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.
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Laura is the Administrative Assistant to the staff of CBF’s Environmental Protection and Restoration, and Major Giving Departments in Hampton Roads. She works closely with staff, interns, and volunteers on many of our local programs; assists with daily office needs, and ensures an updated database related to all events, donors, contacts and volunteers.
Hampton Roads Grassroots Manager
Tanner focuses on connecting thousands of residents with the CBF mission by developing relationships with the public and rallying advocates for Bay water-quality issues. He also coordinates several signature programs, including the VoiCeS adult education course, Speaker's Bureau, Brock Environmental Center Learning Series, Decision Makers’ Experiences, and Clean the Bay Day.
Clean the Bay Day Coordinator
Karen works from January through July planning and executing Clean the Bay Day. She works with all departments to ensure our biggest annual event is a success.
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!
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.
Brock Environmental Center Coordinator
With a special events background working in nonprofits from Washington, D.C. to Virginia Beach, Erica oversees all meeting and event coordination for CBF’s Brock Environmental Center as well as community outreach opportunities. She simultaneously works with the building manager on day-to-day building management, including water testing, monitoring energy production/consumption, and handling a variety of quirks that come with operating a living building!
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 Voices Outreach Coordinator
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.
Virginia Oyster Restoration Center
Virginia Oyster Restoration Manager
Jackie manages the Virginia Oyster Restoration Center (VAORC), where 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
Heather helps run the VAORC by building and deploying reef balls, producing spat-on-shell and managing volunteers. She also takes volunteers out on our restoration vessels to plant oysters and coordinates our shell recycling program.
Virginia Oyster Restoration Outreach Coordinator
Peyton works with volunteers to coordinate CBF’s Oyster Gardening Program in Virginia and helps to promote the Chesapeake Oyster Alliance. She also assists at the VAORC building and deploying reef balls and producing spat-on-shell.
Hampton Roads Education Field Teams
Hampton Roads Boat Program
Manager of Education, Jenny S Workboat Education Program
Yancey takes more than 2,500 students and their teachers on the water each year, educating them on the environmental health of Hampton Roads waterways.
Jimmy is Captain of the Jenny S and works with Yancey Powell 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.