Hampton Roads Director
Christy builds relationships with government and agency representatives, community leaders, conservation partners, and others who are working to protect and improve local water quality. She plays a leadership role in the development of CBF's Hampton Roads program plans from local outreach efforts to partnership initiatives and manages some of the programs and staff of the Hampton Roads office.
Photo credit: Coastal Virginia Magazine
Virginia Policy and Grassroots Advisor
Jay focuses on Eastern Shore issues and works with CBF staff throughout the Commonwealth to advance the Blueprint. He works primarily from the Shore, with regular visits to both the Brock Center and CBF's Richmond office.
Elizabeth "Liz" Gathagan
Brock Center Coordinator
As BEC coordinator, Liz is responsible for office operations, running the Brock event rental program, front desk volunteers and tour guide program.
Brock Center Manager
Chris, an upstate New York native, joined CBF in 2005 in Annapolis where he launched the special events program at CBF's Philip Merrill Environmental Center. In 2011, he became an integral part of the team charged with designing and constructing the Brock Environmental Center to achieve the USGBC's LEED Platinum certification and full-petal Living Building Challenge (LBC) certification. Since then, he has focused on community and outreach programming to educate the public about green building and the Bay while managing the daily operations of the facility. Chris can always be found helping out, whether it's setting up for an event, painting walls, or on a ladder making repairs!
Kati (McCarter) Grigsby
Hampton Roads Program Assistant & Restoration Specialist
Kati's focus is on installing small, green infrastructure practices such as living shorelines, rain barrels, rain gardens, and tree plantings.
Lisa Renée Jennings
Hampton Roads Grassroots Coordinator
Lisa Renée leads volunteers to meaningful work, supports the citizen that advocates for the Bay, and oversees such programs as Clean the Bay Day.
Senior Regional Ecosystem Scientist
Chris leads policy development and technical support for Chesapeake Bay water quality and fisheries restoration efforts. His water quality work involves a wide range of activities, from on-the-ground restoration to working with elected officials through all levels of government to support legislative decisions that ensure enhancement of the Bay watershed. Chris also works to build sustainable fisheries issues through oyster restoration efforts and proactive management of important Bay fisheries such as blue crab and Atlantic menhaden. He is also a US Coast Guard Licensed Captain and runs educational and restoration boat trips for volunteers, media, elected officials, and decision makers.
Part-Time Administrative Assistant
Jessica provides administrative support to the EPR and Development departments.
Director of Major Giving—Hampton Roads
April works with individual donors, corporate partners, and foundations to build financial support for CBF's work to save the Bay.
Virginia Oyster Restoration
Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager
Jackie manages CBF's Virginia oyster restoration efforts. She works with hundreds of volunteers to produce and deploy reef balls and up to 10 million spat-on-shell oysters on protected reefs annually. She also works with local, state, and federal restoration partners to plan, implement, and monitor oyster restoration projects throughout tidal Virginia.
Virginia Oyster Restoration Specialist
Julie assists with all aspects of running the Virginia Mobile Oyster Restoration Center including producing spat-on-shell, building and deploying reef balls, and managing volunteers. She coordinates our Virginia shell recycling program, where we work with restaurants, oyster roasts and local citizens in a state-wide effort to reclaim shells from ending up in the trash.
Virginia Oyster Outreach Coordinator
Jessica works with volunteers to coordinate CBF's Oyster Gardening Program. In addition, she helps manage Virginia outreach for the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance. She also provides assistance with other hands-on oyster restoration work, including reef ball construction and planting, reef placement, shell recycling, and producing spat-on-shell.
Hampton Roads Education Field Teams
Hampton Roads Program Manager/Educator
Josh is an Educator with the CBF Hampton Roads Environmental Education Program alongside Captain Jimmy Solner. He oversees all Education operations on board the vessel Jenny S, based out of the Brock Environmental Center in Virginia Beach. Josh develops and teaches one-day inquiry-based field programs using multiple field-based methods such as conducting biological sampling, water quality testing and other activities from the boat. He is continually adapting program content based upon grade/age level of the group, weather, group dynamics, and feedback/evaluations from teachers/supervisors. Josh plans and executes summer courses for CBF's Chesapeake Classrooms teacher professional development program. He is responsible for the safety of all field participants, ensures that all safety protocols are rigorously followed, and responds to medical emergencies that may arise.
Hampton Roads Boat Program
Jimmy is Captain of the Jenny S and works with Josh Gilliland on the CBF Hampton Roads boat program. Senior captain educator with over 40 years of marine experience, Jimmy educates students, donors, elected officials and CBF members. For 23 years, Jimmy worked as a waterman and has been with CBF for 19 years.