Mickaboo Leadership Change

Budgie in handToday, April 21, 2022, we are sharing an important update to Mickaboo’s leadership team. After 18 years of service, 13 of those as our fearless leader, Michelle Yesney is stepping down from her role as Mickaboo’s CEO. 

We are incredibly grateful to Michelle for all of her dedication, empathy, leadership and ongoing support. While she is retiring from her CEO role, Michelle intends to stay active with Mickaboo as an experienced advisor and board member - and of course, she’ll be keeping her commitments to her current foster birds. 

Michelle’s involvement with Mickaboo stretches back to 2004, when she took in three splay-legged baby budgies to save them from euthanasia. It would be impossible to capture all of the many wonderful things Michelle has done for Mickaboo in this announcement. We will have a celebration via Zoom on May 7 where we can share those stories. In the meantime this newsletter article provides a wonderful outline of Michelle’s time with us. 

Effective April 21, 2022, Sarah Lemarié will take on the role of Acting CEO in addition to her current duties. All of Mickaboo’s day to day operations should remain consistent through this transition.

We have a FAQ document we’d encourage you to reference for more information. You can also reach out to mail@mickaboo.org for general questions and inquiries.

Over the decades Mickaboo has grown into a mature and capable organization based on the dedication and hard work of our community of volunteers. We rehome hundreds of birds a year, and have educated thousands of people on best bird care practices. We would like to express our deep gratitude to Michelle for helping to build, maintain and lead such an incredible bird rescue.


Mickaboo Leadership Transition Team
Katie Wunderlich
Matt Linton
Pamela Lee
Sarah Lemarié
Tammy Azzaro