Bedford Audubon Society Appoints New Board Members

The Bedford Audubon Society is a conservation driven association, which fosters an environment of thoughtful, bright volunteers and supporters. They recently appointed three new board members, which reflect these values and contribute their own uniqueness to the organization.

Amongst the new members includes Phil Settembrino of Northern Westchester Financial Services. As president and owner of the company, Phil oversees a large variety of projects. He lives locally with his family, and has been working and collaborating with other companies in the area since 2001. Along with running a successful company, he enjoys being with his family and adventuring outdoors with them. His knowledge and love for nature make him the perfect fit for the Bedford Audubon Society.

In addition to Phil, Susan Fisher was appointed to the board at the recent annual meeting. This mother of two has a passion for gardening and wildlife, which naturally led her to the Bedford Audubon. She quickly joined the volunteers and helped things run smoothly and efficiently at Bedford. Her increased involvement and ability to pin point what needs to be accomplished made her the perfect candidate for becoming registrar. She is in charge of social media, the event calendar, and marketing. Her previous experience in the workforce in publishing and other related fields helps to explain her quick success in this position. In addition to volunteering at Bedford, she has been on the executive board of the Chappaqua Parent Teacher Association for the past 5 years. Before she was on the board, she volunteered to help organize events and was a dedicated fundraiser.

Julie Sootin has also joined the board at Bedford. With 25 years of non-profit experience,she has been an effective fundraiser, volunteer, and committee member for several organizations. Her dedication has resulted in being appointed as the Executive Director of the Association of Development Officers in 2017. The ADO focuses on fundraisers and philanthropy work, so her expertise is greatly appreciated here at Bedford Audubon Society.

About Bedford Audubon:

The Bedford Audubon Society promotes conservation and protection of wildlife habitats in the northern Westchester and eastern Putnam region through education, advocacy, nature study, and birdwatching. They offer year-round nature programs as well as local walks and hikes.

The Society owns and manages several properties for the enjoyment of passive wildlife appreciation: Bylane Farm; John Bull Library; Leon Levy Nature Garden; James Ramsay Hunt & Mary Welsh Parker Sanctuary; Palmer H. Lewis Sanctuary; and Ruth Walgreen Franklin & Winifred Fels Sanctuary.