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

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; Raptor Program Manager

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, Program Coordinator

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:

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