Richardson Bay Audubon Center Staff
Richardson Bay Audubon Center Staff

Meet the Staff


Meet the Staff

Casey Skinner (she/her), San Francisco Bay Program Director

Casey has been with Audubon since 2014. Her responsibilities include managing a 10.5 acre center property as well as overseeing the stewardship of a 900-acre subtidal waterbird sanctuary. Casey oversees community-led restoration projects throughout the Bay Area; property, trail, and facility improvements at the center; and manages a small team that leads community outreach, youth engagement, volunteer programming, and habitat restoration work. She also manages a staff of summer employees, fellows, interns and youth to deliver Audubon Adventure Summer Camp and other place-based programming.

Before coming to Audubon, Casey spent 10 years working with youth in formal and informal environmental education settings, taught in special education classrooms, and was a volunteer firefighter for the Seward Volunteer Fire Department in Alaska. Prior to her professional work, she received her B.A. in poetry and creative writing at a small liberal arts college and is originally from an Athabascan village of 300 people in rural Alaska. Casey grew up mushing a sled dog team, driving snowmachines, and immersing herself in the Alaskan wilderness. When she's not working, Casey loves birdwatching, being in nature, and writing.

Casey can be reached at or 415-388-2524 x111.

Paige Fernandez (she/her), San Francisco Bay Program Manager

Paige performs a variety of biological activities in and around the Richardson Bay Audubon Center & Sanctuary. She manages our native plant nursery, leads the waterbird and shorebird surveys of Richardson Bay, coordinating the construction of an on-site native plant demonstration garden, and uses her FAA Part 107 drone license to conduce various biological surveys.  Paige also guides monthly bird walks around the Center on the second Tuesday of each month.  Additionally, she oversees the annual closure of Richardson Bay Sanctuary waters for the benefit of migrating waterbirds.  

In the past, Paige has worked with the National Park Service on Alcatraz Island surveying, monitoring, and managing nesting waterbirds.  She also worked in the Point Blue Conservation Science's STRAW program performing education and restoration work by leading local students and teachers in habitat restoration workdays.  Paige received her BA in Biology from Middlebury College in Vermont where she also ran on the Track and Field team. In her free time, Paige likes to hike, mountain bike, read, and try new recipes in the kitchen.

Paige can be reached at or 415-388-2524 x104.

Emily Ohman (she/they), Senior Coordinator - Community Science

Emily oversees the volunteer and guest experience at Richardson Bay, ensuring that everyone who visits has the proper tools to explore and learn about the ecosystem. Her mission is to get visitors interested in the natural world organically and in personally meaningful ways. She also organizes on and offsite programming, coordinates inter-organization collaborations, and directs the Audubon Youth Leaders project. Whether by attending a monthly birdwatching outing, visiting the Richardson Bay Sanctuary, or attending a virtual event, Emily hopes to make community science available to everyone, regardless of previous experience.

Originally from Salt Lake City, Utah, Emily grew up exploring the mountains and deserts nearby and fell in love with wildlife and nature. She received a B.A. in Physical Geography, a B.S. in Society & Environment, and a minor in Journalism from UC Berkeley where she founded and led a campus chapter of the National Audubon Society. In her free time, Emily loves birdwatching, listening to music, sports, fly fishing, drawing, writing, and making elaborate cheeseboards.

Emily can be reached at or 415-388-2524 x113.

Lily Melendez (she/her), Community Conservation Fellow

Lily graduated from UCSB in 2023 with a dual degree in Environmental Studies and English. With a focus on food studies and agro-ecology, Lily is passionate about exploring the intricate relationship between food systems, sustainability, and health, specifically the vital connection between soil health and nutrition. During her time at UCSB, she designed and taught the first student-led, hands-on Sustainable Food Studies Course that addressed food security, life cycle analysis of food systems, agricultural histories and economies, and Indigenous foodways. While in college, Lily also co-taught a Traditional Ecological Knowledge course and has experience restoring wetland and native garden spaces. In this role, she was able to practice the skills of reciprocity, an approach she helped her students grasp in teaching them how to be better stewards of the plants and animals in our community garden space and beyond.

In her free time, Lily enjoys reading, cooking with family and friends, gardening, and spending time outdoors! 

Lily can be reached at

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