Meet Our Educators

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CBF Education staff.

CBF Staff

Top Staff. Top Quality.

CBF educators are some of the best in their field. They have first-rate experience working at the largest environmental education program in North America. Meet them and see for yourself why they are leaders in the industry.

Focus

The focus of environmental education at CBF is to instill in all participants a sense of responsibility, ownership, and stewardship toward the Chesapeake Bay, its tributaries, and all of the watershed's inhabitants.  CBF's education programs educate teachers and students through a learning pathway of interrelated components, including one and multi-day field experiences, student leadership and action, and the teacher training program, Chesapeake Classrooms.

Safety & Certification

We are committed to the safety of all our participants. All CBF facilities and equipment are continuously inspected and maintained to the highest standard. Our CBF vessels are inspected by the U.S. Coast Guard and all CBF captains hold a U.S. Coast Guard license. We ensure that our educators have professional certifications and annual training to lead safe education programs. Our educators receive the following certifications:

  • Wilderness First Responder 
  • CPR
  • American Canoe Association River Canoe Day Trip Leading
  • Boater Safety

Staff


Vice President of Education—Tom Ackerman 

Operations

Director of Education Operations—Paul Willey
Associate Director of Education Operations—Claire Jaeger
Education Scheduling Senior Manager—Jo Shallcross
Education Senior Operations Manager—Caitlin Youngk
Education Budget Manager—vacant
Education Operations Assistasnt—Becca Porter

Professional Learning Team

Director of Professional Learning—Karen Mullin 
Professional Learning Coordinator—Erin O'Neal
Virginia Professional Learning Coordinator—Cindy Duncan
Pennsylvania Education Outreach Coordinator—Jennifer Peglow
Baltimore DC Education Outreach Coordinator—Lejae Woolcock
Education Engagement Coordinator—Kathlean Davis 
Professional Learning Team Assistant—vacant

Student Leadership Team

Pennsylvania Student Leadership Coordinator—Kassie Fenn
Virginia Student Leadership Coordinator—Caleigh Remocaldo
Maryland Student Leadership Coordinator—Jocelyn Tuttle

Program Educators

Director of Education Field Programs and Student Leadership—Deidra Floyd
DC/MD Field Senior Manager—Dave Gelenter
PA Field Senior Manager—Kassie Fenn
VA Field Senior Manager—Ken Slazyk
Islands Field Senior Manager—Morgan Jones
Island General Manager/Captain/Educator—vacant

ARTHUR SHERWOOD

Captain/Educator—Tiffany Granberg
Program Manager/Educator—Jess Jenkins

BALTIMORE HARBOR

Captain/Educator—Ben Carver
Program Manager/Educator—vacant

HAMPTON ROADS

Captain/Educator—Jimmy Sollner
Program Manager/Educator—Josh Gilliand

JAMES RIVER

Captain/Educator—Aaron Bouchard
Program Manager/Educator—Julia Carson

KAREN NOONAN

Captain/Educator—Doug Walters
Program Manager/Educator—Shayla Keller
Assistant Manager/Educator—Fiza Zahid

MARYLAND RIVERS & STREAMS

Program Co-Manager/Educator—Emma Paul
Program Co-Manager/Educator—Sarah Ferguson

PENNSYLVANIA RIVERS & STREAMS

Program Manager/Educator—Katie Brittingham
Assistant Manager/Educator—Adaiah Bauer

PHILIP MERRILL

Program Manager/Educator—Kris Belessis
Program Manager/Educator—Lauren Guzman

PORT ISOBEL EAST 

Captain/Educator—Thomas Haynie
Program Manager/Educator—Caroline Jackson
Assistant Manager/Educator—Vanessa Moses

PORT ISOBEL WEST 

Captain/Educator—Terry Parks
Program Manager/Educator—Robert Reynolds
Assistant Manager/Educator—Soorya Thaivalappil

POTOMAC RIVER

Captain/Educator—Damien Gibbons
Program Manager/Educator—Emily Burton

SMITH ISLAND

Captain/Educator—Jessie Marsh
Program Manager/Educator—Rachel Muth
Assistant Manager/Educator—vacant

VIRGINIA RIVERS & STREAMS EAST

Program Manager/Educator—Amanda Deans
Program Manager/Educator—Sumner Askin

VIRGINIA RIVERS & STREAMS WEST

Program Manager/Educator—Brooke Newton
Assistant Manager/Educator—Shepherd Waldenberger

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