(ANNAPOLIS, MD)—The Chesapeake Bay Foundation (CBF) is proud to announce two new vice presidents have joined the CBF executive team to help lead the organization. Tom Ackerman is the new vice president of education, and Katharene Poston Snavely the new vice president of development. Both were promoted from within CBF after a national search.
"In the end, we found the best candidates right here within the CBF family," said CBF President William C. Baker. "More than ever CBF and the Bay need strong, creative leaders to help implement the Chesapeake Clean Water Blueprint and to finish the job of making our streams, rivers, and the Bay safe for swimming and fishing. Tom and Katharene are eminently qualified to assume these important leadership roles."
Ackerman takes the helm of CBF's award-winning student and adult education programs that engage more than 35,000 children, teachers and principals a year in hands-on, outdoor learning experiences.
Ackerman joined CBF in 2004. Prior to that, he was a middle and high school teacher in Harford County, MD. He holds bachelor's degrees in biology and environmental science and a master's degree in education from George Washington University. He lives in Severna Park with his wife and three sons. He enjoys kayaking, camping, travelling, and time spent with his family and friends.
"I am honored and excited to lead our education team," Ackerman said. "CBF is recognized as a national leader in environmental education, and our educators change lives every day by creating inspiring outdoor learning experiences. The organization also has created an amazing network of partnerships with school systems and education agencies. I look forward to working with the whole team to help students and educators understand and value the Bay, and to instill the stewardship critical for protecting this incredible national treasure."
Snavely leads an active development staff that supports CBF offices in three states and the District of Columbia as well as CBF's Save the Bay efforts across the six-state, 64,000-square-mile Chesapeake watershed.
Before joining CBF in 2013, she was executive director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, executive director of the WAVE Foundation at Newport Aquarium, executive director of University of Southern California (USC) Associates, director of Events and Programs at USC, and senior events coordinator at Washington Speakers Bureau. She earned a bachelor's degree in politics from Rollins College and a master's in communication management from USC. She lives in Annapolis with her husband and two daughters.
"This is an exciting time at CBF, and I am honored by the opportunity to lead our development efforts," Snavely said. "Having spent the past year and a half at the organization, I have been deeply moved by the commitment and generosity of our donors, whose passion truly makes all of CBF's work possible. I look forward to finding new ways to engage and inspire our donors, enabling CBF to continue its work to leave a legacy of clean water for generations to come."