Board of Directors

Bill Parlee

Bill Parlee

President Emeritus
I got involved in birds quite by mistake. Although I had a Parakeet as a child, it did not go beyond that. As an adult I was a pet shop owner dealing primarily in fish. One day a supplier from Florida unexpectedly sent me a shipment of Cockatiels, small Parrots, and Finches. In the process of learning...
Rebecca Mikel

Rebecca Mikel

President
Join the NFSS & become part of a really great flock. I’d like to encourage every hobbyist & breeder to join and become involved – without being nervous/afraid because of a lack of experience. I think initially a lot of people are hesitant to get involved because of that. We have members at EVERY level of  knowledge —...
Sally Huntington

Sally Huntington

1st Vice President
AFA Delegate
Education
Past President
Judge's Panel
Model Aviculture Program certified. Life member of the AFA. Charter member of the Nat’l Avian Welfare Alliance. Two term president of the NFSS. Participant in the NFSS’ Finch & Softbill Save program. Member of the Aviculture Society of America. Past president & life member of the Finch Society of San Diego County. 5 time winner...
John Wilson

John Wilson

Past President
Past 2nd Vice President
Forum Moderator
I’ve kept and bred birds without significant breaks for over 50 years. I’ve flown racing pigeons , kept and bred budgies, Scarlet Chested Parakeets , Golden and Lady Amherst Pheasants, Gouldian, Diamond Sparrows, Zebras and  Peales Parrot finches.  I’d like to encourage anyone interested in keeping small birds to join the NFSS Community.  There is...
Bob Peers

Bob Peers

2nd Vice President
Judge's Panel
I started breeding then exhibiting finches after I retired from the Navy in 2001. I have been lucky living in the Chicagoland area where there are multiple bird fairs every month which I attended on a regular basis and quickly grew to know many of the people involved with birds in the Midwest. In order...
Sally Porter – Finch Save Director

Sally Porter – Finch Save Director

3rd VP/FinchSave Director
I am very happy to join the NFSS Board of Directors as the 3rd Vice President and Finch Save Director.  I kept finches briefly in the 1970s, but I had to give them up due to job constraints.  Once I retired, in 2005, I was ready for a new hobby.  I saw some Zebra finches...
Laura Tinker – Judge’s Panel Director

Laura Tinker – Judge’s Panel Director

4th Vice President
Judges Panel Director
Panel Judge
I have been keeping and breeding a variety of birds (psittacines, passerines and columbiformes) for over 30 years. My interest in passerines began in 1993 with a pair of cutthroat finches I won on a raffle table at a local bird club meeting. Although I have kept a multitude of species over the years, my...
Laura Bewley

Laura Bewley

Affiliate
Awards Director
Judge's Panel
I invite your group to affiliate with the NFSS. We hope to support your organization with information, education, socialization, and communication. Join today, I will be happy to help you navigate the forms, procedures, and opportunities.
Paula Hansen

Paula Hansen

Leg Band Director
FinchSave-Red Siskin Specie Captain
Webmaster
(aka Hacker) Personal Information: A native New Yorker. My best quality I think I have is honesty. Married for  45 yrs. to husband Henry. He bought a canary for Valentine’s Day in 1990. A yr. later an aviary was built, I joined a bird club. My History in Aviculture: 1991-Starting with the basics Zebra and Society...
Laura Watkins – Membership Director

Laura Watkins – Membership Director

Membership Director
Judge's Panel
My bird journey started when I was a child, thanks to my mom – she always seemed to have a Canary or pair of Finches in the house. After the typical childhood budgie and then a cockatiel, I acquired a pair of Green Singing Finch which raised babies in my dining room! Then came an...
Roland Cristo

Roland Cristo

Legislative Liason
I am what is called a true “birdaholic.” I was born in the San Francisco Bay area of Northern California, and I’ve been watching birds in aviaries since I was born as my dad raised birds most of his life. I was also going in and out of aviaries at an early age, and I remember...
Captain Charles Cook

Captain Charles Cook

Work Experience: NFSS Webmaster 1 – July 2015 Liberty Fleet of Tall Ships – 2014 – Present Independant Consultant 1995 – Present
Amber Kincheloe – Executive Secretary

Amber Kincheloe – Executive Secretary

Executive Secretary
My name is Amber Kincheloe and I am your Executive Secretary. I spent my first year on the NFSS Board as your Advertising Manager. I am also the owner of Blue Ribbon Finches. I specialize in Society Finches, Zebra Finches and Java Sparrows. I also have Fife Canaries, Button Quail, a Cockatiel and an African...
Sara Roberts

Sara Roberts

Treasurer
I have raised a variety of birds throughout my life including chickens, pigeons and finches.  Most recently in 2010 I started breeding finches (Gouldians, Fire Finch and a few others).  I joined NFSS in 2014, wanting to support education for maintaining and breeding of finch species. I am retired from banking and finance and live...
Daniel Maldonado Regional VP 1

Daniel Maldonado Regional VP 1

Regional VP 1
Region 1: CT, DE,MA, ME, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VT, Canada Hi, my name is Daniel Maldonado. I have bred, banded and exhibited canaries since 1991. Currently I breed Glosters, Parisian Frills, Northern Dutch Frills and Southern Dutch Frills. I began showing Glosters in 1992 and added the Northern Dutch Frill and the...
Javier Perez – Regional VP 2

Javier Perez – Regional VP 2

Region 2 VP
Regional VP 2 covers these states: Region 2: AL, FL, GA, MS, NC, SC, VA, WV, PR, Caribbean Basin Hello fellow bird enthusiasts. I’m a native Cuban, born & raised in a humble countryside. I have acquired a fascination for the world of birds. I currently live in the state of Florida and serving as your...
Susan Stieve – Regional VP 3

Susan Stieve – Regional VP 3

Region 3 VP
Regional VP 3 covers these states: Region 3: AR, IL, IN, KY, LA, MI, MO, OH, WI, TN, Australia, Bermuda, England I have been an NFSS member since 2011, I joined the NFSS Board of Directors in 2014 I enjoy raising and exhibiting finches and specialize in Austrailian species and Societies I have been an...
Cheryl Burns – Regional VP 4

Cheryl Burns – Regional VP 4

Region 4 VP
Regional VP 4 covers these states: Region 4: IA, KS, MN, NE, ND, OK, SD, TX, AZ, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, UT, WY I live in a northern suburb of Fort Worth, Texas. I have birds, a large goldfish pond, dogs and some chickens. I love to share a cool beverage on the back...
Doug White – Regional VP 5

Doug White – Regional VP 5

Region 5 VP
Regional VP 5 covers these states: Region 5: AK, CA, HI, OR, WA I am a retired US Navy Chief Petty Officer and currently work as a Senior Recruiter for Allstate Insurance at the NW Regional Office where I look for individuals to be Agent/Owners. I have owned and bred birds off and on for...
Krystyna Tapp

Krystyna Tapp

Advertising & Promotion Manager
Journal Editor
Advertising & Promotions Manager Krystyna A Tapp is an entrepreneur, lifelong learner, daughter of a published author, wife, and mother of 4 amazing adult children.  Krystyna has been a volunteer for SCORE, another non-profit organization that assists people in starting and growing their business.  She was also a professional photographer, having managed and owned her...

Volunteers Needed

 

For more information or to volunteer, send questions and/or resumés to Bob Peers 2nd VP in charge of publications (Journal & forums) at 2ndvp@nfss.org.

We are looking for member & non-member submissions of articles, photos, or even re-print suggestions. Anything pertaining to keeping finches & softbills is pertinent information we could include in our next Journal issue.

  • Want to see your name in the next copy of the NFSS Journal?
  • Have you written an article in the past for the NFSS or your own personal use?
  • Ever been to a bird-related event and would like to recount your experience?
  • Have you purchased an item or book and would like to write a review?
  • Got some advice for other hobbyists and breeders of a certain species?
  • Have you purchased a new flock member and would like to tell us your story?
  • Ever written a blog post for your website/social media or someone else’s?

Send your submissions or suggestions to editor@nfss.org

 

 

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