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Advisory Board

Lucky Peak Sunrise in Fog by H.Ware

Our advisory board guides and fosters the IBO Mission and also advises our strategic long-term growth plan. Current board members include: Dr. Dave Wike, David Jones, Dennis Fitzpatrick, Susan Hazelton, Danette Henderson, along with the core IBO staff.



David Jones

David has 20 years of experience providing leadership and support in complex small to large business environments, backed by an MBA with concentration in finance and accounting from the College of William and Mary.  David also David Jonesholds an MA from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and BA from Virginia Commonwealth University.  His experience ranges from consulting and staff functions to CEO with full P&L responsibility.  In his work he: turned around a manufacturing and services business; built infrastructures; had success in consultative sales; and as an independent consultant successfully assisted a major company with department start-up, purchasing & distribution, vendor management, project management, and policy development.

David’s involvement with the Intermountain Bird Observatory began soon after a field trip to Lucky Peak hosted by Greg Kaltenecker.  He was fascinated by the diversity of landbird species, and impressed with the professionalism of the operation, the dedication of the staff and volunteers, and their approach to the science.  Working with the IBO on revamping the strategic plan and other operational issues has been very rewarding, and he looks forward to assisting in continuing operations and developmental matters as well as eventually becoming involved in the field. In the realm of leisure, David’s favorite activities are being knee deep in his favorite trout streams, tying flies, reading, playing/collecting luthier made finger style steel string and classical guitars.

Dave Wike, M.D.

Dave Wike with goshawkBorn in Baltimore, Maryland, Dave has both a Bachelor of Science in Zoology (1965) and a Doctor of Medicine (1969) from the University of Maryland. He was formerly a Surgeon, U.S. Public Health Service, National Institute of Health performing and publishing research on rickettsia such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Typhus, Q Fever, etc. (1970-72). He completed a four year pathology residency in York, Pennsylvania and is a diplomat of the American Board of Pathology in both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology (1976). During his medical practice he has been a hospital staff pathologist in Twin Falls, Idaho; Prescott, Arizona and Boise, Idaho. In addition, he was a Yavapai County Medical Examiner in Arizona for 13 years.

In late 1999 he retired from medicine to outdoor interests, reading and cultural activities. He is an avid fly fisherman spending 1-2 days a week along the area’s streams, rivers and lakes. He and his wife, Carol, enjoy tent camping and daily long walks and hikes in the Boise foothills with their Labrador retriever. Dave has been a volunteer Reservist, Idaho Department of Fish and Game, since 1996. He was recognized as the Southwest Region Reservist of the Year 2000 and, with his wife, awarded the 2006 Gordon Eastman Conservation Award. He began as a novice volunteer with Intermountain Bird Observatory in 1996, and since, has been greatly active in many aspects . “I enjoy being out of doors and the privilege of handling birds of all sizes- hummingbirds to Golden Eagles. I especially enjoy teaching and mentoring others and contributing to the community and a great research and public education organization such as IBO.” He and his wife are Lifetime Members of IBO. “As an IBO Advisory Board member, I bring my background of biological science and research, working with professionals and the public, and field experience and great enthusiasm.”

Dennis B. Fitzpatrick, Ph.D., CFA

Founder, CEO, and Chairman of DBF Registered Investment Advisors. Dennis founded DBF in 1984 and has over 30 years of investment experience.  Dennis has earned the right to use the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.  Dennis received a Doctorate in Finance from the University of Colorado as well as a M.B.A. in Finance from the University of Santa Clara.  Prior to founding the firm in 1984, Dennis served on the faculties of University of Colorado, University of Idaho, and Boise State University.  Dennis has also been a financial investment advisor to such firms as General Telephone, Idaho Power Company, and Intermountain Industries.  He founded the Patagonian Land Conservation Trust in 2012.  Dennis has been the board chairman for the Nature Conservancy in Idaho, a member of the Boise Public Service Commission, and director of the Fundacíon Para Conservacíon de Tierra de Patagonia (Argentina).  Dennis is a director for the Boise State University Foundation and is a member of the University’s investment committee.  Dennis is a board member of the Intermountain Bird Observatory.  He is also a volunteer aircraft pilot for Lighthawk.  Dennis enjoys bird hunting, fly fishing, nature photography, and flying small airplanes in the back country of the American West and Argentina.

Susan Hazelton

Susan HazeltonSusan Hazelton officially lists her occupation as “jubilada,” Spanish for “retired.” She is jubilant about her status because it gives her more time to go birding with her husband, Dave.  They began birding in the early 90’s, participating in field trips with the Golden Eagle Audubon Society. In 1997, Dave signed on as field trip manager for GEAS and served in this capacity until 2008. Susan has worked on the GEAS newsletter and on the annual banquet. Dave began leading field trips to IBO shortly after it was formed.

Susan has a Masters Degree in Education from the University of Idaho, plus 18 years of experience in the administration of non-profit organizations.  She recently retired from the Family Advocate Program, where she served as Executive Director for over seven years. Susan began her career in non-profits with the Girl Scouts, where she advanced from the position of Field Executive to the position of Director of Membership and Marketing.

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