Jay Jaxon served five terms as Mayor of the City of Eufaula, Alabama making him Eufaula’s longest serving mayor. Under his leadership as mayor, Eufaula became Audubon International’s first Certified Sustainable Community, and was also named one of the Top 100 Retirement Communities in the United States as well as one of 20 Southern Dream Towns by Garden and Gun magazine. Upon his retirement, the Eufaula City Council passed a resolution designating him Mayor Emeritus. Jay is president of J.J. Jaxon Company, a family business specializing in cemetery and public memorials, historic markers and sculpture for public and corporate clients. He serves on two foundation boards: one a regional health care provider, the other for his alma mater the University of Montevallo. Also he serves on the board of a natural gas production/distribution company.
Marvin Moriarty began his career in conservation with the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Fish and Wildlife Service in 1972. He first served as a field biologist reviewing development activities impacting sensitive habitats in the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays and working with developers and regulators to reduce or eliminate such impacts. Subsequent experience in Washington DC, Atlanta, GA, and Denver, CO, gave him experience in working with Federal and State agencies, Corporate, NGO, and local parties in conservation design. He later assumed senior management positions in the Service’s Midwest Region (Minneapolis, MN) and it’s Northeast Region (Hadley, MA) where he retired in 2011.
Marvin decided to focus his post retirement activities on joining groups whose missions centered on informing and educating communities and developers in the strong belief that better decisions affecting the public are made this way. He is the co-chair of the Friends of Silvio Conte National Wildlife Refuge Science and Stewardship Committee, a member of the board of directors of Partners for Amphibians and Reptiles, and joined AI’s board in February, 2014. Marvin is also pursuing his lifelong passions of traveling and photography as well as his love of hiking, fishing, and winter trekking.
Pat Vittum is an educator and expert in turf entomology. She has served as a professor on the faculty of the University of Massachusetts for over 20 years. Pat is the senior author of “Turfgrass Insects of the United States and Canada,” Second Edition, which is widely regarded as the bible of turf entomology. Her research interests involve the biology and management of several turfgrass insects, including white grubs and annual bluegrass weevils, and optimizing the effectiveness of biological control alternatives. Pat is originally from western New York. She received a B.S. in Chemistry from The College of Wooster in Ohio and a Ph.D. in Entomology from Cornell University.