Elle grew up on the South River in Annapolis and has a passion for being outdoors and introducing others to their local rivers. As the Miles-Wye RIVERKEEPER, Elle is dedicated towards the protection and restoration of the Miles and Wye Rivers. To achieve this, Elle is involved in ShoreRivers' environmental education and outreach programs, oyster restoration, water quality monitoring, and restoration projects. Elle attended Washington College for her undergrad and has a Masters in environmental education. She is a certified "Natural Leader" by the Children & Nature Network and has previously worked with the Chesapeake Bay Trust and NOAA.
Kristan has a strong background in management, finance, sales and marketing. She graduated from the University of North Carolina with a B.A. in Psychology. Her career, including positions at Smith Barney and Kaplan Test Prep, has taken her to Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Washington, DC, and New Orleans. She led the reopening of Kaplan Test Prep’s New Orleans and Baton Rouge centers after Hurricane Katrina. Kristan says she is thrilled to return to her birthplace on Maryland’s beautiful Eastern Shore, where she lives with her husband, their three young sons, and their trusty dog Uli.
Captain Emmett Duke
Sassafras Riverkeeper firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.275.1400
Capt. Emmett grew up in the Florida Panhandle and South Alabama. His love of the water began as a life guard in high school, and has evolved to holding a 100-ton Masters License from the U.S. Coast Guard and an Unlimited Maryland Commercial Tidal Fishery License.
“Messing about in boats” since 1968 ultimately led to his passion for clean water in the Chesapeake Bay and in the Chester and Sassafras Rivers.
A business major at the University of Alabama and the University of Maryland, he brings an extensive background in business management, U.S. Congressional Senior Staff, and commercial fishing and boating issues to ShoreRivers.
Ann Frock is Communications Coordinator and Office Manager (also known as Officekeeper) of the Easton office.
Ann coordinates media releases, website, social media, and the River Champion biannual printed newsletter. Ann oversees and maintains all aspects of the ShoreRivers database. She provides administrative support to staff, boards, committees, colleagues, volunteers, donors, and members. She graduated from the University of Maryland with a major in Communications and concentrations in agricultural and environmental studies. She is the author of multiple books, including Saving the Bay: People Working for the Future of the Chesapeake (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001). Ann has 30+ years’ experience in business management and in the banking and construction industries. She enjoys being at the nerve center of MRC’s busy office.
As Regional Director, Isabel leads the staff and programs working to restore the Chester and Sassafras rivers. She previously served as the Chester Riverkeeper for four years and has a Master in Environmental Management from Duke University and a B.S. from Bucknell University. Isabel enjoys wake-boarding and managing spreadsheets.
Emily is an Eastern Shore native, studied the Bay at Washington College, and has interned at multiple conservation organizations. Emily is from Salisbury, MD and graduated from Washington College in May of 2015 with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, a minor in English and a concentration in Chesapeake Regional Studies. She participated in the Chesapeake Semester program during the fall of 2012.
Emily has interned at Eastern Shore Land Conservancy, Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Maryland General Assembly, and Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s Eastern Shore Office.
Jeff joined MRC’s board in June, 2010, was elected chairman in June, 2011, and served as such through 2013, providing key guidance and support in building MRC during its formative years. He grew up near Queenstown on the Wye River and is a 1982 graduate of Washington College with a BA in Political Science. While attending college, Jeff worked for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources helping to integrate Wye Island into a state holding. He and his wife, Beth, built a successful pension management company which he later sold to Susquehanna Bank, where he stayed on as chief operating officer of its Retirement Planning Division. During this time he continued with his conservation interests, serving on the Chesapeake Bay Foundation’s President’s Advisory Council and as a board member of the Chesapeake Bay Trust, as well as other boards. Currently he serves on the Harry R. Hughes Center for Agro-Ecology, Inc. board, the Aspen/Wye Fellows board and the Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corp’s program board. Jeff’s family has long been committed to stewardship of the Wye River, and donated large tracts of land along its shores for conservation purposes–land that became the Aspen and Wye Institutes, the University of Maryland Agricultural Resource Center and the Wye Research and Education Center. He and his family live on the Wye River.
Director of Operations and Finance email@example.com or 443.385.0511
Kristin began her career as a lawyer for a large Washington, DC, firm and then for many years co-owned a federal government contracting company. She was the founder and president of Outside Counsel, a legal personnel service in Washington, DC. She is a summa cum laude graduate of Howard University where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She has a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia School of Law.
Kristin started with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy at its inception in 2009. For ShoreRivers, Kristin oversees state and federal grant work, manages storm water and restoration projects, and handles the organization’s finances.
Tim Junkin is the founder and was the executive director of MRC for its first seven years. He remains on staff in an advisory capacity. He is an attorney with thirty years of experience as a trial lawyer and advocate of civil rights, an award winning writer with three books under publication (all centered around the Choptank River-Eastern Bay area), and a teacher. His books, in chronological order, are TheWaterman, Good Counsel, and Bloodsworth. He has also published numerous magazine and newspaper articles. He co-founded and for two decades served as the managing partner of a private law firm in Washington D.C. Tim spent much of his boyhood in Talbot County, graduating from Easton High School in 1969. He obtained a B.A. degree, cum laude, from the University of Maryland in 1973, and completed his law studies at Georgetown University Law Center in 1977, where he graduated as a Law Fellow. He has taught at American University, Georgetown University Law Center, Harvard University Law School, and the Bethesda Writer’s Center. He was recognized by American University in 1984 as the year’s outstanding adjunct professor. Tim established MRC (previously the Choptank River Eastern Bay Conservancy) in the fall of 2008 and served as its director until 2016.
Rebecca recently graduated from Tulane University with a B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. While at Tulane, she assisted in the research of the life history and evolutionary relationships of the Alaskan three-spine stickleback. Living in Louisiana she also worked for the National Park Service to re-implement a water level monitoring system to track yearly fluctuations and sea level rise.
Returning to Maryland as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer, she looks forward to working with ShoreRivers to gain a deeper understanding of the Chesapeake watershed while working with the community that helped shape her passion for the environment.
Matt transplanted to the Eastern Shore from the Great Lakes region and with him he brought his passion for clean water, outdoor recreation, and promoting the things he loves. As Choptank Riverkeeper, Matt is dedicated to safeguarding the long-term health of the river, guarding against illegal and harmful activities, and building a stronger voice for the protection of the river’s natural resources. Matt has a degree in biology and environmental studies from Penn State University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in environmental policy. His professional experience includes water quality monitoring, environmental policy, community organizing, and advocacy.
Kim Righi is an upper Eastern Shore native who harbors a deep appreciation for wilderness and the natural world. She resides along the Sassafras River and enjoys roaming its quiet backwaters and forested areas. Formerly the Executive Director of the Sassafras River Association, her work is dedicated to the continuity and advancement of the Sassafras RIVERKEEPER program.
Kim is a nonprofit management professional whose 30-year career has been devoted to helping charitable organizations work more efficiently, effectively, and sustainably to advance their mission and be good stewards of the resources entrusted to them.
Timothy Rosen grew up outside of Baltimore on one of the Chesapeake Bay’s most polluted tributaries. He majored in biology and minored in environmental studies at Mount St. Mary’s University and completed a Master’s degree in watershed hydrology at Louisiana State University. Following graduate school he entered into Chesapeake Bay Trust’s Conservation Corps with Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy. At Shore Rivers he partners with academic, state, and federal agencies to complete basic research on agricultural best management practices, manages restoration projects, completes watershed assessments, oversees a volunteer creekwatcher program, and completes water quality related outreach.
Education and Volunteer Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org or 443.385.0511
In 2013 Suzanne migrated from her beloved hometown of Boston, Massachusetts (city of champions) to the Eastern Shore of Maryland and has made a home-away-from-home in Cambridge, MD. An avid outdoors woman, Suzanne loves living steps away from the Choptank River and seeing her neighbors on the land and the water. Suzanne works in the Eastern Shore communities to introduce people of all ages to the river through education programs and improve water quality through community stewardship and restoration projects.
Suzanne has a degree in Biology from University of Massachusetts Amherst and has experience in coastal wetland research, environmental consulting, and secondary education.
Josh Thompson works as an independent consultant for SRA and is the brains behind our restoration projects. Growing up on a fourth generation family farm in Kent County, DE, Josh has long been part of the Delmarva agricultural community. An avid hunter, Josh spent his youth roaming the fields for waterfowl and deer, developing a sense of stewardship for the land, the water that runs through it, and the wildlife that inhabits it. Josh received his BS in Animal Science from the University of Delaware College of Agriculture. A licensed Nutrient Management Consultant in the State of Delaware, Josh brings significant expertise to SRA having served as Watershed & Restoration Coordinator for the Harpeth River Watershed Association in Tennessee, Agricultural Liaison for the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays, and Agriculture Outreach Coordinator for the Sassafras River Association from 2010 to 2015.
Chester RIVERKEEPER email@example.com or 410-810-7556
An Eastern Shore native, Tim Trumbauer grew up on the banks of Rosin Creek fishing, sailing, and swamping his father's rowboat. As Chester RIVERKEEPER, Tim is dedicated to protecting the place he loves the most - the Chester River. He previously volunteered on the Chester River Association's Science and Tech Committee and as a Chester Tester.
Tim has a degree in environmental science from UMBC and his 15 years of professional experience includes water quality monitoring, environmental restoration, environmental policy, communications, and management.
Virgil is outstanding in his field! He is a lifetime resident of Kent County and retired in 2004 after a 47-year career as a conservation planner with the state and federal government. Virgil works with farmers in our watershed to help implement more river-friendly farming practices. His exhaustive knowledge of local farms and extensive personal connections with farm families is critical to CRA's agricultural work.
Chestertown/Sassafras Office Manager firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.810.7556
Laura is a native of the Eastern Shore and grew up on a family farm in Queen Anne’s County along the Chester River. An avid sailor, she spent a lot of time on the water growing up and gained a strong personal commitment to protecting local waterways. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies with a minor in Economics from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN. Laura manages our member database, bookkeeping, and administrative duties.