Education ties in completely with her belief that we can intrigue and mentor some very special young people to become stewards of the environment for their future.
In addition to San Francisco Nature Education Belinda supports the Golden Gate Audubon Society and the Cornell Ornithology Laboratory.
- Mary Rose Cassa - Board Member Emeritus
- Kit Durgin - Board Member Emeritus, former Executive Director The Women's Foundation
- Claudia Jeung - Retired Principal, San Francisco Unified School District
- John P. Kelly, Ph.D. - Director of Research, Audubon Canyon Ranch
- Joseph Kinyon - Board Member Emeritus
- Kathleen Purcell - Board Member Emeritus, partner Remcho, Johanson, and Purcell
- Allan Ridley - Ornithology Teacher, former Chair Education Committee of Golden Gate Audubon Society
- James Sullivan - Retired Executive and Wildlife Photographer