Executive Director

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

Marian Brown
Director of Accounting & Finance
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Marian joined the Chesapeake Bay Trust in May 2018.  At the Trust she leads all accounting, budgeting, investing, finance, and financial reporting activities of the organization.  Marian brings close to 30 years of leadership and management experience in accounting and finance to the Chesapeake Bay Trust.  Previously, Marian was the Director of Finance and Administration at the U.S. Dream Academy, where she was responsible for managing all accounting, finance, human resources, and day-to-day operations of the organization.  Marian’s career started in a local public accounting firm as an auditor, and her experience and skills continued to be honed by working in the private, nonprofit, and corporate sectors as well as co-owning an accounting and consulting business for nine years.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Howard University, and a Masters of Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the Johns Hopkins University Carey Business School.  Marian is also a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of MD.

A New Jersey native, who has lived in the DC/MD area since graduating from college, she is excited to be part of the Chesapeake Bay Trust team to help further their mission of promoting public awareness and public participation in the protection and restoration of the natural resources of the Chesapeake region.



Heather Adams
Operations Manager
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Cindy Edson
Administrative Assistant
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Cindy brings extensive administrative and operational experience from statewide, regional, and international associations.

She has an undergraduate degree in Communications from Hood College and recently completed the 21st Century Project Management certification through Anne Arundel Community College.

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.

Abbi Huntzinger
Senior Program Officer
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Abbi Huntzinger joined the Trust in August 2015 after a rewarding 10 years working in private practice as a Registered Landscape Architect. As a Senior Program Officer for the Chesapeake Bay Trust, she combines her knowledge of restorative landscapes with an ability to build teams and partnerships to leverage resources in order to protect our waterways. She is honored to manage projects for the Trust that positively impact the watershed and engage diverse communities at local and state levels.

A Pennsylvania native, Abbi holds a Bachelor’s of Landscape Architecture from Penn State University and is pursuing a graduate degree in Natural Resources and Sustainability from Virginia Tech. Her career has focused on restorative landscape practices including conservation landscape planning, bioretention design, and green roof design and maintenance.

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 Coordinator
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Bre’Anna Brooks joined the Trust in April 2016 and now manages the Community Engagement Mini Grant Program and the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program. She assists with the Outreach and Restoration Grant Program and the Chesapeake Conservation Corps 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
Restoration Program Assistant
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Nguyen joined the Trust in February 2018. She supports grant program staff with grant review, grant management, and grant tracking. She also develops newsletters, blog posts, and other materials to promote grant programs and grant projects.

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.

Communications, Development & Marketing

Kelly Swartout
Director of Development and Marketing
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Kelly joined the Trust in April 2016. Kelly brings 30 years of leadership and management experience in development, fundraising, marketing, and communications to the Chesapeake Bay Trust. Previously, Kelly was the Director of Annual Giving & Alumni Relations for St. Mary’s Parish and School in Annapolis, where she planned, developed, and implemented a major gift and planned giving program, grew the annual fund program, and reinvigorated the St. Mary’s High School Alumni Association.

Kelly has an extensive background in conservation and environmental fundraising having worked for the Chesapeake Bay Foundation for 23 years and served as a consultant for a number of regional organizations. She received her certificate in fundraising management from Goucher College. Kelly is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals and Association of Prospect Researchers for Advancement. A Maryland native, Kelly is excited to be part of the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s mission to educate, restore, and engage citizen stewards for a clean, healthy Chesapeake Bay.

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.


Erin Valentine
Development & Communications Coordinator
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Erin joined the Trust in July 2017 as the Development & Communications Coordinator. A publishing and communications professional with nearly 20 years of experience helping nonprofits further their missions through well-crafted messaging, Erin is responsible for ensuring wide-spread awareness of the Trust’s Grant Programs, Bay Plate and Plate Perks programs, and other initiatives.

Prior to joining the Trust, Erin was a developmental editor for the Water Environment Federation in Alexandria, Virginia, which fostered her passion for water and environmental issues. She spent 10 years as a managing editor for the American Institute of CPAs, and prior to that began her career at the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air Conditioning Engineers, in Atlanta, Georgia.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication from McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland. Originally from beautiful Mountain Maryland, Erin has lived in several of the largest cities on the East Coast, but ultimately decided to make the Annapolis area home because of her great love for the Chesapeake Bay.