Jana Davis, Ph.D.
Executive Director
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Dr. Jana Davis is the Executive Director of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, overseeing its work on watershed restoration, education, outreach, and innovation. Jana has been at the Trust since 2005, first as Assistant Director for Programs then as Associate Executive Director prior to assuming the role of Executive Director. Jana is trained as a marine ecologist, with a B.S. in biology from Yale University and a Ph.D. in oceanography from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and has spent her career working at the intersection of science and policy. Her previous scientific work includes research in the applied realms of fisheries, aquaculture, and shoreline habitat restoration at Scripps; at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, where she was a postdoctoral fellow; and at the Williams College – Mystic Seaport Maritime Studies Program, where she was an oceanography faculty member. Prior to coming to the Trust, Jana served as an American Association for the Advancement of Science Congressional Science Fellow in the United State Senate, sponsored by the American Geophysical Union. Jana continues an active research program on shoreline restoration and ecology issues.

Finance and Administration


Jeanne Nelson
Director of Finance and Administration
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Jeanne leads the accounting, budgeting, investing and financial reporting activities for the Trust.  She is also responsible for human resources, information technology, and facilities as Director of Finance and Administration.  She has extensive experience in accounting, treasury, and operations within financial services, energy, and telecommunications industries and Fortune 500 companies.  She has held several accounting positions in various industries throughout her career.  She has held leadership positions at Constellation Energy, where she was responsible for the firm’s treasury operations, and Morgan Stanley, where she managed the check deposit operations for the retail banking division.  Most recently, Jeanne was Vice President, Operations at a privately held energy services organization, Resource Energy, where she was responsible for all day to day operations of the firm.

Jeanne received her BS degree in Accounting from the University of Maryland.  She also holds a Certified Treasury Professional credential from the Association of Financial Professionals.

In addition to her work at the Trust, Jeanne also is an active midshipman sponsor at the United States Naval Academy.


Heather Adams
Operations Manager
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Sarah Higgins
Office Manager
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Over the past ten years, Sarah has held previous Office Manager roles around the Annapolis area.  Most recently, Sarah has been a licensed real estate agent with Bay Green Properties Group of Keller Williams Flagship of MD.  In addition to her professional work experience, Sarah also spends time organizing & volunteering “Stuff-A-Bus” to provide food for the Anne Arundel County Food Bank, My Brother’s Pantry, and Ashbury Church Assistance Network.

Millicent Goodger
Accounting Consultant

Grant Managers and Technical Assistance

Kacey Wetzel
Director of Programs for Outreach & Education
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Kacey Wetzel joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in 2007 and now leads the Trust’s Capacity Building, Community Engagement, and Environmental Education programs. Kacey works with funding partners, non-profit organizations, and community leaders to identify and develop projects that improve both community and environmental well-being.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, Kacey graduated from Rollins College with a B.A. in Environmental Studies and holds an M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University, and a CPH in Social Marketing from the University of South Florida. Kacey has studied water and waste management in the Dominican Republic and environmental sustainability in Costa Rica. Prior to her work with the Chesapeake Bay Trust, she worked as an environmental scientist with SAV Engineers.

Sadie Drescher
Director of Programs for Restoration
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Sadie joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in 2014. At the Trust she leads the restoration programs that include implementation projects, research efforts, and innovative county watershed and citizen engagement grant programs. She has background in environmental science with a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the College of Charleston and a B.S. in Environmental Biology from Tennessee Technological University. Sadie’s work focuses on watershed restoration and stormwater management to support policy, training, and outreach initiatives. At the Trust Sadie enjoys working with partners to form strong grant programs that benefit the water and people in the Chesapeake Bay.

Prior to joining the Trust, Sadie was a Watershed Researcher and Planner for the Center for Watershed Protection where she developed watershed management strategies for local communities and an US EPA Chesapeake Bay Program Office coordinator. Before working at the Center, Sadie was a Research Specialist in the Science and Policy Division of SC’s coastal management program, worked at the USDA Center for Forested Wetlands in SC, and was an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education fellow for the US Department of Energy in Tennessee.

Sarah Koser
Senior Program Officer
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Sarah joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in 2019. At the Trust she supports the restoration programs that include implementation projects, research efforts, and innovative county watershed and citizen engagement grant programs.  She has a background in wetlands and environmental restoration with a M.S. in Environmental Engineering from Johns Hopkins University and a B.S. in Biology/Botany from the Pennsylvania State University. Sarah’s work focuses on watershed restoration and stormwater management to support policy, training, and outreach initiatives. At the Trust Sarah enjoys working with partners to form strong grant programs that benefit the water and people in the Chesapeake Bay.

Sarah has almost 20 years of expertise in science-related work as a consultant. Prior to joining the Trust, Sarah was a senior scientist for EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc., PBC where she managed projects focused on habitat restoration, wetland delineation and function assessment, technical writing, conducting baseline fish, benthic, and plant surveys and stream assessments. Other experience includes conducting rare, threatened, and endangered (RTE) plant species surveys; habitat and vegetation identification and mapping; and plant identification to species level.  Before working at EA, Sarah was a lab assistant at Penn State where she conducted research on the mineral uptake of Arabidopsis thaliana (mouse ear cress) and soybeans, focusing on phosphorus and the efficiency of root hair growth.

Tara Drennan
Senior Program Officer
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Tara Drennan joined the Trust in 2011 and leads the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program and K-12 Environmental Education programs and initiatives that focus on building capacity for the advancement of environmental literacy in schools and improving the green career pathway for youth in Maryland and the region. Tara works with teachers, school systems and organizations to implement projects and programs that infuse K-12 environmental education into school curriculum, promote outdoor and experiential learning and support career and leadership development in youth.

Tara graduated from Ursinus College with a B.A. in Political and Environmental Science, M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from Johns Hopkins University and a certified Maryland Master Gardener. She also is a Senior Fellow in the Environmental Leadership Program for the Chesapeake Region.

Jeffrey Popp
Senior Program Officer
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Jeffrey Popp joined the Trust in March 2016 and leads the Green Streets Green Jobs Green Towns, Anne Arundel County Forestry and Mini Greening, and Montgomery County Stormwater grant programs. Before coming to the Trust, Jeff was the Manager of Conservation Projects with the Wildlife Habitat Council where he coordinated, designed, and managed on-the-ground corporate habitat restoration projects in both rural and urban settings. Working with landowners and other community partners, Jeff helped navigate and overcome the challenges of creating successful restoration projects that benefits wildlife, water quality, and surrounding communities.

Jeff has over 15 years of experience in habitat design and community outreach, and specializes in native plants, reptiles and amphibians, and habitat restoration. Jeff has worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, and as Co-Director for the Terrapin Institute. He has served on Governor appointed task forces relating to reptile, amphibian, pollininators and fisheries conservation and remains active in natural resource and conservation education issues on national and local levels. Jeff hold a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Towson University.

Emily Stransky
Program Officer
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Emily Stransky joined the Trust in January 2015 and now leads the Trust’s Watershed Assistance, Mini K-12 Environmental Education, and Charles County Forestry grant programs.

Emily graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in Environmental Science and Policy, concentrating in Wildlife Ecology and Management. After graduating, she entered the Environmental Education field, participating in the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Chesapeake Conservation Corps Program where she was stationed at Eden Mill Nature Center in Harford County. Prior to starting at the Trust, she worked at Irvine Nature Center, coordinating corporate and school service projects and leading field trips and camp-outs.

Bre’Anna Brooks
Program Officer
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Bre’Anna Brooks joined the Trust in April 2016 and now manages the District of Columbia Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program, and Prince George’s County Litter Reduction Program. Bre’Anna is the Lead contact for the Outreach and Restoration Program. She is the co-lead for the Trust’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee which serves several functions to meet the goal of ensuring that our grant making is reaching as many diverse audiences as possible.

Bre’Anna earned a B.A. in Environmental Studies with an emphasis on Ecology and Evolutionary Biology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to joining the Chesapeake Bay Trust, she served in an AmeriCorps youth program that entailed land conservation efforts such as habitat restoration, fire mitigation and invasive species removal. Bre’Anna was driven to the local area due to an interest in making an impact on the Chesapeake Bay watershed and those who call this region home. She is currently pursuing a Maryland Master Naturalist certification to broaden her knowledge and engagement in natural resources.

Nguyen Le
Program Coordinator
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Nguyen joined the Trust in February 2018. She now manages the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program and co-manages the Outreach and Restoration grant program.

Prior to joining the Trust, she worked for the Interstate Commission on the Potomac River Basin (ICPRB), where she served as a 2014-2015 Chesapeake Conservation Corps member (a Trust program), and then was hired by her host organization as the Education Projects Coordinator. There, she managed ICPRB’s Score Four stormwater education program, led lessons for Prince George’s County Public High Schools, and supported other ICPRB programs and goals.

Nguyen holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy with a Minor in Sustainability Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. She recently graduated from Virginia Tech’s Executive Master of Natural Resources program where she earned a Master of Natural Resources and Graduate Certificate in Global Sustainability.

Joseph Toolan
Outreach and Education Program Assistant
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Joe (He/Him) joined the Trust in January 2019. He supports the grants team with grant reviews, grant/database management, and currently leads the Trust’s Anne Arundel County Community Tree Planting Grant Program, the Oyster Technology and Education Grant Program, as well as the Chesapeake Conservation Corps (CCC) Grant Program and the CCC All Hands-On Deck Program. He also assists with the Trust’s Capacity Building Initiative, and manages Environmental Education and Outreach and Restoration grants.

Prior to joining the Trust, Joe received a B.S. from The University of Maryland, College Park in Geographical Sciences with a concentration in Environment Systems and Natural Resource Management. He previously interned with the Anne Arundel County Department of Health in their Environmental Health Department.

Outside of the Trust, Joe is a member of the Young Professionals of Color program with the Choose Clean Water Coalition and also serves as the Central-Atlantic Regional Co-Chair with Out for Sustainability where he is inspired by the intersectionality of his identities as a queer person of color and environmental advocate. He is passionate about how to move forward increasing diversity, equity and inclusion in the effort fighting climate change, increasing sustainability, and Protecting the Chesapeake.

Katherine Somoza
Restoration Program Assistant
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Kathy joined the Trust in January 2020. She supports the grants team with database management and financial review. She also creates media such as blog posts and newsletters to highlight grant projects and promote grant programs.

Prior to joining the Trust as a full-time member, Kathy served as the intern for the Prince George’s Rain Check Rebate Program at the Trust. She received her B.S. in Biology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Kathy looks forward to continue supporting the work and relationships maintained by the Trust in her new role.

Marketing and Communications

Cynamon Butler

Cynamon Butler
Marketing and Communications Manager
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Cynamon Butler joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in November 2020.  With over 10 years of marketing and communications experience, she is excited to help strategize and support marketing efforts for the Chesapeake Bay plate, tax checkoff, boating/hunting/fishing license, and the Chesapeake Bay Trust shop.

Before coming to the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Cynamon was the Director of Missions at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church where she also managed communications.  She has held marketing and communications roles at other nonprofits, corporations, and agencies.  Cynamon has her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) with a concentration in Marketing degree from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

When Cynamon is not working, she enjoys spending time with her family and experiencing new cultures.

Terry Pompey
Marketing Officer
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Terry joined the Trust in June 2018. He supports the Chesapeake Bay Plate marketing efforts, with a goal of increasing funds generated through the sales of Chesapeake Bay Plates. Terry reaches out to and builds relationships with car dealerships, tag and title agencies, and the Motor Vehicle Administration in order to promote and educate on the good work made possible through Chesapeake Bay Plate sales.  Terry also assists in growing the value of the Plate Perks program through increasing the number of businesses that participate in offering Plate Perks to our Perks members.

Prior to joining the Trust Terry received education in various fields, concluding with a MBA from Wilmington University. He co-founded a small marketing firm in Delaware called Gear Connected Media where he developed and executed marketing strategies for primarily automotive-based businesses.  His passion and love for the environment lead him to the Trust, and he is excited to expand the presence of the Bay Plate throughout Maryland.



Eliza Ward

Eliza Ward
Development, Marketing, & Communications Intern

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Eliza is currently a senior at American University studying Film and Media Arts as well as minoring in Environmental Science and Graphic Design.  As a Development, Marketing, and Communications Intern, Eliza helps manage social media, website content, marketing material, and various other tasks.

Eliza is passionate about conservation and biodiversity.  Her love for the environment stems from spending many months in the Adirondack Mountain State Park in upstate New York.  When not working, Eliza enjoys hiking and playing ultimate frisbee.