Meet Our Staff

Director Staff

Tony Bridges | Executive Director

Tony assumed the Executive Director position of Blue Water Baltimore on November 1, 2021. Tony is currently a member of the Maryland General Assembly where he represents the 41st legislative district in Baltimore City. He serves on the Appropriations Committee and previously served on the Environment and Transportation Committee. He is also appointed to the Chesapeake Bay Commission, a tri-state legislative commission created to advise the members of the General Assemblies of Maryland, Virginia, and Pennsylvania on policy action to restore the Bay watershed. Tony’s leadership in public and private sectors and demonstrated experience engaging communities will advance and accelerate the collective focus of Blue Water Baltimore and our partners to achieve healthy waterways and strong communities.

Robert M. Summers, Ph.D. | Senior Advisor to Executive Director

Bob is the former Interim Director of Blue Water Baltimore and former Maryland Secretary of the Environment. He retired from MDE in January 2015, after 32 years of State service. During his career he led the Department of the Environment’s programs, scientific, technical, and administrative staff responsible for environmental planning, regulation and pollution control to protect Maryland’s water, air, and land, with special emphasis on restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and other water-related issues. In addition to seeing BWB through this transition, Bob is currently a Principal with EcoLogix Group Inc., an environmental consulting firm headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a lecturer with the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Program for Professionals, teaching a course on estuarine and coastal science and management and he has an appointment as Senior Research Scientist with the University of Maryland Center for Environmental Science.

Jill Cecil | Director of Finance and Administration

Jill oversees finance, administration, facilities and technology activities at BWB.  It may not be a flashy job, but she enjoys providing the support systems that keep the rest of the environmental warriors out in the field fighting the good fight. Prior to joining BWB in 2011, she spent 12 years managing the finances for both for-profit and nonprofit organizations. When she’s not counting beans, Jill can be found out on the water, literally.  Fun Fact: She lives on a boat in downtown Baltimore with her partner and their chihuahua, Little Dog.

Leanna Powell, CFRE | Director of Development and Communications

Leanna directs the fundraising team and loves introducing people to the superheroes of Blue Water Baltimore. Leanna grew up along the waterways of southern Maryland but has spent more than a decade in Baltimore. She wears her Inner Harbor skyline tattoo with pride. She enjoys running and biking along City waterways and teaches wood carving in her spare time. Fun fact: Leanna is certified to drive a forklift and once worked as a furniture mover.

Alice Volpitta | Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

As our Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper, Alice directs our water quality monitoring programs and spearheads our enforcement efforts. She also oversees the management of our pollution reporting hotline, regulatory & permit review, and policy evaluation work. Alice has a BS in Biology & Environmental Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and is a Certified Stormwater Inspector. When not patrolling our waterways, she can be found hiking and treasure hunting near them, quilting, and making Pugtatos (you’ll have to ask her to learn what that means).

 

Program Staff

Christina Akins | Senior Human Resources Coordinator

As the Senior Human Resources Coordinator, Christina oversees various functions such as recruiting, onboarding and training for Blue Water Group and its employees. She is here to be a resource and provide guidance as needed. Christina has over 5 years of Human Resources experience and is thrilled to be a part of the Blue Water team. In her free time, Christina enjoys cooking, live events and spending time with loved ones.

Darin Crew | Senior Manager of Operations

Darin oversees our restoration program. He manages restoration and engagement project planning to slow down runoff and filter out pollution. From planting trees in a neighbors yard to installing larger rain garden projects we are trying to model projects that others can replicate throughout the watershed- either in their yards or on public or private property. His favorite part of the job is partnering with communities to implement hands-on projects that improve water quality and achieve community goals. Darin has a BS in Biology and is a Certified Professional Horticulturalist. In his spare time, Darin enjoys running on local trails in the Baltimore area, hiking on trails and being outside and observing nature’s majesty. Darin also enjoys fishing- cat fishing, fly fishing, any fishing is awesome.

Maggie Fritz | Development Associate

As the Development Associate, Maggie supports fundraising, event management, and donor communications across the organization and loves working with our donors and stakeholders to support our mutually shared goals of clean water and strong communities. Maggie is originally from Los Angeles, CA and holds a B.S. in Environmental Science and Policy from University of Maryland, College Park. While in her undergraduate studies, Maggie interned with numerous organizations in Maryland’s environmental space, founded her own volunteer staffing organization on campus that still exists today, and studied complex adaptive solutions to climate change in Bali and North Sumatra. She fervently believes that community action is the key to leading lasting environmental change for the better, and is ecstatic to work alongside so many individuals here who hold the same values. Fun fact: Maggie is an espresso lover and will literally never say “no” to going for coffee!

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Zoe G | Community Engagement Manager

Zoe loves working with Baltimore residents to care for our local tree canopy. She leads our tree planting & maintenance volunteer events and manages the free tree giveaway program. Zoe grew up in Baltimore City and plans to stay here for a long time, working with friends, family, and local communities to return the land to a forest.

Robert Jenkins | Nursery Manager

With more than 30 years of experience in Maryland’s horticulture industry, Rob oversees the daily operations of our Herring Run Nursery.  His long term goals are: to continually expand the Nursery, both in terms of outreach and in support of Blue Water Baltimore’s mission, to increase the Nursery’s production to include more local ecotype natives that are grown and sustainably harvested by our staff and volunteers, to expand the use of natives in the greening of, and pollutant reduction within, our watersheds. Rob has a BS in Biology and an MS in Environmental Science; additionally, he is a CPH (Certified Professional Horticulturist) and a CBLP (Cheasapeake Bay Landscape Professional). In his free time, Rob enjoys triathlons, mud runs, bouldering, and axe throwing. When he’s not exerting himself physically, he can be found immersed in the story of Kratos and Atreus (playing God of War). Fun fact: Rob doesn’t care for pants, he only wears shorts, no matter the temperature.

Barbara Johnson | Water Quality Manager

As our water quality scientist, Barbara manages the ambient water quality monitoring program under the direction of the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper. Barbara also runs our Outfall Screening Blitz program and our Pollution Reporting 101 trainings and conducts pollution investigations when problems are reported by community members. She has an BA in Environmental Sustainability & Human Ecology from The University of Baltimore; addionally, she is a CSI (Certified Stormwater Inspector) from the National Stormwater Center. In her free time, Baraba can be found painting, printmaking, and exploring history. Fun fact: Barbara did The Twist on stage with Chubby Checker when she was eight years old; thus cementing her love of rock ‘n’ roll forever.

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Mary Lewis | Nursery Assistant Manager

As our Assistant Nursery Manager, Mary is responsible for community engagement, landscape design and consultations, and volunteer management at the Herring Run Nursery. She brings over 13 years of plant-related experience to our team, and truly loves sharing her passion for native plants and environmental conservation with customers and community members. Her quarantine hobbies include chess, skateboarding, and learning Spanish.

David Macfarlane | Bookkeeper & Financial Reporting & Volunteer Extraordinaire

David  has worked in IT and finance for over 30 years, including at Habitat for Humanity, Lutheran World Relief, FCNL, and The Baltimore Sun. At BWB, David keeps an eagle eye on our revenue and expenses. He enjoys hiking with his daughters (and others), has recently taken up the harp and Tai Chi, and enjoys listening to Jungian podcasts. Fun Fact: David used to work as a Shiatsu Therapist. Fun Fact 2: David works for BWB as a volunteer!

John Marra |  Ecoliteracy & Restoration Specialist

John manages our storm drain art program and leads many of our ecoliteracy programs and green infrastructure projects. As an Eagle Scout since 1999, Americorps member, and a founding member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, John Marra strongly believes in the importance of volunteerism, community involvement and do-it-yourself ethics.

Cody Matteson | Water Quality Program Senior Coordinator

Cody works with the Water Quality Scientist and Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper on the ambient water quality monitoring program, while also assisting with pollution investigations. He holds a BS in Environmental Resources Management from Virginia Tech and a MS in Forest Resources-Hydrology and Aquatic Ecology from the University of Georgia. When not in or around Baltimore’s waterways, Cody participates in many different sports and enjoys taking on DIY projects.

Patrick McMahon | Restoration Project Manager

Patrick has had extensive project management experience working with the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) and completing his masters at Towson University. Patrick has also been involved in the construction of many environmental restoration projects while working at Environmental Quality Resources, AWS, and while serving as a county inspector at the Maryland Environmental Service. Following the completion of his Masters, where he published a manuscript entitled, “Effects of stream restoration by legacy sediment removal and floodplain reconnection on water quality,” Patrick taught as an adjunct professor at Towson University. Patrick’s passion for greening urban environments and working towards cleaner – healthier water originates from his love for the outdoors and respect for nature.

Jeff Missouri | Facilities and IT Manager

Jeff provides administrative and facilities support at Blue Water Baltimore. Jeff manages building maintenance, information technology, mail services, and customer service. Jeff has many years of experience in real estate management, contract management, event planning, and logistics in campus and hospital settings. In his free time, Jeffrey is a mentor who supports young teens in Baltimore through Project Raise.

Sean O’Maille | Restoration and Maintenance Coordinator

Prior to joining our organization, Sean was a full time yoga teacher. He is passionate about trees and native plant species and their benefits for all life in and around Baltimore. Sean leads our tree maintenance program and assists with project implementation and volunteer engagement. Sean is excited to with communities to bring more natural infrastructure to Baltimore.

Lauren Paulet | Communications Specialist

As our communications specialist, Lauren uses digital and social media platforms to engage with supporters like you! Lauren’s passion for environmental conservation stems from many years of boating on the Biscayne Bay in South Florida. Before joining our team, she spent a year interning with Miami Waterkeeper and learning about the global reach of the Waterkeeper Alliance (of which we are also a member!) Her studies at Johns Hopkins not only introduced her to Baltimore, but also helped advance her understanding of our regional environmental issues. Now she hopes to share this knowledge with Baltimoreans at large, and meaningfully engage with the communities we impact. Fun fact: Lauren was raised in a bilingual household, and she’s advocated for clean water in a multicultural city. 

Heather Poff | Institutional Giving Manager

As our Institutional Giving Manager, Heather Poff is responsible for centralizing our grants program, deepening relationships with existing grantmakers, and identifying new funding prospects to help broaden BWB’s impact. She comes to us with nearly nineteen years of experience working in the nonprofit sector, most recently managing the grants and workplace giving programs at the Maryland SPCA. She looks forward to sharing the work of Blue Water Baltimore and the role we play in protecting one of Maryland’s most important resources. Heather grew up in Pennsylvania, spending many hours exploring the woodlands and streams near her childhood home. Today, she shares her love of the outdoors with her husband and two children. You will find them at various campsites and beaches in the tri-state area from Spring to Fall. Fun Fact: While working for the Washington National Opera, Heather got to be a supernumerary (fancy word for extra) in their productions.

Taylor Smith-Hams, MPA | Advocacy & Outreach Senior Manager

Taylor manages Blue Water Baltimore’s advocacy and outreach efforts. She holds a deep commitment to environmental justice and is dedicated to building a more equitable Baltimore. Taylor is also a painter and views art as a critical component of social change and movement building.

Lauren Stranahan | Bookeeper

​Lauren maintains our day-to-day bookkeeping including the receipting of grant funds and donations, processing payments to our vendors, and providing financial reports to our program directors. She loves keeping an eye on the details so that our teams working in the field have everything they need to continue their important work. Lauren started out volunteering with Blue Water Baltimore in a neighborhood stream cleanup. Since then she’s become a certified Weed Warrior and Tree Keeper! Lauren has planted ten trees in her own yard and is now her neighborhood’s tree steward.

Corbin Sulton | Implementation Senior Coordinator

Corbin implements our landscape and stormwater restoration projects. He also supervises and mentors our field crew in their daily work. Corbin is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control and is proficient in using heavy machinery and a variety of hand tools.

Peter Weitzmann | Database Specialist

Peter is determined to use data and technology to promote solutions to environmental and social issues in Baltimore. Peter works to support our programmatic and development goals by overseeing the collection, organization, and utilization of data. He has a BA in Liberal Arts (Anthropology) from Hamilton College and is a Salesforce Certified Administrator and a Baltimore Treekeeper. In his free time, Peter plays guitar with his band, and enjoys camping and hiking. Fun fact: Peter has visited five continents, and he has worked or volunteered in four different countries (US, S. Korea, Thailand, Australia).