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 Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Roanoke College and a Master 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.

Kelsey Everett, Digital Resources Coordinator

A Baltimore native, Kelsey grew up always having a fondness for the Chesapeake and the watershed. She recently graduated from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County with a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Science and Geography. Shortly after graduation, she participated in a year-long internship program through the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Chesapeake Conservation Corps working with the National Park Service. Through that internship, she had the opportunity to work closely with the Conservancy, develop education programs, and help with special projects. Kelsey is very excited to join the Chesapeake Conservancy team and play a role in the partnership with the National Park Service. In her free time, she enjoys visiting local, national and, state parks.

Patrick Smith, Communications and Partnership Coordinator

Patrick is the communications and partnership coordinator working with both the Chesapeake Conservancy and the National Park Service Chesapeake Bay Office. Previously, Patrick worked for Pride of Baltimore II and Schooner Woodwind. He is a graduate of Saint Michael’s College and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History. In his free time he enjoys playing with his dogs, gardening, and sailing.