Programs Team


Susan Shingledecker, Vice President and Director of Programs

Shingledecker runs the Conservancy’s programs, which include community-based conservation initiatives throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. She also provides leadership to the organization as a whole, working with the Annapolis-based nonprofit’s president and board of directors to determine and administer the organizations strategic direction in accomplishing its mission.

Susan brings over 15 years of professional experience in consulting, public policy, state government and nonprofit management. She has worked in a number of positions for BoatU.S. Foundation for Boating Safety & Clean Water since 2005. Most recently, Susan served as Vice President, where she oversaw day-to-day operation of the nonprofit and led environmental efforts at BoatU.S. and GEICO Marine Insurance. She also supervised the Foundation’s boating safety and clean boating programs including the development of interactive online learning courses, boater outreach and fundraising. Susan holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in international studies from American University.

In her free time Susan loves getting out on the Chesapeake Bay with her husband and two boys on their family sailboat or fleet of kayaks.

Kate Baker Bohanan, Project Manager 

Kate joined the Chesapeake Conservancy in September 2014. As project manager, she works to advance large landscape conservation initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by convening diverse, multi-disciplinary stakeholders. She also manages Conservancy work related to land conservation in the Nanticoke River watershed and advocating for federal funding for conservation in the Chesapeake region through the Land and Water Conservation Fund. Kate is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a degree in finance and previously worked in financial management consulting. She moved in Seattle, Washington in 2012 to pursue a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Washington with a concentration in Environmental Management. During her graduate studies, she advised state agencies on policies for offshore wind development and was awarded a graduate fellowship at the Environmental Defense Fund.

Carly Dean, Project Manager

Carly is a devoted environmental steward who works to achieve collective impact by facilitating large-scale, cross-sector conservation efforts that celebrate and add value to the amazing work undertaken by environmental organizations throughout the Chesapeake Bay watershed. After completing her M.S. in Environmental Science at Towson University, she researched sustainable development for a real estate developer in Beijing, China and social resilience at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis near Vienna, Austria. Her B.S. in Environmental Science is from Baylor University. Carly’s work at the Chesapeake Conservancy on Envision the Susquehanna has her travel to Pennsylvania and New York which are also some of her favorite places to go backpacking, and are close to her heart as a native of Cecil County, MD. She loves to go boating with her family on the flats at the mouth of the Susquehanna River. She now lives in Towson, MD, and is passionate about the Conservancy’s involvement in the Greater Baltimore Wilderness Coalition.


Adrienne Gemberling, Susquehanna Technical Coordinator

Adrienne serves as the key on-the-ground coordinator for the Chesapeake Conservancy’s Implementing Precision Conservation in the Susquehanna River Watershed Project. As the Susquehanna Technical Coordinator, she collaborates with local partner agencies, universities, stakeholder groups, businesses, and conservation organizations to pilot precision conservation practices, assess best management practice effectiveness through data collection, and develop tools for local partners.

Adrienne comes to the Conservancy with a breadth of local, on-the-ground knowledge of watershed management, natural resource needs, and data gaps within the Susquehanna River Basin. She is a graduate of Lebanon Valley College with a degree in Biology and has a master’s degree in Biology with a focus on freshwater ecology from Missouri State University.

Adrienne is a native of central Pennsylvania and currently resides in the small town of Mifflinburg where she enjoys kayaking, fishing, hiking, and gardening.


john-griffinJohn Griffin, Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Program Manager

As Partnership Coordinator, John works to advance large landscape conservation initiatives in the Chesapeake Bay watershed by convening diverse, multi-disciplinary stakeholders. The Partnership seeks to extend the conservation of large landscapes throughout the region to benefit multiple values, including sustainability; scenic, historic and cultural heritage; working lands; important bio- diversity and wildlife habitat; water quality and supply; and overall quality of life.

John is the former Secretary of Maryland Department of Natural Resources under two Governors, the Deputy Secretary of the department, the General Manager of the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission, and served as Chief of Staff for Governor Martin O’Malley. He brings decades of experience with resource conservation and environmental protection as well as relationships across the Chesapeake watershed.

John holds a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Niagara University and Master of Arts in social work from the Catholic University of America. He has five children and three granddaughters and lives in Annapolis with his wife Michele and their twin boys.


Joseph McCauley, Chesapeake Fellow

Retired from the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, Joe brings vast conservation experience, both at the policy level and in the field, to the Conservancy. As Chesapeake Fellow, he serves as a mentor to the Conservancy staff and enhances the organization’s conservation efforts in Virginia.

Joe most recently served as regional chief, Division of Realty, Northeast Region, USFWS, where he was responsible for overseeing real property acquisition within the 13 Northeast States. His accomplishments included adding nearly 18,000 acres to the National Wildlife Refuge System, working with the Rivers of the Chesapeake Landscape Conservation Collaborative, the Conservancy’s Envision the James Core Team, and the Chesapeake Conservation Partnership Steering Committee.

A graduate of West Virginia University, Joe lives in the Richmond, VA area. He and his wife Julia have two grown sons. In his spare time, Joe enjoys fishing, gardening and birding.

David Huntzberry, Envision the Susquehanna Intern

David is a Junior at Susquehanna University and serves as an intern for Adrienne Gemberling at Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Research Initiative, the assistantship student for the Freshwater Research Initiative Lab, and a Campus Garden Co-Coordinator.  He is originally from Glen Burnie, Maryland, but spent most weekends in Chestertown, Maryland on the Chester River. David is studying ecology with a minor in environmental science, and plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Fisheries Ecology after graduation.

Darlene Slavick, Envision the Susquehanna Intern

Darlene serves as an intern for Adrienne Gemberling at Susquehanna University’s Freshwater Research Initiative. She is originally from central New Jersey and grew up around the nature and landscapes of Lake Hopatcong. Currently a first-year student at Susquehanna University, Darlene is studying ecology with a minor in environmental science. She plans on pursuing a master’s degree in Ecology after graduating from SU. As an animal lover, Darlene hopes to work with wildlife and conservation work in the future.