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.


Peter Turcik, Media Specialist

Peter works to gain greater awareness of the Chesapeake Conservancy through media, public relations, web, and social media strategies.  He also writes and contributes photos for Conservancy publications.  Peter has a journalism and writing background that includes work with Trib Total Media, the U.S. House of Representatives, National Geographic Society, and the National Park Service.  He holds a B.A. in English from Allegheny College.  Originally from Western Pennsylvania, he is an avid fly fisherman who ties his own flies and now enjoys fishing in the Bay from his kayak.


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 and plans to do so in May 2016 as well.  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.