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Meet The Staff: Jenny McGarvey

Meet our Chesapeake Forests Program Manager
based out of the Virginia Office

Jenny originally is from California, and received her BS in Environmental Sciences at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduating, she decided to study forests outside of her home state, and so she worked as a research assistant in Wyoming and South Carolina, before settling in Virginia.

For four years, she was part of the Conservation Ecology Center at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute in Front Royal, VA. There she researched the impact of disturbances, such as white-tailed deer and a changing climate, on forest growth and recovery in the Mid-Atlantic. She also received her MS in Environmental Sciences at the University of Virginia for her work estimating carbon stocks in remnant old-growth forests of the Mid-Atlantic.

Jenny is the Chesapeake Forest Program Manager at the Alliance’s Annapolis office. As Program Manager she collaborates with the Chesapeake Forests Program team on a variety of projects to advocate forests, promoting forest conservation and restoration in the Chesapeake region.

Beyond her dedication to forests, Jenny is an avid reader and eater, an occasional crocheter, and she hopes to become quite the gardener. Her favorite part about the Chesapeake region is the summers, especially the thunderstorms and lightning bugs.

Jamie Alberti RiverSmart Homes Senior Program Manager
Maryland & DC Office
Jamie is Senior Program Manager of RiverSmart Homes, where she oversees the Alliance's rain barrel and landscaping projects in D.C. Jamie enjoys her current position with the Alliance because it allows her to combine watershed restoration with environmental education opportunities.
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Jessica Blackburn Citizens Advisory Committee Coordinator
Virginia Office
Jessica serves as the Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) Coordinator to the Chesapeake Executive Council. As Coordinator, she is responsible for organizing meetings throughout the Chesapeake for CAC members to meet with government officials, technical experts, and stakeholders to discusses issues and how to address them.
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Adam Bray Administrative Assistant for Citizens' Advisory Committee
Virginia Office
Adam assists the Committee Coordinator in providing organizational support and meeting coordination for CAC members as they meet with government officials, technical experts and stakeholders across the watershed.
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Jeremy Browning Development & Executive Asst.
Maryland & DC Office
Jeremy provides support to the development team in many capacities, manages the Annapolis office and assists the Executive Director and Board.
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Liz Chudoba Water Quality Program Manager
Virginia Office
Liz is the Alliance's Water Quality Program Manager. She manages the Chesapeake Monitoring Cooperative partnership, and the Alliance's RiverTrends program.
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Meredeth Dash RiverWise Schools Program Coordinator
Virginia Office
Meredeth is the Alliance's part-time Program Coordinator for RiverWise Schools. She manages the Alliance's RiverWise Schools project.
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Ola Davis Local Government Assistant
Maryland & DC Office
Ola began her work with the Alliance in August of 2018 as the Local Government Program Assistant, where she helps to staff the Local Government Advisory Committee for the Chesapeake Bay Program
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Ryan Davis Chesapeake Forests Program Manager
Pennsylvania Office
Ryan is the Alliance's Program Manager for our Chesapeake Forests program. He focuses on forest conservation and restoration within the watershed in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New York.
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Nissa Dean Virginia State Director
Virginia Office
Nissa is the Alliance's Virginia State Director, where she oversees program staff, and manages a variety of projects, including Greening Virginia's Capitol and RiverWise Communities.
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Rachel Felver Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program
Maryland & DC Office
Rachel is the Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program, where she is in charge of communications content that is distributed to the Bay Program's partners.
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Kate Fritz Executive Director
Maryland & DC Office
Kate is the Executive Director of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay. Her interest in the Chesapeake extends beyond her love of kayaking and fishing, and has led her to many volunteer opportunities locally. She is a certified Master Watershed Steward, and was a founding member of the Board of Directors for the Anne Arundel County Watershed Stewards Academy (WAS).
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Mary Gattis Director of Local Government Programs
Pennsylvania Office
Mary serves as the Director of Local Government Programs and Coordinator of the Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council. She is responsible for managing all local government engagements initiatives and communicating with the Local Government Advisory Committee.
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Amy Hagerdon Virginia Program Coordinator
Virginia Office
Amy is the Alliance's Program Coordinator for the Virginia office. She coordinates several programs, such as Reduce Your Stromwater, RiverTrends, and RiverWise -- Communities and Congregations.
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Lucy Heller Chesapeake Conservation Corps Intern
Maryland & DC Office
Lucy is a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member located in our Annapolis office. Lucy will be helping with a couple projects including, Project Clean Stream and Tree Plantings. Also, as part of the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program, Lucy will be working on a capstone project.
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Craig Highfield Director of Chesapeake Forests Program
Maryland & DC Office
Craig is the Director of our Chesapeake Forests Program, where he manages a variety of projects that improve existing forests, create new ones, and educate residents and decision-makers about the benefits of forests in the Chesapeake watershed.
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Caitlyn Johnstone Communications and Outreach Specialist for Chesapeake Bay Program
Maryland & DC Office
Caitlyn joined the Alliance in September of 2016 as the Communications & Outreach Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program, where she works to increase collaboration of the watershed as a whole through outreach and partnership.
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Jaja Leroux Director of Finance
Maryland & DC Office
Jaja serves as the Alliance's Director of Finances, where she balances our many grants, various budgets, and organizational expenses.
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Jenna Mackley Program Coordinator
Pennsylvania Office
Jenna is the Program Coordinator in our Pennsylvania office. She coordinates a variety of program functions such as mapping, site visits, and more.
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Holly May Watershed Forester
Virginia Office
Holly is our Watershed Forester and is working out of the West Virginia Department of Forestry office in Inwood, WV. She works throughout West Virginia to plant riparian forest buffers on stream banks.
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Jenny McGarvey Chesapeake Forests Program Manager
Virginia Office
Jenny is the Chesapeake Forest Program Manager at the Alliance’s Virginia office, where she collaborates with the forests team on a variety of projects to advocate for the benefits of forests.
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Jenna Mitchell Pennsylvania State Director
Pennsylvania Office
Jenna serves as the Alliance's Pennsylvania State Director, where she oversees our PA staff and manages several projects in the region.
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Harriet Newquist Bookkeeper
Maryland & DC Office
Harriet Newquist is the Bookkeeper at the Alliance in the MD/DC Office, where she supports our Director of Finance with the financials and bookkeeping of the organization.
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Erin O’Grady RiverSmart Homes Program Coordinator
Maryland & DC Office
Erin is based in the MD/DC Office as the RiverSmart Homes Program Coordinator. She manages the Rain Barrel program which helps DC community members reduce their stormwater runoff by installing rain barrels on their property.
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Will Parson Multimedia Specialist
Maryland & DC Office
Will joined the Alliance in 2014 as the Multimedia Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program, where he produces photo and video stories across the Chesapeake watershed.
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Queen Richardson RiverSmart Homes Program Assistant
Maryland & DC Office
Queen is the RiverSmart Homes Program Assistant in DC. She helps to install and inspect rain barrels, rain gardens, BayScapes, and permeable pavers throughout DC.
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Drew Siglin Grants Manager
Maryland & DC Office
Drew recently returned to the Alliance part-time as the Grants Manager, where he assists Jaja with balancing our many grants.
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Joan Smedinghoff Web Content Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program
Maryland & DC Office
Joan is the Web Content Specialist for the Chesapeake Bay Program Communications Office. She works to create content for the Bay Program website, social media accounts, and newsletters.
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Marissa Spratley Communications Specialist
Maryland & DC Office
Marissa is the Communications Specialist at the Alliance’s MD/DC office. Her job includes communications outreach through social media, press releases, website content, and community engagement.
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Jennifer Starr Local Government Programs/LGAC Program Manager
Maryland & DC Office
Jennifer is the Alliance's Local Government Programs & LGAC Program Manager, where she manages our Local Government Programs and supports our LGAC Coordinator in providing insight and feedback to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partners.
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Corinne Stephens Business Partnerships Manager
Maryland & DC Office
Corinne manages our Businesses for the Bay program, which encourages businesses to take measurable and voluntary action to improve the Chesapeake Bay watershed.
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Laura Todd RiverSmart Program Coordinator
Maryland & DC Office
Laura is the Program Coordinator for the RiverSmart Homes program, coordinated in partnership with the DC Department of Energy and the Environment. She works on the permeable paver program.
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Lisa Wadsworth Finance & Development Assistant
Maryland & DC Office
Lisa is the Alliance's Finance and Development Assistant in our Maryland/DC Office, where she supports Jaja in the balancing of our finances.
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Maureen Walsh GIS and Outreach Intern
Pennsylvania Office
Maureen is the GIS and Outreach Intern for the Alliance’s Pennsylvania office. Some projects she is actively involved in this year include mapping riparian buffers for landowners in ArcGIS, laying out the geography of our work as an organization, and developing a tool to help visualize the scope of conservation organizations throughout the state at the county-level.
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Leslie Weller Pennsylvania Program Manager
Pennsylvania Office
Leslie is Program Manager for the Alliance's Pennsylvania office. She coordinates several of our Pennsylvania programs, such as Reduce Your Stormwater.
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