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Pascagoula River Audubon Center Staff

Pascagoula River Adubon Center Staff: (L to R) Andrea Belcher, Suzie Trott, Susan Stachowski, Mary Cowan

Susan May Stachowski serves as Center Manager at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center.  Susan is a graduate of Mississippi University for Women where she earned a B.S. in Communications and later earned a M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi.  She is a retired educator after serving children in both the Moss Point and Palscagoula-Gautier School districts for 25 years as a teacher and administrator.

At the Center, she oversees daily operations and works to build community partnerships with area businesses and residents.  She develops programs and activities that appeal to nature lovers of all ages and continue the mission of the National Audubon Society.

She is a lifelong resident of Moss Point and enjoys spending time along the Pascagoula River and visiting the barrier islands. Susan has two children, Kevin, 25, and Christina, 22, along with daughter-in-law, Olivia. Contact: sstachowski@audubon.org 

Andrea Belcher is the Outreach and Facilities Associate and manages the art gallery, marketing, and building management. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University, where she received a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Later she earned a M.S. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Entomology. There she focused on urban ant ecology with inclusion of citizen science. After moving to California, she worked for California State Parks and delved into the world of interpretation, volunteer management, and marketing. In California she shared her excitement for insects during the annual monarch butterfly migration at the park, and hopes to share some entomological excitement to the Pascagoula River Audubon Center as well.

In her spare time, she enjoys a variety of different arts from photography to sewing quilts, but her favorite form is creating wheel-thrown and hand built bird and insect themed pottery. Contact: abelcher@audubon.org

Mary Cowan is the Financial and Grant Coordinator for the Pascagoula River Audubon Center and the Audubon Mississippi Coastal Bird Stewardship Program, Mary is responsible for various accounting & grant related duties pertaining to both programs.  With 25 years experience in the accounting field, Mary has worked in various positions within the Public and Private sector of business.  

Mary’s passion for photographing shorebirds is another talent she brings to the program.  When she is not Kayaking or spending time at one of the Barrier Islands, she and her husband enjoy time with their 2 children and 2 grandchildren.   Contact: mcowan@audubon.org

Katie Walsh Fetzer is the Education Manager at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. She is a graduate of Warren Wilson College in Asheville, North Carolina where she earned a B.A. in Environmental Education.  For the last 12 years, she has had experience as a public school teacher, naturalist, marine science educator, youth director, summer camp director, and community organizer. 

At the center, Katie oversees and prepares the educational programs for all age groups.  Her goal is to help the community connect to the surrounding ecosystem in order to establish knowledge of and appreciation for its resources. She believes that building this strong sense of place will support the development of personal identity, inspire stewardship, and nurture empathy for all.

Katie is originally from Moss Point, but has lived and worked all over the United States. She has returned home with her husband and two young daughters: Liza Wren and Annie. Katie is eager to reconnect to the marsh, the barrier islands, and the community at large. Contact: katie.fetzer@audubon.org 

Suzie Trott is an Educator at the Pascagoula River Audubon Center. She is a graduate of University of Southern Mississippi with a M.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Educational Leadership.  She is retired from the Pascagoula-Gautier School District with 34 years’ experience as a teacher and administrator.

Suzie oversees and prepares the educational opportunities at the center for all age groups.  She develops lesson plans that incorporate state standards as well as the current curriculum of the visiting student group.  She connests that curriculum to the center’s inhabitants and the ten acres of marsh and vegetation onsite.

She has been a resident of Gautier for over 40 years and has two children and six grandchildren.  She enjoys spending time with them and reading. Contact: strott@audubon.org