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Alison has been a practicing RN since 1988.

She received her Master’s Degree in Nursing (MSN), in conjunction with her Nurse Anesthetist Degree, from Harlem Hospital’s School of Nurse Anesthesia and Lehman College, CUNY, Bronx, NY, in 1995.

In order to pursue a career that gave her more contact with the “conscious and self-directed human being” than a career in anesthesia could provide, she chose to pursue a career as a Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP), and received her degree from Adelphi University in Garden City, NY in 1997. She has held several staff appointments in many of New York City’s finest teaching hospitals, including Columbia-Presbyterian and Mount Sinai.

Currently working in field of Pain Management,

Alison serves as a volunteer on the Ambulance Squad and in the Edgewater Millennium Peace Garden located within Veterans’ Field Park.

Contact Alison at alison@edgewaterparrots.com


Steve has been an editor at PC Magazine, Computer Shopper, and Pathfinder and has run Ghost Sites of the Web, an acclaimed e-zine documenting the early years of the World Wide Web, since 1996.

He is the co-author of NetSlaves (McGraw-Hill) and co-founder of NetSlaves.com. As a writer, photogtrapher, multimedia producer, parrot fam, and Brooklyn buff, Steve has taken it upon himself to spread the word about what he calls "one of the great natural wonders of New York": the feral parrots of Brooklyn.

He also runs BrooklynParrots.com, a site providing news, photos and other info about the wild parrots of Brooklyn.

He lives in New York City.

Steve runs free public trips to bring the public to see the parrots whenever he can; these trips happen on Saturdays. If you'd like to be part of one of these outings, please send him e-mail at steve@brooklynparrots.com.



Alison and Steve just completed their first book, called

...it's heroine is a

Wild Brooklyn Quaker named Tango.

You can buy it online or e-mail Alison or Steve for more info.

Interested publishers can e-mail Steve for a copy of the full manuscript.

Buy the book Online!



Maureen Holtje Edgewater Councilwoman Holtje is a 15 year resident of Edgewater who operates Administrative Purchasing Consultants, a local company specializing in public-private purchasing procedures for federal, state and municipal governments, including the Borough of Fort Lee.

She is also senior buyer and office manager of Fort Lee Hardware & Supply’s general and industrial divisions. The family concern has been doing business at the same Fort Lee location for over a half century (1947).

Councilwoman Holtje holds the highest purchasing certification (QPA) issued by the State of New Jersey and has completed course work in Municipal Finance Administration, Municipal Budget Process, Local Contracts Law and a half dozen other government financial disciplines.

For Edgewater’s Municipal Council, she serves as liaison to the Police Department.

Councilwoman Holtje was appointed special liason to EdgewaterParrots.com by Edgewater Mayor Nancy Merse in Febraury of 2005. She is a valuable team member, especially in her assistance with government and utility company negotiations.



Maureen Holtje

Jon-Mark and his wife JoAnn Davey are co-authors of the book Parrots In The City

They also run the website Quakerville

The Davey's have spent most of their lives in Central and South Florida, the last decade in South Florida watching the wild flocks of Quaker Parrots. Jon-Mark has observed, photographed and filmed hundreds of nest locations and thousands of wild parrots in the South Florida area.

He has combined together in photos and video, the wonderful world of wild parrots in the city.



Marc Johnson

Marc Johnson is the Director of Foster Parrots in Massachusetts.

Marc was educated in Europe where he lived for 12 years from 1968 to 1980. After earning his teaching credentials from the University of London, Marc opened a pottery studio in Battersea, London, where he learned the traditional craft of studio pottery.

Upon his return to the US, Marc spent five years in the Phoenix area and in 1985 moved to the Boston area where he resumed his teaching career at a small art school until 1987 when he opened his studio in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 1990, Marc started Foster Parrots for “parrot rescue, adoption, and sanctuary.” He outfitted every room in the house with cages, and turned the barn into a small aviary.

Today, Foster Parrots is an official animal shelter, and Marc’s life is taking care of 260 parrots with the help of three employees and 20 or so volunteers. You can find more information about Foster Parrots on the Internet at: www.fosterparrots.com.

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