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Susan Day, Executive Director

Susan Day is an award-winning writer and photographer specializing in backyard wildlife. Her images have been published worldwide in magazines, calendars, ads, and as 10’ murals in medical facilities. She’s written hundreds of articles, been a book consultant, editor and proofreader, and wrote “The Wildlife Gardener’s Guide to Hummingbirds & Songbirds From the Tropics.”

Susan is a charter NANPA member and joined the Communications Committee during her first Summit in 1995. Since then she has worked on or chaired nearly every committee in NANPA and served 8 years on the board of directors (including Treasurer and President). She has been NANPA’s Executive Director since 2011.

Susan and her husband, Richard Day, own Daybreak Imagery, a stock photography and writing business where they’ve licensed their work since 1990. Together they have created a wildlife sanctuary on 63 acres in south-central Illinois in efforts to restore and preserve habitat to areas impacted by agricultural development.

Bethany Brucker, Accountant/Bookkeeper

Bethany Brucker has over 30 years of experience in the accounting field, she worked in public accounting for over 20 years where she had a variety of clients varying from non-profit organizations to medical practices. She has done extensive training in QuickBooks and has been a ProAdvisor for over ten years. Bethany has four children and one adorable grandson. In her free time she enjoys reading, cooking and going to antique auctions with her husband.

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Frank Gallagher, Blog Coordinator

Frank Gallagher is a photographer and writer who lives in the Washington, DC, area. He works mainly with national and local nonprofit organizations but also teaches youth photography. Frank built up his photography business following a 25-year career in nonprofit associations focused on education and technology, during which he developed extensive experience in storytelling and communications.

Photography has been a passion of Frank’s since, as a child, he watched his dad carefully composing with a Speed Graphic. He co-leads NANPA’s DC area Meetup Group, enjoys travel and spending time with his wife—exploring new places and rediscovering old ones.

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Julie Patterson, Marketing Communications Coordinator

Julie Patterson is a writer and marketing/communications consultant with more than 20 years of experience helping arts venues, education programs, and other small businesses share their stories to meet traffic and revenue goals. She is also a published literary writer and editor working primarily in creative nonfiction and has taught college composition and professional writing as an adjunct university instructor.

Julie enjoys helping her husband tend to the honeybee hives in their urban backyard and exploring local parks with her two young children—though, as a college roommate once quipped, Julie’s equally likely to have “wandered off to take pictures of rocks.” 

Teresa Ransdell, Membership Director

Teresa Ransdell brings to NANPA more than 20 years of experience in association management, mostly in membership recruitment and retention. She earned her Certified Association Executive designation in 1998 and completed a Master’s program in nonprofit management. Teresa enjoys traveling, reading, walking her dog and spending time with her husband, daughter and son.