Cheryl McRoberts, Executive Director


McRoberts is originally from Rhode Island, but moved to Nevada where she operated her own businesses including tax preparation, and accounting for 23 years. After moving to Alaska in 2008, she put in thousands of hours as an ABEF volunteer before she was hired on as an administrator. Soon after this, she became director of operations before being promoted to the Executive Director position in 2013.

McRoberts wears multiple hats at the Foundation which include overseeing day-to-day operations and finances. She is also responsible for many of the promotional and fund-raising programs, grant writing and administration. She always works hard to make sure ABEF employees’ (both human and feathered) needs are met and the operation of the Foundation runs smoothly.

When not managing the facility, McRoberts enjoys being outdoors and photographing with her husband, researching ancestry and scrapbooking family photos.

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Ashley Bivin, Curator of Collections

Bivin grew up on her Family Farm in Palmyra, Illinois. She attended Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), where she graduated with a B.S. in anthropology, with a minor in forensic science. She took on several internships with museums in the greater Saint Louis area including the Madison County History Museum & Archive and the Saint Louis Science Center. Her coworkers inspired her to continue her education at Western Illinois University-Quad Cities. There she completed a M.A. in Museum Studies and worked as a part of the museum education staff with the Bettendorf Family Museum.

After the completion of her M.A., Bivin moved to Missouri where she worked for two years as an archivist with a pharmaceutical research company.  In 2021 she packed her bags and moved to Haines, Alaska to be our Museum Curator at American Bald Eagle Foundation.  In this position, Bivin is responsible for the care of the museum’s collections, updating and developing the museum’s exhibits.

When she is not at work, Ashley enjoys spending lazy evening with her cats, reading and crocheting. On weekends, she enjoys hiking and dabbling in photography.

Ashley can be reached at

Sidney Campbell, CPBT-KA; Animal Curator

Campbell grew up in Southern California, and developed a deep respect for the work of animal ambassadors at a very young age watching her uncle work with elephants at the San Diego Zoo. She moved to Juneau, Alaska in 2012 to attend the University of Alaska Southeast.

Campbell began her career with raptors as an intern at the American Bald Eagle Foundation in 2014. She actively pursues continuing education and was awarded her certification as a professional bird trainer through the International Avian Trainer Certification Board in 2018. At the Foundation, Campbell is responsible for the health, wellness, and training of the ten resident raptors as well as education and programming for interns and guests.

Sidney can be reached at

Josh Sanko, CPBT-KA, Animal Care Manager

Sanko is from Reynoldsville, Pennsylvania.  He attended Penn State University, where he graduated with a B.S. in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences and an A.S. in Wildlife Technologies.  Josh began working with raptors at Shaver’s Creek Environmental Center through Penn State as a Raptor Trainer and Educator in 2016. During the two years there, he developed a passion for working with animals and teaching others about the natural world. Before graduation, he accepted an internship with the ABEF, leading to a full-time position shortly after.

As Animal Care Manager, Josh works closely with the Animal Curator to provide a high quality of life for the ambassador team and educate guests about their importance to their ecosystems. He is an active member of the International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators, as a presenter at the 2020 conference and a Marketing team member. Sanko received his professional bird training certification from the International Avian Trainer Certification Board in 2021.

In his down time, Josh enjoys exploring the outdoors, birding with friends, playing sports, watching movies, and reading.

Josh can be reached at

Ali Gustavson, Program Coordinator

Gustavson is originally from Sturbridge, Massachusetts. She attended the University of Maine in Orono, Maine and graduated in 2019 with a B.S. in Wildlife Ecology and a minor in education. During her time at UMaine, Gustavson worked extensively in environmental education which ultimately led to her passion for experiential learning and working with animal ambassadors.

Shortly after graduating, Gustavson moved to Haines as an intern for the ABEF. After two years in that role, she joined the staff in a full-time position. As Program Coordinator, Gustavson works with the Animal Curator and Animal Program Manager to provide a high quality of life for the animals on our team and educate guests about their ecology and conservation. She also manages other outreach programs and our social media.

Outside of work, Gustavson can be found with her dog exploring all Haines has to offer. 

The American Bald Eagle Foundation board of trustees:

  • Michael Marks
  • Al Batt
  • Sean Gaffney
  • Sue Chasen
  • Carolyn Goolsby

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