Tropical Audubon Society Staff
Erin Clancy, Conservation Director
Erin Clancy joined Tropical Audubon Society in 2016 as Conservation Director. Erin holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship from Babson College, a degree she previously utilized in launching high-tech start-ups both in the US and Venezuela. More recently, Erin consulted for a variety of for-profit firms and nonprofit groups, and worked as a community activist.
In her TAS role, Erin leverages her strategic planning, communications and grassroots organization skills to address the challenging environmental issues facing South Florida today, particularly Everglades Restoration -- a far-reaching project that will potentially benefit our region's wildlife, economy, fresh water supplies and quality of life.
Amy Creekmur, Events Director
Events Director Amy Creekmur joined Tropical Audubon Society in 2013 and immediately helped secure and implement the Toyota TogetherGreen Innovation Grant 2013-2014 awarded to TAS for its significant South Florida conservation work.
Day-to-day, Amy orchestrates the special events staged by TAS, including the annual Native Plant Sale, Conservation Concert series, SoMi Art Walk exhibit openings, Eco-Restoration Days, WingDing, Movie Nite and Walk in the Woods, as well as overseeing onsite private special events such as weddings, memorials and anniversary parties. She also coordinates volunteer needs for on- and off-premise events and especially enjoys nurturing the organization's diverse pool of volunteers.
Prior to joining TAS, Amy was program coordinator for TREEmendous Miami, a nonprofit volunteer organization dedicated to building community pride via planting, protecting and preserving trees in Miami-Dade County. During her tenure there, she developed a lasting relationship with TAS and an abiding appreciation for its conservation Mission.
In addition to her TAS role, Amy is a part-time educator for Friends of the Everglades, conducting environmental education sessions at K-12 schools. She holds an AA in Fashion Merchandising & Design from International Fine Arts College, now Miami International University of Art & Design, where she is also an adjunct professor.
Sandy Koi, Education Director
Education Director Sandy Koi is a field biologist and entomologist who works with TAS and a handful of other conservation-oriented organizations where she shares her enthusiasm for the natural world. A birder for more than 30 years, Sandy has variously served on the South Florida Audubon board, has worked at Audubon Florida and now enjoys teaching children about birds for Tropical Audubon Society.
She holds an MSc in Entomology from the University of Florida and a BSc in Environmental Science & Biology from Nova Southeastern University, and her scientific published works revolve around the object of her thesis, the Atala butterfly (Eumaeus atala), an imperiled South Florida species that she has studied since 2001. Her related South Florida butterfly host and nectar plant photography and research graces the national NABA website (www.naba.org); she is also a frequent speaker at local venues, including “Butterfly Days” at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden and the Southern Lepidopterists' Society meetings.
Sandy maintains a blog that highlights her research, eco-tours and children's nature programs (http://e-atala.blogspot.com and http://e-atala2.blogspot.com). Additionally, she expresses her passions for nature and the universe via her freelance “other” life: “Art of a Spiritual Nature.”
Leticia de Mello Bueno, Communications Director
Leticia de Mello Bueno began her association with Tropical Audubon Society first as a volunteer before formally engaging as Communications Director in 2015. She studied International Relations at Boston University and later Food History and Hospitality at Florida International University. She has since consulted for a variety of food, farmer, wine and restaurant brands, as well as food-related nonprofit groups such as Slow Food Miami and Les Dames d'Escoffier Miami. More recently, Leticia completed the prestigious Longhouse Scholars retreat for food writing and photography in upstate New York.
In her communications role, Leticia helps TAS "think outside the birds" to bring more people into the conversation via friendly, creative, informative content that inspires both conservation practices and community action. Through word-smithing, branding, design, messaging and creative development, Leticia strives to grow the organization's conservation Mission.
Susan Shapiro, Development Director
Development Director Susan Shapiro is a Long Island, New York, native who attended University of Miami, where she earned a BS in Biology and an MBA. Captivated by Biscayne Bay and the region's lush landscapes, she made Miami her post-graduation home. Susan first engaged with TAS as an FIU Environmental Studies graduate student intern focusing on water-related conservation issues in 2012. At the term's conclusion she was asked to join staff and helped grow the Biscayne Bay Coalition, facilitating greater impact on the many issues facing the bay. She has since served the organization in various capacities, most significantly as interim COO stewarding TAS through its 2016 management transition.
Susan began her professional career managing marketing research for an energy company. She subsequently enjoyed a stint in Miami's cruise industry, which put the avid kayaker a bit closer to the water she has long championed.
In her present development role, Susan leverages her abiding love for the natural environment and her unique business and science backgrounds. Through conservation outreach, grant writing and community engagement, Susan enables TAS to fund its core conservation Mission. In addition to this critical environmental and financial work, she stewards the historic Doc Thomas House that serves as TAS headquarters.