As WSA’s Operations Coordinator, Natalia assists with several programs such as the Clean Water Communities Program, the Clean Lawn Care Program, and the RiverWise Congregations Program. Her primary responsibilities include measuring the overall impact of the Watershed Stewards Academy, evaluating the organization’s success, and mentoring and supporting Master Watershed Stewards.
Natalia joined the Watershed Stewards Academy in September 2015. She began her career at the University of Maryland’s Environmental Finance Center where she was part of the Stormwater Financing and Outreach team. There she helped municipalities craft financial strategies to successfully develop and implement sustainable Stormwater management plans. Natalia then worked at the Chesapeake Bay Trust where she oversaw the Prince George’s County Rain Check Rebate Program which offers cash incentives property owners who install practices that improve stormwater runoff quality, reduce runoff quantity, and improve the health of local streams and rivers.
Natalia has a Master’s Degree in Land Use Planning from the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation and is a certified Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional.
In her spare time Natalia is most likely exploring local trails with her pitbull Knick.
Favorite native plant: River Birch (Betula nigra)
Fun fact: Although Natalia frequently answers Harry Potter trivia questions wrong, she has read the entire series at least five times.
As the part-time Systems Administrator for WSA, Trish maintains the WSA database and day to day financial processing for the office. Her background includes almost 20 years of environmental engineering and project management experience, including creating Watershed Management Plans and working alongside EPA developing the Stormwater Phase II Rule. In 2009, while she was a Steward in Class 2, she stepped in to help WSA while Suzanne was on maternity leave. After intermittently assisting WSA over the years, Trish joined the staff in 2015.
Since moving to Maryland in 2008, Trish is enjoying her semi-retirement by spending her time with her family on the Magothy River.
Favorite native plant: Black eye susan (Rudbeckia hirta)
Fun Fact: If Trish is not on the water, she can be found doing home renovations.
Development and Communications Coordinator
As WSA’s Development and Communications Coordinator, Katie engages with individuals, businesses, organizations and foundations to further develop WSA’s vision of ensuring clean waters in Anne Arundel County. She shares stories of Stewards making a difference in their communities through social media, e-newsletters, print publications and events.
Prior to joining WSA in June 2017, Katie worked as a Communications Coordinator for a Presbyterian church in Columbia. There, she discovered her passion for nonprofit development while providing support for a $2.3 million capital campaign. She graduated in May 2013 with a degree in Business Communication from Stevenson University, where she was president of SU’s chapter of Lambda Pi Eta, the National Communication Association's official honor society.
In her spare time, you can find Katie wandering the aisles of the local library, organizing a game night with friends, or walking with her husband and pitbull around Crofton.
Favorite native plant: Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
Special skills: Katie has a knack for finding local bakeries and ice cream shops while traveling (and trying as many as she can)
As WSA’s part-time Outreach Coordinator, Tara connects Master Watershed Stewards and professionals in the area with individuals, communities, organizations, and volunteer opportunities. She also coordinates networking events and continuing education for WSA.
Tara is a Master Watershed Steward (Class 6), a Chesapeake Bay Landscape Professional, Level 2 (Design), and an independent Landscape Designer. Before making the jump to Landscape Design almost 8 years ago, Tara was a Technical Writer and Editor, working in the education and government fields.
In her spare time, Tara can be found exploring the woods with her family, enjoying outdoor dining in Annapolis, or training for her latest running race.
Favorite native plant: I can’t pick just one!
White fringe-tree (Chionanthus virginicus)
Virginia sweetspire (Itea virginica)
Hay-scented fern (Dennstaedtia punctilobula)
Fun Fact: Early in her marriage, Tara spent several months wandering around New Zealand as her husband worked for an America’s Cup Sailing team.
Chesapeake Conservation Corps Volunteer
Haley is a Chesapeake Conservation Corps volunteer member. During her one-year term, she will assist the WSA team with restoration projects such as the Backyard Buffers Program and Clean Water Communities. For her capstone, she will focus on indicators for Stewards to monitor their progress. Haley will also support the Arlington Echo team with environmental education courses for fourth graders.
Haley graduated from Towson University in the May 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Science and Studies with a concentration on Health. At Towson, she spent most of her time with the Student Environmental Organization advocating for environmental issues and coordinating local projects around the community. This is where she discovered her passion for restoring local communities. Haley joined the WSA team in August of 2017.
In her free time, Haley loves camping trips, live music, cooking and visiting her family.
Favorite Native: Pawpaw Tree (Asimina triloba)
Fun Fact: Haley loves cooking and has an affinity for Asian cuisine and mushrooms.