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Meet The Staff: Queen Richardson

Meet our RiverSmart Homes Program Assistant
based out of the Maryland & DC Office

Queen was born and raised in Washington DC. She discovered her passion for the environment her senior year of high school as it neared graduation time and she didn’t have the community service hours she needed, so she volunteered as a youth leader for Sash Bruce Youth work. As a youth leader she advocated for year-round youth employment and other community issues by writing testimonies and speeches to present to council members about possible solutions. Shortly after she was introduced to gardening by a non-profit organization called Beet Street Gardens. She learned a variety about gardening from watering and weeding to companion planting and production. Queen enjoyed it so much she began to change her eating habits and started her own little garden. This also encouraged her to teach others about gardening and nutrition, so much so she began facilitating numerous workshops for youth ages 13-17 about gardening. After about she and the group she worked with decided to create a pilot project selling homemade organic sweet potato pies from their produce, which they would sell at farmers markets and events throughout DC.

After the partnership ended with Sasha Bruce, Queen became a collective member of Beet Street Gardens where she helped maintain garden sites, create crop plans and attend collective meetings/events. During this time she also worked at a small café called Big Bear, as a cashier and baker for three years. She then transitioned to a production bakery called Tryst Trading Co. She soon realized she didn’t want to be a baker after her first year, so she left and joined a five month conservation cohort called River Corps. She was a team member and the only girl in the cohort. The group visited the streams in DC and did photo monitoring to keep track of the restoration progress and report it back to Department of Energy and Environment. They also did invasive species removal and River Smart Home inspections.

She learned so much about storm water, sewer systems, green infrastructure and the Chesapeake Bay through this program. She also gained a few certifications such as Child and Adult First Aid CPR/AED and Erosion and Sediment Control. After that she completed two internships with DOEE as a summer youth leader and administrative assistant. Toward the end of the internship in efforts to find employment involving familiar work and environmental issues she found the Program Assistant position with the Alliance. Queen is now proud to be a part of the Alliance family!

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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Amanda Bland Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member
Maryland & DC Office
Amanda is Alliance’s current Chesapeake Conservation Corps Member. Prior to joining the Chesapeake Conservation Corps Amanda has interned at the Calvert Marine Museum as the Estuarine Biologist intern, and for Bergeson and Campbell, P.C., an environmental law firm located in DC.
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Christina Bonini RiverWise Program Manager
Virginia Office
Christina is the RiverWise Program Manager in the Alliance's Richmond, VA office.RiverWise is a stormwater management and property owner engagement program that aims to improve water quality of local waterways that flow into the Chesapeake Bay.
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Adam Bray Program Assistant
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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Laura Cattell Noll Local Leadership Workgroup Coordinator
Maryland & DC Office
As a member of the Alliance’s Local Governments Team, Laura coordinates the Local Leadership Workgroup. She has more than a decade of experience managing and implementing community-based watershed restoration and stewardship projects across the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
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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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Lucy Heller Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator
Maryland & DC Office
Lucy is the Communications and Maryland Outreach Coordinator in the Annapolis office. She assists with daily communications work and coordinates Maryland outreach events.
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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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Abbi Huntzinger Maryland Restoration Program Manager
Maryland & DC Office
As the Maryland Restoration Program Manager, Abbi supports the development, design, and implementation of in-the-ground projects that help improve the waterways, habitat, and communities throughout Maryland. She is a Registered Landscape Architect who strives to balance both building strong projects and partnerships.
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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 Community Engagement Manager
Pennsylvania Office
Jenna is the Community Engagement Manager in our Pennsylvania office. She manages a variety of program functions such as event planning, volunteer coordination, social media, and more.
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Suzanne Martin Director of Development
Maryland & DC Office
Suzanne is the Director of Development, and has over 20 years of development and fundraising experience, as well as experience in the environmental and education field.
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Jenny McGarvey Senior Program Manager
Virginia Office
Jenny is a senior program manager based in the Alliance’s Virginia office. She serves a dual managerial role over the Chesapeake Watershed Forum, ForumPlus, and Chesapeake Network, and aspects of our Chesapeake Forest program.
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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 Manager
Maryland & DC Office
Marissa is the Communications Manager at the Alliance’s Headquarters. Her job includes managing communications strategies across the organization and our regional offices.
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Jennifer Starr Director of Local Government Programs/LGAC Coordinator
Maryland & DC Office
Jennifer is the Alliance's Director of Local Government Programs & LGAC Coordinator, where she manages our Local Government Programs and provides insight and feedback to the Chesapeake Bay Program (CBP) partners.
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Sophie Stern RiverTrends Coordinator
Virginia Office
Sophie joined the Alliance in June 2019 as the RiverTrends Coordinator. She is looking forward to continue to motivate citizen scientists to connect with their waterways and provide essential data for improving water quality throughout the Chesapeake Bay.
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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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Leslie Weller Agricultural Program Manager
Pennsylvania Office
Leslie is the Agricultural Program Manager for the Alliance's Pennsylvania office. She supports and provides resources to farmers in Lancaster and surrounding counties.
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