Jana Davis, Ph.D.
President
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jdavis@cbtrust.org

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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
Vice President of Finance and Administration
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jnelson@cbtrust.org

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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
Senior Finance Administration Officer
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hadams@cbtrust.org

 

Sarah Higgins
Office Manager
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shiggins@cbtrust.org

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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
MGoodger@cbtrust.org

Grant Managers and Technical Assistance

Kacey Wetzel
Vice President of Programs for Outreach & Education
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kwetzel@cbtrust.org

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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
Vice President of Programs for Restoration
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sdrescher@cbtrust.org

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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 was 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
Program Manager
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skoser@cbtrust.org

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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
Program Manager
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tdrennan@cbtrust.org

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Tara Drennan (she/her) joined the Trust in 2011 and currently leads the Chesapeake Conservation Corps and K-12 Environmental Education programs and initiatives. Tara’s portfolio focuses on building capacity to advance environmental literacy in schools and empowering youth to take action and become change-makers for a healthy environment whether it is at their school, in their community, or joining the green workforce. Tara works with school districts and organizations across Maryland and the region to implement projects that embed 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.

Greg Burks
Program Manager
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Greg joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in November 2021 where he manages the Urban Trees Program. He has worked for over a decade in the non-profit, community engagement, and social change space. Prior to joining the Trust, he worked for John Hopkins University and Medicine as a Senior Community Programs Manager where he led initiatives to build stronger communities by addressing social justice issues, food insecurity, and environmental restoration in underserved neighborhoods. Greg holds a BA in Clinical Psychology from Point Park University in Pittsburgh.

Jeffrey Popp
Senior Program Officer
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jpopp@cbtrust.org

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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, pollinators 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
Senior Program Officer
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estransky@cbtrust.org

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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.

Nguyen Le
Program Officer
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nle@cbtrust.org

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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
Program Officer
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jtoolan@cbtrust.org

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Joe (he/him/his) joined the Trust in January 2019 as a Program Assistant. In his current role, he is the Chair of the Trust’s Diversity and Inclusion Action Committee, as well as leads the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice work for the Trust. He manages the District of Columbia Community Stormwater Solutions Grant Program and District of Columbia Urban Agriculture Small Grants Program, the Prince George’s County Litter Reduction Pilot Program, and co-leads the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program (outreach and behavior change projects, as well as managing the partnerships with Baltimore City, Harford County, and Queen Anne’s County).

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 the Chair on the Board of Annapolis Pride, a Coach for the Bridge Project, and is involved with many organizations focused on adoption. Joe previously served as the Mid-Atlantic Region Community Cultivator with Out for Sustainability and was a member of the 2020 cohort of the Young Professionals of Color program through the Choose Clean Water Coalition. He is inspired by the intersectionality of his identities as a queer, latinx and indigenous, adoptee, in the environmental community. 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
Program Coordinator
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ksomoza@cbtrust.org

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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 continuing to support the work and relationships maintained by the Trust in her role.

Whitney Vong
Restoration Program Assistant
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wvong@cbtrust.org

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Whitney joined the Trust in April 2021. She supports the grants team with project management, grant reviews, and database management.

Prior to joining the Trust, Whitney received her B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy concentrating in Biodiversity and Conservation Biology and a minor in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) from the University of Maryland, College Park. Her internship experiences have included collecting bat echolocation calls around central Maryland and serving as a Doris Duke Conservation Scholar at the University of Michigan.

Whitney is passionate about the conservation of our vulnerable biodiversity and habitats amid global environmental change. She is excited to support the work of the Trust to promote a sustainable future between our natural resources and local communities.

Rylee Kennedy
Outreach and Education Program Assistant
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rkennedy@cbtrust.org

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Rylee Kennedy joined the Trust in May of 2021. She supports the Outreach and Education team with grant and database management.

Prior to working with the Trust, Rylee has helped internship positions with the Maryland Agricultural Resource Council, Maryland Environmental Service, and the Maryland Pesticide Education Network. Through these organizations, she has gained experience with community outreach, public relations, and program management. Rylee has earned her B.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).

Development

Suzanne Armstrong
Vice President of Development
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sarmstrong@cbtrust.org

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Suzanne joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in 2021 as the Director of Development. She works with and alongside individuals, families, and employers throughout the watershed who are committed to protecting, restoring, and treasuring the Chesapeake through philanthropy. Suzanne has nearly 15 years in fundraising, communications, and project management for nonprofits, most recently as the Director of Development and Communications at New Futures and in a variety of development roles at the Washington Jesuit Academy, both in Washington, DC.

A graduate of American University’s School of International Service, Suzanne values a local approach to changing our world. She grew up in the watershed along the banks of the Susquehanna River and loves exploring the Bay as her family puts down roots in their adoptive hometown of Bowie.

Sophia Griffin
Development Assistant
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sgriffin@cbtrust.org

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Sophia joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in June 2021. Prior to joining the Trust, Sophia served in many capacities for a variety of local non-profit organizations, most recently employed as a Donor Relations Associate at The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

A native of Maryland, Sophia has always had a connection to the Chesapeake Bay, and a passion for preserving its vitality for years to come. She is excited to support the Trust’s work in seeing this mission become a reality through its philanthropic efforts. When she is out of the office, Sophia enjoys singing professionally, hiking in various parks throughout the state of Maryland, and spending time with her family.

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Marketing and Communications

Terry Pompey
Marketing Officer
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tpompey@cbtrust.org

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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.

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Intern

Rachel Pitsenberger
Rain Check Rebate Intern
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rpitsenberger@cbtrust.org

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Rachel joined the Trust in June of 2021. Rachel is a rising senior at Georgetown University, pursuing a degree in Biology and minors in Environmental Studies and Spanish. Rachel is passionate about social justice and environmental sustainability and after graduation hopes to pursue a career rooted in conservation and environmental justice. Prior to starting at the Trust, Rachel worked as an intern with Habitat for Humanity where she developed educational workshops and researched alternative funding programs.