The Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary functions with the help of many individuals. Most notably is the founder and her staff of dedicated employees who keep the daily operations functioning in a seamless manner. Behind the scenes are the Officers and Members on the Board of Directors. These individuals help to determine what new events should be held throughout the year, help with upgrades to the property, spend time rehabilitating abandoned parrots and other companion birds, and much, much more. All members of the board are animal lovers and have birds of their own, many of which were adopted from the Sanctuary itself.
Sanctuary Director, Jamie McLeod bio:
As Founder and Director of Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary, Jamie McLeod has dedicated nearly 30 years to the care and love of exotic birds. While still in her teens Jamie began her career working as a Veterinary Assistant, for the Santa Barbara Humane Society, and the Santa Barbara Zoological Gardens.
Knowing animals and birds were her life’s work, in 1984, Jamie McLeod earned a degree in Exotic Animal Training and Management from Moorpark College. After graduating she was employed by the Bowmanville Zoo in Canada to train animals and develop an educational animal show. She also worked at the San Diego and Los Angeles zoos.
However, exotic birds were her first love and wanting to have a more personal contact with the birds and their owners, in 1995 Jamie began her own business. As an aviculturist and the owner of Menagerie, Jamie McLeod is an avian behavioral consultant, an accomplished photographer and public speaker, and has developed her own nutritious line of frozen gourmet bird food, McLeod’s Parrot Cuisine. At Menagerie she provides grooming and boarding, toys, other parrotphernalia and pampering.
Jamie’s commitment to educating parrot owners is to ensure that all companion birds receive the best possible care and nurturing. Under her expertise and guidance, abused and abandoned birds can now find a safe haven and a new start at Santa Barbara Bird Sanctuary.
MONICA CURRY – President, Treasurer
Monica holds an Associate Degree in Business Administration from Santa Barbara City College, as well as the Graduate Realtors Institute designation (GRI). She is currently the Housing Coordinator for the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at UCSB, having previously worked for Pitts & Bachmann Realtors of Santa Barbara. Monica has served on many boards and committees, including service on several committees of the Santa Barbara and California Association of Realtors, the UCSB Chancellor’s Staff Advisory Council, and the non-profit Alano Club of Santa Barbara, Inc. She has extensive experience with board development, documentation, and finance. She and her husband, Tom Curry, share their home with their Scarlet Macaw, JoJo, a rescued Ruby Macaw, CoCo, and golden retriever, Ranger.
ERIN SPENCE – Vice President, Secretary
Nancy attended Oregon State University, where she studied animal science. She continued her studies at CSUN, earning a BA and MA in Communicative Disorders. For 20-plus years she practiced as a speech pathologist, primarily in academic medical centers. After her retirement, she returned to Ojai and founded Aardvarks to Zebras Pet Sitting in 2000, serving clients with all sorts of pets and livestock (including parrots, of course!).
Merlyn, a medium sulfur-crested cockatoo, came to Nancy in 2004 when she was rescued from a parrot-naive owner who struggled with the specialized training required by such a sensitive and intelligent being. Many unbecoming behaviors were trained away and Merlyn is now a delight to be around. Nancy now serves as copy editor of the Sanctuary’s educational publications and participates on the education committee.
Andrea Ferrero has worked in the field of education for over 10 years in varying capacities. She has taught students spanning from preschool to 12th grade in multiple subject areas, leading public schools to national distinction and accreditation. She holds a B.S. in Education from Northern Arizona University, a M.A. in Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and a M.A. in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University. Andrea currently works with CFY, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. She also co-founded Pockets Change, an innovative program that supports families, educators, and organizations in accessing tools to support financial literacy skills for youth. She shares her home with Mozart, a cheerful cockatiel.