Jody Hedeman Couser, Director of Communications

A native of Annapolis, Jody oversees the Conservancy’s public and media relations. Previously, Jody was principal of River Bay Communications, LLC and press secretary for a Maryland gubernatorial candidate.  She served on the cabinet for Anne Arundel County Executive Janet S. Owens as director of communications; as public information officer for the American Medical Association (AMA); director of communications and development for the National Association of Police Organizations (NAPO) and as production manager at The Kamber Group. She has a Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Roanoke College and a Master’s in Political Management from The George Washington University. Jody lives in Annapolis with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys traveling, boating on the Chesapeake Bay, and has a knack for finding arrowheads.

Carolyn Black, Interpretation and Partnership Associate

Working in partnership with the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office, Carolyn assists with communications and outreach for the lower Chesapeake Bay segment of the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail. Stationed at Historic Jamestowne in Virginia, she coordinates interpretive and educational programming for Werowocomoco and other Virginia partners who are featured on the Chesapeake Trail.

Carolyn worked with NPS Chesapeake Bay in the summer of 2015 as an intern with the Student Conservation Association in the Cultural Resources program and returned as a Chesapeake Conservation Corps intern the following year. Carolyn holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Thought & Political Economy from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She was raised in the Greater Boston area where she was taught a respect for the outdoors through fishing, canoeing, and volunteering for environmental sustainability initiatives.

Megan McSwain, Communications and Partnership Assistant

A recent graduate from Stevenson University with a Bachelor’s in Business Communication focusing on new media and public relations, Megan works with both the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office and the Chesapeake Conservancy to develop public awareness of our joint efforts. She has experience in event planning, public relations, and social media management. She has worked as a marketing intern for Medifast, a student activities assistant for Stevenson University, was co-president of the 47’ House Integrated Marketing Club, and is a member of Sigma Alpha Pi, National Society of Leadership and Success.

Chris Barry, Wildlife Webcam Intern

Chris joined the communications team to help with public relations and outreach concerning our wildlife webcams this spring and summer.  Chris is a 12th grader at Indian Creek School, Crownsville, Maryland and has a strong interest in ornithology, wildlife biology, and conservation.  He is an active member of the Anne Arundel Birders Club and the Youth Division of the Maryland Ornithological Society.  Chris participated in the 2014 and 2015 World Series of Birding contests.  In addition to birding, Chris is also an avid local fisherman and enjoys fossil hunting, baseball, flag football, and playing the piano.  As a member of Boy Scout Troop 396 in Annapolis, he plans to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout later this year.