Cheryl McRoberts, Executive Director

McRoberts is originally from Rhode Island, but moved to Nevada where she cheryloperated 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.

Cheryl can be reached at

Katelyn Dickerson, Curator of Collections

kaiteDickerson grew up in Kalamazoo, Michigan. She attended Hope College, where she graduated with a  B.A. in history and political science, with a focus in education. During her undergraduate career she taught in schools across the country, as well as in England. Dickerson then went on to receive her M.A. in historical administration from Eastern Illinois University.

She fell in love with Alaska, and Haines in particular, when she interned at the illustrious Hammer Museum as part of her Master’s Degree requirements. In the past years, she developed a strong background in education, interpretation, fundraising, and exhibit design from her experiences working and volunteering in different museums.

As the museum coordinator, Dickerson works to maintain and improve the natural history part of the Foundation. She cares for the collections, updates permanent exhibits, develops new ones, and is helping the Foundation move toward accreditation. She is passionate about continuing the progression of our Natural History Museum through active collecting and interactive learning, and looks to develop dynamic exhibits.

After hours, Dickerson enjoys exploring with her dog (or any dog really), listening to some killer tunes down at beach bonfires, and attempting to play the ukulele with the Haines Ukuladies.

Katelyn can be reached at

Sidney Campbell, CPBT-KA; Raptor Program Manager

IMG_3902Campbell 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, Program Coordinator

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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 and eventually Shift Leader, overseeing interns and volunteers working with the avian ambassadors.  Over the two years spent at Shaver’s Creek and a summer wildlife rehabilitation internship at Northwoods Wildlife Center in Wisconsin, Sanko fell in love with working with animal ambassadors and educating the public on their importance.  He applied to the ABEF during his senior year at Penn State for an internship to continue his work with raptors and natural history education.

After graduation, Sanko started work as an intern at the Foundation and was hired on as a full-time staff member in October of 2018.  As Program Coordinator, he works under the Curator of Collections in the Natural History Museum and the Raptor Program Manager in the Raptor Center with any and all tasks.  He also oversees interns and volunteers, runs the social media page, and leads the Youth Raptor Program.

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

Josh can be reached at

The American Bald Eagle Foundation board of trustees:

  • Susan Flowers
  • Harold Williams
  • Michael Marks
  • Al Batt
  • Sean Gaffney
  • Gary Matthews
  • Sue Chasen
  • Carolyn Goolsby