STELLA MILLER, Coalition Coordinator
Growing up in Oyster Bay with the woods as her backyard, it is no wonder that Stella grew up to be an ardent lover of nature and wildlife. Splashing in the creek, exploring every corner of the woods and yes, talking to the animals, her days were filled with discovery and adventure. When Stella was not in the woods, she was voraciously reading nonfiction wildlife/conservation books which fostered her deeply held commitment to wildlife protection. It was this passion for conservation that led her to volunteer for the Huntington-Oyster Bay Audubon Society, where she has been president since 2007. Stella spearheads conservation advocacy efforts, coordinates community events, programs and activities, fundraises, leads field trips and coordinates habitat restoration efforts at local preserves. As co-chair of the Youth Outreach/Education Committee, she has mentored teenagers teaching them the valuable skills they need to become community leaders themselves. In addition, she reinvigorated the chapter’s children’s programs and coordinates nature-based programs for kids, hoping to reach a new generation of conservationists, while urging parents to get their children involved in nature.
After spending nine years as an executive assistant at Ernst & Young LLP, as well as a stint at Travel Impressions, it was her years of nonprofit experience, and passion for the outdoors and youth outreach that led Stella to The Early Years Institute in her current role as Coalition Coordinator.
A tomboy who still likes to play in the mud and often finds herself covered in bug bites, scratches and poison ivy, Stella spends her free time birding, hiking, kayaking, learning botany and traveling. Just recently, she started to learn the art of relaxation and when doing so, enjoys cuddling with her two kitties - Tricki Woo and Juniper. Oh, and she has a special talent - she does a mean screech and great horned owl call- and is fond of engaging in duets with both species!