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Staff

Kevin Smith - Executive Director

As Executive Director, Kevin handles the primary responsibilities of organizational management. Kevin implements the CCMP through a close relationship with the Management Conference (including Board, IC, CAC, and partners). The Executive Director supervises staff and plans, and implements budgets and carries out the daily supervision of managing all operations of the organization.

Kevin joined the MCBP after spending the past 34 years at the Maryland Department of Natural Resources. He spent most of his career in the field of aquatic and habitat restoration—much of it on Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Kevin graduated from the University of Maryland with degrees in Resource Conservation and Fish and Wildlife Management. His previous work includes working for the North American Wildfowl Trust on waterfowl habitat enhancement.

Dr. Roman Jesien - Science Coordinator

As the Science and Restoration Director, Roman provides the technical lead for science-related programs and projects throughout the bays. Roman supports local and regional committees—such as the Coastal Fisheries Advisory Committee and Recreation & Navigation Advisory Committee—and provides his expertise and assistance at the state and federal level to agencies regarding water quality science, and habitat restoration related activities.

Since 2002, Roman has provided in-house scientific expertise to the Maryland Coastal Bays. He currently serves as chairman of the Coastal Advisory Fishery Committee and is a member of the Science and Technical Advisory Committee, the Maryland DNR Working Waterfront Commission, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission Advisory Panel for Black Sea Bass, and is on the Science Panel for the Atlantic Coastal Fish Habitat Partnership.

Roman’s previous work includes serving on the faculty at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore where he taught undergraduate classes at the Dual Degree Marine Science Program with Salisbury University and served on the graduate faculty for the University of Maryland. Roman holds a B.S. degree from Villanova University, M.S. in Natural Resources Management from the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point, and a Ph.D. in Marine Estuarine Environmental Science from the University of Maryland.

Sandi Smith - Outreach and Marketing Coordinator

As the Outreach and Marketing Coordinator, Sandi provides the lead for development and fundraising activities along with public outreach events, and works in close coordination with the Education Coordinator. Sandi is responsible for annual fundraising campaigns and events such as the Osprey Triathlon, the Paddle Board Race, and is the general manager to the Assateague Island concessions.

Sandi is responsible for cultivating individual, community, and corporate outreach programs including trash clean-ups and community service programs. She is a First Responder for the National Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Stranding Program and works with wildlife rescues, transports, and rehab. Sandi has a diverse business background from promoting offshore fishing to marketing the area as a golf destination. She has lived in the coastal bays watershed for 40 years and holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland.

Katherine Phillips - Environmental Scientist

As an Environmental Scientist, Katherine is responsible for monitoring and data-collection throughout the bays. Katherine coordinates programs such as our wetland assessment program and annual diamondback terrapin survey, as well assists with our annual Report Card and State of the Bays Reports. She works on our restoration projects by conducting monthly water quality sampling, anadromous fish monitoring, and property maintenance. Katherine is also responsible for mentoring seasonal interns and employees on science-related projects.

Katherine joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as an Environmental Scientist in 2015 after graduating from Salisbury University and the University of Maryland Eastern Shore with B.S.s in Biology and Environmental Science with a concentration in Marine Science. She is currently pursuing her M.S. at Clemson University in Wildlife and Fisheries Biology. Previously, she has worked as an intern with PacificEast Aquaculture and Maryland Coastal Bays Program, and as a team leader with the Coastal Stewards.

Sharon Peterson - Administrative Specialist

As the Administrative Specialist, Sharon provides program office assistance with managing finances, administrative functions for employee support, and maintaining all records, files, and payroll information for the program. Sharon acts as the liaison for the transmittal of information to EPA for the ASAP transactions and works with the contract accountant on program financial reporting to the Director and Board.

In February of 2016, Sharon joined Maryland Coastal Bay Program, bringing with her 38 years of business experience, owning and operating Redwood Burl Woodworks and Signs in West Ocean City with her husband, Todd. Since 2008, she has been an active Master Gardener and coordinator of the Berlin Branch Library Garden that she helped to start with other volunteers. All of the organic vegetables and herbs from the Community Demonstration Garden are donated to Diakonia. She also enjoys cooking, Assateague Island beaches, and spending time with her family and friends.

Liz Wist - Education Coordinator

As the Education Coordinator, Liz provides vision and leadership for Maryland Coastal Bay Program’s education and public involvement initiatives. Liz is responsible for the development, creation, and evaluation of environmental education programs. Within these programs, she designs curriculum, leads interpretive programs and summer camps, mentors seasonal staff, and provides professional development for educators. Liz is also responsible for organizing and facilitating MCBP community engagement opportunities such as Discover Your Watershed, Bay Day, and Living Local with local and state partners.

Liz joined the Maryland Coastal Bay Programs in January of 2017. A Berlin native, Liz left her hometown to obtain her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Eckerd College, and her M.S. in Environmental Studies with a concentration in environmental education and interpretation from UNC-Wilmington. Liz previously worked as a naturalist at an outdoor school in Texas, as an ocean educator for MarineQuest, and as a crew chief for the Ocean City Beach Patrol.

Steve Farr - Watershed Coordinator

As the Watershed Coordinator, Steve tracks and manages the implementation projects that are the responsibility of the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as listed in the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan. He also assists in the coordination and tracking of federal, state, and local governments with activities that are impacting the coastal bays. Steve conducts research and identifies resources and administrative steps that are needed for project completion, in consultation with the program director.

Steve joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in 2017. Prior to joining the crew, Steve spent the past ten years as Development Director at Assateague Coastal Trust, where he managed all fundraising activities, and assisted with outreach communications and administrative functions. Before moving to the Eastern Shore from the D.C area in 2007, Steve spent 25+ years at the public affairs consulting firm APCO Worldwide where he managed their strategic corporate philanthropy practice area. Steve is a graduate of Yale University where he earned his B.A. in 1983.

Carly Toulan - Environmental Scientist

As an Environmental Scientist, Carly manages and administers long-term programs, including annual stream monitoring and volunteer water quality monitoring. Carly is responsible for recruiting and organizing volunteers and events, as well as managing laboratory contracts and water quality data. Carly works first-hand on collecting, inputting, and analyzing data, where she researches and participates in numerous topics such as anadromous fish sampling, horseshoe crab surveys, wetland assessments, water quality sampling, and monitoring MCBP’s numerous properties.

Carly joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program as an Environmental Scientist after recently graduating in 2019 from the University of Maryland Baltimore County with a B.S. in Geography and Environmental Science. In the past, she has worked as a forestry technician participating in the Smithsonian’s ForestGEO project on UMBC’s campus and has analyzed the health of Baltimore County’s urban forests plots. She became the 2019 summer science intern here at MCBP and afterward moved on to working as a Jr. Coastal Resource Scientist at the Oyster Recovery Partnership.

As an Environmental Educator, Chandler works on the development, creation, and implementation of a wide variety of environmental education programming including summer camp, classroom visits, field excursions to MCBP restoration sites, and after-school opportunities. Chandler also assists with a range of community engagement opportunities, including Discover Your Watershed, Bay Day, Bat Box Bash, and educator trainings. Chandler joined the Maryland Coastal Bays Program in the Fall of 2019 as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps member and became a full-time staff member in August 2020. During her time as a CCC member, Chandler began MCBP’s Living Local initiative to highlight local small-scale farms and promote the beneficial impacts of sustainable agriculture. She will continue to manage and develop the growth of this program throughout her time at MCBP.

Originally from Tennessee, Chandler joined the Chesapeake Conservation Corps to pursue her passion of environmental education and gain career experience through meaningful community service. She obtained her B.A. in Environmental Studies from Rhodes College in 2018 and her previous experience includes research in community-based ecotourism, work with the Memphis, TN Office of Sustainability, and time as Environmental Educator for the Montreat Camp and Conference in Black Mountain, NC.

At Maryland Coastal Bays Program, Maddie is serving as the science and restoration corps member through the Chesapeake Conservation Corps program. Maddie assists with wetland assessments, restoration monitoring, MCBP’s Oyster Gardening Program and water quality monitoring efforts. Over the course of the next year Maddie will complete a capstone project focused on restoring colonial nesting bird breeding sites and creating artificial floating nesting islands.

Maddie is a recent graduate of The College of William & Mary where she studied psychology and history. During her time at William & Mary, Maddie served as ecological representative, conducted research for the National Parks Wellness Lab, and completed internships with EPA and the Chesapeake Bay Foundation. Maddie is passionate about coastal resilience and mitigating the effects of climate change and hopes to continue her education by pursuing a master’s degree in conservation and environmental management.

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