Tiffany Farrell
Tiffany is a native Southern Marylander. She graduated from La Plata High School and St. Mary’s College of Maryland. After living “across the pond” and across the Potomac, she migrated homeward in 2007. Tiffany became interested in birds when an adventure in Namibia brought her face-to-face with a Lilac-breasted Roller. A magical encounter with a Scarlet Tanager in the spring woodland sealed a new-found delight in birding. Tiffany has worked for the Smithsonian Institution since 1999 and previously served as a city council-appointed commissioner for the arts in Alexandria.

Vice President
Margarita Rochow

A Missouri native, Margarita moved to Baltimore to study International Relations at Johns Hopkins. In Southern Maryland since 1987, she now shares the natural world with students at the Elms Environmental Education Center, part of the St. Mary’s County Public School system. She loves to travel, observing animals in the air, under the water, and on land.

Julie Daniel


Julie grew up in Anne Arundel County and graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park. She worked at the National Weather Service for about 10 years before deciding to become a stay-at-home to mom.  Julie’s interest in bird watching was piqued by her former boss at the weather service. She has enjoyed adding birds to her life list while traveling and instilling a love of nature in her children.  Julie lives in Bryantown with her husband Will and her three children.

Julie Simpson
Julie is a long-time resident of Charles County and a graduate of the University of Illinois and Georgetown University Law Center. She recently retired from a career as a federal attorney, first with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and later at the Environmental Protection Agency. While at EPA, Julie had the opportunity to participate in the Brookings Legis Fellows program, assigned to the office of Congressman James P. Moran of Virginia, where she developed legislative proposals in the fields of environment and health. She has been an active volunteer and was a member of the Leadership Southern Maryland Class of 2015.

Past President
Lynne Wheeler

Lynne was born and raised in Indian Head, Charles County, and is a graduate of University of Maryland, B.S. Medical Technology. Her career entailed working as a Technical Supervisor in hospital clinical laboratories in La Plata, MD and Boca Raton, FL, a Territory Manager for Fisher Scientific, and final years with Grainger Industrial Supply. Lynne’s hobbies are gardening with perennials and native plants, birding, reading, dogs, nature, and good wine. She resides in Chicamuxen with her husband, John Wheeler, an Indian Head business owner.