Shannon Rio, President
Shannon Rio is on the board of the Klamath Bird Observatory because of its work to preserve birds and wild places in nature. She is a wildlife educator with a goal to connect people (and herself) with nature so that they will want to protect what they love.
Dick Ashford, MS
Dick first joined the KBO Board in Spring 2005. He served as Board President from 2007 to 2009, when he was elected as Board Chair of the American Birding Association, a position he held until late 2010. Shortly after completing those duties, he was re-elected as KBO’s President in December 2010, and served again until 2013.
Larry’s first job in animation was working on Scooby Doo at Hanna Barbera. From there, he eventually went to Ralph Bakshi’s studio where he worked on two films before moving on to Bill Melendez Productions Inc. – creators, together with Charles M. Schulz, of the PEANUTS cartoons for TV.
Amanda Alford fell in love with birds for the first time at the Klamath Bird Observatory’s Mountain Bird Festival in 2016. She has been hooked on all things bird ever since! She is supported in her obsession by husband Greg and children Chance and Salome, who have all come to love the flocks that frequent their feeders in southern Ashland.
Lisa Michelbrink joined the board after volunteering for several years at the Mountain Bird Festival and other KBO events. She was so impressed she signed on for more! Lisa credits her grandfather with introducing her to birds and nature at a young age through his bird feeder and walks on the beach and in the parks of northern Ohio.
Bari Frimkess moved to Ashland from Southern California in 1992 along with her husband and two sons. She is a professional violinist, performing with the Rogue Valley Symphony since her arrival to Ashland. Bari teaches with, and is the coordinator of, a Symphony program that teaches music in local public elementary schools.
Jeff has lived in the Rogue Valley since 1969, and he’s spent most of that half-century as an archaeologist and historian. His love of birds (which began before the age of five with his beloved parakeet, Joe) has evolved over the years, resulting in a modest life-list and the acknowledgement that he has much, much to learn from experienced birders. Now finally armed with a new, good pair of binoculars, Jeff is excited to keep learning more about birds.
Cydne and husband, Mike, arrived in Ashland in 2003 from Menlo Park, California. She retired in 2009 after a 35 year career as a Technical writer and editor, followed by four years as a part-time copy editor at Blackstone Audio. She first volunteered with the Mountain Bird festival, and soon thereafter had the good fortune to discover KBO’s wonderful “talk and walk” community education classes. She became a member in 2011.