Francis M. Weston Audubon Society 2020-2021 FMWAS Election Slate

  • PRESIDENT  Michael Brower – Retired naval officer and aviator, retired senior federal policy director, retired bank director, retired renewable energy executive. FMWAS President 2019-2020, Vice President 2018-2019, Fundraising Committee Chair 2018-2020.


  • VICE PRESIDENT  – James Brady – Retired Naval Officer, retired college administrator, Former President, Treasurer, Program Chair, Nominating Committee Chair. Current Vice President and Center Committee Chair


  • CORRESPONDING SECRETARY  – Ann Forster – Active Audubon member since 1973, Atlanta Audubon Corresponding Secretary and later the Recording Secretary, active FMWAS member since 1984, FMWAS Recording Secretary and current Corresponding Secretary, Author of the Skimmer’s “Tripping” column.


  • RECORDING SECRETARY  – Pamela Brown – Member of FMW Audubon since 2002. BA from the University of Nottingham (UK) and MA from Northern Illinois University (NIU). Teacher (English As A Second Language),NIU Research Services Coordinator. Volunteers at Manna Food Pantry, Docent for the Pensacola Museum of Art, and former board president for the Choral Society of Pensacola. Presently, freelance academic editor and, in her spare time, enjoys birding, choral singing, playing tennis, reading, and traveling.


  • TREASURER  – Steve Coster – BSc (Agric) 1968; Agriculture Manager, Illovo Sugar, Ret; General Manager (Agriculture), J Wray & Nephew, Jamaica, Ret: Project Manager (Sierra Leone), FMWAS Board 2016-2021, Treasurer 2018 -2021.


  • THREE YEAR DIRECTOR  – Kristal Walsh – B.S. in Environmental Studies and M.S. in Environmental Science, University of West Florida. Presently, Biological Scientist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Office of Conservation Planning Services. Expertise includes natural resources’ management with an extensive background in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) analysis. Coordinates routinely with state, local and federal agencies regarding rules, regulations and policies to increase fish and wildlife resources. Works with private landowners providing technical assistance to reduce adverse effects to sensitive species and habitats. Participates in regional conservation planning efforts such as Northwest Florida estuary program development, wetland mitigation planning and leads the Six Rivers Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area. Kristal also routinely serves on the review committee for students in UWF’s MS GIS Administration program and is a director for the Northwest Florida FAEP. A passionate gardener, birder and photographer, and loves spending time with her family and four grandchildren. Kristal also loves to cook while listening to big band music and is a classically trained pianist.


  • ONE YEAR DIRECTOR  (Unexpired term) TERM – Jim Cox – BS in Accounting from DePaul University (Chicago) Worked 16 years as a CPA, then as CFO of several businesses, President/CEO of a 30 restaurant T.G.I. Friday’s franchise headquartered in Cincinnati. Founding member of the Pensacola Beach Advocates and served as President for 6 years.  Presently, serves as Treasurer on the boards of the Better Business Bureau Foundation and Krewe of Wrecks.  Studying to qualify as Florida Master Naturalist. Worked with BSA to build two osprey nest platforms in the Villa Sabine subdivision. Worked with another Eagle Scout candidate to build two osprey nest platforms in Gulf Breeze at Shoreline Park and Tiger Point Golf Club.


  • STUDENT DIRECTOR  – Jasmine Pena – Undergraduate at UWF pursuing a degree in Environmental Management and GIS. I grew up first generation American in a single parent household. My mom’s hard work to provide for me and my siblings has fueled my determination and the want to provide a better future for her. I am so thankful for all of the beautiful opportunities that Audubon has given me and I look forward to serving as the student director for UWF.