Administration

Sarah Elder

Sarah Elder, Director of Operations

Sarah brings more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in business, budgeting, strategic planning, staffing, operations, fundraising, marketing, retail/tourism, and communications to the Conservancy. Previously, Sarah guided fundraising and communications efforts for the AUA Foundation, where she worked with national organizations such as the National Football League and Kimberly Clark Corporation. She also has directed fundraising and operational needs for conservation and preservation organizations including the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, Historic Annapolis Foundation, and the National Aquarium.  An Annapolis native, Sarah enjoys exploring the Chesapeake Bay with family and friends, any musical activity, and can be found most weekends upcycling “finds” from estate sales, flea markets, and antique shows.


Colleen Whitlock, Director of Administration

Colleen’s diverse experiences as a deckhand on a replica 18th century Schooner, a customer service agent at a Fortune 500 company, a classroom educator, a costumed holiday tour guide, and a mother have all helped prepare her to be the Director of Administration at the Chesapeake Conservancy.  In this position, Colleen is responsible for the financial management of the organization as well as human resources, federal contracting, and general office administration.  She holds a B.A. in History from Washington College and an M.A.T. in Elementary Education from East Tennessee State University.  She recently spent a week at Duke University earning her Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Leadership.  In her spare time, of which there is very little, Colleen enjoys visiting local parks and museums with her husband and young daughter.

 

 

Robin Talbot, Executive Assistant

Robin brings over 20 years of experience from a variety of industries to the Chesapeake Conservancy. The majority of her background has been in financial services where she ran high volume executive recruiting teams, developed leadership training programs, and partnered with industry leaders in organizational development. After 10 years in the Human Resources industry, Robin switched tracks to follow her love of learning and became a middle school Language Arts and History teacher. Eager to return to business after 7 years of teaching, she most recently was responsible for the marketing at a local bakery.

Robin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Writing and a Master’s degree in Psychology/Instructional Design. In her role with the Conservancy she will be supporting the president, Joel, as his assistant.

Robin grew up near Philadelphia, and is an avid baseball fan. Most days, she can be found in a ballpark, cheering on her two teenage sons in their baseball games, or, on their off days, for her beloved Phillies.