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Meet The Staff: Rachel Felver

Meet our Director of Communications for the Chesapeake Bay Program
based out of the Maryland & DC Office

Growing up in northeastern Pennsylvania, Rachel spent her childhood and teenage years attending environmental camp, which included annual 30-mile canoe trips down the Delaware River. Determined to turn this passion into a career, she attended the University of Pittsburgh, where she obtained a Bachelor’s in Political Science, minoring in West European Studies and German, and a Masters’ in Public Administration, concentrating in Environmental Policy & Management. She began her career as a government contractor for the U.S. Coast Guard, where she wrote vessel response plans in case of hazardous waste or oil spills.

In 2007, Rachel moved on to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) where she discovered her flair for communications. She spent almost nine years in the Office of Environmental Information, most notably as their Communications Director for over four years. During her tenure at EPA, Rachel grew her expertise in strategic communications, internal communications, and program and project management. Wanting to test out the waters in the non-profit arena, she left EPA in the fall of 2015 to join the Marketing team at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, where she was responsible for strategic communications planning for priority projects. She joined the Alliance as the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Communications Director in March 2016.

Rachel settled in Annapolis in 2010 and immediately grew to love the Chesapeake Bay and the role it plays in this region. Her favorite Bay activities include paddleboarding and taking her pit bull, Sam, swimming. In her free time, her other favorite activities include traveling, yoga, skiing, live music, trying new craft beers and animal rescue.

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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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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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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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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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 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 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 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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