OUR TEAM

Thanks to your generous support, our talented staff is in the field every day to restore wetlands and oyster reefs, reduce pollution and engage all ages in meaningful volunteer and education experiences. Thanks for helping us help the river heal. Your gift makes all the difference.

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Marjorie Mayfield Jackson

Executive Director
mmayfield@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Marjorie Mayfield Jackson is the founding Executive Director. She left a dozen-year career as a newspaper writer to co-found the Elizabeth River Project around a kitchen table and has led the organization since its incorporation in 1993. “I did not want to accept a community that would abandon its home river as dead,” recalls Jackson of the founding. “Today I am tremendously proud of how far we’ve come as a community to bring the Elizabeth River to life.” Jackson holds a masters from Loyola University, trained extensively with the US Environmental Protection Agency in environmental risk management and in her previous career was nominated for a Pulitzer by the Virginian-Pilot. She lives on the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth with her husband, Bob.
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Marjorie Mayfield Jackson

Executive Director
mmayfield@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Marjorie Mayfield Jackson is the founding Executive Director. She left a dozen-year career as a newspaper writer to co-found the Elizabeth River Project around a kitchen table and has led the organization since its incorporation in 1993. “I did not want to accept a community that would abandon its home river as dead,” recalls Jackson of the founding. “Today I am tremendously proud of how far we’ve come as a community to bring the Elizabeth River to life.” Jackson holds a masters from Loyola University, trained extensively with the US Environmental Protection Agency in environmental risk management and in her previous career was nominated for a Pulitzer by the Virginian-Pilot. She lives on the Lafayette branch of the Elizabeth with her husband, Bob.
Marjorie Mayfield Jackson
Executive Director
Pam Boatwright - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director Administration
Pam Boatwright - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director Administration

Pamela Boatwright

Deputy Director Administration, River Star Business Programs Manager
pboatwright@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Pamela Boatwright is the River Star Businesses Program Manager and Deputy Director Administration with Elizabeth River Project. She has a BS in business administration with concentration in marketing and minor in international business from Old Dominion University. Pam has been with The Elizabeth River Project since 1994 and has been managing the River Star Businesses program since 2001. Pam works with industrial and organizational partners to carryout pollution prevention and/or habitat projects. Pam also provides administrative support to the organization. When she is not working, Pam is an avid boater and loves being out on the water.
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Pam Boatwright - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director Administration

Pamela Boatwright

Deputy Director Administration, River Star Business Programs Manager
pboatwright@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Pamela Boatwright is the River Star Businesses Program Manager and Deputy Director Administration with Elizabeth River Project. She has a BS in business administration with concentration in marketing and minor in international business from Old Dominion University. Pam has been with The Elizabeth River Project since 1994 and has been managing the River Star Businesses program since 2001. Pam works with industrial and organizational partners to carryout pollution prevention and/or habitat projects. Pam also provides administrative support to the organization. When she is not working, Pam is an avid boater and loves being out on the water.
Pamela Boatwright
Deputy Director Administration, River Star Business Programs Manager
Joe Rieger - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director of Restoration
Joe Rieger - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director of Restoration

Joe Rieger

Deputy Director of Restoration
jrieger@elizabetheriver.org
(757) 392-7133
Joe Rieger has worked for the non-profit, Elizabeth River Project, for 18 years and is the Deputy Director of Restoration. Joe has managed numerous wetland, oyster, and sediment restorations projects in the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers. Joe was the project manager for the remediation of Money Point which was the first nationally recognized community-led cleanup of contaminated sediments. He was also the project manager for oyster restoration in the Lafayette River, which became the first river in Virginia to meet Chesapeake Bay Program restoration goals in 2018. His position involves working directly with federal and state governments, waterfront industries, universities and the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Joe received his Bachelors of Science from Ohio University in 1998, and received a Master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology from Old Dominion University in 2002. Joe and his wife KC live in Norfolk on the Lafayette River. They have two sons, Walter and Lucas who both enjoy baseball and fishing on the river.  
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Joe Rieger - Elizabeth River Project Deputy Director of Restoration

Joe Rieger

Deputy Director of Restoration
jrieger@elizabetheriver.org
(757) 392-7133
Joe Rieger has worked for the non-profit, Elizabeth River Project, for 18 years and is the Deputy Director of Restoration. Joe has managed numerous wetland, oyster, and sediment restorations projects in the Elizabeth and Lafayette Rivers. Joe was the project manager for the remediation of Money Point which was the first nationally recognized community-led cleanup of contaminated sediments. He was also the project manager for oyster restoration in the Lafayette River, which became the first river in Virginia to meet Chesapeake Bay Program restoration goals in 2018. His position involves working directly with federal and state governments, waterfront industries, universities and the citizens of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Joe received his Bachelors of Science from Ohio University in 1998, and received a Master’s degree in Aquatic Ecology from Old Dominion University in 2002. Joe and his wife KC live in Norfolk on the Lafayette River. They have two sons, Walter and Lucas who both enjoy baseball and fishing on the river.  
Joe Rieger
Deputy Director of Restoration
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Robin Dunbar

Deputy Director of Education
rdunbar@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
Robin’s career path reflects the marriage of art and science, finding solutions to roadblocks and implementing one-of-a-kind projects. She has a thirty-year history in community education, is an Old Dominion University graduate and joined The Elizabeth River Project in 2000. Her new favorite spot on the river is A Kid’s Paradise Playground she designed for Paradise Creek Nature Park.
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Robin Dunbar

Deputy Director of Education
rdunbar@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
Robin’s career path reflects the marriage of art and science, finding solutions to roadblocks and implementing one-of-a-kind projects. She has a thirty-year history in community education, is an Old Dominion University graduate and joined The Elizabeth River Project in 2000. Her new favorite spot on the river is A Kid’s Paradise Playground she designed for Paradise Creek Nature Park.
Robin Dunbar
Deputy Director of Education
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Susan Smith

Director of Development
ssmith@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Former Virginian Pilot reporter and Executive Director with the March of Dimes, Susan now champions the restoration of the Elizabeth River and urban waterways.
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Susan Smith

Director of Development
ssmith@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Former Virginian Pilot reporter and Executive Director with the March of Dimes, Susan now champions the restoration of the Elizabeth River and urban waterways.
Susan Smith
Director of Development
Katherine Reader - Elizabeth River Project Director of Finance
Katherine Reader - Elizabeth River Project Director of Finance

Katherine Reader

Director of Finance
kreader@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
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Katherine Reader - Elizabeth River Project Director of Finance

Katherine Reader

Director of Finance
kreader@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Katherine Reader
Director of Finance
Casey Shaw - Elizabeth River Project Grassroots Coordinator
Casey Shaw - Elizabeth River Project Grassroots Coordinator

Casey Shaw

Director of Marketing
cshaw@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Casey graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2009 and is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.  As a Norfolk native, Casey grew up fishing and actively participates in the VIMS Game Fish Tagging Program. She is excited to work with the Elizabeth River Project and the greater Hampton Roads community to restore our home river.  
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Casey Shaw - Elizabeth River Project Grassroots Coordinator

Casey Shaw

Director of Marketing
cshaw@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Casey graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2009 and is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.  As a Norfolk native, Casey grew up fishing and actively participates in the VIMS Game Fish Tagging Program. She is excited to work with the Elizabeth River Project and the greater Hampton Roads community to restore our home river.  
Casey Shaw
Director of Marketing
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Barbara Gavin

River Star Homes Program Manager
bgavin@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Barbara received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Old Dominion University in 2016 and is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional. As a native of Franklin, she grew up on the Blackwater River and Nottoway River, learning to love and respect our waterways. She is excited to promote environmental stewardship among homeowners throughout the Elizabeth River watershed.
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Barbara Gavin

River Star Homes Program Manager
bgavin@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Barbara received her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Health from Old Dominion University in 2016 and is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional. As a native of Franklin, she grew up on the Blackwater River and Nottoway River, learning to love and respect our waterways. She is excited to promote environmental stewardship among homeowners throughout the Elizabeth River watershed.
Barbara Gavin
River Star Homes Program Manager
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Larry LaPell

Urban Park Manager, Paradise Creek Nature Park
llapell@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
After completing a 26 year Navy career, Larry completed his Bachelor Degree in Park and Recreation Management from Old Dominion University in 2018.  A certified Executive Chef and a Tidewater Master Naturalist, Larry combines his passion for outdoor recreation with his expertise in Culinary Arts to provide a unique insight into the connection we have to food and nature. When he is not working, Larry can be found paddling his kayak on Pretty Lake, taking pictures and picking up trash. 
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Larry LaPell

Urban Park Manager, Paradise Creek Nature Park
llapell@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
After completing a 26 year Navy career, Larry completed his Bachelor Degree in Park and Recreation Management from Old Dominion University in 2018.  A certified Executive Chef and a Tidewater Master Naturalist, Larry combines his passion for outdoor recreation with his expertise in Culinary Arts to provide a unique insight into the connection we have to food and nature. When he is not working, Larry can be found paddling his kayak on Pretty Lake, taking pictures and picking up trash. 
Larry LaPell
Urban Park Manager, Paradise Creek Nature Park
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Summer Mace

Assistant Director of Education
smace@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Summer began as a Seasonal Deckhand Educator in fall 2017. She graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and an emphasis on Marine Biology. 
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Summer Mace

Assistant Director of Education
smace@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Summer began as a Seasonal Deckhand Educator in fall 2017. She graduated from Old Dominion University in May 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in Biology, and an emphasis on Marine Biology. 
Summer Mace
Assistant Director of Education
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McKenzie Arrington

Restoration Administrative Coordinator
marrington@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Mckenzie graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Management, and minored in Sustainable Development. She enjoys gardening and hiking with her partner and husky in her free time.
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McKenzie Arrington

Restoration Administrative Coordinator
marrington@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Mckenzie graduated from Appalachian State University in 2018 where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration – Management, and minored in Sustainable Development. She enjoys gardening and hiking with her partner and husky in her free time.
McKenzie Arrington
Restoration Administrative Coordinator
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Mary Bennett

Environmental Specialist
mbennett@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Mary is a field ecologist with a background in conservation work. She completed her Master’s in Wildlife Science from Auburn University. At Auburn, she studied resource selection of the southeastern pocket gopher and explored new ways to locate them.  Prior to her time in Alabama, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in the fields of Biology and Ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh, managed invasive plants with Florida State Parks AmeriCorps, and conducted prescribed fire based research in North Carolina. Mary is excited to start her career with the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Homes by helping homeowners to restore backyard habitat and implement river friendly practices on their property.
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Mary Bennett

Environmental Specialist
mbennett@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Mary is a field ecologist with a background in conservation work. She completed her Master’s in Wildlife Science from Auburn University. At Auburn, she studied resource selection of the southeastern pocket gopher and explored new ways to locate them.  Prior to her time in Alabama, she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in the fields of Biology and Ecology from SUNY Plattsburgh, managed invasive plants with Florida State Parks AmeriCorps, and conducted prescribed fire based research in North Carolina. Mary is excited to start her career with the Elizabeth River Project’s River Star Homes by helping homeowners to restore backyard habitat and implement river friendly practices on their property.
Mary Bennett
Environmental Specialist
Yolima Carr, Conservation Landscaping Curator, Elizabeth River Project, Paradise Creek Nature Park
Yolima Carr, Conservation Landscaping Curator, Elizabeth River Project, Paradise Creek Nature Park

Yolima Carr

Conservation Landscaping Curator
ycarr@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Yolima is a highly experienced horticulturist and landscape curator who has been one of our partners for many years.  She has over 25 years of experience working as a horticulturist and curator including garden design, living shorelines, wetlands restoration, and conservation of habitat with emphasis in the use of native plants. Yolima received her Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Bogota, Colombia and her Associate in Public Garden from the School of Gardening in Zaragoza, Spain. Since moving from Spain to Norfolk in 1993, Yolima has been fortunate to work at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Virginia Zoological park, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, and now at the Elizabeth River Project. “I am honored by the opportunity to lead a ‘horticulture-programing’ at such an amazing site and to further ERP and Paradise Creek Nature Park goals to connect the community specially the youth to nature, plants and conservation values of an urban park.”
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Yolima Carr, Conservation Landscaping Curator, Elizabeth River Project, Paradise Creek Nature Park

Yolima Carr

Conservation Landscaping Curator
ycarr@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Yolima is a highly experienced horticulturist and landscape curator who has been one of our partners for many years.  She has over 25 years of experience working as a horticulturist and curator including garden design, living shorelines, wetlands restoration, and conservation of habitat with emphasis in the use of native plants. Yolima received her Bachelor’s degree in Horticulture from Bogota, Colombia and her Associate in Public Garden from the School of Gardening in Zaragoza, Spain. Since moving from Spain to Norfolk in 1993, Yolima has been fortunate to work at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, the Virginia Zoological park, the Hermitage Museum and Gardens, and now at the Elizabeth River Project. “I am honored by the opportunity to lead a ‘horticulture-programing’ at such an amazing site and to further ERP and Paradise Creek Nature Park goals to connect the community specially the youth to nature, plants and conservation values of an urban park.”
Yolima Carr
Conservation Landscaping Curator
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Janet Goldbach Ehmer

Youth Resilience Coordinator
jehmer@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Janet graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.  She began working for the Elizabeth River Project in Fall 2018 as an environmental educator on the Learning Barge. She is currently working on her Master’s of Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University. As the Youth Resilience Coordinator, she engages students and teachers with local resilience action projects.
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Janet Goldbach Ehmer

Youth Resilience Coordinator
jehmer@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Janet graduated from the University of Richmond with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science.  She began working for the Elizabeth River Project in Fall 2018 as an environmental educator on the Learning Barge. She is currently working on her Master’s of Environmental Engineering at Old Dominion University. As the Youth Resilience Coordinator, she engages students and teachers with local resilience action projects.
Janet Goldbach Ehmer
Youth Resilience Coordinator
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Jaye Hughes

Human Resources Manager
jhughes@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
 Jaye is a lifelong Virginia resident who graduated from Old Dominion University with a master’s degree in business administration in 2022. With a background in and passion for working with others, she loves all human-centered aspects of the workforce and helping people achieve their goals. Jaye is excited to further serve the community by being involved in ERP’s mission.
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Jaye Hughes

Human Resources Manager
jhughes@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
 Jaye is a lifelong Virginia resident who graduated from Old Dominion University with a master’s degree in business administration in 2022. With a background in and passion for working with others, she loves all human-centered aspects of the workforce and helping people achieve their goals. Jaye is excited to further serve the community by being involved in ERP’s mission.
Jaye Hughes
Human Resources Manager
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Kayla Gradwell

Volunteer Coordinator
kgradwell@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Kayla graduated from Old Dominion University in 2018 with a B.S in Biology and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Conservation Leadership. She began working for the Elizabeth River Project in Fall 2018 as an educator on the Learning Barge. Now as the Volunteer Coordinator, she’s excited to engage with our community and help those looking to get their hands dirty with one of our volunteer programs!
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Kayla Gradwell

Volunteer Coordinator
kgradwell@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Kayla graduated from Old Dominion University in 2018 with a B.S in Biology and an Interdisciplinary Minor in Conservation Leadership. She began working for the Elizabeth River Project in Fall 2018 as an educator on the Learning Barge. Now as the Volunteer Coordinator, she’s excited to engage with our community and help those looking to get their hands dirty with one of our volunteer programs!
Kayla Gradwell
Volunteer Coordinator
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Mary Mantey

Landscape Designer
mmantey@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
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Mary Mantey

Landscape Designer
mmantey@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Mary Mantey
Landscape Designer
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Sarah McBride

Park and School Outreach Coordinator
smcbride@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
Sarah has a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Old Dominion University. She worked as an environmental consultant for 10 years before staying home to raise two daughters. She has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with their schools as the Green Team/Outdoor Classroom leader, and now that they are older and back in school, she is very excited to share her passion for our local environment with many other school children in the region. Feel free to contact her about environmental action projects for schools or field trips at Paradise Creek Nature Park!
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Sarah McBride

Park and School Outreach Coordinator
smcbride@elizabethriver.org
(757) 392-7132
Sarah has a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Ecology from Old Dominion University. She worked as an environmental consultant for 10 years before staying home to raise two daughters. She has thoroughly enjoyed volunteering with their schools as the Green Team/Outdoor Classroom leader, and now that they are older and back in school, she is very excited to share her passion for our local environment with many other school children in the region. Feel free to contact her about environmental action projects for schools or field trips at Paradise Creek Nature Park!
Sarah McBride
Park and School Outreach Coordinator
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Samantha Miller

Restoration Foreman
smiller@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Samantha received her Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management in 2019 and her Bachelor’s in Fish and Wildlife Management in 2013 from American Military University. Prior to working for ERP, she spent 5 ½ years in the Navy where she fell in love with the ocean, leading to persuing a career in environmental management. Samantha has traveled the world witnessing many different ecosystems and how each have distinctive attributes. She has volunteered for invasive species removal and native planting with the Ko’olou Mountains Watershed Partnership, helping preserve the Hawaiian native forest. While working with the ERP she hopes to promote a sustainable way of life through educating the public and restoring the Elizabeth River.
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Samantha Miller

Restoration Foreman
smiller@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Samantha received her Master’s in Environmental Policy and Management in 2019 and her Bachelor’s in Fish and Wildlife Management in 2013 from American Military University. Prior to working for ERP, she spent 5 ½ years in the Navy where she fell in love with the ocean, leading to persuing a career in environmental management. Samantha has traveled the world witnessing many different ecosystems and how each have distinctive attributes. She has volunteered for invasive species removal and native planting with the Ko’olou Mountains Watershed Partnership, helping preserve the Hawaiian native forest. While working with the ERP she hopes to promote a sustainable way of life through educating the public and restoring the Elizabeth River.
Samantha Miller
Restoration Foreman
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Gabriella Olivieri

River Star Program Specialist
golivieri@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Gabriella received her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2021. She is a Nuyorican who has called Hampton Roads home for over a decade. Her combined experiences in forests and coastal wonders of Puerto Rico and Virginia deepened her appreciation for nature. This was a catalyst for pivoting her career and pursuing an environmentally conscious education. She looks forward to restoring natural resources for generations to come, one waterway at a time.
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Gabriella Olivieri

River Star Program Specialist
golivieri@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Gabriella received her Bachelor’s degree in Sustainability Management from Virginia Wesleyan University in 2021. She is a Nuyorican who has called Hampton Roads home for over a decade. Her combined experiences in forests and coastal wonders of Puerto Rico and Virginia deepened her appreciation for nature. This was a catalyst for pivoting her career and pursuing an environmentally conscious education. She looks forward to restoring natural resources for generations to come, one waterway at a time.
Gabriella Olivieri
River Star Program Specialist
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Katie Petersen

Senior Educator & Deckhand
kpetersen@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Katie is a 2020 Old Dominion University Graduate who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Environmental Health Science. She has previous experience interning at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and working with organizations such as Keep Norfolk Beautiful. Katie is passionate about environmental education, and excited to teach young minds the importance of keeping the river healthy for generations to come!
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Katie Petersen

Senior Educator & Deckhand
kpetersen@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Katie is a 2020 Old Dominion University Graduate who received her Bachelor’s Degree in Biology with a concentration in Marine Biology and a minor in Environmental Health Science. She has previous experience interning at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science and working with organizations such as Keep Norfolk Beautiful. Katie is passionate about environmental education, and excited to teach young minds the importance of keeping the river healthy for generations to come!
Katie Petersen
Senior Educator & Deckhand
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Jessica Pinsky

Office Manager
jpinsky@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Passionate for the environment from a young age, Jessica is thrilled to have found her niche at the Elizabeth River Project. She has called Hampton Roads home for twenty years and is honored to put her efforts into assisting ERP’s mission. Jessica is also a playwright, director, and actor, and studied theatre at TCC and Virginia Western with a focus in performance. She’s appeared in productions around the state and manages a local theatre company geared towards young audiences. She lives with her partner in Willoughby, where she can often be seen chasing birds with her camera and picking up litter on the beaches.
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Jessica Pinsky

Office Manager
jpinsky@elizabethriver.org
(757) 399-7487
Passionate for the environment from a young age, Jessica is thrilled to have found her niche at the Elizabeth River Project. She has called Hampton Roads home for twenty years and is honored to put her efforts into assisting ERP’s mission. Jessica is also a playwright, director, and actor, and studied theatre at TCC and Virginia Western with a focus in performance. She’s appeared in productions around the state and manages a local theatre company geared towards young audiences. She lives with her partner in Willoughby, where she can often be seen chasing birds with her camera and picking up litter on the beaches.
Jessica Pinsky
Office Manager
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Susan Riley

Accounting Manager
sriley@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Susan received her Bachelors of Science with a major in Accounting from Old Dominion University in 2007. In 2010, she obtained her CPA license. After a 36 year career in municipal government accounting, Susan is honored and excited to join the Elizabeth River Project as its new Accounting Manager. Susan lives on Lake Meade in Suffolk with her husband Mike and very, very good girl Joie Riley. 
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Susan Riley

Accounting Manager
sriley@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
Susan received her Bachelors of Science with a major in Accounting from Old Dominion University in 2007. In 2010, she obtained her CPA license. After a 36 year career in municipal government accounting, Susan is honored and excited to join the Elizabeth River Project as its new Accounting Manager. Susan lives on Lake Meade in Suffolk with her husband Mike and very, very good girl Joie Riley. 
Susan Riley
Accounting Manager
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James ‘Jay’ Etheridge

Restoration Specialist
jetheridge@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
James ‘Jay’ Etheridge has been a Norfolk resident all of his life, working commercially and fishing on the Lafayette and Elizabeth River throughout the years. He is a 2022 graduate of James Madison University with a major in Geographic Science and a minor in Environmental Science and Technology. He assisted the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in their oyster restoration programs and now works with ERP in their goals to restore the Elizabeth. Jay is extremely passionate for the outdoors and protecting the marine ecosystems that he grew up on.
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James ‘Jay’ Etheridge

Restoration Specialist
jetheridge@elizabethriver.org
757-399-7487
James ‘Jay’ Etheridge has been a Norfolk resident all of his life, working commercially and fishing on the Lafayette and Elizabeth River throughout the years. He is a 2022 graduate of James Madison University with a major in Geographic Science and a minor in Environmental Science and Technology. He assisted the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in their oyster restoration programs and now works with ERP in their goals to restore the Elizabeth. Jay is extremely passionate for the outdoors and protecting the marine ecosystems that he grew up on.
James ‘Jay’ Etheridge
Restoration Specialist

Board of Directors

Officers

Officers

President | Joshua Harris
Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch
Vice President | Louis F. Ryan
Retired General Counsel, Landmark
Treasurer | Ken Kimball
Senior Vice President, Lyon Shipyard
Secretary | Melissa Page Deutsch
Certified Personal Development Coach, Owner, Inner Voice

Directors

Directors

Dr. Javanue Adams-Gaston
President, Norfolk State University
Max Bartholomew
Retired, Regional Manager, Dominion Energy
Aimee Batten
Community Leader
Thomas Berkley
Shareholder, Pender & Coward PC
David Bernd
CEO Emeritus, Sentara Healthcare
Frank Daniel
Retired Regional Director, VA Dept of Environmental Quality​
Ann Fitzgibbon
Community Leader
Susan Goode
Community Leader
Herb Haneman
President, Lindel Power Group
Garry Harris
President, Sustainability Solutions Group
Ted Henifin, P.E.
General Manager, HRSD (Ret.)
Michael McClellan
Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning, Norfolk Southern
The Hon. Ralph Northam
Former Governor of Virginia
Josh Priest
Planner, Base Development Group of the Naval Facilities Engineering Command
The Hon. John Rowe
Former Mayor of Portsmouth
Dr. Maynard Schaus
Professor of Biology and Environmental Science, Virginia Wesleyan University
Phil Stedfast
Retired Operations Manager, Kinder Morgan Elizabeth River Terminals
John M. Stine
Senior Supply Chain Manager, Smithfield Foods
Joseph J. Thomas
COL. USACE (Ret.), Former District Engineer
Michael A. Unger
Professor, Virginia Institute of Marine Science
The Hon. Dr. Theresa Whibley MD
Tidewater Physicians for Women & Former Norfolk City Council
David White
Executive Director, Virginia Maritime Association
Dr. Sarah Williams
Commissioner, City of Chesapeake & President, Covenant Way Wellness
Heather Wood
Director, Sustainability North America, CMA-CGM