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Blue Water Baltimore is proud to have a staff committed to building community programs that promote clean, healthy waterways. Our dedicated staff is responsible for our essential day-to-day operations and the implementation of our programs.

Director Staff

Jenn Aiosa, Executive Director

Jenn Aiosa is a long-time member of Maryland’s environmental community, having worked on science and policy issues for several organizations. Jenn previously worked as the Director of Conservation Programs at Chesapeake Conservancy, and for the Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) as the Director of Policy and Planning Research. Prior to her work at MDP, Jenn worked for the Environmental Defense Fund and for 12 years as the Senior Scientist in the Maryland Office of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. She has also worked for the University of Maryland Cooperative Extension Service on a multi-state water quality program, and for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources on Maryland’s Coastal Bays National Estuary Program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Marine Sciences, with honors with the Honors College at the University of South Carolina and an Master of Science in environmental sciences from the University of Virginia. She enjoys volunteering in Patterson Park, cycling, and gardening.

Angie Brickhouse, Director of Development

Angie Brickhouse is a seasoned fundraiser with more than 17 years of nonprofit development experience. In her role at Blue Water Baltimore, she is responsible for planning and implementing fundraising activities that retain and enhance current streams of revenue and for developing new opportunities for support. Prior to this role, she was the Director of Annual Giving at Gilman School in Baltimore for seven years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in sport studies with a concentration in sport and mass communications from Baltimore’s Towson University.

Jill Cecil, Director of Finance and Administration

Jill Cecil has a solid background in finance with more than 20 years of experience managing both profit and non-profit finances. In her role at Blue Water Baltimore, Jill supports the areas of finance, budget, human resources and operations. She earned an Associate of Arts in education from Notre Dame College and an Associate of Arts in accounting from the Community College of Baltimore County.

Angela Haren, Director of Advocacy and the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper

Angela Haren leads the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper program, which includes advocacy, enforcement, and water quality monitoring to protect and restore Baltimore’s waterways. As an environmental and natural resource attorney, Angela has extensive experience in both marine and fresh water resource management. Prior to joining Blue Water Baltimore, she co-founded Clear Resource Law, a firm specializing in legal and policy services for environmental projects. She brings over fourteen years of nonprofit experience including serving as a contract attorney for the Natural Resources Defense Council and Program Director for California Coastkeeper Alliance. Angela holds a J.D. in Environmental Law from Golden Gate University, an M.P.P. in Environmental and Natural Resource Policy from the University of California Los Angeles Luskin School of Public Affairs, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of California Davis.

Carl Simon, Director of Programs

Carl Simon is the Director of Programs with Blue Water Baltimore and brings years of experience working to protect and enhance Maryland’s aquatic resources. In his role at Blue Water Baltimore, Carl manages the organization’s restoration programs, which include stormwater and tree planting projects. Previously, Carl served as a Division Manager with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources Fisheries Service. His service background includes working as a Red Hat volunteer with Habitat for Humanity and serving as a Board Trustee with Temple Beth Shalom. Carl earned a Master of Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University as well as a Bachelor of Arts in political science and environmental studies from Guilford College.

Program Staff

Michel Anderson, Education and Outreach Manager

As the Education and Outreach Manager, Michel Anderson facilitates experiential education activities to help Baltimore residents, institutional staff, and students understand the connection between our streets and streams and facilitates discussions about opportunities for community environmental restoration. He also manages our Ecoliteracy and Storm Drain Art programs. Before joining Blue Water Baltimore, Michel worked as the Ecoliteracy and Sustainability Coordinator for the Waldorf School of Baltimore where he developed original nature-based educational programming and managed a variety of sustainability initiatives. Michel is a Master Gardener, permaculture practitioner, artist, and photographer. He has a Bachelor’s degree in visual art and photography from the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a Master’s degree in sustainability and nature-based education from Antioch University New England.

Elise Bruner, Community Organizer

Elise Bruner builds and maintains relationships with Baltimore neighborhoods in order to understand the challenges they face and to equip them with resources to improve their quality of life and environment. She holds a Master of Public Policy degree, focusing on Urban Policy, as well as two bachelors degrees in American Studies and Oboe Performance from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). Prior to Blue Water Baltimore, Elise worked for UMBC as the Graduate Program Coordinator for the Sociology Department.

Oswaldo Campitelli, Construction Operations Manager

Oswaldo Campitelli (Oz) is the Construction Operations Manager with Blue Water Baltimore and brings years of experience working with construction and warehouse management. In his role at Blue Water Baltimore, Oz coordinates field operations, manages the fleet, coordinates work with other contractors, and implements and oversees new construction projects. Oz is studying construction management at the Community College of Baltimore County.

Darin Crew, Senior Manager for Nursery and Forestry

Darin Crew leads our Nursery, Youthworks Program, and Urban Forestry planting and maintenance programs.  Before joining Blue Water Baltimore, Darin worked at Herring Run Watershed Association (legacy organization), after serving as a fellow for the Chesapeake Bay Program and pulling seine nets for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He earned a Bachelor of Science in biology from University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a certified professional horticulturist through Maryland Nursery and Landscape Association.

Elizabeth Fortson, Community Forestry Manager

As the Community Forestry Manager, Elizabeth is in charge of Blue Water Baltimore’s open space tree planting program. This program is separate from our street tree program and involves planting trees in Baltimore City and County parks, schools, neighborhoods, and private property. She is responsible for identifying sites; designing planting plans; performing outreach; implementing tree planting projects; and coordinating the yearly maintenance schedule for Blue Water’s 10,000 existing trees. Elizabeth grew up in the New England woods and has loved trees since before she can remember. She came to Baltimore in 2011 and soon became inspired by the incredible community of environmentalists and environmental justice activists in the city. She has previously lived in China, conducting environmental sociology research in the forests of northwestern Yunnan Province. She earned two Bachelors of Science in global environmental change & sustainability and East Asian studies from Johns Hopkins University and is currently working toward a Master of Science in environmental science & policy from the same institution.

Lindsey Freel, Database and Technology Manager

As the IT and Database Manager, Lindsey is focused on leveraging technology to drive Blue Water Baltimore’s mission. She comes to Blue Water Baltimore with a strong background in the sustainability and resilience sectors. Lindsey is determined to use technology to communicate the economic, environmental, and social value of improved water quality. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Architecture with a focus on sustainability and social change in urban environments from Miami University of Ohio.

Max Gayler, Tree Maintenance Coordinator

Max is responsible for the pruning, watering and general maintenance required to keep Blue Water Baltimore’s planted trees alive and healthy. In addition, Max collects data on the health and location of the trees planted in Baltimore city, and he also assists with many of the volunteer plantings in the spring and fall. Before joining the Community Forestry team at Blue Water Baltimore, he previously interned with Blue Water Baltimore’s water quality program and the Anacostia Watershed Society. Max received a degree in Marine Biology from the University of New Haven..

Zoe Gensheimer, Lorax

Zoe assists in leading tree plantings and maintenance in Baltimore’s green spaces. Additionally, she organizes the Tree Giveaway Program. Zoe graduated from UMBC with a BA in Photography. She grew up in Baltimore City and plans to stay here for a long time, working with friends and family to return it to a forest ecosystem.

Jessie Hillman, Program Manager

Jessie Hillman supports the administrative and financial functions of Blue Water Baltimore’s programs and office, while also helping to grow programmatic initiatives like fee-for-service contracts and sustainable urban planning. She comes to Blue Water Baltimore with an extensive background in non-profit administration and community engagement having previously worked at Johns Hopkins University and the Florida Department of Health. When not working at Blue Water Baltimore, Jessie attends school at Morgan State University in pursuit of a Master of City and Regional Planning degree, and volunteers as a librarian with the Station North Tool Library. She graduated from Reed College with a Bachelor of Arts in cultural anthropology.

Francine Housier, HR Manager

Francine Housier manages Blue Water Baltimore’s human resource functions, including HR compliance, recruitment and onboarding, employee relations, staff development, payroll, and benefits. She previously worked in human resources and operations at The Nature Conservancy’s global headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. After arriving in Baltimore in 2009, she began consulting with area non-profit organizations about their human resource needs and issues. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.

Rob Jenkins, Nursery Manager

As the Nursery Manager, Rob Jenkins oversees the daily operations of Herring Run Nursery. He has more than 23 years of experience within the Maryland horticulture industry, primarily in the production and retail aspects of the business. Rob received both his Bachelor of Science in Biology, as well as his Master of Environmental Science from Towson University. While working on his Master’s degree, Rob interned with Blue Water Baltimore’s water quality monitoring program, as well as interning with the Maryland Department of the Environment.

Barbara Johnson, Water Quality Scientist

As Water Quality Scientist, Barbara Johnson provides support for the ambient water quality monitoring program under 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. Before joining Blue Water Baltimore, Barbara interned with the water quality monitoring program. She has lived in Baltimore more than 23 years and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in environmental sustainability and human ecology from the University of Baltimore.

Myesha Jones, Lorax

Myesha began working with Blue Water Baltimore in the summer of 2016 as a YouthWorks staffer. As a Lorax, Myesha facilitates tree plantings, tree giveaways, watering, and maintenance with her Community Forestry colleagues. She is a junior attending Coppin State University, majoring in nursing. She participates on Coppin State’s Prestige step team and holds the office of Secretary with the team. She is a proud Baltimorean and is dedicated to helping the city’s trees thrive.

Jennifer Kirschnick, Development and Project Manager

Jennifer Kirschnick serves as the Development and Project Manager at Blue Water Baltimore. She assists the Development  Manager and Executive Director with furthering the mission of Blue Water Baltimore by providing fundraising, office administration and special projects support including being responsible for administrative operations of development, and database management. She previously worked for five years in the Landscape Architecture and Planning Department for a civil engineering firm in Greenbelt and operated her own landscaping company for six years in Baltimore City. Jennifer earned a Bachelor of Arts in landscape architecture from University of Maryland, College Park.

Mary Lewis, Herring Run Nursery Coordinator

As the Nursery Coordinator, Mary Lewis is responsible for the development of nursery outreach through social media and the coordination of interactive programs. She assists with daily nursery operations at Herring Run Nursery, bringing with her over 8 years of experience in the field. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies with a minor in Sociology from Salisbury University and is a certified professional horticulturist through Maryland Nursery Landscape and Greenhouse Association.

John Marra, Field Operations

John Marra (Johno) is responsible for implementing greening projects throughout Baltimore City and County. Prior to joining Blue Water Baltimore John was a teacher for Art with a Heart, a public mural artist, an Americorps member with Civic Works, and the assistant supervisor for the Civic Works Community Lot Team. An Eagle Scout since 1999 and a founding member of the Baltimore Rock Opera Society, John strongly believes in the importance of volunteerism, community involvement and do-it-yourself ethics. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from Goucher College.

Jeffrey Missouri, Administrative and Facilities Coordinator

As the admin and facilities coordinator, Jeffrey provides support for administrative, reception and customer service, as well as facilities management. Jeffrey has ten years experience in real estate management, five years in contract management/event planning in a campus environment, and 15 years as Director of Parking and Transportation in a hospital environment. He played an instrumental part in developing and implementing the very first transportation department at JHH and coordinated UB campus events for artscape. Jeffrey studied at Morgan State University and at the University of Baltimore. He has received three Manager of the Year awards. In his free time, Jeffrey is a mentor for Project Raise and Project 2000, supporting young teens.

Corbin Sulton, Landscape and Construction Technician

As Landscape and Construction Technician, Corbin Sulton is responsible for the implementation of Blue Water Baltimore’s landscape and stormwater restoration projects. Prior to joining Blue Water Baltimore, Corbin worked with Baltimore County golf courses and with local private landscape companies. Corbin is a certified professional in erosion and sediment control and is proficient with heavy machinery and many hand tools.

Ashley Traut, Senior Manager, Innovative Stormwater Projects

Ashley Traut is a conservation biologist with experience working with threatened and endangered species, urban ecology, and sustainable design. As Senior Manager for Innovative Stormwater Projects, Ashley develops and leads programs focused on community-wide stormwater reduction strategies, in particular through the Blue Water Congregations Program. Ashley earned a Bachelor of Science in terrestrial ecology from University of Vermont and a Master of Science in wildlife ecology and conservation from University of Florida.

Alice Volpitta, Lead Water Quality Scientist

As Lead Water Quality Scientist, Alice Volpitta manages the tidal and non-tidal ambient water quality monitoring program under the Baltimore Harbor Waterkeeper. Alice also manages the illicit discharge detection and elimination project. Previously she worked with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources managing its Non-Tidal Network Program and carrying out monitoring surveys across the state. Alice earned her Bachelor of Arts in biology with a minor in environmental studies from St. Mary’s College of Maryland.

Robert Walker, Restoration Technician

As Restoration Technician for Blue Water Baltimore, Robert Walker is responsible for the construction and landscaping of environmental stormwater projects within the Baltimore region. Robert is on the Environmental Construction Team, and works in the field with the crew to remove conventional concrete, plant street trees, and construct rain gardens. Prior to joining Blue Water Baltimore, Robert spent time with Center for Urban Families.

Alison Young, Volunteer Manager

Alison Young comes to Blue Water Baltimore as the Volunteer Manager to enthusiastically support its core program areas through volunteer recruitment and engagement. She aims to unite all people together through a communal approach to environmental advocacy and conservation. Alison’s background encompasses diverse experiences overseeing programs in the cultural, education and nonprofits sectors. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the Maryland Institute College of Art and formerly served as the Children’s Program and Volunteer Coordinator at Baltimore Clayworks. Alison has participated in national and international exhibitions along with multiple artist residencies in France and Italy. Her artwork resides in permanent collections in Washington DC., Italy, and France including the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights.