Our team continues to grow, and we’re excited to introduce our eight new staff members! Meet the passionate individuals we are welcoming to the Alliance to expand our team and our impact.

Kayli Ottomanelli: Local Government Projects Associate

Kayli joined the Alliance as the Local Government Projects Associate at the Alliance in February of 2023. A native of northern Virginia, Kayli grew up boating and crabbing on the Chesapeake Bay and assisting with community watershed restoration projects in the Accotink Creek Watershed. A Girl Scout from a young age, Kayli spent much of her time camping, hiking, and engaging in park clean-ups with her fellow scouts, which sparked her passion for the environment and love of natural spaces.

Outside of work, Kayli can be found cooking, rock climbing, kayaking on the Anacostia, and behind the pottery wheel crafting new pots for her ever-growing collection of houseplants.

Tim DeWalt: Forests Projects Field Specialist

Tim joined the Alliance’s Lancaster office as the Forests Projects Field Specialist in March of 2023. He helps implement and maintain project sites for the Alliance’s reforestation efforts in Pennsylvania.

Tim grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and gained his appreciation of nature from the forests, streams, and farmland of the area. In his free time, Tim enjoys hunting, hiking, camping, backpacking, cooking, and spending time with family and friends.

Nadja Grembowitz: Human Resources Administrator

Nadja joined the Alliance in April of 2023 as the Human Resources Administrator. She works closely with the administrative team and serves as the point of contact for HR-related queries at the Alliance.

She began her career in HR as a hiring specialist, advancing into a management role before starting in her current position with the Alliance. At the University of Mary Washington, Nadja developed a passion about the intersection of law and various social issues.

Growing up in the Hampton Roads area, Nadja developed her love for the Bay, where she shares some of her fondest memories with friends and family. In her free time, she enjoys playing a game of pick-up volleyball, taking trips to the beach, and joining her husband on the occasional fishing trip.

Jennifer Bowman: Pennsylvania Agriculture Projects Coordinator

Jen joined the Alliance as a Pennsylvania Agriculture Projects Coordinator in May of 2023. She enthusiastically provides direct support for local farmers and community members to facilitate the expansion of active stewardship and best management practice initiatives to improve the health of riparian, stream, and river ecosystems.

Born and raised in central Delaware, Jen grew up running around fields and forests on her family’s Corriedale sheep farm. Jen has been professionally sharing her love of nature, land ethic, and dedication to protecting watersheds through environmental and agricultural stewardship, and education over the past 20 years.

Outside of work, you’ll find Jen chilling with her cat while pursuing numerous creative hobbies such as beading, historical sewing and interpretation, or outdoor watercolor painting, gardening, and kayaking local waterways.

Sarah Lang: 2023 Summer Pennsylvania Forests Intern

Sarah joined us as the 2023 Summer Pennsylvania Forests Intern in May. A year away from graduating with a bachelor’s degree in wildlife conservation, she is so excited to have been given this internship opportunity!

Sarah has lived in Lancaster County, New Holland, to be specific, since she was two years old. She loves that through the Alliance, she is able to do gratifying work for the benefit of the community and be a steward of the lands that she has known her whole life.

In just two weeks, she has learned so much about the ecology of forests and buffers, how to identify important species and the processes of establishing these forests on private and public lands. Sarah looks forward to the rest of the summer and all of the great experiences she will have!

Kate Marston: Water Quality Monitoring Intern

Kate Marston is joining the Alliance this summer as a Water Quality Monitoring Intern. As a rising junior at the College of William and Mary just down the river, she is excited to extend her environmental studies to the Richmond area. While pursuing a B.S. in Geology and Environmental Science, Kate has worked with the Institute for Integrative Conservation at W&M, where she used her GIS skills to analyze ecosystem services with the Madagascar Fauna and Flora Group.

This summer, she is excited to work with local communities and explore ways to integrate her upcoming research on redlining and microclimates in Richmond with the W&M Hydrology Lab.

When not wading in rivers this summer, she looks forward to playing ultimate frisbee on Richmond Revival, breaking in her new climbing shoes, gardening, and exploring the city’s parks.

Alexis Myers: Communications Intern, Chesapeake Bay Program

Alexis Myers (Lexi) is joining the Chesapeake Bay Program as the Communications Intern. She currently attends the University of Maryland, College Park, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science. As a College Park Media Scholar, Academic Peer Mentor, and Rawlings Undergraduate Leadership Fellow, Lexi enjoys giving back to UMD and the greater College Park community.

Between classes, she plays on Maryland’s club soccer team, traveling and competing against schools along the east coast! This past spring, Lexi served as a legislative intern for the Office of Senator Chris Van Hollen on Capitol Hill. Next spring, she plans to study abroad in Florence, Italy. Lexi is excited to meet new people, travel around the watershed, and create engaging and informative content to further the Chesapeake Bay Program’s goals.

In her free time, Lexi enjoys attending concerts, reading on her hammock, and traveling.

Marielle Scott: Multimedia Intern, Chesapeake Bay Program

Marielle is this season’s Multimedia Intern at the Chesapeake Bay Program. She is a 2023 graduate from the Rochester Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Fine Art in Photojournalism. Marielle has a particular interest in telling visual stories of the human connection to the environment through recreation, agriculture, conservation, and ranching.

She’s most excited to have the opportunity to work on a long-form story this summer of her choosing and hopes to work alongside her coworkers with expertise in environmental science and biology.

Marielle is from Burnt Hills, NY, and enjoys rock climbing, biking, and hiking in her free time.